TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2012
1. Basement – ‘colourmeinkindess’ (Run For Cover)
Before ‘colourmeinkindess’ Basement was just a good band. This record elevated them to a great fucking band. This is one hell of an emotional, driving, and soothing farewell record. Lets hope they’re back soon.
2. Title Fight – “Floral Green” (Side One Dummy)
For the second year in a row Title Fight has crept up on almost everyone’s top 10 list. ‘Floral Green’ is a more matured, and all around perfect version of the band. These guys just cant do wrong.
3. Converge – ‘All We Love We Left Behind’ (Epitaph)
Converge has always been a diversely perfect band. Record after record they never disappoint and ‘All We Love’ is what you would expect from them but so much more at the same time.
4. Make Do & Mend – ‘Everything You Ever Loved’ (Rise)
Make Do & Mend’s sophomore record is the most underappreciated album of the year. “Everything You Ever Loved’ is emotional, uplifiting and perfect. Whether it’s a dark day, or a great day, this album has something to relate to.
5. Verse – ‘Bitter Clarity, Uncommon Grace’ (Bridge Nine)
After a few years on hiatus Verse came back and put out their best record to date. ‘Bitter Clairty’ is very unique for a hardcore band. Its angry, calming, and full of rage all at once. Think Rage Against The Machine of hardcore.
6. Code Orange Kids- ‘Love Is Love//Return To Dust’ (Deathwish)
There’s not a lot more you can say about this young group’s debut than amazing. These guys, and girl, really nailed it on the head on this long awaited album, which turn out to be one of the best hardcore records of the year.
7. The Early November – ‘In Currents’ (Rise)
A few years off really served Ace Enders and the boys well. ‘In Currents’ is their most perfect, catchy mature and memorable album to date.
8. Stick To Your Guns – ‘Diamond’ (Sumerian)
STYG may be the most hardworking and positive band in the hardcore scene today. ‘Diamond’ is honest and pissed off all while conveying a positive message.
9. Expire – ‘Pendulum Swings’(Bridge Nine)
Midwest Blood in the house. Expire’s debut album for Bridge Nine is killer. You’ll be moshing in your room to this soon enough and that’s for sure.
10. Every Time I Die- ‘Ex Lives’ (Epitaph)
Sure it sounds like just about every other Every Time I Die record with a twist but it’s still fucking awesome.