Ten records that you must hear from 2013? TEN! Are you fucking kidding me…? There’s nothing like putting out what you feel is a definitive statement of your most memorable albums from the past year, then afterwards realising what a total cock you’ve been by forgetting some. I can’t do ten, I need to express more! So I’ve decided to put together a more comprehensive list, along with a one line reason why for each. These are in no particular order, but all are must hears:

Deafheaven – Sunbather (These guys carry on the legacy of Wolves in the Throne Room with epic black metal)

In Solitude – Sister (Heavy Metal hasn’t sounded this essential in years)

Watain – The Wild Hunt (A culmination of everything they’ve done right until now, writhing in black metal attitude)

Clutch – Earth Rocker (Because its fucking Clutch, that’s why)

Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam (Brutally precise, hugely influential, Suffocation show everybody once again how it is done)

Carcass – Surgical Steel (The perfect comeback album, savage, relentless, essential)

Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light (A startling entry of vicious tech death, brilliantly composed and executed)

Gorguts – Colored Sands (Mind bogglingly complex death metal, a record full of things that no-one else will do anywhere else. Flawless)

Sodom – Epitome of Torture (The old guard show that they still can thrash better than everyone else. Teutonic, titanic, triumphant)

Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen (You don’t need to say anything about this man’s work, you simply need to hear it. Astonishing)

Autopsy – The Headless Ritual (Yet another great, no frills death metal rampage from these sick bastards)

Chthonic – Bu Tik (Taiwan’s finest return with yet another symphonic black metal masterpiece)

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth (The new darlings of death metal combine their finest elements to create something beyond special)

Intronaut – Habitual Levitations (Not since Mastodon and Kylesa’s beginnings have a band captured the sludge/doom sound so vividly)

Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury (The must hear end of a must hear career. Heart stoppingly poignant)

Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods (The Norsemen bring the melodies, the heavy, and the fist pumping Viking anthems)

Portal – Vexovoid (Simply put, this band make music that you cannot hear anywhere else)

Ghost BC – Infestissumam (Occult rock at its catchiest, most sinister and most mainstream)

Boris – Praparat (The Japanese shapeshifters move onwards and upwards, experimenting boldly and brilliantly)

Black Sabbath – 13 (The world waited with baited breath, and Ozzy and his crew gave them everything they could have wanted)

Kylesa – Ultraviolet (The sounds of one of my favourite bands moving beyond ‘Spiral Shadow’ into their own, comfortable sound. Great)

That is my current list, but I’ll no doubt remember another 10 later on. There have been so many new and great bands appearing this year that I haven’t mentioned, because I could probably just write and write about all the records I’ve enjoyed this year. But the ones above are the ones I have come back to the most, and therefore I feel to be the best representation of my 2013

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