• Ungirthed
  • Purity Ring
  • Shrines

#5. Shrines - Purity Ring


Purity Ring was actually a last minute entry to the list. I always knew “Fineshrine" was an unreal track, but I recently had a chance to listen to the album (last week) and it messed my list up completely. It’s all better now. Listen to this album if you know what’s good for you. Shrines would be higher on the list if I wasn’t such a sucker for the two hardcore giants in the top four.

Track: “Ungirthed


Top Ten albums 2012: 1 - Grimes - Visions

The Low Road Has No Exits
  • The Low Road Has No Exits
  • Every Time I Die
  • Ex Lives (Deluxe)

#4. Ex-Lives - Every Time I Die


Every Time I Die are veterans of hardcore now, and the addition of a new drummer seems to have contributed to making this possibly their heaviest album yet. The album is especially good if you picked up the bonus tracks, making it a 14-track beast.

Track: “The Low Road Has No Exits

  • First
  • The Chariot
  • One Wing

#2. One Wing - The Chariot


The tracks together read “Forgot not your first love. Speak in tongues and cheek”, with each word representing one track (that’s right—even “in" and "and" are tracks). As The Chariot often does, you get a short break from all the madness (“Your”), and the album works beautifully as a whole. The biggest problem: it’s over much too fast.

Track: “First" (if you don’t do hardcore, jump ahead to about 1:20 if you can)

Soft Fall
  • Soft Fall
  • Sun Airway
  • Soft Fall

#3. Soft Fall - Sun Airway


If you haven’t heard Sun Airway's first album, you better get on that. Personally, this one took a few more listens before it became an album I love. Sun Airway started as pleasant background music and grew and grew until I couldn't stop listening.

Track: “Soft Fall

  • Kerosene
  • Crystal Castles
  • (III)

#10. Crystal Castles (III) - Crystal Castles


Crystal Castles are so hipster they don’t even give their albums titles. Hard to top the two formers, but they still deliver. Highlights are whenever I’m not annoyed listening to it. Sounds like I hate this album. Why is it even on this list? I’m joking. It’s not terrible.

Track: “Kerosene

East Enders Wives
  • East Enders Wives
  • mewithoutYou
  • Ten Stories

#6. Ten Stories - mewithoutYou


Lucky for us, Ten Stories sounds more like Brother, Sister, as we had hoped. The highlights from this one are when we hear Aaron yell again, leaving us wanting more. But tracks like “East Enders Wives" (above) remind us that we’re happy no matter what mewithoutYou decides.


Top Ten albums 2012: 2 - iamamiwhoami - Kin