Well the end of the year is pretty much here and while I have been busy lately I have just got to get at the very least a top 5 out. To me this was an all around good year in metal, there were some bands who I expected to release good albums that failed to please, and some underground bands who surprised me. So in no particular order:
Abysmal Dawn - Leveling the Plane of Existence
Borderline technical death metal with a nice groove to it. I still can quit listening to In Service Of Time.
Obscura - Omnivium
I was so looking forward to these guys' album this year and they didn't disappoint at all. While they borrow heavily from Death, Gorguts and a few other progressive/technical death metal bands they also have a sound that is Obscura that no one else plays.
Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
I never gave these fellas much thought but AGNG was a happy surprise this year. Catchy grinding death metal at its best.
Wormrot - Noise
This very short EP is like an extension of their epic album Dirge released earlier this year. Wormrot are grindcore all stars in my book.
Immolation - Providence
Scion A/V proved they are actually interested in releasing good extreme music and this (and the Wormrot EP) is all the proof you need. Crushing catchy death metal with a nice heavy production, just what the doctor ordered!
Not too bad of a year!
Once the holidays are over I will probably start posting more often once more.