Wanted to restart posting here for too long now, however.. What could be a better startup for me than to share my opinion on the best albums of this year. To bring it to the point it was a great, great year for hardcore music, and as I only just listened to hardcore music this year it could be called ‘Top 10 Hardcore Albums of 2013’, anyway.. don’t be offended or think you’d have to change anything about this list, it’s my opinion in the end. Enough talk, let’s come to the records. (From #10 to #1)
#10 - Carcass ‘Surgical Steel’
With the first album since 1996 this blew me away completely. It can be considered one of the greatest comeback-albums in the history of death metal and metal in general. This is a big ‘Fuck you!’ to anyone who didn’t believe in Carcass’ comeback. They still are the masters of grind!
#9 - Hatred Surge ‘Human Overdose’
Many complaining about Faiza not being in the band anymore, Hatred Surge still managed to do almost everything right on their latest effort ‘Human Overdose’. This is a great blend of hardcore, more focusing on the grindcore-side this time, everything from the cover artwork to the slower oriented music itself let us think of Napalm Death. Absolutely no bad thing and my #10 this year.
#8 - Weekend Nachos ‘Still’
'Still' has to be the most promising effort by Weekend Nachos yet. Still chaotic, still fucking angry, and overall just a bit better than their latter efforts. It would take much to top 'Worthless' but they did it, and they did it well.
#7 - Doomriders ‘Grand Blood’
The year in Doom and Stoner Metal wasn’t that promising at all, High on Fire only putting out a single, eyehategod released a song last year but ever since there weren’t any informations on a new album, Doomriders however brought out their newest record ‘Grand Blood’. Though I like ‘Darkness Come Alive’ a bit more at the moment ‘Grand Blood’ easily made it to the top 10 albums for me.
#6 - Iron Lung ‘White Glove Test’
I was a fan of these powerviolence-duo since like forever, especially liking their split work with Endless Blockade and the likes. A interesting part of their music were the early Swans-influenced parts in their songs and they didn’t change about that on their latest effort ‘White Glove Test’. Again 20 songs, almost bursting of all the ideas they packed into this, easily in the Top 5 for me.
#5 - Dead In The Dirt ‘The Blind Hole’
I have to say that I pretty much ignored Dead In The Dirt ever since, what a fault that was. ‘The Blind Hole’ jumped to my eyes as I clicked through some new records and I gave it a chance, thank god I did. This is great, 20 violent suites of crushing grindcore, packed in a solid 16 minute effort, check it out now if you haven’t already!
#4 - Power Trip ‘Manifest Decimation’
Power Trip was only a name of a band for me until I checked out ‘Manifest Decimation’, their debut record. This has to be the best thrash/crossover album I heard in YEARS. The vocals and production are very Black Breath-like which was a big plus for me. I gave it a spin almost everyday and you should too.
#3 - Full Of Hell ‘Rudiments Of Mutilation’
When I first listened to their debut ‘Roots Are Consuming My Home’ I was completely blown away. I can’t tell you how much I listened to these guys and couldn’t wait to see them live. The cover artwork reminded me heavily of Carcass’ ‘Reek of Putrefaction’ which was the first thing I noticed, then I started listening and it was clear for me that it would end up on my absolute fave list of 2013. These kids are the biggest hope for the future and proved on their newest effort that they’re here to stay.
#2 - Mammoth Grinder ‘Underworlds’
I got to know this band when they released a split with Hatred Surge and had to check out their other stuff. To describe their style: old school death metal worship with sludgy guitars and a pissed off hardcore voice over it. They didn’t changed anything for ‘Underworlds’, just polished little details here and there and spawned a perfect death metal record, #2 for ‘Underworlds’.
#1 - Nails ‘Abandon All LIfe’
Nails’ follow up full-length to 2011 effort ‘Unsilent Death’ was one of my most awaited records this year. This is just the perfect answer to everything and everyone, Starting with the haunting ‘In Exodus’, ending with the five minute piece ‘Suum Unique’, great from start to finish. A perfectly violent masterpiece of controlled brutality, by far my #1 of albums 2013.
It was difficult for me to put these 10 records together and I am totally aware that many aren’t here, still they should and have to be mentioned:
Suffocation ‘Pinnacle Of Bedlam’
Sea Of Shit ‘Self-Titled’
Autopsy ‘The Headless Ritual’
The Body ‘Christ, Redeemers’