Top 10 Albums of 2012 – Mid Year Edition

We are half way through another killer year for hard rock and heavy metal music. Here are my top ten albums for 2012 so far. These are 10 discs that I keep spinning over and over again. The albums below are ranked, more or less, according to the time I have spent listening to them.

1.  Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth   —   A massive comeback album that I thought would have never happened in a million years. Completely blindsided by this one.

2.  Accept – Stalingrad   —   Fantastic followup to Blood of Nations. These guys are experiencing one hell of a renaissance.

3.  Overkill – The Electric Age   —   Best thrash record of the year. They never change, and never cease to amaze.

4.  Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage   —   Heaviest of the heavy, a sick and brutal album.

5.  Slash – Apocalyptic Love   —   Most people are totally sick of Slash and I can’t blame them. But Slash with Myles Kennedy in front is a completely different ball game. This is a great hard rock record.

6.  Halestorm – The Strange Case of…   —   You can call it candy rock, pop metal, or whatever stupid ass name you can think of, but Lzzy Hale is a tremendous vocal talent. Solid band too. I could not get these songs out of my head for weeks.

7.  Fear Factory – The Industrialist   —   The best at what they do for sure. If they still had Gene Hoglan’s authentic drumming, this could have been higher up on the list. I still enjoy the tracks though.

8.  Corrosion of Conformity – Corrosion of Conformity   —   Look at the COC guys go man. Hard working band that does not get enough respect is blowing it up as far as I am concerned. And, they are doing it without Pepper Keenan.

9.  Orange Goblin – A Eulogy for the Damned   —   Catchy, groovy, and heavy as hell. Had a blast hearing this album for the first time. Solid set of tunes overall.

10.  Kill Devil Hill – Kill Devil Hill   —   Rex Brown with Vinny Appice is an unexpected recipe for a beastly album. I think Rex found a cooler band to join than Vinnie Paul.

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