The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012

Categories: Metal


4. Harmonicraft, Torche
Here's another metal anomaly: happy metal that's not power metal. Harmonicraft seems infused by sunshine from Torche's hometown of Miami. The band have been mislabeled sludge, perhaps due to their Southern origins, but there is nothing swampy about their up-tempo tunes with ample use of major chords (shocking!), which lend a cheerful mood to the album. Somehow it's heavy and sunny at the same time -- a surprising musical juxtaposition that's refreshing amidst the doom and gloom of typical metal fare.


3. Son of Perdition, Wretched
The chilling, classical-style organ and chorale on "Oblivion," the opening track of Son of Perdition, sets an intellectual tone for this third album by Charlotte, NC, death metal band Wretched. Yes, we just used the words "intellectual" and "death metal" in the same sentence. Now get this: the main chord progression of the punishing second track follows that of the choral opening. And then there's a jazz outing in "The Stellar Sunset of Evolution," a trilogy of instrumentals revealing the breadth of styles these musicians are capable of. It's a stunning album.


2. Illud Divinum Insanus -- The Remixes, Morbid Angel/various artists
Illud Divinum Insanus, the 2012 studio album by Morbid Angel, sucked. Inconceivably, the two-disc album of the same songs, remixed by electronic and industrial artists from around the globe, is fucking phenomenal. It's as though inserting guitarist and vocalist Trey Azagthoth (one of the OGs of death metal in the '80s) into electronic subgenres like dubstep has not only transformed one of Morbid Angel's worst albums into a work of collaborative brilliance (with most of the credit going to the remixing artists); it's also elevated electronic music into novel realms of darkness. We'd even venture to say it's created a new genre (deathstep?). There may be metal purists reading this who think we're kidding. We're not.

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logan_simar
logan_simar

After the first half of your list, I was like "YEAH". But my reaction to the bottom 5 was like "WUT?" I would've put Stolen Babies and Dethklok much closer to the 1-spot, but still it's a great list.

Carm
Carm

...and I was looking forward to seeing the Nyogthaeblisz/Goatpenis split on this list. :(

vonmadmann
vonmadmann

Thanks for such an intriguing, thought-provoking list. Any such "year's best" can only ever be a matter of opinion, and I appreciate the fact that yours is an idiosyncratic challenge to dubious received "wisdom." I'd rather have my musical borders expanded, than hardened and confirmed. This is the VOICE, after all, not some conformist tract like BILLBOARD. Looks like I have some listening to do; always a fine thing!

ChipsBandShow
ChipsBandShow

@TwittiKat My second thought is that papers like The Village Voice should not be writing about things they are clearly clueless on. Ha!

HornsUpRocks
HornsUpRocks

@lindasusername Nah, some picks yeah. But others, def not! Ours is coming this week!

locks
locks

@talios Beyond Creation not on the list‽ WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM

lindasusername
lindasusername

@GrimKim What do you think got left off the list? Always interested to hear differing opinions.

jonanamary
jonanamary

@GrimKim dear goodness what a joke of a list. :o

currincy
currincy

@mannsworld don't be such a kvlt poser karen

AsgardRoot
AsgardRoot

@GrimKim My mouth is still open. Fucking clueless.

JeffTreppel
JeffTreppel

@GrimKim Upon reviewing her other articles, this would actually appear to be a list of the 10 metal albums that she heard this year.

JeffTreppel
JeffTreppel

@GrimKim Well, it's certainly unique!

StolenBabies
StolenBabies

@lindasusername Killer! Thanks for the support Linda!

gunface1
gunface1

@GrimKim Morbid Angel remix album is on the list...cred is null.

dmdg1
dmdg1

@GrimKim Yeah right? Like maybe 4 of them, maybe I'd probably only have 2 off that list.

J_K9
J_K9

@GrimKim The Morbid Angel remixes?!? You've got to be kidding me.

bryanbeller
bryanbeller

@lindasusername nice! btw, I totally agree with their #1 pick - @GojiraMusic "L'Enfant Sauvage" is beyond brilliant.

ChardSwissnym
ChardSwissnym

@kdc That...was not accurate. Krallice is cool though. Forgot about that one.

TwittiKat
TwittiKat

@ChipsBandShow ...so... No strong feelings one way or another? Ha

talios
talios

@locks Hmm I don't think I know the Beyond Creation! TIme to correct!

GrimKim
GrimKim

@lindasusername Hey Linda! The problem I have is that the albums you chose aren't representative of what really happened in metal this year

lindasusername
lindasusername

@JeffTreppel You'd be mistaken about that. But thanks for reading!

somogibbs
somogibbs

@gunface1 Cred is null after the inclusion of Dethklok on this list. What a fucking joke.

robmcauslan
robmcauslan

@gunface1 @GrimKim What an odd list. There’s some decent stuff on there and some heinous nightmarish lunacy.

kdc
kdc

@ChardSwissnym yeah that list was really flawed.

JeffTreppel
JeffTreppel

@lindasusername Out of curiosity, so I can get an idea of your taste, do you have any credits outside of the Voice?

LegionAOD
LegionAOD

@robmcauslan It's a list that makes you Ok, fine then a WTF right near the end, not even putting Gojira at number 1 can salvage it.

lindasusername
lindasusername

@JeffTreppel That's cool. Let me know when you do. I'd be interested to read your picks.

JeffTreppel
JeffTreppel

@lindasusername This is going to sound like a dodge, but I'm still figuring out EOY stuff

lindasusername
lindasusername

@JeffTreppel Valid point, since it's written by one person. Which albums would you have included?

JeffTreppel
JeffTreppel

@lindasusername This just feels more like a personal favorites list than a major publication's official list of the year's best metal albums

JeffTreppel
JeffTreppel

@lindasusername Sorry, I realize I'm sounding mega dickish here – hard to do on the Internet, right?

lindasusername
lindasusername

@JeffTreppel Tell me what you think should have been on the list! Would love to hear your thoughts.

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