Best Metal Albums of 2013

More Heavy Hitters

We just couldn’t cram enough heaviness in our Best Metal Albums of 2013 list. Note that these aren’t necessarily our eleven-to-twenty metal picks, just ten more wicked, heavy albums – in no particular order – which are worth checking out.

You’ll find us straying slightly from the metal path with some of these picks (e.g., rock, industrial), but don’t worry, they’re there for a reason.


The MigrationScale The Summit – The Migration

June 11 on Prosthetic Records
Houston, Texas, USA

Highly technical, upbeat prog. Look at all the pretty colours.








VesselAbriosis – Vessel EP (review)

February 1 on Shitknife Records
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

First-class progressive, tech-death. Kiss your ass goodbye.








The Circle and the Blue DoorPurson – The Circle and the Blue Door

April 29 on Metal Blade Records / Rise Above Records
London, England

Psychedelic, stoned, classic prog-rock/metal. Inhale and throw your carriage keys in the bowl.








Heart of OakAnciients – Heart of Oak (deluxe)

April 16 on Season of Mist
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Riffy, psych-tinged heavy metal. Bang. Your. Head.








Silver TongueLight Bearer – Silver Tongue (part two of the “Æsahættr Tetralogy”)

February 8 on Halo of Flies
London, England

Atheist/anti-theist, feminist, progressive doom. Yes, seriously. It’s kind of terrifying.








Earth+Rocker+ClutchEarthRocker604x604 (400x400)Clutch – Earth Rocker

March 15 on Weathermaker Music
Maryland, USA

Bluesy, boozy, bearded rock’n’fuckin’roll. Get in the car and squeal them tires.








Sky BurialInter Arma – Sky Burial

March 19 on Relapse Records
Richmond, Virginia, USA

Enormous, sludgy, psychedelic doom. It’s a long way down so you might as well stop screaming.








I Versus the GlacierClamfight – I Versus the Glacier

January 22 on The Maple Forum
Westmont, New Jersey, USA

Big, fat, hairy, doomy stoner-fuzz. You can’t beat a glacier, so stop trying and just enjoy the crush.







Women & ChildrenAuthor & Punisher – Women & Children

June 11 on Seventh Rule Recordings
San Diego, California, USA

Experimental, industrial, electronic doom. The sound inside the braincase of a depressed, psychotic robot.








ZolleZolle – Zolle

May 13 on Supernatural Cat
Bruzzelle, Italy

Fuzzy, experimental, riff-packed, vocal-less heavy metal. Warning: May lead to neck-injuring fun and impromptu exclamations of “Fuuuck yeeeaaahhh!”








Well, that’s it! Thanks for reading, everybody. We wish you all the best for 2014.

Happy Metal Year!


More Best of 2013 lists:

Best of Vancouver Music 2013 featuring Bison, Witch of the Waste, and more.

Best Music Videos of 2013 featuring Queens of the Stone Age, FIDLAR, and more.