Best Of 2012: Our Top 10 Albums List

So here we are. We have almost made it through 2012. Today could be our last day if the Mayan calendar is correct and the world is due to end tomorrow, 21st December but fingers crossed we still have a little more time to enjoy some more great music.

Way back in April we posted our first 4 month round-up of our favourite albums of the year to date. This was followed up 4 months later with another list in August and as promised, here we are 4 months later at the end of the year ready to share some more top picks of the past 4 months as well as our Top 10 albums of 2012 list.

So here we go!
First off, here is a selection of new releases that we have been enjoying since our last post in August:

ZZ Top – La Futura
Soundgarden – King Animal
Feed The Rhino – The Burning Sons
Bury Tomorrow – The Union Of Crowns
Katatonia – Dead End Kings
The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
While She Sleeps – This Is The Six
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
The Killers – Battle Born
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Down – Down IV Part I
Devin Townsend – Epicloud
Muse – The 2nd Law
Lower Than Atlantis – Changing Tune
Bob Mould – Silver Age
Coheed And Cambria – The Afterman
Hooded Menace – Effigies Of Evil
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
Kiss – Monster
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
Enslaved – RIITIIR
Pig Destroyer – Book Burner
Fear Factory – The Industrialist
Blood On The Dance Floor – Anthem Of The Outcast
Family – Portrait
Black Country Communion – Afterglow
And You Will Kow Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs
alt J – An Awesome Wave
Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension
The Rolling Stones – GRRR
Rolo Tomassi – Astraea
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Call Me No One – Last Parade
Focus – X

So after much deliberation and discussion we have managed to reach a decision on our top 10 albums of 2012. Take a look and leave a comment with your top 10 list.

(In no order)
Soundgarden – King Animal

Enslaved – RIITIIR
Black Country Communion – Afterglow
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Tank – War Nation
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Anathema – Weather Systems
Black Breath – Sentenced To Life
Bob Mould – Silver Age

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Best of 2012 so far: What albums are you loving? (Part 2)

Wow! We are now mid-way through August. The months are rolling on and the bands are pumping out the records and merchandise. We started this thread back in April and promised that we would update it again in 4 months time. So here we are, 2/3rds of the way through 2012… the world has still not exploded as predicted… so we better get this posted before it’s too late!

It’s strongly noted that there has been an insane amount of great releases during the past 4 months. This list is pretty long and could have been a hell of a lot longer had we added everything that we wanted to.

So have a read through the following list and let us know if you have been digging any of these albums/EPs, what ones are missing that you think we should have posted and what else you are looking forward to in 2012. We will be back to complete this list in December with a comprehensive round up and a list of our top 10 albums of 2012.

In no particular order:

Slash – Apocalyptic Love
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Anathema – Weather Systems
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives
Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power (20th anniversary edition)
Hawkwind – Onward
Accept – Stalingrad
Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living
Unleashed – Odalheim
DragonForce – The Power Within
Torche – Harmonicraft
Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends
Pigeon Toe – The First Perception
7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow
Woods Of Ypres – Woods 5
St Vitus – Lillie: F-65
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Europe – Bag Of Bones
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Tenacious D – Rize Of The Fenix
Royal Thunder – CVI
Burzum – Umskiptar
The Cult – Choice Of Weapon
Mekong Delta – Intersections
Grand Magus – The Hunt
Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
Tank – War Nation
Mnemic – Mnemesis
The Night Flight Orchestra – Internal Affairs
Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Spiritualised – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Unsane – Wreck
Nile – At The Gate Of Sethu
Deathspell Omega – Drought
Ancient Ascendant – Into The Dark
Cambion – Last Rights
Wodensthrone – Curse
Periphery – Periphery II: This Time Its Personal
Baroness – Yellow & Green

Best of 2012 so far: What albums are you loving?

So, we are pretty much a full 1/3rd of the way through 2012 already. Tell me that hasn’t gone fast!! Scary! During these past 4 months we have been listening to a hell of a lot of music and unearthing some amazing new bands as well as enjoying new releases by a number of already established acts.

To try and loosely document what we have been listening to throughout the year I thought I’d make a new post and list some of our faves with the aim to update this list as we hit each new third. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have a pretty comprehensive list to reference when compiling our ‘Best Of 2012’ list.

Please tell us your top 5 or 10 so far by leaving a comment and please share the post via Facebook and Twitter to see if we can get some discussion going. It would be great to pick up on some releases that we may have missed. Oh, and they don’t have to be rock or metal. They can be any genre at all. All suggestions welcome!!

So without further ado, here are the Eyesore Merch Towers’ top albums of 2012 thus far:

(In no particular order):

Meshuggah – Koloss
Van Halen – A New Kind Of Truth
UFO – Seven Deadly
Stone Axe – Stone Axe I & II (Deluxe Reissue Editions)
Secrets Of The Moon – Seven Bells
Fastway – Eat Dog Eat
Black Breath – Sentenced To Life
Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour
Drudkh – Eternal Turn Of The Wheel
Furyon – Gravitas
Overkill – The Electric Age
Killerfix – Bridge Of Disorder
Angel Witch – As Above, So Below
Killing Joke – MMXII
Soulfly – Enslaved
Savage Messiah – Plague Of Conscience
Ribozyme – Presenting The Problem
Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned
Corrosion Of Conformity – S/T
Napalm Death – Utilitarian
Asphyx – Deathhammer
Cannibal Corpse – Torture
Horisont – Second Assault
Jeff Loomis – Plains Of Oblivion
Dunderbeist – Black Arts & Crooked Tails
Black Pyramid – II
Dyscarnate – And So It Came To Pass
Spawn Of Possession – Incurso
High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis
Inverloch – S/T