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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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So the murmurs were true and you can all sate your prog-boners come 2013, when prog-rockers Coheed And Cambria and prog-metallers Between The Buried And Me join up to head out across America through February and March. Also, in tow are post-rock icons Russian Circles whose meandering and emotive soundscapes should be the perfect warm-up for a few hours of fully explicit, XXX-rated hardcore prog. You can check the dates after the jump and argue wildly about how the line up is in the wrong order in the comments… Or you could use your time wisely and listen to The Afterman: Acension or The Parallax II: Future Sequence again.

Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

 

- DL

Coheed and Cambria

The Afterman: Ascension

01. The Hollow.
02. Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
03. The Afterman
04. Mothers of Men
05. Goodnight, Fair Lady
06. Key Entity Extraction II: Holly Wood the Cracked
07. Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher
08. Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful
09. Subtraction

[10/09/12]
[Hundred Handed/Everything Evil]

Coheed And Cambria have long been a favorite at Heavy Blog, their progressive rock tendencies becoming more and more pronounced on each album, much to the delight of many. Sadly, their last album, Year Of The Black Rainbow, was largely considered a disappointment, due to the oppressive, inconsistent and muddled production job. Buried underneath the layers of fuzz was a collection of songs that ranged from good to great, but many were unable to look past the off-putting sound. Everyone will be happy to know that The Afterman: Ascension is both a stupendous return to form and perhaps even a career highlight for the band.

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