Its January. That means it's time to remember what made 2012 special in the world of heavy metal music. So without further ado, here is the New York Metal Music Examiner's "Best of 2012."
Band of the Year: Rush-It’s been a banner year for the Canadian trio. First they released their long awaited record, Clockwork Angels to critical acclaim. Then, at long last, it was announced the band shall be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
Album of the Year: Rush-Clockwork Angels- A heavy, beautiful, album that returns Rush to their, progressive, conceptual roots.
Breakout Band of the Year: Periphery- This year Periphery got to the next level. Their album, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal entered Billboard’s Top 50 and their song Make Total Destroy won Revolver’s “Song of the Year,” and they got to tour with Dream Theater.
Band to Watch: Sweet Cyanide-If you haven’t had the opportunity to check these guys out, do so now! Their album Sweet Cyanide III is one of the strongest releases of the year and the single My World, has been released to national radio. The forecast is bright for these guys in 2013.
Local Band: Sweet Cyanide-See above.
WTF Moment of the Year: Hatebreed accused of being Nazi Sympathizers- Yes, you read that correctly.
Band That Will Be Missed: ZO2-The boys from Brooklyn are taking a hiatus to devote themselves fulltime to their Rock Asylum charity. While they will be missed, their cause is a noble one that is definitely worth getting involved in.
Best New Song: Accept-Hung, Drawn, and Quartered- A loud, hard hitting, and heavy anthem. Hung Drawn and Quartered is not only one of the best songs of the year but one of the strongest songs to open an album and a show. Accept has been on a roll since hooking up with Mark Tornillo and this song is another feather in their cap.
Coheed and Cambria- Afterman: The Ascension