2013 was made of metal. With so many great albums, narrowing it down proved extremely difficult. Some bands stayed the same, some reformed, some took wildly different and creative paths, while others surfaced after years under a rock to offer releases that will be coveted for years to come.
A Symphonies Of The Night kicks off with beautiful, enchanting music and vocals. After a few seconds it kicks off into a heavier sound which seems to draw more influence than previous albums. I have once album by Leaves Eyes that I went to sleep to every night….Symphonies of the Night is not that album. The first song changes back and forth between heavier vocals and music and the Leaves Eyes we know, now toss in what sounds a bit like an Epica influence and you have the first track Hell to the Heavens.
You can’t mention Tampa death metal icons without Deicide. This band helped to shape the most brutal and extreme style of music. Proud to be from my hometown, Deicide have ravaged the minds of death metal fans for over thirty years now. This newest release, In the Minds of Evil, is no exception. This album proves that Deicide has not lost their aggression.
Beneditium‘s Obey was unfortunately a disappointment for me.
Throughout the album you can tell everyone in the band is talented.
However, Benedictum’s performance in Obey reminded me of a good bar band, but nothing that would separate or make them exceptionally memorable against any of the other bands trying for the public’s attention.
Swedish death metal troupe Necrophobic released their newest album, Womb of Lilithu, on October 29. This legendary band returns after four years of silence to deliver this monster of an album.
Anneke Van Giersbergen has reached a musical level where not other female metal vocalist has ever dare to go. Her new album Drive is colorful and full of musical textures that projects the moment that Anneke is living as a solo musician.
Toxic Holocaust quickly became a legendary band in the thrash metal underground. Unlike their modern-day thrash counterparts, Toxic Holocaust took it one step further: fusing the rapid punk style with the ruthless metal feel. This is a band that stands out, yet obtains a sound that is tasteful and unique. On October 29, Toxic Holocaust released their fifth studio album Chemistry of Consciousness. Out of all of their albums, this one focuses more on the punk-influences, resulting in their most pounding and fastest release yet.
Fates Warning contrived a genre in which so many bands have based their style and sound on. Their first album, Night On Bröcken, debuted in 1984 and for 20 years they were fairly consistent on releasing new albums. That is until their 2004 release Fates Warning X. Almost a decade went by since the release of FWX, but progressive metal notables have returned with their 11th studio album, Darkness In A Different Light.
Skeletonwitch obtains a vigorous agility that no other band possesses. They have been able to conquer the minds of their listeners with distinct rapidity, skillful musicianship and the most lethal vocals in metal.