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2012 Heavy Metal Awards

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As we look back on the year in metal, our writers have put together their awards for 2012. Each writer lists their top five metal albums of 2012 along with awards in other categories such as best book, best dvd, most overrated album, most underrated album and many others.

Chad Bowar

Chad's Top 5 Metal CDs of 2012:
1. Meshuggah - Koloss
2. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
3. Enslaved - RIITIIR
4. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
5. Katatonia - Dead End Kings

Edward Banchs

Edward's Top 5 Metal CDs of 2012:
1. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
2. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
3. Every Time I Die - Ex Lives
4. God Forbid - Equilibrium
5. Torche - Harmonicraft
  • Most Underrated CD: The Agonist - Prisoners
  • Most Overrated CD: Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
  • Most Surprising CD: Lamb of God - Resolution
  • Best Album from an Unsigned Act: Juggernaught - Bring The Meat Back
  • Biggest Disappointment: No New Sabbath Record

Tom Campagna

Tom's Top 5 Metal Albums Of 2012:
1. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
2. Baroness - Yellow & Green
3. Panopticon - Kentucky
4. Pig Destroyer - Book Burner
5. Admiral Sir Cloudlesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It

Craig Hayes

Craig's Top 5 Metal CDs of 2012:
1. Panopticon - Kentucky
2. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
3. Atriarch - Ritual of Passing
4. Aluk Todolo - Occult Rock
5. Sutekh Hexen - Larvae
  • Best Reissue: Locrian - The Clearing/The Final Epoch
  • Best Heavy Metal Book: Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness
  • Best Concert: Earth
  • Label of the Year: Dark Descent
  • Best Comeback: Killing Joke
  • Best Newcomer: Vattnet Viskar (plus a raft of Dark Descent releases)
  • Worst Album: Clear tie between Geoff Tate - Kings and Thieves and Adrenaline Mob - Omerta
  • Most Overrated CD: Deftones - Koi No Yokan
  • Most Underrated CD: Ulver - Childhood's End
  • Best DVD: Last Days Here
  • Comedy Saga of the Year: Queensryche

Marcus Jervis

Marcus' Top 5 CDs of 2012:
1. Halestorm - The Strange Case Of...
2. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last Of A Dyin' Breed
3. Threshold - March Of Progress
4. Kaipa - Vittjar
5. Teodor Tuff - Soliloquy

Andrew Kapper

Andrew's Top 5 Metal CDs of 2012:
1. Sylosis‭ ‬-‭ ‬Monolith
2. Thy Art Is Murder‭ ‬-‭ ‬Hate
3. Faceless‭ ‬-‭ ‬Autotheism
4. Make Them Suffer‭ ‬-‭ ‬Neverbloom
5. Deftones‭ ‬-‭ ‬Koi No Yokan

  • Best Live Show: Kiss‬ at The London Forum/Faith No More at The Brixton Academy
  • Worst Live Show: The Mars Volta at The London Forum
  • Biggest Disappointment: As I Lay Dying‭ ‬-‭ ‬Awakened
  • Best DVD: Parkway Drive‭ - ‬Home Is For The Heartless
  • Best Comeback: Soundgarden
  • Best Australian Band: Thy Art Is Murder
  • Best Music Video: Job For A Cowboy‭ - "‬Tarnished Gluttony"

Todd Lyons

Todd's Top 5 Metal CDs of 2012:
1. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
2. High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
3. Woods of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
4. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
5. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
  • Best Interview: Eddie Trunk leading Geoff Tate through a stammering explanation of his moronic behavior during his last show with Queensryche in Rio.
  • Biggest Disappointment: Katatonia - Dead End Kings and Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
  • Best Concert: Orion Music + More
  • Best Newcomer : The Resistance
  • Best "Old" Metal Band : Testament

