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December 12th, 2013

The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2013

2013 AOTY Thrash Hits Albums of the Year

Like any artform, music is not a competition. There is only good and bad music and that categorisation in itself is all down to subjective taste. However, in a bid for scientific rigour; some quantitative analysis to fortify the qualitative spiels, we’ve asked all the Thrash Hits contributors to list their favourite albums of 2013. Yeah, it’s here to boost our egos by claiming what we say is best and it’ll surely get some good clicks and you may (rightly) point out that it’s just another list but, at the very least, you might see an album that you’ve never heard of and think about buying it. That would be cool.

Falkenbach Asa cover napalm 2013 thrashhits20) Falkenbach – Asa
Mixing catchy, haunting melodies with black metal savagery this will simultaneously make you feel cheery and wistful. If that doesn’t sound exhausting enough, it’s sung in a German dialect so obscure not even the man singing it speaks it fluently. Somehow, it manages to be memorable. Metal.

Misery Signals Absent Light album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits19) Misery Signals – Absent Light
It’s been five years since the metalcore quintet’s last album (“A masterclass in textured, expansive, intelligent metal, conceived with the loftiest of ambitions and executed with a finesse that few have matched.”) but don’t call it a comeback.
Read the 5/6 review

All Pigs Must Die Nothing Violates This Nature album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits18) All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature
APMD’s 2011 debut was one of the most unrelentingly angry albums in existence. Somehow, the NYC crusty metallers created something even gnarlier. Stepping up and away from their peers, it’s easily the most furious album in the 20.

The Defiled Daggers album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits17) The Defiled – Daggers
These grungy goths have been so, so close to our hearts since this site’s formation that it’s just super to see their second album being so awesome. They’ve got the potential to fly the flag for the UK and take this huge sound supernova.
Read the 5/6 review

Tomahawk Oddfellows album cover artwork packshot 400px Thrash Hits16) Tomahawk – Oddfellows
As if Mike Patton’s straightfwd/bonkers rock project wasn’t going to make it in. It’s “the one most likely to appeal to your average Faith No More listening gumby… although they’d still make a litany of Foo Fighters fans feel dumber than they already are” according to our 5/6 review

Touche Amore Is Survived By album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits15) Touché Amoré – Is Survived By
The kings of shirt-tugging hardcore, Touché eschewed the more melodic route their peers were taking in favour of retaining their heavy edge. It worked. Singer Jeremy Bolm is a constant highlight as “we find him pondering his own mortality”.
Read the 4.5/6 review

Ihsahn Das Seelenbrechen album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits14) Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
Released just a year after his last solo effort, this enormous slice of progressive metal “is the most open and interesting thing Ihsahn has put his name to in a long time”. He’s fulfilled all the potential seen in Eremita. You won’t be able to predict a single note.
Read the 5.5/6 review

Darkthrone The Underground Resistance album cover artwork packshot 400px Thrash Hits13) Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
The Norwegians are cool again but this “is not a revolution, nor is it some seminal moment in rock history. [It is] a hugely enjoyable record made by two people doing it because they love metal.” Cool.
Read the 5/6 review

biffy clyro opposites 201312) Biffy Clyro – Opposites
When they announced that this was going to be a double album, eyebrows rose. Was this the Scottish Foo Fighters’ In Your Honor? No. This turned out to be a dark and thrilling collection of awkward yet still radio-friendly hits. Another, if you hadn’t figured it out, for the smarter Foos fan…

tesseract altered state album cover 2013 thrash hits11) TesseracT – Altered State
Moving away from the Djent and the #m0sh scene towards the undulating meadows of prog metal, this band struggled for momentum following yet another change in vocalist but Ashe O’Hara has added so much melody that this is 100 per cent his band now.
Read the 5/6 review

Jamie Lenman Muscle Memory album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits10) Jamie Lenman – Muscle Memory
A late surge from this November release from the Reuben frontman allowed the second double album into the 20. This bi-polar collection of super-heavy metal catharsis and jazz hands-friendly cabaret music is an exhausting delight in diversity.
Read the 5.5/6 review

The Dillinger Escape Plan One Of Us Is The Killer album cover artwork packshot 400px Thrash Hits09) The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer
Their 2010 album, Option Paralysis came top of this list in 2010, so it had a lot to live up to. It’s more of the same (melodic mathcore) and Greg Puciato has left Twitter so all of his baggage is detailed within. Savour it.

Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits08) Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury
Vocalist James Kelly later supported Deafheaven with his electronic project, but this atmospheric black metal is “a work of inspired genius and a trip through some of the darkest regions of your psyche.”
Read the 5.5/6 review

letlive blackest beautiful07) Letlive – The Blackest Beautiful
Following up such a hotly-rated breakout album like Fake History was always going to be a tough ask and the LA hardcore crew really divided opinion with this one. While half of the many existing fans continued to love, the slight change in style alienated other. It’s firmly in the Top 10, either way.

Kvelertak meir album artwork cover john baizley baroness 2013 roadrunner records thrash hits06) Kvelertak – Meir
It means “More,” and by gum is it. We referenced Kiss, Immortal, Vikings and Foo Fighters (we apparently love/hate them) in our review of this melting pot of an album. Plus Kurt Ballou produced again, so it sounds magnificent.
Read the 5/6 review

Carcass Surgical Steel album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits05) Carcass – Surgical Steel
A couple of months ago, this is the album that we decided ought to win the Corot-3B Music Prize – our witty riposte to the Mercury Prize. It’s unsurprising that it was voted for enough times to help it nestle comfortably in the Top 5 as it “doesn’t just maintain their legacy, but enhances it with a competence, passion and honesty that’s lacking from so many ‘comeback’ albums.”
Read the 5.5/6 review

65daysofstatic 65dos wild light album cover 2013 thrash hits04) 65daysofstatic – Wild Light
Is this out of leftfield or is it just highlighting our worthy-of-backpats eclecticism? It doesn’t matter because the first of two Sheffield bands to be in our Top 5 are worthy entries with their fifth album. With a ridiculous description of “Mogwai shagged a bag of synths and made a horrible baby” doing the rounds, you won’t get the weird post-rock vibes til you listen to it.
Read the 5.5/6 review

Cult Of Luna Vertikal album cover artwork packshot Thrash Hits03) Cult of Luna – Vertikal
Because Vertikal was released in January, the miserably talented Swedes released a follow-up EP in September, helping to fortify their work as well as keep them fresh in our minds. Reviewed on the BBC (RIP), “this is a band so far ahead of its peers. They have tested their boundaries, and they will test yours. That the Swedes are still succeeding like this on their sixth album is testament to both their quality and vision.” It’s true.
Read our 5.5/6 review

Bring Me The Horizon 2013 sempiternal cover art artwork sony oli sykes02) Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
It wasn’t exactly a stretch when we said “BMTH’s position as the premier extreme metal band from the UK will be elevated further amongst their fans and their standing in the mainstream will be consolidated” but even Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has gone on record that he’s listened to and enjoyed this album. This is interesting because when MH took BMTH on tour in 2011, he ‘disliked’ what their nu metal-influenced deathcore represented. Flynn also cited Chris Brown as a favourite though, so pass the salt.
Read the 5/6 review

deafheaven sunbather01) Deafheaven – Sunbather
Incredibly, we haven’t written too much about the San Franciscan post-black metallers this year, but what we have written has never been short of superlatives: the album review (“In amongst the torturous noise… you will find the most beautiful of albums”) or the autumn live show (“The vast wall of shimmering post-rock and shoegaze is used as a sonic assault”). This album is important because of all the questions about whether this is actually metal or if it’s post-rock or shoegaze or whether they’re allowed to be black metal without corpse paint. It’s made people think. Aside from confusing everyone, it’s Thrash Hits’s #1 Album of 2013. It received the highest cumulative score and the most votes. It’s just wonderful and a worthy record. If you haven’t got it in your life yet, this is the one we all recommend you experience.
Read the 6/6 review

If you’d care to read some deep, deep statistical analysis of the results, the voting and the voters, click here for The Thrash Hits Albums of 2013 In Numbers


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