Just 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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I don’t think a Doomsday list would be complete without notable Doom-metal bands. Paradise Lost certainly fits the bill. Their new album, Tragic Idol, showed a return to their heavier gothic roots. With doomsday just 12 days away, will you have a moment of honesty or will you take your secrets with you? If you have been a fan of the band for many years, you have seen a swing in musical style with the most recent albums mirroring their early days. Whether you like this song or not, it is fitting for end times. Also, whether you like this song or not, you should try numerous other Paradise Lost songs before you pass judgement on the band. There is so much to hear…
…In amidst the anguish
My only prayers are to myself
As clemency compels…
We are at the time of year to reflect upon at what albums really made an impression on me – it’s time for the mid-year best of list. We are half way through a pretty amazing year as far as metal is concerned. Quite a few veteran bands out there released some stellar music…with one New Jersey band topping my list so far. One thing I love about blogging with fellow metalheads is that we all love metal equally, but definitely have a fondness for different subgenres. Both Matt’s and Mark’s lists are great and unique and give me something to listen to…some of that stuff I haven’t heard yet. I hope I can offer the same in return. Here is my Top 5 list for mid-year 2012.
After 22 years (since their first release) and 13 studio albums later, what could I possibly say about the new Paradise Lost album, Tragic Idol? For starters it is as obscure and bursting with as much impending doom as their earliest work. Not so much on the gothic side of the genre, but more on the doom metal side. Continuing on with their latest trend (three albums or so), Paradise Lost have again harnessed despondency from the doom gods and created some of the heaviest music of their career. Yet, they still add melancholic melodies that define the genre they helped expand so many years ago. The new album is more or less a continuation of where Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us left off, however, taking their dejection even further away from the synthesized melodies they have used in the past. Tragic Idol is stripped down metal with no filler!
This week’s video of the week is a double dose of doom and gloom. I mean that in a good way. In the near future I will have the pleasure of seeing Paradise Lost with special guest Insomnium. It just so happens, both bands released new videos and you can wrap up your week with them here. The double feature is Paradise Lost, Honesty in Death, from their forthcoming album Tragic Idol and Insomnium, Regain the Fire, from their current release One for Sorrow.
I am new to Finland’s Insomnium; I really like their blend of death metal and doom. One For Sorrow is the first album I bought from them and it has had regular play on my music playing devices. I think their appearance on the upcoming Paradise Lost will provide a harder edge compared to the more slow/doom that Paradise Lost has mastered over the years. This is Insomnium’s latest video. Enjoy!
Tragic Idol is the new album from the U.K.’s Paradise Lost. Fans will be graced with its presence in April; just around the corner. Honesty in Death is their new video, another visually stimulating depiction to follow-up the more disturbing Faith Divides Us video from their album Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us. Based on this video, it appears Paradise Lost is continuing with their trend toward the more heavy-doom style they started with many full-moons ago. I am definitely looking forward to the new album. Have a great weekend.