While I wish I could focus entirely on the best offerings of 2012, I have to let you know about my worst albums of the year as well. Some of the albums below took me several listens to realize that they were lacking while others I knew right away were terrible. But in the end, these were albums that disappointed on a great many levels. Check ‘em out below.
Make sure to check out my Top 10 albums here.
JONNY’S WORST 5 OF 2012
5. Adrenaline Mob – Omerta (March 13th, Elm City Music)
When I originally reviewed this album, I thought it wasn’t that bad. I found it to be generic, bland, and a bit boring, but nothing that I would say made it awful. But the more I thought about it and the more I thought about the talent behind the project, I realized that this album was just one huge disappointment. Each member of this band is a force to be reckoned with and they put out an album that just fails to excite. Definitely a sad day for me.
4. Dethklok – Dethalbum III (Oct. 16th, William Street)
When I listen to Dethklok, I want to laugh. I didn’t laugh with this album. Is it a solid metal album? Undeniably. But it’s not a Dethklok release and THAT is why it lands on this list.
3. Linkin Park – Living Things (June 26th, Warner Bros.)
These guys used to be so much fun and were so exciting. Now it seems like everything they do is meant to land them on a Transformers soundtrack or in a video game. I want fun, exciting music, not commercialism.
2. Fear Factory – The Industrialist (June 5th, Candlelight)
What happened to these guys? I mean, aside from a ton of legal issues, band members squabbling, etc… The drums in this album sound worse and worse with each listen and each song sounds just like the one before it. Then, they end the album with a nine-minute track of pure noise. Not even interesting and ambient, atmospheric noise. Just noise.
1. Akira Yamaoka and Jeff Danna – Silent Hill: Revelation OST (Oct. 30th, Lakeshore)
Considering my love of all things Silent Hill, this year was give and take for me. On one hand, I got the fantastic Silent Hill: Downpour (review) and the phenomenal soundtrack composed by Daniel Licht. On the other hand, I got the abysmal Silent Hill: Revelation and the equally awful soundtrack. Composed by both Akira Yamaoka and Jeff Danna, the soundtrack was a garbled mess of snippets of tracks from the Silent Hill game series mixed with Danna‘s own compositions over top. Rarely did it work. In fact, I think I enjoyed the first 15 seconds of the soundtrack the first time I heard it. Since then, I just can’t bring myself to listen to it again.
Well, there you have it my lovely readers. Those are my five worst albums of 2012. Why not share some of your worst albums below!