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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 Mike Sloan
Best Albums

1 Napalm DeathUtilitarian (Century Media) Maybe the most reliable band in the history of metal?
2 Antietam 1862 Life, Death Entwined (self-released) Wow what a monster! If this was a few songs longer, it would have taken the top spot.
3 GoatwhoreBlood for the Master (Metal Blade) Probably the best “somewhat newer” metal band and this is their best record to date.
4 Aura Noir – Out to Die (Indie Recordings) These dudes get better and better every time they release something new. I can’t wait to hear what’s next
5 UnleashedOdalheim (Nuclear Blast) Another always-reliable band, another top shelf album.
6 CryptopsyCryptopsy (Century Media) Most people didn’t care for this one for reasons only they know.
7 NileAt the Gate of Sethu (Nuclear Blast) The production is a little too polished, but a new Nile album is always essential.
8 WinterfyllethThe Threnody of Triumph (Candlelight) Just an awesome album from a band that has yet to hit their artistic peak.
9 Immolith Storm Dragon (Metalhit.com) What a surprising, killer album. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for.
10 Terrorizer – Hordes of Zombies (Season of Mist) THIS is what Commando & Co. should’ve come out with when they reunited.
11 Munruthel CREEDamage (Svarga Music) There’s no telling how mesmerizing this band will inevitably become.
12 Sylvan RealmThe Lodge of Transcendence (self-released) Wicked, emotional album that amazes from start to finish.
13 TestamentDark Roots of Earth (Nuclear Blast) Easily their best album since Souls of Black
14 AsphyxDeathhammer (Century Media) Like so few bands, Asphyx always delivers, regardless of lineup.
15 Cardiac ArrestVortex of Violence (Ibex Moon) Chicago’s best band? Well, them and Cianide.

Best Songs
1 Antietam 1862 – “Death is Mine”
2 Napalm Death – “Orders of Magnitude”
3 Antietam 1862 – “Christ Storm”
4 Goatwhore – Embodiment of this Bitter Chaos”
5 Nile – “The Gods Who Light Up the sky at the Gate of Sethu”
6 Winterfylleth – “A Thousand Winters”
7 Unleashed – “Germania”
8 Cryptopsy – “Amputated Enigma”
9 Terrorizer – “Flesh to Dust”
10 Enthroned – “Horns Aflame”
11 Munruthel – “The Mown Dawns Lie on the Ground”
12 Sylvan Realm – “Temple of Not”
13 Napalm Death – “The Wolf I Feed”
14 Cradle of Filth – “For Your Vulgar Delectation”
15 Goatwhore – “Judgment of the Bleeding Crown”

Best EP
Absvrdist – Illusory (self-released)

Biggest Disappointments
Rage Nucleaire – Unrelenting Fucking Hatred. What a lousy debut album. After so much hype, this is what was given to us? Yuck…
No bands ever come through Las Vegas on tour. Las Vegas is great for many, many things. Metal isn’t one of them. Virtually every tour, large or small, skips Sin City over. It’s almost reason to move.
Still no word on any sort of new Bolt Thrower album. Again. It’d be nice if these veterans would figure something out and actually make some new metal. WTF!
Dismember break up is actually legit. They broke up in late 2011 but the hope was that they’d get back together this year. That looks unlikely. Bummer.

Most looking forward to in 2013
New Atheist album. Easily the most anticipated album for me this year. Top five favorite band ever and a new album can’t possibly disappoint. At least I’m not waiting 17 years again…
New albums from: Ghost, Opeth, Amorphis, Deceased, Sylvan Realm, Immolith and hopefully Slayer.
Release of the King Fowley autobiography. This one should be amazing.

Best cover art
Testament – Dark Roots of Earth

Because I’m a moron, I have yet to listen to:
Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
Enslaved – RIITIIR
Overkill – The Electric Age
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
Vesperian Sorrow – Stormwinds of Ages

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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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