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kalfitegrdan
12-18-2013, 08:05 AM
I'm probably going to do whatever I have time for or get around to, but I want to do top 10 EPs and top 50 albums since so many good albums came out this year.

Anyway, I'm going to start it off...

kalfitegrdan
12-18-2013, 08:07 AM
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10.) Axeslasher - Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1

I first heard of these Denver locals after seeing this (http://axeslasher.com/merch/official-pizzagram-t-shirt) shirt for sale online and knew I had to check them out. Axeslasher takes an obvious influence from bands such as Ghoul and Frightmare with their death/thrash sound and horror themed lyrics. It can get a bit monotonous after a bit, but still a damn good start for this band. Also, they end the EP with a Kreayshawn cover and that's hilarious.

Woodland Tortuary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KcUnYeimmQ)
Gucci Gucci (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzEHY7K-QJk)

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9.) Young and in the Way/Withdrawal split

I'm just going to include this with the EPs. This split features two of the most visceral tracks that Young and In the Way have ever released. The tracks border on straight up raw black metal as opposed to their usual blackened crust sound. The last half of the track "Vaticide" is probably the prime example of where their crust influence bleeds through the black metal assault. On the flip side of the split is a trio of pretty standard hardcore tracks from Withdrawal. While not nearly as intense as the YAITW side, Withdrawal still holds their own. Withdrawal bring their own brand of pissed off, thrashy hardcore with vocals that remind me of Leviathan-era Mastodon.

Young and in the Way - Vaticide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWKENOsPt0w)
Withdrawal - Human Garbage Existence Disease (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1y3SbLCmR4)

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8.) Grayceon - Pearl and the End of Days

A very awesome blend of melodic cello music, sludgy riffs and faster (almost thrashy?) parts. The vocals of Jackie Perez Gratz are almost haunting at times and compliment the cello part so well. In my opinion, these are probably two of the best songs that Grayceon have ever recorded.

Pearl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygk6iEmajJw)

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7.) Black Tusk - Tend No Wounds

As always Black Tusk delivers the groovy, sludge riffs tinged with a faster, almost hardcore, edge. This might be my favorite work from them yet. Really summoning their inner-Kylesa with this one. "The Weak and the Wise" is a damn near perfect song.

The Weak and the Wise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOLejwLCVIM)
Truth Untold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbj2A-uQBdA)

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6.) Ghoul - Intermediate Level Hard-Core

A covers EP focusing on "lesser known" '80s hardcore punk. Ghoul keeps pretty true to the original arrangements while still maintaining their death metal sound which makes for an insanely entertaining listen. The highlight of this EP is definitely the cover of Blow Up the Embassy by one of my favorite hardcore bands, Fearless Iranians From Hell.

Americanized (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fglfnPrfLvc)
Can't find any other songs on Youtube.

Hopefully I'll throw the rest up when I wake up if I have time.

illuminatus917
12-18-2013, 08:55 AM
This seemed like an unusually strong year for EPs.

slapguitarer
12-18-2013, 09:04 AM
I listened to like 4 EPs :eyes:

Natrlhi
12-19-2013, 12:04 AM
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7.) Black Tusk - Tend No Wounds

As always Black Tusk delivers the groovy, sludge riffs tinged with a faster, almost hardcore, edge. This might be my favorite work from them yet. Really summoning their inner-Kylesa with this one. "The Weak and the Wise" is a damn near perfect song.

The Weak and the Wise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOLejwLCVIM)
Truth Untold (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbj2A-uQBdA)Whoa. I was not aware that this existed. I liked both those tracks quite a bit. Gotta get on that one.

kalfitegrdan
12-19-2013, 06:22 AM
Bout to show off a huge regional bias with these next few. :lol:

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5.) Enabler - Flies

Enabler seems to slowly be moving away from their metal infused hardcore sound that was apparent on "All Hail the Void" to the more straight up crust punk sound mixed with an almost emotive hardcore (a la Defeater) of this EP (and the last). Even if I don't like the change in direction as much, I still can't deny that no matter what genre they're playing, they can still make a damn good record. The EP ends with a damn impressive cover of Sepultura's "Arise" that is Enabler perfectly crafting the song to their sound.

Enabler - Arise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Com8u2TOaPU)
Only song I could find on Youtube.

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4.) Harm's Way - Blinded

The last time I saw Harm's Way, the vocalist (imagine a gigantic, buff, behemoth of a man) was wearing an Entombed back patch on a jean jacket. That's pretty much exactly what this EP sounds like. Tough guy hardcore played with HM-2s to emulate Swedish death metal. Some of the heaviest hardcore you'll ever hear.

Frontal Lobe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4nutgQRcpA)
Mind Control (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJnFf5IfdzM)

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3.) Nucleus - The Colony

Death metal done in the vein of Demilich, Obituary or Incantation with a sci-fi twist featuring MetalSetlists' own GarageMetal268. If you want some quality Old School Death Metal then look no further. "Biopsy" is definitely in the running for "Best Death Metal Song of the Year."

Biopsy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fWztwQl1Mo)
Echoes From the Abyss (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK8sqy3Jfc0)

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2.) Enabler - Shift of Redemption

The first of two EPs by Enabler this year and the more melodic of the two. It sounds like Enabler were channeling some post-hardcore influence when writing this.

Shift of Redemption (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2kkm6ujrB0)
Live Low/Sacrifice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZiVlKaw5dQ) (A good quality live version since Youtube didn't have anything better.)

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1.) Smash Potater - In Buffet There Is No Law

Smash Potater top my EP list for the second year in a row. This time with a slightly different approach to the almost crossover sound of their last EP. This EP takes an almost death metal approach to thrash. The song "Dude, I'm Wearing My Glasses!!!" wins audio sample of the century as well. Also, all of you take a minute to appreciate the beauty of that artwork.

Dude, I'm Wearing My Glasses!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8O8-F1qexI)
Necro-nom-icon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0bf94Kk-Oo)

kalfitegrdan
12-20-2013, 06:27 AM
Now on to full lengths...

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50.) Extermination Dismemberment - Serial Urbicide

This Belarussian slam death outfit makes some competent slam with the gimmick (that totally worked) of ridiculous bass drops. Whether it be the sheer number of bass drops in one song or the long and drawn out comedic bass drops, Extermination Dismemberment has them. It's not a bad album musically, but the comedy from the bass drops gives it an extra depth of entertainment that keeps me coming back to this album.

Serial Urbicide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFr4kyv1RJ8)
Devastation Squad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzDGYyLEf_I)

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49.) Windhand - Soma

With the soaring melodic vocals of vocalist Dorthia Cottrell and the heavy, sludgy doom riffs this album sounds like a cross between Morne and Pallbearer. This is one of those albums best enjoyed by yourself in a dark room, very introspective. If I had to give this album any criticism, it'd be the length of the last song, "Boleskine." Very rarely is a song over twenty minutes going to keep me enthralled and this is no exception.

Orchard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rSWN3Bm8WE)
Woodbine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC0MQog6Omg)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/8/5/4/385401.jpg?3914

48.) Mourning Cloak - No Visible Light

Crushing sludgy doom with more than a little black metal influence. I keep seeing this labeled as funeral doom around the internet, but I'd it's far less suffocating than your average funeral doom release. Funeral Doom Lite, if you
will. The riff around the 2:00 mark of "Erosion" might be one of the best doom riffs of the year.

Sonofabitch! No YT links. Fuck it. Here's (http://mourningcloaknc.bandcamp.com/) a link to their Bandcamp

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47.) Cathedral - The Last Spire

Okay, I'm going to be honest, I'm not all too familiar with Cathedral, but if The Last Spire is any indication of their overall sound, then I'm going to have to go check out the rest of their discography. This is how I want traditional doom to sound, heavy and catchy. The intro track "Entrance to Hell" serves as an eerie opener to the album that takes you back to the days of the Black Plague where carts would come nightly to pick up the day's dead while the drivers chanted, "Bring out your dead!" which segues perfectly in the epic that is "Pallbearer."

