Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 5 Albums NOT of 2012 (Day One)

It's the last day of 2012 and I'm still hearing great new albums.  I just took my first listen to Incantation's "Vanquish in Vengeance" an album that will likely left off a lot of year end lists simply because it came out so damn late in the year.  I'm sure there will be more great releases to discover that I've overlooked and albums that will grow in their importance to me.  Everyone's posted their top 5, top 10 or whatever of the year (myself included) celebrating a lot of great albums released in 2012.

But what about the albums that DIDN'T come out this year?  What of the forgotten albums we've been waiting for with baited breath, raising our expectations to impossible heights?  Now that Wintersun has finally released their sophomore effort "Time I" (eight years after the debut, after a novel's worth of delays and hangups) metal fans need a new band to poke at and bitch about taking way too long on an album.

So without further delay (though "further delay" might be appropriate for this list) here's the first of five albums I wish we could've heard in 2012:

The Kovenant- Aria Galactica
2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of "SETI", the most recent album from Norwegian industrial-metallers The Kovenant.  In ten years we've heard rumors, mutterings and a few samples.  For a while now there hasn't been much activity and no word one way or the other about the fate of "Aria Galactica."  In the meantime the band announced its intentions on a career-spanning DVD and reunited most of the "Nexus Polaris"-era lineup for special performance.  Nagash has resurrected his Troll project and performed the band's debut album "In Times Before the Light" (originally released as Covenant) live as yet another special one-off.  Hopefully if and when "Aria Galactica" touches down it stays true to what's been touted as a more aggressive, once again symphonic version of The Kovenant.

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