Thumbs up: +33
Best (the rest, and the worst) of 2013 (thus far).
Partially ordered (the ones with descriptions).
Subject to change, as I see fit.

The curtain call to another fascinating year for metal beckons. Far from disappointing, 2013 is marked by some outstanding releases from various genres, many of whom excelled well beyond expectations. A pretty diverse and intense outing has yielded a very large number of albums to this list, a fact that I take heart from, especially from the more unknown ones from both MS and outside, as many of the obscure findings have truly caught me by surprise. All in all, it has been good fun finding and listening to awesome and diverse music, from both inside and outside of my comfort zone. Lastly, a special thank you to everyone who helped making the list better, with corrections and recommendations and whatever else, and those who made their appreciation felt in one way or the other, as well as other list makers, from whom I siphoned stuff up from time to time.

2014; better bring your A game to the table, bruh. You got your work cut out for you.

For promotional purposes:

Odium Nova | Youtube

Altars | Youtube | VOTE!

Eoront | Youtube | VOTE!

Atra Vetosus | Youtube

Pessimist | Youtube | VOTE!

Sensory Amusia | Youtube

Dormant Ordeal | Youtube

Combat Astronomy | Youtube

Nephren-Ka | Youtube

Hateful | Youtube

Dysmorphic | Youtube

Theoria | Youtube

Arcturon | Youtube

Splice | Youtube

The Schoenberg Automaton | Youtube | VOTE!

Boil | Youtube | VOTE!

Havok [SWE] | Youtube | VOTE!

Some interesting EPs (and demos) worth checking out:

Duobetic Homunkulus | Ani Já Ani Ty Robit Něbudzeme, šedněme Do Koča, Vozit še Budzeme | Technical Death/Grindcore | Bandzone

