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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A list
MardukSerpent Sermon – (Century Media)
Sear BlissEternal Recurrence – (Candlelight Rec.)
DordeduhDar de Duh – (Prophecy Productions)
Secrets of the MoonSeven Bells (Lupus Lounge)
Lunar AuroraHoagascht – (Cold Dimensions)
Carach AngrenWhere the Corpses Sink Forever – (Season of Mist)
ReverenceThe Asthenic Ascension – (Candlelight Rec.)
EnslavedRIITIIR – (Nuclear Blast)
EïsWetterkreuz – (Prophecy Productions)
KreatorPhantom Antichrist – (Nuclear Blast)
UnleashedOdalheim – (Nuclear Blast)

B list
BehexenNightside Emanations – (Debemur Morti Productions)
EnthronedObsidium – (Agonia Rec.)
Black MessiahThe Final Journey – (AFM Rec.)
WeaponEmbers and Revelations – (Relapse Rec.)
Vesperian SorrowStormwinds of Ages – (The Path Less Traveled Rec.)
Dark ForestLand of the Evening Star – (Bleak Art Rec.)
ImpietyRavage & Conquer – (Pulverised Rec.)
Adorned BroodKuningaz – (Massacre Rec)
Anaal NathrakhVanitas – (Candlelight Rec)
Napalm DeathUtilitarian – (Century Media)

Albums that I hoped would make the A or B lists
DeiphagoSatan Alpha Omega – (Hells Headbangers Rec.)
SighIn Somniphobia – (Candlelight Rec)
BorknagarUrd – (Century Media)
BelenosYen Sonn Gardis – (Northern Silence Productions)
MerrimackThe Acausal Mass – (AFM Rec.)
VintersorgOrkan – (Napalm Rec.)
BaptismAs the Darkness Enters – (Northern Heritage Rec.)
Forgotten Tomb…and Don’t Deliver Us from Evil – (Agonia Rec.)

Worth the wait
Sear BlissEternal Recurrence – (Candlelight Rec.)
BehexenNightside Emanations – (Debemur Morti Productions)

Grand Reunion (Too bad they have split up again)
Lunar AuroraHoagascht – (Cold Dimensions)

Out with a whimper
CandlemassPsalms for the Dead – (Napalm Records)

Exceeds expectations (that were not very high)
God SeedI Begin – (Indie Rec.)

Top form after returning from near death
EïsWetterkreuz – (Prophecy Productions)
Sear BlissEternal Recurrence – (Candlelight Rec.)

Most disapointing
no new Mercyful Fate

Favorite DVD
WatainOpus Diaboli – (His Master’s Noise)

Best album that made me regret skipping their last few albums
ReverenceThe Asthenic Ascension – (Candlelight Rec.)

About time they released an album (at least it wasn’t seven years again)
WaylanderKindred Spirits – (Listenable Rec.)

Well-oiled machine cranks out another (every two years without fail)
UnleashedOdalheim – (Nuclear Blast)

Best Debut full length
Wild’s ReprisalCascadia Rising – (Independent)

Best Rerecording
CatameniaThe Rewritten Chapters – (Massacre Rec.)
Cirith GorgorFirestorm Apocalypse – (Ketzer Rec.)

2011 release that I still have not heard
Cirith GorgorDer Untergang… / Победа – (Untergang Rec.)

Best Gorgoroth release
God SeedI Begin – (Indie Rec.)

Best Negură Bunget release
DordeduhDar de Duh – (Prophecy Productions)

Best King Diamond release
Carach AngrenWhere the Corpses Sink Forever – (Season of Mist)

Label of year
Century Media

Most played in 2012
MardukSerpent Sermon – (Century Media)
UnleashedOdalheim – (Nuclear Blast)
Sear BlissEternal Recurrence – (Candlelight Rec.)

Most overdue
Ceremonial Castings
Den Saakaldte
Dark Funeral

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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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