Tower of Silence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7v8KZZBeKE)
Since I couldn't find YT links for "Pallbearer" or "Cathedral of the Damned," here's Infestation of Grey Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QarbVSntu8)

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46.) Acranius - When Mutation Becomes Homicidal

Acranius takes all the best parts of slam, hardcore and deathcore and pack them all into this ultra brutal release. If any of the aforementioned genres are your thing, then this album is an absolute must. I'm going to finish this review with an interesting quote from a review on MA referring to the genre-bending of Acranius: "it makes the title of the album seem to make a lot more sense being that they really did pull off an absolutely GENIUS mutation that ended up becoming "homicidal: in the means of the music being brutally badass."

Life Sustainment to Continue Mutilation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8YmgzY4KKE)
Majesty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFZvaZx1rSg)

smearCampaign
12-20-2013, 06:39 AM
I've gotta check out those Enabler EPs, great band.

Killer list so far. :fist:

kalfitegrdan
12-20-2013, 07:57 AM
I've gotta check out those Enabler EPs, great band.

Killer list so far. :fist:

Definitely do. Both are different than All Hail the Void, but still killer all the same.

Thanks, dude! :fist:

Natrlhi
12-20-2013, 08:00 AM
I've gotta check out those Enabler EPs, great band.Seconded. :fist:

jhdeity
12-20-2013, 09:58 AM
This is the 2nd time I've checked out Smash Potater and both times I wind up at their awesome cover of ST's Waking The Dead. Good shit

Datjazzfusion
12-22-2013, 08:48 AM
I really like the way this is formatted. Its short albeit thorough and accurate in regards to what the album is. Plus the one or two links are very ideal. Checked out the first 5 EP's you listed and I am really digging the Grayceon one! Keep it up!

kalfitegrdan
12-23-2013, 06:37 AM
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45.) Kylesa - Ultraviolet

I'll probably get shit for this, but I only just checked out Kylesa this year with their 2010 release, Spiral Shadow and was ABSOLUTELY BLOWN THE FUCK AWAY, so naturally had to check out their new release. While it's no Spiral Shadow, it's still a force to be reckoned with. This release seems to add more stoner metal elements than before with maybe even a touch of indie dream pop thrown in the mix. All this while never sacrificing their roots as a hardcore infused sludge band. Kylesa truly are one of the most dynamic bands in music today.

We're Taking This (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWRUMMPG5uI)
Steady Breakdown (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiDl-CeNgGY)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/7/9/9/379959.jpg?4223

44.) Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth

After their last release being so disappointing, I'm glad they could come back with an album that can match (and possibly even surpass) Oracles. This album accomplished what I think Agony was trying for, it sounds epic and brutal at the same time without being overly polished or sterile production-wise. "Minotaur (Wrath of Poseidon)" is the most epic song to come out all year, hands down.

Kingborn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGonyqPXN_U)
Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZiA2TrWtpo)

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43.) Church of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum

Some of the grooviest stoner/doom you'll ever hear. Sometimes even bordering on psychedelic. Despite being from Japan, this release sounds like it's straight out of NOLA with Church of Misery channeling the likes of Down and Eyehategod (with a heavy emphasis on the former).

B.T.K. (Dennis Rader) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMQsd0VRhoA)
Cranley Gardens (Dennis Andrew Nilsen) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jXRir8c6eo)

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42.) Mammoth Grinder - Underworlds

A healthy mix of crust punk, sludge and death metal that'll make fans of anything from Discharge to Dismember smile with glee. Mammoth Grinder switches from breakneck, near-grind speed ("Wraparound Eyes") to more a more calculated, sludgy pacing ("Moral Crux") effortlessly. This is to death metal this year what Black Breath's "Sentenced to Life" was last year.

Wraparound Eyes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzI6fg3ZH6A)
Moral Crux (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7lVCZrr4yo)

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41.) Denouncement Pyre - Almighty Arcanum

A black/death (heavily leaning towards the black) release that shows a lot of attention to atmosphere, at least more so than most bands of its ilk. An amazing example of this is the ominous intro to the album, "Breath of Tehom," that sends a chill down your spine right from the get go which leads into one of the most punishing songs I've ever heard in "An Extension of the Void."

Couldn't find "An Extension of the Void" on Youtube, so here's these instead.
The Deceiver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdQzHDK4DdU)
Darkness Manifest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFgkHkLA7LU)

kalfitegrdan
12-23-2013, 06:41 AM
I really like the way this is formatted. Its short albeit thorough and accurate in regards to what the album is. Plus the one or two links are very ideal. Checked out the first 5 EP's you listed and I am really digging the Grayceon one! Keep it up!

Thanks for checking it out, man! Glad you like the format. Honestly I'm just too lazy to do reviews any longer. :tongue:

If you dig the Grayceon EP, then definitely check out their previous full length, All We Destroy. Also, Giant Squid would probably also be worth checking out, same chick and same sound albeit a bit more doomy.

slapguitarer
12-23-2013, 09:47 AM
Man if you haven't checked out Time Will Fuse Its Worth or Static Tensions, you need to get on that. But all of Kylesa's stuff is awesome!

Natrlhi
12-23-2013, 10:32 AM
Man if you haven't checked out Time Will Fuse Its Worth or Static Tensions, you need to get on that. But all of Kylesa's stuff is awesome!Every word of this.

Also, to datjazzfusion, the new EP by Grayceon isn't even their best stuff. If you liked it, check out their first three albums pronto.

adamclark52
12-23-2013, 11:12 AM
I'm digging the Harms Way EP.

Datjazzfusion
12-23-2013, 06:35 PM
Every word of this.

Also, to datjazzfusion, the new EP by Grayceon isn't even their best stuff. If you liked it, check out their first three albums pronto.

I love All We Destroy. I have heard of Grayceon before this EP but I was just unaware that they released one this year. I am digging the EP as well as loving All We Destroy. But I do agree that AWD > EP

Nater
12-23-2013, 09:12 PM
I was actually listening to Acranius on my flight home yesterday and it was the most original Slam album I've heard all year. So good

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2013, 05:32 AM
I listened to like 4 EPs :eyes:

I listened to 3 :D.

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2013, 05:35 AM
Now on to full lengths...

46.) Acranius - When Mutation Becomes Homicidal

Acranius takes all the best parts of slam, hardcore and deathcore and pack them all into this ultra brutal release. If any of the aforementioned genres are your thing, then this album is an absolute must. I'm going to finish this review with an interesting quote from a review on MA referring to the genre-bending of Acranius: "it makes the title of the album seem to make a lot more sense being that they really did pull off an absolutely GENIUS mutation that ended up becoming "homicidal: in the means of the music being brutally badass."

Life Sustainment to Continue Mutilation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8YmgzY4KKE)
Majesty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFZvaZx1rSg)

FUCK YES! I thought I'd be the only one with this on their year-end list. Brutal deathcore at it's finest!

I was actually listening to Acranius on my flight home yesterday and it was the most original Slam album I've heard all year. So good

Respect. It's not my top slam albums of the year, but certainly one of them.

kalfitegrdan
12-24-2013, 05:53 AM
FUCK YES! I thought I'd be the only one with this on their year-end list. Brutal deathcore at it's finest!



Respect. It's not my top slam albums of the year, but certainly one of them.

It's definitely the most dynamic slam album I've heard this year. Or possibly any year. It certainly is a breath of fresh air in the typically stagnant world of slam.

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2013, 05:56 AM
It's definitely the most dynamic slam album I've heard this year. Or possibly any year. It certainly is a breath of fresh air in the typically stagnant world of slam.

It's absolutely a breath of fresh air, which is needed in slam!!

And I don't mean disrespect nor do I want to argue, but I strongly disagree it's possibly the most dynamic slam album of any year. There are many albums that are not just more dynamic, but better.

