|My Top 25 Albums Of The Year (plus More)|
My top 25 Albums of the Year and my top 3 EPs of the year.
If You Have Ghost
My third favorite EP of the year, and a cover one at that. Ghost have put their own spin on the already established songs and have made some of them better (in my opinion). Despite the general negativity towards cover albums, Ghost have made it an enjoyable experience and one that many can enjoy.
Thousands of Evils
My second favorite EP of the year and rightly so deserves recognition. As the more atmospheric cousin of Meshuggah, Vildhjarta have proven themselves on their debut Masstaden and now Thousands of Evils that they are worthy of this status. Mixing ambience with down-tuned guitars creating a surreal experience.
|26||Black Crown Initiate|
Song of the Crippled Bull
My favorite EP of the year, and what an EP it is. This band has set themselves up for something that needs to best this or get somewhere close to it. Combining elements of death metal and progressive metal, they have created a grand piece of art.
|25||Fleshgod Apocalypse |
First to get this out of the way, I enjoy the "jumbled mess" that is Fleshgod's new record. Not with that out of the way, I am also a sucker for symphonic elements in my metal. This doesn't help my case. However, Fleshgod has blended their two sounds in which they incorporate (death metal and classical music) and have created an album that is more balanced than Agony. I do enjoy Oracles the most from Fleshgod but I believe this record to be a step up from Agony.
One album not to pass up is In Vain's AEnigma. The first song, Against the Grain, showcase their unique blend of death metal and progressive metal. Elements of Opeth and Amorphis can be seen, but In Vain has their own unique sound. AEnigma proves to be one of In Vain's best outputs (if not the best). Check out this record.
|23||The Black Dahlia Murder|
The Black Dahlia Murder is one of those bands that have consistently put out solid material (save their worst Deflorate, which still isn't bad). Everblack, although not as strong as Ritual (for me at least) show TBDM have kept their signature sound and build upon it with some good ole' tech death.
A band that makes me wish I had longer hair so that I could show my appreciation for them. I love the combination of thrash and black metal, so odd yet fitting for Skeletonwitch. Putting out one of their strongest efforts to date, Skeletonwitch will continue to make heads bang until they roll off.
Some good ole' tech death. Arsis have put out one of their best with Unwelcome showing the world that they can still tear faces off. Unwelcome has become a welcome sight in the realm of technical death metal.
The band from the little country of Andorra have done it again. With their newest release we see Persefone taking a spiritual migration of there own, mixing elements of prog and death metal. The album is no Core but is more on par with Shin-Ken.
Being not a huge fan of Industrial metal, I was quite surprised by Mechina's blend of epic electronic/industrial death metal. The album feels like an epic space odyssey in which you are on a journey to another world. Quite an enjoyable journey.
I have a huge thing for symphonic elements in my music, Shade Empire's Omega Arcane is no exception. One of the end of the year contenders that I already knew would make the list after hearing the album once. A very enjoyable ride for symphonic black metal, now if Dimmu would make another Puritanical.
First time exploring this band and boy what a find. An audial experience is what I will call it, some very good music here. The way in which the singer uses his voice as an instrument is very unique and fitting for the music. Look forward to exploring more of the band.
The Raven that Refused to Sing
That out of the way, I have become an immense fan of all of his works, Porcupine Tree as well. Mr. Wilson on this record showcases his skills of prog and atmosphere. The general concept of the album is intriguing as well, exploring several ghost stories. I am so very happy that I discovered Steven Wilson and look forward to back cataloging and towards the future.
Honestly, this is the first time of hearing Clutch and I feel bad that I haven't heard of them before. This album kicks so much ass! Mixing hard rock and blues never felt so right since Zeppelin (although totally different). Some of my favorite moments of this year came from rocking to Clutch. Now to back catalog!
I am going to get this out of the way, I have little to no knowledge of Old School Death Metal acts (except for Cynic honestly). With that out of the way, Carcass have proved to me that they are worthy of my list with their latest output. Mixing old school and new school death metal elements for a ride to hell and back, Carcass' new record has inspired me to delve deeper into their previous works.
