2012 Top 5

(Full album reviews coming later.)

(#1) Ne Obliviscaris/Portal Of I (2012)
[Album Rating: Classic 10/10.]
[Country: Australia. Genre: Progressive Black/Death.]
(#2) In Mourning/The Weight Of Oceans (2012)
[Album Rating: Classic 10/10.]
[Country: Sweden. Genre: Progressive Melodic Death.]
(#3) Be'lakor/Of Breath And Bone (2012)
[Album Rating: Classic 10/10.]
[Country: Australia. Genre: Melodic Death.]
(#4) Agalloch/Faustian Echoes (2012)
[Album Rating: Classic 10/10.]
[Country: USA. Genre: Black Metal.]
(#5) Accept/Stalingrad (2012)
[Album Rating: Near-Classic 9/10.]
[Country: Germany. Genre: Heavy Metal.]
(First Runner-Up)
De Profundis/The Emptiness Within (2012)
[Album Rating: Near-Classic 9/10.]
[Country: UK. Genre: Progressive Black/Death.]
(Second Runner-Up) 
Hexen/Being And Nothingness (2012)
[Album Rating: Near-Classic 9/10.]
[Country: USA. Genre: Melodic Thrash.]
(Third Runner-Up) 
Daylight Dies/A Frail Becoming (2012)
[Album Rating: Near-Classic 9/10.]
[Country: USA. Genre: Melodic Doom/Death.]

(#1) In Mourning-A Vow To Conquer The Ocean
[From: The Weight Of Oceans (2012).]
(#2) Daylight Dies-Dreaming Of Breathing
[From: A Frail Becoming (2012).]

(#3) My Dying Bride-The Poorest Waltz
[From: A Map Of All Our Failures (2012).]
(#4) De Profundis-Twisted Landscapes
[From: The Emptiness Within (2012).]
(#5) King Of Asgard-The Nine Worlds Burn
[From: To North (2012).]
(First Runner-Up) Van Halen-Tattoo
[From: A Different Kind Of Truth (2012).]

(#1) Dawnbringer-II: Silence In Waves
[From: Into The Lair Of The Sun God.]

(#2) Sigh-Purgatorium
[From: In Somniphobia.]

(#3) Municipal Waste-New Dead Masters
[From: The Fatal Feast.]

(#4) Witch Mountain-The Ballad Of Lanky Rae
[From: Cauldron Of The Wild.]

(#5) Candlemass-Dancing In The Temple Of The Mad Queen Bee
[From: Psalms For The Dead.]