Hard to pick one over the other, they’re all great records. One of them is even a double, and if you want to count that as two records then that’s fine. It just means that this list goes to 11!
10. Demonbrother – Beyond the Veil (Iron Lung Records)
Dirty, gritty, gloomy hardcore, power violence, wrapped in a blanket of feedback. Brought to you by one of the best labels around.
9. Indian – From All Purity (Relapse Records)
One of the most intense records of this year, a mixture of experimental hardcore, metal and harsh noise.
8. Old Man Gloom – Ape of God 1 & 2 (Profound Lore Records)
If you don’t know Old Man Gloom then you need to check yo self before you wreck yo self. Nuff Said!
7. Torch Runner – Endless Nothing (Southern Lord Records)
Furious grindcore/crust from Southern Lord Records (another one of the best labels around). 13 songs in 22 minutes, you know you’re in for a treat, this record will kick the shit out of you and rub salt in your wounds and you´ll love it.
6. Thou – Heathen
Album number four from these experimental doomsters. Doing what they’re known for which is churning out heavy, sludgy doom with the darkness of black metal and intensity of hardcore. On this release they allow small amounts of light shine through, but even though they have added a little more melody into the mix, this is not for everyone. It should be, but it really is not.
5. Gridlink – Longhena (Hydra Head Records)
4. Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors (Sargent House Records)
3. Human Services – Animal Fires (Self-released)
If you like your metal weird, schizophrenic, slightly deranged and all kinds of over the top progressive, then you´ll probably love this album from Human Services, a weird witches brew of different styles of metal interspersed with elements of all kinds of experimental avant-garde weirdness. An acquired taste I guess you could say.
2. Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise
Weird, demented, creepy, experimental, aggressive, atmospheric, progressive, filthy. This is something as odd as a black metal album full of originality and I absolutely believe that bands like this is the future of black metal. For fans of Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord etc…
1. Code Orange – I am King (Deathwish Inc)
Code Orange has dropped the “Kids” from their name and while they may not be grown up yet they definitely have matured. With their 2012’s ‘Love Is Love/Return to Dust’ they definitely made their mark as far as debuts go, but ‘I Am King’ is just on another level. They blend and meld all the best parts of metal and hardcore into a violent mix of fast, violent, slow, sludgy, and surprisingly catchy hardcore that moves beyond previous formulas and conventions.