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HeadbangerMETAL MUSIC ARCHIVES PRESENTS: COLLABORATORS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2012!Headbanger

As usual, our wonderful group of collaborators put together a list of 2012-released albums they deemed worthy to be considered "best of the year".  Up to 30 were picked from each collab's brain and put through a rigorous grading process in which our Excel skills were put through hell and high water.  The outcome was a list that, as determined by our collabs, embodies the absolute finest in heavy metal during the year 2012.  So...let's go!

1. Enslaved - RIITIIR


Whoever said there�s nothing new under the sun obviously hasn�t met Enslaved.  Norway�s finest continue their seemingly never-ending evolution to release possibly their magnum opus; the band�s 12th studio album sounds just as fresh as most debuts, proving that the well of creativity may never run dry for those gifted enough to find it.  RIITIIR is, simply put, an album of extraordinary craftsmanship, and overwhelmingly deserving of the top spot in MMA�s 2012 Album of the Year.  

"Its rich and diverse blend of extreme and progressive styles of black metal makes for an album that is as heavy as it is intelligent, and a very worthy follow-up to 2010's stunning Axioma Ethica Odini. RIITIIR is a powerful, innovative, and overall killer album that may be Enslaved's finest masterwork to date. Amazing."
-J-man

2. Distorted Harmony - Utopia



With just their first crack at it, Israel�s Distorted Harmony lands in 2nd place in our poll.  A remarkable album considering the age of the musicians who play on it, Utopia draws so much attention not only because of the virtuosic instrumental work, but the fact that the band originally released the album for free on their SoundCloud page.  Sounding right at home next to all of your progressive rock classics from the �70s and their heavier offspring from decades later, Utopia is indeed a shining diamond in the rough; whoever abides by the philosophy �you get what you pay for� may want to take a listen to this.  Chances are they�ll make an exception.

"This album has it all � complex, flowing compositions that artfully weave a tale for the audience, instrumental wizardry, electric and symphonic soundscapes, great vocals, and good production. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, and easily one of the best albums of the year."
-DTGuitarFan

3. Baroness - Yellow and Green


Another band that just can�t stay in one place for too long, Baroness has struck gold with their third full-length release, Yellow & Green.  While this double album may continue the colored-title theme of previous efforts, Yellow & Green is far and away the most eclectic of Baroness� works to date, an impressive display of creativity that makes previous comparisons to bands such as Mastodon and High on Fire seem far-fetched at best.  While Red Album and Blue Record were solid in their own right, Yellow & Green might just be the piece of work that defines Baroness as a band: sprawling, creative, and never afraid to take a few risks.  In this case, they�re highly rewarded.

"'New musical direction' is perhaps the scariest combination of three words to fans of any band, but for my part Baroness' three year metamorphosis after the competent sludgefest Blue Record is an absolute triumph. A strange amalgam of stoner metal and the heaviest end of psychedelia, with a few spacier moments... the album is saved from becoming a nostalgia-fest by taking on musical influences from much more recent subgenres."
-Warthur
 
4. Overkill - The Electric Age



It�s just another day at the office for thrash metal veterans Overkill, who followed up the success of 2010�s Ironbound with another album of the same kind: pounding, riff-oriented, well-produced, and professional.  Another delicious blend of thrash and groove metal for the consummate hard workers, The Electric Age is without a doubt deserving of a place on this list.

"The Electric Age is beefier. It�s darker. It�s got even more aggression and even more attitude. Don�t think Overkill could get any better? Well, they just did."
-Diogenes

5. Headspace - I Am Anonymous



Something of a �supergroup,� Headspace released their debut to immediate favorable reception.  With the son of Rick Wakeman on keyboards and Damian Wilson on vocals, there�s already plenty for progressive rock fans to indulge in, and I Am Anonymous carries such superb musicianship throughout a lush soundscape that should be immediately pleasing for fans of this genre. 

"The way the music builds between sections easily drags me in and I often can�t believe it when these lengthy tracks seem over in the blink of an eye. The level of variety between the tracks also keeps the album fresh. Each of the eight pieces has its own feel and atmosphere."
-adg211288

6. Rush - Clockwork Angels



Perhaps their heaviest album yet, Rush�s Clockwork Angels takes the trio�s usually tight musicianship into uncharted territories; the steampunk universe penned by Neil Peart makes for quite the adventure indeed.  Instrumentally, the band has never sounded better, delivering its best hard rock riffs since the 1970s in a punchy production.  All the years of waiting have paid off for progressive rock fans.

