There were a ton of heavy, heavy metals this year. Way beyond a ton, several metric shit-tons I think were involved, if it is is even quantifiable. So much so that it deserves its own list. It is much like 2011 was: way more great metal than usual, and a lot of it was very innovative or at least creating its own path, as much as that's possible any more. A lot of what was enjoyable is that it seems like death metal is in some kind of golden age, and black metal is continuing to innovate in the lesser explored territories of musical direction; which is usually dissonance. Several of the death metal bands also explored dissonance, including the big return of Gorguts, the godfathers of death metal dissonance as well as technical wizardry.
2013 also saw the return of Carcass, the creators of goregrind and still far better than any other band inspired by their early stuff. This new iteration blends together all their styles as heard on their pioneering early albums, as well as the more technical/thrash/death metal sounds heard on 'Heartwork', and even the more classic sounding 'Swansong'. It also saw the return of weirdos like Antediluvian, Portal, and more of the odd range of bands that started cropping up a few years ago. And there were even some great vintage metal inspired bands like Blood Ceremony, Clutch, and Subrosa. There are so many captivating albums from last year, I can't even remember what I was going to say, thinking about all the heaviness... so let's get on to the actual list.
Wow, that was a ton of the good stuff. A nice even 32 superb heavy metal releases there, and I encourage you to get them all! All of them! hahaha. You may also be interested in these, Honorable Mentions...
EPs of awesomeness: