View Full Version : GarageMetal468's spectacularful year of 2012

12-17-2012, 09:18 AM
Almost done ranking my top 20 of 2012. I will also include:

Top 20 live bands this year (both bands I've seen before and for the first time)
Best events that happened at shows
Albums I hated/didn't like/pissed me off/etc.

And so on, and so forth. So yeah, I'll start this at some point, hopefully later today, tomorrow at the latest.

12-17-2012, 03:35 PM
If me picking you up to crowdsurf during Anthrax at Mayhem fest isn't one of your best events at a show then your list is void.

12-18-2012, 11:52 AM

Unleashed - Odalheim


Unleashed doing what they do best: Write 3-4 minute songs of unrelenting Swedish death metal. Going along with the viking theme they've had for some time, this album is pretty damn solid from front to back.

Fimbulwinter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUh3V98ZxI4)
Gathering the Battalions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmQ94aDLagg)
By Celtic and British Shores (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQsfof51Lw4)

12-18-2012, 03:05 PM
^ Damn, totally forgot about this one! I'll have to check it out.

12-19-2012, 12:08 PM

Goatwhore - Blood for the Master


I believe that this was the first 2012 album I had purchased when they toured with Lock Up. I think this was also one of the first 2012 albums I listened to as well. Goatwhore continue their assault of blackened death metal with this album. Riffs from front to back and ridiculous song titles, I knew this album would be one of my favorites of the year.

Collapse in Eternal Worth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybKifd3J0NI)
When Steel and Bone Meet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czTBJ26P80U)
Judgement of the Bleeding Crown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqlwfebXv0M) (live, can't find any of the tracks alone on youtube...)

12-19-2012, 09:31 PM

Grand Supreme Blood Court - Bow Down Before the Blood Court


Look at that band name. That album title. The album art. The fucking song titles! I don't know about everyone else, but I believed that this was one of the most hyped releases of the year. And what does it end up being like? Essentially Asphyx pt. 2, but what do you expect? Everyone in the band is currently or was in Asphyx, as well as a guy in Hail of Bullets. Still some solid death doom with a heavy ass guitar sound, and Martin Van Drunen delivering as always.

Bow Down Before the Blood Court (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pHdgkxi0XM)
Veredictum Sanguis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYP-kPBPefQ)
Grand Justice, Grand Pain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4JPAlWqN6c)

12-19-2012, 10:08 PM
I'm sure Electric Wizard won't be in that top ten performance :tp:

12-20-2012, 05:48 AM
Awesome list so far. Very different from the other ones.

12-20-2012, 07:27 AM

Hooded Menace - Effigies of Evil


I was kind of skeptical about this album when they released the artwork... Totally different from the first two, as well as the inverted cross dropped from the logo (which honestly looked really cool). I was scared they were gonna go in a totally different direction, but thankfully I was proven wrong. Fulfill the Curse is one awesome death/doom album with one of the most creepy atmospheres ever, so it would be hard to top that. In my opinion, they didn't with Effigies of Evil, but they sure did come close. They didn't change their sound one bit and the heaviness, incredibly low vocals, and the crushing killer riffs are still there. Hooded Menace are fucking great at what they do, and they continue to prove it on this album!

Effigies of Evil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe5CsWQFQX8) (drum cam, again, hard to find songs alone on youtube)
Crumbling Insanity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7LLqRYOPZ0)
Evoken Vulgarity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpWq673Fh6s)

12-21-2012, 07:45 AM

Cannibal Corpse - Torture


Cannibal Corpse are back at it again! While Evisceration Plague was okay, Torture is absolutely crazy. It skips the bullshit and starts incredibly fucking fast and just beats the hell out of you the entire time. Granted, it's Cannibal Corpse so it's nothing new, but they know what they've been doing for the best 20+ years as well as how to do it, and they don't need to change anything.

I'm gonna stop posting highlights. It's becoming a pain in the ass to find tracks alone on youtube.

12-21-2012, 08:34 AM
Great list so far man! I haven't heard all of these fully, but I have heard at least parts of all of them and I liked them all. Looking forward to seeing what else you have on here.

12-21-2012, 08:54 AM
Awesome list so far. Very different from the other ones.

Great list so far man! I haven't heard all of these fully, but I have heard at least parts of all of them and I liked them all. Looking forward to seeing what else you have on here.

Thanks guys! I've been updating this rather slow but I'm gonna try and update it faster. I also have 3 more shows left this year, so the top live bands list is gonna be very last minute.

