Monday, December 31, 2012

Frank FOE's TOP 100 music releases of 2012

AKA the best in metal, punk, hardcore and alternative, plus: record store day releases, indie, local, country, death, pop and reggae/ska record/cds, along with reissues and/or vinyl only releases from 2012...

I was going to break this down to the TOP TEN of each genre. But then I would have had to decide what genre Torche belongs in... it was tough enough determining the cutoff for 100, never mind categorizing...

Originally 300 releases were under consideration. This list represents the diversity that was 2012 in my aural explorations and entertainment. These records/cds/downloads made 2012 pretty sweet (musically).

Looking forward to finding out what I missed in 2012 (by reading other's top lists of the year). Looking forward to more discovery! 

Frank FOE

Addendummy: Forgot these mandatory 2012 releases: 

DEAD END DRIVE "Skullhands and Ghostheads" (belongs in the TOP 50)
DOOMED TO OBSCURITY (belongs in the TOP 25)
DAMNED DIRTY APES (Belongs in the TOP 100)

  Top 100 of 2012
1        Mould, Bob “Silver Age”  Merge

2        Torche “Harmonicraft” Volcom

3        Ramone, Joey “Ya Know?” BMG

4        Dinosaur Jr. “The Electronic Anthology Project” EAPDJ

5        Bloc Party “Four” Dim Mak

6        Cannibal Corpse “Torture” Metal Blade

7        Cockney Rejects “East End Babylon” Cadiz

8        Poison Idea “The Fatal Erection Years” TKO/SOUTHERN LORD
9        Poison Idea “Darby Crash Rides Again” TKO/SOUTHERN LORD

10      Corrosion of Conformity “Eye for An Eye” Candlelight

11      Buck Satan & the 666 Shooters “Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free” AFM

12      Napalm Death “Utilitarian” Century Media

13      Flag of Democracy “Shatter Your Day” SRA   

14      Teenage Bottlerocket “Freak Out!” Fat

15      High on Fire “The Art of Self Defense” Southern Lord

16      High on Fire “De Vermis Mysteriis” Entertainment One

17      Bad American “Pretty / Ugly” Bad Recordings

18      Black Breath “Sentenced To Life” Southern Lord

19      Reverend Horton Heat “25 To Life” Yep Roc

20      Revilers “Revilers” Black Hole

21      Enabler “All Hail The Void” Southern Lord

22      Ty Segall “Singles 2007-2010” Goner

23      Dollyrots “Dollyrots” Arrested Youth

24      Cattle Decapitation “Monolith of Inhumanity” Metal Blade

25      Dying Fetus “Reign Supreme” Relapse

26      Angels and Airwaves “Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal” Angels and Airwaves

27      Antidote “No Peace In Our Time” Bridge 9

28      Toy Dolls “The Album After the Last One” King Midas

29      Unsane “Wreck” Alternative Tentacles

30      Corrosion of Conformity “Corrosion of Conformity” Candlelight

31      Devo “Live 1981 Seattle” Booji Boy

32      Pig Destroyer “Book Burner” Relapse

33      Off! “Off!” Vice

34      Fear Factory “The Industrialist” Candlelight

35      NOFX “Self Entitled” Fat

36      Night Birds “Fresh Kills Vol. 1” Grave Mistake

37      Plow United “Narcolepsy” Square of Opposition

38      Primate “Draw Back A Stump” Relapse

39      Sleep “Dopesmoker” Southern Lord

40      Kylesa “From the Vaults Vol.1” Season of Mist

41      Blink 182 “Dogs Eating Dogs” Blink 182 

42      Flag of Democracy “Chinese Food!” Who Cares

43      Cute Lepers “B-Sides” Lady Kinky Karrot

44      Hank III “Long Gone Daddy” Curb

45      F.U.2 “Punk Rock” 1-2-3-4 Go

46      Face To Face “All For Nothing” Antagonist

47      Avengers “Official Re-release of the Pink Album” Water/4 Men With Beards

48      Bloc Party “Four More” Dim Mak

49      Various Artists “Cashing In On Christmas” Black Hole

50      Ty Segall “Twins” Drag City

51      Ty Segall Band “Slaughterhouse” In the Red

52      Hounds & Harlots “The Good Fight” Black Hole

53      Biters “It’s All Chewed Up, OK” Rock and Roll Kills, Pop the Balloon, Yeah Right!

54      Cliff, Jimmy “Rebirth” UMe

55      Lost Sounds “The Lost Lost” Goner

56      Madness “Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da” Koch

57      Stone Sour “House of Gold and Bones Part 1” Roadrunner

58      Jimmy Cliff “Sacred Fire” Collective Sounds     

59      Soulfly “Enslaved” Roadrunner

60      Fang “Here Come the Cops” Malt Soda

61      Municipal Waste “The Fatal Feast” Nuclear Blast

62      Common Enemy “As The World Burns” Overdose on Records

63      White, Jack “Blunderbuss” Third Man

64      Killing Joke “MMXII” Spinefarm

65      Old Firm Casuals / Klasse Kriminale split EP Randale

66      Linkin Park “Living Things” WB

67      Japandroids “Celebration Rock” Polyvinyl

68      Rites of Spring “Six Song Demo” Dischord

69      Neurosis “Honor Found in Decay” Neurot

70      Whitechapel “Whitechapel” Metal Blade

71      Abba “Voulez Vous Extended” Polar

72      Corrosion of Conformity “Megalodon” Scion Audio

73      Failure Face “Discography” Give Praise

74      Autopsy “All Tomorrow's Funerals” Peaceville

75      Anaal Nathrakh "Vanitas" Candlelight

76      Ex Friends “No Wonder We Prefer the Dark” Paper + Plastic

77      Gallows “Gallows” Bridge 9

78      Hives “Lex Hives” No Fun

79      Destruction “Spiritual Genocide” Nuclear Blast

80      Ringworm “Venomous Grand Design” Revelation

81      Snapcase “Progression Through Unlearning” Victory

82      Ministry “Relapse” AFM

83      Stooges, Iggy and the “Live at ATP 2010” MVDaudio

84      Baroness “Yellow and Green” Relapse

85      The Transmission Now “The Transmission Now” The Transmission Now   

86      Modern Pets “Modern Pets” Modern Action

87      Revocation “Teratogenesis” Scion

88      The Briefs “Singles Only” 7” Box Set Modern Action

89      Municipal Waste / Toxic Holocaust “split” Tank Crimes

90      Bouncing Souls “Comet” Rise

91      Rumpelstiltskin Grinder “Ghostmaker” Candlelight

92      Strong Intention “Razorblade Express” Patac

93      Ty Segall and White Fence “Hair” Drag City

94      Dinosaur Jr. “I Bet on Sky” Jagjaguar

95      DOA “We Come In Peace” Sudden Death

96      Queers “Later Days and Better Lays” Universal Warning

97      Kaiser Chiefs “Souvenir” Polydor

98      Alaric / Atriarch "Split" 20 Buck Spin

99      Ringworm “Justice Replaced By Revenge” Revelation

100    Saint Vitus “Lillie: F-65” Season of Mist

Frank FOE