Last week I finally finished rolling out our list of 2012’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs. The list mushroomed in comparison to my lists from 2011 and 2010 because last year I listened to more metal and a greater variety of it than ever before. Also, I’m really bad at choosing among things I like.
As long as the list turned out to be, I still wasn’t able to include everything I wanted to include, but I really felt it was time to stop before February began. I actually put a lot of time into making the list — time spent re-listening to hundreds of songs, time spent wrestling with myself over choices, time spent writing about each track. Since then I’ve started going back to reviewing new things and writing the regular NCS features that I’ve been neglecting for most of the last two months.
But I’ve also made time to collect all the song streams (56 of them!) here in this post, in the order in which they appeared in the series from start to finish. I don’t claim that this represents a thorough survey of all metal genres or anyone else’s idea of which songs were the most infectious. It’s one person’s opinion reflecting one person’s tastes. Still, I hope it will be a good reminder of what a fuckin’ great year in metal 2012 turned out to be.