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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: Yellow and Green by Baroness


Sitting here writing this review up and listening to the new Baroness double L.P. Yellow and Green for the umpteenth time I find myself amazed that I am still awed and staggered by the pure majesty of this album.  In 75 minutes the Savannah, GA band have presented some of the best music I’ve heard in years.  While the bands roots lay in a bog of sludgy prog metal they really stepped up their game for this release and moved out of the murky, metallic waters they have gotten to know so well.  With nothing against their previous material, I find the softer, more rock focused, and even more experimental side of Baroness heard on this record to be much more honest to the bands sound.  Not having to pigeonhole themselves as a ‘metal’ band has allowed the members to really go out and explore all the aspects of the music they write leading to injections of post-rock, Americana, alt-rock, and folk music peppering their music all with a heavy hard rock/metal-ish base.

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Full Album Streams: Yellow and Green by Baroness


Released on NPR mere minutes ago is the stream for sludgy prog metal band Baroness’ highly anticipated double albumYellow and Green.  After an excellent debut and even better follow up I have high hope for this record and it is easily one of the most wanted records of the year for me.  Seeing all the reviews by all the lucky reviewers who got themselves an early promo copy it seems that the GA boys have hit it out of the park yet again and by the 3 tracks I’ve heard so far from the stream, so far I’m in agreement.  According to the buzz of the internets Baroness have taken a more rock and roll approach to this set of album and have an all round brighter sound while maintaining the unique style set up of the previous two records.  More on that when the album lands in my mailbox on July 17th.  No excuse me while I listen to this a couple hundred times.  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Click here to listen to the full album on NPR.