"Clockwork Angels is a strong and fresh album, it is energetic, entertaining and focused, it is heavy rather often and has enough ideas per song to justify each song�s length. It just sounds vital and has enough depth to reward repeat listens."
-KingCrimsonProg

7. Meshuggah - Koloss



No strangers to innovation, Meshuggah returns with another brutally technical offering in Koloss.  The Swedes have begun focusing more on memorability and songwriting lately than in years past, but the end result is still no surprise to those who have followed the band faithfully for the past couple of decades: hard-hitting, djenty technical metal that many have replicated but few have mastered.  If there was ever any doubt, Meshuggah are still one of the latter.

"The playing is outstanding as ever and you�ll probably find yourself hynotized by the groove, the razor sharp riffing and the heavy beats that these guys deliver like no one else. So have they burned out on ideas or begun to repeat themselves? Hell no!!! Koloss is another high quality and distinct sounding album by Meshuggah, showcasing that they are fully capable of sounding unmistakably like themselves while at the same time incorporating enough twists to their sound, to make each album they release stand out as an individual entity in their discography. "
-UMUR

8. Threshold - March of Progress



In what was bound to be an instant favorite among our collabs, Threshold released their first album since the tragic passing of former vocalist Andrew �Mac� McDermott to a warm reception.  Damian Wilson sounds confident and charismatic as Threshold delivers their usual blend of melodic, sludgy, and accessible progressive metal in several well-written songs. 

"March of Progress undoubtedly delivers the same goods that fans have been expecting from Threshold for the past decade and a half. It�s classy, well-produced, and mature; none of which should be surprising, but will be delightfully devoured by metalheads and progheads all the same."
-Diogenes

9. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth



After releasing one of the most critically acclaimed �comeback� albums in thrash metal history in 2008�s The Formation of Damnation, Testament had a tall order in trying to top it.  Consider it done!  Dark Roots of Earth continues the roll Testament has been on since 2008, incorporating even more brutal elements into the unmistakable songwriting of guitarist Eric Peterson and vocalist Chuck Billy.  Thrash metal fans would be wise to check this one out.

"[Dark Roots of Earth] pretty much embodies the classic Bay Area Thrash sound, but in a way which still comes across as fresh and modern primarily through the excellent production job and the surprising amount of melody in the songwriting."
-KingCrimsonProg

10. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist



Yet another remarkably consistent thrash metal band earns a spot in our list in Kreator.  Having been on a tear since the turn of the millennium, the Germans show no signs of slowing down with their latest slab of well-produced melodic thrash.  �Professional� isn�t always a word that comes to mind when listening to such releases, but Kreator knows damn well what they�re doing, and as such it should be no surprise that Phantom Antichrist makes an appearance on our list.

"A return to the speedy thrash metal riffing of the eighties but with a more melodic, almost melodeath-like approach. In other words, a mature form of thrash metal, that while it certainly is aggressive and hard edged, is also varied and as mentioned melodic."
-UMUR

11. Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay



One of the most distinctive metal bands out there, Neurosis returns with yet another album based around one thing: a crushing atmosphere.  It seems like they go about this a different way with each offering, but Honor Found in Decay is vintage Neurosis; sludgy guitars, tasteful electronic sampling and tribal drumming make this a can�t-miss release for post-metal fans.

"While Honor Found in Decay is probably not an album that�ll surprise fans of the band, it�s still obvious that Neurosis are as creative and determined as ever. They not only write intriguingly structured and damn heavy and atmospheric music, they also deliver that music with a burning passion that�s admirable."
-UMUR


12. [TIE] Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I



Ne Obliviscaris� debut album lives up to its pre-release hype as a very impressive extreme prog metal release.  The Australians clearly have many realms of influenced, as this is much more than the all-too-common Opeth clone; included in Portal of I are violins and flamencos aside the expected growling and riffing, all delivered together with the youthful energy of a band out to prove they belong-and belong they do.