But in the end, it's a very good album and above all else, a well needed "non-generic" slam death release!

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2013, 06:00 AM
And I also checked out Extermination Dismemberment based on your recommendation. Another great slam album! Vocals are generic, but the slams are great.

kalfitegrdan
12-24-2013, 06:06 AM
It's absolutely a breath of fresh air, which is needed in slam!!

And I don't mean disrespect nor do I want to argue, but I strongly disagree it's possibly the most dynamic slam album of any year. There are many albums that are not just more dynamic, but better.

But in the end, it's a very good album and above all else, a well needed "non-generic" slam death release!

Yeah, you're probably right. Any year is overstepping it. I stand by it for being the most dynamic of this year though. I'm definitely not saying it's the greatest slam album of all time or anything.

Extermination Dismemberment are just a really fun listen. Especially if you have something that has decent bass.

hellawaits77ny
12-24-2013, 06:19 AM
Extermination Dismemberment are just a really fun listen. Especially if you have something that has decent bass.

Good call. The bass drop in the title track is redonk!

jhdeity
12-24-2013, 09:25 AM
Bout to show off a huge regional bias with these next few. :lol:

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5.) Enabler - Flies

Enabler seems to slowly be moving away from their metal infused hardcore sound that was apparent on "All Hail the Void" to the more straight up crust punk sound mixed with an almost emotive hardcore (a la Defeater) of this EP (and the last). Even if I don't like the change in direction as much, I still can't deny that no matter what genre they're playing, they can still make a damn good record. The EP ends with a damn impressive cover of Sepultura's "Arise" that is Enabler perfectly crafting the song to their sound.

Enabler - Arise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Com8u2TOaPU)
Only song I could find on Youtube.

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4.) Harm's Way - Blinded

The last time I saw Harm's Way, the vocalist (imagine a gigantic, buff, behemoth of a man) was wearing an Entombed back patch on a jean jacket. That's pretty much exactly what this EP sounds like. Tough guy hardcore played with HM-2s to emulate Swedish death metal. Some of the heaviest hardcore you'll ever hear.

Frontal Lobe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4nutgQRcpA)
Mind Control (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJnFf5IfdzM)

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3.) Nucleus - The Colony

Death metal done in the vein of Demilich, Obituary or Incantation with a sci-fi twist featuring MetalSetlists' own GarageMetal268. If you want some quality Old School Death Metal then look no further. "Biopsy" is definitely in the running for "Best Death Metal Song of the Year."

Biopsy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fWztwQl1Mo)
Echoes From the Abyss (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK8sqy3Jfc0)

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/O8keQ8U7WN_aDi3yrlugzILEJg7_FHLg5H6b-UbDJ8uV9Kk6EafRcPfgi9Ipjx15QUD-M14NJg=w300

2.) Enabler - Shift of Redemption

The first of two EPs by Enabler this year and the more melodic of the two. It sounds like Enabler were channeling some post-hardcore influence when writing this.

Shift of Redemption (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2kkm6ujrB0)
Live Low/Sacrifice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZiVlKaw5dQ) (A good quality live version since Youtube didn't have anything better.)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/7/4/9/374928.gif?2505

1.) Smash Potater - In Buffet There Is No Law

Smash Potater top my EP list for the second year in a row. This time with a slightly different approach to the almost crossover sound of their last EP. This EP takes an almost death metal approach to thrash. The song "Dude, I'm Wearing My Glasses!!!" wins audio sample of the century as well. Also, all of you take a minute to appreciate the beauty of that artwork.

Dude, I'm Wearing My Glasses!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8O8-F1qexI)
Necro-nom-icon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0bf94Kk-Oo)

Just curious, are these all local bands for you or from your area? I can't get enough of this shit!

dcmetal108
12-24-2013, 01:33 PM
Just curious, are these all local bands for you or from your area? I can't get enough of this shit!

Yeah Harms Way, Smash Potater, and Nucleus are Chicago and Enabler is Milwaukee.

jhdeity
12-24-2013, 05:54 PM
Yeah Harms Way, Smash Potater, and Nucleus are Chicago and Enabler is Milwaukee.

I need to move...

kalfitegrdan
12-25-2013, 03:58 AM
I need to move...

Guys from Nucleus and Smash Potater post on here too. :lol:

kalfitegrdan
12-25-2013, 06:20 AM
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40.) Deafheaven - Sunbather

One of the most talked about releases of year, Deafheaven's Sunbather, has gained them quite a following and rightly so. Mixing the atmospheres and melodies of shoegaze with the sonic dissonance of black metal is no easy task, but Deafheaven pulls it off with flying colors. Whether it's the intensity of "Dream House" or the sheer beauty of the mid-section of "The Pecan Tree," Sunbather is chock full of seemingly antithetical ideas coinciding harmoniously.

Dream House (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWyVhIBmdGw)
Vertigo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpblqUh_C24)

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39.) Hail of Bullets - III: The Rommel Chronicles

I'm still of the opinion that anything Martin van Drunen touches is gold and this does nothing to change that. This is just some well executed death metal. Akin to Bolt Thrower in the pummeling guitar sound that conjures up images of wars long past. Nothing flashy or too technical (it's no slouch either!), Hail of Bullets just let the riffs speak for themselves.

DG-7 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tfW-dvn4LE)
Dak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6YL0AwWJQ4)

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38.) Black Sabbath - 13

As good of a return as one could hope for from the progenitors of heavy metal. I don't think I need to say any more since everything that can be said about this already has.

God Is Dead? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVfUimq2KeI)
Age of Reason (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM0Y0rLi0CM)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mo2GE-HwLtE/UTmFtEMUt8I/AAAAAAAAB2g/Si1-GmFaszQ/s1600/3034348928-1.jpg

37.) Iron Lung - White Glove Test

Hard hitting powerviolence that trades off between fast, aggressive passages and slower, crushing parts. The first part of the album is abundant with tracks that focus more on the slower aspect of Iron Lung's music while the second half is full of full speed grinders. There was a pure noise companion album made that apparently enhances the listening experience when merged together with the original album. I haven't checked that out yet though.

Heirs to the Prize (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJJrkOekVfk)
Brutal Supremecy II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvREqrInqb0)

http://www.agoniarecords.com/img/articles/ARlp105B1.jpg

36.) Aosoth - IV: Arrow in Heart

Black metal in the vein of Antaeus or Mgla. This album puts up a wall of aggression and desolation that is all but palpable. The intro/title song, "An Arrow in Heart" perfectly sets up the tone of this album by encompassing all the varieties of black metal that Aosoth transition between; mid-tempo head-bobbing passages, dark atmospheric passages and crushing aural assaults. Would've been much higher if I had gotten a chance to listen to it more. Also, definitely on the short list for "Album Art of the Year."

An Arrow in Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFTvx9ZPpJc) (Couldn't find the full version on Youtube)
Temple of Knowledge (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNQmGZmfcsI)

kalfitegrdan
12-28-2013, 06:07 AM
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/1/4/361418.jpg?4130

35.) Sorcery - Arrival at Six


Originally my front runner for album of the year, it has kind of fallen by the wayside as of late. Not to say it's not a good album, because it is chock full of the HM-2 goodness that Swedish death metal is known for. Not really much else to say, just a rocking death metal album.

Master of the Chains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv-tGzi-_BY)
Arrival at Six (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPuQRKM5jGQ)

http://newnoisemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Vattnet-Viskar-Sky-Swallower.jpg

34.) Vattnet Viskar - Sky Swallower

An American atmospheric black metal band in the vein of Agalloch with a pinch more sludge influence a la Altar of Plagues. The album is wont to switch between bestial growls and blast beats to pretty clean guitar riffs at the drop of a dime.

