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07.10.13 Death Metal 201306.08.13 Aussie Metal
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Death Metal 2013

Ten of my absolute favourite death metal albums of the year. No order.
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
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

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.
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.
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

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.
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'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.
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.
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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