Best of 2013 – Infamousbutcher

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Best of 2013 – Infamousbutcher

1. Black Sabbath – 13

Black Sabbath - 13
Black Sabbath – 13

I never thought it would happen again, a Black Sabbath album with Ozzy at the helm. Hell, even more surprising, I never thought it would be this good! The album has a  SABOTAGE feel and would have fit nicely in between SABOTAGE and TECHNICAL ECSTASY in the  mid 70’s. It’s the album I didn’t know I had been waiting for, I teared up the first time I heard the  whole thing!

2. Carcass – Surgical Steel


I’m not a fan of how Carcass changed to “melodic death metal” so I am very happy that the first Carcass album in 17 years has some brutality and some Bill Steer  backing vocals! Amazing musicianship, the album is a blend of NECROTICISM and HEARTWORK with shredding and melodic parts, and we’re also back to the medical dictionary lyrics!

3. Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam

Best Suffocation album since PIERCED FROM WITHIN.  PINNACLE is their most technical and musically varied album and it still measures on the Richter  Scale of brutality!

4. Hail of Bullets – III The Rommel Chronicles

Every 2 or 3 years this Dutch Death Metal  supergroup cranks out another WWII themed masterpiece! Want a little history lesson with your brutal old school death metal? Than this is for you!

5. Broken Hope – Omen of Disease

After an 11 year hiatus and the untimely passing of vocalist  Joe Ptacek, Chicago’s Broken Hope reformed in 2012. OMEN OF DISEASE, their first album since  1999, is an incredible sick blend of guttural vocals, savage riffs, and bludgeoning drums and  bass. It’s the heaviest album of the year! Welcome back Broken Hope, the underground is richer  because of your return!

6. Deicide – In the Minds of Evil

7. Motorhead – Aftershock

8. Exhumed – Necrocracy

9. Immolation – Kingdom of Conspiracy

10. Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

11. Death Angel – The Dream Calls for Blood

12. Jungle Rot – Terror Regime

13. Entrails – Raging Death

14. Autopsy – The Headless Ritual

15. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies

16. Holy Grail – Ride the Void

17. Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure

18. Gorguts – Colored Sands

19. Anvil – Hope in Hell

20. Megadeth – Super Collider


Best Live Album

Dark Roots of Thrash – Testament

Best EP

Ruins of Humans – Brutality

Best Covers album

Anthems – Anthrax

Best Book

My Life with Deth – David Ellefson

Best DVD

Dark Roots of Thrash – Testament

Best Concert

Metal Alliance Tour – Anthrax / Exodus / Municipal Waste

Best FestivalDelaware Death Fest II

Best local band

Mortal Decay

 Best Discovery


Major events in the Metal world

  1. Jeff  Hanneman’s passing
  2. Black Sabbath Tour without Bill Ward, release first album with Ozzy since 1978
  3. Lemmy is human after all and has to cancel shows due to health issues
  4. Dave Lombardo fired from Slayer (again)
  5. Rob Caggiano leaves Anthrax and joins Volbeat
  6. First Carcass album since 1996

Predictions for 2014

Slayer puts out an album with new lineup.