2012 was a shitty year overall (it was an election year!) but oh was it great for music.
Colosso - Abrasive Peace
A killer debut for these prog-death metalers, and they put it on the Pirate Bay too to promote it! But I do want a physical copy, it's goooooood.
Asphyx - Deathammer
These guys have been around for a while now! And original vocalist and generally amazing guy (he was also in Pestilence and is the frontman of Hail of Bullets) van Drunen is back!
Dodecahedron - Dodecahedron
Another excellent debut for 2012, a progressive black metal band in the vein of Blut Aus Nord.
Meshuggah - Koloss</b>
These guys are on a roll. After the disappointing Catch-33 they made what was probably the best metal album of 2008, obZen. Dense and filled to the brim with wonderfully strange time signatures.
Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth
Metallica and Megadeth get all the credit as the harbingers of thrash metal, but Testament was there with them too. And unlike those two and more like their other peers Slayer, these guys haven't gone stupid and turned into massive cunts. They still know how to thrash with the best of them, but they've picked up a few tricks from experimenting with death metal too.
Afgrund - The Age Of Dumb
Heavy and angry as hell, just the way grindcore was meant to be. But there's still an underlying groove especially in the songs Bullets Are Forever and Genocide To Glorify to keep it from being a pointless mess of noise. This group is definitely one to watch.
Hour Of Penance - Sedition
Another group on a roll, this makes three awesome releases for these anti-religious death metalers. They remind me of my all-time favorite Suffocation.
Secrets Of The Moon - Seven Bells
A nice surprise for me courtesy of Amazon recommendations, more progressive-minded black metal. While most progressive black metal bands go for a wall of sound and dissodence a-la-Deathspell Omega, Secrects takes a minimalist approach for a uniquely eerie sound.
Wolvhammer - The Obsidian Plains
Another hard to classify one, they play what can be best described as black crust. Another band with a sound all their own.
Napalm Death - Utilitarian
There's a few misses on here, but overall Utilitarian is something ND should be proud of. Over 25 years and they're just as angry and unafraid of experimenting. They helped start grindcore and now they're helping redefine it.
Om's "Advaitic Songs" is probably my favourite record released this year. It wasn't really a tough choice since I didn't hear many of this year's albums. I also liked The Mars Volta's "Noctourniquet" (which means that it was somewhat of a disappointment, since I am usually blown away by what they release) and Stoned Jesus' "Seven Thunders Roar". The only other record which comes close to Om's one is "Live in Studio" by the recently reformed Museo Rosenbach (a legendary Italian group from the early seventies): [link] They finally did their old masterpiece justice, thanks to the excellent sound quality of this recording (the original album was a little bit sub-par from that point of view) and the exceptional energy they put into this performance.
Turned out to be a fully metal list for me, but then again, didn't really keep up with music too much this year.
1. Tragic Idol - Paradise Lost 2. Awoken Broken - Primal Rock Rebellion 3. Epicloud - Devin Townsend Project 4. Phantom Antichrist - Kreator 5. Eremita - Ihsahn 6. De Vermis Mysteriis - High On Fire 7. A Map Of All Our Failures - My Dying Bride 8. Honor Found In Decay - Neurosis 9. Dead End Kings - Katatonia 10. Sentenced To Life - Black Breath
1. Iamamiwhoami - Kin 2. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It 3. Beach House - Bloom 4. Alt-j - An Awesome Wave 5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel.. 6. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar 7. Soap&Skin - Narrow 8. Metric - Synthetica 9. Wild Nothing - Nocturne 10. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
1. Exegesis by Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster 2. Ataraxia/Taraxis by Pelican 3. Dead End Kings by Katatonia 4. Animal Joy by Shearwater 5. Genesis Revisited II by Steve Hackett 6. Storm Corrosion by Storm Corrosion (Wilson/Akerfeldt) 7. Anastasis by Dead Can Dance 8. King of No. 33 by DeeExpus 9. This is PiL by Public Image Ltd. 10. Departure Songs by Hammock
To be honest, I've never heard of Kate Miller-Heidke. What kind of music does she make? The new Regina Spektor was nice, not very great or something, a tad disappointing somewhat. But Firewood is just wonderful.
Kate Miller-Heidke is a singer/songwriter from my home town. Trained in opera singing, but she does pop. She has some hilarious songs, and some more serious ones. Great voice. I may be biased since she is a local who went to my old uni.
1. grimes - visions 2. leonard cohen - old ideas 3. purity ring - shrines 4. el mato a un policía motorizado - la dinastía scorpio 5. beach house - bloom 6. anais mitchell - young man in america 7. antony and the johnson - cut the world 8. animal collective - centipede hz 9. the mountain goats - trascendental youth
there, i can't think of a 10. my dear putita, amacord, told me about the grimes album a while ago and i've been listening nonstop, it's really great.
ei, i've been listening the fiona apple record, it's really good. for some reason i though fiona apple made more like pop, but this is nice nice nice.
i also listened channel orange. i liked the last half or so, but it's not my kind of thing. amacord also passed me a kendrick lamar song, real, which i liked very much, though i haven't listened the whole record.
'Real' is nice, oh yes it is. And the new Fiona Apple is pretty genius. I think I can agree with you the secnod half of channel ORANGE is the best part, though the first half has, in my opinion, wonderful stuff as well. The Kendrick Lamar-record is really fine anyway. He's a fine lyricist and a good rapper and the instrumentations are pretty wonderful. I just love this one: [link]
'Future Breed Machine'. Or the acoustic campfire version, 'Futile Bread Machine'.
It's hard for me to choose what I like better. I think 'Catch 33' is my favourite album/song, though... I got into them with 'Nothing', and ended up buying the re-recorded version when it was released.
I don't think I've listened to much since March so its going to be skewed heavily to the beginning of 2012. Actually, looking at this list, I have listened to next to nothing.
Quantic & Alice Russell - Look Around The Corner Ecid - Werewolf Holograms (It's grown on me over the course of the year. Mystro - What Type Of Drug Is Mystrogen Dj Format - Statement of Intent J57 - 2057 EP Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet the Congos - Icon Give Thank Flume - Flume Sholmo - Vacation EP
I haven't listened to it properly but Jungle Love Revisited by The New Mystikal Troubadours is pretty good. Another album I haven't listened to properly is Blak Madeen's Divine Power Culture. The black guy reminds me of Pharoahe Monch. [link]
Purity Ring is something special. The abstract lyrics and glossy vocals + production come together in a very unique way. I see you like hip hop ( ), so I would recommend you check out Belispeak II (ft. Danny Brown). It's not an album cut, but a remix of one of the album's singles.
If you like one xx album you'll definitely like the other. They haven't done much in the way of pushing their sound forward but I'm not complaining.