I think this is the first time I’ve done a mid year list. It was necessary though in order to get my head straight for the end of year lists that will inevitably take up my time. And so far 2012 has been a fantastic and solid year in music. So here we go with my top 10 of the year so far in alphabetical order because this is just a warm up list and who knows, by the end of the year there might be some releases that supplant them.
1. Accept – Stalingrad
2. Allegaeon – Formshifter
3.Before the Dawn – Rise of the Phoenix
4. Be’lakor – Of Breath and Bone
5. Candlemass – Psalms for the Dead
6. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
7. Overkill – The Electric Age
8. 7 Horns and 7 Eyes
9. Woods of Ypres 5 – Grey Skies and Electric Light
10. Xandria – Neverworld’s End
So there ya have it. Hopefully some surprises in there. Once again when it gets to be the end of year this is subject to change and the order will definitely change due to the fact that I’m still waiting on new Kamelot and Testament, among other releases that might knock some of these off the chart and I actually have to sit and truly rank these releases. So with all of that said, what albums have you folks enjoyed this year?