The year 2012 has already been a truly exciting one for metal, and there's plenty of time for more bands to make an impact. In the life of a music addict, when it comes to metal, headphones are never more than an arm's reach away. We've rounded up the 2012 songs that have been melting our ears in 2012.

In this list, you'll find blazing tracks from veterans, sweet songs from new school heroes and even a few lesser-known gems from the deep underground. Keep your finger on the Loudwire pulse as new metal comes racing out of the studio, because we'll be updating this list as the year goes by. But for now, click below to check out our Best Metal Songs of 2012 (So Far) list. Keep it heavy!