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Anyway, what were your end of the year lists? - best 2012 records

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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Writer
This was mine:


1. Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
3. El-P - C4C
4. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
5. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
6. Nits - Malpensa
7. Aesop Rock - Skelethon
8. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
9. Luik - Owls
10. Patti Smith - Banga
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AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
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.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
Didn't hear any of those. Wanted to check out the new Napalm Death, but I forgot it. :(
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AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
The internet is vast. And Colosso's is still in Pirate Bay since they put it there themselves.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Writer
Sweet.
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Tidal-Wave-Art Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Frank Ocean is awesome. His songs are wonderful.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
I thought so. :D
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I actually finally ended up listening to Wintersun's 'Time I'.

I almost cried, it was that frigging beautiful. I just sat motionless for 40 minutes, purely listening. It was amazing.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
I don't know Wintersun. Tell me more. :)
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TheNAUGHTicalLife Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Writer
1. Joey Bada$$: 1999
2. Adaje: Yore Veils
3. Alt-J: An Awesome Wave
4. Brighter Arrows: Division and What it is to Abide
5. Trash Talk: 119
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   Writer
Still have to look up 1999.
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FoxFornication Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Floral Green by Title Fight was quite awesome. I also enjoyed Midwest Nothing by Like Bats. I'm bad at knowing when labums come out so idk.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Writer
I've never heard of those. What kind of music is it?
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FoxFornication Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Decide for yourself.
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JoeOiii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
killer mike R.A.P. music!
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Writer
Fuck yeah!
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
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BluesmanBruno Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
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.
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ShoTheVipa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
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
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Writer
Haven't heard one of them, to be honest. Did hear good things about Neurosis though.
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jailanisiddik Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Writer
Great 5 and 10. I do quite enjoy the new Perfume Genius as well. Didn't make it to my top 10 though, but it's quite neat.
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ergasterd Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mostly progressive and post-rock for me. List:

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
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Writer
I knew about the Pill and Dead Can Dance records, didn't listen to them. Don't know why though.
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paellamagi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Kate Miller-Heidke - Nightflight: it was wonderful to see her songwriting grow up and not to use her amazing vocal range in a cheesy capacity.
Regina Spektor - What We Saw from the Cheap Seats

Uhh. I can't remember if I got any more CDs this year. Being poor sucks.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Writer
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.
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paellamagi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I thought her new album was great.

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.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Writer
Link please? :D
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berlinBuenosAyres Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
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.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
Man, I really missed that Purity Ring record. And I still have got to listen to Antony & the Johnsons, know some songs and stuff and they're nice, but I should get a record of them.
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berlinBuenosAyres Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
the same thing happens to me with fiona apple, i guess i'll get this last record she has.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
It's fucking wonderful. I should get her earlier ones. :)
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berlinBuenosAyres Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
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.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Writer
'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]
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Meshuggah: 'Koloss'
Wintersun: 'Time I'

I have yet to actually listen to Wintersun's new album. Strange. They take eight years to release it... I hope I don't take that long to listen to it.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
I really didn't know about the new Meshuggah. Always thought of picking them up sometime when they release a new record or something, wouldn't know where else to start, but I always miss it.
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I have everything, and I wouldn't know where to start, honestly. They've evolved over their lifetime, and I really prefer the later grooving records.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Writer
I know some songs of theirs though. I've always enjoyed that Future Breeding Machine, or how is it called?
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
'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.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Writer
Catch 33 is the long track, isn't it? Might check out that one. :)
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
'I' is the 21m song/album. Catch 33 is the 45m~ album, which is pretty much one song broken up.
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Eve-Lang-El-Coup Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What's all this Frank Ocean?

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]
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
Frank Ocean is sexy as hell and his record is quite genius. That's with all that Frank Ocean. :)
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CaramelGrape Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Don't sleep on Frank Ocean if you haven't heard if him. He's a new age R&B singer with a talent for writing meticulously touching lyrics.
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RatPackSwaggaH Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
1/ Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
2/ Passion Pit - Gossamer
3/ Mumford and Sons - Babel
4/ Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal
5/ Sigur Ros - Valtari
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
Great number 1. :D
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RatPackSwaggaH Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Ugh yes, absolute favourite of 2012 for me. :la:
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CaramelGrape Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
1. Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
2. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
3. Purity Ring - Shrines
4. The xx - Coexist
5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
Heard about Purity Ring, never listened to it. Planned to listen to the nw xx-record and the first one as well, but I missed them both.
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CaramelGrape Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
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.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Writer
Am I right or was Purity Ring somewhat linked to the 'new r&b'?
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