James Paul Luna of Holy Grail 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, James Paul LunaΒ  (pictured left), vocalist of the power-metal band Holy Grail, selects his faves.

 

 

 

 

5. Kadavar, Kadavar
“German hard, heavy rock band with a spot on throwback sound. The production, riffs, songwriting, and melodies almost sound like a long lost Bang or Blue Cheer album. Well done, boys!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
4. Razorwyre, Another Dimension
“Thrashy New Zealand metallers Razorwyre have won me over with this record, lots of insanely high-pitched vocals and killer riffs. Over the top, epic, and tongue in cheek at times, but such a fun listen each time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
3. Striker, Armed to the Teeth
“Catchy songs with big choruses and tasty licks topped off with production by Michael Wagener (Accept, Metallica, Skid Row, etc.). These Canadian metalheads are living proof that metal will never die.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
2. High on Fire, De Vermis Mysteriis
“This record blew me away, man. I don’t know how they manage to keep it fresh each album, but dammit, they did it and just might have overdone it. So good!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
1. Royal Thunder, CVI
“Royal Thunder is what all those female-fronted doomy rock bands ought to sound like or wished they sounded like. Mlny Parsonz’s voice is the prize here, but backed by killer songs and musicianship, this album is pretty much unbeatable.”

 

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