2013 in metal

I totally forgot to post my 2013 Top 20 Heavy Metal Albums list earlier in the year (my lists for 2012, 2011 and 2010 are here)! Good year, was 2013. So, here it is:

1. Beaten to Death – Dødsfest!
2. In Solitude – Sister
3. Stomach Earth – Stomach Earth
4. Altar of Plagues – Teeth Glory and Injury
5. Ayreon – The Theory of Everything
6. Ulcerate – Vermis
7. The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults
8. Oranssi Pazuzu – Vaonielu
9. VHÖL – Vhöl
10. Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
11. Beastmilk – Beastmilk
12. Carcass – Surgical Steel
13. Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Descension*
14. Lychgate – Lychgate
15. Sahg – Delusions of Grandeur
16. Gorguts – Colored Sands
17. Alpha Tiger – Beneath the Surface
18. Power Trip – Manifest Decimation
19. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
20. Kvelertak – Meir

*I’m aware I lose metal points for this one.

Spotify playlist

Bonus albums:

Antigama – Meteor
ASG – Blood Drive
Author & Punisher – Women & Children
Autopsy – The Headless Ritual
Batillus – Concrete Sustain
Coliseum – Sister Faith
Convulse – Evil Prevails
Domovoyd – Oh Sensibility
Doomriders – Grand Blood
Hell – Curse and Chapter
Hybris – Heavy Machinery
Ghost – Infestissumam
KEN Mode – Entrench
Kylesa – Ultraviolet
Magister Templi – Lucifer Leviathan Logos
Monolithe – IV
Nails – Abandon All Life
Orchid – The Mouths of Madness
Portal – Vexovoid
Primitive Man – Scorn
Shining (NOR) – One One One
Sodom – Epitome of Torture
SubRosa – More Constant Than The Gods
Sulphur Aeon – Swallowed By The Ocean’s Tide
The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
The Meads of Asphodel – Sonderkommando
Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry of Consciousness
Twilight of the Gods – Fire On The Mountain
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control
Voivod – Target Earth
Woe – Withdrawal

2012 in metal

If you’ve met me for longer than about 5 minutes, you will be well aware that I heart heavy metal very dearly. I enjoy most musical styles, but heavy metal occupies a particularly special place in my heart. I also enjoy lists, because nothing gets internet keyboard warriors as angry as a list that is CLEARLY WRONG. Therefore I present to you my Top 20 Metal (and related) albums of 2012, plus a few bonus mentions. I have also compiled the top 20 into a Spotify playlist for you, because I’m nice.

EDIT: list originally for the Snakenet Metal Radio 2012 Members’ Chart

01. Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora’s Piñata
02. Hail Spirit Noir – Pneuma
03. Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
04. Napalm Death – Utilitarian
05. Jess and the Ancient Ones – Jess and the Ancient Ones
06. Sear Bliss – Eternal Recurrence
07. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
08. A Forest Of Stars – A Shadowplay for Yesterdays
09. Killing Joke – MMXII
10. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
11. Witchcraft – Legend
12. Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
13. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
14. Evoken – Atra Mors
15. Ihsahn – Eremita
16. Enslaved – RIITIIR
17. Baroness – Yellow & Green
18. Meshuggah – Koloss
19. Cauldron – Tomorrow’s Lost
20. Malignancy – Eugenics

Near misses (no specific order, asterisks by particularly good ones):
Dodecahedron – Dodecahedron*
Dawnbringer – Into the Lair of the Sun God
Vindicator – United We Fall*
Sigh – In Somniphobia*
Tenochtitlan – Sotvorenie Mira
Master – The New Elite
Wodensthrone – Curse
Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy
Unleashed – Odalheim
Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
Gorod – A Perfect Absolution*
Hooded Menace – Effigies of Evil
Krallice – Years Past Matter
Borknagar – Urd
My Dying Bride – A Map of All Our Failures
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
Dordeduh – Dar De Duh*
Katatonia – Dead End Kings
Nachtmystium – Silencing Machine*
Accept – Stalingrad
Overkill – The Electric Age
Christian Mistress – Possession*
Corrosion of Conformity – Corrosion of Conformity*
Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned*
Kälter – Ubuntu
Monolithe – Monolithe III*
Nile – At the Gate of Sethu

EPs that would have made the top 20 if I were including EPs:
Inverloch – Dusk / Subside
Orchid – Heretic
Deathspell Omega – Drought

Loved but not metal enough:
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions

 

I realised that I also have my lists for 2011 and 2010, so if you’re interested (duh, obviously you’re interested), then here’s how I felt about the heavy metal in those years, too.

2011:

01. Vektor – Outer Isolation
02. The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicenter
03. Devin Townsend – Deconstruction
04. Opeth – Heritage
05. Beardfish – Mammoth
06. Blut Aus Nord – 777 Sect(s)
07. Blut Aus Nord – 777 The Desanctification
08. Blood Ceremony – Living With The Ancients
09. Mastodon – The Hunter
10. Krallice – Diotima
11. Thy Catalfaque – Rengeteg
12. Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
13. Dornenreich – Flammentriebe
14. Taake – Noregs Vaapen
15. Mitochondrion – Parasignosis
16. liturgy – Aesthethica
17. Arkan – Salam
18. Doomsword – The Eternal Battle
19. Symphony X – Iconoclast
20. Forefather – Last Of The Line

Honourable mentions (no order):
Aosoth – III
Burzum – Fallen
Cannabis Corpse – Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise
Decapitated – Carnival is Forever
Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance
Exhumed – All guts no Glory
Red Fang – Murder the Mountains
Rotten Sound – Cursed
Rwake – Rest
Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar
Absu – Abzu
Anaal Nathrakh – Passion

 

2010:

01. Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
02. Aborym – Psychogrotesque
03. Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
04. Star One – Victims Of The Modern Age
05. Ihsahn – After
06. Todtgelichter – Angst
07. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
08. Ghost – Opus Eponymous
09. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
10. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow
11. Sahg – III
12. Melechesh – The Epigenesis
13. Impaled Nazarene – Road To The Octagon
14. Overkill – Ironbound
15. StarGazer – A Great Work Of Ages
16. Griftegard – Solemn. Sacred. Severe.
17. Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle II
18. Sigh – Scenes From Hell
19. Atheist – Jupiter
20. Finntroll – Nifelvind

Honourable mentions (no order):
Burzum – Belus
Gnaw Their Tongues – L’Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante
Cathedral – The Guessing Game
The Meads Of Asphodel – The Murder Of Jesus The Jew
WolfP.A.C.K. – I
Slough Feg – The Animal Spirits
Rotting Christ – AEALO
October Tide – A Thin Shell
Leng Tch’e – Hypomanic
Lantlôs – .Neon
Keep of Kalessin – Reptilian
Kamelot – Poetry For The Poisoned
Immolation – Majesty And Decay
Galar – Til Alle Heimsens Endar
Electric Wizard – Black Masses
Agalloch – Marrow Of The Spirit
An Autumn For Crippled Children – Lost
Negura Bunget – Virstele Pamintului
Grand Magus – Hammer Of The North
Hesper Payne – Unclean Rituals
Alcest – Écailles De Lune
Celestiial – Where Life Springs Eternal
Deftones – Diamond Eyes