Cognizance | Inquisition |Technical Death | Youtube

Psygnosis | Sublimation | Progressive Death | Youtube

Outre | Tranquillity | Progressive/Black | Youtube

Indecent Excision | Rise Of The Paraphiliac Demigod | Brutal Death | Youtube

Strychnia | Reanimated Monstrosity | Technical Deathrash | Youtube

TrenchHead | Belligerence | Technical Death/Grindcore | Youtube

Abriosis | Vessel | Technical Death | Youtube

The Zenith Passage | Cosmis Dissonance | Technical Deathcore | Youtube

Shadecrown | Shadecrown | Melodic Death/Doom | Youtube

Constructing Infinity | Stonewall EP | Progressive Instrumental/Djent | Youtube

Suvilehto | Syövereistä | Progressive/Melodic Death | Youtube

Syrebris | Aetheric Dynamics | Progressive/Technical Death | Youtube

Hope Drone | Hope Drone | Post-Black/Atmospheric Black | Youtube

Scepter Of Eligos | Scepter Of Eligos | Sludge/Death/Doom | Youtube

Created by: MechanisT | 20.03.2013



1. Ulcerate - Vermis
Post-Death // Cataclysmic and tumultuous right from the onset, Ulcerate unify characteristics from the past, present and perhaps even the future, creating a unique, towering entity that has a life and personality of its own. A truly colossal effort and, after much consideration, deservedly at the apex.
2. The Monolith Deathcult - Tetragrammaton
Industrial/Death // Oh the noes, not yet another album by the mediocrity that is TMDC! This is some seriously monotonous, sub-par material that's just another exercise on everything that's musically decadent in today's world. Fancy, sugary, over-the-pop drivel that the sheep will gobble up without any semblance of remorse. Pathetic.
3. Persefone - Spiritual Migration
Progressive/Melodeath // At long last the mighty Persefone have returned, pulsating with renewed energy and ever ready to unleash their outburst of progressive fury upon us all. Listeners! You have been warned.
4. Witherscape - The Inheritance
Progressive/Melodeath // Dan Swanö... where to even begin with this guy? It seems as if whatever he touches inevitably turns to gold, and this is no different. Exceptional.
5. Eye Of Solitude - Canto III
Death-Doom // Tempestuous, boundless and oceanic; A swirling maelstorm of sunken dreams, bereft of nourishing hope, stirring the deepest of emotions within. Salvage any scrape of composure you can from this wreckage, and dare braving the storm that rages, or resign yourself to the watery tomb that awaits you.
6. Altar Of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
Atmospheric Black // THIS. This is what I'm talking about, right here. You don't need be those so-called hipsters/tree huggers to truly capture the essence of black. Uniquely eerie and disconcerting, small details (punishing production, subtle electronic touches) work together miraculously to give us a stunning record worthy of every accolade in the book.
7. Cult Of Luna - Vertikal
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge // So moody... so urban... so very, very good! A thoroughly fulfilling record, textured with layers and layers of musical richness that'll surely engage your brain cells in every conceivable way.
8. Officium Triste - Mors Viri
Death-Doom // There's much beauty in bereavement and melancholy. Mors Viri has done nothing but validate that claim. Burn all boats and bridges of the past that you cling on to so dearly, and embrace your inner demons once and for all.
9. Shai Hulud - Reach Beyond the Sun
Post-Hardcore/Progressive // A cut above all the brutes associated with the term "hardcore". Driven, purposeful, and honest to the very bone. Powerful lyrics only help bolster the already-impressive musicianship.
10. Owl - You Are The Moon, I Am The Night
Atmospheric Post-Death // A most malignant, deathly ethos howling in the darkness. Never before have I come across anything that conveys death metal aesthetics solely through sheer atmosphere. Probably the closest you'll ever get to "deathgaze", and may very well serve as a prototype for a similar trend.
11. Odium Nova - Death Comes Sudden
Melodeath // Feisty, exuberant melodic death, reminiscent of old In Flames, albeit with a more edgy nature that can knock the stuffing out of you like a live wire on water.
12. Quest Of Aidance - Misanthropic Propaganda
Grindcore/Death/Industrial // An absolute humdinger. Top drawer industrial deathgrind that's sure to bludgeon the life out of you. Utterly brilliant and unique.
13. Gris - À L'Âme Enflammée, L'Äme Constellée...
Progressive/Atmospheric Black // Sombre, bleak and desolate, yet surrounded by a mystical air of eloquence that enraptures the spirit. Sophisticated in visage, yet elegant in aspect. Beautiful.
14. Gorguts - Colored Sands
Technical Death/Avantgarde // Impeccable. Gorguts have always flouted with the "conventional way" of going about things, and this is no different. Treading the fine line between ingenuity and insanity, Colored Sands at times trespasses both, extracts their shades and bring them to life in its far-reaching spectrum.
15. Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother
Atmospheric Sludge // Refined, purified and streamlined; the kind of cleanly sludge that never gets stale, or one that leaves an unpleasant residue behind. Highly immersive.
16. Hateform - Sanctuary In Abyss
Melodeath/Thrash // The very avatar of vengeance, these Finnish warmongers are out to wreak havoc with their fast-paced, deliberate brand of melodic deathrash. Escaping this is an impossibility.
17. P.L.F. - Devious Persecution And Wholesale Slaughter
Grindcore // 14+ minutes of ultra-friggin' carnage and STILL managing to smell pretty. Insect Warfare fans (and the like) should devour this asap.
18. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane
Symphonic/Melodeath // Enigmatic and ominous. Laced with brooding symphonies, this creature of the dark shall manifest itself when your back is turned and, before you know it, engulf you in its blackened aura.
19. Ade - Spartacus
Technical/Brutal Death // EXACTLY the kind of limb-splitting, cranium-bashing walloping that has secured the legacy of the Roman Empire at the zenith of western civilization for over a millennia. Or not. While the factual accuracy of this description is up for dispute, there's no denying that this is the soundtrack made solely for WAR. Ultra-violent, bloodied death offering that would make Ares smile from behind the clouds. Epic.
20. Altars - Paramnesia
Post-Death // Miasmic and noxious. An unholy sepulchre of nauseating, repulsive discordance. The very touch of this will blighten your soul and claim it for its own, so steer well clear.
21. Carcass - Surgical Steel
Death/Grindcore // The legends of grind are back and mark their presence after a long 17 years absence in stellar fashion. This is Carcass harkening back to their roots, with none of that old grit, zeal or resolve lost through the ages. One of the highlights of this year, no questions asked.
22. Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End
Progressive/Alternative // A masterclass in modern day prog. Aristocratic, with a truly idiosyncratic sound that sets them apart from the common rabble. "Crème de la crème" material, of a certainty.
23. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A.
Atmospheric Black/Electro // Grandiose, and forward-thinking. Futuristic-themed atmospheric black amidst a backdrop of tactful, almost nebulae-like electronic elements that gives a fitting sound to the sci-fi, modernesque imagery already implied by the equally exquisite artwork. Stuff's not one to miss out.
24. Ovid's Withering - Scryers Of The Ibis
Black/Symphonic/Technical Deathcore // An audacity like this one needs to be lauded. Even more so when so many genres, namely, but not limited to, a scorching collage of prog/tech/symphonic/black/deathcore/etc., have been drilled and blended into such admirable cohesiveness, and delivered at searing levels of intensity. In other words; RAD.
25. Nero Di Marte - Nero Di Marte
Progressive // Robust and delightful prog album that keeps the listener guessing at every turn. And trust me, there's a LOT of sudden twists and turns here. What's really impressive is the incredible musicianship. These guys sure know how to keep it fresh and interesting without falling victim to the "cliché factor" or losing the already quite high level of technicality. For fans of Ihsahn, Hacride, Textures, and the like.
26. Omb - SwineSong
Avantgarde/Progressive // IN-SANE. Bursting with creativity, and filled to the brim with infectious hooks. A most delectable prog-avantgarde amalgamation at hand here.
27. Feto In Fetus - Condemned To The Torture
Brutal Death/Grindcore // ...and for those who rue their lack of Benighted this year, look no further. I suggest you make it count.
28. Haken - The Mountain
Progressive // Amazing to say the least. Flamboyant and extravagant when called upon, but holds its own just as well fleshing out the day-to-day-business parts. Surely one of the most consistent bands around at this moment of time.
29. Octopus - Into The Void Of Fear
Technical Progressive Instrumental/Djent // Extremely well-structured little number that reminds you of a harsher Animals As Leaders at times, and that's hardly anything to puff your cheeks at, you. The underlying jazzy textures gives it depth and personality.
30. Eoront - Neverending Journey
Atmospheric Black/Folk // How come I never heard of this band before? A shame indeed. Such an otherworldly atmosphere to it that offers a rare glimpse of days long lost to the sands of time, where valor, hope and glory once dwelled. Folk-tinged black has never sounded so assertive.
31. Atra Vetosus - Voices From The Eternal Night
