Old Music Tuesdays: Top Fifteen Albums of 2012
Last week’s post was pretty popular, so I decided to follow it up with my top fifteen albums of 2012. This year was a little bit harder to pick my top fifteen, but not because of a lack of good music. I guess the extra year to listen and refine my taste has given me a new perspective. Again, in no particular order, I present my top fifteen albums of 2012. One exception: Koi No Yokan is first as it is my favorite album of 2012. Click on the album cover to buy it or hear samples.
- deftones Koi No Yokan: My favorite album of 2012, hands down, and the ‘tones best since White Pony.
- Animal Collective Centipede Hz: Electronic pop madness. Applesauce will infect your brain.
- Between the Buried and Me Parallax II: Future Sequence: The prog-metal giants rarely disappoint.
- Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension: One of Coheed’s best, only to be eclipsed shortly after by the follow-up.
- the Chariot One Wing: The Chariot goes out with a bang. It’s metalcore full of passion and musicianship. They will be missed.
- Every Time I Die Ex Lives: Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space is one of the grossest but intriguing music videos I’ve ever seen. Pick up the special edition with bonus tracks, it’s worth it.
- anberlin Vital: The Florida pop rock group is woefully underrated. This album rules.
- Old Man Gloom No: Since Isis’ breakup, I’ve kept my post-metal appetite suppressed with this album. More sludge than ambient.
- The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania: Many fans don’t like the new incarnation of Billy Corgan’s seminal group. Those fans are wrong.
- Converge All We Love We Leave Behind: These guys are the kings of chaotic music.
- further seems forever Penny Black: The return of vocalist Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) is worth the wait.
- mewithoutYou Ten Stories: A tragically underrated post-punk/folk rock band.
- Vision of Disorder Cursed Remain Cursed: Bloodsimple is/was great, but I was excited for the return of V.O.D.
- Wolves at the Gate Captors: Post-hardcore has become a bit stale as of late, but Wolves at the Gate bring something fresh to the game.
- Children 18:3 On the Run: The pop-punk band has grown up. Very catchy and heartfelt.
There you have it, my favorite records of 2012. Do you agree? Disagree? What did I miss? What doesn’t belong? Let me know in the comments.
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- Tomahawk (feat. Retox)
- Coheed and Cambria (feat. BTBAM & Russian Circles)
- Black Sabbath (feat. Andrew WK)
- Vampire Weekend (feat. Beirut)
- Fit for a King & For Today
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- Dr. Octagon (feat. Avalon, Gap Dream & No Parents)
- Faith No More (feat. The Urinals)
- Mastodon & Clutch (feat. Graveyard)
- Coheed and Cambria (feat. Seahaven)
- The Appleseed Cast (feat. Adjy & Coaster)
- The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson
- Danzig (feat. Cancer Bats & Saviours)
- Imagine Dragons (feat. Halsey & Metric)
- Between the Buried and Me & Animals As Leaders (feat. The Contortionist)
- Deftones & Incubus (feat. Death from Above 1979)
- 2015 Summer Rankings
- Blindside (feat. Hearts Like Lions)
- Puscifer (feat. Luchafer)
- The Black Queen (feat. Drab Majesty)
- Joe Satriani
- Coheed and Cambria (feat. Glassjaw, I the Mighty, Silver Snakes)
- Killswitch Engage (feat. Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists, and Toothgrinder)
- Andrew Bird (feat. John Grant)
- Lamb of God (feat. Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity)
- At the Drive-In (feat. Le Butcherettes)
- The Dillinger Escape Plan (feat. Author & Punisher)
- Guns N’ Roses (feat. The Cult)
- Animal Collective (feat. Stuart Copeland)
- Alice in Chains (feat. The New Regime)
- Temple of the Dog (feat. Fantastic Negrito)
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (cancelled)
- 2016 Concert Rankings
- August Burns Red (feat. Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake, ’68)
- Norma Jean (feat. He Is Legend, Capsize, Comrades)
- Red (feat. Wolves at the Gate, Message from Sylvia, Death Therapy) (coming soon)
- Mastodon (feat. Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles) (coming soon)
- Pixies (coming soon)
- Tool (feat. Clutch, Fantomas, Primus, Melvins, Crystal Method) (coming soon)
- Rise Against (feat. Deftones, Thrice) (coming soon)
- Dead Cross (feat. Neil Hamburger, Ho99o9) (coming soon)
- Banks (coming soon)
- Between the Buried and Me (feat. The Contortionist, Poluphia, Toothgrinder) (coming soon)
- The Offspring (feat. Well Hung Heart) (coming soon)
- Russian Circles (feat. MGR) (coming soon)
- Our Lady Peace (feat. Smashing Hearts) (coming soon)
- Animals As Leaders (feat. Periphery and Astronoid) (coming soon)
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- Mike Patton’s Guest Spots
- Faith No More concert review
- Old Music Tuesdays: Faith No More
- Faith No More Stripsearch
- Old Music Tuesdays: Mr. Bungle
- Tomahawk concert review
- Tomahawk Red Fox
Chino Moreno stuff on this website
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- (†††) Crosses concert
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- Deftones & Incubus (feat. Death from Above 1979)
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