As it is what everyone else seems to do at this time of year, I guess it is appropriate to do a sort of 'Top List' or something like that. There has been a lot of stuff I've really enjoyed so it may be hard to whittle it down to a reasonable list. But here it is, my favourite things I've acquired (and been able to post about) this year.
Best Cassette Tapedemo by Unholy Majesty. It is purely devastating and is instantly similar to the likes of Rot in Hell. I was really quite lucky to get one of the last cassette copies as well.
Best 7" EPSins of Malice. This is Rot in Hell's debut EP containing 3 ripping tracks, the packaging is nothing short of excellent either.
One Man's Trash. This is also the debut EP by Oede, released by Holy Terror records earlier this year. That small label just about can't put a foot wrong can it? This was a very interesting EP, which can only be described as being black metal blues. Being play on a cigar box guitar only makes this even better.
self titled 7" by Grace. This was a complete surprise to me as it came as a freebie along with a Pale Creation / Abraxis split. You never know what things will be like when you have no idea about them, but I was really pleased with what I heard as soon as the needle dropped. Perhaps this is my real favourite of the year, so we'll say this gets 1st and the others get 1.5th equal.
Best split 7"split. Both bands offer brilliant tracks and the VVegas side artwork just looks amazing. My copy was also part of the limited GOTU press, which makes it extra special.
This is probably the smallest category to choose from, so is pretty easy to choose. My clear favourite was Studies in Emerald by Rot in Hell. Usually this band plays amazing metallic hardcore, but every so often they show their alternate persona; playing haunting acoustic songs. This CD is ridiculously limited and contains four amazing acoustic tracks, including covers of Johnny Cash and the Misfits.
Best 12" LPEvery Tongue Shall Caress" by The Love Below. Hardcore can sometimes become a bit stale, but these guys have really produced something different and interesting with this album. Plus they have the most disturbing artwork which gives them a few extra points. I really look forward to hearing more from them in the coming future.
So there we are, my favourite music I've got this year. This'll most likely be my last post for the year as things will be quite busy for me over the next wee while. See you in 2013!