8.Hope for the Dying-Aletheia
No record I heard in 2013 fell more under-the-radar than Aletheia
by Illinois metalcore act Hope for the Dying. Hope for the Dying isn't your typical metalcore as they make heavy use of acoustic guitars, keys and only implore clean vocals and breakdowns occasionally (and when they are used, they are used to perfection.) The keys have this old-school black metal tinged that give each song a grand atmosphere. They kind of remind of Between the Buried and Me since a lot of their songs are very long yet never dull due to frequent, well-executed tempo changes that sprawl across a number of genres. I was honestly disappointed that took me this long to find such a talented and adventurous young band that challenges the rules of progressive metalcore. If you dig bands like BTBAM, The Human Abstract and Misery Signals, check out Hope for the Dying immediately.