Albums

  1. Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora’s Piñata – Symphonic Avant-garde Metal
  2. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage – Progressive Death Metal
  3. Meshuggah – Koloss – Extreme Metal
  4. Sybreed – God is an Automation – Progressive Industrial Metal
  5. High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis – Sludge Metal
  6. Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence – Progressive Metal
  7. The Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud – Pop Metal
  8. Nile – At The Gates Of Sethu – Death Metal
  9. Cannibal Corpse – Torture – Death Metal
  10. Storm Corrosion – Storm corrosion – Ambient / Avant-Garde
  11. Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol – Doom Metal
  12. The Algorithm – Polymorphic Code – Glitch/Electronic Metal
  13. Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity -Deathgrind
  14. Breaking Orbit – The Time Traveller – Progressive Rock
  15. Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living – Hardcore Punk
  16. Klone – The Dreamer’s Hideaway – Progressive Metal
  17. Murder Contructs – Results – Deathgrind
  18. Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy – Avant-garde Black Metal
  19. Deftones – Koi No Yokan – Alternative Metal
  20. Infected Mushroom – Army of Mushrooms – Psytrance/DnB
  21. Anathema  – Weather Systems – Progressive rock
  22. Igorrr – Hallelujah – Experimental/Breakcore
  23. Kayla Scintilla – Dance The Spiral Never Ending – Psytrance
  24. Pig Destroyer – Book Burner – Grindcore
  25. In The Silence – A Fair Dream Gone Mad – Progressive Metal
  26. The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet – Alternative rock
  27. Katatonia – Dead End Kings – Progessive Metal
  28. Twelve Foot Ninja – Silent Machine – Progressive Rock
  29. Enslaved – RIITIIR – Progressive Black Metal
  30. Ihsahn – Eremita – Progressive Metal
  31. OM – Advaitic Songs – Doom Metal
  32. Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas – Industrial Blackgrind
  33. Jeff Loomis – Plains Of Oblivion – Progressive Metal
  34. Sigur Ros – Valtari – Ambient
  35. Napalm Death – Utilitarian – Deathgrind
  36. Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme – Brutal Death Metal
  37. The Faceless – Autotheism – Progressive Death Metal
  38. Monuments – Gnosis – Djent
  39. Jack White – Blunderbuss – Rock / Blues
  40. Fear Factory – The Industrialist – Industrial Metal
  41. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Mathcore
  42. The Contortionist – Intrinsic – Progressive Metal
  43. Panzerballett – Tank Goodness – Jazz Metal
  44. Trepalium – H.N.P. – Progressive Death Metal
  45. Cryptopsy – Cryptopsy – Technical Death Metal
  46. Angelus Apartrida – The Call – Thrash Metal
  47. Orange Goblin – Eulogy For The Damned – Stoner Metal
  48. Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune – Ambient Electronica
  49. Gorod – A Perfect Absolution – Technical Death Metal
  50. Dethkolk – Dethalbum III – Death Metal
  51. Incoming Cerebral Overdrive – Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift – Post-Hardcore
  52. A Forest Of Stars – A Shadowplay for Yesterdays – Progressive Black Metal
  53. Aeon – Aeons Black – Death Metal
  54. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind – Progressive Hardcore
  55. Periphery – Periphery II: This time it’s personal – Progressive Metal
  56. Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay – Post-Metal
  57. Job for a cowboy – Democracy – Death Metal
  58. Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression – Technical Death Metal
  59. Illdisposed – Sense The Darkness – Death Metal
  60. Silversun Pickups – Neck Of The Woods – Indie Rock
  61. Skyharbor – Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos – Progressive Metal
  62. Mnemic – Mnemesis – Industrial Metal
  63. Wintersun – Time I
  64. Aborted – Global Flatline – Technical Death metal
  65. Norse – All Is Mist And Fog – Black Metal
  66. Sabaton – Carolus Rex – Power Metal
  67. Ex Deo – Caligvla – Death Metal
  68. Hour of Penance –  Sedition – Technical Death Metal
  69. The Machine – Calmer Than You Are – psychedelic stoner rock
  70. Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest And The Blackbird – Doom Metal
  71. Rush – Clockwork Angels – Progressive Rock
  72. Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Octopus Kool Aid – Experimental
  73. Waning – The Human Condition – Black Metal
  74. Torche – Harmonicraft – Progressive Sludge Metal
  75. Les Discrets – Ariettes Oubliees – Shoegaze / Post-Rock
  76. Diabulus in musica – The Wanderer – Symphonic Metal
  77. Kontrust – Second Hand Wonderland – Crossover
  78. Bilocate – Summoning The Bygones – Doom/Death Metal
  79. Sear Bliss – Eternal Recurrence – Progressive Black Metal
  80. Atoma – Skylight – Progressive Metal
  81. The HAARP Machine – Disclosure – Progressive Death Metal
  82. Be’lakor – Of Breath and Bone – Melodic Death Metal
  83. Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar – Experimental
  84. Delain – We are the Others –  Symphonic Metal
  85. Arkaik – Metamorphigntion – Technical Death Metal
  86. Miseration – Tragedy has spoken – Death Metal
  87. Der Weg Einer Friheit – Unstille – Black Metal
  88. Buckethead – Balloon Cement – Experimental
  89. Wood of Ypes – Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light – Doom Metal
  90. Ahab – The Giant – Funeral Doom Metal
  91. Candlemass – Psalms for the Dead – Doom Metal
  92. Crippled Black Phoenix – (Mankind) The Crafty Ape – Progressive Rock
  93. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist – Thrash Metal
  94. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal Of I – Black Metal
  95. In Mourning – Weight Of Oceans – Progressive Death Metal
  96. The Levitation Hex – The Levitation Hex – Progressive Death Metal
  97. Circa Survive – Violent Waves – Alternative Rock
  98. Die Antwoord – Ten$ion – Alternative Rap
  99. The Melvins – Freak Puke – Alternative Metal
  100. Allegaeon – Formshifter – Progressive Death Metal
  101. Suspyre – Suspyre – Progressive Power Metal
  102. Killing Joke – MMXII – Alternative Rock
  103. Jesus Ain’t In Poland – Freiheit Macht Frei – Grindcore
  104. Cloudkicker – Fade – Progressive Metal
  105. Dir en grey – Uboboros  [Remastered & Expanded] – Progressive Metal
  106. Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent – Symphonic Metal
  107. Borknagar – Urd – Progressive Black Metal
  108. Ahent – Inheritance – Progressive Metal
  109. Galahad – Battle Scars – Progressive Rock
  110. Outcast – Awaken the Reason – Technical Death Metal
  111. Astra – The Black Chord – Psychedelic Progressive Rock
  112. Amon – Liar In Wait – Brutal Death Metal
  113. Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth – Thrash Metal
  114. Eprom – Metahuman – Electronic
  115. Necrovation – Necrovation – Death Metal
  116. Unipolar Manic-Depressive Psychosis – Psychodelicus Decibeli – Progressive Metal
  117. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending To Infinity – Power Metal
  118. Vergeltung – Exploration Of Space – Cyber Metal
  119. Eluveitie – Helvetios – Folk Metal
  120. Process Of Guilt – Fæmin – Doom Metal
  121. Crystal Castles – (III ) – Experimental Electronic
  122. Asphyx – Deathhammer – Old School Death Metal
  123. Moonspell – Alpha Noir – Progressive Death
