11. Raspberry Bulbs - Deformed Worship
10. Cloud rat - Moksha
Moksha's a staggering release because grindcore is one of the most narrow sounding genres around (for better or worse). The plethora of influences, musically and ideologically, that culminate in this band's unique sound makes it an easy pick for this list. Huge moments of cathartic melody, some of the most personal and excellent vocals/lyrics I've recently read, and of course, the headbangability of it all make Moksha an ambitious and moving release.
9. Ruined Families - Blank Language
8. Fell Voices - Regnum Saturni
Easily one of my most anticipated releases of 2013, Regnum Saturni was a huge curve ball as Fell Voices unleash a harsher and much more denser side than any of their previous works. You can read my crackpot review here and try to decipher all the stuff I get into, but at it's heart this LP is such an enthralling and large piece of work that listening to one track here or one track there won't do it justice. It also just happens to be on the prettiest looking pieces of vinyl ever executed.
7. Ruin Lust - Ruin Lust
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6. Horna - Askel Lahempana Saatanaa
Horna's 8th studio full length shows the band in fine form as new singer Spellgoth (of Prevalent Resistance) fits well with the band's more aggressive style for this release. While I'm a huge fan of the now departed Covus and his range, Spellgoth's gruff delivery and cultist like charisma highlight the brash drumming and ravenous approach of the guitars. Even the bass has its day with that great riff in "Yhdeksas Portti." Askel Lahempana Saatanaa won't surprise Horna followers, but it offers enough new things in terms of it's warm but raw production, the aforementioned vocals, and the band's direction towards more aggressive and less melodic songs. A raw and frenzied release not without memorable melodies and a truly demonic vocal performance make this one of Horna's best full lengths.
5. Tim Hecker - Virgins
This English quartet was flying under my radar for quite sometime and I'm not sure how. Odori Sepulcrorum is a putrid brew of atmospheric death metal with occult leanings and black metal flourishes. This album is IMMENSE and one of those great listens where each song bleeds into another. Describable riffs, melodies and progressions- hell even solos- are key ingredients in setting this band apart from so many other relevant death metal bands. And, if we gotta talk about packaging, this double LP, with its D side etched and encased in a tri-fold jacket is one of the most obsessive and beautiful pieces of wax I own.
3. Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane
Another one that I stumbled upon blindly, Henbane, was a release that completely underwhelmed me my Henbane strikes you as strange because so much sounds familiar yet bizarrely different. The guitar tones have a bit more meat to them than you'd expect, the vocals will dip here and there into awkward tones akin to Attila's croon and awesome metal riffs will bleed into angular and atonal sounds that take you by complete surprise. Again, it's just one of those albums that words have a tough explaining. first time around. Yet, after a few listens I found myself so excited to revisit, respin, and find new things within this black, uncomfortable mass of occult black metal. Without any gimmick or use of anything too unusual.
2. The Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer
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