TeethoftheDivine.com’s Staff Picks for 2012


. Another year, another winter spent threatening physical violence upon the staff here to get their year-end picks in. Now that the dust has settled, here are the results – the definitive list of critical picks of 2012’s best and worst releases. It’s all here: top albums, top EPs, top songs, biggest letdowns and the woulda shoulda coulda’s, as hand-picked by the TOTD staff. Feel free to comment, critique and tell us your own favorites for 2012. Thanks to all you guys for reading our little site in 2012 and here’s to another epic year of metal in 2013. Salut!

by Staff

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Conor Fynes

50. Ihsahn – Eremita (Progressive Black Metal)
49. El Doom and The Born Electric – El Doom And The Born Electric (Prog/Space Rock)
48. Knock Out Kaine – House of Sins (Melodic Rock)
47. Abiotic – Symbiosis (Technical Death Metal / Deathcore)
46. Galahad – Battle Scars (Neo-progressive Rock)
45. Spectral Lore – Sentinel (Atmospheric Black Metal / Ambient)
44. Perhaps – Volume One (Math Rock)
43. Dragged Into Sunlight – Widowmaker (Black Metal / Post-Rock / Ambient)
42. Heaven’s Cry – Wheels of Impermanence (Progressive Metal)
41. RPWL – Beyond Man And Time (Progressive Rock)
40. Hemina – Synthetic (Progressive Metal)

39. Ocean Architecture – Animus (Progressive Metal / Metalcore)
38. Waylander – Kindred Spirits (Celtic Folk / Death Metal)
37. Agalloch – Faustian Echoes (Atmospheric Black Metal)
36. Liberteer – Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees (Grindcore)
35. Blut Aus Nord – 777 Sect(s) Cosmosophy (Ambient / Avant-garde Metal)
34. Krakow – diin (Post Metal / Space Rock)
33. Shining – Redefining Darkness (Progressive Black Metal)
32. Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick 2 (Folk Progressive Rock)
31. Dean Watson – Imposing Elements (Jazz Fusion)

30. Katatonia – Dead End Kings (Atmospheric Metal / Depressive Rock)
29. Alphataurus – Attosecondo (Italian Progressive Rock)
28. Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas (Progressive Grindcore / Black Metal)
27. Marching Mind – The Sickness And The Theory (Progressive Metal)
26. Sigh – In Somniphobia (Avant-garde Black Metal)
25. Sacrum – Criminal (Progressive Metal)
24. Threshold – March of Progress (Progressive Metal)
23. Fourteen Twentysix – In Halflight Our Soul Glows (Post-Progressive / Post Rock)
22. Between the Buried and Me – Parallax II: Future Sequence (Progressive Metal)
21. Hostsonaten – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Italian Progressive Rock)

20. Distorted Harmony – Utopia (Progressive Metal)
19. Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud (Progressive Metal / Pop)
18. John Zorn – Nosferatu (Avant-garde Jazz / Soundtrack)
17. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I (Extreme Progressive Metal)
16. Arjen Luccassen – Lost In The New Real (Progressive Rock / Psychedelic)
15. Pallbearer – Sorrow & Extinction (Traditional Doom Metal)
14. Kettlespider – Avadante (Progressive Metal / Post Rock)
13. The Samuel Jackson Five – The Samuel Jackson Five (Post Rock)
12. Kayo Dot – Gamma Knife (Avant-garde Black Metal / Jazz Fusion)
11. Echolyn – echolyn (Progressive Rock)

10. Overkill – The Electric Age (Technical Thrash Metal)
9. Wintersun – Time I (Extreme Symphonic Metal)
8. Battlestations – In a Cold Embrace (Ambient / Post Rock)
7. Big Big Train – English Electric (Part One) (Progressive Rock)
6. OM – Advaitic Songs (Drone / Oriental Doom)
5. Enslaved – RITTIIR (Progressive Black Metal)
4. Anathema – Weather Systems(Post-Progressive / Alternative Rock)
3. The Tea Club – Quickly Quickly Quickly (Post-Progressive / Alternative Rock)
2. Deathspell Omega – Drought (Avant-garde Black Metal)
1. Panopticon – Kentucky (Atmospheric Black Metal / Bluegrass / Post Rock)

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  1. Commented by: Timmy

    Hey! Where’s Dane Prokofiev’s Top 10???!!!!!

    I like what that guy has to say even thought some people give him a hard time for no reason.

    Dane, please dial your top 10 picks in! (even if they’re a bit late….)


  2. Commented by: E. Thomas

    He is no longer on our staff as he left after 3 reviews and a few interviews- im sure hes got a list at one of his other blogs /sites

  3. Commented by: E. Thomas

    Based on some formula and calculations I did- Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction is the TOTD staff album of the year!

  4. Commented by: gabaghoul

    hm, Pallbearer was only in 2 guys’ top 10 and 2 guys’ top 15 – sounds like less of a ringing endorsement to me and more an illustration that no one’s top 10 looked remotely the same or featured the same bands.

    which is great for the growth and creative health of metal overall, that 13 different TOTD reviewers (who collectively listened to hundreds and hundreds of albums this year) had wildly different tastes and couldn’t agree on anything :)

  5. Commented by: E. Thomas

    yeah it was hard tallying wildly different lists- but with my formula- Pallbearer came out on top-cos it was on 2 top 10 and 2 top 15s- barely. Belakor was 4th by .5 of a point. Jordan- i added 3 more guys lists since the article went up guys lists – did you count those- had it on 5 lists total?

  6. Commented by: Luke_22

    Yep Pallbearer was just pipped for the number 1 spot on my list and it keeps finding its way into my listening rotation. Of course I was late to the party for Anaal Nathrakh, Haiduk and various other killer bands/albums that had I discovered earlier might have made their way onto my list.

  7. Commented by: Plasmaterial

    No one likes Sylosis? One mention of Allegaeon? Ditto Ne Obliviscaris, Swallow the Sun and Cattle Decapitation? Mors Principium Est? In Mourning?

  8. Commented by: gabaghoul

    I figured more peeps would have put Cattle Decapitation on their lists too. I liked Ne Obliviscaris but Xanthochroid won out in that battle. And I didn’t even know In Mourning had a new one, sweet!

  9. Commented by: Kevin E.

    Cattle decap was on my list. One of the few if not the only one of us that did.

  10. Commented by: Apollyon

    Mors Principium Est released so late in the year that it’s practically a 2013 release.

  11. Commented by: bast
  12. Commented by: gabaghoul

    I checked out Disfiguring the Goddess back when Stacy reviewed it and kinda dug it, despite my general disdain of death core. Since he named it his #1 I’ve gone back to it and it has taken hold like a horrible fungus in my sack. Been playing it pretty often, just ordered a copy.

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