The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012
1. L'Enfant Sauvage, Gojira
French technical death metal band Gojira are some of the most highly skilled musicians playing today. Brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier (rhythm guitar/vocals and drums, respectively) write elegant compositions with mind-bending song structures. In performance, their precision and athleticism are elite, rivaling classically trained professionals. The title track alone on L'Enfant Sauvage renders it worthy of this list. Have a listen to the contrasting themes just in that one song -- the impenetrable rhythms in the beginning followed by the space created by the lead guitar. No one in metal writes music this complicated yet so perfectly balanced. From beginning to end, this album is peerless.
Honorable Mentions: De Vermis Mysteriis, High on Fire; Koloss, Meshuggah; No Absolutes in Human Suffering, Gaza; Beg Upon the Light, Venomous Maximus; Misery Wizard, Pilgrim; Whispering Wild Stories, Denizen; A Eulogy for the Damned, Orange Goblin