60. Amon Amarth – Deceiver Of The Gods
If you’ve heard one Amon Amarth album, you’ve got a pretty good idea what this album sounds like. To be fair though, Deceiver definitely features a sound that’s got a bit more punch to it than their last few albums.
59. Arsis – Unwelcome
Though Arsis has been plagued by an insane amount of lineup changes over the years, it has done nothing to deter their incredible style of death metal. On Unwelcome, they have clearly made a return to the technical death metal style they first became famous for. Though Unwelcome is heavier and more technical than their past few records, it’s also a bit catchier, especially their cover of “Sunglasses At Night” which has to be heard to be believed.
58. Portal – Vexovoid
Probably the scariest death metal album of the year. Their particular brand of death metal is incredibly muddy-sounding and features horrifyingly deep guttural vocals and a pace that moves back and forth between 1 mph and 25 mph.
57. Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
Darkthrone isn’t the kind of band to just stick to one constant style. Though most fans are bummed that they haven’t gone back to their black metal roots, you have to be satisified hearing their abrasive take on old school metal that mixes Venom, Motorhead and Mercyful Fate into one filthy cocktail.
56. Sepultura – The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart
In a never-ending quest to continue churning out the most vicious thrash metal possible, Sepultura went back to record with Ross Robinson, the producer behind their legendary album Roots. The results feature the band’s angriest and most technically crushing sound in at least a decade.
55. Coffins – The Fleshland
There aren’t a lot of bands that are able to mix death metal and doom as perfectly as these Japanese monsters. Though this is just their first album from Relapse, it’s obvious that these guys are veterans are highly skilled in the art of bringing destruction at any speed necessary.
54. Hatebreed – Divinity Of Purpose
This record is another example of Hatebreed doing what Hatebreed does…playing fast, thrashy metal mixed with brutal hardcore breakdowns that make me want to break everything I own.
53. Antigama – Meteor
I honestly haven’t heard a single album from Antigama that doesn’t completely rule. Their unique, vicious brand of grind is just as unforgivingly brutal as it is insanely catchy.
52. Hail Of Bullets – III: The Rommel Chronicles
Featuring legendary metal vocalist Martin Van Drunen, this record is based on the military life of German field marshal Erwin Rommel and features a brutal mixture of death and thrash metal that will leave your ears ringing for days.
51. Vista Chino – Peace
Comprised of ex members of Kyuss, this album features the desert rock sound they basically invented, but thanks to guitarist Bruno Fevery they have a completely different and unique style of their own.
50. Vastum – Patricidal Lust
There’s one word to perfectly describe this album…DISGUSTING. Specifically, the lyrics are pretty graphic and disturbing, but the music is also incredibly vile as well. Vastum has been slowly gaining more and more recognition for their incredible style of intensely brutal death metal and Patricidal Lust sees them living up to their hype big time.
49. Aevangelist – Omen Ex Simulacra
This album is truly a modern death metal masterpiece. Their mixture of brooding, slow-churning riffs that turn razor sharp at a moments notice, alongside brutal as hell drumming and a creepy sci-fi atmosphere make for a formula truly fatal to the flesh.
48. Iron Reagan – Worse Than Dead
Members of Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour combined to create the perfect crossover thrash album. It’s short enough to keep from getting boring and heavy enough to make for the perfect soundtrack to a fistfight at a skatepark.
47. Doomriders – Grand Blood
It kind of seems like this band gets better and better with each album. More and more they have moved away from their initial mixture of hardcore and southern rock and it’s helped create an incredibly unique and catchy sound.
46. Cult Of Luna – Vertikal
One of my favorite post-metal bands has delivered again. Instead of sticking to their usual tricks after a long absence, they got even more ridiculous and progressive than ever with a sound coming straight out of George Orwell’s 1984.
45. Entrails – Raging Death
This is an absolutely perfect slab of catchy, violent Swedish death metal. I was first drawn to this album when hearing that Dan Swano mixed/mastered it and I fell in love with it immediately. The scary thing is that this album is their Metal Blade Records debut, which means that the best is still yet to come.
44. Phillip H Anselmo & The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only
Have you ever wondered what it would sound like to get beaten up by Phil Anselmo? If so, this record is perfect for you! It showcases Phil’s classic abrasive vocal style over an impressive array of brutal and abrasive riffs.
43. Mouth Of The Architect – Dawning
Probably the catchiest post-metal album you’ll ever hear. I’m really glad these dudes are back, but I’m more glad to see that they’ve made one of their best albums. It’s got tons of sludge, tons of progression, post-metal gorgeousness and sticky-sweet melodies.
42. Pestilence – Obsideo
Though Pestilence has been around since the death metal boom of the early ’90s, they are among a handful of death metal bands that have only gotten better with age. Thanks to its brutal, buzzing riffs and razor sharp tone and its murderous, old school pace, it’s easily one of the best Pestilence albums in recent memory.
41. Jesu – Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
Though I’m more a fan of Justin Broadrick’s heavier side in Godflesh, I can’t seem to get over how enjoyable his decidedly less aggressive music with Jesu is. The thing I like about this album most is how it mixes a heavier guitar tone with music that’s decidedly beautiful and emotional and genuinely enjoyable.