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These are the albums I've listened to the whole way through at least twice from 2013. I don't tend to listen to a bunch of shit I don't want to listen to so this list is generally confined to bands/albums that pique my interest somehow. Feel free to toss recommendations my way.

Created by: Neachy | 22.02.2013



1. Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus
(9.5) (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.
2. 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.
3. Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom
(9) (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.
4. Gorguts - Colored Sands
(9) (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.
5. Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum
(9) Death
6. Cult of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
(9) Black
7. 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. My only complaint would be the final track which is a definite let down of radio butt rock proportions.
8. The Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer)
(8.5) (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.
9. Abyssal - Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius
(8.5) Avant-Garde Death
10. 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.
11. Gris - À L'Âme Enflammée, L'Äme Constellée...
(8.5) (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.
12. 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.
13. Blut aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber III
(8.5) Black
14. Domovoyd - Oh Sensibility
(8.5) Psychedelic Stoner
15. deafheaven - Sunbather
(8.5) (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...
16. Lychgate - Lychgate
(8.5) Black/Doom
17. Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius
(8) (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.
18. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
(8) (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.
19. Eibon - II
(8) Blackened Sludge/Doom
20. The Meads of Asphodel - Sonderkommando
(8) Experimental Black
21. Temple of Baal - Verses of Fire
(8) (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.
22. Entropia (POL) - Vesper
(8) Atmospheric Post-Black
23. Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
(8) (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.
24. Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother
(8) Post-Metal
25. Voices - From The Human Forest Create A Fugue of Imaginary Rain
(8) Black
26. Alkahest - Churning The Ocean
(8) Psychedelic Ambient Sludge/Doom
27. Ævangelist - Omen Ex Simulacra
(8) Blackened Death
28. So Hideous - Last Poem/First Light
(8) (Blackened Symphonic Post-Hardcore) This NY band is riding the Alcest/Deafheaven wave of somewhat benign wall-of-sound black metal. Takes a more symphonic approach with more obvious post-hardcore influence than deafheaven's most recent effort.
29. God Is An Astronaut - Origins
(8) (Post-Rock) A step up from their couple previous albums. They incorporate the electronic sounds in a more interesting and fulfilling way.
30. October Falls - The Plague of A Coming Age
(8) (Dark Folk/Pagan Black) Mikko Lehto's new album is even more focused on the dark folk and nostalgic pagan elements than his recent prior work. Shorter track lengths have increased accessibility. Clean 'epic' sounding vocals are used in some parts. Haven't decided for sure if those add to or detract from the overall feel.
31. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu
(8) (Psychedelic Space Black) They keep moving closer to that Hawkwind sound with each new release.
32. Scale The Summit - The Migration
(8) Instrumental Progressive
33. In Vain - Ænigma
(8) (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.
34. Redwood Hill - Descender
(8) (Post-Black/Post-Metal) Very well executed amalgamation of post-black and sludge elements. They keep it short and sweet on this debut album, clocking in at 37 min and change.
35. Terra Tenebrosa - The Purging
(8) Avant-Garde/Ambient Metal
36. Patrons of The Rotting Gate - The Rose Coil
(8) (Progressive Black) I was lukewarm on this one until the track "A Perfect Suicide". Excellent debut album that's gone under the radar this year.
37. Windhand - Soma
(7.5) Stoner Doom
38. Red Fang - Whales and Leeches
(7.5) (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.
39. Kvelertak - Meir
(7.5) Hardcore Punk/Black 'n' Roll
40. Aosoth - IV: An Arrow In Heart
(7.5) (Black) Terrific sound, just not enough character to push this album into greatness.
41. Way To End - Various Shades of Black
(7.5) Avant-Garde Black
42. Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
(7.5) (Black) The vocals continue to stand in the way of my enjoying this band fully.
43. Clandestine Blaze - Harmony of Struggle
(7.5) Black
44. Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
