Sean Harris Picks His Top Albums For 2013
Chris Harris’ Top 10 Worst Albums of 2013 was spot on. Kill Devil Hill wouldn’t see the light of day without Rex Brown being there and Super Collider collided with a gigantic turd. Ghost proved lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place and the Butcher Babies are talent less cum dumpsters.
However, we did get quite a few killer albums in the last year and I thought I’d take a shot at naming off my Top 10 Albums of 2013. That’s the thing about lists. Everyone has an opinion and most think they are dead right. Sound off and make your voice heard on Facebook and in the comments, people.
Now, without further ado…
10. Fleshgod Apocalypse’s Labyrinth
Now I urge you to do this. Pay the ridiculous price and get Fleshgod’s pasta. Cook it up and eat while listening to Elegy. It’ll feel like the actual apocalypse is coming because nothing in life could be more epic.
In all seriousness, these Italian metal lords released a superb album but I wouldn’t expect less.
9. Skeletonwitch’s Serpents Unleashed
The rise to fame this band has been having is outstanding. Every time I turn my head, someone always seems to be talking about Skeletonwitch. Very cool guys who put out a very cool album. When they were in my neck of the woods, I had a few drinks at an establishment and noticed some long beards out of the corner of my eye. Yup, it was them. They’re just like you or me; they don’t mind slamming a few back to kill the nerves. Can’t wait for more from this band.
8. Warbringer’s IV:Empires Collapse
The same night I had my run in with Skeletonwitch, I had the chance to interview John Kevill from Warbringer. We did the interview on the scummy streets of Vancouver while a dude came up to him and offered an ounce of weed to be put on the guest list. Only in British Columbia.
Warbringer’s fourth effort has been my favorite thus far. It’s just straight ahead thrash goodness in a neat package. “Hunter-Seeker” has been on repeat for quite some time now.
7. Carcass’ Surgical Steel
17 years. 17 goddamn years we had to wait to get anything new from the Carcass camp. My goodness was it ever worth the wait. Walker and Steer have still got it and Dan Wilding was a nice addition on drums. It’s amazing after all this time that they haven’t lost a step. I’m going to see Carcass in March and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for that.
It’s not a rehash and it’s just a damn good death metal album. Cheers to you Carcass for staying awesome.
6. Toxic Holocaust’s Chemistry of Consciousness
There’s been such a buzz over this album and it’s so warranted. Coming in at 11 tracks and 28 minutes, it’s almost too short but what we do get is balls-to-the-wall metal. They fuse punk and metal very well and they tend to get so much great music in such a short time span. I didn’t think they could outdo Conjure and Command but fuck was I ever wrong.
Yet another band I’ll be seeing in a month. There’s a good possibility they’ll play at least 30 songs on a set any given night. Beauty.
5. Killswitch Engage’s Disarm The Descent
Thank Jesse Leach for being the savior of this band. KsE was headed down the same slope so many others have slid down. They were great at one point, released a few crappy mainstream albums and then, were the bane of metalheads’ existence. Luckily, Jesse came back into the fold and they remembered they could still make killer songs. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed As Daylight Dies and The End Of Heartache, but the second self titled album was mediocre, at best. Nothing gave me that feeling that I had when I first heard Alive Or Just Breathing.
Until Disarm The Descent. Songwriting? Check. Musicianship? Check. Jesse fucking Leach? CHECK!
4. Holy Grail’s Ride The Void
Now, I may be a bit biased with this one seeing that I’m good buddies with this band but the fact remains; they can shred and write fantastic songs. There’s nowhere to go but up for the boys from Cali and it’s this album that opened many eyes.
Not only do they have the talent but are also the farthest thing from one-trick ponies. Luna can hit those high notes and Eli can death growl with the best. I’ve been addicted to the title track for almost a year now and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Their next album will be the make-it-or-break-it record and I have no doubt they’ll slay again.
3. Battlecross’s War Of Will
I had no idea who this band was before this album came out. I listened and they gained a fan for life. Obviously, I’m a whore for thrash metal and these dudes hit the nail on the head. “Force Fed Lies” is exactly what the heavy stuff is all about and it’s fantastic back to front. I’ve officially ordered their back catalog and am eagerly awaiting the mail everyday.
Beards seem to be all the rage and whenever I check out live footage of their shows, it looks like fucking “Duck Dynasty.”
2. Amon Amarth’s Deceiver Of The Gods
Leave it to Amon Amarth. That would be a way better show then “Leave It to Beaver.” When it comes to live acts, not many are better than these guys. Andy Sneap handled the production on their latest and he makes it sound insane — not that they aren’t on their own anyway.
It definitely has unyielding blasts of viking brutality and is very anthemic. Whenever I listen, it just makes me want to pick up a sword and go take on thunder gods all on my lonesome. Then I realize I’m in my pajamas. It’s outstanding what Amon’s music can do to you.
1. Gorguts’ Colored Sands
Yet another band who had way too long of a hiatus but you wouldn’t even know it from their latest album. From Wisdom To Hate was way too long ago, 12 years to be exact. What did they do for the reformation? Get Colin Marston from Behold The Arctopus, John Longstreth from Origin and Kevin Hufnagel from Dysrhythmia.
Holy shit, Gorguts is a super group now. Luc Lemay sure did the right recruiting for this album. It’s over 60 minutes of pure metal mayhem. Gorguts, just like Carcass, never lost a step and will go down as one of the most legendary death metal bands ever.
Carcass, Gorguts and The Black Dahlia Murder are touring North America together and I’ve already got my ticket. Now that, my friends, is a fucking lineup.
Go buy all 10 of these albums. NOW!