Best of 2012
Of all of our Best of 2012 coverage, I look forward to the list created by you, the Metal Injection junkies the most. It is always eye-opening to see what music you, our loyal readers, have been moved by. A few weeks ago, we asked you to submit your top 10 albums of the year list, then we would tally the results with an inverse point system. Your first place would get 10 points, second place – 9 points and so on. Special thanks to longtime junkie and American Aftermath contributor Lane Oliver for tallying up the votes. Without further ado, here are the top albums of the year:
- Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity - 356 points
- Gojira L'Enfaunt Sauvage - 324 points
- Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II - 309 points
- Meshuggah Koloss - 309 points
- The Faceless Autotheism - 300 points
- Deftones Koi No Yokan - 241 points
- Lamb of God Resolution - 230 points
- Cannibal Corpse Torture - 223 points
- Converge All We Love We Leave Behind - 217 points
- Periphery Periphery II – 200 points (more…)
If you read my intro to last year's list, you already know how strongly I feel about music, an expressive art form, being forced into a competitive sport-like structure. I do however, love to share my passion of metal with the world every day, and as some of you know, spend more time seeking out and working with bands than almost anyone else in this business. So why not use this opportunity to spread some metal love? (more…)
I really procrastinated on making this list because it was really hard to decide what my true 10 favorites of the year are. There were SO MANY releases this year, it was almost a little hard to keep up with all of them, and even spend any decent amount of time with albums. I have a lot of honorable mentions because I couldn't fit them all in, but these are without question the albums I listened to the most and enjoyed the most this year… (more…)
We also asked our photographer Jeffrey Chan to submit his favorite photographs of the year. Here is his list…
Throughout 2012, I was able to photograph a good number of metal shows that came through Toronto. It is always good to know that bands from around the world have not forgotten their friends up in the Great White North during the North American leg of their tours. Bands and musicians always strive to put on exceptional shows for their fans night after night. As a photographer, I strive to capture the moment and the energy of the musicians playing their hearts out for all their fans who attended or could not make it to the show.
For those of you who have checked out some of my photos, I hope that many of you have enjoyed them. Here are my 12 of my favorite photos (in no particular order) that I shot this year: (more…)
We asked Metal Injection contributing photographer Rodrigo Fredes to pick out his 10 favorite shots that he acquired from the dozens of concerts he attended this year shooting for Metal Injection. Here are his 10 favorites with links to the full gallery: (more…)
UPDATE: Voting expires tonight at midnight!
It's the end of the year already?! Looks like it, and Metal Injection is kicking off our annual "Best Of" features. All of our writers and reviewers will be posting their year-end best albums lists in the coming days, but our favorite list comes fro you… the Metal Injection junkie.
The rules are simple:
- Leave a comment with your top 10 albums of the year. The list must be numbered, and all releases must have come out in 2012.
- Each position on your list will count as a tally for the ultimate list. Voting an album #1 gives it 10 points, #2 – 9 points, etc.
- After the tally is completed (by the great and powerful MI junkie Cancerscare), we will unleash the results.
What are you waiting for? Let us know your top 10 today.
I have a love/hate relationship with these damned things. Not the albums, obviously, but rather the lists. On the one hand, taken in the right context they're a fun way to knock ideas back and forth, offering last minute mandates to ensure that no one sleeps on the records that everyone has been losing their shit over all year, but on the other hand… no one ever takes these fucking things in the right context, do they? (more…)
Here are my favorite albums of the year: (more…)
We asked Metal Injection contributor Frank Huang to reflect on his Top 5 Shows in 2011. Frank shot extensive video of all the shows mentioned in this post, as well as many other NYC area shows, which you can view at Pit Full of Shit. (more…)
It's been a great year for silly metal videos. Whether it's contestants on pop reality shows, kids being more metal than you, or animals showing their growls, there was plenty to laugh at this year. Take a look back as we count down the top 20 viral videos of the year… (more…)
2012 has been a strange old year for metal in the UK.
It saw the dissolution of our much treasured Roadrunner Records UK as an independent label and the shocking cancellation of one of the country's fastest growing metal weekenders, Sonisphere Festival UK.
Talk about 'bummer'.
Now, if all of this wasn't terrible enough, lest we forget that even before this double-whammied catastrophe; one of our most beloved, innovative and iconic guitarists, Tony Iommi, announced that he had been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.
Fucking shit, isn't it?
The good news, however, is that the former Roadrunner Records dudes have found new jobs – still fighting the good fight for metal, the tour de force that is Sonisphere Festival UK looks set to go ahead as per usual in 2013 and and Iommi played both his hometown of Birmingham and an epic headliner slot at Download Festival with Black Sabbath and is now on the mend, currently doing as well as can be expected.
Despite the doom and gloom that threatened to permanently scar 2012, there actually were a shitload of great releases within the world of rock and metal. Don't believe me? Well, here are my top 10: (more…)
Fuck long-winded reviews. This isn't the place for it. This is a best-of list. Especially with the chaotic violence you'll find below, you'd probably get through five songs quicker than reading a shitty paragraph about them. However, I won't be a total dick and leave you out in the cold. You still get a sum-up gist of the good shits on my list… quick and dirty… just like the songs I love… in 140 characters or less. (more…)
2012 will not see end of the world, or extreme music for that matter. However, if this was the end of Metal and Hardcore as we know it, the year 2012 would make quite a grand finale. So many great records came out this year that I decided to stretch this article to a more obnoxious comprehensive list of 25. If it weren’t for the amazing power of Spotify, I don’t know how I would have kept up. As with my list last year, this list is unordered, as agonizing over competing slots for #9 and #10 would miss the point of the exercise. The point being: out of all the music I heard this year, the records listed below represent what I enjoyed the most. I hope some readers get some benefit from seeing this list and check out some records they may have missed, or that others will have some to name that I may have overlooked myself.
And so it begins, all this week (and perhaps some of next week), we will be recapping the best of the year, with year-end lists of albums, shows and other various lists from all Metal Injection contributors. As always, we want to hear your top albums as well. Make your voice heard here.
My metal proclivities took a decided turn for the morose this year, descending into a delightful morass of doom. There’s plenty of death lurking in these depths, but black metal in its purer forms seems to have failed me in 2012 (blasphemy, I know). And where did I hide the grind? There's a bit baked into my list, but as usual, I won't know what I really missed until I lay eyes on the Grind and Punishment year-end list.
The following albums were key to my own survival in 2012: (more…)