Dan Marsicano

Dan's Top 5 Metal CDs of 2012:
1. Cattle Decapitation -‭ ‬Monolith Of Inhumanity
2. Black Breath -‭ ‬Sentenced To Life
3.‭ ‬Dragged Into Sunlight -‭ ‬Widowmaker
4.‭ ‬Ne Obliviscaris -‭ ‬Portal Of I
5. Murder Construct -‭ ‬Results
  • Best Heavy Metal DVD:‭ ‬Devin Townsend Project - By A Thread Box Set
  • Most‭ ‬Overrated CD:‭ ‬Lamb Of God -‭ ‬Resolution
  • Most Underrated CD:‭ ‬Wretched -‭ ‬Son Of Perdition
  • Best Debut CD:‭ ‬Pallbearer -‭ ‬Sorrow and Extinction
  • Best Live Show:‭ ‬Tie between Jucifer and Cattle Decapitation
  • Best Newcomer:‭ ‬Bastard Sapling
  • Best Album About the‭ ‬Process Church of the Final Judgment:‭ ‬Sabbath Assembly-‭ ‬Ye Are Gods

Dave Schalek

Dave's Top 5 Metal Albums Of 2012:
1. Evoken‭ - A‬tra Mors
2. Grave‭ - ‬Endless Procession Of Souls
3. Mgla‭ - ‬With Hearts Toward None
4. Pig Destroyer‭ - ‬Book Burner
5. Ufomammut‭ - Oro‬:‭ ‬Opus Primum
  • Best EP:‭ ‬Deathspell Omega‭ - ‬Drought and‭ ‬Agalloch‭ - ‬Faustian Echoes
  • Labels of The Year:‭ ‬Profound Lore Records and‭ ‬Hells Headbangers Records
  • Best Heavy Metal Books:‭ Harold Oimoen - ‬Murder In The Front Row and‭ ‬Black Metal:‭ ‬Beyond The Darkness
  • Best DVDs:‭ ‬God Seed‭ - ‬Live At Wacken and Watain‭ - ‬Opus Diaboli
  • Best Concerts:‭ T‬he Decibel Magazine Tour at the House of Blues,‭ ‬Sunset Strip and‭ ‬The Gathering of the Bestial Legion V at the Echoplex,‭ ‬Los Angeles
  • Best Newcomers:‭ ‬Anhedonist,‭ ‬Sophicide
  • Best Comeback:‭ ‬Von
  • Best Reissue:‭ ‬Sleep -‭ ‬Dopesmoker
  • Most Overrated Album:‭ ‬God Seed‭ - ‬I Begin
  • Most Underrated Album:‭ ‬Ash Borer -‭ ‬Cold Of Ages
  • Biggest Disappointments:‭ ‬Grand Magus‭ - ‬The Hunt and‭ ‬Ensiferum‭ - ‬Unsung Heroes
  • Album From Late Last Year That Deserves A Mention:‭ ‬Sanguis Imperem‭ -‬In Glory We March Towards Our Doom
  • Man of the Year:‭ ‬Albert Mudrian
  • In Memoriam:‭ ‬Jon Lord

Raymond Westland

Raymond's Top 5 Metal Albums Of 2012:
1. Killing Joke - MMXII
2. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
3. Enslaved - RIITIIR
4. Incoming Celebral Overdrive - Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift
5. Metallic Taste Of Blood - Metallic Taste Of Blood
  • Label Of The Year: Candlelight Records
  • Biggest Disappointment: Soundgarden - King Animal
  • Most Overrated CD: Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
  • Most Underrated CD: Metallic Taste Of Blood - Metallic Taste Of Blood
  • Best Debut CD: Kuolemanlaakso - Uljas Uusi Maailma
  • Most Improved Band: Enslaved
  • Best Live Show: Enslaved at Into The Grave Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • Favorite Interview Conducted in 2012: Vinnie Paul from Hellyeah

Natalie Zed

Natalie's Top 5 Metal CDs of 2012:
1. Dragged into Sunlight - Widowmaker
2. Witch Mountain - Cauldron of the Wild
3. Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering
4. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
5. Enslaved - RIITIIR
  • Best DVD: Devin Townsend - By A Thread: Live in London 2011
  • Best Concerts: Witch Mountain/Blood Ceremony/Castle @ The Hard Luck Bar on Toronto, ON on July 20th 2012; Opeth/Mastodon/ Ghost at the Sony Centre on April 7th 2012 and Agalloch/Taurus/Musk Ox @ The Opera House on July 23rd 2012
  • Best Book: Laina Dawes - What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal
  • Most Overrated CD: Baroness - Yellow & Green
  • Most Underrated CD: Oak Pantheon - From A Whisper
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