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.

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. The Moth Gatherer - A Bright Celestial Light
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge // Uncharacteristic, atypical and immediately distinctive within the post-metal framework, incorporating a sound that's both monolithic and imposing without being needlessly overpowering, balancing admirably the alternating transitions between the harsher and more solemn elements. Incredibly sophisticated and well thought out.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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...
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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.
40. 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.
41. 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.
42. 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.
43. 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!
44. 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?
45. 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.
46. 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.
47. 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.
48. 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.
49. 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.
50. 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.
51. Onslaught - VI
Thrash // Rebellious and obstinate; thrash metal played with great dynamicism and vitality. Impact is imminent.
52. 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.
53. 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.
54. 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.
55. 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.
56. 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.
57. 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.
58. 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.
59. 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.
60. 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.
61. 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.
62. 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.
63. 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.
64. 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.
65. 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?
66. 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.
67. 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.
68. 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...
69. 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.
70. 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.
71. 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.
72. 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.
73. 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.
74. 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.
75. 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?
76. 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.
77. 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.
78. Psychotic Pulse - Psychotic Pulse
Industrial/Thrash // Strapping Young Lad never really died. It just underwent change in personnel, that's all.
79. 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.
80. 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.
81. 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.
82. 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.
83. 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.
84. 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.
85. Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle
Atmospheric Black // Because... Summoning-worshipping isn't that much of a fad. Not just yet at least.
86. 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.
87. 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.
88. 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.
89. 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.
90. 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.
91. 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.
92. 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?!
93. 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.
94. 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.
95. 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.
96. 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.
97. 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.
98. 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.
99. 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.
100. 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.
101. 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.
102. 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.
103. 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.
104. Boil - AXiom
Progressive // Fairly straightforward, happy-go-lucky prog without any of those unnecessary complications. Good variation and accessibility are among its stronger points.
105. 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.
106. 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.
