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JAMIE LEE’S TOP 10 of 2013

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JAMIE LEE’S TOP 10 of 2013

It has been a huge year in metal, making the task of choosing  my top 10 albums released this year particularly daunting. If you haven’t heard these album, make it a point to seek them out. Reflecting on this past year makes me incredibly excited about what 2014 holds. Bring it on!

 

10. INTRONAUT : HABITUAL LEVITATIONS (INSTILLING WORDS WITH TONES)

Intronaut have a record for delivering technical, progressive masterpieces, and Habitual Levitations is no different.

 

9. WINDHAND : SOMA

Full of warm tones and rich textures, Soma is complex and it keeps listeners guessing. Windhand have outdone themselves with this one.

 

8. YOUR CHANCE TO DIE : THE AMERICAN DREAM

Embarrassingly, Your Chance to Die‘s The American Dream slipped beneath our radar this year when it came to an album review, but once I finally pushed play, I couldn’t quit listening. Vocalist Missi Avila growls deeper than most men in the death metal trenches, and her technically adept band have created a signature sound.

 

7. BEASTMILK: CLIMAX

Climax prowls the corners of new wave and goth, and it does so with a spider-web of sound. This Beastmilk is fresh and ready for consumption.

 

6. BURNT BOOKS : SELF-TITLED

From grind to no-wave, South Carolina’s Burnt Books are brash and brilliant on their eponymous debut.

 

5. AGRIMONIA : RITES OF SEPARATION

Rites of Separation is a stunning display of momentous doom, and Agrimonia maintains a vigorous pace when their peers plod and crawl.

 

4. DARK TRANQUILLITY : CONSTRUCT

These Gothenburg vets return with a a diverse death metal album brimming with twists and turns.

 

3. KYLESA : ULTRAVIOLET

Psychedelic and sludgy, the Savannah, Georgia, quintet continue to evolve under the prowess of Laura Pleasants and Phillip Cope.

 

2. IN SOLITUDE : SISTER

In Solitude find their voice with the sinister, goth-tinged Sister. It is their album best yet.

 

1. CARCASS : SURGICAL STEEL

Seventeen years since the release of their less-than-stellar Swansong, Carcass return with a scalpel-sharp set of death metal compositions that prove that time has made this band grow stronger

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