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Old 12-31-2013, 03:30 PM
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Convulse - Evil Prevails

Does old-school death metal have the best track record in all of music for band comeback albums? Convulse sound like thy were frozen in time after the release of their last album back in 1994. Painfully heavy and unrelenting in a way that only a classic Scandinavian death metal band can pull off.

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God Is Delusion
Unholy War
Reborn In Chaos (not online )
We Kill Our Kind



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Nails - Abandon All Life

The best pissed-off album of 2013. Nails crams all they can into this album that lasts just over 17 minutes - any more and people listening to it might kill someone. For fans of the loudest, fastest, angriest music (and guitar tone) possible. Southern Lord is killing it when it comes to this type of music, and Nails just might do it better than anyone today.

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God's Cold Hands
Absolute Control
Wide Open Wound
No Surrender
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Melt-Banana - Fetch

Kinda the sonic polar opposite of Nails, Melt-Banana is happy and upbeat and just downright weird. These pioneers of noise rock/grindcore/pop/whatever are back with a killer album. "Fetch" is catchy rhythm's one song and the most jarring, time-signature-changing grind song the next, and I wouldn't expect anything less from them. Required listening for any punk!

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Candy Gun
Lefty Dog (Run, Caper, Run
Lie, Lied, Lies
Then Red Eyed
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In Solitude - Sister

The best "occult rock/old-school metal/satan rock" whatever band out there today for sure! Other bands need to stop taking influence from Blue Oyster Cult and Led Zeppelin and more from King Diamond and Mercyful Fate! This is the throwback band for metalheads. Catchy, heavy and supremely evil. "Pallid Hands" is one of the best songs of the year.

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Pallid Hands
Death Knows Where
Sister
Horses In The Ground
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Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Comeback of the year would be an understatement. Daft Punk is the biggest invisible inspiration for the pop music scene worldwide of the last ten years, and it's about time they got back to showing everyone else how it's done. "Random Access Memories" is full of the glory days of electronic and funk music. The robot duo recruited a bevy of guests for the album, including Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Julian Casablancas for its more disco-oriented tracks, but used Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder and DJ Falcon for some of Daft Punk's best electronica hits ever. This should be the face of pop music for the next decade.

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Instant Crush
Touch
Giorgio by Moroder
Get Lucky
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Deafheaven - Sunbather

The most talked about "underground" album of 2013 is also one of the best. Deafheaven's blending of the expansive black metal sound established by bands like Wolves In The Throne Room and Weakling with the post-rock and shoegazing elements of My Bloody Valentine and Alcest has created the best metal album of this hard-to-define genre yet. Sometimes, there needs to be a radical departure from the norm to have an artform truly evolve and that brings about lots of criticism and unwillingness to move forward, but it's exactly what Deafheaven has done with this album.

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The Pecan Tree
Dream House
Sunbather
Vertigo
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Magic Circle - Magic Circle

Out Black Sabbath'd Black Sabbath in Black Sabbath's triumphant return year. It's astounding what a bunch of punk kids (Magic Circle features members of The Rival Mob, Doomriders, Mind Eraser and more) turn to old-school heavy metal - the result would make Tony Iommi weep with joy. The self-titled debut from these monsters is 40 minutes of pure doom worship that would make any fan of Pagan Altar or Pentagram proud. Magic Circle has brought back the occult mysticism that we can only look back on in wonder from the 70s. The album every fan of every metal sub genre should own in 2013.

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Rapture (not online )
Scream Evil
Conquering Nocturnity
Magic Circle/Cloven In Two
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I'm surprised no Revocation or Skeletonwitch since you're a fan of both (I think).
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I'm surprised no Revocation or Skeletonwitch since you're a fan of both (I think).
Actually didn't really check out the new Revocation. Teratogenesis was a great EP, so I'm sure I'll like it.

New Skeletonwitch is good, but I kinda feel like they're stagnating a bit. It's not as good, IMO, as Forever Abomination, but way better than Breathing The Fire, so we'll see if it sits better with me as I listen to it more.
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Somehow Magic Circle escaped my radar this year. I will give that a shot. Figure I'll give In Solitude another shot while I'm at it.
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