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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2012 Awards Announced

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Metalunderground.com wishes all our regulars and newcomers a happy new year as we look forward to a 2013 full of improvements and hopefully even more awesome metal than the preceding year. The 2011 “best of the year” piece ended up so late it actually became an April Fool’s joke (with “Lulu” of course winning the top album spot), but this time around we’re going to dive right into a retrospective of the last 365 days of metal and how they impacted the scene at large.

Recent years have been fairly uneven for metal, punctuated by stellar releases surrounded by flops and mediocre albums from the big names. We’ve seen the continuing sad decline of some of the oldest and biggest names in metal in the past few years, but 2012 shook that up and was a year where the underground earned a greater focus.

2012 was a highly productive year for several prominent sub-genres (power, prog, and djent all saw a horde of releases from acts both known and unknown), but a little more sparse for others (there were only a handful of symphonic black metal releases by established bands.) Considering the sheer number of albums, EPs, singles, demos, etc. that see the light of day per year, we’re inevitably going to end up overlooking some that were definitely good releases, so please accept our apologies in advance if a band you dig didn’t get a nod. We love all forms of metal, and there’s just no way to cover everything that happened in 2012 in a single article.

While 2012 was an off-year on the release schedule for some of the highest profile acts, there were still plenty of bands in the upper echelons that dropped new material. Metaldom saw albums hit from the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Therion, The Sword, Dethklok, Cradle of Filth, Kamelot, Enslaved, Katatonia, Korpiklaani, Borknagar, and Lacuna Coil. Obviously that alone covers a huge range of sound, and we also got to hear some highly anticipated new material from God Seed, Ministry, Wintersun, Baroness, Meshuggah, Woods of Ypres, and Ex Deo. Some of those ended up being worth the hype, while others didn’t meet the high level of expectation, and below you’ll see how our contributors voted on last year’s releases.

Before we jump into the different categories and winners, I’d like to mention how this was such a good year for bands that mash up genres. Fans of different styles colliding were in for a treat as cross-genre experimentation seems to be becoming more of the norm these days. The Wretched End blended together death and thrash, Diablo Swing Orchestra worked swing music into metal, Kontrust melds pop and metal, Stealing Axion worked through just about every sub-genre that exists, and Nachtblut blurred the lines between industrial and symphonic black metal. It seems like this trend is running strong and cross pollination is going to widen metal fan’s musical horizons and introduce mainstream music enthusiasts into the more extreme stuff.

Best Metal Album of 2012

As with pretty much every year, the best album is a hotly contested entry. There’s no question that metal is one of the most diverse forms of music, and we purposefully have a staff with interests that cover a huge spectrum of heavy styles. One person might love power metal and have no interest in grindcore, while another is all about the NWOBHM and doesn’t care for the abrasive black metal, and so on.

This year’s winner, snagging more nominations from multiple contributors than any other, comes from a classic giant of metal. This is an act that many feel deserves to be grouped in the “Big 4 of Thrash” more than most of the bands actually on that list:

Testament – “Dark Roots of Earth”

These U.S. thrash gods had a comeback in 2008 with “The Formation of Damnation” and have been running strong since, releasing “Dark Roots of Earth” earlier this year. While some have felt it doesn’t stand up to earlier material, this is an incredibly well rounded release that continues to gain more fans over time, with several of our contributors all commenting on how the album grew on them more with each successive listen.

Showcasing the diversity of our beloved metal was the runner up album: Anathema’s “Weather Systems” (reviewed here). An album that deserves the tag “beautiful” instead of “brutal,” this was a release that isn’t headbang friendly at all, but still has a strong appeal for metalheads who can enjoy the softer stuff.

Other albums that all received multiple nominations from the staff included Ex Deo’s “Caligvla,” “Psalms for the Dead” by Candlemass, Gojira’s “L’Enfant Sauvage,” and Goatwhore’s “Blood For The Master.” The year also saw releases worth mentioning in this category from the ever evolving Enslaved and the long-missed Wintersun.

