Top 20 Albums of 2012

2012 has been a great year for heavy & loud music, in all its myriad forms: from brutal, slamming death metal to torpid, lachrymose doom metal (and let’s not forget the timeless sound of good ol’ classic rock!), these past 12 months have bequeathed a veritable mountain of fantastic albums to the general public. So without further ado, here are the top 20 albums of the year for yours truly (which are not ranked in any order save for the album at #1):

1. Monolith – Sylosis

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2. Honor Found in Decay – Neurosis

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3. Weather Systems – Anathema

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4. Les Voyages de l’Âme – Alcest

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5. Atra Mors – Evoken

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6. I Am Anonymous – Headspace

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7. Eremita – Ihsahn

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8. Phantom Antichrist – Kreator

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9. Netherwards – Anhedonist

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10. Utilitarian – Napalm Death

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11. Blessed He with Boils – Xanthochroid

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12. The Giant – Ahab

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13.  Koi No Yokan – Deftones

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14. Monolith of Inhumanity – Cattle Decapitation

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15. The Seer – Swans

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16. The Electric Age – Overkill

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17. Dead End Kings – Katatonia

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18. Head Down – Rival Sons

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19. Torture – Cannibal Corpse

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20. Deathhammer – Asphyx

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