Melodic Black // An agonizing journey from start to finish. Sorrowful, yet mezmerizing melodic black of the same lineage as Dissection and Thulcandra. The weight of darkness is indeed overburdening...
32. Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius
Post-Death // Be prepared for a massive onslaught, as this will stifle you, choke you, and draw the very last gasp of air out of your battered lungs, make you suffer for every lingering moment of your woeful existence.
33. Castevet - Obsian
Progressive/Black/Post-Hardcore // Abrasive and gritty, in a positive sense of course. A very interesting and well-blended mixture of Hardcore, Black and Progressive elements give it a mettlesome and steely character, not to mention a quite refreshing sound, the likes of which is unlikely to be encountered again this year.
34. Extol - Extol
Progressive // A prog album of the very highest order. Brilliantly multi-faceted, borrowing ingenuously from other genres yet never losing its own identity. This is the kind of "Jekyll and Hyde" album that'll fare well with fans of both extremities, due to its well-balanced leanings on both.
35. Blood Red Throne - Blood Red Throne
Death // Firmly seated at the helm of the death hiearchy, and with no contenders, the Monarchs are out in full force to bathe in crimson of their fallen adversaries. Let the butchering commence.
36. Feared - Furor Incarnatus
Progressive/Melodeath // A breath of fresh air. Unique sounding, with neat progressive touches and even flexing muscles at times to display their more extreme leanings. All this without losing focus of the task at hand. Impressive, lads.
37. The Ocean - Pelagial
Progressive/Sludge // Versatile, engrossing and dynamic; Pelagial is some highly appealing sludge delivered in non-orthodox fashion. This tidal wave of an offering is sure to take with it some casualties along its course.
38. Exhumed - Necrocracy
Death/Grindcore // Carved out of rotting carcasses, severed viscera and pure, unadulterated malice, Necrocracy reeks of death and is a menacing blight upon purity, as we know and savour it. Do be careful, the stench can be quite overwhelming.
39. Arsis - Unwelcome
Technical/Melodeath // Arsis sounding razor-sharp, on song and good to go. As always, relying on the melodic side of things for that extra bit of memorability and flair and not disappointing either.
40. Revocation - Revocation
Technical Death/Thrash // A step up from Tides of Chaos in every conceivable way, from the tightly-knit songwriting to the adrenaline-pumping intensity and aggression. Hard-hitting stuff that should not be missed.
41. Protest The Hero - Volition
Progressive/Metalcore // Spontaneous, and incredibly volatile whilst being driven forward by the extremely technical guitarworks that serve as their trademark. A total no filler, all killer offering.
42. New Keepers Of The Water Towers - The Cosmic Child
Stoner/Doom/Progressive // Like your Stoner relaxing, spacey and chilled-out? If so, then this is right up your proverbial alley. All aboard the mothership!
43. Antigama - Meteor
Grindcore/Avantgarde // Insane, turbulent, haphazardous... term it whatever you like. This emcompasses all said definitions, and more; this is grind that's off the charts, and completely unorthodox. AND friggin' badass. How's that sound to you?
44. Moth - Endlessly In Motion
Progressive/Melodeath // Think Gojira undergoing metamorphosis inside a cocoon. Delicate, yet exuding hidden confidence, well thought-out ambient passages accentuate a pleasant listening experience.
45. Jungle Rot - Terror Regime
Death // Jungle Rot were never associated with being innovative, nor groundbreaking. God forbid that's ever the case. The same old drill, delivered with extra malice. All the skull-bashing, testosterone-pumping death metal excellence you crave for, and more.
46. Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom
Psychedelic/Atmospheric Black // Mind-bendingly trip-alicious. Listening to this elevates your dopamine levels to seventh heaven. For junkies of psychedelia and black alike who need their daily fix, and don't settle for no less than A grade material.
47. Feared - Vinter
Progressive/Melodeath // Is this guy prolific or what? Maniacal genius aka Ola Englund brings the impending fear of Ragnarok to life with this blizzard of an album. The more extreme of the pair, brawny and hella intimidating; nothing suggests that this avalanche is going to slow down anytime soon.
48. Pessimist - Death From Above
Thrash // Blitzy, hard-hitting Panzerfaust of an album that carpet bombs all opposition into total and absolute submission. WWIII may not be that far away, so arm yourselves and FIGHT.
49. Deafheaven - Sunbather
Atmospheric Black/Shoegaze // Painfully sincere without an iota of pretension, and every bit as harrowing and torturous as Roads To Judah, with added urgency and almost despair-ridden aggression, making the experience all the more intense. Keep your anti-depressants on standby, just in case. This can be a rough ride.
50. Onslaught - VI
Thrash // Rebellious and obstinate; thrash metal played with great dynamicism and vitality. Impact is imminent.
51. Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death
Progressive/Black/Death // A dastardly shapeshifter of the most sinistrous kind, changing form from death to black to thrash to even prog, seemingly at will and with succulent fluidity. There's no room for rigidness here, no rules to adopt as a convention, so be enthralled and captivated by its transcendental, shapeless beauty.
52. Sensory Amusia - Disrepair
Technical Deathcore // Exacting and vindictive, Disrepair seethes with unbridled rage and makes it known to you unabashedly. Them Aussies and their darn addictive deathcore... a special thanks to Moose for this wonderful find.
53. Deeds Of Flesh - Portals To Canaan
Brutal/Technical Death // Back in the flesh after half a decade, and showing no signs of aging. Portals of Canaan sees them expanding on their dimensions; face-melting tech-inclined brutal death that explodes right from the first note. NOT of this earth, that's for certain.
54. Eibon - II
Sludge/Doom/Black // A pair of absolutely monstrous, hairy, meaty... tracks of thickly-laden, slimy sludge with blackened seasoning to give it an edgy flavor. Quite yum, if you have the stomach for it.
55. Enshine - Origin
Atmospheric Death-Doom // Pristine and ethereal. This showcases a beauteous, serene rendition of old Katatonia, although not overshadowed by it by any means.
56. Intronaut - Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
Progressive/Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge // Imagine yourself in a calm and serene setting, like an imaginary beach composed entirely of music. You're relaxing under the warmth of the radiant basslines while waves of irregular, jazzy sonic impulses are gently splashing over you. A bit too cryptic? Well, this is the kind of music that can only be felt and should not be merely confined in words, the kind that awakens your senses and makes you feel alive. Blissful.
57. Njiqahdda - Serpents In The Sky
Atmospheric Black/Psychedelic // Don't let the dubious ratings fool you! This is actually some pretty unique atmospheric black, with little/no "hipster" feel that may detract you. Do give it a whirl if you have a penchant for oddments.
58. Cult Of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
Black/Folk // Listening to this makes me feel like levitating in mid air, Dhalsim style. As Oppenheimer himself once said, "Pretty sure Lord Vishnu has this on his mp3 player", or something to that effect. Kali Yuga dawns upon us all.
59. Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony
Melodeath/Power // Where Sweden failed, Finland strikes! The swamp fetishists have delivered the goods in style and sound more vicious and malevolent than ever before. Nice symphonic touches as well when called upon. Final Score: Fin 1 Swe 0.
60. Noein - Infection - Erasure - Replacement
Industrial/Death // A groovier, catchier variant of acts ala The Project Hate and The Amenta. Boasting top-notch songwriting, this is some seriously fun Industrial Death that'll keep you hooked for quite some time.
61. Consciousness Removal Project - Tacit
Post-Metal Instrumental/Atmospheric Sludge // As the name suggests, this really is an endeavour intended to knock you out of your senses with its soothing, lush sound while not going completely buttery in the process.
62. Arhideus - Awakening Of Sins
Progressive/Technical Death // Precise and to-the-point tech death, delivered with good zeal. Nicely conveyed progressive elements ala Obscura, Beyond Creation, etc. give it a richer sound than most. Oh, and cool leads too, I must add.
63. Terra Tenebrosa - The Purging
Avantgarde // Eccentricity taken to a whole new level. Not the unruly, chaotic variant ala Unexpect but its more caustic, sinister half. Rewarding listen for gentlemen in their neatly-pressed stray jackets who like their children with tartar sauce.
64. Portal - Vexovoid
Post-Death // The fabled kraken from Down Under have re-emerged from the murky depths to drown us in densely-layered, migraine-inducing waves of cacophony. Will any of you not heed its call?
65. Dormant Ordeal - It Rains, It Pours
Brutal/Technical Death // Don't judge a book by its cover, as looks can be deceiving. This is as punishing a death record as any, retaining loads of brutality with impressive complexities interwoven that doesn't get in the way.
66. Combat Astronomy - Kundalini Apocalypse
Avantgarde/Djent/Industrial // A bizarre mixture of Godflesh-y Avantgarde, Djent and peculiar ambient elements. Scores very high on the originality criterion. Stunning artwork as well. A high-quality and overall well-rounded release.
