Initially, I was going to limit my best of 2013 list to just my top 10. My reasoning was to make my list as tight as I could only highlighting the very best of what moved me during the year. After looking back at how many albums I listened to or was exposed to, that number hovered around 270 albums. So, I decided to expand my list to the same standard as previous years. Despite increasing my list to 15, it still only highlights about 5% of all the albums that graced my ear drums this year. So, what I present to you for the year 2013 my top 15, plus five more honorable mentions that will be posted in the vicinity of this list.
Tags: Alternative, amon amarth, Biffy Clyro, carcass, Clutch, Death Angel, Death Metal, Deceiver of the Gods, Earth Rocker, Exhumed, Ghost, Havok, Helloween, Intestissumam, Jungle Rot, metal, Necrocrasy, Opposites, Pelagial, Queensryche, Revocation, Rock, Self Titled, Sleepers Awake, Soilwork, Straight out of Hell, Surgical Steel, Terror Regime, The Dream Calls for Blood, the living infinite, The Ocean, Thrash, Top 15 of 2013, Transcension, Unnatural Selection
It’s great to be able to listen to and review a new album; even better to get it before the release, but that is not always the case. From my perspective, I usually do not try to interpret lyrics because, for lack of a better response, it’s just not what I gravitate to. Needless to say, I am probably missing out on strong, serious, and meaningful content, but what can I say I love the brutality of metal music and tend to focus more on musical content and the band’s evolution. I had a chance to review Necrocracy by Exhumed a few months ago. You can check it out here if you like, but if not I will just say it is a strong candidate for my annual “best of” list. It’s everything brutal you should expect from a death metal band and just hits hard. But, what does Necrocracy mean? It’s a word you are not going to find in Merriam-Webster; believe me I looked. What I gather is something to the effect of dead bureaucracy. Necro- meaning dead body and the latter –cracy probably stemming from something related to government such as the word I used above – it’s the first thing that comes to mind. It’s my guess and something I would expect given the state of the world and economic woes of my country, the United States. So, I didn’t get to meet the band to ask, but what I did receive was a track-by-track by the band courtesy of Relapse Records. If you liked the album and want further detail then keep reading, it’s straight from the goose with the golden egg.
Exhumed and various incarnations of Exhumed have been in the biz a long time – a couple decades and some change. Why I am only getting around to them now remains a mystery, but thankfully that time has come because I have just added a new Death Metal band to my repertoire. And that makes it a good day. The San Jose, CA-based band is set to release Necrocracy on August 2, 2013, give or take a few days for other locations on the planet. What should you expect? Nearly 40 minutes of death metal glory, but not just any death metal…this is the kind that reeks of old-school. Think Entombed, Carcass, and Cannibal Corpse early year’s riffing, solos, blast beats, and brutal growls. You know the stuff you can sleep to at night…music to the ears!