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Mik’s Best Albums of 2013, part 1

 download20. Wormed – Exodromos

“It’s like the sound of a caveman running around a spaceship”. Fun, fun, fun. Listen here.





a0475207647_1019. Moth – Endlessly In Motion   Review 

An early release of proggy death with some of the best lyrics I’ve seen this year. It hasn’t left my playlist since it came out in January. Listen here.





download (1)18. Dark Tranquillity – Construct 

It might make hardcore DT-fans go “You don’t know what you’re talking about!”, but I think this is the band’s best effort since.. since ever. These songs make me melt like butter in sunshine. Listen here.




index_0817. Hacride – Back To Where You’ve Never Been

Intense, emotional, technical, groovy. With great lyrics and huge riffs, Hacride was one of the best new discoveries this year. Listen here.




Mechina-Empyrean16. Mechina – Empyrean 

This album provides a very special, epic journey through distant industrial constellations and symphonic galaxies. The Fear Factory-like singing is amazing and the female vocals are a wonderful addition to the symphonic orchestration and the relentless double bass drums.  This could be a soundtrack to an epic movie. Listen here.



a3971053867_1015. David Maxim Micic – Bilo 3.0

This is a late release, that made it on my list at the very last minute. It would most likely been placed higher if I could have given it the time it deserves. Just like the fantastic album cover, the album is filled with uplifting, unexpected twists and turns that will make you go “ah!” and “oh!”. No other music this year has cheered me up like ‘Bilo 3.0‘; impressive performances by very talented young musicians. Listen here.


Amenta_cover.jpg.scaled.100014. The Amenta – Flesh Is Heir

‘Flesh Is Heir’ is as grim, cold and evil as it can be, but at the same time it’s melodic and relaxing. Dense atmosphere, disgusting and ugly…and so, so lovely. Listen here.




a3412057688_1013. The Sun Explodes – We Build Mountains 

Although painfully short, it’s impossible to not like this album. Honest, fun and at times weird, but always passionate and absolutely captivating! Listen here.




a0565097344_1012. Crimson Dawn – In Strange Aeons…     Review

Crimson Dawn is a band that has managed to create a refreshing, modern epic doom sound in both their songwriting and the production. There is clearly lots of soul and thought put into every detail on the album and I hope more people will discover this über-tasty Italian delicacy. Listen here.




VattnetViskar_SkySwallower-RGB__33203_zoom-604x60411. Vattnet Viskar – Sky Swallower

A very impressive debut album filled with bleak, beautiful, explosive music. It’s gigantic and earthy. They balance the extreme feelings perfectly and gracefully. Goosebumps! Listen here.


Video Of The Week: Moth – Dissolved

The Denver-based band Moth released their fantastic debut album ‘Endlessly In Motion’ in the beginning of this year (album review here) and have now finished making their first video for the track ‘Dissolved’. It’s a very emotional and aggressive song with a dark, serious atmosphere and philosophical lyrics. The song is crushingly heavy right from the start and only briefly slows down in the middle, making room for the beautiful keyboard and guitars, before it picks up again and lets the drums relentlessly pummel your ears until it ends.

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Mik’s Top 50 – Intros That Instantly Grab My Attention #27-28

#28 Vallenfyre – Desecration

“A fragile king, pouring bliss into my pain”   Vallenfyre is a death metal supergroup with members from Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and At The Gates. This song is from their first and, so far, only full-length album ‘A Fragile King’, released in 2011.


#27 Moth – Vast Expansion

“No, we’ll never understand this vast expansion in our current form. I must learn to accept what I can not control.”  From their excellent debut album ‘Endlessly In Motion’  released this year (full album review here).


Album Review: Moth – Endlessly In Motion


Reverse what we’ve been building for, destroy any progress
We’ll turn ourselves into machines
Hard to realize the depth and low that we’re reaching

Erase the steps to evolve into something with meaning
Reverse our evolution cycle; declining minds prevail to shun the will of expanding insight.

Grow no longer. The light has died, in this form we can’t survive.
We reverse design through time. We reverse the flow of life.



I have found a lot of fantastic debuts from bands lately and ‘Endlessly In Motion’ by Moth is another impressive one. It was released only two months ago and I knew this record was a must-buy after the first time I heard it. It’s hard to put this music into a genre and to describe their sound. I would say Moth has a Gojira-like influence on their songs, a kind of proggy death, with similar emotional vocals, repeating guitars and heavy, fast-paced drumming. They added ambient moments together with some clean sections and the result is an album with complex music that is easy to listen to and like.

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