67. Hacride - Back To Where You've Never Been
Progressive // Maze-like and Labyrinthian in nature. Unstraightforward, with no direct routes and with hidden intricacies and nuances that don't reveal themselves until you've dared to venture out deep enough into its realm. Once you cross the threshold, though...
68. Darkrise - Realeyes
Brutal Death // One of the better, albeit sadly underlooked death metal outputs of this year that will seemingly pass under the radar, if not brought to attention. Tightly-knit, and one that doesn't want to sound too "smart", if you get the drift.
69. Gonoba - Endless Cycles
Technical Deathrash // High-velocity tech deathrash with bone-shattering impetus. Look no further if you're getting tired of Revocation hogging all the spot light coz stuff's tight.
70. Empyrios - Zion
Progressive/Djent/Melodeath // Infectious and extremely ear-friendly, in a good way of course. Some really high points (good soloing, memorable cleans) marred by patchy occurences of generic Djent songwriting but still worth a good go.
71. Aborym - Dirty
Black/Electro/Industrial // Another one of those releases whose ratings do not do the album justice, methinks. Perverse, deconstructed and discrete; avoids sounding like a continuous, grey-massed entity that barely sticks in the head. Props, just for that alone.
72. Turmion Kätilöt - Technodiktator
Industrial // ACHTUNG: 100% anti-kvlt from hereon in. Let's face it; we all need to loosen up sometimes, so I suggest you lose that leash of yours and join the party in all your polka-dotted suited glory.
73. In-Quest - Chapter IIX: The Odyssey Of Eternity
Technical Progressive/Djent // Cold, calculated and engineered into polyrhythmic perfection; a mechanized, full-scale sound remodeling around Nothing era Meshuggah with pain-stalking attention to detail. Flawlessly executed and polished overall product.
74. Nephren-Ka - The Fall Of Omnius
Technical Death // There's no stopping the French tech brigade this year it seems. Loads of quality act, and this is no exception. Congenially eruptive and thunderous; this is tech death of the highest calibre, and one that'd make even the likes of Ali Baba proud. So who are we to ignore?
75. Černá - Restoring Life
Post-Black // Charming, and at times mezmerizing Post-Black that could've been elevated to much higher heights if not for improper execution of ideas conceived, as well displaying immaturity at times. They do have great potential, though, and are adept at creating excellent atmosphere when in complete sync.
76. Luna Ad Noctum - Hypnotic Inferno
Melodic Black // Modern-sounding melodic black straight out of a mental asylum. Crispy, digestable, and easy-on-the-ears material but not remotely pansy in nature. All in all, good fun.
77. Psychotic Pulse - Psychotic Pulse
Industrial/Thrash // Strapping Young Lad never really died. It just underwent change in personnel, that's all.
78. Abysmal Grief - Feretri
Gothic/Doom // As morbid and forebodingly gloomy as it gets. Do keep the sacrophagus lid open, as the atmosphere inside can be quite suffocating.
79. Hateful - Epilogue Of Masquerade
Technical Death // A sonic dynamite. Jam-packed with considerable tenacity and virtuosity that the genre demands, and being more than adequate at that to warm any tech junkie's heart.
80. Dysmorphic - A Notion Of Causality
Technical Death // Former label mates of Gorod, and a stellar addition to the already blooming French tech death scene. Myriad of bombastic and engaging songwriting with very high level of technicality.
81. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth
Symphonic/Technical/Brutal Death // Just as Frantic and maniacal as we last left them. As expected; tons of blast beats, high impact and an unrelenting tempo to boot, although this time around the symphonic parts really take centre stage. This minotaur isn't up for taming.
82. Nervecide - Impermanence
Technical Death/Grindcore // Power-packed and highly inflammable tech death fused with the occasional grind to make the overall sound more favorable and crunchy. Just like your favorite morning cereal. Hop on it, bitches.
83. Theoria - Mantra
Atmospheric Black // Thoroughly adept and accomplished an offering, boasting MS's very own InnerSelf. Mantra is, in its own words, a galaxy in itself. Enter its vortex, explore what it has to offer, and get forever lost in its grand nothingness.
84. Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle
Atmospheric Black // Because... Summoning-worshipping isn't that much of a fad. Not just yet at least.
85. Oblivion - Called To Rise
Technical Death // Hi-octane, competent tech death that's never short of ammunition. Contains enough firepower to outgun and outmaneuver almost all opposition with plenty of (sonic) bullets to spare.
86. Immolation - Kingdom Of Conspiracy
Death // Like a slab of solidarity withstanding the test of time, Immolation stand defiant, churning album after album after album with no mercy and without compromising on quality. What we have here is no different, just a continuation of that amazing consistency they have retained throughout the ages.
87. Light Bearer - Silver Tongue
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge // A massive and ambitious undertaking. Over eighty minutes of great Post-Metal/Sludge with rich musical aesthetics. I can see this being quite trying for many due to its sheer size, but if you can get around that aspect, this is well worth a wholehearted venture.
88. Katalepsy - Autopsychosis
Brutal Death // Quality 'slam' death and Russia go hand to hand it seems, and Katalepsy may even be the best exponent of the lot if this uber-violent, flesh-pummeling monstrosity is anything to go by. Raw and untameable with an inherent instinct to kill on sight, just how it should be.
89. Arcturon - An Old Storm Brewing
Melodic Death // Neat act hailing from Eluveitie country, with a similar sound albeit a strong, focused approach to atmosphere (keys are used intelligently to that purpose). Quite simplistic and an easy listening, but therein lies its greatest strength.
90. Wormed - Exodromos
Brutal Death/Grindcore // Positively mind warping. Exodromos is an album that's just hellbent on shattering the sonic barrier and leaving behind a trail of unprecedented destruction. Safety belts are a must.
91. Born Of Osiris - Tomorrow We Die ∆live
Progressive/Deathcore // Somewh∆t ∆ step b∆ckw∆rds from The Discovery with its gre∆ter emph∆sis on the generic de∆thcore songwriting in some inst∆nces, but still formid∆ble ∆s ∆n over∆ll product... w∆it, wh∆t's this?! Is this dubstep I he∆r now?!
92. Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius
Atmospheric Black/Blackgaze // Somewhat disjoined, disturbing, "Alcestrian" version of blackgaze with its dystopian, intangible, Peter Pan-esque dreamy soundscapes that isn't altogether soothing. The "escapism element" is working in full flow and gets my senses going on overdrive every time.
93. Riverside - Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Progressive // There's no denying that you just can't hate on Riverside, even if you wanted to. Personal on-off thing notwithstanding, there remains at least one definitive highlight in each album that forces me to change my viewpoint, and this one's no different. Kudos on a job well done yet again.
94. Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
Black // A blackened supernova beaming defiantly and unchallenged in the great cosmos. The heavenly bodies had indeed aligned ever so perfectly to give birth to this celestial progeny, destined to rule alone in the timeless netherrealm.
95. Omnium Gatherum - Beyond
Melodeath // Nothing above and BEYOND expectations, but rather playing to their strengths and reaping profits in the process. Can't go wrong with their know how of working delicious melodies that keep the ear ringing with rapture.
96. Splice - Mythological Deviance
Technical Death // So... what does an album with a cover art depicting Ma Kali with donkey ears fetch you these days? Oh, nothing much really, just some splendid technical death that gropes your mansacks and whirls it around like it's no big deal.
97. The Schoenberg Automation - Vela
Technical Death/Deathcore // No need to rub your eyes, son. It's deathcore all right. The RIGHT kind.Top-drawer material, delivered with great technical prowess and verve all nicely wrapped up within a distinct sound that works in its favor.
98. Agathodaimon - In Darkness
Gothic/Black // Agathodaimon rise from the ashes of the Phoenix with their brand of inauspicious, sinister-sounding gothic that drips atmosphere by the buckets. An offering that'll appease long-time followers and, at the same time, garner new acolytes as well.
99. Antediluvian - λόγος
Post-Death // A diabolical cesspool of dissonance, malediction and other, hellish abominations. Enter through the jaws of oblivion and back, if you so dare.
100. Guttural Secrete - Nourishing The Spoil
Brutal Death // Boasting sickeningly catchy (metal) hooks ready to hack and tear your innards apart, this one's an essential for all you depraved little carnivores out there who like nothing more than glorified gore and violence.
101. Fractal Gates - Beyond The Self
Melodeath // Conventional, orthodox, yet solid-sounding with a few highlights here and there. The final product is polished and well-crafted, even if a tad unspectacular. Die-hard fans of the genre will not be disappointed.
102. Circles - Infinitas
Progressive/Djent // While not exactly ground shaking by any means, this is some pleasant enough djent taking advantage of some really nice melodies, barring the overly-derivative "pa-pa-pa-pa" breakdown-ish style and the equally terrible vocals.
103. Boil - AXiom