(7.5) (Atmospheric Black) This album is nice to fall asleep to.
45. Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
(7.5) Death
46. Chthonic - Bú-Tik
(7.5) Melodic Black
47. Fell Voices - Regnum Saturni
(7.5) (Ambient/Drone Black) I often like my black metal distant and soulless but this is just a bit too much. Or rather, too little.
48. Pensées Nocturnes - Nom D'une Pipe!
(7.5) Neo-Classical/Black
49. Seeds of Iblis - Anti Quran Rituals
(7.5) (Black) This band from Iraq risks their very lives to give the finger to Islam in the blackest of ways.
50. Consciousness Removal Project - Tacit
(7.5) (Post-Metal) Interesting song structures and a variety of instruments kept me intrigued and entertained.
51. Imperium Dekadenz - Meadows of Nostalgia
(7.5) Black
52. Agrypnie - Aetas Cineris
(7.5) Post-Black
53. The Ocean - Pelagial
(7) (Instrumental Post-Sludge) This album is much better without vocals.
54. Rosetta - The Anaesthete
(7) (Post-Metal) This sounds so much like their last album. I was lukewarm on that one too.
55. Thy Light - No Morrow Shall Dawn
(7) Depressive Black
56. Light Bearer - Silver Tongue
(7) Post-Metal
57. Glorior Belli - Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls
(7) Blackened Southern Metal
58. Watain - The Wild Hunt
(7) (Black) A competent Bathory impression
59. Intronaut - Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
(7) (Post-Metal/Jazz Fusion) So fucking benign. Uber-talented musicians lacking that fire on this one.
60. Kongh - Sole Creation
(7) (Sludge/Doom) The vocalist sounds uncannily similar to Layne Staley.
61. Cult of Luna - Vertikal
(7) (Post-Metal) I found the songwriting lacking for a stalwart of the genre. Mammoth track 'Vicarious Redemption' was the album's saving grace.
62. Sleestak - Book of Hours
(7) Stoner Doom
63. Ash Borer - Bloodlands
(7) Cascadian Black
64. Mouth of The Architect - Dawning
(6.5) (Post-Sludge) The use of the harmonized clean gang vocals on this album is reminiscent of the vocals used on Intronaut's latest release. I do not like this trend. The more aggressive parts are still great but they are few and far between.
65. Veldes - To Drown In Bleeding Hope
(6.5) Atmospheric Black
66. The Flight of Sleipnir - Saga
(6.5) (Blackened Stoner Folk) This album is a little more flat and monotonous than some of their other work I've heard.
67. Annorkoth - The Last Days
(6.5) (Atmospheric Depressive Black) Very pretty and somber. A little too pretty for my taste but an aura of sadness is definitely conveyed.
68. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane
(6.5) Symphonic Black
69. Nocte Obducta - Umbriel (Das Schweigen Zwischen Den Sternen)
(6.5) Avant-Garde Black
70. Azure Emote - The Gravity of Impermanence
(6.5) Avant-Garde Death
71. Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed
(6.5) Blackened Thrash
72. Pelican - Forever Becoming
(6) Instrumental Post-Metal
73. Anciients - Heart of Oak
(6) (Progressive) Takes the style and sound of Baroness and Mastodon and makes a competent if uninspired album.
74. Shining (NOR) - One One One
(6) (Extreme Progressive/Avant-Garde) Norway's Shining has pulled back on the insanity and relegated the sax to occasional solos. This album comes off closer to the works of Devin Townsend than their own Blackjazz.
75. Universe217 - Never
(6) (Experimental Doom) Didn't care for the Rob Halford/King Diamond style vocals but the instrumentation makes the album worth listening to.
76. Long Distance Calling - The Flood Inside
(6) Post-Rock
77. Skagos - Anarchic
(6) Cascadian Black
78. Boris - Präparat
(6) (Post-Rock/Sludge) Aside from tracks 4 and 5, found this quite boring and uninspired.
79. Howl - Bloodlines
(5) (Sludge/Stoner) Dull, predictable songs with typical chugga-chugga riffing.
80. Peste Noire - Peste Noire
(5) Black
81. Kylesa - Ultraviolet
(4) (Psychedelic Sludge Pop) Holy shit. This band has always relied heavily on effects pedals to attempt to make their sound stand out but here it falls flatter than roadkill. Shitty Smashing Pumpkins-esque vocals really put this album over the top as a steaming turd.
82. Colossus - Wake
(4) (Progressive Sludge) The vocals are fucking awful and the instrumentation is average at best.
83. Todtgelichter - Apnoe
(3) (Some bastardization of black metal and emo) Nothing about this album appealed to me. I had to listen to it a second time just to verify how much I disliked it.



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Alex Fenger - 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 Fenger 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 Fenger - 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 Fenger - 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.
Pazdzioch - 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 Fenger - 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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