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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2012

2012Just when I thought 2011 was a banner year for metal, I think 2012 might be equal to or better in terms of both quality music and sheer volume of albums released.  It surely was not a dull moment if you ask me; it seemed like I was listening to at least a couple new albums each week.  Interestingly, I can probably look at half my list and tell you that some of these albums, I had no idea were coming.  They completely snuck on me or I never expected them like Kreator…a band I nearly forgot about came out with a killer album.  The band at #15 I never knew existed until just a few weeks ago and I am still impressed with them.  There are definitely some surprises on my list this year.  Some of these bands have been around for years and I am only now getting into them. I hope you had a great 2012 in metal!  Here are my Top 15 albums of 2012.

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Album Review: A Band of Orcs – Adding Heads to the Pile

A Band Of Orcs - Adding Heads To The Pile - album coverA while back we did a post on band names and the fact that some bands just have poor representation of what they really are; Bring Me The Horizon, Devil Wear Prada to name a couple.  Recently, an album was presented to us for review by a band called A Band of Orcs.  My initial impression was “how am I supposed to take that seriously?”  On the one hand it seems funny and was even funnier when I realized they actually dress like Orcs .  Perhaps they really are Orcs, I am not sure I want to find out.  On the other hand it took about 20 seconds into the CD before I realized they had a very appropriate band name.  According to my research, the band claims they play Brutal Orc Metal, but to simplify things let’s just call it Death metal.

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Monday Metal Madness: Trolls vs. Goblins vs. Orcs

Of all the creatures in the high fantasy realm Trolls, Goblins, and Orcs are by far the nastiest and most metal.  Trolls all big and lumbering with a penchant for the tasty flesh of a Christian.  Orcs known for their brutal and war-like, take no prisoners nature.  And the fun-loving Goblins who will howl laughter as they rip apart your viscera with their long, sharpened talons on their fingers.

Given the very heavy metal nature of these creatures, there are many bands who use them as the forefront of their image, often basing their entire bands style around them.  Of the 3 races here are 3 bands that represent their mystical creature of choice.  Give a listen to some Finntroll, Nekrogoblikon, and A Band of Orcs and vote for your favorite.  And hopefully when the dust and blood is settled on who is the best, these 3 will unite to do battle against a common enemy and tour together.  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!



A Band of Orcs