It's been a while since I've been here. Let's just say the last 5 months weren't good for me. Probably some of the worst times of my life. But I'm eager to put them behind me so let's run down my top ten albums from 2013.
10. Sacriphyx - The Western Front
Aussie death metal with a war theme.
9. Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues
Pure 70s tribute. If you like Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc, get this album.
8. Church of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum
Black Sabbath worship from Japan. If you like riffs, you'll like this.
7. Gotsu Totsu Kotsu - Legend of Shadow
Round 2 from Japan, this time some really good death metal. Well the band calls themselves "samurai metal" but we all know that's just silly.
Buy it: You have to import. Amazon Japan will ship to international addresses.
6. Lychgate - Lychgate
Creepy black metal with some great organ usage.
5. Chthonic - Bú-Tik
Asian invasion continues with this melodic black/death offering from Taiwan.
4. Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
If you like old Autopsy or Asphyx, you'll love this.
3. Satan's Host - Virgin Sails
Power metal with an attitude.
Buy it: Moribund Store
2. Warlord - The Holy Empire
Manowar, Manilla Road, Fates Warning. If those names put a smile on your face, you owe it to yourself to get this.
Buy it: Warlord's Store
1. Ningen-Isu - Mandoro
And so ends my list with yet another Japanese album. I stumbled across this band a few months ago, just in time to get their discography imported for Christmas. It's a hefty price but oh so worth it. This latest album is their seventeenth release and it continues their unprecedented run of awesome records. Seriously, not one of their records is a skunk, they're all great. I have no idea how these guys aren't metal legends by now or how they don't have some kind of western distribution deal. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on this and all their albums.
Only one song on Youtube but it's great: Kuroyuri Nikki
Buy it: Same as GTK, you have to import. But please, please, please don't let that stop you.
There you have it. See you around.