New Alchemy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcalOiAxMI4)
Mythos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FrModzKo-k)

http://www.relapse.com/media/catalog/product/cache/2/small_image/364x364/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/s/u/summonthefaithless_364_3.jpg

33.) Lord Dying - Summon the Faithless

Lord Dying aren't treading any new ground with their brand of thrashy stoner/sludge, but they still deliver a very entertaining record. I have to agree with what Slap said in his review about this sounding a lot like early High on Fire and that not being a bad thing. This record is just catchy sludge riff after catchy sludge riff.

In a Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoJ1rWVM8jg)
Perverse Osmosis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbt6C4UPhUY)

http://images.smh.com.au/2013/06/19/4502495/art-353-kanye-yeezus-300x0.jpg

32.) Kanye West - Yeezus

I've never really liked anything Kanye West has done before this (except some parts of Watch the Throne and his verses on the Katy Perry song), but for some reason this album really clicked with me and was on constant rotation in my car most of the summer. The beats are fucking enormous and I'm actually impressed with some of the wit in Kanye's lyrics. With the exception of "Hold My Liquor," I like at least a majority of each song on here. I'm not a fan of any of the parts with auto-tune singing which is disappointing that it's in here at all because the first half of "New Slaves" is probably my favorite song on the record until it devolves into singing. Same problem with "Blood on the Leaves" which has my favorite beat on the record, but doesn't come in until over a minute into the song and is preceded by some lame singing.

Black Skinhead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F__5hCMt8s4)
New Slaves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT3swdCJrrg)

http://www.relapse.com/media/catalog/product/cache/2/small_image/364x364/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/t/h/thisworldisdead_364.jpg

31.) Blockheads - This World is Dead

A fast as fuck grindcore album from French grinders, Blockheads. Blockheads have a pretty damn good ear for songwriting though and have more structure to their songs than your average grind band while never relenting on the brutality. The only time Blockheads slow it down is the last track, "Trail of the Dead," a seven minute sludge song which is definitely one of the highlights of the album. Also, the track "Be a Thorn to Power" totally has the same intro as an Oceano song which is hilarious, intentional or not. :lol:

This World is Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wvp-dFmzDk)
Trail of the Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HOHd_51JIw)

kalfitegrdan
12-31-2013, 05:57 AM
http://metal4africa.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/the-black-dahlia-murder-everblack.jpg

30.) The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack

A step up from their last record, that was pretty damn good, but didn't really pack the punch that this one does and Deflorate did. The first song "In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me" is really lackluster, but after that every track is blistering, death metal goodness. "Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn" is the catchiest song they've ever written aside from maybe "What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse."

Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hZvKxGKmqg)
Their Beloved Absentee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul3Fo8-3LMQ)

http://img.mp3rally.com/imager/w_500/h_/d7edb0597499fd6576d15c5a583280eb.jpg

29.) Boris - Präparat

Honestly I'm also pretty new to Boris as well with Akuma No Uta being the only album I'd heard by them previously. The album starts off with a couple post-rock sounding tracks until track 5, "Method of Error" where it changes directions to a more sludge/drone route for the next couple tracks and then finish the record with a blending of the two styles. The sludge and drone material definitely shine through the most while the post-rock is just a nice setup for when your ears get kicked in the dick by heavy.

Method of Error (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFzrVkkzxi8)
Bataille Sucre (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4eEGt5DKBc)

http://cdn3.pitchfork.com/albums/19410/homepage_large.e231dd24.jpg

28.) Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

This is the best hip-hop album to be released this year and "DDFH" is the best hip-hop song. It's a collaboration between rappers El-P (whose album, Fantastic Damage is great) and Killer Mike (who I've never listened to before). The beats are massive, the hooks are catchy and the lyrics are entertaining. Killer Mike and El-P compliment each other perfectly.

Run the Jewels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bzrj2mtAC4)
DDFH (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBf4vvtaCDw)

http://f0.bcbits.com/img/a1164913014_2.jpg

27.) Iron Reagan - Worse Than Dead

Better than Municipal Waste's last two or three records. Iron Reagan sounds exactly like Municipal Waste (they share a guitarist and vocalist) except with more of a hardcore sound to the crossover. This is just really catchy thrash and chances are if you dig Municipal Waste, you'll also dig this. "I Predict the Death of Harold Camping" is the best song title of 2013, made even better by the fact that Harold Camping died this year. :lol:

Cycle of Violence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf0_flyP7oA)
Eyes Piss Tears (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH8ty7rJyKs)

http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/135654983235426318501.jpeg

26.) Primitive Man - Scorn

Primitive Man play a style of blackened sludge not unlike Withered (who Ethan, the vocalist/guitarist, recently joined), but far better. The two ambient/random noise tracks go on a little too long, but otherwise all the actual songs are great. The atmosphere of Scorn is one of utter desolation and contempt for the existence of mankind.

Antietam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bvVApy5uaU)
Astral Sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPsBTZclD04)

hellawaits77ny
12-31-2013, 06:01 AM
26.) Primitive Man - Scorn

Primitive Man play a style of blackened sludge not unlike Withered (who Ethan, the vocalist/guitarist, recently joined), but far better. The two ambient/random noise tracks go on a little too long, but otherwise all the actual songs are great. The atmosphere of Scorn is one of utter desolation and contempt for the existence of mankind.

Antietam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bvVApy5uaU)
Astral Sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPsBTZclD04)

The first song is a little pretentious (but "atmospheric" stuff or whatever it is is supposed to be, I guess), but this is a unique album, and quite good in parts. I agee with your assessment. The "contempt" for mankind is completely palpable in the music, and readable in the lyrics. I share many of the same views as the lyrics.

Excellent and diverse list so far.

kalfitegrdan
12-31-2013, 06:42 AM
The first song is a little pretentious (but "atmospheric" stuff or whatever it is is supposed to be, I guess), but this is a unique album, and quite good in parts. I agee with your assessment. The "contempt" for mankind is completely palpable in the music, and readable in the lyrics. I share many of the same views as the lyrics.

Excellent and diverse list so far.

:lol: Yeah, I kinda agree about the pretentiousness in stuff like this, but whatever, if it sounds good then they can be as pretentious about it as they like.

Thanks for checking it out, man.

hellawaits77ny
12-31-2013, 06:49 AM
if it sounds good then they can be as pretentious about it as they like.

.

Absolutely!

illuminatus917
12-31-2013, 10:52 AM
Thanks for posting that Aosoth record. That's one I missed that I shouldn't have.

kalfitegrdan
01-03-2014, 09:49 AM
http://www.halooffliesrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Crat-Cover-300x300.jpg

25.) Cloud Rat - Moksha

A sweet combination of grindcore and hardcore with the odd addition of some screamo influence. The emotionally charged, screamo influenced vocal delivery is an interesting thing that adds a breath of fresh air to the grind experience. Despite the screamo adding an emotional side, the record is still absolutely furious and unrelenting for most of the duration. There's also a grind cover of Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done." :lol:

Inkblot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysFXQb4nYI8)
Inimitable Sea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8MdPFZypdw)


http://www.angrymetalguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TheOcean-Pelagial-300x300.jpg

24.) The Ocean - Pelagial

The clean singing was a major turn-off at first, but with repeated listens I got used to it and even now enjoy it to an extent. It's beautiful, it's heavy, sometimes it's both simultaneously. The album is a concept album based on the various depth zones of the ocean, so naturally starts with some post-rock influenced songs at the surface, but as the album ends with "Benthic: The Origin of Our Wishes," the music comes to a dirge-like, near funeral doom heaviness to represent the ever encompassing, always suffocating depth at the bottom of the ocean. Through all these changing genres, The Ocean stay firmly rooted in their progressive sludge metal roots.

Bathyalpelagic I: Impasses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejv0LJEFi7o)
Benthic: The Origin of Our Wishes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmIVNDGrDuY)

http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/loudwire.com/files/2013/07/autopsy-the_headless_ritual.jpg

23.) Autopsy - The Headless Ritual

I really liked their last album, but this one blows it away. It's a complete throwback to their "Severed Survival" and "Mental Funeral" days. An updated production that gives it a bit less of a grimy feeling, but I can't really complain. "Slaughter at Beast House" is just pure death/doom goodness and better than anything on Macabre Eternal.

