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The albums I've enjoyed the most throughout the year. It won't be nearly as extensive as some others due to the fact that I simply don't have time to check out all the releases I'd like to. I'll try to keep it relatively varied however, that way there should hopefully be something for everyone. Also albums are in no specific order, might change that later.

Just about all these releases are available for streaming on bandcamp or elsewhere online so give em' a listen! PM if you can't find them and I should be able to point you in the right direction.

All comments/criticisms/love/hate/suggestions welcomed with open arms.

Created by: Rodney | 03.07.2013



1. All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature
Death/Crust Punk with the occasional sprinkle of black. Heavy as hell and angry as fuck. Party on Wayne.
2. Obsidian Tongue - A Nest Of Ravens In The Throat Of Time
Melodic Black / Psychedelic Black; if you're into either of those sub-genres it's a must hear. If that's not enough to convince you just take a look at the cover art and consider the fact that John Haughm of Agalloch takes care of lead vocals on the title track.
3. Old Habits - Old Habits (EP)
Are you angry? Good, then this is for you. Good ole' straight-up hard-hitting hardcore. I'd say the band got it right when they said "Nothing new or different, just a familiar sound that hits just right."
4. Mouth Of The Architect - Dawning
Sludgy goodness all around. Every song is a journey.
5. Njiqahdda - Serpents In The Sky
Weird experimental Black Metal stuffs. Might take a while to get into, but it's well worth it. The title track is absolutely mesmerizing, it's hard to do anything but stare transfixed while listening to it.
6. Pyrithion - The Burden Of Sorrow
Melodic Death Metal that still manages to be absolutely brutal. The only downfall is the short run-time which quite often leaves you yearning for more.
7. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane
What we have here is a very fine symphonic Black Metal release. A 74 minute post-apocalyptic concept album. The orchestrations and the instruments strike a nice balance, neither one overpowering the other, but rather each complimenting each other. Each song is quite good individually but the flow of this album is what really makes it shine.
8. Thrawsunblat - Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings
Excellent mixture of Black and Folk. Very diverse yet entirely cohesive. Catchy without being cheap. Heartfelt without being cheesy. A damn near flawless album.
9. The Ocean - Pelagial
More good Sludge. Extremely well crafted album both musically and lyrically. Dynamic as it is excellent.
10. Æther Realm - One Chosen By The Gods
Really nothing new in the as far as Folk/Melodic Death goes, but all in all a fun release. The guys don't take themselves too seriously and they bring some high-energy and extremely catchy tunes on their debut release. A must hear for fans of Wintersun or Ensiferum.
11. Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods
More of Amon Amarth being Amon Amarth. If you're a fan of the bands past releases chances are you'll enjoy this. If you weren't a fan of the bands past efforts then avoid like the plague
12. Clutch - Earth Rocker
Fun is the name of the game here, these are tunes to drive way too fast to. Supremely catchy throughout and chock full of energy. For any fan of Hard Rock or anything that kicks ass.
13. Deafheaven - Sunbather
Excellent blend of Atmo-Black, Shoegaze, and Post-Rock. Not necessarily the most original release of the year as Blackgaze has become a tad over saturated as of late, but they pull it off with a conviction that puts this release miles ahead of many other Blackgaze bands.
14. The Fall Of Every Season - Amends
Melodic Death Doom; Immensely thick growls, massive riffs, tons of melody, and sorrowful cleans. What more could you ask for?
15. Leprous - Coal
Sometimes it's nice to listen to some prog that isn't solely focused on guitar wankery and playing the most complicated drum beat possible and that's exactly what Leprous deliver. Here you''ll find nothing but solid well crafted songs without the showboating (save for the vocalist). The vocals are certainly the stand out element of this album and for most people will either make or break this album.
16. Majalis - Cathodic Black
Post-Metal/Doom (Correct me on that if I'm wrong I'm not positive) Impressive debut EP here. It brings haunting atmospheres, subtle builds, and a fair share of bone-crushing riffs. Altogether a very enjoyable gloom fest.
17. Weminuchia - Ever Green Refuge
A dandy mixture of folk acoustics and blackened riffs. Prove your heathen might and tackle these three monstrous instrumental tracks (20 min average). You won't regret it.



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tea[m]ster - 08.08.2013 at 00:14  
Keep it going friend!
Rodney - 08.08.2013 at 04:13  
Written by tea[m]ster on 08.08.2013 at 00:14

Keep it going friend!


Will do, although I'm trying to keep it very selective. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
R'Vannith - 10.08.2013 at 19:31  
You caught my attention with Obsidian Tongue when you mentioned it some time ago in the new album's thread. Looks to be a strong yearly contender for me, its got just enough of a psychedelic touch to catch my ear, especially the title track. It's has a few uplifting melodies in there and it has a folk vibe to it too, and the first track thunders along excellently. Great way to start the album which seems diverse to me as far as atmo black goes. It can get a bit overdrawn at points perhaps but overall I can see why you're enjoying it.
Rodney - 11.08.2013 at 02:57  
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2013 at 19:31

You caught my attention with Obsidian Tongue when you mentioned it some time ago in the new album's thread. Looks to be a strong yearly contender for me, its got just enough of a psychedelic touch to catch my ear, especially the title track. It's has a few uplifting melodies in there and it has a folk vibe to it too, and the first track thunders along excellently. Great way to start the album which seems diverse to me as far as atmo black goes. It can get a bit overdrawn at points perhaps but overall I can see why you're enjoying it.


I enjoy it for pretty much all the reasons you listed there. I'm not a huge fan of straight black metal, but I do love black metal influenced by other genres, particularly folk or psychedelic. The title track is by far my favorite (John Haughm might have a bit to do with that) and my second would have to be "My Hands Were Made To Hold The Wind". Both have an excellent psychedelic vibe that I really dig.
tea[m]ster - 11.08.2013 at 18:02  
Written by Rodney on 08.08.2013 at 04:13

Any suggestions would be appreciated!


For stuff that I dig this year, check out my own 2013 list, a lot of bands you have heard of and a lot of bands you have never heard of. You just have to take the time to look them up. 90% of them have bandcamp pages
Rodney - 11.08.2013 at 22:58  
Written by tea[m]ster on 11.08.2013 at 18:02

Written by Rodney on 08.08.2013 at 04:13

Any suggestions would be appreciated!


For stuff that I dig this year, check out my own 2013 list, a lot of bands you have heard of and a lot of bands you have never heard of. You just have to take the time to look them up. 90% of them have bandcamp pages


Awesome, will do!

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