1. Colosso: Abrasive Peace
This album came of out nowhere and destroyed everything on his path.
Written and performed by a Portuguese gentleman, Max Tomé with the
collaboration of the insane Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Aborted, Scarve,
Bent Sea, Devin Townsend) on drums. This is a monolithic and vicious
album that has super tight songwriting while keeping the brutality
intact. This album pisses on top on the new boring Cryptopsy. Buy or die!
2: Dordeduh: Dar-de-duh
My two favorite members of Negura Bunget have released an amazingly
epic Black Metal album with Romanian folk influences that is dense but
highly enjoyable and innovative.
3: Neurosis: Honor found in decay
This is the band’s most accessible album and probably their best.
4: Abnormality: Contaminating the hive mind
Venomous, catchy, brutal and monstrous brutal death metal, that’s it.
5: God Seed: I begin
The black metal surprise of the year. “Evil” and “progressive” have fun playing together.
Major disappointment of 2012:
The Mars Volta: Noctourniquet
I absolutely love all the Mars Volta albums. To me, they are the
Led Zeppelin of this era mixed with Latin influences, one of those rare
bands that only L.A. can produce, multicultural and exciting. I never
understood this album, never grabbed me by the balls like previous ones.
Good ideas and some cool songs hidden under weirder-than-ever
production and arrangements.
Robbie Williams, “Take the Crown”, has been another huge
disappointment. I was expecting him to go back to the style practiced in
(2002), but he failed miserably releasing a sub-par collection of
terrible goofy (in a bad way) stale songs. He is still, one of my
all-time favorite singers. Love you Robbie!
Close but no cigar:
Viaje a 800: Coñac oxigenado
Coffin Texts: The tomb of infinite ritual
Storm Corrosion: Storm corrosion
Code Orange Kids: Love is love/Return to dust
Best non-metal albums of 2012:
Robert Francis: Strangers in the same place
Father John Misty: Fear fun
Benjamin Biolay: Vengeance
Dr. John: Locked down
Bob Dylan: Tempest
Mark Lanegan: Blues funeral
Kendrick Lamar: Good kid, MAAD City
Swans: The sheer
Best Live Album:
Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen – Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979.