Slaughter at Beast House (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAg6SsJnU8Q)
Arch Cadaver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoEbzINGqTM)

http://hasitleaked.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/toxic-holo.jpg

22.) Toxic Holocaust - Chemistry of Consciousness

Toxic Holocaust have abandoned the heavy crust punk influence and have gone back to the straight up black/thrash sound that they employed on their masterpiece, An Overdose of Death... and I'm all the more happy for it. This really is basically An Overdose of Death... Part 2 and if you're okay with that, then you should love this album too. Also, the video for Acid Fuzz is one of the best music videos ever. Watch it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYdJZgkJ9SI)

Rat Eater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgxTN9M_3uM)
Deny the Truth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDD-9QOzoGI)

http://www.metalchesh.com/uploads/posts/2013-11/1385830940_ADOJqYi.jpg

21.) Wolf Down - Stray From the Path

Heavy as hell female-fronted hardcore from Germany. A nice fusion of old school sounding hardcore riffs with the newer trend of hard-hitting breakdowns. I disagree with pretty much all their lyrical themes (they're straight edge vegans and are into the whole ACAB thing), but the music more than makes up for that. Wolf Down never strays from the path of pure pissed off hardcore and make a great record because of that.

Loving Embrace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbZokZCcPMo)
Tables Will Turn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4xT07vbh7M)

kalfitegrdan
01-03-2014, 09:50 AM
Thanks for posting that Aosoth record. That's one I missed that I shouldn't have.

Yeah, that record is great. It would've been a lot higher if I would have gotten to it before December, but I didn't have a chance to really analyze it.

dcmetal108
01-03-2014, 01:36 PM
I influenced your list because of 21! :D

kalfitegrdan
01-04-2014, 12:29 PM
http://o.scdn.co/300/5c1d66bb68b3ef6cebc9ea0ffe80c717895e6ad9

20.) Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark

I don't think I've listened to Blood Ceremony since their first studio album, but I don't remember them being so flute-y. It's metal for wood nymphs and I love it. This is like the perfect combination of Sabbath worship and influence from '70s rock like Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac.

Witchwood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzMeU8tuvNE)
Goodbye Gemini (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRnjPSkVdt8)

http://www.angrymetalguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Entrails-RagingDeath-300x300.jpg

19.) Entrails - Raging Death

Some more great Swedish death metal with the great HM-2 buzzsaw sound. The somewhat creepy atmosphere on the album harks back to Nihilist's material from the '80s. Also, I read that this is the first of their three albums where they actually had to write all new material and didn't use old demo tracks and you can't even tell the difference. It still sounds as natural as the music they wrote in the '90s.

They didn't have my favorite song, "Carved to the Bone" on Youtube, but here's these.
In Pieces (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeurxdwV25o)
Bloodhammer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS7Wu2fTO_w)

http://pictures.cdconnection.com/covers/1716831.jpg

18.) Mindmaze - Mask of Lies

Power/prog is usually not my thing, but this is a definite exception. For one, female vocals are always a plus and this is the right kind of female vocals, not the gimmicky and overtly poppy kind. I was definitely hooked on this after hearing the catchiness of single, "Never Look Back."

Never Look Back (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVGT-Z6DPxM)
This Holy War (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRkOgI2eyrA)

http://www.musicomh.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/agrimonia-300x300.jpg

17.) Agrimonia - Rites of Separation

A mix of atmospheric sludge metal, black metal, crust punk and a bunch of other influences that almost transcends genre labels. Agrimonia do long songs right. There's no boring parts to any of their songs and four of the five songs clock in over ten minutes. "Talion" and "Hunted" feature two of the best riffs recorded all year. This album seems to be getting overlooked this year, but it truly is one of the finest releases of the year, so if you consider yourself a fan of any of the aforementioned genres (or metal in general), check this album out.

Talion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5iFqtHJ9TY)
Hunted (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlxdYs8MARI)

http://echoesanddust.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/70759_subrosa_more_constant_than_the_gods.jpg

16.) Subrosa - More Constant Than the Gods

This is the best doom release of 2013. I don't know what it is about classical instruments (violins in this case) that make doom sound so good, but they do. The vocals are haunting yet beautiful and the music is crushing at times and gorgeous at others.

The Usher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wenNqTd5hU)
Fat of the Ram (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq6vvMvMH5M)

kalfitegrdan
01-04-2014, 12:30 PM
I influenced your list because of 21! :D

:lol: I was wondering if you'd remember showing me that. Great fucking band.

slapguitarer
01-04-2014, 01:01 PM
SubRosa :bowdown:

Natrlhi
01-04-2014, 03:07 PM
16.) Subrosa - More Constant Than the Gods

This is the best release of 2013.
Fixed.

hellawaits77ny
01-05-2014, 05:23 AM
Entrails, fuck yeah! Track 5 'Cadaverous Stench' is my favorite from the album. Awesomely heavy album, great mix of old school and Swedish death metal.

kalfitegrdan
01-05-2014, 10:17 AM
Entrails, fuck yeah! Track 5 'Cadaverous Stench' is my favorite from the album. Awesomely heavy album, great mix of old school and Swedish death metal.

That's my second favorite, but Youtube didn't have that one either. :hecho: Yeah, these guys are ridiculously good at what they do.

Fixed.


Pssh. Close, but not quite. ;)

smearCampaign
01-05-2014, 10:26 AM
Entrails, fuck yeah! Track 5 'Cadaverous Stench' is my favorite from the album. Awesomely heavy album, great mix of old school and Swedish death metal.

I actually think Raging Death is the weakest of their three full-lengths. Check out Tales From The Morgue and The Tomb Awaits if you haven't heard those. Great band. You think they like Entombed?

kalfitegrdan
01-06-2014, 06:24 AM
http://store.deathwishinc.com/graphics/00000001/deadinthedirt.blind.hi.jpg

15.) Dead in the Dirt - The Blind Hole

Twenty two songs in twenty four minutes of some of the fastest and filthiest grindcore out there. Dead in the Dirt apply a combination of blistering riffs, a grimy bass tone and tasteful use of feedback to create some of the most compelling grind around.

Suffer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBQQtpSD5XU)
Knife in the Feathers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUURVkkAL68)

http://zumic.zumicentertainme.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/agony-defined-noisem-bandcamp-full-album-stream-art.jpg

14.) Noisem - Agony Defined

While most neo-thrash bands are busy worshiping Exodus, Noisem are firmly rooted in the style of Dark Angel and Hell Awaits-era Slayer. In other words, my kind of thrash. Noisem's goal is to play scorching riffs at high speeds and achieve this they do. This isn't the most technically proficient or songwriting-focused thrash, but I wouldn't have it any other way. This is just twenty five minutes of pure fun. Also, their ages range from 15-20. HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Seriously.

Voices in the Morgue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAFmMVaBDmg)
Split From the Inside Out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq9tZsP0WkU)

http://www.angrymetalguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Enforcer-300x300.jpg


13.) Enforcer - Death by Fire

I don't understand how whoever had this in their thread could say the songs aren't memorable. "Mesmerized by Fire, "Take Me Out of This Nightmare" and "Death Rides This Night" get stuck in my head for hours after listening. This is some of the best traditional metal to come out all year. Enforcer remind me of the instrumentation of early Iron Maiden with vocals similar to Angel Witch in a way.

Death Rides This Night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNYudD4Ate8)
Mesmerized By Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx5HkElVih8)

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-WcwtBF7M0jc/Ug90UvMuaEI/AAAAAAAABlg/gcuf-rZfwjo/s800/Coffins_Edit.jpg

12.) Coffins - The Fleshland

Another murky, swampy release from Japan's one and probably only death/doom band, Coffins. I really like Coffins style of death/doom because they incorporate a psychedelic influence in their music (mostly solos) that is slightly reminiscent of their fellow countrymen, Church of Misery. Trance like and plodding at times and sounding like a soundtrack to a horror movie at others. Really good shit.

