Nick's Top 30 Of 2012

…or the albums I enjoyed at the most throughout the year.

My expectations from 2012, musically, were that I actually didn’t have any expectations, unlike 2011 when there were albums for which I knew that there are big chances to end as the year’s tops. However, 2012 still brought tons of new albums and I’ve picked 30 of them that I consider for my personal favorites. Of course, this is not everything I listened to, but when speaking of new albums the list below sums up the year in quite a triumphant way.

30. ETT ROP PÅ HJÄLP – Hur Svårt Kan Det Vara (Transubstans Records)
29. LIGRO - Dictionary 2 (MoonJune Records)
28. SQUACKETT - A Life Within A Day (Esoteric Recordings)
27. KADAVAR - Kadavar (Tee Pee Records)
26. RUSH – Clockwork Angels (Roadrunner Records)
25. THE COSMIC DEAD – The Exalted King (Who Can You Trust? Records)
24. SOUNDGARDEN – King Animal (Seven Four Entertainment/Republic Records)
23. FATHER FIGURE – Congratulations On Your Loss (self-released)
22. NEUROSIS – Honor Found In Decay (Neurot Records/Relapse Records)
21. ENSLAVED – RIITIIR (Nuclear Blast Records)
20. MESHUGGAH – Koloss (Nuclear Blast Records)
19. NEAL MORSE – Momentum (InsideOut Records)
18. COLOUR HAZE – She Said (Elektrohasch Records)
17. MOTORPSYCHO AND STAALE STORLOKKEN – The Death Defying Unicorn (Stickman Records/Rune Grammofon)
16. IAN ANDERSON – Thick as a Brick 2 (Chrysalis/EMI Records)
15. THE MARS VOLTA – Noctourniquet (Warner Bros./Sargent House)
14. HOWLIN RAIN – The Russian Wilds (American Recordings)
13. BIG BIG TRAIN – English Electric (Part One) (English Electric Recording)
12. COMUS – Out of the Coma (Coptic Cat/Rise Above Records)
11. BEARDFISH – The Void (InsideOut Records)
10. SPECIAL PROVIDENCE – Soul Alert (self-released)
09. FONTANELLE – Vitamin F (Southern Lord Recordings)
08. MARILLION – Sounds That Can’t Be Made (Ear Music)
07. THE MERCURY TREE – Freeze in Phantom Form (self-released)
06. IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA – Deus Lo Vult (self-released)
05. EYVIND KANG – Narrow Garden (Ipecac Recordings)
04. DIAGONAL – The Second Mechanism (Rise Above Records)
03. ANCESTORS – In Dream and Time (Tee Pee Records)
02. ASTRA – The Black Chord (Rise Above Records/Metal Blade Records)
01. OM – Advaitic Songs (Drag City Records)

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

1 Comment

  1. Gregory Boyce

    December 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Great List. I’m hoping BOYCE makes it on there in 2013. :-)

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