Best Metal DVD of 2012

As usual this is a category where there isn’t much agreement between our writers, simply because devoting the time to watching a full DVD for a band you don’t already love isn’t usually in the cards. This year the most voted-for release was:

Devin Townsend - “By A Thread: Live In London”

The win wasn’t altogether unexpected, considering the box set sees Hevy Devy performing all four of his recent quadrilogy of albums: “Ki,” “Addicted,” “Ghost,” and “Deconstruction.” Trailing behind Devin Towsend in the number two spot was runner-up Stratovarius with the “Under Flaming Winter Skies” DVD.

Best Metal Newcomer of 2012

In addition to those highly anticipated releases either from reactivated old favorites or long-running standbys, 2012 saw the debut full-lengths from a variety of highly talented newcomers. These are definitely going to be bands to look out for that will become genre giants in their own right if their future releases maintain the high quality seen this year. For our winner in this category we actually ended up with a dead tie between two very different acts:

Maldives act Nothnegal and U.S. band Pallbearer

Nothenegal came out of nowhere with debut “Decadence,” released through Season of Mist, blending together a dark take on melodic death metal with some interesting industrial elements. Profound Lore recording artist and new doom champion Pallbearer also saw a debut release earlier this year in the form of ”Sorrow and Extinction.” We have high hopes that both of these acts will become mainstays of metal and keep the underground alive and well in the coming years.

There were a good deal of other bands seeing major debuts this year who didn’t managed to snag enough votes to win, but are still well worth seeking out. Do yourself a favor and check out the recent releases from Ne Obliviscaris and Beyond the Bridge. Other bands to get nominated included Huntress and the Mikael Akerfeldt/Steven Wilsom collaboration Storm Corrosion.

Best Live Act of 2012

Usually our votes in this category are diverse enough to never really reach a consensus, due to how spread out geographically our contributors are, but this year we were lucky enough to have several members meet up for large events. Metal destinations such as SXSW, Prog Power USA, and the Barge to Hell finally had multiple members all voting for the same acts. Our clear leader this time around was:

Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie

That’s not to say there wasn’t stiff competition, however! Rammstein, Jucifer, and Behemoth all put up admirable fights in this category, and other bands that were nominated but didn’t get enough votes from multiple contributors to take home a win were Wintersun, Accept, At The Gates, and Solstafir.

Most Anticipated Release of 2013

We have a bit of a tradition (or a curse if you prefer) – the most anticipated album of one year never actually ends up actually winning the “best album” category next year (or even making it onto many top 10 lists). But maybe this coming year the trend can be broken with:

New “supergroup” God of Atheists

This Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect, Borknagar) created group has been gaining buzz for awhile now and is ramping up for a strong 2013 showing. The band’s impressive lineup of underground powerhouses includes Norwegian superstar Ihsahn (Emperor), ICS Vortex (Dimmu Borgir), Trym (Zyklon, Emperor), and Carl August Tidemann (Arcturus).

When you finish salivating over that, keep in mind there’s plenty more awesome metal coming down the pipe this year. God of Atheists may have won, but it was followed closely in the voting by Voivod and Soilwork, who both have new albums imminently approaching. Other impending releases that we’re excited for include albums from Ghost, Carcass, Powerwolf, Leprous, Saxon, and Kvelertak.

…And A Headbanging New Year!

Looking back through all those names its clear metal had a strong showing in 2012, and there’s even more to look forward to in the coming months. A growing number of underground releases are now reaching a significantly wider audience thanks to Bandcamp, as it’s offered the completely unknown acts a place to easily stream or offer new releases for cheap or free download. With basement one-man acts up to the legendary bands of the scene all gearing up for an apocalypse of metal in 2013 we’re excited to make this the best year yet for Metalunderground.com and hope you’ll be around to headbang with us.

If you didn’t catch as much new music during the last 12 months as you’d like, here’s our complete list of nominated “best newcomer” bands to get you started:

Earthen Grave
Pallbearer
Rage Nucleaire
Storm Corrosion
Ne Obliviscaris
Anhedonist
Huntress
Civil War
Beyond the Bridge
Symbolica
Monument
Nothnegal
Western Massacre
The River Neva
WrenchNeck
Lahmia
Dodecahedron
Kuolemanlaakso
Abiotic
Pilgrim
Skrog
Dopelord
Kill Devil Hill
The Great Gamble
Aoria
Bastard Sapling
Wizard Rifle
Star & Dagger

Obviously there are many others worth checking out, but these were our staff picks limited to five bands per person. Feel free to share your suggestions, thoughts, and comments below.

