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You can check out all of the albums listed here at the playlist I created: http://open.spotify.com/user/jon.satterley/playlist/6WYTyuaTImqZ6jNdl37xRE

For quite a few years I have banged out a top 10 list around Xmas of my biggest albums over the past 12 months. I usually look first to Last.FM, where all of my music is scrobbled, to see, objectively, what it is that I have actually listened to (minus the Taio Cruz, Michael jackson etc that my kids have also scrobbled ha ha).

Not many surprises in this year's list: most of my favourite bands reappeared with their latest offerings, showing that masters of the craft usually continue to deliver better, and harder, than newbies. I also had a really fun year with music, listening to more stuff than in the past, and really enjoying the discovery process.

As per usual, metal not only dominates this list...but conquers. As I keep saying to friends: my tastes are pretty narrow, but very, very deep.

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Grand Magus - The Hunt A monstrous record showing Grand Magus's songwriting skills and knack for gigantic choruses.  Grand Magus – The Hunt

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Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol All metal fans want Paradise Lost to win, and we all crave another Draconian Times. This wasn't ie exactly, but still a huge return to the good old days of English gloom.

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High On Fire - De Vermis Myste... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis Not as amazing as Snakes For The Divine, but still a crunching sludgefest worthy of 2012's top 10.

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Candlemass - Psalms For The De... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
Candlemass - Psalms For The Dead My kids now sing along to "The Sound Of Dying Demons", probably my song of the year. Another instant classic from Candlemass.

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Enslaved - RIITIIR is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
Enslaved - RIITIIR The majesty, power, fear inducing, razor sharp immensity of this band. The album is a prog/doom/viking masterpiuece.

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Graveyard - Lights Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
Graveyard - Lights Out Just like Witchcraft, these guys are masters of the seventies hard rock/metal reclamation project and Lights Out totally kills it!

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Witchcraft - Legend is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
Witchcraft - Legend So, so good. With a few more months to dig this record, probably would have ended up as my #1. 70s vibe, proto metal at its finest.

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The Sword - Apocryphon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
The Sword - Apocryphon Colossal riff*ge and back to the tried and true format we love from this band. Gone are the QOTSA hard rock pretensions....back to the stoner metal mayhem.

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Eluveitie - Helvetios is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
Eluveitie - Helvetios Love this band, but they have had a few stumbles with recent records. Helvetios was a massive return to form, best song being The Uprising, a huge folk metal barnstormer.

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My Dying Bride - A Map Of All ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top 10 Albums of 2012
My Dying Bride - A Map Of All Our Failures My favourite doom band came back with another 1000 lb misery fest. Just like Witchcraft's record, I probably didn't get enough time to ingest every track enough to rank the record higher, but have gravitated to "The Poorest ...