107. 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.
108. 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.
109. Æther Realm - One Chosen By The Gods
Folk/Melodic Death
110. Ævangelist - Omen Ex Simulacra
111. A Pale Horse Named Death - Lay My Soul To Waste
112. A Storm Of Light - Nations To Flames
113. Abstract Spirit - Theomorphic Defectiveness
Funeral Doom
114. Acacia - Tills Döden Skiljer Oss Åt
115. Aeon Zen - Enigma
116. Aeternus - ...And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth
117. Age Of Taurus - Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times
118. Agrimonia - Rites Of Separation
119. Agrypnie - Aetas Cineris
Atmospheric Black
120. All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature
121. Amiensus - Restoration
122. Amorphis - Circle
123. A.M.S.G. - Anti-Cosmic Tyranny
124. An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Atmospheric Black
125. Anagnorisis - Beyond All Light
126. Anarchadia - Let Us All Unite
127. Anciients - Heart Of Oak
128. Andy Winter - Incomprehensible
129. Angizia - Des Winters Finsterer Gesell
130. Animations - Private Ghetto
131. Annihilator - Feast
132. Aosoth - IV: An Arrow In Heart
Atmospheric Black
133. Apathy - Beneath The Ashen Sky
Melodic Death-Doom
134. Archon - Ouroboros Collapsing
135. Argus - Beyond The Martyrs
136. Armed For Apocalypse - The Road Will End
137. Ash Borer - Cold Of Ages
Atmospheric Black
138. Ataraxie - L'Être Et La Nausée
Funeral Doom
139. Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
140. Atrocity - Okkult
141. Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
142. Avatarium - Avatarium
143. Avulsed - Ritual Zombi
Brutal Death
144. Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything
145. Azure Emote - The Gravity of Impermanence
146. Batillus - Concrete Sustain
147. Black Boned Angel - The End
148. Black Crucifixion - Coronation Of King Darkness
149. Black Fast - Starving Out The Light
150. Blackfield - Blackfield IV
151. Blindead - Absence
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
152. Blockheads - This World Is Dead
153. Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark
154. Bong - Idle Days On The Yann
155. Broken Hope - Omen Of Disease
156. Burzum - Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan
157. Byzantine - Byzantine
158. Cangaço - Rastros
159. Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus
Atmospheric Black
160. Cathedral - The Last Spire
161. Celeste - Animale(s)
162. Cerebrum - Cosmic Enigma
Technical Death
163. Chalice Of Doom - Into Hypnagogia
164. Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood
Power/Melodic Death
165. Church Of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum
166. Chthonic - Bú-Tik
Black/Melodic Death
167. Circle Of Ouroborus - The Final Egg
Experimental Black
168. Clandestine Blaze - Harmony Of Struggle
169. Cloudkicker - Subsume
Progressive Instrumental/Djent
170. Code - Augur Nox
171. Coffins - The Fleshland
172. Convulse - Evil Prevails
173. Corpus Mortale - FleshCraft
Brutal Death
174. Crisix - Rise…Then Rest
175. Crown - Psychurgy
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
176. Dagoba - Post Mortem Nihil Est
Industrial/Groove Thrash
177. Darkestrah - Manas
178. Darktrance - Pessimum
179. Dead In The Dirt - The Blind Hole
180. Deals Death - Point Zero Solution
181. Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood
182. Death Mechanism - Twenty-First Century
183. Deathchain - Ritual Death Metal
184. Defeated Sanity - Passages Into Deformity
Brutal/Technical Death
185. Demonical - Darkness Unbound
186. Derdian - Limbo
187. Deviant Syndrome - 66 Ways To Redemption
188. DGM - Momentum
189. Diabolical - Neogenesis
190. Disfiguring The Goddess - Deprive
Brutal Death
191. Dissension - Of Time And Chronic Disease
Melodic Death/Black
192. Disperse - Living Mirrors
193. Domovoyd - Oh Sensibility
194. Doomriders - Grand Blood
195. Dreadnought - Lifewoven
196. Dream Death - Somnium Excessum
197. Dream Theater - Dream Theater
198. East Of The Wall - Redaction Artifacts
199. Eclipse Prophecy - Days Of Judgement
200. Eisregen - Todestage
201. End Of Green - The Painstream
202. Endstille - Kapitulation 2013
203. Entrails - Raging Death
204. Entropia (POL) - Vesper
Atmospheric Black
205. Epysode - Fantasmagoria
206. Ereb Altor - Fire Meets Ice
207. Eschatos - Hierophanies
208. Eternal Oath - Ghostlands
Melodic Death-Doom/Gothic
209. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Saivon Lapsi
210. Euphoric Defilement - Ascending To The Worms
Brutal Death
211. Evan Brewer - Your Itinerary
Progressive Instrumental
212. Evile - Skull
213. Evoke Thy Lords - Drunken Tales
Psychedelic Doom
214. Exivious - Liminal
Progressive Instrumental
215. Falkenbach - Asa
216. Fates Warning - Darkness In A Different Light
217. Fen - Dustwalker
218. Finntroll - Blodsvept
219. Funeralium - Deceived Idealism
Funeral Doom
220. Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes
221. Gehenna - Unravel
222. Germ - Grief
Atmospheric Black
223. Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam