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1. Nunya writes:

no love for The Devastated as a new band?

# Jan 1, 2013 @ 6:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. PantheonOfCorpses writes:

Have to agree, 2012 was one hell of a year for metal . Loads of stellar releases, many of which should be up here. But I gotta agree with the awards this year, metalunderground nailed em.
Here's to another a$$ kicking year of metal in 2013 \m/

# Jan 1, 2013 @ 8:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Borntomosh writes:

Incredibly solid list.

Such an awesome year for metal. New albums by Testament (got my AOTY, as well), Overkill, Kreator, Destruction, among so many others, and some awesome tours rolling through.

Can't wait for another awesome year full of shreds! Hails, 2013! \m/

# Jan 1, 2013 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. BrianMN writes:

Very nice.
Dark Roots is a great album.
Thanks for all the new stuff to check out.

# Jan 1, 2013 @ 9:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

Nice write-up Ty. Testament was my #1 choice (not that my vote counts any more than anyone else's). Once I warmed up to it, I felt like it's possibly their best album. Same for Shadows Fall's latest, which was my #2.

Eluveitie is on my must-see short list this year. I have managed to miss them for the past two years every time they come to my area.

# Jan 1, 2013 @ 10:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

Congrats to Pallbearer - they seemed like a guaranteed new star of the doom world to me the first time I heard their demo. Bring on God of Atheists and a kickass 2013 for metal.

# Jan 1, 2013 @ 11:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

Shouldve been an EP category for Down to win ;) the Purple is frikken awesome \m/

Some nice choices for top honors (looking forward to my first time seeing Gene play with Testament Feb 2nd), and plenty of interesting stuff to check out as well

Thanks and cheers'

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 9:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. VanMetal writes:

It was great yr for metal.I didnt mind the new shadows fall,but putting it #2 on your list DB seems a little high.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 9:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. R10 writes:

Good year for metal and a deserving top spot for Testament. Looking forward to seeing them with Overkill and Flotsam & Jetsam the 16th of Feb.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 9:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. spiral_architect writes:

I'M SURPRISED THAT LAMB OF GOD DIDN'T EVEN SEEM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR. THEY ARE CERTAINLY THE BAND WITH THE MOST DRAMA! AS FOR ANTICIPATED RELEASES, I TOO AM LOOKING FORWARD TO GHOST AND POWERWOLF, AS WELL AS ALICE IN CHAINS.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 11:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Tom Katz writes:

Obsession "Order of Chaos" is definitely one of the best of 2012

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 11:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Spaghetti_Motel writes:

My picks for best album would've been L'Enfant Sauvage and Phantom Antichrist.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. NW_MetalHead writes:

Orange Goblin, Baroness, Allegaeon, and Black Breath all were on my list. As for live band, Behemoth's comeback was such an amazing performance

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. xFiruath writes:

Some of the biggest bands surprisingly got very few (or even no) votes like Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, and so on.

Some of my absolute favorites this year that didn't make the cut but have been on non-stop rotation for me were the new ones from Borknagar, Blacklodge, Dodecahedron, Ulver, Germ, and Atoma. Those alone made the year musically worth it for me, and everything else was just gravy on top.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. xFiruath writes:

2012 also saw a good deal of releases I enjoyed overall but felt could have been better or didn't quite match up to previous albums, notably from Moonspell, Katatonia, and Ihsahn.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. deathbringer writes:

Behemoth was great on the Barge To Hell. In fact 3 of my picks came from the Barge alone. At The Gates killed it, Behemoth was really good and so was Solstafir's second set.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. cbella writes:

I played LoG's 'Resolution' to death in 2012 -- can't believe it wasn't up there! Testament also grew on me, good choice!

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 6:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Creeping Judas writes:

Where is the love for Scream At The Sun??

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. OverkillExposure writes:

THE VERY END!!!

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 7:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. STH5563 writes:

Very awesome post. Testament's album is very awesome.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 9:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. silvermountains writes:

testaments new album suuuuuucks. wow i could've thought of several albums way beyond better than testament.