Here Comes Perdition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6l0K_LSnKI)
The Colossal Hole (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuLptDfoCRE)


http://www.metalinjection.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3ue5_IncendiaryCostOfLiving-300x300.jpg

11.) Incendiary - Cost of Living

The best straight up NYHC sounding release I've heard in years. Just straight up pissed off hardcore with no frills and just enough of a metallic edge to not make their sound stale. If the last minute of "Primitive Rage" doesn't make you want to punch things then I don't know what will. This is what Hatebreed should sound like.

Primitive Rage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0eH-JAJXxo)
Erase Myself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9iQjg9L-VM)

dcmetal108
01-06-2014, 06:55 PM
Being your friend and all, your hatred of Hatebreed still puzzles me.

slapguitarer
01-06-2014, 07:13 PM
Being your friend and all, your hatred of Hatebreed still puzzles me.

They're a highly praised band that makes sub-par music. Perfect kind of band to hate.

hellawaits77ny
01-07-2014, 04:57 AM
They're a highly praised band that makes sub-par music. Perfect kind of band to hate.

But they're angry metalcore/hardcore. Do you expect them to write "epic" songs with massive and frequent tempo changes and 10 riffs per song, or "hugely atmospheric overtones"? Seems everything that doesn't include the aforementioned is deemed low quality here. And I'm only half trying to be sarcastic. That's a serious question that I know will bring a smart ass response (not necessarily from you, but from someone).

Not trying to be a dink or start an argument, but for what they are and what they strive to be, I don't think you can say Hatebreed is "sub-par". Their last 2 albums, sure. Subpar for them.

And again, not trying to stir up the poop, what are they "sub-par" in comparison to? Keep in mind their genre.

kalfitegrdan
01-07-2014, 05:49 AM
But they're angry metalcore/hardcore. Do you expect them to write "epic" songs with massive and frequent tempo changes and 10 riffs per song, or "hugely atmospheric overtones"? Seems everything that doesn't include the aforementioned is deemed low quality here. And I'm only half trying to be sarcastic. That's a serious question that I know will bring a smart ass response (not necessarily from you, but from someone).

Not trying to be a dink or start an argument, but for what they are and what they strive to be, I don't think you can say Hatebreed is "sub-par". Their last 2 albums, sure. Subpar for them.

And again, not trying to stir up the poop, what are they "sub-par" in comparison to? Keep in mind their genre.

In the world of hardcore, I just think that Hatebreed is just lowest common denominator, boring hardcore. I will say though that I probably would hate them only half as much as I do if Jamey Jasta didn't exist. His vocals are shit and I hate his fucking face. I also hate that in a genre with so many great bands, that one so mediocre happens to have the most popularity.

kalfitegrdan
01-07-2014, 06:05 AM
http://cdn.acfrg.com/i/310_310_fit/ACfrG/productpics_fullsize/2/260438-emp.png

10.) Satan - Life Sentence

Satan picked up right where they left off twenty five years ago and recorded the year's best traditional metal album. This has memorable riffs and infectious vocal melodies that'll get stuck in your head. This might be the best comeback NWOBHM album since Brave New World!

Siege Mentality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y-T-K5ehwI)
Life Sentence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5KETz-rqfg)
Another Universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2gCTRbbwv8)

http://www.icarusmusicstore.com/20999-2112-large/darkthrone-the-underground-resistance-.jpg

9.) Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance

An orgy of Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost and Venom worship, but still retaining elements of Darkthrone's recent crust punk phase and traces of their old black metal style. It really just sounds like Darkthrone went into the studio and just recorded a complete tribute to bands that influenced their earlier career. "Leave No Cross Unturned" is thirteen minutes of pure badassery.

Valkyrie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyNOB-MBS50)
Lesser Men (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ll-oBQIgzY)
Leave No Cross Unturned (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0tsFqTulM8)

http://www.thesodashop.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ASG-Blooddrive-300x300.jpg

8.) ASG - Blood Drive

Sorry, Clutch, but ASG released the best stoner rock album this year. Don't hurt me. Not that they're really all that similar except for their preferred genre labels. Blood Drive has an eclectic mix of tunes featuring downtrodden melody ("Blood Drive") to heavy riffs ("Day's Work") and even featuring some harsh vocals ("Castlestorm"). Fantastic release from a completely underrated band.

Blood Drive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIL6oPojtQU)
Day's Work (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwB9iCAwQPs)
Castlestorm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xa7sEJwZus)

http://www.soundstagedirect.com/media/power_trip_manifest_decimation.jpg

7.) Power Trip - Manifest Decimation

Like an amalgamation of Cro-Mags' Age of Quarrel and Dark Angel's Darkness Descends. This album is abrasive as fuck and just dares you to unleash all that pent up energy. I'm not a big production nerd, but the drum sound on this album is absolutely massive and perfect for Power Trip's brand of crossover. It reminds me of the massive sound of Gene Hoglan on Darkness Descends.

Manifest Decimation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RttNBc_dcRs)
Murderer's Row (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Fy1B6OWP8)
The Hammer of Doubt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_rirNgqrG4)

http://www.musicomh.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/all-pigs-must-die-300x300.jpg

6.) All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature

I don't exactly know how to classify All Pigs Must Die's music. They're definitely a crust punk/hardcore band on the surface, but their music encompasses elements of black metal ("Silencer") , sludge ("Of Suffering"), death metal ("Chaos Arise") and more that it can be hard to pinpoint the specific sound at times. What I do know though is that All Pigs Must Die is all about continuously spewing hatred out of your speakers for the entire duration of this album.

Chaos Arise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyGb5FxFcS0)
Silencer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAFyrjHREZ8)
Bloodlines (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t3xx-lpe88)

hellawaits77ny
01-07-2014, 06:17 AM
In the world of hardcore, I just think that Hatebreed is just lowest common denominator, boring hardcore. I will say though that I probably would hate them only half as much as I do if Jamey Jasta didn't exist. His vocals are shit and I hate his fucking face. I also hate that in a genre with so many great bands, that one so mediocre happens to have the most popularity.

Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel!

Suprised you hate Jasta so much. He seems like a nice guy. Opinions differ though.

dcmetal108
01-07-2014, 08:46 AM
Jasta is one of the coolest frontguys Ive seen. Ive seen him stop security from throwing people out, stop the song for fights, and stop singing to make sure the crowd knows to break up a fight.

mastodon421
01-07-2014, 09:20 AM
They're a highly praised band that makes sub-par music. Perfect kind of band to hate.

Oh you mean Deafhaven;)

hellawaits77ny
01-07-2014, 09:30 AM
Oh you mean Deafhaven;)

Them be fightin' words.

Hipsters be pelting you with their black framed glasses :D.

mastodon421
01-07-2014, 09:59 AM
Them be fightin' words.

Hipsters be pelting you with their black framed glasses :D.

Yeah I might get stoned to death with PBR cans and mason jars for making a joke like that.

slapguitarer
01-07-2014, 09:59 AM
But they're angry metalcore/hardcore. Do you expect them to write "epic" songs with massive and frequent tempo changes and 10 riffs per song, or "hugely atmospheric overtones"? Seems everything that doesn't include the aforementioned is deemed low quality here. And I'm only half trying to be sarcastic. That's a serious question that I know will bring a smart ass response (not necessarily from you, but from someone).

Not trying to be a dink or start an argument, but for what they are and what they strive to be, I don't think you can say Hatebreed is "sub-par". Their last 2 albums, sure. Subpar for them.

And again, not trying to stir up the poop, what are they "sub-par" in comparison to? Keep in mind their genre.


