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NAYON

Due to work circumstances, I haven’t really been able to write a lot for HBIH in the second half of the year, but music is what kept me going through the long, tiring days at work the entire year. Without further ado, I present you the 15 albums, 3 EPs and 1 video that really became a part of my daily routine and made my life much more colorful. I really enjoyed listening to these over and over and I feel like they’ve become a part of me. That’s what matters with music, right? Also, I put a link/embed to listen to my favorite track from each album, so you can enjoy them like I did!

Without further ado, bring on my arbitrarily ordered list of enjoyable albums from this year that you should take seriously!

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riptide

Man did 2013 pass quickly or what? It feels like it was just last week that I was composing this same list for my albums of 2012. Speaking of which, this year sure does kick last year’s ass all kinds of ways when it comes to the music. In fact, in my experience they were complete polar opposites – 2012 delivered lots of good albums, but few truly great ones, whereas in 2013 I found myself digging way less music quantitatively, but almost everything I did end up liking was just amazing.

Well, scratch that, there probably was just as much good stuff released but I simply didn’t have the time for it. I completely missed a lot of albums that I have a sneaky suspicion would be up my alley (Scale the Summit, Exivious, Havok, Doomriders  etc.), and I definitely have a ton that I enjoyed but still haven’t spent much time with. So yeah, let’s begin with those, and then get to the juicy part.

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mephistopheles

Tasmania is one of the best spawning grounds for metal, this is a fact and I can prove it. Precisely 100% of the metal bands I’ve heard from this tiny island state of Australia have been great — in true infowars style, I’ll gloss over the fact that I’ve only heard two bands from there, but still, the statistics speak for themselves. Mephistopheles are the latest purveyors of brutality from this little piece of the globe and are the latest project to see light of day featuring legendary Psycroptic/Spawn Of Possession vocalist Matthew ‘Chalky’ Chalk.

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Bloodline Festival

Acting in charity to raise money for Autism Queensland, a selection of some of the finest metal that Australia has to offer united at Bloodline Festival this month, featuring headliners Psycroptic and Ne Obliviscaris. Resident Aussie photographer William France attended the show to document the evening, and came back with photos from the sets of the fest’s headliners as well as The Schoenberg Automaton, Lynchmada, As Silence Breaks, and Down Royale. Check out the photos below!

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Pestilence - Obsideo

90′s death metal legends Pestilence have not been laying low since their 2011 album Doctrine, which garnered mixed reviews. Despite the critical setback, the band has been touring the world since their much welcomed reformation in 2008, now on the cusp of entering the studio to record third post-disbandment record Obsideo, which will see release later this year on Candlelight Records!

I must have been asleep at the wheel for the past year, but looking over the press release for this new signing and album announcement, I missed last year’s several lineup change that finally landed the band with new drummer Dave Haley of Psycroptic and bassist George Maier. The band are no strangers to rapid and frequent lineup changes, so it’s easy to see why no big fuss was made over their fourth member change in a year’s time. Hopefully this lineup remains consistent; it’s hard to write a quality album when you can’t hold down a consistent rhythm section.

Speaking on the album, the band offered:

“PESTILENCE is very excited to announce that they have signed a recording deal with Candlelight Records. We feel that our new material is very special and innovative and that it needs the back up of a solid company like Candlelight to get it out there to the metal world. PESTILENCE is chuffed to have Dave Haley in the lineup. Dave is one of the five best extreme drummers in the world, and his talent brings PESTILENCE to new levels that couldn’t be reached otherwise. George Maier is a young and talented bass player that will turn some heads. Both guys are really down to earth and real easy going. Of course, Patrick Uterwijk is my most respectable and long-going friend and musician.”

Expect Obsideo out later this year on Candlelight Records.

- JR

 

nayon

Let’s celebrate with champagne

Because it’s that time of the year again

When everyone gives each other gifts

And makes end of the year lists

2012 was a great year

Many albums I did revere

But only a few I must choose

Now before more rhymes I abuse

Let’s get to the favorite albums

So take this list into your cerebellums

(Yes, I know that the cerebellum doesn’t do that, shut up!)

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riptide

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but 2012 was fucking phenomenal. It had everything a music fan could ask for in terms of new releases, and then some. Personally, this year saw me furthering my tastes into more progressive and extreme stuff (with a heavy dose of jazz on the sides), and I think I couldn’t have chosen a better time to pick up on these styles, as genres like death metal and prog enjoyed a fantastic collective output.  My list reflects this to a great extent, as pretty much half of the bands found below can be dubbed as death metal in one of its many forms, and even more exhibit progressive elements to at least some extent. Anyway, since most of you are here for the goods, I won’t keep you waiting.

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Gorod – A Perfect Absolution

Gorod

A Perfect Absolution

01. Birds Of Sulphur
02. Sailing Into The Earth
03. Elements And Spirit
04. The Axe Of God
05. 5000 At The Funeral
06. Carved In The Wind
07. Varangian Paradise
08. Tribute of Blood

[05/08/12]
[Unique Leader Records]

2012 has been an obscenely great year for death metal in all of its many forms. Cannibal Corpse, Aborted, and Abominable Putridity are keeping things on the brutal end of the pool nice and warm (oh god what), and things are better than ever for prog and tech death; Noyan recently made the claim that Spawn of Possession‘s Incurso was the best tech death album ever. Here we are, not even a month later, and the title is already being contested by French progressive/technical death metallers Gorod. Much like the phoenix emblazoning the brilliant cover art, the band have survived crippling lineup changes and have risen from the ashes, going from dwindling uncertainty to magnum opus in record time; and like the artwork, the music held within A Perfect Absolution is just as dazzling and colorful.

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Australian tech-death outfit Psycroptic have a new album coming out next week called The Inherited Repression , their fifth in a long thirteen year career. Throughout that time they’ve been fairly solid, changing only one member (vocalist Matthew Chalk making way for Jason Peppiatt about mid-way through that period), and the cohesion really shows on the new record – which I reviewed a few weeks ago and you can find through this conveniently-placed link hyar.

Don’t just take my (golden) word for it though: it’s now streaming on Guitar World! SO MANY RIFFS.

The Inherited Repression will hit stores February 10th on Nuclear Blast. We recently got to chat with one of the Haley brothers, drummer Dave, so be on the lookout for that soon!

- NT

In case you missed our review of Psycroptic‘s upcoming album The Inherited Repression, let me paraphrase: it’s awesome.

What’s that you say? Evidence?! Well, if you don’t believe me, then head over to Metalsucks who have an exclusive stream of ‘The Throne Of Kings’. Regardless of whether you like tech death or not, I strongly urge you to listen to this song. There are exactly zero bands that sound like Psycroptic, so you really should include them in your musical listening palette. I’m starting to make less sense now, so just click this link and go away.

Check out The Inherited Repression when it hits on February 7th. We have an interview with drummer Dave Haley coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that.

- NT

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