12-21-2012, 09:02 AM

Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I


There's a ton of shit going on in this album. Violins, clean passages, crazy guitar solos, everything that makes a progressive metal album good. The best way to describe Ne Obliviscaris is definitely Extreme Progressive Metal, because they definitely do that well. I've heard this album hyped like no other as well, and I'd say it was definitely worth the hype. This is some really good stuff.

12-21-2012, 10:20 AM

Incantation - Vanquish in Vengeance


Like Cannibal Corpse, Incantation put out another album this year playing the straight up death metal they're used to. The only difference I can really spot is that the guitar tone is a lot more high pitched than the traditional Incantation sound, but it still manages to fit. The riffs are the main indicator that you're listening to Incantation. John McEntee also sounds as good as ever on here. A big highlight is the last song, "Legion of Dis," which resembles the last track on Mortal Throne of Nazarene being a long and incredibly doomy track, but in this case ending with a TON of feedback. Overall, this album is more than worthy of being a great Incantation album.

12-21-2012, 01:58 PM

Overkill - The Electric Age


ATTENTION ALL 80s THRASH BANDS: THIS IS HOW YOU PLAY FOR 30 YEARS AND STILL MAKE GOOD FUCKING MUSIC. Granted, Overkill's middle material wasn't very good, but when they released Ironbound 2 years ago, holy shit, they got it back for sure. The Electric Age continues where Ironbound left off, with Overkill's signature sound and aggression. All I can say is that this album fucking rips, shreds, destroys, annihilates, etc. Easily one of the best thrash albums of the year.

12-24-2012, 08:45 AM

Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65


17 years since the last Saint Vitus album... felt like not even a year or two when you listen to it. Seriously, this album could've been released in 1986 and no one would be able to tell the difference. It's awesome to know that these guys can still be consistent and awesome, even with an extended period of time. Also, Wino's back and he sounds as great as ever on here! The only flaw is that 5 of the 7 songs are actual songs, and it comes off on the short side at times. But I'd rather have it be 30 - 40 minutes long and feel short than have it drag on for an hour and a half. But yes, this album kicks ass and Saint Vitus still and always will kick ass as well.

12-24-2012, 06:45 PM

Horrendous - The Chills


Old school death metal is sure making a comeback with newer bands replicating the style. What most bands, such as Disma and Dead Congregation, do is similar to the style of Immolation and Incantation, but along comes Horrendous, who have a strikingly similar, yet original sound to some of the older European death metal bands, such as Dismember and Pestilence. The vocalist even sounds like a combination between Martin Van Drunen and John Tardy! Shit, this could easily be classified as old school death metal if not released this year. Definitely an awesome album.

12-24-2012, 08:51 PM

Panopticon - Kentucky


Truly an interesting album. Panopticon is a one man band from, well, Kentucky. On this album he tried to capture the scenery and history of the state by using bluegrass and southern folk parts of songs, as well as instruments such as the fiddle, banjo, and flute. He did a damn good job if I say so myself. One of the most interesting releases of this year, and black metal albums overall.

I had this typed up before I stopped doing the highlights, but even more so conveniently this is an album you gotta listen to to see what I'm talking about.

Bodies Under the Falls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAUtCa13V38)
Come All Ye Coal Miners (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSObRNcPAv8)
Killing the Giants as They Sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG7fL8BQ8iE)

12-25-2012, 08:04 AM

Napalm Death - Utilitarian


For some reason, I hated this album at first. I don't know what it was, I think a big part of it was the saxophone in "Everyday Pox" (which I still think is fucking weird and out of place), and it just felt like experimentation to me. But after seeing them live and playing these new songs, I loved this album. It's chaotic and full of awesome riffs, as well as Mitch Harris sounding awesome when he does vocals. So yeah, I don't know what I was thinking when I hated this album at first, but I love it now, and you should too.

12-25-2012, 11:22 AM

Aborted - Global Flatline


This was the first 2012 album I had listened to! After Aborted released Goremageddon, they released a streak of shit leading up to now. Just bland and boring death metal, pretty much borderline deathcore. But when they put out Global Flatline, holy shit, they weren't fucking around with this one. Definitely the best album since Goremageddon. The whole album is chaotic and everyone on the album sounds fantastic. I love the sound of the bass guitar and the drums are just nuts. Some of the sound samples are just straight up awesome (I'M GONNA RAPE YOUR FUCKING SOUL) and there are actually really fucking good guitar riffs. Aborted are sure as hell back with this one!