I'm definitely not expecting "epic" or "atmospheric" from them. And while I'll admit I'm not super well versed in hardcore, there's a lot of hardcore bands that I think are doing more interesting things and making angry hardcore.

slapguitarer
01-07-2014, 10:01 AM
Oh you mean Deafhaven;)

Haven't heard of them

hellawaits77ny
01-07-2014, 10:08 AM
I'm definitely not expecting "epic" or "atmospheric" from them. And while I'll admit I'm not super well versed in hardcore, there's a lot of hardcore bands that I think are doing more interesting things and making angry hardcore.

I respect your opinion.

Yeah I might get stoned to death with PBR cans and mason jars for making a joke like that.

LMFAO, that's a good one!! PBR without a doubt is THE hipster beer.

Deafhaven fans - not calling you hipsters, just having some fun.

slapguitarer
01-07-2014, 10:38 AM
Who is Deafhaven?

dcmetal108
01-07-2014, 10:44 AM
I'm definitely not expecting "epic" or "atmospheric" from them. And while I'll admit I'm not super well versed in hardcore, there's a lot of hardcore bands that I think are doing more interesting things and making angry hardcore.

Also do remember though that alot of the bands now making that angry hardcore music put Hatebreed as their role models since Hatebreed been doing it for like 15+ years.

slapguitarer
01-07-2014, 01:39 PM
Also do remember though that alot of the bands now making that angry hardcore music put Hatebreed as their role models since Hatebreed been doing it for like 15+ years.

Most of my favorite metal bands would probably put Slayer in their top influences. Doesn't mean I have to like 'em.

BloodoftheKings
01-07-2014, 01:50 PM
They're a highly praised band that makes sub-par music. Perfect kind of band to hate.

Hatebreed are popular (as far as beatdown goes) but I wouldn't say they're highly praised.

mastodon421
01-07-2014, 02:21 PM
Who is Deafhaven?

I didn't have my Von Miller glasses on so I missed the E, sorry bro.

kalfitegrdan
01-07-2014, 07:45 PM
LMFAO, that's a good one!! PBR without a doubt is THE hipster beer.

I fucking hate this. PBR has been my go to cheap beer since high school and now it's apparently "hipster beer." It used to just be the "redneck beer" around here.

MPF
01-07-2014, 08:10 PM
I fucking hate this. PBR has been my go to cheap beer since high school and now it's apparently "hipster beer." It used to just be the "redneck beer" around here.

It still is here.

hellawaits77ny
01-07-2014, 08:40 PM
I fucking hate this. PBR has been my go to cheap beer since high school and now it's apparently "hipster beer." It used to just be the "redneck beer" around here.

Dude, it really is the hipster brew nowadays. No problem with cheap beer, but people all of a sudden love this beer. Example: the Epic Meal Time guys drink Grey Goose, and follow it with PBR........

The only time I drank a bunch of PBR was at some shitty metal bar in Milford, CT at a Malevolent Creation show. Random. My hangover was beyond awful the next day. Shudder at the thought.

kalfitegrdan
01-08-2014, 09:16 AM
http://media.tumblr.com/41e74130e1c26b324b71fefe2d83478f/tumblr_inline_ms7qhqFt8R1qz4rgp.jpg

5.) Weekend Nachos - Still

These guys have become one of my favorite bands over the last year, so I was pumped as fuck for this album and it did not disappoint. This is just some heavy as hell powerviolence/hardcore with the occasional sludgy part. It's not quite as good as Worthless, but it cut out my two complaints with Worthless (the two minutes of needless feedback before the title track and the last song goes on four minutes too long), so that's good enough. Their vocalist, John Hoffman, is like, the total package and shit, cool as fuck dude, awesome lyricist and a vocalist with range (although the guitarist also does a bunch of vocals).

No Idols & No Heroes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FefRG5HDuE)
S.C.A.B. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHWBkxnsMsc)
You're Not Punk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46LsluBEaD0)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/2/3/362339.jpg?5347

4.) Abyssal - Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius

This is like a mix of Portal and Incantation, not as out there as Portal, but really murky, foreboding death metal. It borrows a ton of elements from black and doom metal that just increase the terrifying atmosphere this album possesses. This is just a megalith of an album.

This is really the only song I can listen to on its own.The Tongue of the Demagogue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbWHvsyz2jg). This is more of a listen to all in one sitting album, which is imposing, but so worth it. Full Album (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IidIScT4pzA)


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61WVUNi03fL.jpg

3.) Vastum - Patricidal Lust

My most anticipated album of the year and it didn't disappoint. Vastum dished out another delicious serving of the grimy, death/doom that they are becoming known for. These motherfuckers out-Autopsyed Autopsy on this one! Some of the catchiest riffs of the year paired with terrifying vocals.

Enigma of Disgust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTzZDRrkeSA)
Patricidal Lust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeMtNLg5Izw)
Only ones they had on Youtube, but here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQuIy3KWpRw) the full album.

http://gunshyassassin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Inquisition-Obscure-Verses-for-the-Multiverse-album-cover-art-300x300.jpg

2.) Inquisition - Obscure Verses for the Multiverse

RIFFS UPON FUCKING RIFFS! RIFFS FOR FUCKING DAYS! Every riff on here has an almost hypnotic nature to it that just gets me so caught up in the song. You wouldn't think croaky frog vocals would be appealing, but with Inquisition, I really couldn't see enjoying the vocals as much any other way.

Force of the Floating Tomb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lapap5Zd6jE)
Spiritual Plasma Evocation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oo8_BntHp4)
Master of the Cosmological Black Cauldron (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZHSI8nBDAU)

http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr313/kieran0411/2013/abandonalllife_zpsd72cbb99.jpg

1.) Nails - Abandon All Life

I was a bit reticent of the idea of putting this at number one originally since it's only seventeen minutes of music, but it's the best damn seventeen minutes of music I've heard all year. Whether they're going at grindcore speeds ("In Exodus") or a sludgy dirge ("Suum Cuique"), Nails writes some of the best music I've ever heard. The sheer intensity and hateful nature of the music is mind blowing. Nails also manage to use HM-2s without being derivative of the wave of Entombed-core bands that have came out over the past few years.

A side note: This is also, hands down, my favorite album cover of the year. It's just creepy as fuck in a minimalist way as it's not overtly in-your-face with its imagery. I bought the vinyl (and subsequently started my now growing record collection) for the sold prospect of staring blankly into a bigger version of this cover.

In Exodus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZo96Mnjzig)
Wide Open Wound (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4nV8WV-EDY)
Suum Cuique (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXd8DVlGvsY)

smearCampaign
01-08-2014, 09:42 AM
http://media.tumblr.com/41e74130e1c26b324b71fefe2d83478f/tumblr_inline_ms7qhqFt8R1qz4rgp.jpg

5.) Weekend Nachos - Still

These guys have become one of my favorite bands over the last year, so I was pumped as fuck for this album and it did not disappoint. This is just some heavy as hell powerviolence/hardcore with the occasional sludgy part. It's not quite as good as Worthless, but it cut out my two complaints with Worthless (the two minutes of needless feedback before the title track and the last song goes on four minutes too long), so that's good enough. Their vocalist, John Hoffman, is like, the total package and shit, cool as fuck dude, awesome lyricist and a vocalist with range (although the guitarist also does a bunch of vocals).

No Idols & No Heroes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FefRG5HDuE)
S.C.A.B. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHWBkxnsMsc)
You're Not Punk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46LsluBEaD0)

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/6/2/3/362339.jpg?5347

4.) Abyssal - Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius

This is like a mix of Portal and Incantation, not as out there as Portal, but really murky, foreboding death metal. It borrows a ton of elements from black and doom metal that just increase the terrifying atmosphere this album possesses. This is just a megalith of an album.

This is really the only song I can listen to on its own.The Tongue of the Demagogue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbWHvsyz2jg). This is more of a listen to all in one sitting album, which is imposing, but so worth it. Full Album (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IidIScT4pzA)


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61WVUNi03fL.jpg

3.) Vastum - Patricidal Lust

My most anticipated album of the year and it didn't disappoint. Vastum dished out another delicious serving of the grimy, death/doom that they are becoming known for. These motherfuckers out-Autopsyed Autopsy on this one! Some of the catchiest riffs of the year paired with terrifying vocals.