Progressive // Fairly straightforward, happy-go-lucky prog without any of those unnecessary complications. Good variation and accessibility are among its stronger points.
104. Spheron - Ecstasy Of God
Technical Death // Some decent, sturdy tech death for those who want to sate that insatiable, complexity-craving (musical) appetite of theirs with.
105. Anup Sastry - Ghost
Progressive Instrumental/Djent // Eh, programmed or not, this REALLY isn't worthy of the amount of flak it's getting here. Pick it up if djent rocks your proverbial boat and you don't mind the shiny, slick production values.
106. Suffocation - Pinnacle Of Bedlam
Brutal/Technical Death // To carry the tag of pioneers can be a boon or a bitch, depending on how you play your cards. Suffocation have done no favors to themselves with this one (for older fans at least). Less convoluted, yet competently executed with occasional hints at memorability.
107. Havok [SWE] - Statues Of Sisyphus
Technical Death // Quite functional tech album with thrash leanings, though not without flaws. Suffers from incoherent ideas lacking finer execution and artificially rough transitions. The talent is quite evident here, but it's up to them to make the right moves.
108. Æther Realm - One Chosen By The Gods
Folk/Melodic Death
109. Ævangelist - Omen Ex Simulacra
Post-Death
110. A Pale Horse Named Death - Lay My Soul To Waste
Gothic/Doom
111. A Storm Of Light - Nations To Flames
Stoner/Doom
112. Abstract Spirit - Theomorphic Defectiveness
Funeral Doom
113. Acacia - Tills Döden Skiljer Oss Åt
Black/Doom
114. Aeon Zen - Enigma
Progressive
115. Aeternus - ...And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth
Death
116. Age Of Taurus - Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times
Doom
117. Agrimonia - Rites Of Separation
Post-Black
118. Agrypnie - Aetas Cineris
Atmospheric Black
119. All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature
Hardcore
120. Amiensus - Restoration
Black/Progressive
121. Amorphis - Circle
Heavy/Folk
122. A.M.S.G. - Anti-Cosmic Tyranny
Black
123. An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Atmospheric Black
124. Anagnorisis - Beyond All Light
Black/Death
125. Anarchadia - Let Us All Unite
Thrash
126. Anciients - Heart Of Oak
Progressive
127. Andy Winter - Incomprehensible
Avantgarde/Progressive
128. Angizia - Des Winters Finsterer Gesell
Avantgarde
129. Animations - Private Ghetto
Progressive/Djent
130. Annihilator - Feast
Thrash
131. Aosoth - IV: An Arrow In Heart
Atmospheric Black
132. Apathy - Beneath The Ashen Sky
Melodic Death-Doom
133. Archon - Ouroboros Collapsing
Doom
134. Argus - Beyond The Martyrs
Doom
135. Armed For Apocalypse - The Road Will End
Sludge/Metalcore
136. Ash Borer - Cold Of Ages
Atmospheric Black
137. Ataraxie - L'Être Et La Nausée
Funeral Doom
138. Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Heavy/Doom
139. Atrocity - Okkult
Industrial/Gothic
140. Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
Death
141. Avatarium - Avatarium
Doom
142. Avulsed - Ritual Zombi
Brutal Death
143. Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything
Progressive
144. Azure Emote - The Gravity of Impermanence
Death/Avantgarde
145. Batillus - Concrete Sustain
Black/Doom
146. Black Boned Angel - The End
Drone/Doom
147. Black Crucifixion - Coronation Of King Darkness
Black
148. Black Fast - Starving Out The Light
Progressive/Black/Thrash
149. Blackfield - Blackfield IV
Progressive
150. Blindead - Absence
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
151. Blockheads - This World Is Dead
Grindcore
152. Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark
Doom/Psychedelic
153. Bong - Idle Days On The Yann
Drone/Doom
154. Broken Hope - Omen Of Disease
Death
155. Burzum - Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan
Ambient
156. Byzantine - Byzantine
Thrash/Groove
157. Cangaço - Rastros
Progressive/Death
158. Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus
Atmospheric Black
159. Cathedral - The Last Spire
Doom
160. Celeste - Animale(s)
Black/Sludge/Hardcore
161. Cerebrum - Cosmic Enigma
Technical Death
162. Chalice Of Doom - Into Hypnagogia
Death-Doom
163. Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood
Power/Melodic Death
164. Church Of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum
Doom/Stoner
165. Chthonic - Bú-Tik
Black/Melodic Death
166. Circle Of Ouroborus - The Final Egg
Experimental Black
167. Clandestine Blaze - Harmony Of Struggle
Black
168. Cloudkicker - Subsume
Progressive Instrumental/Djent
169. Code - Augur Nox
Progressive/Black
170. Coffins - The Fleshland
Death
171. Convulse - Evil Prevails
Death
172. Corpus Mortale - FleshCraft
Brutal Death
173. Crisix - Rise…Then Rest
Thrash
174. Crown - Psychurgy
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
175. Dagoba - Post Mortem Nihil Est
Industrial/Groove Thrash
176. Darkestrah - Manas
Black/Folk
177. Darktrance - Pessimum
Black
178. Dead In The Dirt - The Blind Hole
Grindcore
179. Deals Death - Point Zero Solution
Melodeath
180. Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood
Thrash
181. Death Mechanism - Twenty-First Century
Thrash
182. Deathchain - Ritual Death Metal
Death/Thrash
183. Defeated Sanity - Passages Into Deformity
Brutal/Technical Death
184. Demonical - Darkness Unbound
Death
185. Derdian - Limbo
Power
186. Deviant Syndrome - 66 Ways To Redemption
Melodeath
187. DGM - Momentum
Progressive
188. Diabolical - Neogenesis
Black/Death
189. Disfiguring The Goddess - Deprive
Brutal Death
190. Dissension - Of Time And Chronic Disease
Melodic Death/Black
191. Disperse - Living Mirrors
Progressive/Djent
192. Domovoyd - Oh Sensibility
Psychedelic/Stoner
193. Doomriders - Grand Blood
Stoner
194. Dreadnought - Lifewoven
Progressive/Folk
195. Dream Death - Somnium Excessum
Doom/Death/Trash
196. Dream Theater - Dream Theater
Progressive
197. East Of The Wall - Redaction Artifacts
Progressive/Post-Metal
198. Eclipse Prophecy - Days Of Judgement
Progressive/Power
199. Eisregen - Todestage
Black/Gothic
200. End Of Green - The Painstream
Gothic/Doom
201. Endstille - Kapitulation 2013
Black
202. Entrails - Raging Death
Death
203. Entropia (POL) - Vesper
Atmospheric Black
204. Epysode - Fantasmagoria
Progressive
205. Ereb Altor - Fire Meets Ice
Black/Folk
206. Eschatos - Hierophanies
Progressive/Black
207. Eternal Oath - Ghostlands
Melodic Death-Doom/Gothic
208. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Saivon Lapsi
Symphonic/Melodeath
209. Euphoric Defilement - Ascending To The Worms
Brutal Death
210. Evan Brewer - Your Itinerary
Progressive Instrumental
211. Evile - Skull
Thrash
212. Evoke Thy Lords - Drunken Tales
Psychedelic Doom
213. Exivious - Liminal
Progressive Instrumental
214. Falkenbach - Asa
Folk/Black
215. Fates Warning - Darkness In A Different Light
Progressive
216. Fen - Dustwalker
Post-Black
217. Finntroll - Blodsvept
Folk
218. Funeralium - Deceived Idealism
Funeral Doom
219. Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes
Thrash
220. Gehenna - Unravel
Black
221. Germ - Grief
Atmospheric Black
222. Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam
Psychedelic/Heavy
223. Gigan - Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery And Super Science
Grindcore/Technical Death
224. Glorior Belli - Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls
Black
225. God Is An Astronaut - Origins
Post-Rock
226. Gothminister - Utopia
Industrial/Gothic
227. Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum
Black/Death
228. Gyze - Fascinating Violence
Melodeath/Power
229. Hail Of Bullets - III: The Rommel Chronicles
Death
230. Hatchet - Dawn Of The End
Thrash
231. Havok - Unnatural Selection
Thrash
232. Hell - Curse And Chapter
Heavy
233. Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell
Power
234. Horse Latitudes - Black Soil
Drone/Doom
235. How To Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
Industrial Rock
236. Howl - Bloodlines
Sludge/Stoner
237. Hypocrisy - End Of Disclosure
Melodeath
238. Impending Doom - Death Will Reign
Deathcore
239. Imperium Dekadenz - Meadows Of Nostalgia
Atmospheric Black
240. In Extremo - Kunstraub
Folk
241. In Solitude - Sister
Heavy
242. In Vain - Ænigma
Progressive/Melodeath
243. Inhumate - Expulsed
Death/Grindcore
244. Insurrection - Prototype
Technical Death
245. Inter Arma - Sky Burial
Post-Metal/Sludge/Black
246. Iron Reagan - Worse Than Dead
Crossover/Hardcore Punk
247. James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance
Progressive
248. Jesu - Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
Post-Rock/Industrial
249. Jex Thoth - Blood Moon Rise
Psychedelic/Doom
250. Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2)
Progressive
251. Jucifer - За Bолгой для нас земли нет
Sludge/Doom
252. Karnivool - Asymmetry
Progressive/Alternative
253. Kataklysm - Waiting For The End To Come
Death
254. Kauan - Pirut
Folk/Doom
255. KEN Mode - Entrench
Hardcore
256. Kinetik - Heavier Elements
Progressive/Djent
257. Kingcrow - In Crescendo
Progressive
258. KMFDM - Kunst
Industrial
259. Krypts - Unending Degradation
Death
260. Kvelertak - Meir
Black/Punk
261. Kylesa - Ultraviolet
Sludge/Doom
262. Lacrimas Profundere - Antiadore
Gothic
263. Lalu - Atomic Ark
Progressive
264. Lantern - Below
Black/Death
265. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 01: Parallel Infinities - The Inner Universe
Progressive/Death
266. Last Chance To Reason - Level 3
Progressive
267. Leprous - Coal
Progressive
268. Leviathan (GER) - The Aeons Torn - Beyond The Gates Of Imagination Pt. 2
Folk/Melodeath
269. Living Sacrifice - Ghost Thief
Metalcore/Thrash
270. Long Distance Calling - The Flood Inside
Post-Rock
271. Lunarsea - Hundred Light Years
Melodeath
272. Lustre - Wonder
Atmospheric Black