  124. Rings of Saturn – Dingir – Technical Dethcore
  125. Gazpacho – March of Ghosts – Progressive Rock
  126. Prong – Carved Into Stone – Groove Metal
  127. Jodis – Black Curtain – Shoegaze/Post-Rock
  128. Stam1na – Nocebo – Progressive Metal
  129. Old Man Gloom – NO – Sludge/Doom Metal
  130. Mgla – With Hearts Towards None – Progressive Black Metal
  131. Children Collide – Monuments – Indie Rock
  132. Beneath the Massacre – Incongruous – Technical Death Metal
  133. Taproot – The Episodes – Nu-Metal
  134. Alcest – Les Voyages De L’Âme – Ambient Black Metal
  135. Enochain Theory – Life…And All It Entails – Progressive Rock
  136. DrDoom – Everyone Is Guilty – Deathgrind
  137. The Shins – Port Of Morrow – Indie Rock
  138. The Foreshadowing -Second World – Doom Metal
  139. Hooded Menace – Effigies Of Evil – Death Doom
  140. Heidevolk – Batavi – Folk Metal
  141. Moonspell – Omega White – Progressive Death
  142. Deadmau5 – > album title goes here < – Progressive House
  143. Zonaria – Arrival of the Red Sun – Melodic Death Metal
  144. Spawn of Possession – Incursion – Technical Death Metal
  145. Bend the Sky – Origins – Progressive Metal
  146. Bloc Party – Four – Indie Rock
  147. Odium – Burning The Bridges To Nowhere – Melodic Death Metal
  148. Secrets of the Moon – Seven Bells – Black Metal
  149. Azaghal – Nemesis – Black Metal
  150. Thee Orakle – Smooth Comforts False – Progressive Death
  151. Becoming the Archetype – I Am – Progressive Dethcore
  152. Pathology – The Time of Great Purification – Brutal Death Metal
  153. Hypno5e – Acid Mist Tomorrow – Mathcore
  154. Hail Spirit Noir – Pneuma – Black Metal
  155. Beyond Terror Beyond Grace – Nadir – Grindcore
  156. Circus Maximums – Nine – Progressive Metal
  157. Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline – Alternative Metal
  158. Celldweller – Wish Upon A Blackstar – DnB / Dubstep
  159. Pseudogod – Deathwomb Catechesis – Blackened Death Metal
  160. Beyond The Bridge – The Old Man And The Spirit – Progressive Rock
  161. Kobra and The Lotus – Kobra and The Lotus – Power Metal
  162. Ørkenkjøtt – Ønskediktet – Progressive Extreme Metal
  163. Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes – Viking Metal
  164. Pandemonium – Misanthropy – Black Metal
  165. Engel – Blood of Saints – Industrial / Metalcore
  166. Dawnbringer – Into The Lair Of The Sun God – Heavy Metal
  167. Onirophagus – Defiler Of Hope – Death Doom Metal
  168. Boys Noize – Out Of The Black – EDM
  169. God Forbid – Equilibrium – Groove Metal
  170. Dissona – Dissona – Progressive Metal
  171. The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania – Alternative Rock
  172. Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where it Ends – Doom Metal
  173. Lamb of God – Resolution – Groove Metal
  174. Baroness – Yellow & Green – Progressive Rock
  175. Catamenia – The Rewritten Chapters – Black Metal
  176. Savage Messiah – Plague Of Conscience – Thrash Metal
  177. Rise To Fall – Defying the Gods – Melodic Death Metal
  178. Drudkh – Eternal Turn Of Wheel – Black Metal
  179. Exilia – Decode – Nu-Metal
  180. Goatwhore – Blood For The Master – Groove Metal
  181. Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension – Alternative Rock
  182. Lonewolf – Army Of The Damned – Heavy Metal
  183. Masachist – Scorned – Death Metal
  184. Casketgarden – The Enstrangement Process – Melodic Death Thrash
  185. Shadows Fall – Fire From The Sky – Groove Metal
  186. Muse – The 2nd Law – Alternative Rock
  187. Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve – Progressive metal
  188. Accept – Stalingrad – Power Metal
  189. Enthroned – Obsidium – Black metal
  190. Avatar – Black Waltz  – Progressive Death Metal
  191. 3 Inches Of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal – Traditional Metal
  192. Dirge Within – There Will Be Blood – Groove Metal
  193. Unleashed – Odalheim – Death / Trash Metal
  194. Glass Cloud – The Royal Thousand – Metalcore
  195. Dawn Of Demise – Rejoice In Vengeance – Brutal Death Metal
  196. Aura Noir – Out to Die – Thrash Metal
  197. Threshold – March Of Progress – Progressive Power Metal
  198. Sylosis – Monolith – Metalcore
  199. Gallows – Gallows – Punk
  200. Ministry – Relapse – Industrial
  201. Korpiklaani – Manala – Folk Metal
  202. Xandria – Neverworld’s End – Symphonic Metal
  203. Rob Zombie – Mondo Sex Head – Electronic
  204. Putrid Pile – Blood Fetish – Brutal Death Metal
  205. Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast – Crossover Thrash
  206. The Presets – Pacifica – Electronica
  207. Unisonic – Unisonic – Power Metal
  208. Sigh – In Somniphobia – Black Metal
  209. Suicidal Angels – Bloodbath – Thrash Metal
  210. Impiety – Ravage & Conquer – Black Metal
  211. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Egor – Ambient Doom Jazz
  212. Hellyeah – Band of Brothers – Southern Groove Metal
  213. Brendan Small  – Galaktikon – Power Metal
  214. Dario Mollo & Tony Martin – The Third Cage – Rock
  215. Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name – Power Metal
  216. Cailba – I am Nemesis – Metalcore
  217. Soulfly – Enslaved – Nu-metal
  218. The Agonist – Prisoners – Metalcore
  219. The Word Alive – Life Cycles – Post-Hardcore
  220. Dragonforce – The Power Within – Power Metal
  221. Whitechapel – Whitechapel – Dethcore
  222. Lay down rotton – Mask of Malice – Death Metal
  223. Pallbeaer – Sorrow And Extinction – Doom Metal
  224. Serj Tankian – Harakiri – Alternative Rock
  225. John 5 – God Told Me To – Instrumental Rock
  226. Glass Cloud – The Royal Thousand – Metalcore
  227. Architects – Daybreaker – Metalcore
  228. Lethian Dreams – Season of Raven Words
  229. Running Wild – Shadowmaker – Pirate Metal
  230. Soulfallen – The Promise of Hell – Melodic Death Metal
  231. Lunar Aurora – Hoagascht – Black Metal
  232. Make Them Suffer – Neverbloom – Dethcore
  233. Before the Dawn – Rise of the Phoenix – Melodic Death metal
  234.  Adrenaline Mob – Omerta – Heavy Metal
  235. Dark Princess – The World I’ve Lost – Gothic Metal
  236. Dreamscape – Everlight – Power Metal
  237. Zedd – Clarity – EDM
  238. Huntress – Spell Eater – Power Metal
  239. Cradle Of Filth – Midnight In The Labyrinth – Symphonic
  240. Six Feet Under – Undead – Death Metal
  241. Terrorizer – Horde of Zombies – Death Metal
  242. Nothnegal – Decadence – Melodic Death Metal
  243. Marilyn Manson – Born Villian – Alternative Metal
  244. Linkin Park – Living Things – Alternative Rock
  245. Silent Descent – Mind Games – Electro Metal
  246. The Word Alive – Life Cycles – Metalcore
  247. Disfiguring the Godless – Sleeper – Brutal Death Metal
  248. Lana Lane – El Dorado Hotel – Symphonic Metal
  249. Parkway Drive – Atlas – Metalcore
  250. Abigail Williams – Becoming – Black Metal
  251. Exxila – Decode – Nu-Metal
  252. Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus – The Remixes – Industrial
  253. Abominable Putridity – The Anomalies of Artificial Origin – Brutal Death Metal
  254. The Amity Affliction – Chasing Ghosts – Post-Hardcore
  255. The Devastated – Devil’s Messenger – Dethcore
  256. Impending Doom – Baptised in Filth -Dethcore
  257. Dreamcatcher – Emerging from the shadows
  258. Zero Hour – Dementia – Trance ‘metal’
  259. Kraanium – Post Mortal Coital – Brutal Death metal

