A Metal Maniac’s Best Albums of 2013

Best-of-2013 (1)

by Nick 

2013 has been an amazing year for music, especially for metal fans like me. This list was extremely difficult to make, as all of these albums listed below are excellent, and it’s extremely hard to order them, but here’s my best shot. Enjoy!

50. Fyrnask – Eldir Nótt

49. Eoront – Д’XAAP (EP)

48. The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack

47. Oceano – Incisions

46. Ovid’s Withering – Scryers of the Ibis

45. Weekend Nachos – Still

44. Portal – Vexovoid

43. Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood

42. Born of Osiris – Tomorrow We Die Alive

41. Endlichkiet – Endlichkiet

40. Dave Mackay Group – Flood

39. Ethereal Shroud – Absolution Emptiness

38. Arsis – Unwelcome

37. Sigur Ros – Kveikur

36. Dave Mackay Group – What We Become

35. Arx Atrata – Oblivion

34. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen

33. Thränenkind – The Elk

32. Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory & Injury

31. October Falls – The Plague of a Coming Age

30. Black Sabbath – 13

29. Gorguts – Colored Sands

28. Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle

27. Revocation – Revocation

26. Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

25. Lustre – Wonder

24. Deeds of Flesh – Portals to Canaan

23. Coheed & Cambria – The Afterman: Descension

22. Immolation – Kingdom of Conspiracy

21. The Howling Void – Nightfall

20. Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam

19. Nails – Abandon All Life

18. Carcass – Surgical Steel

17. Fallujah – Nomadic (EP)

16. Dead Letter Circus – The Catalyst Fire

15. Alice in Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

14. After the Burial – Wolves Within

13. Amiensus / Oak Pantheon – Gathering (Split)

12. Hate – Solarflesh

11. Killswitch Engage – Disarm the Decent

10. Protest the Hero – Volition

Standout track: “Drumhead Trial”


9. Vildhjarta – Thousands of Evil (EP)

Standout track: “Regnar Bensin”


8. Soilwork – The Living Infinite

Standout track: “Tongue”


7. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of us is the Killer

Standout track: “Prancer”


6. Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth

Standout track: “Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon)”


5. Deafheaven – Sunbather

Standout track: “Sunbather”


4. The Ocean – Pelagial

Standout track: “Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe”


3. Thrawsunblat – Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings

Standout track: “Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings”


2. Fen – Dustwalker

Standout track: “Hands of Dust”


1. TesseracT – Altered State

Standout track: The entire album.

See my review of Altered State here.


Well, there y’all go. 2014 looks awesome so far already. I’m very much looking forward to the new Alcest album entitled Shelter. The two singles so far released have been incredible. If the entire album is as good as those two songs it will probably even top their last masterpiece Les Voyages de L’Âme, which says a lot. This new song right here is beyond amazing:


What I’m most looking forward to this year would have to be the promised new Agalloch album. They are my favorite band of all time and have yet to disappoint me with any music they have put out. Other artists that are releasing new music that I am excited for include Cynic, Wintersun, Behemoth, potential Wolves in the Throne Room, potential Skyharbor, Periphery, and a lot more. 2013 was amazing but I’m anticipating 2014 will be even better. Maybe next year I’ll be able to make a top 100 list…only time will tell.

Also, I might add the music I released in 2013. The Broken Are Crowned’s “Trenches” EP and the first single from Collateral Splatter. As for what 2014 holds musically for me, Collateral Splatter will be releasing our debut EP, I am working on a full length album with a TBA project, and The Broken Are Crowned has a very big show coming up with Animals as Leaders, After the Burial, Veil of Maya, Chon, Reflections and others on March 9th, so tweet at me if you need a ticket! @nick_stanger TBAC will most likely begin writing and recording new material soon as well.

Thus concludes my musical summary of the year. Carry on.

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