"[Ne Obliviscaris] draws in a lot of influences from both within and outside of the metal spectrum, so aside from progressive and black metal expect the odd passage to put you in mind of death metal, folk music, flamenco, and more. The band holds nothing back.  And to cut a long story short Ne Obliviscaris have brought all of this together into what I feel is one of the most unique sounding progressive metal releases I�ve heard for some time."
-adg211288

12. [TIE] Vaura - Selenelion



Featuring members of renowned avant-garde metal acts such as Kayo Dot and Maudlin of the Well, it should come as no surprise that Vaura�s debut album is hard to classify.  A musical rendition of some of director Stanley Kubrick�s most famous works, Vaura brings together elements from countless subgenres of music to create a group of tunes that is, quite simply, without comparison.  Definitely one for the open-minded.

"On the surface, Selenelion is a dark, heavy, and rather quirky album, but over repeated listens, beautiful melodies really begin to set in and leave a major impression on the listener. That's the sign of a great album in my opinion, and it's exactly this depth that makes Vaura such a worthwhile act."
-J-man

14. Wodensthrone - Curse



Wodensthrone�s second full-length album features post-rock and folk influences brought together into an atmosphere of ever-popular �blackgaze,� so much that this would probably be closer to a classification of atmospheric metal than black metal.  In any case, Curse displays a remarkable knack for creating dark atmospheres for listeners to lose themselves in, and most certainly deserves a spot on our list.

"With powerful compositions and exceptional performances, and a lyrical slant which combines nostalgia for olden-times paganism with a Wolves In the Throne Room-esque reverence of mother Earth and hatred of what we humans have done to her, the band certainly have most of the bases covered as far as atmospheric black metal goes, and they deliver the goods with aplomb."
-Warthur


15. Drudkh - Eternal Turn of the Wheel



Another high-quality atmospheric black metal release graces our list with Drudkh�s latest offering of crushing-yet-soothing soundscapes.  Quite the prolific band, Drudkh seemingly gets darker and darker with each release, but there�s something powerful about listening to Eternal Turn of the Wheel that will make it appeal to a wider fanbase.  Pop this one on at night and enjoy.

"One of the darkest albums of the band, Eternal Turn Of The Wheel has a really intriguing, fascinating and gloomy atmosphere that reminds of a nocturnal, spectral, and especially, sylvan sight, where ancient ghosts roam around."
-Phonebook Eater

16. To-Mera - Exile



A concept album dealing with internal struggles rather than a series of events, Exile lands on our list because of its unique take on the progressive metal subgenre.  A talented group of musicians, To-Mera pushes the envelope not by adding more sounds, but rather by sticking to their guns: long songs with instrumental breaks and mood changes with lush keyboards and guitar textures.  This formula is executed well enough to make To-Mera�s third full-length album their best yet.

"Pairing up dynamic, aggressive and atmospheric metal with a poignant concept, newcomers will be surprised by how well To-Mera are able to digest their influences into something convincing and fresh. Of course, existing fans of the band already knew to expect this!"
-Conor Fynes

17. [TIE] Ea - Ea



Russian funeral doom metal band Ea compiles their self-titled album with just one track, so it�s almost a forgone conclusion that fans of long-form, atmospheric metal will find much to enjoy here.  Loaded with layers of sludgy guitars and melancholic pianos, Ea delivers an impressive piece of funeral doom that keeps the listener engaged feeling every second of its intense atmosphere. 

"Funeral doom is a pretty difficult genre to pull off and keep entertaining and involving, but here I think Ea have done so. It's well worth finding a copy of this album if you're a fan of funeral doom and have 47 minutes to spare for an involved listen."
-renkls

17. [TIE] Ihsahn - Eremita



A rare �solo� album makes an appearance on our list thanks to the mastermind of Norwegian black metal band Emperor.  As with any solo act, Ihsahn flexes his creative muscles, dishing out plenty of progressive black metal enhanced by a great production and played by an impressive array of guest musicians, including Devin Townsend and Jeff Loomis.  Ihsahn�s trademark saxophone arrangements also make an appearance.

