It’s that time of year again: when we tell all of you folks what our favorite albums of 2012 were. Well, like last year I have compiled a few different lists and I wanted to start off with this one.
Who doesn’t love split albums? I mean, getting not one, but two bands on a single record is a thing of beauty. I listened a shit-ton of split albums this year and it was a pain in my ass narrowing down to only ten splits. This is what I have come to think of as the best split releases of 2012.
I haven’t listened to a shit-ton of black metal this year that has absolutely blown me away aside from the new Deathspell Omega and the debut release from Hunter’s Ground. Last year was a fantastic year for black metal, but this year I have really been grasping at straws. I recently received the new split release from the USBM bands Barghest (hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and False (from Minneapolis, Minnesota) and upon first listen I completely lost it. This is the album I have been waiting for. [Continue...]
Fuck yes! Here’s my top 10 for 2011. -Aaron
10. False – False
9. Liturgy – Aesthetica
8. Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance
7. Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
6. Ash Borer – Ash Borer
5. Beneath Oblivion – From Man to Dust / Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness
4. Loss – Despond / Taake – Noregs Vaapen
3. Krallice – Diotima
2. Blut Aus Nord – 777 Sect(S)
By Lane Oliver
Last year, a band I had not heard of before then graced my ears with their album, Ressentiment. That album was my favorite of 2010 and continues to be one of my favorite records of all time. East of the Wall are one of the most unique and impressive bands that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. When a little bird told me that they were writing new music, I was very excited but my expectations were high. Ressentiment, though slightly unfocused at times, was an instant classic for me and I figured the band would have a hard time topping it. Well, music fans, I give you their new album, The Apologist. You tell me if they topped Ressentiment or not.
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