# Jan 2, 2013 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. b12 writes:

lmao you seriously picked eluveitie over rammstein for best live show?!?!?!? this site has lost all credibility. i just seen eluveite at mr smalls in pitt, and it was a fun show, i love that band....but over RAMMSTEIN!?! i seen them in cleveland in may this past year and have NEVER seen anything like it in my life. talk about highwayyy robery

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Borntomosh writes:

"This site has lost all its credibility."

I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions. They have theirs, you have yours. This has zero effect on credibility lol

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. HE HE HE HE writes:

Very good metal year and love new testament.....what ive been doing last few months is catching up on ton of cds i never got the chance like Bathory cds after sign of black mark and all those cds by acdc from the 70's ....its like redis over metal all over again

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 1:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. deathbringer writes:

b12, Rammstein tickets are also over $100 usually, so the chance that as many of our contributors actually saw them to vote for them is lower. They put on a great show and spectacle, but I found some other performances to be better overall still. Spectacle doesn't equal best show necessarily. I'll take an energetic and engaging performance by a favorite band any day.

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 8:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. hellrat writes:

B-twelver, your mom lost all her credibility, remember?

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 10:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. RememberMetal? writes:

Agreed with xFiruath on all counts on post 16.
Moonspell have yet to top 'Memorial' in terms of track for track quality. Though I did like 'Alpha Noir' slightly more than 'Night Eternal'. The jury is still out on the new Ihsahn but it seems the least engaging of his four albums. And 'Dead End Kings' saw Katatonia dive headlong into the outer limits of neo-prog... The same uncomfortable zone the once-great Riverside has occupied with their last two albums. Both bands should follow Airbag's example if they're wading into those depths.

The new offerings from Converge, My Dying Bride, Swallow the Sun, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah and Arsis met or exceeded expectations though. Good year for metal for my tastes anyway.

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 10:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. b12 writes:

hellrat: lmao good one man.
Deathbringer: I'll take an energetic and engaging performance by a favorite band any day. - Isnt that just being biast? i totally understand what your saying about rammstein tickets being over 100 dollars because they are. i think i paid 130 for mine, but youre getting wat you pay for. Nobody, and i mean nobody puts on a better concert experience that ive seen in the last 15 years. i seen both bands this year and i have to say i cannot fathom picking the eluveitie show over the live rammstein show. But hey alls good, and obviously this site in my own small little world has not lost its crediblity ha. cannot wait for new amon amarth!!

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 11:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. hellrat writes:

:P

heh, i knew you'd be good for it 'Twelver; you're a good chap

NP---Iron Sharpening Iron---Joseph Hill live in Paris

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. cbella writes:

Just noticed that there was no "top song" category - any thoughts on a particular track that stands out?

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 2:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. OverkillExposure writes:

I think the trouble with a "Top Song" category is that since the options are so much more numerous, everyone on the staff might plausibly pick a different song - one, to one, to one, etc. That'd require a tiebreaker, and such a thin victory doesn't seem too representative of any real majority. Top albums and bands are narrower categories, and more likely to accrue multiple votes.

That being said, while I loved a ton of songs in 2012, I'd nominate virtually any track off The Very End's "Turn Off The World."

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. RememberMetal? writes:

cbella
Shadows Fall "Fire From the Sky" would have had my vote had 12/21/2012 been the end of days. :)

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 2:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. BrianMN writes:

@cbella
My vote would go for 18 Days from Six Feet Under.
Just yesterday I plunked down the 5 bucks for the mp3 for the whole album and so far I’d say this album should have been the follow up to Cannibal Corpse’s “Bleeding” if that is your thing.
In fact Cannibals “Torture” album got about five spins out of me before I tired of it.
I dare say Barnes is doing Cannibal better than Cannibal but I’ll bite my tongue till I’ve had much more time to live with the album.
I guess another reason I really dug the song is Barnes LOL.
I hate to say poetic but no one does what he does lyrically and Cannibal has been lacking in that dept. ever since he left.
That said, vocally I still prefer Corpsegrinder in Corpse as he is the better fit. Barnes can’t sing that fast.
Sorry I’m rambling…..
Another one…Cradle of Filth…”Manticore”.
I haven’t heard Dani sound this pi$$ed and spazzy in years.

