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Death Metal 2013

Ten of my absolute favourite death metal albums of the year. No order.
1Zealotry
The Charnel Expanse


Zealotry is the perfect example of a band made flesh by their influences. Taking cues from tech legends like Demilich, Immolation and Gorguts, Zealotry's modern style of the old-school is a treat for any death metal fan. Groovy drum patterns that are technical but also a sheer delight to jam. The sometimes-harmonic riffs that flip a switch between atonal dissonance and melodious plucking leave this album as one of the best so far this year.
2Sacriphyx
The Western Front


If there's one band that needs attention this year, it's Sacriphyx. The Australian death metal duo is something of a mammoth to listen to, the band plays a classic style of mid-paced death metal merged with classic heavy metal, doom and even hints of Greek black metal at times. The music is emotionally charged with the theme of WWI, and the Aussie diggers. Sacriphyx are a truly stunning death metal band, making death metal as interesting as it can be in 2013.
3 Bolzer
Aura


Bolzer plays a terrific style of blackened death metal, with deep, resonating, cacophonous production and vocals that are filthy and muddied under the challenging riffs and droning feedback of the guitars. Tribal drumming and screeching highs and lows of filthy fury, Aura is one of the best EPs of the year.
4Imprecation
Satanae Tenebris Infinita


Finally releasing their debut album, death metal underground classic jammers Imprecation are here with a straight forward headbanging clusterfuck of sick riffs and filthy dm stylings.
5Illuminati
The Core


With a guest line-up to make any death metal fan poop their pants with excitement, Illuminati present 30 minutes of progressive death metal jams that hearken back to bands like maudlin of the Well and Atheist, featuring jazzy interludes and a fucktonne of riffs. With guests like Daniel Mongrain, Patrick Mameli, Luc Lemay, Mike Browning, Kelly Shaefer and more, who could resist a treat like this?
6 Antediluvian
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This is just balls-out, filthy as fvck blackened dm that's a pure wall of dissonance and mud and fuzz and bleakness. And it rules.
7Mold
Cremated Alive


The demo by the new death metal outfit it raw, it's dirty and it jams hard. The riffs are as chunky as you could ever want a riff to be and it grooves like a motherfucker. With howling gutturals that echo throughout the fuzzy atmosphere of this 15 minute demo of goodness, you'd be crazy to not love it.
8 Lithotome
Lithotome


Lithotome's debut is one that caught me off guard. It's noisey, it's doomy and its unrelenting heavy and crazy death metal sound is dank and sticks out among my favourite of the year so far. This is pure evil.
9Cerekloth
In the Midst of Life We are in Death


This album is just all out death metal greatness. The howling duel vocals and the riffs that don't sacrifice classic groove for brutality, the two share a home in this album. A stellar drumming performance and, without wanting to repeat myself too much with these descriptions: riffs.
10Autopsy
The Headless Ritual


It was tough to narrow down just ten albums for the year, but I feel Autopsy deserves this spot. The Headless Ritual is Autopsy doing what they do best: filthy death metal that knocks down all the competition even after they've long outlived their glory days with classics like Severed Survival and Mental Funeral. Beating out 2011's Macabre Eternal, Autopsy aren't showing signs of getting old and irrelevant just yet.
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