Over 150 votes were collected for the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2012 poll and I’m happy to present the results and a little analysis. Initially I planned to make this a top 10, however voting was so close outside of the top 5, I decided to extend the list to 21.
Deftones were the clear winner, with over a third of the lists submitted containing their album Koi No Yokan.
Meshuggah‘s Koloss also polled strongly, which will surprise very few Tool fans. It wasn’t always so clear cut though – for much of the duration of the poll it was neck and neck with the next two albums, but sprinted away in the last couple of weeks.
It was no surprise to me to see Soundgarden coming in at position 3, however it was tied for that position with Noctourniquet by The Mars Volta – and album I thought was good, but not good enough to poll so highly. 90s throwbacks the Smashing Pumpkins also polled higher than I expected.
I was a little surprised and happy to see The Swans polling so highly – an excellent record but one that I consider is outside of the usual listening catalog of most readers.
Only one Aussie band made the top ranks – Tame Impala. Personally I thought the album was a pile of shit, but what do I know! Thankfully Fourtheye Readers weren’t so bad as to have voted Mumford & Sons into the list.
Enough of that, here’s the list:
1. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
2. Meshuggah – Koloss
3. Soundgarden – King Animal
3. The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
4. Gojira – L’Enfant Savage
4. Swans – The Seer
5. Baroness – Yellow & Green
6. Rush – Clockwork Angels
7. Katatonia – Dead End Kings
8. Between the Buried and Me – Parallax 2: The Future Sequence
8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend
8. Jack White – Blunderbuss
8. Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay
8. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
8. Tame Impala – Lonerism
9. Coheed And Cambria – The Afterman
9. Sigur Ros – Valtari
9. Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
10. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
10. Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
10. The Melvins Lite – Freak Puke
Thank you to everyone that voted, and I will be publishing a full list of votes for every album that was nominated more than once in the forums shortly.