EP’s

  1. Trioscapes – Separate Realities – Experimental Jazz
  2. Hacktivist – Hacktivist – Rap Djent
  3. David Maxim Micic – Bilo 2.0 – Experimental Djent
  4. T.R.A.M – Lingua Franca – Experimental Jazz
  5. Deathspell Omega – Drought – Math Black Metal
  6. Blut Aus Nord –  – Avant-garde Black Metal
  7. TesseracT – Perspective – Progressive rock
  8. Dawn Of Demntia – Residuum – Brutal Death Metal
  9. Sydonia – Waiting For Words That Don’t Exist
  10. Dark Tranquillity – Zero Distance – Progressive Metal
  11. Deadmau5 – The Veldt – Progressive House
  12. Overwerk – After Hours – EDM
  13. Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here – Progressive Metal
  14. Far Too Loud – Firestorm – Fidget/Dubstep
  15. Revocation – Teratogenesis – Thrash Metal
  16. D.I.M – Living In Advance – EDM
  17. Kill The Noise – Black Magic – EDM
  18. Knife Party – Rage Valley – Drum and Step/ Dubstep
  19. Zomboy – The Dead Symphonic – EDM/Dubstep
  20. Shining – Lots Of Girls Gonna Get Hurt – Black Metal
  21. Neurotech – Decipher Vol. 1 – Cyber Metal
  22. Jack Beats – Careless – EDM
  23. Nick Thayer – Like Boom – Electro House
  24. Tortured Sould – End Of Dreams – Death Metal
  25. Birdy Nam Nam – Jaded Future – Electro House
  26. Dream – This Isn’t House – Electronic
  27. Exotype – Emerge – Dubstep Metal
  28. Chelsea Grin – Evolve – Dethcore

 

If you are like me, you are completely sick of the countless ‘Reality’ shows, that make pop stars, The Voice, X Factor, Idol; That just pump out generic artist after generic artist, and are responsible for some of the worst ‘artists’ to come onto the world stage, yes I am talking about that group of fake boys that sing about taking advantage of insecure girls.

