80. Blockheads – This World Is Dead
This is simply a fantastic grind album. It’s got enough grind to make heads bang, but also has a ton of groove to keep things interesting.
Very few bands in the modern era of black metal do it as well as Watain. They took a lot of risks on this album, but instead of detracting from their sound, the added elements actually gives them a more well-rounded attack that is sure to convert non-believers.
78. Amorphis – Circle
Granted, the days of Amorphis making super brutal death metal are long gone, however, with multiple listens, their current brand of melodic death metal with extremely catchy choruses and whatnot is still pretty awesome.
77. Inter Arma – Sky Burial
These guys are definitely one of the best bands to come from the Richmond, VA metal scene as of late. Sky Burial is a very genuine and very heavy mix of doom, death and black metal to create a pretty unique sound of their own.
76. Castevet – Obsian
Epic, atmospheric black metal with razor sharp riffs.
75. Age Of Taurus – Desperate Souls of Tortured Times
Bad ass, old school throwback doom.
If you like music fast, angry and violent, you’ll dig this album. it reminds me a lot of Converge, honestly.
2013 has definitely appeared to be an amazing year for death metal. Part of the reason is because of bands like Grave Miasma that have found unique ways to take old school death metal and add in all sorts of interesting elements that show the future of the genre is in very good hands.
72. Demonical – Darkness Unbound
Armed with an intense fury and an iconic Swededeath guitar tone, though this record was released a bit late in the year to rank too high on my list, it’s hard not to be blown away by this near perfect slab of blackened death.
71. Nolentia – May The Hand That Holds The Match That Will Set This World On Fire Be Blessed Above All
They might have channeled their inner Fiona Apple when naming this album, but there’s nothing hip about this obscene blast of grindcore fury. The first time I heard this album I was blown away at how much they remind me of the glory days of Nasum.
70. Extol – Extol
This album is somewhat of a return to form for this legendary band. It kind of sounds like this album was released in a world where their previous album The Blueprint Dives never existed, which means it’s a massive throwback to their brutal form of technical melodic death metal.
69. Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond The Sun
They brought back former vocalist Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory fame and the end result is one of the best hardcore/metalcore albums I heard all year with choruses and riffs that will stay with you long after the needles raises off the record.
68. Mammoth Grinder – Underworlds
An absolutely scathing, hate-soaked blast of hardcore powerviolence that hits with the impact of a barbed-wire wrapped baseball bat.
67. East Of The Wall – Redaction Artifacts
I’m not 100% sure what the best genre is to define this band, whether it be “post metal” or “progressive metal”, but to me it sounds like post progressive beautiful soundscapes with awesome shredding and incredibly creative and catchy riffs.
66. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
Skeletonwitch is just one of a plethora of bands on this top 100 list who I didn’t care for much prior to hearing their new record, only to be blown away. Their brand of blackened death thrash has definitely never sounded better than it does on Serpents Unleashed.
65. Pinkish Black – Razed To The Ground
I’ve never heard of a band creating doom metal without the use of guitars, but essentially that’s what this Texan two-piece did. The strange thing is, it actually kind of works.
64. Noctum – Final Sacrifice
Though Noctum are just the latest in a string of Swedish occult rock bands getting signed to major labels, they are far from a cookie cutter. Their old school riffs are catchy enough to give anyone carpal tunnel trying to air guitar along.
63. KEN Mode – Entrench
These Canadian road dogs continue to bring forth incredibly fast, noisey post-hardcore. Although, they did throw in a few new elements to keep it interesting.
62. Lord Dying – Summon The Faithless
Absolutely brutal old school doom metal with a heavy rock n’ roll undertone that absolutely rules.
61. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent
This is their first album in quite a few years with Jesse Leach on vocals and it absolutely kills. Definitely better than the last 2 or 3 albums without question. Incredibly angry, which always makes Killswitch sound more enjoyable to me.