Best of the Rest: Honorable Mentions of 2012

bestof2012Making my Top 15 Albums of 2012 list this year was a bit daunting.  There were so many records I heard, and many of the excellent and well deserving of a bit of extra attention.  Being as I am, I felt guilty for leaving some of them off, so here I will present, in no particular order other than random, a good handful of albums that came out during 2012 that I enjoyed and feel that you lovely readers should give a listen to.  Check ’em out and enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

When Lightning Strikes by Drakkar
Just missing an entry on my toplist Drakkar recorded a hell of a rockin’ power metal album with plenty of power and balls too it and it’s light on the cheese. As well as having a great punch to the music there is a great amount of diversity to the songs and a great sci-fi narrative to boot.

Aegaeon by Centimani
A damn solid record that does a stellar job marrying black and death metal with hints of thrash and symphonic stirred in for good measure.

Evil Nightmare by Ruler
If you want to hear a great retro NWOBHM record, look no further.  Combining the Killers-era Iron Maiden sound and their own unique personality consisting of gargantuan guitars and punky and soaring vocals, this album slays.

Self-Titled by Kill Devil Hill
Some great straight metal with a Southern groove; featuring Rex Brown and Vinnie Apice. Nothing really groundbreaking or original, but some great, high energy, no-frills metal. Solid album front to back.

Second Hand Wonderland by Kontrust
Metal, Pop, Salsa, Reggae, Hip-Hop, and the kitchen sink. This was one of the most fun and happy, feel-good records I heard this year. If you need some music to put big goofy smile on your face but still want to hear some metal, look no further than this record.

Galaktikon by Brendon Small
A space rock opera about love and marriage; broken hearts and mended wounds. Complete with intergalactic divorce lawyers, prophecies, and over the top superhero space battles. Oh, and the music is really damn great too with “Prophecy of the Lazer Witch” being one of my favorite songs of 2012.

Separate Realities by Trioscapes
Saxophone, bass guitar, and drums combine to form a really neat brand of upbeat fusion jazz tinged with elements of progressive metal.  Both musicians and good ol’ regular music fans will get a lot to enjoy out of this album.

Cognitive by Soen

This new band featuring ex-Opeth drummer Martin Lopez and ex-Death/Testament bassist Steve DiGiorgio is one heck of a nice album.  They have a style very similar to Tool, but enough uniqueness and personality to be in a class of their own.

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