If the seductive doomsday prophecies regarding the year 2012 are to be believed (despite the rather thorough debunking they’ve undergone), we’ve got a little under a year for excellent music to be released. Luckily this guide will do a lot of the work for you, so you can spend your final days on earth stocking up on canned foods and catching some epic reunion tours.

Perhaps persuaded by our collective impending doom, 2012 is shaping up to be promising year for new and established bands alike. We break down the musical acts that are going to infiltrate your music blogs, your local venues, and ultimately, your hearts and wallets. Some of this music would even make a fitting soundtrack to the apocalypse, so set your Spotify accordingly and watch the asteroids descend from the stars.