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!

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Kevin Ellis

Top Ten of 2012:
1) Meshuggah Koloss (Nuclear Blast) It may sound cliché to place them at the top, but the kings are back and have reclaimed their throne with a vengeance
2) Napalm DeathUtilitarian (Century Media) Another band that seems to defy age and stagnation while staying true to their roots
3) Dying FetusReign Supreme (Relapse) So far this list is reading like a who’s who in the metal world, but so many greats continued to up the ante 2012
4) Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity (Metal Blade) They keep adding to the death/grind formula with new twists and fresh takes on the ever increasing ferocity of their sound
5) Pig DestroyerBook Burner (Relapse) Another band that keeps breathing new life into grind, a genre that can get real old, real quick
6) Abnormality – Contaminating the Hive Mind (Sevared) Killer death metal album, and a female growler to boot
7) Kreator Phantom Antichrist (Nuclear Blast) They age like a fine wine and continue to show the new-age thrash bands how the old guys get it done
Hour of Penance Sedition (Prosthetic) A 30 minute kill fest that throttles you from the beginning and never lets up
9) Omnihility Biogenesis (Sevared) Little known band that can hang with the aforementioned Hour of Penance and Origin with their intensity
10) Grief of Emerald It All Turns to Ashes (Non-Serviam) Phenomenal keyboards and solid musicianship that has shown me I need to dig deeper into the black metal genre

Most Disappointing of 2012:
1) All That RemainsA War You Cannot Win (Razor & Tie) Read my review for all you need to know about this sorry excuse for a metal album
2) Nile At the Gates of Sethu (Nuclear Blast) Nile is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I REALLY wanted to like this album, but something about it was just off. First Nile album I never purchased a physical copy of
3) Cryptopsy Cryptopsy (Century Media) It’s a step back on the right path, but another album that could have been so much more than it was
4) Fear FactoryThe Industrialist (Candlelight) One of the best bands in the history of metal used a fucking DRUM MACHINE on their new album? No thank you.

Best Deathcore Album:
Whitechapel Whitechapel

Best Brutal/Slam Death Album:
Relics of HumanityGuided by the Soulless Call

Best Songs:
Pig Destroyer – “The Diplomat”
Relics of Humanity – “Depriving of Sacred Blindness”
Meshuggah – “Demiurge”,”Behind the Sun”

Best Show:
Meshuggah hands down. First time I have seen my favorite band live, and the show was mind blowing

Needs a New Album in 2013:
Full Blown Chaos – I read they were going to have one this past year, but alas it never showed up

Most Anticipated of 2013:
Devourment and Hatebreed


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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.

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  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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