"Once again, Ihsahn surrounds his music with an incredible production, much cleaner and polished than some of his previous works, and with incredible musicians; he himself does a terrific job in every track, with both the shrieks and the clean vocals. "
-Phonebook Eater

17. [TIE] Xandria - Neverworld's End



Symphonic metal might be a subgenre that some folks are lukewarm on, but Xandria�s fifth full-length album would be an excellent choice to try winning those people over.  Simply put, it�s so epic, heavy, and just overall enjoyable to listen to that it makes preconceived notions about subgenres moot.  An impeccable atmosphere and powerful female vocals add a distinct flavor to Neverworld�s End that earns it a spot in our list.

"It�s symphonic metal at its finest. We�ve got heavy guitars, fuelled by the speed of power metal, excellent use of the symphonic element to create an epic backdrop to the metal, and a flawless performance from Manuela Kraller that adds so much to the classical bombast of the sound, and in a couple of places there�s even a bit of folk thrown in for good measure, and also some surprising progressive twists. If I could only have one word to describe the album it would be �epic'"
-adg211288


20. [TIE] Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence



Undoubtedly a technically proficient group, Raleigh�s Between the Buried and Me sets themselves apart from the rest of the avant-garde metal scene with their willingness to explore numerous genres of music (metal or not) throughout their arrangements.  The Parallax II: Future Sequence is no different, running the gamut from the expected metalcore sections to spots of jazz fusion.

"In my opinion, BTBAM live and die by not by their instrumental gymnastics (which are never really lacking), but by their melodic content and willingness to fully commit to the style of music they tackle within a particular section the song. Factors such as this provide some of their freshest and most enduring material since [2007's] Colors."
-Stooge


20. [TIE] Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind



Yes, we listen to metalcore too!  Converge delivers the goods on All We Love We Leave Behind with an assault of meaty riffs that do exactly what they�re supposed to do: kick your ass.  Though it�s relatively short, this album is well-produced and should appeal to fans from most sides of the extreme metal spectrum.

"Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind is utterly relentless. It simply never lets off for more than about 10 seconds at a time, which makes the relatively short 38 minute duration fly by. But more than that, the music is well composed and superbly executed... filled to the brim with catchy riffs, without eschewing any of Converge's well-known brutality."
-Triceratopsoil


20. [TIE] Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma



Greece�s Hair Spirit Noir makes a good first impression with their debut Pneuma.  Another progressive black metal act, Hail Spirit Noir focuses on �70s hard rock and psychedelic influences to give their music a distinct atmosphere.  As such, it might appeal just as much to classic prog fans (if not more so) than black metal fans.

"Hail Spirit Noir literally sounds like the result of a sixties' psychedelic rock group on a bad acid trip; everything from the vintage-sounding production, retro keyboard styles, and and progressive song structures brings us back to the golden age of psychedelic rock... except there's something different. Black metal-styled riffs, harsh vocals, and a twisted sense of melancholy somehow ended up in the mix, and the end result is unlike anything I've ever heard before." -J-man

20. [TIE] Kayo Dot - Gamma Knife



Always an adventurous listen, Kayo Dot returns with their fifth full-length album Gamma Knife.  A relatively short album by their standards, Kayo Dot still pushes the envelope in terms of how many ideas Toby Driver can stuff into a given period of time, bringing back the aggressive metal edge of his previous works while retaining the abstractness usually associated with this project.  As always, avant-garde fans should find much to be pleased with here.

"It's not quite metal in the traditional sense, but Kayo Dot have certainly brought back a much heavier sound to their music. For one, the guitars are back, although the most distinguished instrument in the sound is the saxophone. Yes, the saxophone is there to beckon in the heaviest, darkest moments of Gamma Knife, and yes, it works."-Conor Fynes


24. Napalm Death - Utilitarian



A staple in grindcore and a household name among anyone who considers extreme metal to be a favorite of theirs, Napalm Death continues their march of releasing the most brutal music on the planet with their latest effort Utilitarian.  Those familiar with the legendary act should know what they�re in for: an unmistakable blend of death metal and grindcore delivered with precision and the energy of bands half their age. 

