Godflesh and Watain still have albums on the way this year, but here’s a look at top 10 metal albums that have come out thus far in 2013.
10- Arrow in Heart by- Aosoth
The French continue to compete with Norway as the world’s leading exporter of quality metal. This dense slab of sonic desolation is a fine argument for the French gaining the edge in Northern Europe. Somewhere floating in the void between death metal and black metal, this album sounds great without polishing away the murk.
9-Sunbather by Deafheaven
One of the more anticipated albums of the year and it pushes the boundaries of what is post-rock and what is metal. It is a thundering as it is sweepingly beautiful so we are going to file it onto the metal list. The blast beats are like rain with the sun out and the harsh screams float like a scalded cat on a cloud pillow of fire over the top of this sweet chaos.
8-Tempest by Lycus
These Oakland doomsters used their instruments to paint a portrait to the ears that is as delicate as it is gargantuan. This year has been a little sparse on the funeral doom so this was a much welcomed release.
One man industrial machine Tristan Shore has brought a new sense of bleak melody to the apocalypse that is Author & Punisher. To the definitions of some metal heads this might not fit the bill as metal due to the lack of guitars but it is heavier than most of the djent garbage out there getting passed off as metal.
Former members of the influential black metal band Windir go back to their frosty roots on their sixth album. The result is a ton of fast thrashing fun that doesn’t skimp on the finer points of songwriting.
This band of New Yorkers hit the perfect balance of black metal , sludge and industrial with their latest album. The odd mix of compressed spaciousness took a minute to get used to then I realized these guys were really onto something. One of those album you can leave on endless repeat.
4- The Underground Resistance by Darkthrone
This is where it is because I have to be in a certain mood to travel back to the eighties and relive this tribute to Venom. The album sounds the best out of all their black n roll albums. Lets face it they are never going back to the Transilvanian Hunger days, so have fun with this one.
The masters of progressive thrash have released their best album since their glory days without drowning you in nostalgia. Excellently played and written this is where bands like Tool and Meshuggah got it from.
This album is a huge leap forward from a band that once blended in with all the other bands on the post-rock/black metal bandwagon . This album is as heavy in a sonic sense as it metal, but with a mechanical darkness that reaches the soul.
1- Tabula Rasa by The Devils Blood
It amazing that this posthumous release from the now defunct Swedish band is basically the unfinished demos for an album that would have not otherwise seen the light of day. The first song is a twenty minute epic that blows your mind and gets better from there. They pretty school all the so called “occult rock” bands out their that are left to be imitators.