BEST OF 2My year in review radio special with a ton of music from 2012 premiered on Q104.3 NYC show 12/28. Here is my personal list of my favorite albums of 2012. Lot’s of great new music in 2012 and was tough to narrow down, but this is what truly made my ears the most excited the last 12 months:


An incredible, relentless, pounding thrash metal album that may be my favorite from this highly underrated band since Taking Over. Overkill have made a string of solid albums lately, but this is just next level. It is uncompromising speed metal at it’s finest. Production and mix are incredible, the riffing just builds and builds, great songs, great playing. The total package. If you are looking for a new but old school thrash sounding album this is it. Get a neck brace because it kicks your ass from top to bottom. Instant metal classic.


aerosmithanotherdimensioncover4002: AEROSMITH – MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION

I hear much about the amount of ballads on this album, but nobody says it also has 15 songs on the standard edition. So even if you take out 4 ballads it’s still 11 rocking tunes. It is not a perfect album, but it is damn good. The production is warm and not over compressed. You hear everything. All the band members (still original) write and contribute. Many different sides and stuff that hints at classic Aerosmith. “Street Jesus”, “Luv XXX”, “Beautiful”, “Out Go The Lights”, “Oh Yeah”, all just vintage sounding Aerosmith. Having seen three live shows so far on the tour, the band STILL gets it done on stage too. Great accomplishment for a band at this stage in their career and after waiting so long for it they delivered.amazon



I loved the last Slash album, and my favorite songs were the ones with Myles Kennedy singing. So I was thrilled that the live band he had on that tour now is a real band and has made a full cohesive album of brilliant hard rock. “Anastasia” an instant classic on this one. To me this is Slash’s best work top to bottom since Appetite and the band is great live. Hope they build a great catalog with this group.amazon




Outside of Tattoo this is classic kick ass VH! Why 4-5 songs from this album were not blasting out of every radio station over the Summer escapes me. Not a huge fan of the mix at times, but the material and Eddie are ripping! Who knows what the future holds but this is classic sounding old VH. “As Is” among my favorites.amazon




Best Manson album in a long time top to bottom. He and Twiggy created some catchy hook filled tunes as well as the usual level of Manson weirdness and always great production and sounds.amazon





Another great album from the relaunched Accept with singer Mark Tornillo. Not as strong top to bottom as Blood Of The Nations but damn close. This band is now firmly re established and Wolf Hoffman has to be one of the most underrated players in metal ever.amazon




Is it over? Who knows for sure. But three amazing albums in this bands history at an amazing pace is pretty impressive, so I hope not. Like all three BCC albums top playing and incredible singing from Glenn Hughes. Like all 3 I wish the mix was a little brighter and dynamic at times, but this is pretty much live and in your face classic sounding rock that just happens to be from a new band. The title track and “This Is Your Time” some of my favorites.amazon



Pumping heavy rock that never lets up. Great songs, vocals, production and hooks. Can’t help but to move to this album and its energy.amazon




61Dwg0a9MRL._SL500_AA300_9: TREMONTI – ALL I WAS

Great debut album from Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. Very metal at times, much will be made of his guitar playing, and rightfully so, but it’s the songs I love. The playing on the whole album is crushing and I truly like the way he delivers the songs as a singer. Great live too!amazon



410jplpqVoL._SL500_AA300_10: RUSH – CLOCKWORK ANGELS

Only reason not higher is because my two favorite songs on this album (Caravan and BU2B) actually were released a couple years ago. But I love that Rush is back to heavy guitar rock again and in your face power trio hard rock with little if any keys and synth. The nod to the old school on “Headlong Flight” is awesome. Wish the album was not so compressed and more dynamic sounding at times in the mix, but love the heaviness being back. Oh, and the R&R Hall just woke up after ignoring them 15 years. There is hope!amazon



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37 Responses

  1. Some albums that definitely need to be on the list:
    Soundgarden – King Animal
    Deftones – Koi No Yokan
    ZZ Top – La Futura
    The Cult – Choice of Weapon
    Graveyard – Lights Out
    Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Bloodlust

  2. I think most of the albums you chose are decent. I don’t understand how Aerosmith and Marilyn Manson are in the Top 10. Just because the Aerosmith album has 15 songs on the standard and 20 songs on the deluxe doesn’t mean it is a good album. There is only a couple of good songs and the rest are ballads or generic fillers. I agree with you on the Kiss album.

    The list seems stuck in the 80s. I know this is the music you grew up, but it might help to give modern albums a second chance/listen.

    1. I post what I truly liked as it’s MY top 10. If there is a “modern” album that truly moved me I would have added it, but will never do it to just appear “hip”.

  3. Eddie…don’t listen to these idiots. This list is your opninion, thats all. I agree with only a few on this list but it’s YOUR list. Stop defending yourself to these idiots….people just love to complain. Tell them to go make there own lists and post it somewhere where no one will read it lol.

  4. These albums were Eddie Trunk’s picks for his top 10 of 2012. If you have your own list, type it up and post it. While I agree with some of them, I’m not going to condemn him for posting what he liked this past year. I agree with about 4-5 of his picks. For those who posted your own picks…great! You should be happy that Eddie is still flying the flag for a lot of these bands who the record labels and the taste makers wrote off years ago. Thank you Eddie for continuing to show us that you can like whatever bands you like even if they aren’t at the top of the charts or everywhere on mainstream media. We can like it because it still ROCKS our world and it’s what we love to hear.

  5. Eddie you really missed something here. Doro – Raise Your Fist. The title track alone destroys the Aerosith and Van Halen cds combined. This is her strongest record in years. Her voice is still as powerful as in the 80s. She is still beautiful and works her ass off. Put her and her band opening up for alot of your pics and would pulverize them. She was even nice enough to put YOUR picture in the cd booklet. Maybe you just missed this one but please give this one another listen. Dont diss Doro. She is the one and only metal queen and has been keeping it heavy for many years. Anyone who even questions this i would tell to look her up on youtube and see what im talkin about.

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