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My top 50 from 2013. Enjoy, my heathens.

Created by: Neachy | 22.02.2013



1. Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum
(9.5) (Death) For the longest time I have resisted becoming a fan of death metal. This album may single handedly be responsible for permanently changing that. Everything just clicked for me on this album and my musical tastes will never be the same.
2. Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom
(9.5) (Ambient Psychedelic Black) A dark acid trip in space. Some of the ambient passages carry on longer than I would like but when you make music this good I can overlook that.
3. Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane
(9) (Black) Psychotic, well orchestrated straight-up black metal.
4. Cult of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
(9) (Black) My favorite tracks on this album are the ones that can barely be called black metal.
5. Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus
(9) (Black) Iceland's got this black metal shit on lock. I saw this album referred to as 'raw black metal' on this site. Couldn't be further from the truth. There is a fair amount of death and doom metal influence to be found here. There is definitely a Deathspell Omega vibe but Carpe Noctem certainly creates a sound all their own. I like this album more each time I listen to it. The album artwork is among the best of the year as well.
6. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A.
(9) (Ambient Industrial Post-Black with touches of IDM) If Mass Effect had a post-black metal soundtrack, this would be it.
7. Abyssal - Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius
(8.5) (Avant-Garde Death) This thing listens like falling into the abyss. Try to maintain your sanity as you are bombarded with nihilism and dragged into misanthropic disphoria.
8. Castevet - Obsian
(8.5) (Blackened Post-Hardcore) Their first album was good... but this one cockslaps it. These Brooklynites seem to toss influences ranging from post-hardcore and black metal to post-rock and avant-garde metal into a blender and use the stylistic diversity of said genres to subvert any and all expectations of where each track may progress next. Multiple build-ups are created which flirt with the idea of climaxing with a post-rock style crescendo only to veer sharply into seemingly unexplored territory make this album the sonic equivalent of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
9. Portal - Vexovoid
(8.5) (Avant-Garde Blackened Death) The first time I heard this album towards the beginning of the year, I couldn't make it all the way through. My tastes have since warped to the point that this album has begun to fascinate me. Dissonance is king.
10. Ulcerate - Vermis
(8.5) (Brutal Tech Death) Ulcerate is back and as brutal as ever. These kiwis are as consistently excellent as any band going right now. This album will curb-stomp your neighbor, ear-fuck you and bang your girlfriend all at once. What does that have to do with music? I don't know but I just punched a hole through my wall.
11. Lycus - Tempest
(8.5) Funeral Doom
12. Blut aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber III
(8) Black
13. Gorguts - Colored Sands
(8) (Avant-Garde Tech Death) The godfather of tech death has returned. Despite, or perhaps thanks to an entirely new supporting cast this album sounds fresh and inspired. Masterful use of dissonant riffs and odd time signatures.
14. Irkallian Oracle - Grave Ekstasis
(8) Death
15. Ævangelist - To The Dream Plateau Of Hideous Revelation [Split]
(8) (Black/Blackened Death) One of the better splits I've come across.
16. Arizmenda - Tliltic Tlapoyauak
(8) (Black) Amazing compilation of various bands associated with the Black Twilight Circle. The circle's ringleader Volahn calls this album his life's work. Has its ups and downs over the course of its nearly 2 hour run time but fantastic overall.
17. Gris - À L'Âme Enflammée, L'Äme Constellée...
(8) (Depressive Symphonic Black) The sheer majesty of this album overwhelmed me on my first few listens. The overall consistency on this 90 minute double album is remarkable in itself. However, this consistency gives way to a tangible sense of complacency as this album runs with the sound hinted at on the last track of their previous full length. Undisputedly beautiful but lacking the aggressive adventurousness that can push a metal album into true greatness.
18. Thaw - Thaw / Outre [Split]
(8) (Black/Post/Sludge)
