Sunday, December 2, 2012

Weekly Rant 12/2/12: And the winners are...

We have moved into the twelfth and final month of the year, the month where in the Northeastern US, snow is never far away. So, as we wind down the end of the year, we have come to the time where we highlight the nest and brightest that 2012 has to offer. Over the next three weeks, we will be unveiling three lists.

Next Sunday, 12/9, we will be releasing our list of the five best new artists of 2012. This is for bands who released their first album or EP this year, who stood out from the rest of the pack. Narrowing it down to five was nearly impossible, but necessary.

The following week, the 16th of December, our list of the Top 10 EPs of 2012 goes live. Short form records  are important to bands, and important to the music industry as a whole. We picked 10 out of hundreds and thousands that deserved an extra mention. Hopefully our winners here will become our winners overall next year.

Finally, the 23rd will see the release of the big one: The Top 10 Albums of 2012. I thought last year was hard. I thought our mid-year list was harder. But this one is a killer. 300+ reveiews, boiled down to 10. Difficult? Fuck. But, as with every year, there were so many great metal albums to listen to. You may not agree with our choices, and that is okay. In fact, we would love to see what your lists look like. Feel free to e-mail them to us, or post them on our Facebook. Hell, we may have slept on something altogether.

So, to start the festivities, This first Sunday of December is reserved for our 12th and final band of the month for 2012. The honors this time, go to Malnàtt. With the artist profile for the band going up a mere days ago, I encourage you to go read it, listen to the album, and buy it wherever you can. Will they make the Top 10? I guess you'll have to wait and see.

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