273. Lux Divina - Possessed By Telluric Feelings
Black/Folk
274. Lychgate - Lychgate
Progressive/Black
275. Lycus - Tempest
Funeral Doom
276. Lyfthrasyr - The Engineered Flesh
Industrial/Black
277. Machetazo - Ruin
Death/Grindcore
278. Månegarm - Legions Of The North
Folk/Black
279. Master - The Witchhunt
Death
280. Masterplan - Novum Initium
Power/Progressive
281. Mechina - Empyrean
Industrial
282. Mercenary - Through Our Darkest Days
Melodeath
283. Milking The Goatmachine - Stallzeit
Death/Grindcore
284. Misanthrope - Ænigma Mystica
Symphonic/Melodeath
285. Monolithe - Monolithe IV
Funeral Doom
286. Morne - Shadows
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
287. Moss - Horrible Night
Drone/Doom/Sludge
288. Mourning Beloveth - Formless
Death-Doom
289. Mouth Of The Architect - Dawning
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
290. Mumakil - Flies Will Starve
Grindcore
291. Mutiny Within - Synchronicity
Progressive/Metalcore
292. MyGrain - Planetary Breathing
Melodeath
293. Nails - Abandon All Life
Hardcore/Grindcore
294. Necrocurse - Grip Of The Dead
Death
295. Necrophobic - Womb Of Lilithu
Death
296. Necrovile - Engorging The Devourmental Void
Brutal Death
297. Necrowretch - Putrid Death Sorcery
Death
298. Netherbird - The Ferocious Tides Of Fate
Melodic Black
299. Nightfall - Cassiopeia
Folk/Melodeath
300. Nocte Obducta - Umbriel (Das Schweigen Zwischen Den Sternen)
Avantgarde/Black
301. Nolentia - May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All
Grindcore
302. Noumena - Death Walks With Me
Melodeath
303. Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
Death
304. Obsidian Tongue - A Nest Of Ravens In The Throat Of Time
Atmospheric Black
305. Oceans Of Slumber - Aetherial
Progressive
306. October Falls - The Plague Of A Coming Age
Folk/Black/Doom
307. October Tide - Tunnel Of No Light
Death-Doom
308. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu
Psychedelic Black
309. Orchid - The Mouths Of Madness
Doom
310. Orphaned Land - All Is One
Progressive/Folk
311. Otargos - Apex Terror
Black
312. Palms - Palms
Post-Metal
313. Pathology - Lords Of Rephaim
Brutal Death
314. Pelican - Forever Becoming
Post-Metal Instrumental
315. Pensées Nocturnes - Nom D'une Pipe!
Neoclassical/Black
316. Peste Noire - Peste Noire
Black
317. Pestilence - Obsideo
Technical Death
318. Polkadot Cadaver - Last Call In Jonestown
Alternative/Avantgarde
319. Pomegranate Tiger - Entities
Progressive Instrumental
320. Power Trip - Manifest Decimation
Crossover Thrash
321. Pretty Maids - Motherland
Heavy
322. Primitive Man - Scorn
Sludge/Doom/Black
323. Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart
Doom
324. Prosanctus Inferi - Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
Black/Death
325. Pryapisme - Hyperblast Super Collider
Avantgarde
326. Red Fang - Whales And Leeches
Stoner
327. Redwood Hill - Descender
Post-Black
328. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
Post-Black
329. Revel In Flesh - Manifested Darkness
Death
330. Rivers Of Nihil - The Conscious Seed Of Light
Technical Death
331. Rorcal - Világvége
Post-Black/Sludge
332. Rosetta - The Anaesthete
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
333. Russian Circles - Memorial
Post-Rock
334. Sannhet - Known Flood
Post-Black Instrumental
335. Sarke - Aruagint
Black/Thrash
336. Satyricon - Satyricon
Black
337. Scale The Summit - The Migration
Progressive Instrumental
338. Scalpel - Sorrow And Skin
Brutal Death/Grindcore
339. Seduce The Heaven - Field Of Dreams
Progressive/Melodeath
340. Sedulity - The Valley of Dying Stars
Progressive/Thrash/Death
341. Sepultura - The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart
Thrash
342. Seth - The Howling Spirit
Black
343. Shadow Of The Colossus - End Game
Deathcore
344. Shining - 8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd
Progressive/Black
345. Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed
Black/Thrash
346. Soilwork - The Living Infinite
Melodeath
347. Sombres Forêts - La Mort Du Soleil
Atmopheric Black
348. Sons Of Aeon - Sons Of Aeon
Melodeath
349. Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
Progressive
350. Spektr - Cypher
Experimental Black
351. Svart - Det Personliga Helvetets Spiral
Atmospheric Black/Funeral Doom
352. Status Abnormis - Call Of The Void
Industrial/Thrash
353. Steamforged - Fractured Singularity
Progressive
354. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Progressive
355. Stormlord - Hesperia
Symphonic/Black
356. Stratovarius - Nemesis
Power
357. Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods
Sludge/Doom
358. Subsignal - Paraìso
Progressive
359. Suidakra - Eternal Defiance
Folk/Melodeath
360. Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
Atmospheric Black
361. Svart Crown - Profane
Post-Death
362. Tesseract - Altered State
Progressive/Djent
363. Thaw - Thaw
Black
364. The Amenta - Flesh Is Heir
Industrial/Death
365. The Aurora Project - Selling The Aggression
Progressive
366. The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack
Melodeath/Metalcore
367. The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer
Progressive/Metalcore
368. The Fall Of Every Season - Amends
Melodic Doom
369. The Gathering - Afterwords
Experimental Rock
370. The Moth Gatherer - A Bright Celestial Light
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
371. The Prophecy - Salvation
Death-Doom
372. The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer)
Black/Doom
373. The Safety Fire - Mouth Of Swords
Progressive
374. The Vision Bleak - Witching Hour
Gothic
375. Thrawsunblat - Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings
Folk/Black
376. Throne Of Katarsis - The Three Transcendental Keys
Black
377. Thy Light - No Morrow Shall Dawn
Atmospheric Black
378. Thyrfing - De Ödeslösa
Folk
379. Torture Killer - Phobia
Death
380. Toxic Holocaust - Chemistry Of Consciousness
Black/Thrash
381. Trauma - Karma Obscura
Death
382. Trouble - The Distortion Field
Psychedelic Doom
383. Ulcer - Grant Us Death
Death
384. Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X
Electronic/Avantgarde
385. Universe217 - Never
Doom
386. Urna - Mors Principium Est
Black/Funeral Doom
387. Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering
Atmospheric Black
388. Vastum - Patricidal Lust
Death
389. Vattnet Viskar - Sky Swallower
Atmospheric Black
390. Vengeful - KARMA MMXIII
Technical/Brutal Death
391. Verminous - The Unholy Communion
Death
392. Vin de Mia Trix - Once Hidden From Sight
Death-Doom
393. Violator - Scenarios Of Brutality
Thrash
394. Void Of Sleep - Tales Between Reality And Madness
Stoner
395. Voivod - Target Earth
Thrash/Avantgarde
396. Vreid - Welcome Farewell
Melodic Black
397. Vulture Industries - The Tower
Avantgarde
398. Year Of No Light - Tocsin
Post-Metal Instrumental/Atmospheric Sludge
399. Warbringer - IV: Empires Collapse
Thrash
400. Watain - The Wild Hunt
Black
401. Way To End - Various Shades Of Black
Avantgarde/Black
402. Wine From Tears - Glad To Be Dead
Death-Doom
403. Windhand - Soma
Stoner/Doom
404. Wolfchant - Embraced By Fire
Folk/Melodeath
405. Wolfheart - Winterborn
Melodeath
406. Worldengine - Dark Matters
Progressive/Post-Metal
407. Abnorymdeffect - Curtea Suprema
Death/Grindcore
408. Abolish The Echelon - Collusion
Progressive Instrumental
409. Abomnium - Coffinships
Death/Thrash/Black
410. Acolyte - Alta
Progressive/Black
411. Ad Intra - Inside Us All
Death/Doom
412. Adept [SWE] - Silence The World
Metalcore
413. Agents Of Abhorrence - Relief
Grindcore
414. Ágona - Homo Grotescus
Death/Thrash
415. Alter Self - Seven Deadly Blessings
Death/Thrash
416. Astral Display - Prometheus
Progressive
417. Asyron - Harbinger
Melodeath
418. Atoms For Peace - Amok
Experimental Rock
419. Ayin - Ordo Ab Chao
Technical/Progressive Death
420. Azrath 11 - Ov Tentacles And Spirals
Black/Death
421. Benea Reach - Possession
Progressive/Djent/Metalcore
422. Beyond Mortality - Infected Life
Melodic Death/Thrash
423. Blake - Taste Of Voodoo
Stoner
424. Boal - Infinite Deprivation
Brutal Death
425. Call Of The Void - Dragging Down A Dead Path
Grindcore
426. Carbonized Gnawing Mandible - Anointed By The Elders
Grindcore
427. Carrioned - Echoes Of Abomination
Brutal Death/Grindcore
428. Cathexis - Shades Of Apocalypse
Technical Death
429. Cenesthesie - Visceral
Progressive/Death
430. Cerekloth - In The Midst Of Life We Are Death
Death
431. Colossus - Wake
Progressive/Stoner/Sludge
432. Cotard Syndrome - The Suggestion Of Last Days
Brutal Death
433. Craven Idol - Towards Eschaton
Black/Death
434. Cult Of Occult - Hic Est Domus Diaboli Doom
Doom
435. Cynicist - Cynicist
Technical Death
436. Death Tyrant - Opus De Tyranis
Melodic Black/Death
437. Deathening - Chained In Blood
Melodic Death
438. Deathstorm - Nechesh
Death
439. Dehumanizer - The Incomplete Man
Progressive Death
440. Demonic Rage - Venomous Wine from Putrid Bodies
Death
441. Desecrated Sphere - Emancipate
Technical Death
442. Dichotomy - Paradigms
Technical Melodeath
443. Discreation - The Silence Of The Gods
Death
444. Disfigured Divinity - Zapotectron
Melodeath
445. Dorthal - Arid Landscape
Progressive Instrumental/Djent
446. Ecocide - Eye Of Wicked Sight
Deathrash
447. Endovein - S.I.N. (Supreme Insatiable Need)
Technical Thrash
448. Encircle - Into The Dreamstate
Progressive Instrumental
449. Encircling Sea - A Forgotten Land
Post-Black
450. Eloa Vadaath - Dead End Proclama
Avantgarde/Death
451. Emyn Muil - Turin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Atmospheric Black
452. Endless - Human Intoxication
Technical Death
453. Essence Of Datum - Event Horizon
Technical/Melodeath Instrumental
454. Evangelist - Doominicanes
Doom
455. Expurgate - Dementia Tremens
Brutal Death
