And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Peaceville Records has announced that they will be releasing a reissue of Norwegian industrial black metal band Mysticim‘s debut album In The Stream Of Inferno on Feb. 26th, 2013. The reissue has been remastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Studios in Oslo, Norway and will also feature two bonus tracks and a bonus DVD. There will also be new artwork and liner notes that were done in close association with the band to match the intended release. The release will be available on CD and on vinyl.
Per the official press release: “The bonus DVD will contain two live shows from 1996. “Grotten” in Asker, Norway has until now been totally unknown to the masses except for the few that were present at the show. The other show is the more well-known Bradford, UK set from Mysticum’s European tour with Marduk and Gehenna. Overall both gigs give a great glimpse into the pure atmosphere and intensity of this cult act – a must for all fans.” READ MORE
Extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth has released a lyric video for “For Your Vulgar Delectation”, which comes off their upcoming album “The Manticore And Other Horrors”, out Oct. 30th via Nuclear Blast Records (pre-order different packages here). You can watch the video below.
Singer Dani Filth has posted a long blog update detailing the current happenings of the band.
Filth states about the new album, “This is our 10th commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherf**ker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!” READ MORE
Katatonia has unveiled two iTunes pre-order options for their upcoming album Dead End Kings (review), a standard edition and a deluxe edition, which comes with a bonus track and a digital booklet. There are also multiple physical packages available for pre-order at OMerch.
Katatonia will also be co-headlining on the “Epic Kings & Idols” tour with Devin Townsend Project. Support will come from Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies. VIP ticket packages can be ordered here. A tour promo video and full tour schedule is below. READ MORE
Legendary UK doom metal band My Dying Bride will be releasing their 12th studio album A Map To All Our Failures on Oct. 16th via Peaceville Records. The band will be doing a European tour in December to promote release as well as appearing at the Damnation Festival in November in the UK (where label Peaceville records will be a sponsor to celebrate their 25th anniversary).
Guitarist Andrew Craighan describes the album as, “a controlled demolition of all your hopes.”
The album will be released in multiple formats, including standard jewel case, deluxe edition, double vinyl, and CD/DVD. Check below for the beautifully creepy artwork and the official track list. READ MORE
One of my favorite bands is Katatonia, hands down. Their heavy yet incredibly emotional and melancholic music has been something of a “go to” sound for me on many an occasion. So when they announced that they would be releasing a new album, Dead End Kings, on August 28th, I immediately perked up and got excited. After all, I still blast Night Is The New Day on a very regular basis.
Now, to whet the appetite of the fans, the band is streaming a new song entitled “Dead Letters”, which you can listen to below. I’ve already replayed it about six or seven times and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Cradle of Filth have announced that they will be releasing a mini-album this October entitled Evermore Darkly… The album will be a CD/DVD combo that will include new tracks, rarities, a lengthy road documentary, ten songs filmed live at the 2011 Graspop festival, AND the official video for Lillith Immaculate. WHEW!!
UK doom metal legends My Dying Bride, to commemorate their 20th anniversary, will be releasing ‘Evinta‘. This project will take songs and themes from their catalog and rework them with into a new symphonic composition with brand new instrumentations and vocals from member Aaron Stainthrope. These arrangements have been done in co-operation with Bel Sagoth keyboardist Johnny Maulding and shared vocals come courtesy of opera singer Lucie Roche.
Fans of Cradle of Filth now have a chance to get their questions answered by guitarist Paul Allender next week on Monday, Nov. 15th, 3:00 pm EST. Paul will be discussing the release of the ninth studio album, ‘Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa’, the upcoming headlining US tour, and more. If you want to check it out, keep your eyes locked HERE.