(Heavy Friends is the segment where Robby tell you, yes, YOU about the latest and greatest in underground metal and hardcore. Now that list season is among us, let's look back at what Robby feels are the best albums in heavy music for 2012. Strictly in alphabetical order.)
Agalloch - Faustian Echoes
Cloudkicker - Fade
Code Orange Kids - Love is Love // Return to Dust
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
mentioned before how influential and essential Converge is to modern hardcore, and how deathly, solidly consistent they are. Luckily they did not falter in the slightest with their latest effort, All We Love We Leave Behind; while Converge aren't pushing their sound into any real unknown territory for them like they did in 2009's Axe to Fall, I feel even a "Converge-as-usual" record is pretty goddamn great by any account, and trumps most other hardcore records released around it. Converge just continue to show everyone who's boss, and as far as I'm concerned, there ain't nothing wrong with that.
Deathspell Omega - Drought
Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering
High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
Krallice - Years Past Matter
Loma Prieta - I.V.
Murder Construct - Results
(Robby thought 2012 was a pretty damn good year for metal, and he wonders what you think of this list, or this year as a whole! Comment below or hit him up on Twitter @ClydeNut)