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List of Metal and Hard Rock Albums of the Year 2012

Here we go, the list of notable Metal and Hard Rock album from year 2012. These are about 150+ albums that need to get your listening consideration. Of course this is merely a list of my collection and the order of "ranking" only reflect my taste and favoritism.You can read Metal Harem's review of all albums in this blog.

2012 Hard Rock Albums of the Year
with AoR, Progressive Rock, Glam Metal all in one group. Rush's Clockwork Angel was still by far superior in their composition. Many oldies late '80 glam metal bands coming out with their reunion, such as Trixter, Tyketto, L.A. Guns, even KISS and Van Halen are releasing new materials. Here the list 30 Hard Rock / Progressive Rock / AOR /Glam Metal album of the year 2012:

1 Rush - Clockwork Angels
2 Flying Colors - Flying Colors
3 Asia - XXX
4 Black Country Communion - Afterglow
5 Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth
6 U.F.O - Seven Deadly
7 Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Lost In the New Real
8 Lana Lang - El Dorado Hotel
9 Tyketto - Dig In Deep
10 Europe - Bag of Bones
11 L.A. Guns - Hollywood Forever
12 Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension
13 Unisonic - Unisonic
14 Sunstorm - Emotional Fire
15 Trixter - New Audio Machine
16 KISS - Monster
17 Slash - Apocalyptic Love
18 P.O.D. - Murdered Love
19 Frank Hannon - Six String Soldiers
20 Great White - Elation
21 Dokken - Broken Bones
22 Jeff Scott Soto - Damage Control
23 Jack Blades - Rock 'n Roll Ride
24 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last of a Dyin' Breed
25 Hartmann - Balance
26 Lita Ford - Living Like A Runaway
27 Little Caesar - American Dream
28 Pete Lesperance - Fade into stars
29 Gun - Breaking the Silence
30 Paul Gilbert - Vibrato
30 Hardline - Danger Zone

2012 Metal Albums of the Year
Top 50 2012 Heavy Metal Albums
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Gothic Metal, Metalcore , Melodic Metal in this group.

1 Accept – Stalingrad
2 Overkill - The Electric Age
3 Rage – 21
4 Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
5 Kill Devil Hill - Kill Devil Hill
6 3 Inches Of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal
7 Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
8 Herman Frank – Right in the Guts
9 Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
10 Tourniquet – Antiseptic Bloodbath
11 Razorwyre - Another Dimension
12 Shadows Fall – Fire From Sky
13 Pharaoh - Bury The Light
14 Striker - Armed to the Teeth
15 Whitechapel – 2012
16 Nightmare - The Burden of God
17 Phenomena - Awakening
18 Driver – Countdown
19 Axehammer - Marching On
20 Lilian Axe - XI The Days Before Tomorrow
21 Fatal Force – Unholy Rites
22 Lamb of God - Resolution
23 Axel Rudi Pell - Circle Of The Oath
24 Demon Hunter - True Defiance
25 Tommy Vitaly - Hanging Rock
26 Loudness - 2012
27 Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme
28 Moonspell - Alpha Noir - Omega White
29 Animetal USA – W
30 Ihsahn - Eremita
31 Jorn - Bring Heavy Rock To The Land
32 Grave Digger - Clash Of the Gods
33 Titan's Eve - Life Apocalypse
34 For All Eternity - Beyond the Gates
35 Steelwing - Zone of Alienation
36 Savage – Sons of malice
37 Biohazard - Reborn in Defiance
38 Warnot - His Blood Is Yours
39 As I Lay Dying - Awakened
40 My Dying Bride - A Map of All Our Failures
41 Saturnus - Saturn In Ascension
42 Custard - Infested by Anger
43 Doro - Raise Your Fist
44 Flotsam and Jetsom - Ugly Noise
45 Empyrean Sky - Extending the Tangent
46 Blaze Bayley - The King Of Metal
47 Steve Harris - British Lion
48 Crucified Barbara - The Midnight Chase
49 Crow7 - Symphony of Souls
50 Hysterica - Art of Metal

2012 Power Metal Albums of the Year
Top 50 Power Metal albums, combined with Symphonic Metal, Neo Classical Metal, Folk Metal, and Gothic Female Singer
Luca Turilli proved he is not kidding with all the Rhapsody of Fire franchise, Ascending to Infinity is a landmark power metal album of 2012. DragonForce come with new singer, as well Xandria that surprise us with their new direction of music in symphonic metal.

1 Luca Turilli - Ascending to Infinity
2 DragonForce - The Power Within
3 Xandria - Neverworld's End
4 Kamelot – Silverthorn
5 Primal Fear – Unbreakable
6 Golden Resurrection - One Voice For The Kingdom
7 Sabaton - Carolus Rex
8 Galneryus - Angel of Salvation
9 Vision Divine - Destination Set To Nowhere
10 Firewind – Few Against Many
11 Seven Kingdoms - The Fire Is Mine
12 Secret Sphere - Portrait of a Dying Heart
13 Reinxeed - Welcome To The Theater
14 Kerion - Cloud Riders Part 1 Road to Skycity
15 Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal
16 Soulspell - Hollow's Gathering
17 Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name
18 Freedom Call - Land of the Crimson
19 Wardrum – Desolation
20 Wind Rose - Shadows Over Lothadruin
21 Thy Majestie – ShiHuangDi
22 Amberian Dawn - Circus Black
23 Dawn Of Destiny - Praying To The World
24 Epica – Requeim For The Indifferent
25 Gaia Epicus – Dark Secrets
26 Wintersun - Time
27 Winter’s Verge – Beyond Vengeance
28 Mob Rules - Cannibal Nation
29 Dragony – Legends
30 Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes
31 Dark Tribe - Mysticeti Victoria
32 Andre Matos - The Turn of the Lights
33 Dark Empire - From Refuge to Ruin
34 Orden Ogan - To The End
35 Fullforce – Next Level
36 Iron Fire - Voyage of the Damned
37 Drakkar - When Lightning Strikes
38 Elvenking - Era
39 Winterstorm - Kings Will Fall
40 Pathfinder - Fifth Elements
41 Holy Knights - Between Daylight and Pain
42 Obsession – Order of Chaos
43 Scelerata - The Sniper
44 Manowar - The Lord of Steel
45 Yngwie Malmsteen - Spellbound
46 Destination's Calling - End Of Time
47 Heaven Rain - Second Sun
48 Tacere - At World's End
49 Delain - We Are The Others
50 Magica - Center of the Great Unknown
50 Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline

2012 Progressive Metal Albums of the Year
Top 10 Prog Metal Albums

1 Affector – Harmagedon , [buy]
2 Neal Morse – Momentum
3 Docker’s Guild – The Mystic Technocracy Season 1 The Age of Ignorance
4 Circus Maximus – Nine
5 German Pascual – A New Beginning
6 Adrenaline Mob - Omerta
7 Dreamscape - Everlight
8 Threshold - March of Progress
9 Cloudscape - New Era
10 Book Of Reflections - Relentless Fighter

see the top Guitar and Instrumental Shred Album of year 2012 as well here

Favorite Shred Instrumental Album of 2012

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