Eight (More) 2013 Metal Albums That Deserve Your Attention
Last week, we unveiled our 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013. But, it's been such a great year for metal that we've decided to acknowledge some additional heavy albums worth the neck soreness they'll cause you post-headbanging. With a shout-out to some local bands, here are eight (more) metal albums that deserve your attention.
courtesy of Earache Records
See also: The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013
One of the most deeply grooving metal albums of the year, Terror Regime makes serious death metal seriously fun. Jungle Rot--who hail from Kenosha, Wisconsin--throw down hooks in the spirit of classic bands like Carcass and Bolt Thrower. The band's name refers to the grisly foot infection otherwise known as a Tropical ulcer. Perhaps it also speaks to the nature of their dank riffs which are, in a word, infectious.
Warbeast's Destroy is a monolith of ripping Texas thrash, released on Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records. Here is an instance where the energy of the album cover perfectly illustrates that of the music. A neon green creature, looking like what would happen if the Hulk mated with a triceratops, roars through flames, a battle cry seared on his face. The image is kinetic--and just this side of ridiculous. Likewise, Warbeast's tunes forcefully crush the listener in an avalanche of loudness (expertly mixed to preserve the lower register)--alleviated by a sense of humor. Check out "Egotistical Bastard," and you'll hear what I'm talking about.