Rather than counting down the days until we can celebrate Christmas, this year we’re bringing you a series of metal posts will be celebrating the countdown until we don’t have to be inundated with Christmas music and decorations everywhere. To coincide with this countdown we’ll be posting our top 25 metal (and metal-ish) albums of 2012. 25 days of hell, 25 rad metal albums to make up for it.
Perhaps one of my most anticipated albums of 2012, The Faceless‘ Autotheism took a fair amount of the metal world by surprise. Having solidified themselves as one of the premier technical death metal acts around with Akeldama and Planetary Duality, most of the metal world expected (and hoped for) more of the same. Instead The Faceless delivered to us a much more progressive death metal album, saving only a few remnants from past albums for their new style. More so than any style change featured on Autotheism are the changes to the vocal department, now heavily focused on clean vocals. In addition, there are many less abrasive guitar sections on Autotheism than their previous works. Needless to say, Autotheism is very different from their norm but still a fantastic album from front to back, surely one not to be missed.