The image above might be slightly deceiving, as it is not a true representation of my favorite extreme albums of 2012. What it does represent is another impressive run for Profound Lore — the one man operation from Canada that continues to make all other extreme labels look bad by comparison. The list that follows includes the best from that label, as well as the rest of my favorite metal (and related) releases from the past year.
Click on the album art for a sample song from each of my 13 favorite metal albums of 2012. Click on the Spotify icon at the end for a full playlist.
Alcest – Les Voyages de l’Âme
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Be’lakor – Of Breath and Bone
Bosse-de-Nage – III
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
Dawnbringer – Into the Lair of the Sun God
Evoken – Atra Mors
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
In Mourning – The Weight of Oceans
Mgła – With Hearts Toward None
Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I
Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
Witch Mountain – Cauldron of the Wild