November 23, 2013

The Lord of Filth's Top 20 Albums of 2013

It has to be said that 2013 has been an incredible year for music, and this list has been very tough to compile; I could easily have stretched it to a Top 50. That being said, this list represents my personal favorites of the year; we'll be posting lists from Wayne Simmons and Trevor Proctor in the coming weeks. 

Cheers, Jude

So, counting down from 20 to 1, here are my favorites from 2013:

20: Napalm Christ: Demo 2013 (Goatprayer Records)

Okay, so this is a demo, and not an album, but with 6 tunes contained it has proven to be a favorite of mine. A damned fine release.

19. Harm: Cadaver Christi (FDA Rekotz)

German Death Metal that is purely and simply a blast to listen to.

18. Age of Taurus: Desperate Souls of Tortured Times (Metal Blade)

Seriously one of the most played albums of this year. This fucker grooves along.

17. Altar of Plagues: Teethed Glory & Injury (Profound Lore)

The swansong from this Irish band, and what a way to bow out. Fantastic.

16. Voices: From the Human Forest Create a Fugue of Imaginary Rain (Candlelight)

A devastating blast from start to finish.

15. Inquisition: Obscure Verses for the Multiverse (Season of Mist)

USBM that is unrelenting in its assault. Stunning.

14. Windhand: Soma (Relapse)

Quite simply a monster of an album. Beautiful and epic.

13. Nephren-Ka: The Fall of Omnius (Kaotoxin)

I've listened to a lot of Death Metal from France this year, but this was definitely the pick of the bunch for me. Terrific album.

12. Amon Amarth: Deceiver of the Gods (Metal Blade)

Melodic Death Metal played to perfection from the Swedish juggernaut.

11. Crown: Psychurgy (Candlelight)

Possibly the most crushing album of the year, even with the use of a drum machine. Outstanding.

10. Carcass: Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)

It certainly wasn't Symphonies of Sickness, but then I didn't expect it to be. A wonderful return from Carcass.

9. FŌR: Blakaz Askǭ Hertô (Iron Bonehead Productions)

This beast came out of nowhere, and then proceeded to kick my ass. Incredibly good album.

8. Craven Idol: Towards Eschaton (Dark Descent Records)

Dark Descent have released a ton of great releases this year, and this is without doubt one of the best. Pure evil.

7. Vattnet Viskar: Sky Swallower (Century Media)

Post-Black Metal? What exactly is that? All I know is that Sky Swallower was, and is, an amazing album.

6. Vastum: Patricidal Lust (20 Buck Spin)

I bought the CD and Vinyl edition of this album. Yes, it is that good. Fucking ugly, but damned good.

5. Ov Hollowness: The World Ends (Code666)

Atmospheric Black Metal that I first listened to back in January. It has had many, many spins since. One man destruction from Canada.

4. Temple Nightside: Condemnation (Dark Descent Records)

The ugliest, most oppressive album of the year. This album is terrifying.

3. When the Deadbolt Breaks: Drifting Towards the Edge of the Earth (EarOne Productions)

An almost 2 hour journey that rewards on every listen.

2. Deafheaven: Sunbather (Deathwish Inc)

This album almost made the number one spot. Nuff said.

1. Eye of Solitude: Canto III (Kaotoxin)

The depths of despair, that this album reaches, is only matched by the beauty of the music. 

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