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