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Cory Brandan of Norma Jean Picks His Five Favorite Albums of the Year

Leading up to the end of the year, Revolver has asked some of our favorite artists to pick their Top Albums of 2012 and tell us why each record rules. Here, Cory Brandan (pictured left), vocalist of the metalcore band Norma Jean, selects his faves.





5. The Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania
"I’m not a traditionalist by any means so I don’t care about original members or anything like that. If the music is good then that’s all you need. This record reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins’ earlier days of Gish and Lull. Definitely left me wanting more."











4. Silversun Pickups, Neck of the Woods
"Noisy, loud, melodic rock with whispery voices. I'm a sucker for it. The drummer for this band is my favorite."











3. Bear Colony, Soft Eyes
"I've been waiting for this record for a long time. It's a great record all the way through. You will hear a lot of different influences here, but all the songs are played with a lot of raw intention. This is a very special record."











2. Deftones, Koi No Yokan
"Like most Deftones fans, I knew I was going to like this record before I even heard it. Easy pick."











1. Baroness, Yellow & Green
"I love when a record doesn't meet your expectations. I think of it as a nice surprise. Listeners shouldn't be instantly satisfied all the time. This was an unexpected release but Baroness didn't cut any corners. Great listen."

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