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’
Deafheaven ‘Sunbather’

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’

Deafheaven ‘Sunbather’

Location: San Francisco, US
Genre: Experimental, indie
Just a bit late with this one, but recently stumbled upon Deerhoof again and thought it was kinda cool. Check it out, Deerhoof, Breakup Song.
Stream it!

Location: San Francisco, US

Genre: Experimental, indie

Just a bit late with this one, but recently stumbled upon Deerhoof again and thought it was kinda cool. Check it out, Deerhoof, Breakup Song.

Stream it!

Location: United States
Genre: Grindcore
EPIC!
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Location: United States

Genre: Grindcore

EPIC!

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Location: Montreal, Canada
Genre: Post-rock, minimalism
I did not have time to listen through the new album, I think it will be great though. As I am a great GYBE-fan I recommend this to you, check it out. Don’t be surprised the songs are about 20 minutes long.

Location: Montreal, Canada

Genre: Post-rock, minimalism

I did not have time to listen through the new album, I think it will be great though. As I am a great GYBE-fan I recommend this to you, check it out. Don’t be surprised the songs are about 20 minutes long.

Location: Massachusetts, USA
Genre: Hardcore, Mathcore
Scene-legends Converge unleash a merciless assault of epicness over us, needless to say for someone who already knows them. Get this on vinyl or cd, catch them live, buy merchandise and support them in any way you can. 10/10.
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Location: Massachusetts, USA

Genre: Hardcore, Mathcore

Scene-legends Converge unleash a merciless assault of epicness over us, needless to say for someone who already knows them. Get this on vinyl or cd, catch them live, buy merchandise and support them in any way you can. 10/10.

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FULL OF HELL // CALM THE FIRE split
Location: Maryland, US/Trojmiasto, Poland
Genre: Powerviolence/hardcore
Two relatively new bands of the scene, Full of Hell and Calm the Fire, offer us here a powerful mixture of powerviolence in the vein of Hatred Surge or Infest and fresh hardcore, check this out for sure!
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FULL OF HELL // CALM THE FIRE split

Location: Maryland, US/Trojmiasto, Poland

Genre: Powerviolence/hardcore

Two relatively new bands of the scene, Full of Hell and Calm the Fire, offer us here a powerful mixture of powerviolence in the vein of Hatred Surge or Infest and fresh hardcore, check this out for sure!

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Location: Massachusetts, US
Genre: Indie
After a ‘fuck-that’-week without any posts I’m more or less back with a new post, Dinosaur Jr. What do you think about it? Check it out, I didn’t listen to it yet.
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Location: Massachusetts, US

Genre: Indie

After a ‘fuck-that’-week without any posts I’m more or less back with a new post, Dinosaur Jr. What do you think about it? Check it out, I didn’t listen to it yet.

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Location: Brooklyn, US
Genre: Freak Folk, Psychedelic
Woods. Following these guys since Sun & Shade, which came out in 2011 I was happy to see them release a new record Bend Beyond. Check this out if Deerhunter or Animal Collective is your taste, pretty solid stuff.
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Location: Brooklyn, US

Genre: Freak Folk, Psychedelic

Woods. Following these guys since Sun & Shade, which came out in 2011 I was happy to see them release a new record Bend Beyond. Check this out if Deerhunter or Animal Collective is your taste, pretty solid stuff.

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Location: Mondeville, France
Genre: Industrial, Black Metal
Oh shit, I think Blut Aus Nord has passed a barrier no one would have thought would exist with this one, just one word: ETHEREAL. The last of the 777-trilogy has to be the best and definitely AOTY-stuff, get it now!
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Location: Mondeville, France

Genre: Industrial, Black Metal

Oh shit, I think Blut Aus Nord has passed a barrier no one would have thought would exist with this one, just one word: ETHEREAL. The last of the 777-trilogy has to be the best and definitely AOTY-stuff, get it now!

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Location: New Orleans, US
Genre: Sludge Metal
I have seen these guys live in July, they are a blast! And also let us wait damn long for their new record, at least they released this single now so the wait is a bit less hard. Don’t sleep on this one!
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Location: New Orleans, US

Genre: Sludge Metal

I have seen these guys live in July, they are a blast! And also let us wait damn long for their new record, at least they released this single now so the wait is a bit less hard. Don’t sleep on this one!

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