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Farewell, 2012: Juular’s Top 10 Albums Of 2012


I’m not going to go on about how great 2012 was for music, because everyone of my co-writers has already done that and then some. There’s no denying it was great, so let’s just move on. I’m writing this list pretty last minute, as I’ve had my choices locked in for some time, and I thought, “Hey, I’m not confused about anything, so I can push it back as far as possible”, and that was a terrible idea, as I’m now scrambling to get this thing finished, and having a hard time really talking about why I like these albums. However, I was the one who reviewed a lot of these, so if you find what I have to say on each individual one lacking, just go read  my review or the reviews of the other albums written by my fellow contributors.

Honestly though, I did not love 2012 as much as everyone else. Maybe it was the events in my personal life that caused me to have such a poor outlook on a lot of the earlier releases of the year, but it’s hard to deny the fact that I just did not connect with nearly as many metal releases this year as I did last year. It’s a shame, but not something I’ve overly thought about, because I’ve found other music to enjoy throughout the year. That being said, I did happen to find a good handful of great albums that I anticipate listening to for many years. Like I said, I’ve had my choices for my list picked out for some time, and that’s because I knew which albums I loved, and which albums I wanted to continually listen to for many years to come. I wasn’t wowed by a lot of the big name bands; I found Meshuggah and Gojira lacking a bit, which were two of my my anticipated albums of this year, but that’s okay. Sometimes you just can’t connect with certain albums. And even  though metal wasn’t all that great for me this year, I still love the genre, and it’s still my favorite type of music to listen to. Anyways, that’s why I listen to metal, and that’s really all I have to say on the matter, so here’s my top ten albums of the year.

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Old Man Gloom – NO


Old Man Gloom


01. Grand Inversion
02. Common Species
03. Regain/Rejoin
04. To Carry The Flame
05. The Forking path
06. Shadowed Hand
07. Rats
08. Crescent
09. Shuddering Earth

[Hydra Head Records]

Old Man Gloom haven’t been heard from in quite a while. Coming off of an eight year hiatus, the latest offering from this supergroup of sorts arrived with sparse rumours – at different times both confirmed and denied – and while an album had been rumored to be recorded and released for years now, nothing solid came from the enterprise until earlier this year when it was announced that the band would be embarking a small run of select shows. For those lucky enough to attend those shows, they would be treated to an early release of the band’s brand new album, NO. Not wanting to confine the album to such a small sect of people, Hydra Head Records has planned a full scale release for later this month. For those wondering if this album is a worthy contender in the line of OMG releases, here’s your answer:

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