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Top 50 Albums Of 2023


Hello my fellow metalheads! Got myself a brand new account, thanks to the new login conditions. Who cares, it was an old account anyway. I've been away for a long time, and I got myself a New Years resolution, being revisiting an old hobby of mine. Listening to new metal albums all the time, and ranking them in personal lists here on metal storm! So here I am, introducing my top 50 metal albums of 2023!

UPDATE:

After playing around with making separate lists containing albums from three month periods during 2023, I finally decided to make a single list. Since there are so many great albums coming out this year, the list now contains 50 albums instead of 20

Have a great day!

Created by: ChrisWinther94 | 15.01.2023



1. Wayfarer - American Gothic
Rating: 8,8 - Genre: Atmospheric Black / Folk Metal - Best songs: The Cattle Thief, To Enter My House Justified, False Constellation
2. Hellripper - Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags
Rating: 8,7 - Genre: Blackened Speed Metal - Best songs: Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags, Goat Vomit Nightmare, The Cursed Carrion Crown
3. Fires In The Distance - Air Not Meant For Us
Rating: 8,6 - Genre: Melodic Death / Doom Metal - Best songs: Wisdom of the Fallen Leaves, Crumbling Pillars of a Tranquil Mind, Idiopathic Despair
4. Moonlight Sorcery - Horned Lord Of The Thorned Castle
Rating: 8,6 - Genre: Melodic Black Metal - Best songs: In Coldest Embrace, Vihan verhon takaa, Suden tie (Wolven Hour Part II)
5. Shylmagoghnar - Convergence
Rating: 8,6 - Genre: Progressive Black / Melodic Death Metal - Best songs: Follow the River, Egregore, The Sea
6. Saturnus - The Storm Within
Rating: 8,5 - Genre: Gothic Doom Metal - Best songs: The Storm Within, Chasing Ghosts, The Calling
7. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - PetroDragonic Apocalypse; Or, Dawn Of Eternal Night: An Annihilation Of Planet Earth And The Beginning Of Merciless Damnation
Rating: 8,5 - Genre: Progressive Stoner Metal - Best songs: Supercell, Witchcraft, Gila Monster
8. Cattle Decapitation - Terrasite
Rating: 8,5 - Genre: Technical Death Metal / Deathgrind - Best songs: Scourge of the Offspring, A Photic Doom, Just Another Day
9. Sulphur Aeon - Seven Crowns And Seven Seals
Rating: 8,5 - Genre: Blackened Death Metal - Best songs: Hammer From The Howling Void, Usurper of the Earth and Sea, Seven Crowns and Seven Seals
10. Varathron - The Crimson Temple
Rating: 8,5 - Genre: Melodic Black Metal - Best songs: Cimmerian Priesthood, Shrouds of the Miasmic Winds, Constellation of the Archons
11. Insomnium - Anno 1696
Rating: 8,4 - Genre: Melodic Death Metal - Best songs: 1696, Godforsaken (feat. Johanna Kurkela), The Rapids
12. Blackbraid - Blackbraid II
Rating: 8,4 - Genre: Atmospheric / Melodic Black Metal - Best songs: The Wolf that Guides the Hunter’s Hand, A Song of Death on Wings of Dawn, Twilight Hymn of Ancient Blood
13. Thy Catafalque - Alföld
Rating: 8,4 - Genre: Avant-garde Black Metal - Best songs: Testen Túl, Alföld, Néme Vermek
14. Tomb Mold - The Enduring Spirit
Rating: 8,4 - Genre: Progressive / Technical Death Metal - Best songs: Will of Whispers, Servants of Possibility, The Enduring Spirit of Calamity
15. Majesties - Vast Reaches Unclaimed
Rating: 8,4 - Genre: Melodic Death Metal - Best songs: In Yearning Alive, Our Gracious Captors, Seekers of the Ineffable
16. Helga - Wrapped In Mist
Rating: 8,4 - Genre: Folk Metal / Art Rock - Best songs: Skogen Mumlar, Alive Again, Som En Trumme
17. Katatonia - Sky Void Of Stars
Rating: 8,3 - Genre: Progressive Doom / Alternative Metal - Best songs: Austerity, Colossal Shade, Drab Moon
18. Enslaved - Heimdal
Rating: 8,3- Genre: Progressive Black Metal - Best songs: Congelia, Forest Dweller, Kingdom
19. Ne Obliviscaris - Exul
Rating: 8,3 - Genre: Extreme Progressive Metal - Best songs: Equus, Misericorde I - As the Flesh Falls, Graal
20. Green Lung - This Heathen Land
Rating: 8,3 - Genre: Doom Metal / Stoner Rock - Best songs: Mountain Throne, Maxine (Witch Queen), Hunters In the Sky
21. Kalmah - Kalmah
Rating: 8,3 - Genre: Extreme Power / Melodic Death Metal - Best songs: Haunted by Guilt, Tons of Chaos, Drifting in a Dream
22. Alkaloid - Numen
Rating: 8,3 - Genre: Extreme Progressive Metal - Best songs: The Cambrian Explosion, Shades of Shub-Niggurath, Alpha Aur
23. Riverside - ID.Entity
Rating: 8,3 - Genre: Progressive Rock - Best songs: Landmine Blast, Big Tech Brother, Self-Aware
24. Midnight Odyssey - Biolume Part 3 - A Fullmoon Madness
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Ambient / Atmospheric Black Metal - Best songs: As Darkness Dims the Fire, The Ghost of Endymion, A Fullmoon Madness
25. Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Avant-garde / Industrial Black Metal - Best songs: It Does Not Follow, Det Tomme Kalde Mørke, Abyss Perihelion Transit
26. Sermon - Of Golden Verse
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Alternative / Progressive Metal - Best songs: Light the Witch, The Distance, Departure
27. Myrkur - Spine
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Blackgaze / Folk Metal - Best songs: Blazing Sky, Spine, Valkyriernes Sang
28. October Tide - The Cancer Pledge
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Death / Doom Metal - Best songs: Tapestry of Our End, The Cancer Pledge, Breathe the Walter
29. Uada - Crepuscule Natura
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Melodic Black Metal - Best songs: The Abyss Gazing Back, The Dark (Winter), Through the Wax and Through the Wane
30. Faidra - Militant : Peninent : Triumphant
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal - Best songs: Punishment Nailed Deep, Halo of Ashes, Mother Acherontia
31. Terminalist - The Crisis As Condition
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Technical Thrash Metal - Best songs: The Crisis as Condition, Last Remains, Frenetic Standstill
32. Soen - Memorial
Rating: 8,2 - Genre: Alternative / Progressive Metal - Best songs: Violence, Hollowed (Elisa), Icon
33. Panopticon - The Rime Of Memory
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal - Best songs: Winter’s Ghost, Cedar Skeletons, Enduring the Snow Drought
34. Décembre Noir - Your Sunset / My Sunrise
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Death / Doom Metal - Best songs: Against the Daylight, Your Sunset / My Sunrise, Sentimental Giants
35. Asinhell - Impii Hora
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Death Metal - Best songs: Island of Dead Men, Trophies, Desert of Doom
36. Atavistia - Cosmic Warfare
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Melodic Death / Extreme Power Metal - Best songs: Cosmic Warfare, Ethereal Wanderer (feat. Vincent Jones), Spectral Rebirth
37. ...And Oceans - As In Gardens, So In Tombs
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Symphonic Black Metal - Best songs: The Collector and His Construct, Wine Into Water, Ambivelant God
38. Urne - A Feast On Sorrow
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Hardcore / Sludge Metal - Best songs: A Stumble of Words, Becoming the Ocean, The Long Goodbye / Where Do the Memories Go?
39. On Thorns I Lay - On Thorns I Lay
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Death / Gothic Doom Metal - Best songs: Crestfallen, Raise Empires, Thorns of Fire
40. Afsky - Om Hundrede År
Rating: 8,1 - Genre: Black Metal - Best songs: Stormfulde Hav, Frosne Vind, Tid
41. Graveyard - 6
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Blues / Hard Rock - Best songs: I Follow You, Just A Drop, Rampant Fields
42. Stortregn - Finitude
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Technical Death / Melodic Black Metal - Best songs: A Lost Battle Rages On, Xeno Chaos, The Revelation
43. Marianas Rest - Auer
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Melodic Death / Doom Metal - Best songs: Diseased, Light Reveals Our Wounds, The Hanging Blade
44. Crypta - Shades Of Sorrow
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Death Metal - Best songs: Poisonous Apathy, Stronghold, The Other Side of Anger, Agents of Chaos
45. In Flames - Foregone
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Gothenburg / Alternative Metal - Best songs: State of Slow Decay, Foregone pt. 1, The Great Deceiver
46. Sworn - A Journey Told Through Fire
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Melodic Black Metal - Grand Eclipse, Visions of Fire, Monumental
47. Obituary - Dying Of Everything
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Death Metal - Best songs: Barely Alive, The Wrong Time, My Will to Live
48. Dying Fetus - Make Them Beg For Death
Rating: 8,0 - Genre: Brutal / Technical Death Metal - Best songs: Compulsion for Cruelty, When the Trend Ends, Undulating Carnage
49. VV - Neon Noir
Rating: 7,9 - Genre: Gothic / Alternative Rock - Best songs: Neon Noir, Loveletting, Salute the Sanguine
50. The Zenith Passage - Datalysium
Rating: 7,9 - Genre: Technical Death Metal - Best songs: Algorithmic Salvation, Divinertia I, Automated Twilight



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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30.10.2023 - 12:43
Charlotbk

Wayfarer album is my number 1 too, on repeat since the release.
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30.11.2023 - 08:16
Oldy86

Fantastic list. A lot of these are in my top 50. Every album in that top 10 is either in my top 10 or was at least considered for my top 10
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