456. Exhumer - Degraded By Sepsis
Brutal Death/Grindcore
457. Fanisk - Insularum
Atmospheric Black
458. Faun - Von Den Elben
Neofolk
459. Fleshworld - Like We're All Equal Again
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
460. Fjorsvartnir - A Praise to My Ancestors Preponderance
Folk/Black
461. Forlorn Path - Man's Last Portrait
Progressive/Melodic Death
462. Four Giants - Blue Harvest
Progressive Instrumental
463. Fractured Spine - Songs Of Slumber
Gothic/Death-Doom
464. Funeral Speech - Experimental World
Progressive/Technical Death
465. Graveyard [ESP] - The Sea Grave
Death
466. Gruesome Stuff Relish - Sempiternal Death Grind
Grindcore/Brutal Death
467. Hela - Broken Cross
Stoner/Doom
468. Helium Horse Fly - Helium Horse Fly
Avantgarde
469. Hemotoxin - Between Forever...And The End
Death/Thrash
470. Hesperian Death Horse - Mrtav
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
471. Howling - A Beast Conceived
Thrash
472. Human Improvement Process - Deafening Dissonant Millennium
Brutal Death
473. I Klatus - Kether
Atmospheric Sludge/Doom
474. Ice Field Kingdom - Civilization Of Decline
Progressive Instrumental/Thrash
475. Icons Of Brutality - Between Glory And Despair
Brutal/Technical Death
476. Imprecation - Satanae Tenebris Infinita
Black/Death
477. Inextalis - Catatonic Universe
Progressive/Technical Death
478. Inquinok - Dimension Of I
Black/Death
479. Koloss - Empower The Monster
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
480. Krig - Decay's Beholder
Technical Death
481. Laceration - Severing The Divine Iniquity
Brutal Death
482. Litvintroll - Czornaja Panna
Folk
483. Locrian - Return To Annihilation
Drone/Ambient
484. Lothorian - Welldweller
Stoner/Doom
485. Matt Harnett - Enigma
Progressive Instrumental
486. Mechanical God Creation - Artifact Of Annihilation
Technical Death
487. Mephistopheles - Sounds Of The End
Technical Death/Melodic Black
488. Moonreich - Terribilis Est Locus Iste
Black
489. My Soliloquy - The Interpreter
Progressive
490. Nebulous - The Quantum Transcendence Of Death
Technical Death
491. Necrotic Disgorgement - Documentaries Of Dementia
Brutal Death
492. Neige Éternelle - Neige Éternelle
Black
493. Noisem - Agony Defined
Death/Thrash
494. Northlane - Singularity
Progressive/Djent/Metalcore
495. Northless - World Keeps Sinking
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
496. Ocean Chief - Sten
Stoner/Sludge/Doom
497. On Wings Of Wax - The Empty Bed
Post-Metal Instrumental
498. Psychoparalysis - Human Disposition
Progressive/Death
499. Psychophagist - Songs Of Faint And Distortion
Avantgarde/Grindcore
500. Purgatory - Deathkvlt - Grand Ancient Arts
Death
501. Pyres - Year Of Sleep
Progressive/Sludge
502. Reptilian Death - The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence
Technical/Brutal Death
503. Sacriphyx - Sacriphyx
Death
504. Scordatura - Torment Of The Weak
Brutal Death
505. Seplophile - Mesonoxian
Death
506. Serpents - Born Of Ishtar
Deathcore/Black
507. Siege Of Hate - Animalism
Grindcore/Death
508. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
Post-Rock
509. Skum - Prašina
Death/Post-Hardcore
510. Swamp - Bearskin
Technical Death
511. Syn:drom - Iconoclasm
Technical Death
512. Tellus Requiem - Invictus (The 11th Hour)
Progressive/Power
513. Terminal Prospect - Redefine Existence
Melodeath/Thrash
514. Terminate - Ascending To Red Heavens
Death
515. The Appleseed Cast - Illumination Ritual
Post-Rock
516. The Phantom Carriage - Falls
Post-Hardcore/Black
517. The Zygoma Disposal - The Forgotten
Avantgarde
518. Tides From Nebula - Eternal Movement
Post-Rock
519. Unbirth - Deracinated Celestial Oligarchy
Brutal Death
520. V3ctors - Physis
Progressive/Djent
521. Veneror - Percussimus Foedus Cum Morte
Black
522. War-Saw - Nuclear Nightmare
Thrash
523. Yuri Gagarin - Yuri Gagarin
Psychedelic/Stoner
524. Zealotry - The Charnel Expanse
Technical Death
525. Shining (NOR) - One One One
Avantgarde // Shining? Is that... you? Where's the maniacal, all-out assault on our sanity? Where oh where is the brain-juice vaporing, butt cheek-flapping weirdassery that we all so love and cherish? Where, where, WHERE?! T_T *drama mode off* Mediocre. Enough said. /sad narwhal
526. Todtgelichter - Apnoe
Avantgarde // Don't get the overt hate it's getting. Inconsistent, flawed and patchy, yes, but not all that bad. Really dig "Lights of Highways", and am smitten by the female vocals. Sadly, the rest is forgettable.
527. Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods
Melodeath // Amon Amarth are notorious for being the quintessential (and negative) example of "playing it safe", and this album will not serve to change that opinion anytime soon. Gets tiresome after a few runs.
528. Dark Tranquillity - Construct
Melodeath // It's official. My favorite band of all time have finally jumped on board SS Mediocrity on a permabasis. No, they'll never, ever be truly awful and can still churn out a good tune or two, but it's glaringly evident that their best days are well behind them. Reality bites.
529. Centurian - Contra Rationem
Death // Another one of those "shit's alright and tight but missing... something" records that you can safely skip over in favor of other, more adventurous endeavours.
530. Devourment - Conceived In Sewage
Brutal Death // Paltry, stale, and dilute, with very few saving graces (good passages of brutality when upping the ante), but those are extremely few and far between.
531. Hate - Solarflesh: A Gospel Of Radiant Divinity
Death // Inoffensive, safe death metal that loses steam. FAST. No sustenance factor to it whatsoever.
532. Sodom - Epitome Of Torture
Thrash // Sub-par, lacklustre watered-down teutonic thrash that's almost as annoying as a runny nose. Ain't nothing much to tell.
533. Hatesphere - Murderlust
Deathrash // Not altogether convincing. Semi-good groovy deathrash that lacks variety and good tempo.
534. Algetic - Algetic
Technical/Brutal Death // Yep. One of those much-maligned "wankery types." Not truly bad, but they really need to spruce up their songwriting.
535. Vorum - Poisoned Void
Black/Death // A fairly bland mixture of old school death and black that lacks "oomph." Strictly for diehard fans of the genre.
536. Reign Of The Architect - Rise
Progressive // Messy, disorganized, short-sighted prog that tries to be too dramatic for its own good, with a vocalist trying too damn hard to emulate Roy Khan and failing utterly and comprehensively in the process, its female counterpart being equally abominable, and both contributing to sinking an entire album down to added depths of painful mediocrity.
537. Turisas - Turisas2013
Progressive/Folk // Everything hinted at this being a complete and utter disaster. Truth be told, it isn't. A couple of catchy songs save it from absolute humiliation, but that's not saying much either.
538. Reciprocal - New Order Of The Ages
Technical/Brutal Death // Look... I was never an Alex Jones fanboy, and I could hardly give a rat's ass about the Obama administration, or the Illuminati, or squashed anchovies. The ONLY conspiracy theory I'm down with is this being a joke album made to sabotage this wondrous genre of tech death, and the evidence (insipid, weak ass songwriting for one) is too overwhelming to refute or put down. Such. A. Chore. God...
539. A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Bloom
Technical Death/Grindcore/Experimental // One of the bitterest disappointments in recent times. Sounds incredibly rushed and incoherent. Kinda like blending oil, water, mercury and a slab of steel into a mixture. Yeah, you guessed it, not much of a blender would be left or, in this case, a fully-functional ear. Sigh.
540. Trivium - Vengeance Falls
Metalcore/Thrash // Went inside in the hope of another Shogun or even Ascendancy. Left severely disappointed. Special, DIShonorable mention of Matt Heafield's awful vocal deliveries to seal the deal.
541. Megadeth - Super Collider
Hard Rock/Heavy // Another twist in the plot for Megadeth? If so, the banal, trite type. I'm sorry Dave, but metal and square dancing don't gel well together and never will. *points at The Blackest Crow*
542. Ygodeh - An Experiment Interrupted
Progressive/Death // An experiment interrupted indeed. AND with good reason. Hard lack boys, back to the lab with all of you.
543. Year Of No Light - Vampyr
Ambient // Fair enough it's more of a soundtrack than it is an album, but that's no excuse for being so incredibly uninteresting, mellow and plain boring.
544. Lecherous Nocturne - Behold Almighty Doctrine
Technical Death/Black // Toothless, hollow, and one suffering from a lack of bite, as best displayed in the songwriting. Or lack of.
545. !T.O.O.H.! - Democratic Solution
? // ...and one fine ass morning, our beloved yet equally demented protagonist said to himself "Of what use is this deadened piece of iniquity? Nay, I cannot eat it or drink it", and left his guitar parts to hang and dry outside on the clothesline... wait, you want me to continue? Erm...
546. Botanist - IV: Mandragora
Atmospheric Black // Damn... well this sounds like it came from the back end of the Trickster himself after having too many brussel sprouts. Feed this to your neighbor's livestock, or weed this fucker out before it spreads further.
547. Entropia (CAN) - Crimson Empire
Thrash // Y'know that annoying little pubescent just down the road? The one with the faint moustache and all that who hasn't even shed his milk teeth yet? Yep, name's Entropia, but you can call him Sir All-Bark-And-Balls-Not-A-Lot. Fucking laughable.
548. The Browning - Hypernova
Trance/Deathcore // Oh wow. The Browning just got a shade browner, if you caught my drift. If you didn't, it's definitely NOT chocolate I was referring to.



