My Top 10 Albums of 2012, Part 1
10 - Sentenced To Life by Black Breath
A remarkably heavy combination of death metal and hard rock with crust punk undertones, full of great riffs and drumming.
9 - Dead End Kings by Katatonia
A brilliant melancholic atmosphere with enchanting melodies. Perhaps one of Katatonia's best records, it gets better with each listen.
8 - Honor Found In Decay by Neurosis
A more straightforward and accessible Neurosis album than usual, it still is a great heavy and atmospheric sludge metal journey.
7 - A Map Of All Our Failures by My Dying Bride
As the sticker on the limited edition of the albums says, "a new voyage into the darkest depths of humanity, religion, love and death from the UK masters of doom".
This album is a blanket of bleakness and misery, and it's great at that.
6 - De Vermis Mysteriis by High On Fire
Filled with fantastic riffs and brilliant solos, sometimes incredibly heavy and sometimes mesmerisingly melodic, this is a great aggressive stoner metal album with leanings towards doom metal.
And there you have it. I might write more detailed stuff for my top 5, but that's not very likely.