Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Best of 2013

Top 5:



Cathedral - The Last Spire: Majestic final opus by British doom legends. Check out my review here.



Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here: Killer follow up to one of the greatest comeback albums in rock/metal history. Albeit a bit mellower than its predecessor there are enough heavy moments present to please every loyal AiC fan. Such as the sludgy opener "Hollow", Sabbathian groove of "Stone" and the colossal doom riffage of "Phantom Limb". And there are trademark beautifully layered soul drenching ballads like "Voices" and "Choke".



The Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer): Alexander von Meilenwald's supreme streak continues as he yet again effortlessly channels black metal and funeral doom through his trademark sinister and foreboding atmospherics.



Voivod - Target Earth: The weirdo Canadians are back with their avant-garde thrash assault and it's as good as ever.



Kongh - Sole Creation: The third offering from the Swedish sludge/doom trio (now performing as a duo since the bassist left) is undoubtedly their most mature. Dynamic and eccentric psychedelic textures and above all frontman David Johansson's versatile vocals (most prominent on the closing track "Skymning") give the album a really unique flair.


Other favourites:


Mourning Beloveth - Formless
The Flight of Sleipnir - Saga
The Fall of Every Season - Amends
Batillus - Concrete Sustain
Trouble - The Distortion Field
Kylesa - Ultraviolet
Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu
Tribulation - The Formulas of Death
Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues
Witherscape - The Inheritance
Beastmilk - Climax
Inquisition - Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Dream Death - Somnium Excessum
Deep Purple - Now What?!
Abysmal Grief - Feretri
Vastum - Patricidal Lust
Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed
Ice Dragon - Born a Heavy Morning
Obelyskkh - Hymn to Pan
Sahg - Delusions of Grandeur
Gallow God - The Veneration of Serpents
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
Church of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum
Melvins - Tres Cabrones
A Pale Horse Named Death - Lay My Soul to Waste 
Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance
Red Fang - Whales and Leeches
Primitive Man - Scorn
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Mind Control
Motörhead - Aftershock
Hail of Bullets - III: The Rommel Chronicles
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Meat Puppets - Rat Farm
Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times
Clutch - Earth Rocker
Ghost - Infestissumam
Beelzefuzz - Beelzefuzz
New Keepers of the Water Towers - Cosmic Child
Warbringer - IV: Empires Collapse





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