The whole concept of these shows are flawed, if they are not going to perform their own music each week, you become a shell of a real artist, known for performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah really well, or a good impression of lady gaga, who knows, but do you see the problem? You do well for imitating an artist, not becoming your own artist, music to me is best, when pushing the boundaries of what we know about sound, being different, being creative and unique. This is why I believe the art of the writing process takes more talent than performing said song.

How to fix this model? Well it is simple, don’t be a glorified Karaoke show and get your artists to write and perform an original song each week, sure this can be just a singing show, but we need to get out of the ‘singer is the only person that is important’ mindset, and have actual bands performing each week…wow that would be awesome wouldn’t it? I know a lot of governments and people keep on saying that we need more Australian music, we need bands, If you have a show where bands perform each week and have maybe a final 10. That is 10 Australian bands that is getting massive attention, whom each will have an album under-way, and if they get eliminated, give them resources to finish said album. By the end of the show you will have 10 different albums by 10 different bands. At 5-pieces a band, that is 50 people you have helped get their music careers afloat.

I think this is the kind of show people want to watch instead of the current tripe, people are not stupid they see that the current shows are a record company trying to make a quick buck on the success of the ‘cookie-cutter artist’ they just created, but having original bands playing original songs..that is something people want.

Best Death Metal Album:

Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage, This album was so close to being the Album of the year for me, the decision was the hardest decision I have had to make writing my 2012 list, however some may debate that this album is actually death metal, but I believe it is. The album is brilliant from start to finish, chunky riffs that make the hairs on my arms stick up ever single time I listen to it and beautifully arranged songs that make this the greatest Death Metal album of this year

Best Black Metal Album:

Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy, this year I have felt there has been few stand out Black Metal albums, however one stands above them all, that is Blut Aus Nord’s conclusion of the 777 trilogy, over the last 18 or so months they have released a trilogy of albums that has boggled the minds of metalheads, the twisted, dark and grim atmosphere to these albums is what has attracted me and kept me coming back, the sound-scape that Blut Aus Nord creates is unmatched in modern metal and should be a lesson to any atmosphere obsessed fans.

Best Progressive Metal Album:

Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence, For years I have thought of BTBAM as a mediocre Metalcore band, mainly due to the name, if a band name is a sentence I usually stay away, however this year I decided to forego my previous rule and give them a serious listen..and boy was It worth it, this album is amazing. As they were a metalcore band they have cut all ties with that genre and become a behemoth in the Progressive Metal scene.

Best Progressive Rock Album:

Breaking Orbit – The Time Traveller, Breaking Orbit is a progressive rock band, out of the Australian progressive rock scene, the scene I feel that Australia should be most proud of with countless amazing bands coming out of it, with little mainstream recognition. This debut album is fantastic from start to finish, the use of some world music elements only help to build the solid progressive foundation that it masters, mixed with amazing drumming, beautiful spacing and crushing riffs makes this the greatest progressive rock album of 2012.

Best Sludge/Doom Metal Album:

High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis, for anyone that is a follower of Sludge, Stoner or Doom, this should come at no surprise, with Matt Pike at the helm, this band can do no wrong, each album is better than the last and I had the pleasure of seeing them perform live this year. This album is raw and beautiful, with riffs that make you want to get up and headbang. All I can say is, you really need to listen to this album if you have not before.

Best Grindcore Album:

Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity, this album is by far the best Cattle Decapitation album to date, the fury and brutality is unmatchable. This album made me think of this genre in a completely different way, and helped me open up to a lot more Grindcore and I thank this album for doing that, because I would have missed out on a lot of great albums form my pre-dismissions of the genre.

Best Indie Rock Album:

Silversun Pickups – Neck Of The Woods , This album came out of nowhere for me, I had not heard this band before, the drummer, I find is the best drummer I have ever heard in a Indie Rock band, the signer is brilliant without being too whiney, the phrasing of the songs on the album are brilliant, which makes it the best Indie Rock album of the year.

Best Ambient Album:

Storm Corrosion – Storm corrosion, This group is the brain child of two people that were destined to create an album together, unfortunately it looks to be a one time occurrence, however this album is an Ambient masterpiece, the textures are beautiful and the whole album I can lay on my bed and get lost in atmosphere that only music could convey.

Best Electronic Album:

The Algorithm – Polymorphic Code I have been listening to The Algorithm since it’s conception, however this is the French man’s debut album…and what a debut, the whole album is riddled with glitch glory that I have grown to adore, and being a Computer Scientist, I get a kick out of the song titles and themes.

Best Electronic Dance Album:

Infected Mushroom – Army of Mushrooms , Army of Mushrooms marked a change in Infected Mushroom’s sound, they went from very Psytrance root to a more Drum and Bass/Dubstep sound however keeping a bit of Psytance along the way, this makes them a stand out mature act in the scene, this album is fantastic, extremely unique and full of energy, this is why it is the best EDM album of 2012.

