This is Part 2 of my top 20 songs of 2012. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.
10. Modern Age – Anberlin
As I said in my review of Vital, “Modern Age” could be the best song that Anberlin has ever released. With a perfect mix of poignant lyrics and haunting guitars, “Modern Age” is a four minute masterpiece. This is a homemade lyric video of the song.
9. Dead Flowers – Demon Hunter
Symbolizing rebirth and life after death, “Dead Flowers” is an uplifting and comforting ballad. Driven by symbolic lyrics, harpsichord melodies and Ryan Clark’s chilling voice, Demon Hunter once again proves their gift for creating metal ballads. Reminiscent of “One Thousand Apologies” and “Carry Me Down,” this video features the album cover of True Defiance along with the lyrics of the song.
8. Moment to Moment – Children 18:3
Clocking in at just under three minutes, “Moment to Moment” is filled with organic punk rock, dual vocals and the Hostetter siblings’ signature style. By taking inspiration from 1 Corinthians 10, Children 18:3 passionately sing about living life to the fullest. For the official video, Children 18:3 use a very simple story, but it fits the song perfectly.
7. Cray Button – Family Force 5
By using Kickstarter, Family Force 5 was able to raise over 24,000 dollars to shoot the video for “Cray Button.” With a heavy, patriotic theme, Family Force 5’s latest video features everything from American flags to four wheelers to even mud fights. If you are looking for deep and meaningful lyrics, you will probably be disappointed with “Cray Button.” There are no spiritual or deep meanings to be found here. Instead, Family Force 5 offers their usual craziness and fun spirit.
6. War of Change – Thousand Foot Krutch
According to Trevor McNevan, “Change can be beautiful and painstaking, but rarely is it comfortable.” Taking that thought to another level, “War of Change” is a soaring anthem of militant charged lyrics. Combative, intense and spiritually driven, Thousand Foot Krutch urges listeners to be change in this world. “War of Change” is simply another hit song from these veteran rockers.
5. Infected – 12 Stones
This is my favorite song on the new 12 Stones record. Describing how Hollywood and impure lifestyles are polluting this world, “Infected” is an interesting commentary on today’s social and political world. With killer guitars and high octane rock and roll, it’s great to hear 12 Stones making stadium rock once again.
4. Awaken – Wolves at the Gate
“Awaken” includes my favorite lyrics of the year. Proudly declaring the full glory of God, Nick Detty passionately screams, “Oh how You've shown me that this isn't a blind faith in a distant God. You went before me and You bore my sin. Awake my soul, My faithful King. For I believe.” A forceful burst of screamo, “Awaken” will have you pushing the repeat button over and over again. Below, is the official lyric video for the song.
3. New Horizons – Flyleaf
“New Horizons” is one of the more positive songs of Flyleaf’s career. A hopeful look into the future, Flyleaf paints a picture of peace and encouragement for their listeners. With Lacey Sturm’s exit from the group earlier this year, “New Horizons” serves as the perfect end to her chapter in Flyleaf.
2. Touch This Light – House of Heroes
The true genius of House of Heroes comes through their song writing abilities. They simply know how to make great rock songs. With the energy and intensity of a live show, “Touch This Light” is a powerhouse of alternative rock. Here is the official video for the song.
1. Dead Man – Wolves at the Gate
Wolves at the Gate put their talent and love for Christ on full display with this song. According to vocalist Steve Cobucci, “Dead Man” is a personal look into the salvation of his own heart. “The verses from the Bible that are used in that song were crucial in my growth in knowledge, understanding and love for Jesus' perfect work of salvation.” By overlaying screams and rock guitars with the theme of grace, “Dead Man” is a beautiful example of screamo worship.
I hope you have enjoyed this look at my top 20 songs of 2012.