Basically, this is a list of the releases from 2012 that I enjoyed the most out of the few hundred that I heard. I didn't go for a psychologically satisfying number, I'm just throwing them all out there and you can decide for yourselves which of these are the best 20 or 30 or whatever the fuck have you.
They are somewhat ranked, however do not read too much into this, because every last one of these is recommended listening for anyone into, well let's just call it extreme music for want of a better term. And but also, when comparing apples and oranges it really all depends on which particular fruit you happen to be in the mood for anyway.
And please note: This is NOT everything I liked. This is everything I liked the MOST.
Also, don't get too anal about genre denominations. The adjectives are there for the benefit of people who might be new to some of this shit :-P
Obviously, some genres are more represented than others. …