Best Experimental Album:

Igorrr – Hallelujah, Ahhh Igorrr, you odd motherfucker, back with another album that is amazing, and the sole reason why I kept off writing my 2012 list until now, his latest album was released on 21/12/12 for obvious reasons. The album is filled with oddity and craziness yet being very coherent in a nice package, most of all it is a fun album one I can just put on and confuse most people. This is why it is the Experimental album of 2012.

Best Debut Album:

In The Silence – A Fair Dream Gone Mad, This band came out of absolutely nowhere, they are a bandcamp band that I discovered recently, they take a lot of inspiration from one of my favourite bands, Katatonia, however not to the point where they rip-off them. This album is just phenomenal that will probably be just a blip on the screen, so please do yourself a favour and check it out on bandcamp.

Best Djent Album:

Monuments – Gnosis, I know what you are going to say, ‘Djent’ isn’t a genre, how can it have it’s own category, it’s just a off-shoot of Progressive Metal, well the whole Progressive Metal genre is currently well over-crowded so it doesn’t hurt breaking it up a bit. But this album is by what I call the world’s bounciest band, this album is groovy as fuck that I just can’t stop bouncing too, it is infectious.

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Album:

Die Antwoord – Ten$ion, Yes I give rap a chance, I can’t dismiss a whole genre from the little amount of enjoyable music it has produced, one being this album, from absoultely outrageous Die Antwoord. Their music is just so in your face and ravey, you just can’t help but like it, as for the rapping both are fantastic however I prefer Yo-Landi (female), with her high pitch take on it.

Best Power Metal Album

Sabaton – Carolus Rex , I am no stretch of the imagination a fan of Power Metal, however from all of the Power Metal albums I have listened to this year, this is by far the best. Sabaton are extremely cheesy and very over the top like all power metal bands, they just do it in some other way that I fail to put my finger on. But I can hounestly say this is the first Power Metal album I have enjoyed cover to cover.

The Biggest Metal News Of 2012:

Randy Blythe gets charged with Manslaughter, This news shocked a lot of metalheads around the globe, a band as big as Lamb Of God’s lead singer getting charged of the manslaughter of a 19 year old Czech teenager, by throwing him back into the crowd, which he received injuries from and died later in hospital later. Blythe has been formally Indicted of the charges and facing trail in the Czech Republic on February the 4th, 2013.

Best Live Gig:

Between The Buried And Me & Animals As Leaders 17th of Nov 2012, Metro Theatre, Sydney, I have not attended many gigs this year as I would have liked due to my final year of uni commitment, however this gig was the best I have been to this year. Both bands performed amazingly that words cannot describe, all I can say is, I wish I was still there.

‘What the fuck that is actually good?’ Award: Best album that I did not expect

Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living, Holy shit this album came out of nowhere and landed on my lap, Cancer Bats, when I gave it a chance this was my thought pattern “I have heard the name before, sounds like a crap band…but hey they are looking to be performing in Australia soon, I guess I will give it a listen….how haven’t I listened to this band before, oh they are Hardcore Punk..a genre that I have never really given a chance in the past. However they say they are hardcore punk, but a lot of it sounds metal, but still I get the hardcore part…but it’s not metalcore”. This is where I came to the realisation this is Metalcore…this is what Metalcore should be.

Worst Album Of The Year:

Kraanium – Post Mortal Coital, The worst album this year, don’t get me wrong I love brutal/slam death metal…but this album is just utter crap, a good slam death metal band needs groove (for example: Dying Fetus) it needs some substance not just chunky guitar, gargle vocals, chunky guitar, gargle vocals, chunky guitar, if you took the distortion off the guitar it would probably sound like twinkle, twinkle little star. This is the music that gives Death Metal a bad name, which pisses me the fuck off. If you are going to write music like this…don’t bother, we already have it.

‘Why do people like that?’ Award: The album everyone seems to like that I hate

The Amity Affliction – Chasing Ghosts, I save you the trouble of listening to this album, here it is, Screamy vocals, Bass Drop, Awful ‘Blink-182′ Vocals, Breakdown, Rinse and repeat. Why do people keep on getting fooled by this formula music? Who knows, this album hit the top of the charts here in Australia, and it was a huge achivement for the ‘hard scene’ in Australia. Australia really needs to get it’s act together with good heavy music, enough of this Parkway Drive, Northlane bullshit.

Genre of the Year:

Grindcore, Grindcore has been the genre of this year, the amount of amazing albums from this genre is mindblowing, just to name a few, Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity , Murder Contructs – Results, Napalm Death – Utilitarian and Pig Destroyer – Book Burner. For a genre that I have not had much interest before, this year has changed the way I view Grindcore and made it such a enjoyable part of my listening schedule.

EP Of The Year:

Trioscapes – Separate Realities, This is the first music out of this ‘supergroup’ Trioscapes is an Expiremental Jazz band, their music is very similar to another band that released their first music this year ‘T.R.A.M’ However, Serparate Realities is miles better, it’s beautiful sax playing, amazing drumming, and the welcome addition of just a single bass without a guitar turns out to be amazing. Please do yourself the pleasure of listening to this E.P.

Album Of The Year:

Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora’s Piñata To come to the Album of the year….This album is completely out this world, it took me 5 hours to actually get through because I was keep on restarting it because I wanted to hear it all again before I actually finished it, I had to fight myself not 10 go back to the start, which was amusing. But this album fuses Swing, Metal, Opera in one flawless package. If you take anything out of this post LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM….let me say that again, if you didn’t hear me the first time..LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM, this album will get overlooked by many people, it’s a shame really, but this is the album of this year, enjoy.

