Personally speaking, 2013 was one hell of a moody beast to contend with. It was indeed a year full of heart-swelling ups and nerve-shattering downs, new experiences (spanning the spectrum from amazingly good to horrendously nightmarish), and the glorious accomplishment of a few life milestones. That being said, I’m glad to be able to wave goodbye and good riddance to 2013, as it has truly served as a test to what’s left of my sanity. It’s a good thing that, like countless other periods of my life, music was there to provide a suitably grand soundtrack to whatever was happening at the moment. Cheers to all those reading this…we survived! And now, I present what I perceive as the best of what 2013 had to offer, in no particular order, as well as a glimpse toward what I’m most looking forward to in the coming year. Enjoy!

      Portal – Vexovoid

 

      Batillus – Concrete Sustain

 

      Autopsy – The Headless Ritual

 

      Nails – Abandon All Life

 

    Fuck The Facts – Amer

      Convulse – Evil Prevails

 

      Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

 

      Vit – The Dry Season

 

      Hot Graves – Fashion Victim

 

    Conjurer – s/t demo

      Church of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum

 

      Integrity – Suicide Black Snake

 

      Inter Arma – Sky Burial

 

      Aevangelist – Omen Ex Simulacra

 

    A Transylvanian Funeral – Gorgos Goetia

      Carcass – Surgical Steel

 

      Prosanctus Inferi – Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night

 

      Lord Dying – Summon the Faithless

 

      ASG – Blood Drive

 

    Noothgrush/Coffins – split

      Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty

 

      Nightslug – Dismal Fucker

 

      Deafheaven – Sunbather

 

      Anciients – Heart of Oak

 

    Gorguts – Colored Sands

      Beastmilk – Climax

 

      Author & Punisher – Women & Children

 

      Exhumed – Necrocracy

 

      The Gates of Slumber – Stormcrow

 

    Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control

      Demon Lung – The Hundredth Name

 

      Fistula/Radiation Sickness – split

 

      Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana

 

      Cathedral – The Last Spire

 

    Windhand – Soma

      Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed

 

      Glorior Belli – Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls

 

      Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse

 

      Necrophobic – Womb of Lilithu

 

    Noisem – Agony Defined

      Doomriders – Grand Blood

 

      Iron Reagan – Worse Than Dead

 

      The Beyond – Frostbitepanzerfuck

 

      Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry of Consciousness

 

    In Solitude – Sister

      Corrections House – Last City Zero

 

      Oranssi Pazuzu – Valonielu

 

      Weekend Nachos – Still

 

      Vastum – Patricidal Lust

 

    Ulcerate – Vermis

Highly-anticipated releases in 2014: Coffinworm, Late August, Thorr-Axe, Dismemberment, Godflesh, Panopticon, Fistula, High on Fire, Goatwhore, Pallbearer