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I was born into metal and raised on punk. It is what I listen to – it is what I love. I always wanted to be a musician but (as they say) these guys rock harder so I don’t have to. I am a backpacker and hiker first and thisis the music I long for when I return to civilization. This is the second annual Coyote&Thunder list of the best metal albums of 2012. (above) High on Fire #Santacruz #Oaklandmetal #alwaysagrowlinggoodtime

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Goatwhore #plentyofsnarlingandpointing #deathmetalhasneverbeenthismuchfun

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Witch Mountain #finallyafemalesinger #prettysongsdirtyvibe

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Kvelertak #norwegianlyrics #thrash #artbyjohnbaizley

the best metal albums of 2012

10. Black Breath “Sentenced to Life” #thrash #lotsofhair #donotgiveashit

9. Witch Mountain “Cauldron of the Wild” #shelter #scaresmeinalltherightways

8. Goatwhore “Blood for the Master” #neworleansdeathmetal

7. Gojira “L’enfant Sauvage” #frenchmetal #geniuses

6. Corrosion of Conformity “Corrosion of Conformity” #whatthefuck #olddudesrock #punkroots

5. Kvelertak “Kvelertak” #guysiwannapartywith #whatdidtheysay #norwayrules

4. The Sword “Apocryphon” #theseguysrulewithswords #epicmetal

3. High on Fire “De Vermis Mysteriis” #homeboys #alwaysgreat #punchmeintheface

2. Pig Destroyer “Book Burner” #righteous #fascinating #angry #strangelybeautiful #uncompromising

1. Witchcraft “Legend” #cannotstoplisteningtothisalbum #everysongiscompelling #melodic

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I do a lot of driving the Field Lab van (Juniperridge.com) around. As it rumbles down the street, here is the playlist rumbling mercilessly out the speakers. Plenty of good trail songs, at least in my mind.

1. 10,000 years by High on Fire

2. Gardenia by Kyuss

3. Helpless by Metallica

4. The Diplomat by Pig Destroyer

5. Do it Again by Queens of the Stone Age

6. Prehistoric Dog by Red Fang

7. The Ballad of Lanky Rae by Witch Mountain

8. Deconstruction by Witchcraft

9. Bad Man by Freedom Hawk

10. Elizabeth by Ghost

11. Don’t Look Back by Kylesa

12. Swollen and Halo by Baroness

13. Bloodhorse by Bloodhorse

14. Blodtorst by Kvelertak