Looking Back At 2012

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As is custom each year, a gazillion Best Of lists appear on many websites, blogs, forums and in magazines, newspapers, etcetera. Last year it took me a while to make my list for 2011 (see here), but this time I’m earlier. Also thanks to keeping a list, throughout the year, of the releases that stood out for me and releases that weren’t that good (due to various reasons).

Like before, I couldn’t limit the final selection to 10, so I made it 30 again, narrowed from about 60 releases, I’m extremly happy since i was able to stop sleeping with my backrest pillow with arms in order to do this for all of you. On the list only full-length studio releases (no EPs, demos, re-releases, live releases, …). Since music is also a personal preference, I can’t say this is a definitive order. I mean, I could easily place some of them higher, others then lower (obviously), but this is my final list. I’m not going to alter it any more. So, here goes…

 

Stood out:

  1. Xandria – Neverworld’s End (review)
  2. Soulspell – Hollow’s Gathering
  3. Threshold – March Of Progress
  4. Be’Lakor – Of Breath And Bone
  5. Dawn Of Destiny – Praying To The World (review)
  6. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
  7. Rhapsody – Ascending To Infinity
  8. Nightmare – The Burden Of God (review)
  9. Derelict – Perpetuation (review)
  10. Ex Deo – Caligvla (review)
  11. Mob Rules – Cannibal Nation (review)
  12. Ahab – The Giant (review)
  13. Dew-Scented – Icarus
  14. Circus Maximus – Nine
  15. Kamelot – Silverthorn
  16. Black Majesty – Stargazer (review)
  17. Thee Orakle – Smooth Comforts False (review)
  18. Evoken – Atra Mors
  19. Chaosweaver – Enter The Realm Of The Doppelgänger (review)
  20. Orden Ogan – To The End
  21. Paradox – Tales Of The Weird
  22. Saturnus – Saturn In Ascension
  23. Shadowside – Inner Monster Out
  24. Eluveitie – Helvetios
  25. Siren’s Cry – Shattered Horizons
  26. Outliar – Provoked To Anger (review)
  27. Mercury Falling – Into The Void (review)
  28. Black Messiah – The Final Journey (review)
  29. Nephelium – Coils Of Entropy (review)
  30. My Sleeping Karma – Sorna

 

Not (that) good (alphabetical order):

  • At Vance – Facing Your Enemy (review)
  • Axxis – reDISCOver(ed) (review)
  • Bloodbound – In The Name Of Metal
  • Bloodshed Walhalla – The Battle Will Never End (review)
  • DeathMetal.be – Face Your Underground 11 (review)
  • Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes
  • Fear Factory – The Industrialist
  • Grave Digger – Clash Of The Gods (review)
  • Grenouer – Computer Crime (review)
  • Heidevolk – Batavi
  • Hellsaw – Trist
  • Kontrust – Second Hand Wonderland
  • Last Kingdom – Chronicles Of The North (review)
  • Mammoth Mammoth – Vol. III Hell’s Likely
  • Manowar – The Lords Of Steel
  • Nachtblut – Dogma (review)
  • Primal Fear – Unbreakable
  • Svyatogor – Doctor Veritas (review)
  • Switchblade Rosie – Nocturnal Guest (review)

 

 

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