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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Scott Alisoglu


1. GraveEndless Procession of Souls (Century Media). Swedish DM perfection.
2. American Dog Poison Smile (Colonial Canine). U.S. rip roarin’ gonzo-guitar hard rock that is rarely heard these days.
3. Superchrist Holy Shit (Hells Headbangers). Underrated, bullshit-free, catchy heavy metal.
4. DawnbringerInto the Lair of the Sun God (Profound Lore). The complete package… again.
5. Fastway Eat Dog Eat (MVD Audio). Back and better than ever.
6. Grand MagusThe Hunt (Nuclear Blast). Automatic Top 10 entry; one of the best HM bands on the planet.
7. Kreator Phantom Antichrist (Nuclear Blast). Arguably the most dynamic, memorable, and varied thrash album they’ve released to date.
8. StonehavenConcerning Old-Strife and Man-Banes (HPGD Productions). One of the best USBM bands going; feeling, atmosphere, riffs, grooves, and righteousness.
9. AsphyxDeathhammer (Century Media). Quintessential Asphyx; just better production.
10. OverkillThe Electric Age (E1). Doesn’t top Ironbound, but tops most of what passes for thrash these days.
11. God ForbidEquilibrium (Victory). Perennial underdogs, outstanding songwriters, amazing musicians.
12. Napalm DeathUtilitarian (Napalm Death). Is a justification even necessary here?
13. Orange GoblinA Eulogy for the Damned (Candlelight). UK vets unveil their most memorable songwriting to date. It rocks, it sticks.
14. Enslaved RIITIIR (Nuclear Blast). Always deserving of respect, though not always my cup of tea; this one is too good not to include.
15. AcceptStalingrad (Nuclear Blast). Still making the best top-to-bottom albums of their career.

Honorable Mentions:

Corrosion of Conformity Corrosion of Conformity (Candlelight); TestamentDark Roots of the Earth (Nuclear Blast); Aborted – Global Flatline (Century Media; Blak OpzBlood, Sweat and Fear (Vendetta); Dragged into SunlightWidowmaker (Prosthetic)
Best Gigs of 2012: Kreator/Accept (Kansas City); Overkill (Kansas City); Alehorn of Power Fest (Chicago); Stonehaven (Kansas City)
Criminally Underrated Bands: American Dog, Superchrist, Züül.
Album far more people should have heard: FastwayEat Dog Eat
Best TV Series: The Walking Dead
Hottest Zombie Killer: Michonne (Played by Danai Gurira)
Sports Highlight: Harbor Beach Pirates winning the Division 8 Michigan High School Football State Championship at Ford Field in Detroit.

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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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