Nov 292012

While awaiting the rollout of our own series of posts devoted to the year’s best metal, I continue to keep an eye out for year-end lists published by what I’ve been calling “big platform” web sites. By “big platform” sites, I mean those that have web traffic which greatly exceeds even the biggest metal-only sites. By definition, this means that they cover music or other forms of entertainment beyond metal. They may not be as trve as the sites that are completely devoted to metal, but I have fun watching what they say in their year-end posts, in part because their articles are written for a broader audience.

This year I’m including a year-end metal list by a “big platform” site that wasn’t included in our round-up last year. It’s called, and it’s the national music website covering active rock and heavy metal of the Townsquare Media Group. Townsquare Media says that it’s “the largest music focused advertising network online consisting of over 1,500 music sites and reaching over 60 million people each month”. It also owns 250 radio stations, including 18 “active rock” radio stations nationwide. Loudwire has over 585,000 Facebook fans and reports that it receives more than 1.2 million unique visitors per month. This means that it edges out NCS traffic by a hair.

Yesterday, Loudwire published its staff list of the 10 Best Metal Albums of 2012. Though I wouldn’t agree with all the picks on the list (e.g., I don’t think Lamb of God’s Resolution is one of the year’s 10 best metal albums), I wasn’t surprised by most of the albums on there. I think we will see most of them on a great many lists this year. But there were two exceptions: Woods of Ypres seemed like an unusual stylistic choice, given what else is on the list, though I’m not criticizing the pick because I haven’t heard the album, and I wouldn’t have guessed the album that Loudwire picked for No. 1. Here’s the list:

10.  GoatwhoreBlood For the Master

09.  Lamb of GodResolution

08.  DownDown IV, Part 1 – The Purple EP

07.  Woods of YpresWoods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light

06.  Pig DestroyerBook Burner

05.  GojiraL’Enfant Sauvage

04.  High On FireDe Vermis Mysteriis

03.  ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind

02.  Napalm DeathUtilitarian

01.  Between the Buried and MeThe Parallax II: Future Sequence


  1. Andy Synn says:

    I can tell you now… only 3 of those are actually featuring in ANY of my lists. The Great, The Good, and The Disappointing.

    Though there are another 3 I wish I had found time to listen to.

  2. Kazz says:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Woods of Ypres on the list- only they and High on Fire make my own best of. I also took a look at their “Best Rock” albums and it pretty much confirmed my suspicions that I’m not missing much in modern rock these days.

  3. SurgicalBrute says:

    Anyone want to lay odds on how many of those are actually on my list

  4. BMF says:

    The Woods of Ypres album is one you really should check out, Islander. Not the heaviest album ever, but it’s a dark, soulful gem.

    It’s also one of the two albums here I’d have on my Top Whatever list.

  5. jeimssi says:

    Woods 5 came out this year?! The fuck i’ve been smoking..

    • Sean says:

      Probably the last Woods album ever too, as the vocalist/mastermind of the band tragically passed away this year too.

    • BMF says:

      After David’s passing, Earche put it out for download for a week in December 2011. However, the official release date was in March of this year.

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  7. Metalwolf says:

    I’m instantly disregarding any top-metal-of-2012 list that includes no Meshuggah. And Dying Fetus should really be on here too.

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