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2k13: Styles' Year

Sup dudes? As 2013 is drawing to a close, I too decided to leave a mark this year and opted to post an end of the year list, unlike last year. I went with a simple system featuring a very brief comment for each album and then a preview track, which is also my favorite song from the record most of the time (in rare cases, just the song that was available), so that those who develop interest in something they haven?t heard can quickly give it a try. 2013 was strange for me in the sense that I had less time to listen to music than in years past, but even when I found that time, I went bloghunting or checked out smaller releases that had caught my attention somehow. Why? I really don?t know (especially because a lot of them didn?t stand the time test and only a few of them are featured here). It seems that the more hype a record gets around here, the more I gravitate to something else for reasons unknown. So while I?m sure the new Gorguts, Darkthrone, and Obliteration, for example, were/are awesome, they won?t feature here because I forgot to listen to them, not out of spite or on purpose, but it just kind of went that way (I?m sure I?ll catch up with them sooner or later). But that?s okay. The important thing is I thoroughly enjoyed these 30 records that made my list. I hope some of you find something of interest from here, and may you all have a grand conclusion to the year!
30Dark Tranquillity
Construct


A decent, if entirely expected return to form by these Swedish melodeath giants. "What Only You Know": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-keZyMX8t0
29DevilDriver
Winter Kills


These guys just know how to put together solid, groove-ladden metal records that have a real punch to them. The only sad/weird part is that the best song on this album is actually a cover. "Sail": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97wMGk_I8oM
28Shadow of the Colossus
End Game


Enjoyable deathcore with a feel-good sound. Thank you SOTC for not bringing any shame to the name of the game that I love so very much. "The Great Divide": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3gAE671bOk
27Sonora Ritual
Worship the Sun


Riff-driven stoner rock with psychedelic influences. Rocks pretty hard. "Lonely Road": http://sonoraritual.bandcamp.com/
26Sannhet
Known Flood


A post-metal/black metal hybrid that brings the goods. "Still Breathing": http://sannhet.bandcamp.com/album/known-flood
25Rob Zombie
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor


Rob Zombie?s understanding of fun music coincides with the public?s for the first time in over a decade. "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M211ubJHReQ
24Hord
The Book of Eliot


A pretty cool sounding modern metal album that fuses together genres such as groove metal, industrial, djent and at times even progressive, but does so in a modest, likable way. It also (admittedly) boasts a very specific concept, but about 30 listens in, I?m still not entirely sure what it?s about. Lyric sheets, guys, share ?em. "At The Gate": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brIejn_nomE
23Csejthe
Reminiscence


A short but sweet black metal album that has the Bathory legend as a basis for its concept. "Chant des martyres": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIYoMCbfxzo
22The Ruins of Beverast
Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospels of Heinrich...


The Ruins of Beverast could?ve been even higher on this list because I?ve been enjoying this album a lot this past week. The thing is, I only got it a week or so ago and haven?t had the time to fully let it sink in yet. Still, it is an excellent atmospheric doom/black metal record that I foresee I?m going to enjoy for a long time still, and thus it deserves a spot on my year end list. "Malefica": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtkiAfB1oLk
21Fractal Gates
Beyond the Self


By the books melodic death metal, but with some outstanding melodies. "Reverse Dawn" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AONLsYDS0Ks
20Enshine
Origin


Atmospheric metal for fans of Atoma, Slumber, and Katatonia. "Constellation": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I10pE6a4dF0
19Kvelertak
Meir


Either I?ve missed most of the lists that have had this on them, or Sputnik seems to have forgotten that the most fun metal band released another solid album this year. "Kvelertak": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eelfbl1ZLrE
18Rosetta
The Anaesthete


The Anaesthete is indeed the weakest Rosetta album to date, yet I can?t help but appreciate it unconditionally. I?m not even disappointed that they didn?t manage another Galilean Satellites because, as it seems, whatever these guys release sounds good to these ears. "Ryu / Tradition": http://theanaesthete.bandcamp.com/
17Monster Magnet
Last Patrol


The American rock legends still got it. "Last Patrol": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym5sXRbuSW0
16In Vain
AEnigma


Finally learning how to be consistently good in their songwriting, Norwegian prog metallers In Vain keep on improving and impressing on their third full-length album. "Rise Against": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyLxq4VOjw8
15Brother Dege
How to Kill a Horse


A bluesman with a flair for rock ?n? roll, Brother Dege takes advantage of his diverse cultural background and incorporates many influences into his own brand of Americana. "The Black Sea": https://soundcloud.com/brother-dege/the-black-sea
14JakeL
The Black Sea


The music here is a true representation of the cover art. "Black Wolves": http://jakel.bandcamp.com/album/the-black-sea
13Carcass
Surgical Steel


After all these years, still riffing hard. "316L Grade Surgical Steel": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqo0nauIDPk
12The Amenta
Flesh Is Heir


Australian extreme metallers The Amenta keep on evolving and experimenting with their sound. A dark journey this is. "Tabula Rasa": http://listenable-records.bandcamp.com/track/tabula-rasa
11Kokomo
Kokomo


That post-rock album you didn?t check out but really ought to. "Ein Dachs Hat Zweifel": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOrxoKixoj4
10Summoning
Old Mornings Dawn


Actually the first record I checked out by the atmospheric/symphonic black metal masters. Yay for catching the last train. "Old Mornings Dawn": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia5c7EawMtQ
9Caladan Brood
Echoes of Battle


...but I actually liked what seems to be their cover band?s album a tad more this year. "Book of the Fallen": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjIu6ZoyUwg
8Dagoba
Post Mortem Nihil Est


Another album which tops the one that came before it from this French groove machine. "By The Sword": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENXG5dqhJFE
7Vali
Skogslandskap


The warmest record I heard all year; Skogslandskap is a must hear for people into neofolk. "Langt I Det Fjerne": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VYupQhgCZM
6Wolfheart
Winterborn


I don?t care if the production is overly polished or not, the compositions are ace and the guitar leads are so delightfully icy on this wintery metal album. "Routa pt.2": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkO0JzvR8lg
5Saor
Roots


The spirit of the Highlands really shines through on this excellent, Celtic-themed atmospheric black metal album. "Roots": http://arsaidh.bandcamp.com/album/roots
4Psyclon Nine
[Order of the Shadow: Act I]


A vicious farewell from one of my favorite industrial metal bands. You will be missed. "The Saint and the Valentine": http://psyclonnine.bandcamp.com/track/the-saint-and-the-valentine-2
3 Rotting Christ
Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy


These guys mix strictly Greek folk melodies into their instantly distinguishable melodic black metal formula like no other band. As user Zippermouth so truthfully said back whenever Aealo was released, Rotting Christ can propel one to watch 300 on mute with the band playing in the background, and the movie will be better for it. "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBr0cs9dD7k
2Mechina
Empyrean


A space odyssey of epic proportions. To be continued in 2014. "Terminus": http://mechinamusic.bandcamp.com/album/empyrean-v-2-2
1Kauan
Pirut


A forty-minute doom/post-rock opera with stunning melodies and a concept centered on reaching ascension, Kauan?s fifth full-length album is one that resonated with me the most this year. The music rises, swirls, falls, then rises again in such majestic fashion that it?s impossible not to be engulfed by it. This emotional album demands all of your attention in order to be fully appreciated, but is one that has something to offer for everyone once given a chance to. Sung entirely in Finnish, it?s the most fitting album to throne my list in a year where I seriously took up the Finnish language. http://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/pirut
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