Enigma of Disgust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTzZDRrkeSA)
Patricidal Lust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeMtNLg5Izw)
Only ones they had on Youtube, but here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQuIy3KWpRw) the full album.

http://gunshyassassin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Inquisition-Obscure-Verses-for-the-Multiverse-album-cover-art-300x300.jpg

2.) Inquisition - Obscure Verses for the Multiverse

RIFFS UPON FUCKING RIFFS! RIFFS FOR FUCKING DAYS! Every riff on here has an almost hypnotic nature to it that just gets me so caught up in the song. You wouldn't think croaky frog vocals would be appealing, but with Inquisition, I really couldn't see enjoying the vocals as much any other way.

Force of the Floating Tomb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lapap5Zd6jE)
Spiritual Plasma Evocation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oo8_BntHp4)
Master of the Cosmological Black Cauldron (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZHSI8nBDAU)

http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr313/kieran0411/2013/abandonalllife_zpsd72cbb99.jpg

1.) Nails - Abandon All Life

I was a bit reticent of the idea of putting this at number one originally since it's only seventeen minutes of music, but it's the best damn seventeen minutes of music I've heard all year. Whether they're going at grindcore speeds ("In Exodus") or a sludgy dirge ("Suum Cuique"), Nails writes some of the best music I've ever heard. The sheer intensity and hateful nature of the music is mind blowing. Nails also manage to use HM-2s without being derivative of the wave of Entombed-core bands that have came out over the past few years.

A side note: This is also, hands down, my favorite album cover of the year. It's just creepy as fuck in a minimalist way as it's not overtly in-your-face with its imagery. I bought the vinyl (and subsequently started my now growing record collection) for the sold prospect of staring blankly into a bigger version of this cover.

In Exodus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZo96Mnjzig)
Wide Open Wound (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4nV8WV-EDY)
Suum Cuique (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXd8DVlGvsY)



FYI: That Abyssal album is free as a digital download on their bandcamp page (http://abyssal-home.bandcamp.com/)

I just read about and listened to that album for the first time a couple days ago, but it probably would have made my top 25 if I had heard it in 2013. It was apparently released Jan 1, 2013; don't know how I missed it all year. Really good stuff.



Great list. An unfuckwithable top 3 :fist:

kalfitegrdan
01-08-2014, 09:55 AM
5 Most Disappointing Albums of 2013

http://metalinjection.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Satyricon-album-2013-300x300.jpg

5.) Satyricon - Satyricon

The first two songs were fucking great, but then the record drops off into a complete a total snoozefest.

http://www.themonolith.com/wp-content/uploads/Tyr-Valkyrja-300x300.jpg

4.) Tyr - Valkyrja

It's alright, but there's one song that's a direct Amon Amarth rip-off and there's way too much Pantera worship and not enough folk metal left anymore.

http://www.angrymetalguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/InSolitude-Sister-300x300.jpg

3.) In Solitude - Sister

Too much Danzig meets goth rock for me. Gimme the rockin' riffs of the first album.

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0003/594/MI0003594910.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

2.) Watain - The Wild Hunt

To quote a reviewer from Metal Archives, "Nu-Dark Funeral with the heart of Bon Jovi." It sucks when one of the most punishing, kvlt black metal bands with a very consistent catalog start making cock rock/black metal fusion.

http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/loudwire.com/files/2013/08/exhumed-necrocracy-300x300.jpg

1.) Exhumed - Necrocracy

Exhumed went from Reek-Necroticism era Carcass worship to Heartwork worship. This shit is fucking boring. Even the album title sucks.

kalfitegrdan
01-08-2014, 10:18 AM
5 Albums That Would Have Made My List If I'd Heard Them Sooner

http://www.cackblabbath.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Hell-Curse-Chapter-Artwork.jpg

5.) Hell - Curse & Chapter

Another solid fuckin' album after their comeback from this reformed NWOBHM band.

The Age of Nefarious (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1ga1VummcQ) (The chorus of this song reminds me of that "Age of Aquarius" song from The Forty Year Old Virgin. :lol:)

http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_large/hash/d3/22/d3229c9b0803fcaca91e0f0fa1aad7f7.jpeg?itok=0lAMJkU 9

4.) Melt Banana - Fetch

I didn't check it out until last week because it honestly sounded like something stupid that I'd hate. Weird ass noise rock from Japan, but I dig it.

The Hive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsVH9CqrTeA)

http://i53.fastpic.ru/big/2013/0405/87/540fb359b63e2281b94cedc7f2d5b287.jpg

3.) Hela - Broken Cross

Female-fronted stoner/doom from Italy that take what Windhand do, but make it less crushing and have more stoner riffs, but overall better songs.

Flesh Ceremony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cByQMk2VvI)

http://echoesanddust.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Noothgrush_Coffins-split-e1384172385675.jpg

2.) Noothgrush/Coffins split

Noothgrush side crushes with all of Noothgrush's signature sludgy goodness. Coffins side doesn't touch anything from The Fleshland or Buried Death, but is still pretty solid death/doom.

Jundland Wastes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNDpjmJ8v-8)

http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d79/73833_unhuman_unhuman.jpg

1.) Unhuman - Unhuman

Cool tech death from Canada. The vocals or vocal effects or something sound like weird alien crickets at times and it's fucking sweet. Takes some getting used to though. This is the most original tech death I've heard in awhile.

Douces Pensées… (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzhhJhJqVDA&list=PLElpLGAtlsb2dC-EhlLkkV4GM1_g3O1dw)

mastodon421
01-08-2014, 12:02 PM
I fucking hate this. PBR has been my go to cheap beer since high school and now it's apparently "hipster beer." It used to just be the "redneck beer" around here.

It's not exclusively hipster beer, a shitload of people from all walks of life drink it because it's so fucking cheap. That being said, if you see a hipster drinking beer, it's PBR.

Recently, I was in Cambridge (the hipster capital of Massachusetts for non-MA people) and I saw 3 hipsters in plaid shirts and the trademark hipster glasses each carrying a 30 rack of PBR and i almost pissed myself laughing at all the stereotypes being played out at the same time.

slapguitarer
01-08-2014, 12:46 PM
dl'd Abyssal because it was free. Definitely an interesting take on death metal. It doesn't feel as aimless as Portal, but it's still wacky. Probably not gonna love it, but it's good to hear. This thread was super solid man. Only thing wrong was SubRosa not in Top 10 :hmm:

kalfitegrdan
01-09-2014, 05:32 AM
dl'd Abyssal because it was free. Definitely an interesting take on death metal. It doesn't feel as aimless as Portal, but it's still wacky. Probably not gonna love it, but it's good to hear. This thread was super solid man. Only thing wrong was SubRosa not in Top 10 :hmm:

Thanks, man. I really appreciate you and everyone checking it out. Well, to put it in perspective, I listened to a little over 160 albums when I made this thread, so that puts Subrosa in the top 10%. At the end of the day though, I'm just more of a extreme metal guy, so those albums usually win out.


Also, fuck, I completely forgot. This is the album that goes at number 1 on my "Albums that would've made the list if I'd heard them sooner" list. It'd easily be in my top 20.

http://s017.radikal.ru/i440/1301/2f/2e7311565b4a.jpg

Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane

Like a mixture of old horror movies and black metal, but somehow not cheesy in the least bit. Best black metal album of the year behind Inquisition and Agrimonia.

Idylls of the Chosen Damned (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf2O90hTWks)

illuminatus917
01-10-2014, 09:48 PM
somehow not cheesy in the least

Damn right it's not. That album really packs a wallop.

energymetal14
01-12-2014, 07:15 PM
Great thread. I liked a lot of the albums you have on here, and I enjoyed reading your reviews :rocker: