And so continues my year-end push of four years of year-ends that hopefully soon will reach an end. 2011 was great and all but 2012 was many rungs up on the spectacular ladder.

Hammock - Departure Songs

Hammock

Departure Songs

Hammock Music

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge

All We Love We Leave Behind

Bitcrush - Collapse

Bitcrush

Collapse

Katatonia - Dead End Kings

Katatonia

Dead End Kings

Half Moon Run - Dark Eyes

Half Moon Run

Dark Eyes

Menomena - Moms

Menomena

Moms

Deftones - Koi No Yokan

Deftones

Koi No Yokan

Anathema - Weather Systems

Anathema

Weather Systems

Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay

Neurosis

Honor Found in Decay

Efterklang - Piramida

Efterklang

Piramida

Shearwater - Animal Joy

Shearwater

Animal Joy

Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty ApeCrippled Black Phoenix - No Sadness or Farewell

Crippled Black Phoenix

(Mankind) The Crafty Ape / No Sadness or Farewell

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Swans - The Seer

Swans

The Seer

Swans reformation in 2009 now feels tentative when contrasted to the all-in approach of The Seer. Songs eclipse the 20 and 30 minute marks and it clocks in at two hours total. Extended use of subtle adjusting patterns reflect Michael Gira’s love for hypnotic Australian jazz band The Necks. Snare and percussive assaults ala Godspeed You! Black Emperor showcase a now legendary act’s material seeded by whom they’ve influenced. Speaking in tongues over drones and acoustic instruments, it’s characterized as a crazed fever dream. But they haven’t lost the plot. This maelstrom is meticulously executed as such that it turns out to be Swans’ magnum opus.

Best Songs of 2012:

Muse – “Panic Station”
Bloc Party – “Valis (Other Me)”
Silversun Pickups – “Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)”
Field Music – “(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing”
Retribution Gospel Choir – “Maharisha”
Shearwater – “Insolence”
Half Moon Run – “She Wants to Know”
Pinback – “Proceed to Memory”
Big Wreck – “Wolves”
Coheed and Cambria – “Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful”
Fear Factory – “God Eater”
Killing Joke – “In Cythera”
Joe Volk – “Call to the Sun”
Soulsavers – “Bitterman”
Converge – “Sadness Comes Home”
Deftones – “Rosemary”
Anathema – “Untouchable, Part 1”
Devin Townsend Project – “Kingdom” (Epicloud version)
British Theatre – “As the Leaves Are to the Limbs”
The Gaslight Anthem – “45”
Menomena – “Pique”
The Walkmen – “Heaven”
Burning Love – “Broken Glass”
Every Time I Die – “I Suck (Blood)”
Future of the Left – “Beneath the Waves an Ocean”
METZ – “Wet Blanket”
Rolo Tomassi – “Illuminare”
The Smith Street Band – “Young Drunk”
TITAN – “Warmer Months”
A Place to Bury Strangers – “Dissolved”
Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”
PS I Love You – “First Contact”
Caspian – “Gone in Bloom and Bough”
Constants – “Mourning”
Crippled Black Phoenix – “Release the Clowns”
Crippled Black Phoenix – “Long Live Independence”
ERAAS – “At Heart”
pg.lost – “Terrain”
Baroness – “EULA”
Katatonia – “Dead Letters”
Ulver – “66-5-4-3-2-1”
The Unwinding Hours – “The Promised Land”
School of Seven Bells – “Low Times”
Indian Handcrafts – “Red Action”
OM – “State of Non-Return”