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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: Clockwork Angels by Rush

When it comes to the archetype for prog rock no band fits the bill better than the Canadian trio Rush.  For their near 40 year career they have been pioneering exactly what a prog rock band should be.  Going beyond the typical bullet points of the genre such as high level of musicianship, diverse song structures, and a deeper nod in the lyrical department (usually with heavy sci-fi/fantasy and philosophical themes), they really capture what the ‘progressive’ means in prog rock.  Since their start as a blues tinged heavy metal band in the early 70’s their sound has just kept growing and progressing pushing into territories they have yet to explore.  Pushing the envelope is something that has defined Rush, and they have continued to do that non-stop (their 7 year hiatus between 96-02 doesn’t count, the boys needed a small break, especially Neil 🙂 ).  Here we are in 2012 and Rush has hit a major landmark on their career, full length album number 20.  Not many bands can boast that achievement, and those that can most likely don’t have a catalog as solid and prolific as the prog masters. Clockwork Angels sees the band still moving forward with their musical landscape and since this is such a major deal for the band they do a little fan service and make some neat little homages to their previous works along the way.

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