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MechanisT - 30.12.2013 at 19:10  
Written by Diverge on 30.12.2013 at 16:28

I never initially thought of Owl as "death gaze", but that's a pretty good way to describe the sound. I had them in the top 10, and then I removed it; I think it's about time Owl rejoins its proper spot on my list.


Well deserved of that, I'd say. Very unique and original album. To pull something like that off so successfully, something which looks so very wrong and horrible on paper, in actuality is all the more commendable.
Zaphod - 17.02.2014 at 04:25  
Sorry to be off topic, but how did you link stuff in your introduction?
Troy Killjoy - 17.02.2014 at 04:38  
Written by Zaphod on 17.02.2014 at 04:25
Sorry to be off topic, but how did you link stuff in your introduction?

It's the same as in the forums - just use the URL code (either like [ url ] link [ /url ] without the spaces or like [ url=link ] name [ /url ] without the spaces).
Zaphod - 17.02.2014 at 04:58  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.02.2014 at 04:38

Written by Zaphod on 17.02.2014 at 04:25
Sorry to be off topic, but how did you link stuff in your introduction?

It's the same as in the forums - just use the URL code (either like [ url ] link [ /url ] without the spaces or like [ url=link ] name [ /url ] without the spaces).

Oooh, I was using this guy: <a href="url">Word</a> though I remember I once used the correct one on MS. I always have trouble with anything more complicated than the simple [ url ] link [ /url ] thing.
Thanks
Neiluria - 19.02.2014 at 16:59  
You listened to all this? Good list
MechanisT - 19.02.2014 at 17:17  
Written by Neiluria on 19.02.2014 at 16:59

You listened to all this? Good list


Well yes, yes I did. I described the ones that made a concrete and lasting impression whilst leaving the ones I'm still undecided on in alphabetical order, just in case someone finds them to their liking.
Also; thank you, and much obliged.

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