Thumbs up: +3
These are the albums that have been burning a hole in my iPod this past year. I have really only created this list so that I can keep track of the albums I have enjoyed in 2012, but if you have any suggestions feel free it send them my way.

The albums with stars (*) next to their ratings, are albums that I am still currently listening to.

Disclaimer: I haven't approached this like other list-makers on this site - who seem to have a 'lets-listen-to-every-album-released' attitude, instead I am working slowly through albums which catch my eye.

Created by: 1Yossarian1 | 16.09.2012



1. Godspeed You!Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
(9.5)//Post-Rock//Best Track - We Drift Like Worried Fire
2. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2
(9.5)//Post-Bop Jazz/Instrumental Hip Hop//Best Tracks - Bastard/Lemonade, Flashing Lights
3. Amenra - Mass V
(9.4)//Atmospheric Sludge Metal//Best Tracks - Nowena, A Mon Ame
4. Wildernessking - The Writing Of Gods In The Sand
(9.4)//Atmospheric Black Metal//Best Tracks - Utopia, Infinity
5. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
(9.3)//Art Rock//Best Tracks - Hey Jane, Headin' For The Top Now
6. Beach House - Bloom
(9)//Dream Pop
7. Krallice - Years Past Matter
(9)//Post-Black Metal
8. Swans - The Seer
(9)//Doom/Post Rock
9. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
(8.8)//Ambient Jazz//Best Tracks - Ruins, Steepless
10. Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
(9)//Folk/Indie
11. Enslaved - RIITIIR
(8.8)//Progressive Black Metal//Best Tracks - Thoughts Like Hammers, Storm Of Memories
12. Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
(8.8)//Melodic Doom Metal//Best Tracks - Cathedral Walls, Labyrinth Of London (Horror pt. IV)
13. Anathema - Weather Systems
(8.8)//Atmospheric Rock//Best Tracks - The Beginning and the End, The Gathering of the Clouds
14. Death Grips - The Money Store
(8.8)//Experimental Hip Hop//Best Tracks - Get Got, Hacker
15. Be'Lakor - Of Breath and Bone
(8.7)//Melodic Death Metal//Best Tracks - Abeyance, In Parting
16. Panopticon - Kentucky
(8.6)//Atmospheric Black Metal//Best Tracks - Black Soot and Red Blood, Bodies Under the Falls
17. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
(8.6)//Experimental Hip Hop//World of Dogs, Lock Your Doors
18. Winterfylleth - The Threnody Of Triumph
(8.5)//Atmospheric Black Metal//Best Tracks - The Swart Raven, The Threnody Of Triumph
19. The Great Old Ones - Al Azif
(8.5)//Post-Black Metal
20. Christian Tiger School - Third Floor
(8.3)//Instrumental Hip Hop
21. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
(8.5)//Industrial Metal//Best Tracks - God Eater, Disassemble
22. Steak Number Eight - All Is Chaos
(8.5)//Atmospheric Sludge Metal//Best Tracks - The Calling, Track Into The Sky
23. Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
(8.5)//Progressive Metal//Best Tracks - Astral Body, Silent Flight Parliament
24. Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I
(8.5)//Extreme Progressive Metal// Best Tracks - As Icicles Fall, Forget Not
25. Ihsahn - Eremita
(8.4)//Progressive Black Metal//Best Tracks - The Eagle And The Snake, Arrival
26. David Byrne and St. Vincent - Love This Weapon
(8.4)//Art Rock//Best Tracks - Who, I am an Ape
27. Wintersun - Time I
(8.4)//Progressive Power Metal//Best Tracks - Time, Land Of Snow and Sorrow
28. Flying lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
(8.4)//Electro/Experimental/Hip Hop//Best Tracks - Tiny Tortures, Putty Boy Strut
29. Whirr - Pipe Dreams
(8.3)//Shoegaze
30. Wild Eastern Arches - Mountain
(8.3)//Psychedelic Rock//Best Tracks - She, Tiger's Eye//http://wildeasternarches.bandcamp.com
31. Rush - Clockwork Angels
(8.3)//Progressive Rock//Best Tracks - The Anarchist, The Garden
32. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Piñata
(8.3)//Symphonic Avant-garde Metal or whatever the fuck you want to call it because there is no possible way to describe this sound.//Best Tracks - Honey Trap Aftermath, Voodoo Mon Amour
33. The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
(8.3)//Progressive Rock// Best Tracks - Zed And Two Naughts, The Malkin Jewel
34. The Ocean Doesn't Want Us - As The Dust Settles
(8.2)//Atmospheric Sludge Metal//Best Tracks - Van Eyck, Roots point the way//http://theoceandoesntwantme.com/
35. Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
(8.2)//Gothic Metal//Best Tracks - Fear Of Impending Hell, In This We Dwell
36. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
(8.2)//Progressive Rock//Best Tracks - Storm Corrosion, Drag Ropes
37. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Cosmosophy
(8)//Post- Black Metal
38. Black Breath - Sentenced To Life
(8)//Death Metal/Hardcore//Best Tracks - Feast of the Danmed, Home of the Grave
39. Alcest - Les voyages de l'âme
(7.8)//Blackgaze//Best Tracks Les Voyages De L'Âme, Autre Temps
40. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
(7.8)//Technical Death Metal//Best Tracks - Planned Obsolescence, L'Enfant Sauvage
41. Captain Murphy - Duality
(7.8)//Underground Hip Hop
42. Sylosis - Monolith
(7.8)//Technical Thrash Metal
43. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
(7.8)// Gothenburg Thrash Metal//Best Tracks - The Few, The Proud, The Broken; Civilisation Collapse
44. Meshuggah - Koloss
(7.8)//Technical Thrash Metal//Best Tracks - Demiurge, Do Not Look Down
45. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
(7.8)//Alternative Metal//Best Tracks - Swerve City, Romantic Dreams
46. The Future Primitives - This Here's The Future Primitives
(7.5)// Experimental/Garage Rock//http://thefutureprimitives.bandcamp.com/
47. Action Bronson - Rare Chandeliers
(7.5)//Underground Hip Hop
48. Primal Rock Rebellion - Awoken Broken
(7)//Alternative Metal//Best Tracks - White Sheet Robes, No Friendly Neighbour
49. Savage Messiah - Plague Of Conscience
(7)//Thrash Metal//Best Track - The Mask Of Anarchy,
50. Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living
(6)//Hardcore Punk// Best Track - 'Dead Set on Living' is alright
51. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
(5)//Singer Songwriter//
52. Mark Tremonti - All I Was
(5)//Modern Rock//Best Tracks - none
53. ===EPs===
54. Strage - The Fire in Hell
(8.7)//Instrumental Atmospheric Sludge Metal//Best Tracks - May the bridges you burn light the way,Crawling towards a hole//http://strage.co.za/
55. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNGLIVE 2
(8.6)//Post-Bop Jazz/Instrumental Hip Hop//Best Tracks - Bastard/Lemonade, CMYK / Limit To Your Love
56. Bateleur - Cargo Cults: A
(8.5)//Ambient Rock/Jazz//Best Tracks - Gangnails, I'm Further Away Tan I Usually am//http://bateleurband.bandcamp.com/album/cargo-cults-a-2012
57. Wildernessking - .​.​.​And the Night Swept Us Away
(8.5)//Atmospheric Black Metal//Best Track - .​.​.​And the Night Swept Us Away
58. Agalloch - Faustian Echoes
(8.4)(EP)//Atmospheric Black Metal
59. The Bone Collectors - Black Love
(8.4)//Blues Rock and Roll//Best Tracks - Tombstone (My Song), Black Love
60. Deathspell Omega - Drought
(8.2)//Atmospheric Black Metal// Best Tracks - The Crackled Book of Life, Abrasive Swirling Murk
61. Yes Sir! Mister Machine - . .. ...
(8)//Hardcore Punk// Best Tracks - Cold Rush Song//http://yessirmistermachine.bandcamp.com/album/-
62. Gateway Drugs - Gateway Drugs
(8)//Synthpop//Best Tracks - Sign, The Chase
63. PHFat - You Are Going To Die
(7.8)//Experimental Hip Hop//Best Tracks - The Dark, Breakfastloopjam
64. The Brother Moves On - ETA
(7.5)//Experimental indie afrique//http://thebrothermoveson.bandcamp.com/album/eta
65. Axxon - Bite Your Tongue
(7.3)//Industrial Metal//Best Tracks - Bite Your Tongue, Dangerous//http://www.facebook.com/axxonmusic/app_204974879526524
66. Bateleur - Cargo Cuts: Remixes
(7)//Ambient Electro//http://bateleurband.bandcamp.com/album/cargo-cults-b-remixes-2012
67. The Very Wicked - The Very Wicked EP
(7)//Blues Rock
68. Zombies Ate My Girlfriend - Patient Zero
(7)//Metalcore//http://boom.fm/zombiesatemygirlfriend/?tab=music
69. Conqueror - Too Much Hate, Not Enough Bake
(6)//Hardcore Punk//Best Track - Tearin' Up My Head



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Marcel Hubregtse - 16.09.2012 at 16:35  
Written by Guest on 16.09.2012 at 15:23

You missed ... Alcest's "Les Voyages de l'Âme" Which both could go for 1st place in your list


H didn't miss Alcest it's number 17
R'Vannith - 17.09.2012 at 07:09  
If you like Wildernessking I'd recommend their full length if you haven't given it a go already.
1Yossarian1 - 17.09.2012 at 18:03  
Written by R'Vannith on 17.09.2012 at 07:09

If you like Wildernessking I'd recommend their full length if you haven't given it a go already.


Awesome man, I am still planning to get round to it. South Africa is not a place usually associated with metal, however recently there have been a few awesome bands breaking through. If you are interested, check out the band Strage on bandcamp, they have really impressed me this year.
1Yossarian1 - 17.09.2012 at 18:04  
Written by Guest on 16.09.2012 at 15:23

You missed Horseback's "Half Blood" and Alcest's "Les Voyages de l'Âme" Which both could go for 1st place in your list


I have never actually heard of Horseback, what do they sound like? I may check them out, thanks for the recommendation.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.09.2012 at 00:37  
Written by 1Yossarian1 on 17.09.2012 at 18:04

I have never actually heard of Horseback, what do they sound like? I may check them out, thanks for the recommendation.

Horseback are a great band, the Half Blood record was slightly disappointing though. They were best on this record:

R'Vannith - 18.09.2012 at 07:00  
Written by 1Yossarian1 on 17.09.2012 at 18:03


Awesome man, I am still planning to get round to it. South Africa is not a place usually associated with metal, however recently there have been a few awesome bands breaking through. If you are interested, check out the band Strage on bandcamp, they have really impressed me this year.


Off the top of my head I can't remember hearing any other band from SA. And instrumental sludge you say? Sounds very interesting, I'll give them a try, thanks!
IronAngel - 18.09.2012 at 20:33  
Thanks for the Strage rec, even if it wasn't directed at me. Digging this stuff! Definetely added to my own list, pending a review.
1Yossarian1 - 18.09.2012 at 20:46  
Written by IronAngel on 18.09.2012 at 20:33

Thanks for the Strage rec, even if it wasn't directed at me. Digging this stuff!


Awesome man I am glad you find them sick, they were definitely one of the my most enjoyable surprises this year so far.

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