Time to list the releases from last year and 2012 was a great year for new and interesting music! 2012 was a quite slow year for me, I really slacked of on scavenging after obsucre and interesting albums/artist, but fortunately I did manage to find some gems. Listed below is my picks of some of the best albums of 2012, some more challenging than others.
Horseback are absolutely great at what they are doing, and what they do is chilling doom/drone metal chock full with atmosphere. And when coupled with their equivalent, Pyramids, pure untrammeled greatness happens!(See A Throne Without a King) Though they did not work together on this record, they still made one of the greatest songs of the year, namely Arjuna. It’s just such a shame that the last three songs on Half Blood keeps it from being on of the best albums of the year. Hallucigenia I, II, III, just meander around and feel out of place on the record and I just can’t enjoy their sound… Sometimes the journey is better than the destination, which is true with Half Blood.
No Holier Temple is the follow up to Hexvessel’s debut album, Dawnbearer, and it is a wonderful trip through pagan forests filled with witches covens and rituals for ancient and forgotten deities Lovely neo-folk with pleasant and calm melodies and interesting songs and it is a must for all lovers of new and inspired neo-folk! No Holier Temple is much more mellow and not as striking as Dawnbearer and suffers partly, since they could have stepped it up a bit with their second record. It appears so low on the list just because there were so many great albums this year and many more impressive albums.