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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

A decent, if entirely expected return to form by these Swedish melodeath giants. "What Only You Know":
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":
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":
27Sonora Ritual
Worship the Sun

Riff-driven stoner rock with psychedelic influences. Rocks pretty hard. "Lonely Road":
Known Flood

A post-metal/black metal hybrid that brings the goods. "Still Breathing":
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":
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":

A short but sweet black metal album that has the Bathory legend as a basis for its concept. "Chant des martyres":
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":
21Fractal Gates
Beyond the Self

By the books melodic death metal, but with some outstanding melodies. "Reverse Dawn"

Atmospheric metal for fans of Atoma, Slumber, and Katatonia. "Constellation":

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":
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":
17Monster Magnet
Last Patrol

The American rock legends still got it. "Last Patrol":
16In Vain

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":
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":
The Black Sea

The music here is a true representation of the cover art. "Black Wolves":
Surgical Steel

After all these years, still riffing hard. "316L Grade Surgical Steel":
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":

That post-rock album you didn?t check out but really ought to. "Ein Dachs Hat Zweifel":
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":
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":
Post Mortem Nihil Est

Another album which tops the one that came before it from this French groove machine. "By The Sword":

The warmest record I heard all year; Skogslandskap is a must hear for people into neofolk. "Langt I Det Fjerne":

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":

The spirit of the Highlands really shines through on this excellent, Celtic-themed atmospheric black metal 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":
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":

A space odyssey of epic proportions. To be continued in 2014. "Terminus":

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.
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