Midlands Rocks’ Top 5 Albums of 2012



Yep, its that time again when we ask the intrepid Midlands Rocks contributors to pass their own personal opinion on the year. Below you can see the Top 5 albums of 2012.

See who you are best matched with and reel in abject horror as you realise just who your rock n roll kindred spirit is!

Then after you have showered in a pathetic attempt to cleanse your soul, post your own Top 5 in the comments below.

Guidelines: No re-issues, no compilations and must have been released in 2012.

While you are reading why not listen to our Spotify Playlist featuring tracks from many of the great albums listed below.



Jack Arkell
Gallows – Gallows
Trash Talk – 119
Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood of Colour
DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams
Deftones – Koi No Yokan

Paul Broome
Holy State – Electric Picture Palace
Lone Wolf – The  Lovers
Ultrasound – Play  for Today
Bo Ningen – Line the Wall
God Damn – Demonstration

Alcest – Les Voyages De L’Ame
Enslaved – Riitiir
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Black Breath – Sentenced To Life

Tosh Davies
Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
The Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
Tremonti – All I Was
Eclipse – Bleed & Scream
Orange Goblin – Eulogy For The Damned

Paul Davis
Rival Sons – Head Down
We Are Augustines – Rise Ye Sunken Ships
Europe – Bag Of Bones
Rich Robinson – Through A Crooked Sun
Cory Branan – MUTT

Brady Deeprose
The Faceless – Autotheism
Foxy Shazam – The Church Of Rock And Roll
Lamb Of God – Resolution
Periphery – Periphery II
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage

Kimberley Easton
Royal Republic – Save The Nation
Slash – Apocalyptic Love
Serj Tankian – Harakiri
Stone Sour – House of Gold & Bones part 1
Aerosmith – Music from Another Dimension

Claire Frays
Shadows Fall – Fire From The Sky
Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending To Infinity
Ne Obliviscari – Portal Of I
Shinedown – Amaryllis
Slash – Apocalyptic Love

Tony Gaskin
Enochian Theory – Life and all It Entails
Captain Horizon – The Lights of Distorted Science
The Whiskey Syndicate – Right Side of Crazy
Gojira – L’enfant Sauvage
JD and The FDCs – Recognise

Jason Guest
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Les Discrets – Ariettes Oubliées…
Hexvessel – No Holier Temple
Hail Spirit Noir – Pneuma
Melencolia Estatica – Hel

Will Harris
Flats – Better Living
Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
Pulled Apart By Horses – Tough Love
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Gallows – Gallows

Peter Keevil
Lovebite – Lock N Load
Slash – Apocalypic Love
Rival Sons – Head Down
The Whiskey Syndicate – Right Side of Crazy
Million$Reload – A Sinner’s Saint

Sam Knight
Slash – Apocalyptic Love
Steve Vai – The Story of Light
Baroness – Yellow& Green
Hexvessel – No Holier Temple

Sean Larkin
Halestorm – Strange Case Of…
Slash – Apocalyptic Love
Kopek – White Collar Lies
Tyketto – Dig In Deep
Eclipse – Bleed & Scream

Mark Lloyd
Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth
Europe – Bag of Bones
Halestorm – The Strange Case of……
Zico Chain – The Devil in Your Heart
Ugly Kid Koe – Stairway to Hell

Brian McGowan
Our Lady Peace – Curve
Gun – Break The Silence
Slash – Apocalyptic Love
Dynazty – Sultans Of Sin
Romeo’s Daughter – Rapture

Krish Mistry
Overkill – The Electric Age
Firewind – Few Against Many
3 Inches Of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal
DragonForce – The Power Within
Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth

Harry Paterson
Captain Horizon – The Lights of Distorted Science
Black Country Communion – Afterglow
Jetbone – Jetbone
JD & The FDCs – Recognise
I AM I – Event Horizon

Alex Peace
The 69 Eyes –  X
Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue
Sex Slaves – Call Of The Wild
HEAT – Address the Nation
Jettblack – Raining Rock

Dean Pedley
Rival Sons – Head Down
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Ian Hunter – When I’m President
Absolva – Flames Of Justice

Dan Perks
Baroness – Yellow and Green
Gojira – L’ enfant sauvage
Orange Goblin – A Eulogy for the damned
Parkway Drive – Atlas
Lamb of God – Resolution

Russ Powney
The Pineapple Thief – All The Wars
Stone Sour – House of Gold & Bones Part 1
Bob Mould – Silver Age
Alberta Cross – Songs of Patience
Magnum – On The 13th Day

Paul Quinton
Headspace – I Am Anonymous
Rush – Clockwork Angels
The Reasoning – Adventures In Neverland
Threshold – March Of Progress
Delain – We Are The Others

Rob Stanley
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Almost Always Never
Royal Southern Brotherhood  – Royal Southern Brotherhood
Clare Free – Dust and Bones
Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine
Lee Small – Jamaica Inn

Lucy Thompson
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
The Enemy – Streets in the Sky
The Cribs – In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Cast – Troubled Times

Russ Tierney
Halestorm – Strange Case Of…
Katzenjammer – A kiss before you go
Marina and the Diamonds –  Electra Heart
The Toy Hearts – Whiskey
Ginger – 555%

Rich Ward
UFO – Seven Deadly
Rattlesnake Kiss – Goodbye God
Magnum – On The 13th Day
Demon – Unbroken
Walking Papers – Walking Papers

David Waterfield
Panic Room – Skin
Mostly Autumn – The Ghost Moon Orchestra
Stolen Earth – A Far Cry From Home
Joe Walsh – Analog Man
The Reasoning – Adventures In Neverland

Tyketto – Dig In Deep
Eclipse – Bleed & Scream
Romeo’s Daughter – Rapture
Lawson – Chapman Square
Issa – Can’t Stop


So there you have it people, that’s what we rated as great studio work during 2012.

Leave your comment below and tell us your Top 5 – believe me its harder than you think!



  1. 1. Captain Horizon – Lights of Distorted Science
    2. Absolva – Flames of Justice
    3. Tygers of Pan Tang – Ambush
    4. JD and the FDCs – Recognise
    5. The Idol Dead – Dark Little Hearts

    Actually a bit unfair as I could have permed 5 out of 20 for thios list. There have been some awesome albums released this year. Honorable mentions must go to Babylon Fire – Dark Horizons, Jettblack – Raining Rock, Hanging Doll – The Sacred and Profane, Fahran – S/T and Accept – Stalingrad.

  2. 1. A Forest Of Stars – A Shadowplay For Yesterdays
    2. Captain Horizon – The Lights Of Distorted Science
    3. Rush – Clockwork Angels
    4. Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
    5. Ginger – 555%

  3. Enjoyed Threshold, some good stuff on there and Devin missed my top slot by a riff but Storm Corrosion bored the tits off me sadly, maybe I just need to be in the right ‘Head Space’ or choose a different elevator!

  4. 1. Threshold – March Of Progress
    2. Devin Townsend – Epicloud
    3. Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
    4. Gojira – L’enfant Sauvage
    5. Therion – Les Fleurs Du Mal

    Varied & odd selection as usual.

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