19. Terra Tenebrosa - The Purging
(8) Avant-Garde/Ambient Metal
20. Eibon - II
(8) Blackened Sludge/Doom
21. The Meads of Asphodel - Sonderkommando
(8) Experimental Black
22. Red Fang - Whales and Leeches
(8) (Stoner Sludge Rock) A fun fluffy romp. As countless others have said, it is in fact a nice album to drink to. The drumming is the stand out.
23. Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death
(8) Black/Death
24. Slugdge - Born Of Slime
(8) Blackened Death
25. The Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer)
(8) (Black/Doom) Any album built around lambasting religion, especially the historic christian church with an eye toward theology has my immediate attention. For Alexander Von Meilenwald this topic isn't merely a gimmick meant to divert attention from otherwise terribly executed music as is so often the case in these scenarios. He has as much black metal 'street cred' as any artist alive. Impeccably produced, this album goes for the unrelenting heaviness of doom metal but with the mean streak and hatred of black metal.
26. Antediluvian - λόγος
(8) Blackened Death
27. Aosoth - IV: An Arrow In Heart
(7.5) (Black) Terrific sound, just not enough character to push this album into greatness.
28. Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
(7.5) Death
29. Entropia (POL) - Vesper
(7.5) Atmospheric Post-Black
30. Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
(7.5) (Industrial Post-Black) I love that these guys have created such a unique sounding album here. It is certainly better than Mammal, their previous effort but things still don't come together as conhesively as they might have.
31. Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother
(7.5) Post-Metal
32. Voices - From The Human Forest Create A Fugue of Imaginary Rain
(7.5) Black
33. Consciousness Removal Project - Tacit
(7.5) (Post-Metal) Interesting song structures and a variety of instruments kept me intrigued and entertained.
34. Thaw - Thaw
(7.5) Experimental Black
35. Vastum - Patricidal Lust
(7.5) Death
36. Alkahest - Churning The Ocean
(7.5) Psychedelic Ambient Sludge/Doom
37. Altars - Paramnesia
(7.5) Death
38. Temple of Baal - Verses of Fire
(7.5) (Black/Death) Straight up, in your face French Black Metal. They're certainly no Blut aus Nord or DsO when it comes to creativity but these guys have crafted an album of well produced, well executed music sure to be worth a listen to any self-professed fan of the genre.
39. Owl - You Are The Moon, I Am The NIght
(7.5) Death
40. Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius
(7.5) (Post-Black/Post-Punk) Yet another sci-fi tinged black(ish) metal album near the top of my list. This one masterfully incorporates post-punk atmosphere and vocals. Think Agalloch meets Echo & The Bunnymen.
41. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
(7.5) (Blackened Sludge) Fun yet aggressive. The black and sludge elements come together nicely. Not pushing genre boundaries by any means but well produced and a great overall sound.
42. Scale The Summit - The Migration
(7.5) Instrumental Progressive
43. In Vain - Ænigma
(7.5) (Extreme Progressive) My natural inclination when listening to any band for the first time is to make comparisons to other bands I'm familiar with. My first thoughts were of Enslaved and Opeth as well as De Profundis' recent album I heard a while back. The one that stuck however was Enslaved but with a strong death metal influence.
44. Bölzer - Aura
(7) Death
45. deafheaven - Sunbather
(7) (Blackened Dream Pop/Blackgaze) This album has wet the dicks of hipsters with a toe in the black metal stream. As much as I loathe the pretense with which outfits like pitchfork and stereogum describe this album it is a very good album on its own merit. Shimmering nostalgic walls-of-sound are the bread and butter of this band. And those drums...
46. Windhand - Soma
(7) Stoner Doom
47. Lychgate - Lychgate
(7) Black/Doom
48. Kvelertak - Meir
(7) Hardcore Punk/Black 'n' Roll
49. Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
(7) (Black) The vocals continue to stand in the way of my enjoying this band fully.
50. Fell Voices - Regnum Saturni
(7) Ambient/Drone Black



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Alex F - 26.02.2013 at 18:22  
Nice list, I'll be following this seeing as I found some nice releases on your 2012 list.
Neachy - 26.02.2013 at 20:11  
Written by Alex F on 26.02.2013 at 18:22

Nice list, I'll be following this seeing as I found some nice releases on your 2012 list.


