10 - Marylin Manson - Born Villain
9 - El-P - Cancer 4 the Cure
8 - Sybreed - God is an Automaton
God is an Automaton served as my introduction to Sybreed. The band hails from Geneva, Switzerland, but I'm sure their sound is far from neutral. Sybreed is greatly influenced by Fear Factory's dark industrial metal sound, which is quite evident on this release, and probably why I liked it so much. God is an Automaton is an album worth listening to in it's entirety, as the band's high energy level never quits throughout.
7 - Killing Joke - MMXII
6 - La Coka Nostra - Masters of the Dark Art
5 - In This Moment - Blood
4 - Overkill - The Electric Age
Having been released way back in March of 2012, I gave The Electric Age a listen and thought it wasn't as good as their previous release, Ironbound. I soon dismissed the album, and it wasn't until a friend reminded me of it that I decided to give it another listen. I was certainly wrong about this album! Not only was it good enough to rank #5 on my top 10, but I'm now starting to believe it's a better album that Ironbound! Overkill continues it's resurgence, and singer Bobby Blitz hasn't lost a single step over the years. If you enjoy fast blazing good old-fashioned Thrash Metal, Overkill can certainly satisfy your addiction!
3 - Testament - Dark Roots of the Earth
When it comes to the heavy hitters of Trash Metal, Testament will always be considered one of the top bands (Second to Metallica) for musical influence within their genre. Talk about comebacks, Testament has definitely had one in the past few years. Having seen them live in 2011, I can certainly testify that Testament is still capable of putting on a great live show. Dark Roots of Earth is certainly an effort in the right direction for Testament. My favorite tracks of this album are "Dragon Kills" and "Man Kills Mankind."
2 - Deftones - Koi No Yokan
Premonition Of Love in Japanese, is impressive! For a band that survived the NuMetal era, the Deftones have evolved into an artful band. Dare we call this album Light Metal? Koi No Yokan is a dreamy and drifting album, which has become the signature sound of Deftones. Every track on this album is worth listening to over and over again. When I first saw the Deftones at Hammerstein Ballroom many years ago, I had never thought of them as a band that would play such large arenas as Madison Square Garden. They're popularity has truly skyrocketed in an era where modern Metal bands usually have short lifespans. This album is a must own for everyone, regardless of what music you're into! Trust me on this!
1 - Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
Gojira is arguably the best Metal act to ever emerge from France. Their name, taken from the Japanese name for Godzilla, serves as a fitting tribute to the band's monster success. The moment you start listening to the intro on the opening track "Explosia", you'll think they're just another atypical metal band, until you are greeted by an explosion of powerful guitar riffs. Upon hearing those riffs the mood will be set for the rest of the album, and a rush of energetic bliss will wash over you. That's basically how my first experience with this masterpiece went. Title track "L'Efant Sauvage", is my favorite on the album (watch the video above). "The Wild Healer", another standout track, is an atmospheric instrumental that is nicely arranged and contains a few well placed synths as well. I recommend L'Efant Sauvage to any Death Metal fans. Do yourself a favor and give this album a listen from start to finish. Hopefully you'll enjoy it on the same level as I did.
2012 Honorable Mentions: , Sister Sin - Now and Forever, Huntress, Sister Sin - Now and Forever,
Shadows Fall - Fires from the Sky, Aesop Rock - Skelethon, Die Antwoord - Ten$ion
Rush - Clockwork Angels, Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud, Accept - Stalingrad, James Bond Skyfall OST
Concert of the Year: Refused at Terminal 5 - It's been 15 years since I first heard Shape of Punk To Come, and I waited 15 years to finally see this band live. Miraculously they decided to reunite, and they just picked up where they had left off. And Amazing performance for the most controversial band ever to come out of Sweden.