224. Gigan - Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery And Super Science
Grindcore/Technical Death
225. Glorior Belli - Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls
226. God Is An Astronaut - Origins
227. Gothminister - Utopia
228. Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum
229. Gyze - Fascinating Violence
230. Hail Of Bullets - III: The Rommel Chronicles
231. Hatchet - Dawn Of The End
232. Havok - Unnatural Selection
233. Hell - Curse And Chapter
234. Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell
235. Horse Latitudes - Black Soil
236. How To Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
Industrial Rock
237. Howl - Bloodlines
238. Hypocrisy - End Of Disclosure
239. Impending Doom - Death Will Reign
240. Imperium Dekadenz - Meadows Of Nostalgia
Atmospheric Black
241. In Extremo - Kunstraub
242. In Solitude - Sister
243. In Vain - Ænigma
244. Inhumate - Expulsed
245. Insurrection - Prototype
Technical Death
246. Inter Arma - Sky Burial
247. Iron Reagan - Worse Than Dead
Crossover/Hardcore Punk
248. James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance
249. Jesu - Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
250. Jex Thoth - Blood Moon Rise
251. Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2)
252. Jucifer - За Bолгой для нас земли нет
253. Karnivool - Asymmetry
254. Kataklysm - Waiting For The End To Come
255. Kauan - Pirut
256. KEN Mode - Entrench
257. Kinetik - Heavier Elements
258. Kingcrow - In Crescendo
259. KMFDM - Kunst
260. Krypts - Unending Degradation
261. Kvelertak - Meir
262. Kylesa - Ultraviolet
263. Lacrimas Profundere - Antiadore
264. Lalu - Atomic Ark
265. Lantern - Below
266. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 01: Parallel Infinities - The Inner Universe
267. Last Chance To Reason - Level 3
268. Leprous - Coal
269. Leviathan (GER) - The Aeons Torn - Beyond The Gates Of Imagination Pt. 2
270. Living Sacrifice - Ghost Thief
271. Long Distance Calling - The Flood Inside
272. Lunarsea - Hundred Light Years
273. Lustre - Wonder
Atmospheric Black
274. Lux Divina - Possessed By Telluric Feelings
275. Lychgate - Lychgate
276. Lycus - Tempest
Funeral Doom
277. Lyfthrasyr - The Engineered Flesh
278. Machetazo - Ruin
279. Månegarm - Legions Of The North
280. Master - The Witchhunt
281. Masterplan - Novum Initium
282. Mechina - Empyrean
283. Mercenary - Through Our Darkest Days
284. Milking The Goatmachine - Stallzeit
285. Misanthrope - Ænigma Mystica
286. Monolithe - Monolithe IV
Funeral Doom
287. Morne - Shadows
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
288. Moss - Horrible Night
289. Mourning Beloveth - Formless
290. Mouth Of The Architect - Dawning
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
291. Mumakil - Flies Will Starve
292. Mutiny Within - Synchronicity
293. MyGrain - Planetary Breathing
294. Nails - Abandon All Life
295. Necrocurse - Grip Of The Dead
296. Necrophobic - Womb Of Lilithu
297. Necrovile - Engorging The Devourmental Void
Brutal Death
298. Necrowretch - Putrid Death Sorcery
299. Netherbird - The Ferocious Tides Of Fate
Melodic Black
300. Nightfall - Cassiopeia
301. Nocte Obducta - Umbriel (Das Schweigen Zwischen Den Sternen)
302. Nolentia - May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All
303. Noumena - Death Walks With Me
304. Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
305. Obsidian Tongue - A Nest Of Ravens In The Throat Of Time
Atmospheric Black
306. Oceans Of Slumber - Aetherial
307. October Falls - The Plague Of A Coming Age
308. October Tide - Tunnel Of No Light
309. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu
Psychedelic Black
310. Orchid - The Mouths Of Madness
311. Orphaned Land - All Is One
312. Otargos - Apex Terror
313. Palms - Palms
314. Pathology - Lords Of Rephaim
Brutal Death
315. Pelican - Forever Becoming
Post-Metal Instrumental
316. Pensées Nocturnes - Nom D'une Pipe!
317. Peste Noire - Peste Noire
318. Pestilence - Obsideo
Technical Death
319. Polkadot Cadaver - Last Call In Jonestown
320. Pomegranate Tiger - Entities
Progressive Instrumental
321. Power Trip - Manifest Decimation
Crossover Thrash
322. Pretty Maids - Motherland
323. Primitive Man - Scorn
324. Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart
325. Prosanctus Inferi - Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night
326. Pryapisme - Hyperblast Super Collider
327. Red Fang - Whales And Leeches
328. Redwood Hill - Descender
329. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
330. Revel In Flesh - Manifested Darkness
331. Rivers Of Nihil - The Conscious Seed Of Light
Technical Death
332. Rorcal - Világvége
333. Rosetta - The Anaesthete
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
334. Russian Circles - Memorial
335. Sannhet - Known Flood
Post-Black Instrumental
336. Sarke - Aruagint
337. Satyricon - Satyricon
338. Scale The Summit - The Migration
Progressive Instrumental
339. Scalpel - Sorrow And Skin
Brutal Death/Grindcore
340. Seduce The Heaven - Field Of Dreams
341. Sedulity - The Valley of Dying Stars