"Six consecutively brilliant grindcore/death metal releases with original material since their artistic comeback with 'Enemy of the Music Business (2000)' is not only an impressive achievement; it�s legendary." -UMUR

25. Kamelot - Silverthorn



Kamelot�s latest release shows the band can still write excellent power metal songs without the distinctive voice of Roy Khan.  Interestingly enough, Silverthorn is the album in which Kamelot seems to finally strike the balance between melodic power metal and symphonic metal they�ve been toying with for the past few years, dolling out plenty of fist-pumping tunes while retaining the darker, progressive edge on albums such as Ghost Opera and Poetry for the Poisoned.  Oh, and new vocalist Tommy Karevik is no slouch either.

"I feel Kamelot has made a strong case both to fans and former onlookers such as myself that they are back with a vengeance, and the result is that they have produced one of the most exciting albums of the year."-DTGuitarFan


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The rest of the list:

(T)26. Obsidian Kingdom - Mantiis
(T)26. Wintersun - Time I
28. Diablo Swing Orchestra Pandoras Piata
29. Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud
30. Seven Kingdoms - The Fire is Mine
31. Sigh - In Somniphobia
(T)32. District 97 - Trouble With Machines
(T)32. Trioscapes - Separate Realities
34. Evoken - Atra Mors
35. Prototype - Catalyst
(T)36. Carach Angren - Where the Corpses Sink Forever
(T)36. Suspyre Suspyre
(T)38. Blut Aus Nord - 777: Cosmosophy
(T)38. The Gathering - Disclosure
(T)38. Worm Ouroboros - Come the Thaw
41. Lunar Aurora - Hoagascht
42. Circus Maximus Nine
43. Heavens Cry - Wheels of Impermanence
44. Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes
(T)45. Agalloch - Faustian Echoes
(T)45. Marching Mind - The Sickness And The Theory
47. Anathema - Weather Systems
(T)48. Eschaton - Isolated Intelligence
(T)48. Speaking To Stones - Elements
(T)50. Accept Stalingrad
(T)50. Ascension - Far Beyond the Stars
(T)50. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
53. Beyond the Bridge - The Old Man and The Spirit
(T)54. Hour of Penance - Sedition
(T)54. The Advent Equation - Limitless Life Reflections
(T)56. A Forest of Stars A Shadowplay for Yesterdays
(T)56. Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Lost in the New Real
(T)56. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
(T)56. Taranis - Kingdom
(T)60. Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity
(T)60. Dacast - Dedale
(T)60. Huntress - Spell Eater
(T)60. In Mourning - The Weight Of Oceans
(T)60. OM - Advaitic Songs
(T)60. Soundgarden King Animal
(T)60. Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
(T)67. Bad Salad - Uncivilised
(T)67. Bedemon - Symphony of Shadows
(T)67. Dark Forest - Land of the Evening Star
(T)67. Ethereal Architect - Monolith
(T)67. Les Discrets, Ariettes oublies...
(T)67. Oddland The Treachery of Senses
(T)67. Teramaze Anhedonia
(T)67. Ysengrin - To Endotaton
(T)75. Deus Otiosus - Godless
(T)75. Inverloch - Dusk... Subside
(T)75. Memento Waltz - Antithesis of Time EP
(T)75. Monolithe - Monolithe III
(T)79. Cloak of Altering Ancient Paths Through Timeless Voids
(T)79. Ghost Trail - Orkestergrav
(T)79. Nekromantheon - Rise, Vulcan Spectre
(T)79. Nile - At the Gate of Sethu
(T)79. Onde Spherique - Curriculum Vitae
(T)79. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
(T)79. Tank - War Nation
(T)86. Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve
(T)86. Borknagar - Urd
(T)86. Car Bomb - w^w^^w^w
(T)86. DragonForce - The Power Within
(T)86. Epica Requiem for the Indifferent
(T)86. Jess and the Ancient Ones Jess and the Ancient Ones
(T)86. Sectu - Gerra
(T)86. Spawn of Possession - Incurso
(T)86. The Grotesquery - The Facts and Terrifying Testament of Mason Hamilton - Tsathoggua Tales
(T)86. The Spittin' Cobras - Year of the Cobra
(T)96. Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas
(T)96. Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension
(T)96. Deathspell Omega - Drought
(T)96. Hemina - Synthetic
(T)96. Hysterica - The Art of Metal
(T)96. RAM - Death
(T)96. Stubb - Stubb
(T)96. The Sword - Apocryphon
(T)96. Veil of Maya - Eclipse
(T)105. Black Country Communion - Afterglow
(T)105. Conan - Monnos
(T)105. Lord Of Mushrooms - Perspectives
(T)105. Pathfinder - Fifth Element
(T)105. Rebellion - Arminius: Furor Teutonicus
(T)110. Affector Harmagedon
(T)110. Beardfish - The Void
(T)110. Crawl 2 Chaos Wasteland America
(T)110. Melvins Lite - Freak Puke
(T)110. OSI - Fire Make Thunder
(T)110. Profusion - Rewotower
(T)110. The Secret - Agnus Dei
(T)117. Primal Fear - Unbreakable
(T)117. Shining - Redefining Darkness
(T)119. Alcest - Les Voyages de L'Ame
(T)120. Chowder - Passion Rift
(T)120. Galahad - Beyond the Realms of Euphoria
(T)120. Mystery - The World Is a Game
(T)120. Porcupine Tree - Octane Twisted
(T)120. Presto Ballet Relic of the Modern World
(T)120. Spheric Universe Experience - The New Eve
(T)126. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
(T)126. Pythia - The Serpent's Curse
(T)126. Saint Vitus - Lillie F-65
(T)126. Sleepers Awake - Transcension
(T)126. Syrek Machine Elves
(T)126. Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth
(T)132. Crimson Shadows: Glory on the Battlefield
(T)132. Grand Magus - The Hunt
(T)132. Hooded Menace - Effigies of Evil
(T)132. Marriages - Kitsune
(T)132. Sabaton Carolus Rex
(T)132. Soen Cognitive
(T)132. Winterfylleth - The Threnody of Triumph
(T)139. A Sound of Thunder - Out of the Darkness
(T)139. Absolace Fractals
(T)139. Eluveitie - Helvetios
(T)139. Fogalord - A Legend to Believe In
(T)139. Nightmare - The Burden Of God
(T)139. Sonata Arctica Stones Grow Her Name
(T)139. Your Tomorrow Alone - Ordinary Lives
(T)146. Damnation Angels - Bringer of Light
(T)146. Fall Fall EP
(T)146. Hibagon - Hibagon VS Monsters Spewed from Time's Stomach to Clutch the Universe in a Mortal Slime
(T)146. Pastore - The End Of Our Flames
(T)146. Sound Storm - Immortalia
(T)146. Still Alive Kyo
(T)152. Europe Bag of Bones
(T)152. Pyramid Theorem - Pyramid Theorem 15
(T)152. Shroud of Despondency - Pine
(T)152. Warnot - His Blood is Yours
(T)156. Dawnbringer - Into The Lair Of The Sun God
(T)156. Elvenking - Era
(T)156. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
(T)156. So Much for Nothing - Livsgnist
(T)160. Demon - Unbroken
(T)160. Effloresce - Coma Ghosts
(T)160. Locus Neminis - Weltenwanderung
(T)160. Municipal Waste - The Fatal Feast (Waste in Space)
(T)160. Stam1na Nocebo
(T)165. Agruss - Morok
(T)165. Cannibal Corpse - Torture
(T)165. Desecravity - Implicit Obedience
(T)165. Kiss Monster
(T)165. Secret Sphere Portrait of a Dying Heart
(T)165. Wilderun - Olden Tales & Deathly Trails
(T)171. Akphaezya - Antholy IV - The Tragedy of Nerak
(T)171. Beyond Creation - The Aura
(T)171. Dol Ammad Cosmic Gods: Episode I Hyperspeed
(T)171. Reverence - When Darkness Calls
(T)171. Royal Thunder - CVI
(T)176. Crystal Viper - Crimen Excepta
(T)176. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
(T)176. Ministry - Relapse
(T)179. Imminent Sonic Destruction Recurring Themes
(T)179. Kobra and the Lotus - Kobra and the Lotus
(T)179. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Ambush
(T)181. Bereft - Leichenhaus
(T)181. Southern Cross - From Tragedy
(T)181. The Deadstation - Like Peering Into The Deepest Ocean Abyss.
(T)184. Adrenaline Mob - Omerta
(T)184. Whyzdom - Blind?
186. Hellwell - Beyond The Boundaries Of Sin
(T)187. Aerosmith Music from Another Dimension
(T)187. Earthen Grave - Earthen Grave
(T)189. Enochian Theory - Life...And All It Entails
(T)189. Pharaoh - Bury the Light
(T)189. Weapon - Embers and Revelations
(T)192. Katatonia - Dead End Kings
(T)192. Unisonic- Unisonic
(T)194. Eclipse Bleed & Scream
(T)194. Serpentine Path - Serpentine Path
196. Hexen - Being And Nothingness


