Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013: Part 1

Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013: Part 1

Was 2013 a banner year for heavy metal? Not exactly. Relative to the incredible bounty 2012 yielded -- in terms of high caliber and high profile heavy releases -- 2013 was quiet and produced a small crop of remarkable headbangers that rise above the din of mediocrity.

While the year as a whole probably won't go down in history as a turning point in the evolution of metal, there were some intense albums released that could surely put the fire back in the belly of even the most jaded metal fan. Here are our top picks, placed in no particular order. Feel free to thrash your cubicle and/or throw something.

1. Motörhead - Aftershock

While Lemmy and co. certainly did not make Ace of Spades part II or another Iron Fist, this album appears because it is a testament to the unwavering truth that is Motörhead.

Despite Lemmy's recent health concerns, Aftershock provides the unfettered and unaffected glory that we've come to expect from Motörhead over the years, and stands up as one of the best late career releases of any artist in any genre.

2. Exhumed - Necrocracy

Everyone has been so busy bestowing accolades upon 2013's Carcass offering, that they appear to have missed the fact that Exhumed finally out Carcass'd Carcass. Between the album's technical wizardry, gore-obsessed filth, and raw production aesthetic, Necrocacy is one of the best death metal releases in years.

See also: Exhumed Is Sure to Bring Chainsaws and Onstage Puke to Culture Room - Dec. 22

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