Well. Here it is folks. The end of the end. Seeing as how the world is ending next year, this is the last top ten list ever. Of all time. So I hope you guys enjoy it while it lasts. I know, it’s a very solemn feeling, but I feel kind of free at the same time. It’s almost as if I inexplicably know, somehow, that there will be more albums to review and criticize down to the last note after this life. Speaking of 2012, here’s a quick list of some bands to look out for in 2012, and who should be turning some heads (or banging them) in the metal community.
Up and Coming Bands:
Now, some of you may be wondering why I listed a band that has been disbanded for a significant time. You can quote me on this, but I’m predicting an ISIS reunion of some sort during the year 2012. You heard it here first folks. Trust me, this is going to happen. This isn’t just me shamelessly begging for Aaron Turner to finally make the inevitable happen. Seriously. Anyway, here are my top 5 choices for albums of the year. Hope you like them (but I honestly don’t care). See you all next year!
5. Tesseract – One [Tracks: 1, 4, 6, 12] The finest djent album released this year, One sets the bar incredibly high for acts such as Periphery who are going for the more “melodic djent” feel. Unfortunately, the incredible vocalist featured on this album is no longer with the band. They have yet to find a permanent replacement, so only time will tell where this band is headed in the years to come. Oh, and to Randy Blythe: believe it or not but djent is quickly becoming increasingly popular whether you like it or not. Fruitbatcore still hasn’t quite caught on though.
4. Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues [Tracks: 1, 3] I was really hesitant to put this on here, because, after all, it’s not a full length album but rather an EP. Still, it’s a pretty long EP at 30 minutes, and it’s got some of my favorite tracks of the year, so why the hell not? Also, I get to say how ridiculously good BTBAM is live. Hopefully we’ll get to see the “second act” of their conceptual album suite sometime next year.
3. Devin Townsend Project- Deconstruction [Tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8] Devin Townsend is, right now, in a league of his own. He’s always been a good musician in my opinion, but both Deconstruction and Ghost take things to a whole new level. This album is his finest work yet, ranging from the trademark Townsend-craziness to something more akin to Ki. Oh, and there’s a rave scene. I don’t know too many people who can shit out rave scenes and call it gold, but Devin Townsend somehow pulls it off.
2. Animals as Leaders – Weightless [Tracks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 11] Tosin Abasi is currently my favorite musician right now (although knowing me that will change in a few days). He’s damn near god-like with the guitar and his song writing is impeccable. I’ve talked with many musicians this past year, and whenever I’ve asked who’s their favorite act right now, I almost always got Animals as Leaders as a response. These guys are making resounding waves throughout the metal community, bringing something new to the table that’s truly never been done before. I’m genuinely excited to see where this band goes in the near future.
1. Protest the Hero – Scurrilous [Tracks: ALL OF THEM] Have you ever caught yourself skipping tracks on an album because you want to listen to one or two awesome songs on there? This is the only record this year where I just could not do that, because every single track on here is incredibly solid. There was never a moment where I felt like I just wanted this song to end so I could get to the next one. There aren’t many albums that have been able to do that, but Scurrilous nailed it. This is by far the most well rounded metal album this year. Anyone who says otherwise obviously has a different opinion from mine and therefore must burn in hell.
Credit, once again, goes to my bff James Marchetti for the very metal picture above