Ya, Ya, I enjoy Ghost. That being said, this catchy album from Hell is worthy of its status of 13 on my list. Although not as good as their first record, Opus Eponymous, Infestissumam has proven itself in its own rights creating a soothing and catchy soundtrack to praising Satan
The Living Infinite
Soilwork has proved themselves quite the band, tackling a double album. The band has made quite the comeback with this release. I actually believe it is Soilwork's best output to date and I look forward to what Bjorn Strid and the gang come up with next.
One of the first albums I heard this year, and it made it on the list. Katalepsy's new record will rip your face off, just like on their cover. The combination of old school death metal with slam and brutality make this album wanting to hurt someone. The best part of this album is the bass player Anatoly, who delivers some of the nastiest bass lines that ever have graced my ears (or maybe it's ripped my ears)
Every time I listen to this band, I cannot help but move. Revocation's self-titled effort continues to melt faces with David Davidson's axe-wielding guitar wizardry. Although not as good as Chaos of Forms, the band continues to put out solid material and will continue to do so in the future.
|9||Run The Jewels|
Run The Jewels
The only hip-hop album on the list but rightly so, deserves the praise. The aggressive nature of the album shine as both Killer Mike and El-P combine their efforts to put out the best hip-hop album of the year. Well done, and this is coming from someone who generally doesn't care for hip-hop.
Chthonic blend symphonic black metal with native Taiwanese folk elements, creating a unique and one of a kind sound. Bu-tik is probably Chthonic's most solid work outside of their famous Seediq Bale, and through their unity and hard work as a band have really shined in this record.
2013 is a big year for Amorphis, their biggest in fact since 2007 when Silent Waters came out. Amorphis has created a perfect balance of their melodic death metal, prog, and folk metal sound to create Circle. Amorphis seem more focused than they have with the past few records, and have crafted one of the very best.
Scryers of The Ibis
Wow, this album kicks so much ass! Mixing elements of symphonic death metal, black metal, and even that word that means over abundance of palm muting (no need to say it). But man does this album pack a punch, the overall musicianship is phenomenal for a debut album. I had their previous EP The Cloud Gatherer and was already sold by the efforts, but this record solidified and proved to be better than I expected. Ovdi Pls.
Haken have surprised me with each release. Their first album Aquarius proved to be a carnival ride of atmosphere with lush prog elements. Visions, their second album continued their progressive journey into the depths of the mind. The Mountain, shows the band at their finest with each member contributing their own personal conquering of the mountains that they have faced. Well done Haken, you have yet to disappoint.
|4||The Safety Fire|
Mouth of Swords
With the release of Grind the Ocean only a year ago, The Safety Fire have progressed as a band with their new album. Although they have toned down a little, they have gained a sense of unity. The lead singer, Sean McWeeney has improved much as the once weakest member of the band to the strongest. The general atmosphere of the record have proven to me that The Safety Fire have much more to offer in their future works.
|3||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
One Of Us Is The Killer
Dillinger is one of those bands that you either love or hate. I was on the hate side for quite some time, but that all changed with this release. I gave them a fair shot and they surprised me so much, that here they are! I now enjoy most of their back catalog and look forward to what they do next. I recommend this for those who enjoy roller coasters or those who snort cocaine.
I am going to get this out of the way, this album just clicked with me. With that out of the way, this album proves to be above all of the bands that palm-mute (yes, don't need to say the word). The general atmosphere of the album along with new singer Ashe O' Hare, make a wonderful couple. I believe that Tesseract have created an amazing piece of art that mesmerizes certain listeners, such as myself. Well done Tesseract!
The mere concept of this album is grand. Exploring each layer of the ocean, the music progresses and delves deeper just like the layers do. Post-Rock, Sludge, and Prog mix together for an amazing journey that captivates the listener. Listening to this album as a whole is recommended and a worthwhile endeavor. The Ocean have proved with their latest output that they are worthy of album of the year.