12-26-2012, 07:49 PM

Black Breath - Sentenced to Life


You seriously cannot go wrong with Black Breath whatsoever. Their unique style of crust punk, thrash metal and the buzzsaw guitar tone commonly found in Swedish death metal is one hell of a force to be reckoned with. Heavy Breathing was an awesome album and Sentenced to Life just kicks as much ass, if not more. Tons of memorable riffs and patterns throughout the entire album, which makes it one of the best of the year. This band is way too underrated.

12-26-2012, 07:52 PM

Pig Destroyer - Book Burner


This album is fucking ridiculous. Pig Destroyer are back with one hell of an album. Just awesome riffs and crazy drumming throughout the entire album. Adam Jarvis is a god damn beast. Oh, and the 2 songs with Katherine Katz from Agoraphobic Nosebleed are definitely the best on the album, by far. I'm gonna post them because they're that fucking good.

Eve (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHBry4Ud9j0)
The Bug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVAk5_InPLo) - This is definitely one of my favorite songs of the year.

12-28-2012, 07:20 AM

Deathhammer - Onward to the Pits


So many neo thrash bands... all sounding the same... This is one huge exception, however. Many bands try to recapture the 80s sound of thrash metal and fail miserably, but Deathhammer nail it right on the head. THIS is how you make awesome thrash metal in this day and age. You don't start off with some "epic" or "atmospheric" intro, no acoustic guitar passages, no bullshit. You start it off fast as shit and keep it that way the entire time, and that's how Deathhammer does it. Fast riffs, faster drumming, and just crazy vocals. THIS IS FUCKING THRASH.

12-28-2012, 07:27 AM

Evoken - Atra Mors


Evoken are another one of those bands you can never go wrong with. Every album they have released has been amazing and this one is no exception. Funeral Doom with an atmosphere so haunting, it's just ridiculous. One thing that stood out to me was the drum sound. It just sounds... awesome, I guess. Don't know how to describe it, but this album is totally worth a listen. The best way to describe the atmosphere of this album is the album art, really. Just grey, haunting and eerie.

12-28-2012, 07:31 AM

Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Inhumanity


Cattle Decapitation have come a long way for sure. No doubt about it, this is their best album to date. Every person in this band is so talented at what they do it's unbelievable. I don't think there's any point in describing them individually as they are all just going nuts on this album. The lyrics are sick as hell but awesome at the same time, and a lot of the guitar riffs and leads are very much memorable. One of the best death metal albums of the year, possibly in the past 10 years. I have yet to find someone who thought this album was horrible, or even mediocre.

12-28-2012, 10:40 AM

Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme


Holy shit. They weren't fucking around with this one. From the very first second you know that Dying Fetus are going to pummel your face in for the entirety of the album. While their last album, Descend Into Depravity, seemed to focus on more technicality than anything, Reign Supreme showcases more brutality and riffing, but still having a good amount of technicality. Seriously, there are so many killer riffs and breakdowns/slams it's not even funny. Almost ranked this as my #1, but my actual #1 seems to surpass this one, even though it comes incredibly close.

Listen to this beast! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHb7h_LP6ek)

12-28-2012, 11:32 AM

Asphyx - Deathhammer


From the moment this album was announced I knew it was going to be killer. They released the song titles (seriously, with a title like "As the Magma Mammoth Rises" you know it's going to fucking destroy), then the artwork which was fucking AWESOME, and then they released the title track. While the "THIS IS TRUE DEATH METAL YA BASTARDS" was pretty cheesy, that track crushed, just like the rest of the album does. The album is divided evenly into fast, brutal tracks, and slow, incredibly crushing tracks. Both are good but the ones that get my attention are the slower ones. They also do a cover of Celtic Frost's "Os Abysmi Vel Daath," which is just perfect. Asphyx covering Monotheist-era Celtic Frost. Holy shit. Asphyx are one of the king bands in death/doom and they sure know how to do it right. So yes, this could well be the best Asphyx album since Last One On Earth, and it is my #1 album of 2012 as well.

I'd post the full album but not all the tracks are on Youtube... so here's "As the Magma Mammoth Rises", possibly the best track on the album.

As the Magma Mammoth Rises (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlvGwxq_x_s)

12-28-2012, 11:41 AM
No. 1 was pretty obvious, but fucking badass list dude! I'm really going to have to check Panopticon out.