Greetings, Forbidden Fiends! Once again, it’s time to take a deep breath and reflect on the past year and revel in the knowledge that we’ve survived to tell the tale. For me, 2012 consisted of twelve tumultuous months spanning the spectrum of the experiences of life itself. From laughter to mourning, crazy to calm…it was indeed a year to remember. I cannot speak for everyone, but I can look back on 2012 and acknowledge that it possessed one hell of a fitting soundtrack. What I now present to you, loyal readers, is what I personally perceive (in no particular order) as the cream of the unholy crop in new underground music for the past twelve months. So, raise the hollowed skull chalice high in blasphemous toast and behold…Nate of the Living Dead’s Best of 2012!!

Goatwhore – Blood for the Master
Lord Mantis – Pervertor
High on Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis
Swans – The Seer
Down – The Purple EP

Ptahil – The Almighty Propagator of Doom and Despair
Dismemberment – Denied Salvation
Nachtmystium – Silencing Machine
Chrome Waves – Chrome Waves
Derketa – In Death We Meet

Satanic Bloodspraying – At the Mercy of Satan
Author & Punisher – Ursus Americanus
Pig Destroyer – Book Burner
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
Neurosis – Honor Found in Decay

Mutilation Rites – Empyrean
Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65
Mares of Thrace – The Pilgrimage
Panopticon – Kentucky
Acephalix – Deathless Master

Dragged Into Sunlight – Widowmaker
Serpentine Path – Serpentine Path
Satan’s Wrath – Galloping Blasphemy
Napalm Death – Utilitarian
Evoken – Atra Mors

Black Breath – Sentenced to Life
Fistula – Northern Aggression
Doomsday – self-titled EP
Enslaved – Riitiir
Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction

Asphyx – Deathhammer
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
Anhedonist – Netherwards
Early Graves – Red Horse
Samothrace – Reverence to Stone

Black Goat of the Woods – self-titled EP
Boddicker/Kata Sarka split
Boddicker – Mitch is the Bastard
Chinaski – Cruelty
Toxic Shock Syndrome – No Strings Attached