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A third revision was in order, after hearing the colossal "Void Mother" from Obscure Sphinx.

Created by: LascaillesShroud | 09.11.2013



1. Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything
Not only the best of 2013, this is THE best album of all time for me. Flawless, utterly devoid of imperfection. ( 100% )
2. Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother
My latest listen of 2013 as of today (Dec. 31, 2013) so likely the last 2013 album that will once again blow me away. This may be bumped up to a perfect score soon
3. Chthonic - Bú-Tik
Brutal, heavy, melodic - and I am big on lyrical content and Chthonic never fail to deliver in that arena. Amazing
4. Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
A harsh, dissonant, violent - and yet beautiful - journey of an album. Highly exceptional, beautifully executed, nearly perfect.
5. Skeletal Spectre - Voodoo Dawn
Filthy, doomy, death metal. Vanessa Nocera is an amazing vocalist and the band delivers some grotesquely beautiful music
6. Pestilence - Obsideo
Out of left field comes Death Metal veterans Pestilence with a violent and repugnant assault on the senses. Patrick Mameli's vomitous vocals and brutal 8-string riffing make this a must have for fans of the genre
7. Ulcerate - Vermis
Very harsh and chaotic Death Metal with little regard for convenience or the norm. Amazingly well performed and an all around exceptional Death Metal record
8. Revocation - Revocation
Riff upon riff, upon solo upon solo. Phenomenal production and guitar/bass tone with high energy bombastic performances.
9. Wound - Inhale The Void
Filthy Death Metal harkening back to the early 90's, actually *slightly* better than another really famous Death Metal release this year
10. Vulture Industries - The Tower
Eclectic, odd, obscure, and schizophrenic Progressive Metal. One of the most unique and refreshing releases of the past decade.
11. Carcass - Surgical Steel
What can I say that has not been said? Songwriting, production, and music are all beyond what we expected. The juggernauts return is colossal
12. Satan's Host - Virgin Sails
A band I sadly tend to forget about, despite the high quality of their releases. This will change, this album is likely one of their best, if not the best.
13. Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End
The black sheep in a way, on this list. Very atmospheric yet musical driven Prog. Production, while super clean, is gorgeous.
14. Kill Division - Destructive Force
Dual guitar and vocal assault from a male/female combo creating an interesting and brutal dynamic. Death Metal supremacy this year it seems
15. Tarja - Colours in the Dark
Only weird to see this among all the Death Metal if you don't know me - however I am a massive fan of Tarja. I always prefer her live performances but this album is, vocally, a monumental achievement for her. She sounds beautiful and her voice as always, is divine bliss
16. Vultress - Distance
Do you need to satiate your thirst for Prog? Look no further, a denser and more meaty version of some more famous prog-rock/metal acts - this album is enthralling
17. Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
The first time hearing these guys, and this melodic yet doomy parade of musical landscapes is not be missed.
18. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
This guy knows how to set a mood, and knows how drag you into it, and almost out of body experience, could describe this album
19. Dark Design - Prey for the Future
Techy Power-Thrash from North Carolina, one of most exciting up and coming bands I've found today.
20. Returner - Eyesore
The only EP on here, but damn, this is like Progressive OSDM - a somewhat rarer combination. But it's execution is done so with grace and violence.



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Divergenceless - 10.11.2013 at 01:19  
Of all time? The album didn't come out that long ago.
Erik M. - 10.11.2013 at 02:14  
Written by Divergenceless on 10.11.2013 at 01:19

Of all time? The album didn't come out that long ago.


Being a fan of Ayreon and having heard The Theory of Everything makes me conclude the album isn't perfect or even near-perfect. Of course it's an opinion, but there are numerous parts in the music that I like less or even annoy me. It's nowhere near the best album of all time, as it wouldn't even be in my top 150 or even top 200, nor is it the best album this year.
LascaillesShroud - 10.11.2013 at 05:01  
The wonderful world of opinions. But yes, I've listened to the entire album start to finish at least 50 times since it's release. And yeah, it is MY favorite album of all time. It contains all the most important things I want in music and then some. I'm a total sucker for super long songs, concepts and storylines, multiple singers, and progressive ass riffing.

I own every Ayreon album, and have probably clocked 200+ listens for each album (except maybe Timeline) and feel extremely confident in saying this is his best work yet.
3rdWorld - 10.11.2013 at 20:04  
Glad to see you enjoy Ayreon's latest so much. Even though I haven't heard it yet I am damn happy that atleast Arjen is off his hiatus and making albums once again. And nice list as well, it would be better if you add more albums that you've heard and liked.
LascaillesShroud - 11.11.2013 at 00:23  
Written by 3rdWorld on 10.11.2013 at 20:04

Glad to see you enjoy Ayreon's latest so much. Even though I haven't heard it yet I am damn happy that atleast Arjen is off his hiatus and making albums once again. And nice list as well, it would be better if you add more albums that you've heard and liked.

I actually added 11-20 as honorable mentions, even had to knock one down because Dark Design's debut is amazing.
Susan - 17.11.2013 at 00:33  
Nice variation in this list! Love to meet a fellow eclectic metalhead; we are rare. Nice to see Wound, Revocation, and Tarja all on another list besides my own.
LascaillesShroud - 17.11.2013 at 00:38  
Written by Susan on 17.11.2013 at 00:33

Nice variation in this list! Love to meet a fellow eclectic metalhead; we are rare. Nice to see Wound, Revocation, and Tarja all on another list besides my own.


I'm all over the place I love me some Death Metal and I don't mind hearing a beautiful voice like Tarja right after it
Monolithic - 19.11.2013 at 09:47  
You're probably one of the rarest people that has mentioned The Safety Fire. I think they're criminally overlooked.
LascaillesShroud - 19.11.2013 at 23:14  
Written by Monolithic on 19.11.2013 at 09:47

You're probably one of the rarest people that has mentioned The Safety Fire. I think they're criminally overlooked.


It's not a scene I find myself enjoying very much, but TSF do so much right it's hard to ignore how awesome they really are.
Monolithic - 20.11.2013 at 00:02  
Written by LascaillesShroud on 19.11.2013 at 23:14

but TSF do so much right it's hard to ignore how awesome they really are.

Yeah, not to mention their consistency on this album.

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