342. Sepultura - The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart
343. Seth - The Howling Spirit
344. Shadow Of The Colossus - End Game
345. Shining - 8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd
346. Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed
347. Soilwork - The Living Infinite
348. Sombres Forêts - La Mort Du Soleil
Atmopheric Black
349. Sons Of Aeon - Sons Of Aeon
350. Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
351. Spektr - Cypher
Experimental Black
352. Svart - Det Personliga Helvetets Spiral
Atmospheric Black/Funeral Doom
353. Status Abnormis - Call Of The Void
354. Steamforged - Fractured Singularity
355. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
356. Stormlord - Hesperia
357. Stratovarius - Nemesis
358. Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods
359. Subsignal - Paraìso
360. Suidakra - Eternal Defiance
361. Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
Atmospheric Black
362. Svart Crown - Profane
363. Tengger Cavalry - The Expedition
364. Tesseract - Altered State
365. Thaw - Thaw
366. The Amenta - Flesh Is Heir
367. The Aurora Project - Selling The Aggression
368. The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack
369. The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer
370. The Fall Of Every Season - Amends
Melodic Doom
371. The Gathering - Afterwords
Experimental Rock
372. The Prophecy - Salvation
373. The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer)
374. The Safety Fire - Mouth Of Swords
375. The Vision Bleak - Witching Hour
376. Thrawsunblat - Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings
377. Throne Of Katarsis - The Three Transcendental Keys
378. Thy Light - No Morrow Shall Dawn
Atmospheric Black
379. Thyrfing - De Ödeslösa
380. Todtgelichter - Apnoe
381. Torture Killer - Phobia
382. Toxic Holocaust - Chemistry Of Consciousness
383. Trauma - Karma Obscura
384. Trouble - The Distortion Field
Psychedelic Doom
385. Ulcer - Grant Us Death
386. Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X
387. Universe217 - Never
388. Urna - Mors Principium Est
Black/Funeral Doom
389. Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering
Atmospheric Black
390. Vastum - Patricidal Lust
391. Vattnet Viskar - Sky Swallower
Atmospheric Black
392. Vengeful - KARMA MMXIII
Technical/Brutal Death
393. Verminous - The Unholy Communion
394. Vin de Mia Trix - Once Hidden From Sight
395. Violator - Scenarios Of Brutality
396. Void Of Sleep - Tales Between Reality And Madness
397. Voivod - Target Earth
398. Vreid - Welcome Farewell
Melodic Black
399. Vulture Industries - The Tower
400. Year Of No Light - Tocsin
Post-Metal Instrumental/Atmospheric Sludge
401. Warbringer - IV: Empires Collapse
402. Watain - The Wild Hunt
403. Way To End - Various Shades Of Black
404. Wine From Tears - Glad To Be Dead
405. Windhand - Soma
406. Wolfchant - Embraced By Fire
407. Wolfheart - Winterborn
408. Worldengine - Dark Matters
409. Abnorymdeffect - Curtea Suprema
410. Abolish The Echelon - Collusion
Progressive Instrumental
411. Abomnium - Coffinships
412. Acolyte - Alta
413. Ad Intra - Inside Us All
414. Adept [SWE] - Silence The World
415. Agents Of Abhorrence - Relief
416. Ágona - Homo Grotescus
417. Alter Self - Seven Deadly Blessings
418. Astral Display - Prometheus
419. Asyron - Harbinger
420. Atoms For Peace - Amok
Experimental Rock
421. Ayin - Ordo Ab Chao
Technical/Progressive Death
422. Azrath 11 - Ov Tentacles And Spirals
423. Benea Reach - Possession
424. Beyond Mortality - Infected Life
Melodic Death/Thrash
425. Blake - Taste Of Voodoo
426. Boal - Infinite Deprivation
Brutal Death
427. Call Of The Void - Dragging Down A Dead Path
428. Carbonized Gnawing Mandible - Anointed By The Elders
429. Carrioned - Echoes Of Abomination
Brutal Death/Grindcore
430. Cathexis - Shades Of Apocalypse
Technical Death
431. Cenesthesie - Visceral
432. Cerekloth - In The Midst Of Life We Are Death
433. Colossus - Wake
434. Cotard Syndrome - The Suggestion Of Last Days
Brutal Death
435. Craven Idol - Towards Eschaton
436. Cult Of Occult - Hic Est Domus Diaboli Doom
437. Cynicist - Cynicist
Technical Death
438. Death Tyrant - Opus De Tyranis
Melodic Black/Death
439. Deathening - Chained In Blood
Melodic Death
440. Deathstorm - Nechesh
441. Dehumanizer - The Incomplete Man
Progressive Death
442. Demonic Rage - Venomous Wine from Putrid Bodies
443. Desecrated Sphere - Emancipate
Technical Death
444. Dichotomy - Paradigms
Technical Melodeath
445. Discreation - The Silence Of The Gods
446. Disfigured Divinity - Zapotectron
447. Dorthal - Arid Landscape
Progressive Instrumental/Djent
448. Ecocide - Eye Of Wicked Sight
449. Endovein - S.I.N. (Supreme Insatiable Need)
Technical Thrash
450. Encircle - Into The Dreamstate
Progressive Instrumental
451. Encircling Sea - A Forgotten Land
452. Eloa Vadaath - Dead End Proclama
453. Emyn Muil - Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Atmospheric Black
454. Endless - Human Intoxication
Technical Death
455. Essence Of Datum - Event Horizon
Technical/Melodeath Instrumental
456. Evangelist - Doominicanes