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Moved to announcements to go with the other lists. Smile

I kind of expected Napalm Death's to be a bit higher, but mainly because I like it so much. LOL
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Cool list! I'm happy Enslaved got the number one spot! RIITIIR really is something special! Headbanger
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Although it wasn't my personal #1 pick RIITIIR was in the upper half of my list and it's a well-deserved first place. Fantastic to see Wodensthrone and Baroness so high on the list too. (Love the quote for Pneuma too - weirdest damn album of the year, I'd say).

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I only have four of these: Enslaved, Rush, Testament & Kreator. Have still to pick up Overkill but I will get it soon. You guys don't like Doom much Tongue Nice to see a diverse list not full of the usual candidates although I could have done without Rush who are also top 10 in Classic Rock and also in Progressive Rock lists I have seen.
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Originally posted by Daysbetween Daysbetween wrote:

You guys don't like Doom much Tongue
 
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Well, sad that "District 97" and "Prototype" didnt make it in but we probably have the most "Eclectic" Metal
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I'll be making a Playlist of these soon Wink . . .






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Originally posted by Daysbetween Daysbetween wrote:

You guys don't like Doom much Tongue 


Not true. I love doom metal, but my favorites this year were Overkill and Testament.
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Not true. I love doom metal, but my favorites this year were Overkill and Testament.

I loved both of those also and I liked Ahab, Black Pyramid & The Sword. It was only a comment not a criticism Smile
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Originally posted by MAVIIIVAM MAVIIIVAM wrote:

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Well, sad that "District 97" and "Prototype" didnt make it in but we probably have the most "Eclectic" Metal
List out there Smile.

I'll be making a Playlist of these soon Wink . . .




Came in at #32 and #35 on the list, respectively.  Quite respectable, I'd say.

When I have a moment to myself I'm going to post the entire list of nominated albums in my placeholder post up there

Originally posted by Daysbetween Daysbetween wrote:

Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:


Not true. I love doom metal, but my favorites this year were Overkill and Testament.

I loved both of those also and I liked Ahab, Black Pyramid & The Sword. It was only a comment not a criticism Smile


I still haven't gotten around to listening to that Ahab album :(


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Originally posted by Daysbetween Daysbetween wrote:

Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:


Not true. I love doom metal, but my favorites this year were Overkill and Testament.

I loved both of those also and I liked Ahab, Black Pyramid & The Sword. It was only a comment not a criticism Smile


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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Originally posted by MAVIIIVAM MAVIIIVAM wrote:

Clap

Well, sad that "District 97" and "Prototype" didnt make it in but we probably have the most "Eclectic" Metal
List out there Smile.

I'll be making a Playlist of these soon Wink . . .




Came in at #32 and #35 on the list, respectively.  Quite respectable, I'd say.

When I have a moment to myself I'm going to post the entire list of nominated albums in my placeholder post up there
Great idea, I'm looking forward to see it.Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Originally posted by MAVIIIVAM MAVIIIVAM wrote:

Clap

Well, sad that "District 97" and "Prototype" didnt make it in but we probably have the most "Eclectic" Metal
List out there Smile.

I'll be making a Playlist of these soon Wink . . .




Came in at #32 and #35 on the list, respectively.  Quite respectable, I'd say.

When I have a moment to myself I'm going to post the entire list of nominated albums in my placeholder post up there


Nice! look forward to seeing that!

BTW - Anyone going to place this list on the FaceBook page??? huh . . . huh . . . hint hint . . .

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May I present . . .

      :deathbang: The MMA Collaborators Albums of the Year 2012 PLAYLIST :deathbang:

Chock full of eclectic Metals to sear into your mind and skulls with exquisite aural assaults of concussion and  other
things loud and heavy . . . uh yeah.

And remember to TURN IT UP!!!!!  :guitarbang2:

"Runners-up" will be added as soon as they are posted here.



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