As we close this year and Rob closes up shop here, I can’t help but have a heavy heart about it. I’ve had my own metal blogs over the years and as I lost ambition to write about metal I’ve taken steps to reduce my role by participating in other people’s blogs. Eventually I found myself having no ambition at all. About that time, Rob informed me of his plans to shut TDM down. I appreciate Rob letting me help out here, but now I can surely focus on my career transition and work on flourishing new talents and ambitions. I wish the best of luck to Rob, Harley, Ken, Don and whoever else may have contributed that I might have missed. With all that said, here is my ten favorite albums of 2012. This list may vary from my “Top Albums For The First Half of 2012.” I’m going to keep this simple and without pictures.
10. Angel Witch – As Above, So Below: Although a lot of these songs were written years ago, the fact is that it is still technically a new Angel Witch album. The band has stuck to their sound while still keeping things modern.
9. Grand Magus – The Hunt: Their style of no frills, classic metal sound still has me hooked. While not their best album, still quite solid.
8. Katatonia – Dead End Kings: Katatonia released another Katatonia album. While not breaking new ground, they are undoubtedly amazing musicians and Dead End Kings does not disappoint.
7. Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression: I almost forgot about this album, which is a shame because I was playing the hell out of it earlier this year.
6. Storm Corrosion – S/T: Metal or not, this album is a treat to listen to.
5. Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, and Wino – Song Of Townes Van Zandt: A tribute album to a very under-rated folk singer, Kelly, Von Till, and Wino do a great tribute to the late Van Zandt. I highly recommend checking out all of these artists’ [to include Van Zandt] solo work if you enjoy acoustic and ambient rock. Continue reading