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Ticking another off my ‘must see live’ list, New York death metal legends Suffocation came to one of the smallest and therefore best venue in Glasgow for a gig that was probably the best death metal gig I’ve been to since Decapitated years ago in Ivory Blacks. I’d read multiple posts about who was supposed to be supporting; some said Hammercult, some said Power Trip, so I made sure I was down early to find out. Turned out there was only the one support, but it was an excellent choice.

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Local heroes Scordatura was that support, whose death metal onslaught was precise, brutal and even managed to get a respectable pit going early on. They were an excellent choice because you can feel how much the headliners have influenced them. I have their awesome ‘Torment of the Weak’ record, and they threw in a  few new songs from their newest album ‘Self-Created Abyss’ that I haven’t got yet but will definitely pick up. Nuanced, chugging carnage.

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But Suffocation blew them out of the water. You’d expect that though, coming from these almost 30 year veterans. A devastating mixture of brutal slam and technical wizardry, their new material from this year’s ‘…of the Dark Light’ struck like bombs and while unlikely to receive as rapturous a reaction as the classics, led to streams of crowd surfing and as violent a pit as I’ve seen in years. ‘Liege of Inveracity’ and the fiery ‘Effigy of the Forgotten’ were the highlights closed by the staggering ‘Catatonia’ to send everyone home exhausted, sweat drenched and very very happy.

I’m getting a holiday next week for the first time in, um, 2 years. Fuck, that long? Urgh. Anyway, my wonderful lady and I are jetting off to the least kvlt place I can think of; Menorca. Quiet, Mediterranean weather and hopefully some quality beer and relaxation time. But, a man has got to have a playlist to crank when he needs a riff. So I’ve made my ultimate SUN playlist. Hint, all the songs have Sun in the title. Yeah, it’s three a.m, cut me some slack.

1. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

2. Wintersun – Beyond the Dark Sun

3. Suffocation – Despise the Sun

4. Electric Wizard – The Sun Has Turned to Black

5. Boris – Flower Sun Rain

6. Nightrage – The Glow of the Setting Sun

7. Animals – House of the Rising Sun

8. Nightwish – Sleeping Sun

9. My Dying Bride – Like Gods of the Sun

10. Devin Townsend – Sunshine and Happiness

11. Dio – Sunset Superman

12. Windhand – Winter Sun

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