ash borer - cold of ages
this is probably my album of the year, in any genre, i can't get enough of this. post rock influenced USBM, equally beautiful, devastating, and....dare i say hopeful? music for the post apocalypse.
preterite - pillar of winds
hypnotic, ritualistic, beautifully realized folksy drone. this is not for everyone, but those who like it will love it dearly. difficult but hauntingly rewarding.
menace ruine - alight in ashes
adding BM influenced wall of sound and a darker touch to preterite style drone. i've always been a fan, and this is their most fully realized (and formless) work. best listened to as a complete work...in the dark late at night under the influence.
deftones - koi no yokan
we all know them, and this is one of their strongest efforts, combining the aggressiveness of their 90's work with the experiments of their last two. gorgeous.
christian mistress - possession
my personal favorite entry into the currently popular 70's retro metal thing. baroness are going to get all the accolades this year (despite being weak IMO) but this album is getting heavy play for me and the vocals are simply stellar.
lamb of god - resolution
it's not even close to their best, and for me maybe even my least favorite...but if half the metal bands out there were as clean, tight and had half the songcraft of these guys....plus this is the only thrash-y full length this year IMO that actually thrashes (ok gojira gets a nod too) and i'm such a huge fan that LoG will always make the list no matter what crap they put out
spawn of possession - incurso
this is what deathcore/brutal tech death should sound like...for me at least. they're from sweden...so all you amercian -core punks take note of how to do this right
haarp - husks
southern blackened sludge doom awesomeness. produced by the king of southern metal himself, phil anselmo...how could it be anything but great?
gojira - l'enfant sauvage
this disc is just plain fun. showing maturity in all aspects of songwriting and some devastating riffage, i've never been a huge fan but this album rocks, flat out, from start to finish.
down - iv the purple ep
the best most anthemic phil anselmo since great southern trendkill. i'm actually going to tie this one with metallica - beyond magnetic....both are solid EP offerings from old school favorites.
there was a lot of solid releases this year, but i'll stick to ten just because.
Edit: I'd like to throw in finding this forum, and especially metal-fi, helping me learn about great music. Merry f***ing Chrismas metalheads!
Edited by ferday - 12/13/12 at 12:55pm