457. Expurgate - Dementia Tremens
Brutal Death
458. Exhumer - Degraded By Sepsis
Brutal Death/Grindcore
459. Fanisk - Insularum
Atmospheric Black
460. Faun - Von Den Elben
461. Fleshworld - Like We're All Equal Again
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
462. Fjorsvartnir - A Praise to My Ancestors Preponderance
463. Forlorn Path - Man's Last Portrait
Progressive/Melodic Death
464. Four Giants - Blue Harvest
Progressive Instrumental
465. Fractured Spine - Songs Of Slumber
466. Funeral Speech - Experimental World
Progressive/Technical Death
467. Graveyard (ESP) - The Sea Grave
468. Gruesome Stuff Relish - Sempiternal Death Grind
Grindcore/Brutal Death
469. Hela - Broken Cross
470. Helium Horse Fly - Helium Horse Fly
471. Hemotoxin - Between Forever...And The End
472. Hesperian Death Horse - Mrtav
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
473. Howling - A Beast Conceived
474. Human Improvement Process - Deafening Dissonant Millennium
Brutal Death
475. I Klatus - Kether
Atmospheric Sludge/Doom
476. Ice Field Kingdom - Civilization Of Decline
Progressive Instrumental/Thrash
477. Icons Of Brutality - Between Glory And Despair
Brutal/Technical Death
478. Imprecation - Satanae Tenebris Infinita
479. Inextalis - Catatonic Universe
Progressive/Technical Death
480. Inquinok - Dimension Of I
481. Koloss - Empower The Monster
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
482. Krig - Decay's Beholder
Technical Death
483. Laceration - Severing The Divine Iniquity
Brutal Death
484. Litvintroll - Czornaja Panna
485. Locrian - Return To Annihilation
486. Lothorian - Welldweller
487. Matt Harnett - Enigma
Progressive Instrumental
488. Mechanical God Creation - Artifact Of Annihilation
Technical Death
489. Mephistopheles - Sounds Of The End
Technical Death/Melodic Black
490. Moonreich - Terribilis Est Locus Iste
491. My Soliloquy - The Interpreter
492. Nebulous - The Quantum Transcendence Of Death
Technical Death
493. Necrotic Disgorgement - Documentaries Of Dementia
Brutal Death
494. Neige Éternelle - Neige Éternelle
495. Noisem - Agony Defined
496. Northlane - Singularity
497. Northless - World Keeps Sinking
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
498. Ocean Chief - Sten
499. Olvido - Luto
500. On Wings Of Wax - The Empty Bed
Post-Metal Instrumental
501. Psychoparalysis - Human Disposition
502. Psychophagist - Songs Of Faint And Distortion
503. Purgatory - Deathkvlt - Grand Ancient Arts
504. Pyres - Year Of Sleep
505. Reptilian Death - The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence
Technical/Brutal Death
506. Sacriphyx - Sacriphyx
507. Scordatura - Torment Of The Weak
Brutal Death
508. Seplophile - Mesonoxian
509. Serpents - Born Of Ishtar
510. Siege Of Hate - Animalism
511. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
512. Skum - Prašina
513. Swamp - Bearskin
Technical Death
514. Syn:drom - Iconoclasm
Technical Death
515. Tellus Requiem - Invictus (The 11th Hour)
516. Terminal Prospect - Redefine Existence
517. Terminate - Ascending To Red Heavens
518. The Appleseed Cast - Illumination Ritual
519. The Phantom Carriage - Falls
520. The Zygoma Disposal - The Forgotten
521. Tides From Nebula - Eternal Movement
522. Unbirth - Deracinated Celestial Oligarchy
Brutal Death
523. V3ctors - Physis
524. Veneror - Percussimus Foedus Cum Morte
525. War-Saw - Nuclear Nightmare
526. Yuri Gagarin - Yuri Gagarin
527. Zealotry - The Charnel Expanse
Technical Death
528. 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
529. 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.
530. 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.
531. 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.
532. 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.
533. Hate - Solarflesh: A Gospel Of Radiant Divinity
Death // Inoffensive, safe death metal that loses steam. FAST. No sustenance factor to it whatsoever.
534. 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.
535. Hatesphere - Murderlust
Deathrash // Not altogether convincing. Semi-good groovy deathrash that lacks variety and good tempo.
536. 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.
537. 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.
538. 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.
539. 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.
540. 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...
541. 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.
542. 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.
543. 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*
544. 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.
545. 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.
546. 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.
547. !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...
548. 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.
549. 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.
550. 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.
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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