First off, how did Indie music begin? where did it originate? and who were the ones to first have the sound and attitude? Indie music originated in Britain from the Manchester region, with a band called The Smiths. The Smiths brought this kind of attitude “I’m different to everyone else, but that is ok, it is because I am more intelligent than everyone else” and “Making music for the sake of making music” this attracted very distinct crowd of people, you may refer to them as hipsters now. The Smiths made an impact to mainstream when they appear on a British music show called ‘Top of the Pops’ where they performed (forced to mime) the well know song “This Charming Man”, this completely shocked the audience, from the usual artists like Tina turner and other really over polished garbage that was playing at that time, to a band that were so different to what they have heard. This was the beginning of Indie Music.

The beginning of Indie Music


From this came many other bands, with the same mindset as The Smiths. If you did not have that mindset you were not an indie band as far as I am concerned, well that and intricate creative guitar playing, a good vocalist….and lets face it a bland drummer. Bands that followed included Pixies, Sonic Youth, Primal Scream (Pictured),  and countless of other bands spawning one of the most important music change of the mid 80’s to early 90’s. This is the most admirable thing I find with indie music the attitude of making music for the sake of making music not making music for the paycheck at the end of the week, I find this extremely similar to the current metal scene; those poor ass Metalheads hahaha, all they love is banging their head, however this is what makes good music. But then came the dark days of Indie Music…Oasis and Blur were spawned.

Oasis were formed in 1991, they were formally known as ‘The Rain’. Blur formed 3 years earlier in London, however released their first album ‘Leisure’ in 1991. But what could of happened for the bands to kill the mindset of Indie music? In the hype of Blur’s third release ‘Parklife’ and Oasis’s debut of ‘Definitely Maybe’ a division between the two bands came into fruition. The rift between the bands that sound extremely similar that they should be great friend shouldn’t of happened however through sheer arrogance on both sides it did, I always believe an ego is a musicians worst enemy this is reason for that. Now in the big feud how did the bands decide who was the better band? Through first week album sales….Sales?!…nooo. They took a form of music that started off 10 years earlier, that was innocently making music for the sake of making music and that no one was better than anyone else with a ‘just have fun and enjoy the music’ attitude . To finding who was the better band by album charts. That is how Oasis and Blur killed the Indie Scene.

Sybreed – God is an Automation

God is an AutomationRelease Date: September 24th
Genre: Progressive Industrial Metal

Sybreed – God is an Automation is the fourth full-length release from Sybreed, with the other 3 being in my opinion masterpieces. I got into Sybreed 3 years ago while listening to the The Pules Of Awakening an amazing album that is so unique that it blew me off my seat, with it’s electronic chunky-metal fusion. From then I listened to the rest of their discography and was amazed at the amount of musicianship and songwriting that went into every track. At the start of 2012 I missed their tour of Australia very disappointingly, hopefully they will tour down here again once this album is released. They have released a drum and guitar studio diaries, the Album art work is from my favourite artist Seth Siro Anton which you can read here from my own blog. You can listen and learn more about the band here, they are very much worth your time

You can view their first track from the album here

The Faceless – Autotheism

God is an AutomationRelease Date: August 14th
Genre: Progressive Technical Death Metal

The Faceless – Autotheism is the third full-length release from The Faceless, this album has been long overdue with their last release being four years ago. I discovered The Faceless 5 years ago before their Planetary Duality release, they were on the border of Death Metal and Dethcore at this stage. I loved it however they had the potential to become, how can I put it?…crap. But the Planetary Duality album really dismantled any doubts I had with them, and I love their whole discography. I saw The Faceless in 2009 as part of the Summer Slaughter tour where I also saw Necrophagist, Dying Fetus and Aborted, The Faceless were brilliant. I remember I just stared at the drummer the whole set in amazement. They have two studio reports out, Number 1 and Number 2, there is also a live version of a new song called Deconsecrate which some bit almost sound like Mr Bungle, which makes me very giddy about. The album artwork I have not found out who has made it, I am currently hearing back from the band about that.

You can view the Album’s trailer here

Katatonia – Dead End Kings

Katatonia - Dead End KingsRelease Date: August 27th
Genre: Alternative Metal

Katatonia – Dead End Kings is the ninth full-length release in the long career of Katatonia. I discovered Katatonia all the way back in 2007 the first song I listened to was ‘My Twin’ off The Great Cold Distance album. After that I was hooked, listening to everything they have ever done and not going a day without listening a couple of songs by them, they are one of the highest played bands in my music collection and I will listen to them until I am in the ground. To date I have not seen them live, which I am hoping will change after this album, I hope they do a headline tour of Australia, one can only dream. The band has an interview on the new album and their upcoming tour of Europe, the artwork is made by Travis Smith who has made their artworks since 1999, you can view all of Travis’s works here

You can view the song Dead Letters from the new album here

Cryptopsy – Cryptopsy

Cryptopsy - CryptopsyRelease Date: September 11th
Genre: Technical Death Metal

Cryptopsy – Cryptopsy is the seventh full-length album by the Canadian Death metal pioneers. I found my self listening to Cryptopsy in 2005 where albums such as None so Vile and Whisper Supremacy became very regular in my listening. Their combination of atypical grooves and chunky ass riffs that you can sink your teeth into made me a fan for life. However…their latest woeful release made me cringe and my respect for the band had gone. Since 2008 when that abomination came out, I did not listen to Cryptopsy very often and then I listened to the new album trailer….Cryptopsy is back and with a vengeance, this made me incredibly happy and made me full of excitement for the new album, however I will have to wait until the album comes out to make a opinion on it. To date I have not seen them live, the artwork is made by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie the Guitarist and Keyboardist from Mnemic whose work can be found here

You can view the trailer from the new album here

Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence

Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future SequenceRelease Date: October 9th
Genre: Progressive Metal

Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence is the seventh full-length by the crazy American fuckers. I have only started listening to BTBAM at the start of this year. I was always turned off the idea of listening to them due to their name, sentence long names usally means the band is a shit core band. However I gave them a listen and was dumbfounded at what I heard such progression and technical attributes to the music that made them ridiculously interesting, for anyone that has not listened to them for the same reason, listen to them you will be surprised at what you find. I suggest checking out Alaska and Colours, I have not yet seen them live I am pretty sure they will tour down here soon though, The artwork is made by Chandler Owen whose work can be found here

You can view the song Telos from the new album here

Beinnale
It was a Saturday and I got up around 10am, which is extremely early for me, I had some toast and…missed my bus. I had to grovel to my house mate to give me a lift, which she thankfully did, I just made the train. The next hour and half was spent by listening to Spetic Flesh, The Horrors and Sybreed. Once that was finished I met up with two friends, Georgie and Nuno. We discussed for quite a while what to do, with the typical ‘I’m happy with whatever’ phase coming up more than I can count (around 5). We decided on an adventure to Chinatown, where we got…Thai.After we had finished lunch we ventured into Paddy’s Markets, where I was on a mission to get a zippo lighter, due to watching Mad Men for the weeks prior, the mission was a success. We rummaged through the piles of.. familiar stalls and I found this amazing Black Sabbath shirt, which I got more than excited for, however there was only small sizes, the disappointment was great haha. After a while we left and proceeded to Circular Quay for a ferry to Cockatoo island, we caught a free shuttle bus…didn’t even know Sydney had these..The bus was extremely pack, so much so the bus driver refused to leave until 5 people got off…it took longer than I would of hoped for.

When we arrived at Cicular Quay we were greeted with Trance/Didgeridoo performances.We moved our way to wharf 5 where we were prensented a massive line, this drowned our spirts a bit, but there was a captain cook to keep us company…no…I hated that guy, he was a twat. after about a 20 minute wait we boarded the ferry, a tiny bit later oh no, the Thai did not like the boat…but I was fine, it was a nice 15 minute ride which felt like no time at all, I love being on the water..there is something so peaceful about it. We hopped off the boat at Cockatoo Island and we proceeded to a temporary cafe there..after chasing a couple of Seagulls, we came to the cafe with extremely high prices haha, we discussed were to venture on the island, we decided on going through the tunnel to begin with, through going there was this amazing piece of Art which was called “Untitled [Oysters and Tea Cups]” by Jonathan Jones, it was spewing out of a enclosed hutch. We made our way to the tunnel, it was huge around 500m I estimate, in there was a great light piece that had a strobe effect.Sibyl - Philip Beesley Other pieces we saw included a Measeum of sculpted Animal genitalia, that was…interesting, An amazing labyrinth of ropes and paper with hidden art, Gaint Chains and just some indescribable things. We had to leave at 5:30, due that being the last ferry, we did not see as much as we would of like, so I am considering going back one day soon.

From a nice ferry travel we started to head to Georgie’s this involved a trek through UNSW and incredibly steep back streets, but we made it, where we met Georgie’s neighbour Ben. We got ready to go a Jazz club in Surry Hills called 505, we were greeted with modest line, that only took a short while to get inside to find this really nice atmosphere waiting for us, the stage was situated at the front of the venue with the instruments already set up a James Mullergrand piano, double bass, a drum kit (a little small for my liking) and a guitar. We headed to a table that was a good distance away and pondered the menu, I decided on Nachos, wine, wine and more wine. We waited paitenly for the group to start the group (Manins, Muller, Nock) featured an amazing Australian guitarist called James Muller, so I was excited to see what was in stall for me, the group came on and you could immediately feel the feel of the room change, it was buzzing. The group started with cliche corny talk from the saxaphone, which was quite funny and they went into some fantastic music that was extremely open so each member could show off and stun the crowd, but without a doubt the stand out was Muller whom closed with an amazing solo that blew me off the seat. The band played 2 sets approximately 1 hour for each. After the gig I went and thanked Muller for the great performance. Then we headed off to a pub and had a couple of beers…and I can’t remember the rest of the night. I made a short film of the day which you can view below, also Images used in this post are not mine and entitled to their respective owners.

These are the Albums and EP’s that have come out this year and Listened to, for albums I would recommend the first 50 and with EP’s I would recommend the first 8, I hope that you enjoy my list

Albums

Gojira - L'Efant Sauvage

Gojira – L’Efant Sauvage

  1. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage – Progressive Death Metal
  2. Meshuggah – Koloss – Progressive Metal
  3. Storm Corrosion – Storm corrosion – Ambient / Avant -Garde
  4. Nile – At The Gates Of Sethu – Death Metal
  5. The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet – Progressive rock
  6. Cannibal Corpse – Torture – Death Metal
  7. Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol – Doom Metal
  8. Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity -Deathgrind
  9. Infected Mushroom – Army of Mushrooms – Psytrance/DnB
  10. Anathema  – Weather Systems – Progressive rock
  11. Meshuggah - Koloss

    Meshuggah – Koloss

  12. Sigir Ros – Valtari – Ambient
  13. Ihsahn – Eremita – Progressive Metal
  14. Jeff Loomis – Plains Of Oblivion – Progressive Metal
  15. Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme – Brutal Death Metal
  16. Jack White – Blunderbuss – Rock / Blues
  17. Fear Factory – The Industrialist – Industrial Metal
  18. Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune – Ambient Electronica
  19. Periphery – Periphery II: This time it’s personal – Progressive Metal
  20. Job for a cowboy – Democracy – Death Metal
  21. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion

    Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion

  22.  Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression – Technical Death Metal
  23. Mnemic – Mnemesis – Industrial Metal
  24. Aborted – Global Flatline – Technical Death metal
  25. Kontrust – Second Hand Wonderland – Crossover
  26. Gorod – A Perfect Absolution – Technical Death Metal
  27. Sear Bliss – Eternal Recurrence – Progressive Black Metal
  28. Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar – Experimental
  29. Miseration – Tragedy has spoken – Death Metal
  30. Candlemass – Psalms for the Dead – Doom Metal
  31. Nile - At The Gates Of Sethu

    Nile – At The Gates Of Sethu

  32. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal Of I – Black Metal
  33. Wood of Ypes – Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light – Doom Metal
  34. Dir en grey – Uboboros  [Remastered & Expanded] – Progressive Metal
  35. Hour of Penance –  Sedition – Technical Death Metal
  36. Borknagar – Urd – Progressive Black Metal
  37. Eluveitie – Helvetios – Folk Metal
  38. Asphyx – Deathhammer – Old School Death Metal
  39. Circus Maximums – Nine – Progressive Metal
  40. Stam1na – Nocebo – Progressive Metal
  41. The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

    The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

  42. Moonspell – Alpha Noir – Progressive Death
  43. Gazpacho – March of Ghosts – Progressive Rock
  44.  Silversun Pickups – Neck Of The Woods – Alternative Rock
  45. Beneath the Massacre – Incongruous – Technical Death Metal
  46. Taproot – The Episodes – Nu-Metal
  47. Enochain Theory – Life…And All It Entails – Progressive Rock
  48. DrDoom – Everyone Is Guilty – Deathgrind
  49. The Shins – Port Of Morrow – Indie Rock
  50. Outcast – Awaken the Reason – Technical Death Metal
  51. The Foreshadowing -Second World – Doom Metal
  52. Cannibal Corpse - Torture

    Cannibal Corpse – Torture

  53. Moonspell – Omega White – Progressive Death
  54. Spawn of Possession – Incursion – Technical Death Metal
  55. Secrets of the Moon – Seven Bells – Black Metal
  56. Azaghal – Nemesis – Black Metal
  57. Die Antwoord – Ten$ion – Alternative Rap
  58. Alcest – Les Voyages De L’Âme – Ambient Black Metal
  59. Hypno5e – Acid Mist Tomorrow – Mathcore
  60. Pandemonium – Misanthropy – Black Metal
  61. Engel – Blood of Saints – Industrial / Metalcore
  62. The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania – Alternative Rock
  63. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol

    Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol

  64. Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where it Ends – Doom Metal
  65. Lamb of God – Resolution – Groove Metal
  66. Catamenia – The Rewritten Chapters – Black Metal
  67. Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve – Progressive metal
  68. Avatar – Black Waltz  – Progressive Death Metal
  69. Unleashed – Odalheim – Death / Trash Metal
  70. Sigh – In Somniphobia – Black Metal
  71. Brendan Small  – Galaktikon – Power Metal
  72. Soulfly – Enslaved – Nu-metal
  73. Whitechapel – Whitechapel – Dethcore
  74. Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Inhumanity

    Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity

  75. Lay down rotton – Mask of Malice – Death Metal
  76. Pallbeaer – Sorrow And Extinction – Doom Metal
  77. John 5 – God Told Me To – Instrumental Rock
  78. Architects – Daybreaker – Metalcore
  79.  Lethian Dreams – Season of Raven Words
  80. Soulfallen – The Promise of Hell – Melodic Death Metal
  81. Celldweller – Wish Upon A Blackstar – DnB / Dubstep
  82. Lunar Aurora – Hoagascht – Black Metal
  83.  Make Them Suffer – Neverbloom – Dethcore
  84. Before the Dawn – Rise of the Phoenix – Melodic Death metal
  85. Infected Mushroom - Army of Mushrooms

    Infected Mushroom – Army of Mushrooms

  86.  Dark Princess – The World I’ve Lost – Gothic Metal
  87. Dreamscape – Everlight – Power Metal
  88. Terrorizer – Horde of Zombies – Death Metal
  89. Nothnegal – Decadence – Melodic Death Metal
  90. Marilyn Manson – Born Villian – Alternative Metal
  91. Abigail Williams – Becoming – Black Metal
  92. Linkin Park – Living Things – Alternative Rock
  93. Silent Descent – Mind Games – Electro Metal
  94. Disfiguring the Godless – Sleeper – Brutal Death Metal
  95. Lana Lane – El Dorado Hotel – Symphonic Metal
  96. Anathema  - Weather Systems

    Anathema  – Weather Systems

  97. Exxila – Decode – Nu-Metal
  98. Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus – The Remixes – Industrial
  99. Abominable Putridity – The Anomalies of Artificial Origin – Brutal Death Metal
  100. The Devastated – Devil’s Messenger – Dethcore
  101. Impending Doom – Baptised in Filth -Dethcore
  102. Dreamcatcher – Emerging from the shadows
  103. Kraanium – Post Mortal Coital – Brutal Death metal
  104. Zero Hour – Dementia – Trance metal

EP’s

  1. Trioscapes – Separate Realities – Experimental Jazz
  2. Trioscapes - Separate Realities

    Trioscapes – Separate Realities

  3. T.R.A.M – Lingua Franca – Experimental Jazz
  4. Deathspell Omega – Drought – Math Black Metal
  5. TesseracT – Perspective – Progressive rock
  6. Dark Tranquillity – Zero Distance – Progressive Metal
  7. Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here – Progressive Metal
  8. Neurotech – Decipher Vol. 1 – Cyber Metal
  9. Nick Thayer – Like Boom – Electro House
  10. Chelsea Grin – Evolve – Dethcore