The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

Categories: 2013, Metal

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6. Clutch
Earth Rocker
Clutch singer Neil Fallon's voice and approach are aggro and insistent, imparting Clutch with an in-your-face musical and aural punkiness that's bolstered with a metal heaviness and thick psych groove. The Maryland-based quartet delivers 44 minutes of ferocity and precision in Earth Rocker, the band's tenth album. Somewhat akin to Down meets Monster Magnet with a dash of Helmet, Clutch have consistently released their unrelenting, blues-influenced brand of heavy rock/metal since 1993, and with Earth Rocker, thankfully, show no signs of slowing down. As the title of Clutch's 2001 album claimed: Pure Rock Fury. Indeed.

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Courtesy of Century Media
5. Finntroll
Blodsvept
On paper, it might seem like an oxymoron: Folk Metal. But on Blodsvept it's a revelation. Helsinki, Finland's Finntroll mesh black and folk metal to dramatic and cohesive effect. Yes, there might be a momentary inkling of "Oh how they danced, the little people of Stonehenge," to reference Spinal Tap, but Dio would be proud of Medieval-sounding song titles like "Skogsdotter" ("Daughter of the Forest") or "Midvinterdraken" ("The Mid-Winter Dragon.") The octet even seems to use horns on "Mordminnen" ("Memories of Murder") which is the heaviest danceable black metal song in recent history. There's a fine line between clever and stupid, and Finntroll's melodic, Pagan-esque ultra-heaviness fall on the clever side.
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nesio
nesio

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http://youtu.be/yJDAgMVzNto

legendtofski1
legendtofski1

No appearance of 'Vexavoid' by Australia's PORTAL?? Seem likes this list was written by a typical, arrogant, hipster, Houlier than Now New York fuckwit. Just because you live in New York City, which actually isn't the greatest city in the world, doesn't mean your shit don't stink. Don't worry, they will come to your city and demolish it worse than a bunch of Al-Quaeda lunatics.

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

Death Angel's "The Dream Calls for Blood" is better than an HM...possibly the best album of their career.

Overall, this list is pretty good. I don't care what anyone says, Ghost are awesome.

5FDP...um, no.

And THANK YOU for not mentioning A7F...yeesh.

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

Death Angel's "The Dream Calls for Blood" is better than an HM...possibly the best album of their career.

Overall, this list is pretty good. 5FDP...um, no.

And THANK YOU for not mentioning A7F...yeesh.

Ghost New York City
Ghost New York City

We agree with your choice for #1! We proudly shared it with our fans in NYC and around the world. Thank you! \m/

Nicholas McMaster
Nicholas McMaster

"pop-metal" "shtick-laden flash in the pan" which focuses on looks and lyrics at #1. Great job.

MetalVic
MetalVic

Oh, and Newsted? You put that in there as a joke, right?

MetalVic
MetalVic

Since you've invited the lambasting, I'll chime in, but I'll also try to be fair. This list is *far* from the one I would create, but I won't bore anyone with the whole thing. Frankly I can see how you could justify most of these entries, despite me not liking quite a few of them. So I'll just point out what I think are the two most egregious errors. One of your honorable mentions was Ihsahn (albeit misspelled). The sheer diversity within Das Seelenbrechen, while still fitting into the metal confines, merits its inclusion.

Not mentioned anywhere, the best album for fans who didn't get an Opeth album this year: The Ocean's Pelagial. Epic in every sense of the word. Maybe you left it off because it's on nearly every other Top Metal 2013 list, and you wanted to be different; maybe you didn't give it a 2nd or 3rd listen to truly appreciate its depth. Whatever the case, it's a glaring omission. As an aside, you cite Watain twice in your mentions section. Subconscious telling you they should be in there? Just an observation; they didn't do it for me this year.

What should be replaced? Easy. Numbers 1 and 10. I like Ghost, but Coastal_Eddie summed it up perfectly (well, except for the Sister bit--I hated that). Ghost's debut was a standout, and it was different. I'll chalk up their latest to a sophomore slump. As for 13, it was certainly the best album from a Sabbath cover band. Why listen to this, when every song on it has a counterpart that's been done better on an earlier Sabbath album? I guess if you're going to steal songs, you might as well steal from yourself, but I don't have any reason to listen to what amounts to a remixed greatest hits album.

Coastal_Eddie
Coastal_Eddie

In Solitude's "Sister", was a better version of Ghost this year. Infestissumam was infuriatingly mediocre.

Ronjeremyisgod
Ronjeremyisgod

how the fuck did that shitty ghost BC band even make it to #1 its just for those suicidal kids and fat goth girls on antidepressants that are into that shit. Dark Tranquility new record was good, Five Finger Death Punch , lots of other bands I can mention but without going into obscure stuff. But hey at least the garbage "Style" of djent or that awful dream theater record that came out.

Ghost New York City
Ghost New York City

We have to agree with your choice for #1, and we thank you for the support! \m/

Marcelo Prates
Marcelo Prates

No "Volition" from Protest the Hero in the list? This is by far one of the best albums of the year. Missing in the top 10 and not even a place in the mentions... weird !

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