Reading this whole thread tonight. I'm not surprised that I almost don't know shit about many of the bands you mentioned in it. I lost grip of what's going on with my fav styles, so guess what happens with genres that don't interest me. I started to realize that disrepecting certain music styles is a show of being an ignoramus, so I just say "Yeah, that may be good, but doesn't appeal to me".
If Dennis is still interested in discovering styles/bands/albums/whatever, I'd like to read what he thinks of one of my fav albums in recent times, Grand Magus's "Iron Will".
And 2012 song to me has to be Unleashed's "Fimbulwinter", that guitar melody is a killer (first 20 seconds or so):