Year-end best-of lists suck. I haven’t listened to everything that came out this year that I wanted to hear yet (Neurosis, High On Fire, Melvins, etc. fucking etc). There’s just too much. And 2012 was pretty God damn good year for music. So, this is not a best of list. This is simply my favorites. The albums I spun the most. The ones I like more than the ones I hated (Muse).
In no particular order…
(Edit: Ryan is making me do a numbered list even though I don’t want to. So now the albums are numbered.)
Another kick-ass debut album. Royal Thunder’s CVI is a super dose of hard rock a la Black Sabbath doomage. Everything about this album kicks ass. Front woman Mlny Parsonz has a strong voice that leads the monstrous riffs through the seedy, dimly lit, back alleys the music feels like it’s bringing you to. This is a band that must be seen live as well. They were easily one of the best performances I saw this year. If you like your hard rock to rock hard, pick this album up immediately.