Favourite Albums of 2012… SO FAR.

Death Grips – The Money Store

The first choice and the first one that comes to my mind, no doubt at the top of the pile for me so far this year. Even when I heard the three or four songs promotionally released before the album, I knew that I would love it, but in no way as much as I actually did – I could listen to this album over and over and over without getting bored. Not many can make me do that. Noisy and abrasive hip-hop.

Torche – Harmonicraft

Torche, in my opinion, took their “pop-sludge” from an ear-pounding hall approach to a stadium-flattening-size party beast. Some of these songs are just so BIG. Such a fun album, makes me want to drink beer and air guitar every time.

Melvins – Freak Puke

Although it’s “Melvins (Lite)”, I still class it as Melvins. I just thoroughly loved how dark and twisted this album was, really sank into new depths. Trevor Dunn is just great on it too, really brought out darkness from the Buzz and Dale.

Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II

I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this album due to that it’s pretty much the same as AOD, DOL I… but the fact is, surprisingly overlooked, it’s a second part/half. I just really enjoyed this album and found certain moments just as chilling or mesmerising as the first.

Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

Just one of the most vicious releases that Every Time I Die has released in a few years, the anger just jumps at you and seizes you by the throat. The riffs, as usual, have a southern twinge and are just so catchy. Some tracks really do take a while to get used to, or at least it did for me. And there’s a banjo at one point, what more could anyone want?

Ab-Soul – Control System

This was my first time hearing Ab-Soul, and it took a while (mainly consisting of repeatedly listening to the Danny Brown feature track), but then it clicked. He’s really setting his own style and just really refreshing.

Joey Bada$$ – 1999

Just listen to it if you need hope that hip-hop might return to its 90’s roots.

Black Swan – Aeterna

Beautiful ambient drone but with a horror twist, like a soundtrack to a silent horror film played in slow motion. This is also a new artist to me and one of my favourite discoveries of the year.

Cattle Decapitation – Monolith Of Inhumanity

Brutal, relentless, punishing, violent, disgusting, horrifying, cruel… all you need in a brutal death metal/grindcore album, it’s right here. Travis just really outdoes all his vocals on previous albums with this, which is a bold statement to say the least, but true to my ears.

Black Breath – Sentenced To Life

I like their previous releases, but this is the first one that I find blows me away while not getting boring early on. It’s not exactly mindblowing, but I just find it a enjoyable listen. Crunchy riffs!

Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 2

Just another starling collection of hip-hop beats by Clams. I never really understand why he lets people rhyme over his beats, but I’m glad he puts these mixtapes out of them untouched.

Unfortunately, there’s a load of new albums that I haven’t been able to listen to or haven’t gotten around to… there’s a lot of it out there! Especially the new Gojira album, I’ve only heard a handful of tracks so far, but not the whole thing.

Let me know what your favourites are so far.

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4 thoughts on “Favourite Albums of 2012… SO FAR.

  1. Mark/Angel says:

    Wow, the number of people who’ve been raving about Sentenced To Life. I’ll be adding that to my list when I get time to sit down with some new releases along with the Cattle Decapitation as I mentioned before.

    My list is up on a collab site for the top 5 I had at that time: http://ametalstateofmind.com/2012/06/08/angels-top-5-albums-of-2012-so-far/
    If I may draw your attention to King Giant, I recommend that one strongly. Good bluesy stoner metal.

    I also recommend Hammers’ latest, crusty thrashing punk: http://hammers.bandcamp.com/releases

    If you like Dark Tranquillity, Lahmia’s début Into The Abyss is solid:

    That’s all I got for now!

  2. Imagica says:

    Shit… top albums of 2012… so far… I haven’t really caught up with underground stuff lately so you’d probably laugh in disgust at my top favs so far so go easy on me, it’s pretty mainstream…

    Eve 6-Speak In Code: A nice blast from the past.

    Linkin Park-Living Things: Finally a Linkin Park album thats worth a shit in the past decade.

    The Cranberries-Roses: Wonderfully melodic.

    The Rasmus-The Rasmus: Pretty much everything they do is amazing.

    The Bunny The Bear-Stomach For It: Not nearly as good as the last 2 but not bad.

    Marilyn Manson-Born Villain: Better than the last 2.

    And my guilty pleasures…

    fun.-Some Nights: Catchy as hell.

    BOTDF-Evolution: Fucking terrible… but its unintentionally hilarious to listen to.

    What I’m looking forward to…

    The Birthday Massacre-Hide and Seek: Fuck yeah.

    • richreviewz says:

      Jeez, this is sorta a nostalgia trip reading that… I didn’t realise The Rasmus were still going?! I did buy that album they had the big hit with, can’t remember though. And I’ve actually been wondering whether that new Cranberries album is worth checking out – I love Dolores so much, haha. Recommended then?

      I’ve not heard of Eve 6, The Bunny The Bear or BOTDF, so you know stuff I don’t so you can laugh at me, haha. I’m not really a fan of Linkin Park (although every review I’ve watched of that album has been good), TBM and never really got Marilyn Manson.

      My list by the end of the year is probably gonna be a lot different… there’s so many great releases this year, and more coming!

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