This just had everything I want from doom metal. Interesting vocals,
great guitar playing, memorable songs and even lyrics about a demonic
gunslinger and his daughter. Bluesy, brilliant stoner doom.
Recommended track: Never Know
Orange Goblin came back with their most streamlined album yet. 12
consistently hard rocking songs that became a constant early morning
Recommended track: Red Tide Rising
The jury’s still out on whether this is the best Wolfbrigade album yet
but it is one of the best of 2012. Aggressive d-beat with hints of
thrash and black metal.
Recommended track: Ride the Steel
4: Torche: Harmonicraft
Like Dinosaur Jr., Cave In and Radiohead had a child. Torche are a completely unique entity though and Harmonicraft rules.
Recommended track: Kicking
In a brilliant year for doom metal, The 11th Hour’s second album stood
tall amongst the melancholic misery and mourning. Powerful melodic death
doom of the highest caliber.
Recommended track: Bury Me
Close but no cigar:
Absolutely brilliant return to form and the band’s best since the glory days of the first 3 albums.
Recommended track: Vanquish in Vengeance
Boasting of musicians from Dozer, Truckfighters and Spiritual Beggars, this is like a snapshot of Sweden’s heavy rock scene.
Recommended track: Lilith
Brutal, bestial blackened death metal from Russia. Powerful.
Recommended track: Azazel
The band’s most focused and potent attack yet. Addictive blackened death-thrash.
Recommended track: Liber Lilith
Rumbling, incredibly heavy death doom. This is some massive shit.
Recommended track: Estrangement
Major disappointment of 2012:
From the minute this Belgian band signed on to Neurot Records, the PR
hype machine went into overdrive. Providing a constant stream of
information about the upcoming album; from the photo used for the cover
art to the recording process to testimonials from Neurosis and
Integrity’s Dwid Hellion, it seemed like “V” was going to be an album
for the ages. Instead, what the band has delivered is their weakest
record to date. 4 boring songs that go nowhere and do nothing except
make me feel sleepy every time I play it. They’re still a great band as
evinced on the live album, the stunning DVD and everything else they’ve put out so “V” might just be a misstep. Still, this is one real case of “don’t believe the hype”.
Best Splits and EPs of 2012:
Bleak and claustrophobic sludge from both bands. Thou rule and Hell was a damn good discovery.
Doraid/ Birth Ritual/ Parasite: The Savage Beast of Three Head
This is just a relentless thrash/punk/crossover assault on the senses
from 3 Japanese bands. Fans of thrash and crossover need to dig this one
Undergang/ Funebrarum: The Dead of Winter
Heavy. So fucking heavy. Just claustrophobic, pummeling old school metal of death with 1 song from each band.
Nuclear Death Terror: Blood Fire Chaos Death
Ripping death crust from this Danish band. Absolutely slays for just about 12 minutes.
Ephel Duath: Of Death and Cosmos
A newish line up and one hell of a promising comeback. I would have
given my left nut to hear Karen Crisis again but the whole band
delivers. These 3 songs promise plenty.
Most promising demos of 2012
Stoner metal with hints of death, doom and sludge from the frozen wastes of Canada. These guys show incredible promise.
Sleep with an organ and female vocals. The band keep hitting these
unpredictable notes and there’s a smokey, laid back vibe to these 2
songs that made me want more.
2nd demo from this Canadian old school death metal band. Short, sharp and vicious.
Discordant, ugly death metal. Not for the weak of heart.
Pounding brutal death metal. Catchy riffs and 2 great songs makes this Danish band one to keep an eye on.