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Jac's Top 25 Of 2013

So yeah I know it's not even December but Sputnik is always quite rpremature about this sort of rthing, so I figured I'd join in.
25Defeated Sanity
Passages Into Deformity

Probably the weakest album from Defeated Sanity in all honesty, which I blame squarely on the brick-walled production. Their signature schizophrenic riffage still elevates this above 95% of brutal death however.
24Ghostface Killah
Twelve Reasons to Die

One of the few hip-hop albums I bothered to listen to but I enjoyed it a hell of a lot.

An album that should be higher but isn't simply because I've yet to properly figure out it's little nuances. By virtue of it's length and Confield-like juxtaposition of ideas, this is difficult listen, but one that gets more rewarding the more you spin it.
22Dark Tranquillity

A nice return to form for the melodeath legends. Interestingly, this album continues the sound they explored on We Are The Void but simply does it better, promising release.
In the Midst of Life We Are In Death

A dissonant, churning maelstrom of riffs and dynamic shifts. Grew off me ever so slightly on repeat listens but still merits a spot on the end of year rankings.
Rival Dealer

Another excellent EP from Burial, slightly more upbeat than we've come to expect from him in a places.

I can already hear Pleb shouting "sell-out!" but I'm not going to pretend to hate this.
18Grave Miasma
Odori Sepulcrorum

Evil, old-school-revival death that manages to stand out in a crowd.

This was an early contender for death metal AOTY before 2013 turned out to be so rife with quality stuff. Not for traditionalists but incredibly brutal, and arguably the best thing the slam death niche genre has produced.
16Black Crown Initiate
Song of the Crippled Bull

Yeah it's overproduced and I'll be the first to admit it's queefy as shit, but these guy's definitely know what they're doing the song-writing department. Promising band.

Overlooked black metal album that seems to have gotten no further attention past it's release date, probably in light of other releases stealing it's thunder.
14Ludovico Einaudi
In a Time Lapse

This album's true position is a probably a little higher given I still haven't totally absorbed it. Less immediate than Divenire but still ever so pleasant.
A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee

Extremely easy to get into despite the monstrous length. Powerful and poignant.

Just a sublimely executed instrumental folk album which avoids succumbing to the cheesy cliches associated with the genre.
11Tim Hecker

A deceptively immediate album (if that makes any sense), tantalising you with pretty soundscapes only to reveal itself as much so more once you flesh out it's minutiae.
Old Mornings Dawn

Generally not a fan of this type of black metal, but if I am to adore any album of this particular style from this year, it may as well be by the band that perfected said style. Plus Key digs them so they must be good.
9Entropia (PL)

Kinda like Sunbather but much more engaging over an entire listen, if you dug the former you have no reason not to check this out.
Opulent Atrocity

A crushing old school death metal album that doesn't necessarily do anything new, but does what it does in a stellar enough way to still astound.
The Charnel Expanse

A criminally overlooked album which pays substantial tribute to Demilich while still coming across as innovative and original.
6Rhian Sheehan
Stories From Elsewhere

Probably the twinkliest, most pleasant thing I've heard all year. It's beauty is in it's simplicity, while the compositions won't leave you in awe, the attention to aesthetic detail will.
5Jon Hopkins

A huge grower that will continue to grow even after this list has been made. I'm generally a fan of the more ethereal, drawn out tracks, but the beat-driven ones such as the stellar opener more than hold their own in album full of highlights.
Black Death Horizon

This album is pure maniacal terror, and Sindre Solem has solidified himself as one of the best vocalists in death metal. Hyperion can rest easy knowing these guys have gotten the recognition they rightfully deserve.
Colored Sands

It wasn't really a question of whether or not this album would make my end of year list, but how far up it would be. Despite the recent backlash and claims of "overhype", this remains one of the best albums of the year irrespective of genre and represents one of the best come backs in metal history.
2Sigur Ros

Did not expect to enjoy this anywhere near as much as I did. It's delightfully accessible execution and brooding, almost sinister at times, atmosphere has cemented it as - dare I say - my favourite Sigur Ros album.

While I don't think this band will ever top Everything is Fire, Vermis is still a exemplary effort from a band that I consider to be the very best in the scene today. A lot denser and sludgier than previous efforts while retaining Ulcerate's core sound, I look forward to seeing the direction this band takes in the coming years.
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