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Scary Terry's Top Metal Albums of 2013, The Ones You Said I Forgot

by Terry Stevens

Happens every year...
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If you read my Top 20 Metal Albums of 2013 , you may feel that I left a few out. (You're dead wrong, but you're still entitled to your feelings.) Anyway, 2013 gave us a slew of awesome albums, and while I didn't pick these for my Top 20, they're still absolutely worth picking up, starting with...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse - "Labyrinth"

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I'm a sucker for death metal with symphonic elements.  If you dig Dimmu Borgir and the like, the new Fleshgod Apocalypse is right up your alley.

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Children of Bodom - "Halo of Blood"

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A bit of a return to form for CoB.  If you've avoided the band in recent years because they've gotten away from the sound of "Follow the Reaper", you'll be very pleased with "Halo..."

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Finntroll - "Bloodsvept"

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Is the whole folk-metal sound a bit gimmicky?  Sure, but it's a gimmick that works, especially when Finntroll's bringing it.

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Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals - "Walk Through Exits Only"

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I know some people were disappointed that this didn't sound like Pantera.

I'm more than fine with that.  There are more than enough bands who are trying (and failing) to sound like Pantera.  Anselmo doesn't need to do that.

Instead, he gave us a wild, manic album.  He hasn't sounded this intense since Superjoint Ritual.

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Dream Theater - "Dream Theater"

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It's up for a Grammy, but while I enjoy Dream Theater and progressive metal in general, I just found myself listening to Protest the Hero a LOT more.

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Dead Letter Circus - "The Catalyst Fire"

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Speaking of prog-metal, the new Dead Letter Circus album is worth the price of admission.

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Fates Warning - "Darkness in a Different Light"

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I promise this is the last prog-metal band on the list.  The new Fates Warning is also a worthy addition to any prog-metal fan's collection.

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Orphaned Land - "All Is One"

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I lied.  One more prog-metal band.

Orphaned Land's "All is One" is full of big riffs, big ideas, and Middle-Eastern flavors.

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Otep - "Hydra"

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Otep's latest was a LOT more experimental than the rest of the band's catalog.  Some fans and critics didn't buy in to it.  I did (just not enough to put it in my Top 20).  

You may want to try before you buy, but I thought "Hydra" was enjoyable.

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Katatonia - "Dethroned and Uncrowned"

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An acoustic rendition of last year's superb "Dead End Kings", what it lacks in heavy, it more than makes up for in beauty.

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Soilwork - "The Living Inifinite"

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Double albums can be tiring, but Soilwork (and their new guitarist) keep this one interesting the whole way through.

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Avatarium - "Avatarium"

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Normally, doom-metal bores me to death.  I can dig slow groovy riffs, but not for 10-plus minutes.  I have stuff to do, you know?

However, Avatarium lead singer Jennie-Ann Smith's vocals and the hippie-esque lyrics juxtapose nicely with the band's low doomy sound.

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Skeletonwitch - "Serpents Unleashed"

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It's nice to hear an album that's played in standard tuning, with no 808 drops or other assorted nonsense.  These guys hit it and get it.

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Hail of Bullets - "III The Rommel Chronicles"

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Crushingly heavy old school death metal, with Martin Van Drunen's tortured vocals blasting out a brutal history lesson.

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I just realized this blog could go on forever.

Suffice to say, 2013 gave us a LOT of killer albums.  

In addition to the ones I posted above, the new Death Angel, Artillery, Turisas, Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Trivium, Saxon, Within the Ruins, Impending Doom, The Resistance, Butcher Babies, Rivers of Nihl, Winds of Plague, Sevendust and Oceao records are worth checking out too.

*In addition to totally forgetting about that one band's album, "Scary" Terry Stevens is a radio host for Midwest Communications. You can Book Face with him here .
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