I do this every year with a bunch of friends and I always end up finding albums I missed during the year, so I figured we could do the same here. It can be any format you want: top 10, top 20, whatever. Here's mine (which is huge with all the youtube videos, jesus christ ):
15. Krownn - Hyborian Age
Kr÷wnn - Stormborn - YouTube
Retro doomy stoner rock from Italy. You know an album is going to be awesome when it starts out with a bunch of feedback and that quote from Conan the Barbarian. You know the one.
14. Aether Realm - One Chosen By the Gods
ĂTHER REALM -- Odin Will Provide - YouTube
Epic songs about Viking stuff featuring some pretty quality shout-along choruses. I'd love to see this guys live.
13. Howling - A Beast Conceived
HOWLING - Six Souls for the Witching Hour - YouTube
Kinda hard to hate on old-school thrash songs about classic horror movies when it's done this well.
12. Kongh - Sole Creation
Kongh - Sole Creation [FULL ALBUM] - YouTube
If Mastodon played crushing, sludgy, fuzzed out doom metal, it might sound kinda like this.
11. Haken - The Mountain
Haken - Cockroach King - YouTube
These guys manage to be weird and technical without sacrificing songwriting, something a lot of bands in this genre have trouble with. This is how you do prog.
10. Gorguts - Colored Sands
Gorguts - Colored Sands - YouTube
A number of bands released albums this year that did really cool things with dissonance and making something engaging out of musical ideas that should by rights be unlistenable. Colored Sands was the best.
9. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - Mind Control
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats- Mt. Abraxas - YouTube
These guys didn't disappoint me with their follow up to Bloodlust. The opening track has one of the most righteous doom riffs I heard all year and the rest of the record is littered with similarly great moments.
8. Monolithe - Monolithe IV
Monolithe - Monolithe IV - YouTube
Apparently Monolithe have been around for a bit, but this was my introduction to them. All I can say is: damn. There was a lot of great doom released this year but I knew this would be on my list after the first listen.
7. Agrimonia - Rites of Separation
agrimonia - talion - YouTube
This one is a late entry, but it definitely earned its spot. The thing I like about this album is that it mixes a ton of different sounds without sounding contrived-everything blends seamlessly while giving the album a ton of variety.
6. Entropia - Vesper
Entropia - Tesla - YouTube
There have been so many bands hopping on the black metal/shoe gaze train in the last few years, but these guys are pretty special. Entropia punctuates their atmospheric sections with some pretty badass riffing, striking a balance I haven't heard many other bands pull off.
5. Mourning Beloveth - Formless
Mourning Beloveth - Nothing has a Centre - YouTube
These guys are clearly big My Dying Bride fans, and I'm okay with that. Hands down the best doom album released in 2013. I must have listened to Dead Channel (which I would have linked instead, if it were on youtube) in particular about a thousand times. You're doing something right when you create a song that's mostly variations on a single riff played at about 60bpm for 15 minutes and I'm listening to it on repeat.
4. Ghost - Infestissumam
Ghost - Monstrance Clock - YouTube
And screw you if you don't like it. Just a catchy, well-executed, funny album. It really sounds like these guys came out of some alternate dimension where the Beatles and Blue Oyster Cult really were the devil's music.
3. Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed
Skeletonwitch - "Burned From Bone" - YouTube
I love this band, and this is probably their best album yet. The songwriting is super tight - the whole thing clocks in at just over 31 minutes which, as it turns out, is just enough time to get in, kick wholesale ass, and get out before you wear out your welcome. There isn't a wasted riff or drum hit to be found. This probably has the best production of any metal album I listened to this year too. Bass? On a thrash record! Yup, and it rules.
2. Chthonic - Bu Tik
CHTHONIC - Defenders of B˙-Tik Palace -Official Video |
I wasn't familiar with Chthonic before this year but that's something I'm definitely going to have to rectify, if I can ever put this album down long enough to check out the rest of their work. A lot of orchestral/folk metal comes off as really cheesy or gimmicky, but this album just works. The Taiwanese/Chinese folk elements really give a neat feel to the tremendously awesome death metal being pumped out on this disc.
1. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
Queens of the Stone Age - I Appear Missing - YouTube
A damn near perfect rock record. Some of the songs seem more personal and raw than on past albums but the album still has that trademark swagger and wit in spades. I've been spinning this pretty much constantly since it came out, and at this point it might have passed Songs for the Deaf as my favorite Queens album, which is no small task.
I didn't want to put EPs on my list but there were a couple that I really enjoyed this year, so here's two of them:
Avatarium - Moonhorse EP
Avatarium - Moonhorse - YouTube
I imagine this is sort of what Sabbath would sound like if they dug up some unused Ronnie James Dio lyrics and had Adele sing them. The acoustic cover of War Pigs is pretty cool.
Geryon - Geryon
Geryon - Brooklyn The Acheron 06/09/2013 - YouTube
Death metal with just a bass, drums, and vocals. I expected to hate it but found myself listening to it a bunch.
And finally, here are two albums I heard this year that probably would have been on my 2013...if they hadn't technically come out in 2012. Oh well.
Bell Witch - Longing
4. Bell Witch - Beneath the Mask - YouTube
Super atmospheric and mournful doom. I'm looking forward to seeing what these guys do in the future.
Saccage - Death Crust Satanique
Saccage - Death Crust Satanique FULL ALBUM (2012) - YouTube
It shouldn't be legal to rock this hard. The production on this is awesome - loud, raw as hell and stupidly heavy, but perfectly clear. It took me a while to hear the whole album through because I just kept hitting repeat on the very first track.
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