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. cbella writes:

Overkill - I know the logistics of a 'top song' would never work, I was just curious as to whether there was one particular track that 'popped' with the masses. I suspected that Pantera's 'Piss' be given some nostalgic acclaim. Just because it was Pantera, not because it was an exceptional song. I read your review on Turn Off The World & bought it recently - so, thanks for that!

RM? - good choice lol

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. best song of 2012 writes:

Song: Traveling alone

Band: Woods of Ypres

Album: Woods5:Grey Skies and Electric Lights

All of you must listen to the lugubrious, self-referential lyrics of the dirge of a fallen singer- David Gold

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 5:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Borntomosh writes:

DB, are Rammstein tickets really over $100 now? I saw them in Rosemont a few years ago for around $60.

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 5:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. ! writes:

I believe the best Album of 2012 would be Alcest's les voyages de l'ame but it is hard to argue against Testament.
The best heavy metal newcomer would have to be huntress Paul bearer is a great band but Huntress is much better.

The best albums of 2012 in my opinion are:
Alcest's- Les Voyages De L'ame
Ihsahn's- Emirita
Huntress- Spell Eater
Burzum- Umskiptar
Wintersun- Time 1
Kreator- Phantom Antichrist
LT's Rhapsody- Ascending to Infinity
Testament- Dark Roots of Earth
Enslaved- RIITIIR
Saboton- Carolus Rex

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38. deathbringer writes:

Borntomosh, yeah, I think the ones I had were like 109 and the floor was supposed to be more.

b12, it's all about perspective and how you look at it. I'm not a huge Rammstein fan, but I gave it a vote more because "how could you not?" See how a killer energetic performance by a favorite band might still beat them out with that logic? Yeah, it comes down to personal preference at some level making any picks. I voted on pure enjoyment of the performance and had At The Gates as my #1. Rammstein was a "must see" for me and I'm glad I did. But I got more pure enjoyment out of seeing At The Gates...on a cruise ship.

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. b12 writes:

db: fair enough logic to me. i guess to the contrary i problly loved the rammstein show more because there my favorite band. He gets alot of hate because he sucks but i seen rob zombie and manson this year and zombie show was definetly a site for sore eyes

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 9:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Groghunter writes:

Huh, Kinda surprised that there is literally no mention in the article or comments for the new Nile... My fave of the year, and the by far the best produced Nile album ever.

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41. Caveman1 writes:

Allegaeon, Soulfly, Between the buried and me, Shadows Fall & Lamb of God are my faves of 2012

# Jan 3, 2013 @ 11:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Mr MetalGod writes:

who the hell is Paul bearer or devin townsend + Ive never herd of half the bands named. why is Emmure ablum slave to the grave not album of the year. I thought testament is an old band why did they win album of this year.

# Jan 4, 2013 @ 2:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. BoltThrower writes:

At first pass I didn't care for Dark Roots of Earth but the thing ended up staying in my CD player for 2 months straight. Great album.

# Jan 4, 2013 @ 6:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Vander writes:

If you don't know who Devin Townsend is, GTFO! Mr MetalGod...

Emmure is Deathcore, which can also GTFO!

Big fan of Testament, but I don't think they are AOTY.

# Jan 4, 2013 @ 7:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Vander writes:

And....Newcomer... Red Moon Architect. It may just be an EP but it's worthy.

# Jan 4, 2013 @ 7:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. lebr00n writes:

Yeah God of Athiests is the only thing I'm looking forward too now. Very scary how barren the rest of the year looks right now

# Jan 4, 2013 @ 8:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. boston blackie writes:

Hellrat sucking off ownership of this site?
Boy you"ve hit rock bottom, sold out and went corperate, well i guess everyone does it now these days.
Shocking development, metalunderground didnt give opeth an award like they always seem to do.
Best live, ya i would have went with rammstein, as i lay dying, amon amarth, tsjuder, or megadeth.

# Jan 5, 2013 @ 12:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. hellrat writes:

Boston Jackie, I hit rock bottom a long fvckin time ago you witless twat....bit slow on the uptake there, eh Ma$$hole?

and then, you vote Megadump as a top live performer??? :)

heh, would it be fair to assume you have got the Maximum Impairment deal going? the full Boston Special? Or would that be presumptuous this early in our relationship?

# Jan 5, 2013 @ 10:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. R10 writes:

Another fan club member popping up out of the woodwork, eh hellrat? As far as best live performance in '12, I'd go with Accept. Saw them in Sept with Kreator, great performance. I don't care for Rammstein, so their shows don't really matter to me. I hear Lady GaGa puts on a wonderful performance also; doesn't mean I'd want to see her.

# Jan 5, 2013 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. boston blackie writes:

I just did not get the memo that your a total kiss a$$ hellrat, thats's all, but hey if you know who you are i guess that's all that matters.
Go along to get along, good luck with that one.

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51. KanadianKoRn writes:

i would love to see a review on The Agonist Prisoners album please!

# Jan 5, 2013 @ 1:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. hellrat writes:

Jackie, that memo goes out at least once a week when I'm in the office...shoot, I even normally have it printed up Special in Big Letters for all you foilhats on the trailer bus

So, how do you suggest we 'go along' now here, eh Jack? If I should say, let you, instead of my dog, lick peanut butter off my balls, would that make us friends?

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53. Borntomosh writes:

Not really sure why you have a problem with hellrat, but it doesn't seem like you have a legit reason lol

You're a good man, hellrat haha

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54. boston blackie writes:

No problem anymore mosh, he just had me fooled for a minute, now that he's confirmed his identity its all good.
But fyi mosh, hellrat use to come on here and be one of the better posters and challenge the authority, those days are obviously gone, but its cool.
Moving on.

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55. brandedcfh420 writes:

silvermnts: take back you comment about Testaments new album sucking or im taking you off my xmas card list for next year and send you what i sent you this past xmas......that comment was 100% BLASPHEMY!!!!!

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56. R10 writes:

Thumbs up branded!

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57. Eye Dragon Axe writes:

Testament "Dark Roots Of Earth" 2012's lp of the year?! WTF?!! That was a terribly disappointing album..good but not great and def not the year's "best" IMO. God Of Atheists mean nothing to me personally either. I'm eager to hear a REAL supergroup like CORRECTIONS HOUSE or the yet unnamed new band w/ Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Amen's Casey Chaos, Exodus' Gary Holt, and Kyuss' Nick Oliveri (and
rumored to possibly contain Suicidal Tendencies/Metallica's
Rob Trujillo as well). Eh, to each their own of course but much of this list is some bogus crap indeed.

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58. Borntomosh writes:

Personally, I stand behind Testament for AOTY. But, like you said, Dragon, to each their own hahaha

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59. hellrat writes:

ha! you're still babbling Jacko? Nice of ya to get all misty eyed and nostalgic, but I was always way outta your league buddy ;)

"challenge the authority"...eh, WHAT authority you fvcking goon?

Have ya yet considered putting that pacifier back in your gummy hole? Everytime you yap yer flapper while you scuttle off, you end up kicking yourself in the mouth...doh!

don't get me wrong, its funny as hell to watch, but it looks like its gotta hurt, no?

Peanut butter doesn't hurt...i promise

NP---Ground---Monotheist

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60. RememberMetal? writes:

There are better offerings than the new Testament album (decent though it was) but when you compile the varied tastes from a diverse array of metal heads, it's the common denominator that wins the most nods.

It's rare that something Earth shattering jolts the metal community into consensus, which is why meat-and-tater acts like Slayer, LoG and Testament so often get the nod from MU and other sites.

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61. Rex_84 writes:

Testament's new record is my #2 pick. I doubt any publication, bar a doom-niche sight, picked Earthen Grave's self-titled debut. I thought 2012 was a great year for doom. I also listed Candle Mass "Psalms of the Dead" and Pallbearer "Extinction and Sorrow" as top albums of the year.

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62. Nunya writes:

still no love for the devastated...that's *simply devastating* #puns

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63. kshanholtzer writes:

Dark Roots of Earth is not the best of 2012. It doesn't even come close to Legacy. WTF. Have some imagination. ND's Utilitarian is far better; also, De Vermis Mysteriis. I just don't think Testament presented anything new in their new album. Sounded like the same old stuff.

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