Appreciate it. I always keep up with yours as well. Been meaning to ask you where I might listen to Paysage d'Hiver's new demo
Alex F - 26.02.2013 at 20:30  
Written by Neachy on 26.02.2013 at 20:11

Appreciate it. I always keep up with yours as well. Been meaning to ask you where I might listen to Paysage d'Hiver's new demo

I managed to find a download after lots of internet searching. I can't find it anymore unfortunately, but there are a few of the songs on youtube
Alex F - 27.03.2013 at 15:10  
You might really enjoy Alkahest's new album Churning The Ocean
tea[m]ster - 28.03.2013 at 01:01  
Great list. We have the same tastes. Also, Rosetta is coming out with new material this fall! All we need is an album title
Neachy - 28.03.2013 at 03:58  
Written by tea[m]ster on 28.03.2013 at 01:01

Great list. We have the same tastes. Also, Rosetta is coming out with new material this fall! All we need is an album title


Yeah, pretty close. I tend to keep an eye on your list for interesting albums I may have missed. New material from Rosetta is always a good thing. Looking forward to it.
Paz - 27.04.2013 at 04:38  
It's nice to see Entropia so high on your list, one of the better debuts of 2013. I would love to see them featured here on MS...
Apothecary - 02.09.2013 at 03:40  
Good list, but Nocte Obducta and Meads are some of the albums of the year imo, I personally would've put them much higher
Neachy - 02.09.2013 at 04:25  
Written by Apothecary on 02.09.2013 at 03:40

Good list, but Nocte Obducta and Meads are some of the albums of the year imo, I personally would've put them much higher


I wasn't able to get into them. Because I respect your opinion I'll probably give them another shot.
Apothecary - 02.09.2013 at 15:20  
Written by Neachy on 02.09.2013 at 04:25

I wasn't able to get into them.

I understand, neither are really that accessible after all
Sonderkommando is actually a lot more tightly composed than some previous Meads albums, flows together a bit more so to speak. Hard to get into, but once you've listened to it a few times you see how all the tracks connect. Umbriel is just really atmospheric and all-enveloping in that dark, keyboard-driven sound. Good for a nighttime listen.
Neachy - 02.09.2013 at 18:11  
Written by Apothecary on 02.09.2013 at 15:20

I understand, neither are really that accessible after all
Sonderkommando is actually a lot more tightly composed than some previous Meads albums, flows together a bit more so to speak. Hard to get into, but once you've listened to it a few times you see how all the tracks connect. Umbriel is just really atmospheric and all-enveloping in that dark, keyboard-driven sound. Good for a nighttime listen.


Listening to Sonderkommando again, it's growing on me the way Hail Spirit Noir's Pneuma did last year.
Alex F - 03.09.2013 at 02:59  
Wasn't expecting much from the new God Is An Astronaut given the relatively stale sounding previous two albums, but I was pleasantly surprised. Glad to see you enjoyed it as well.
mz - 06.10.2013 at 00:14  
Seems like a list I should check in future. glad to see ulcerate and abyssal so high and surprised because portal is not listed here
mz - 05.01.2014 at 18:47  
Some albums you might have missed:
Altars (like Gorguts+portal) / Aevangelist-Esoterica split/esoterica/ Lithotome/ Antediluvian/ bolzer/gigan/Nero di Marte/sludgde/ Zealotry
these are some albums I find good/excellent and might suit your taste, too
Chobo_jokeR - 26.01.2014 at 21:33  
I actually laughed out loud at your description of Ulcerate. Well said sir.

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