In our first look at the top metal releases of 2013, we checked out oddities from rock-infused sludge mongers to groundbreaking shoegazing black metal. We enjoyed a comforting reminder that Motörhead will always be Motörhead, and weighed down our souls with the sonic violence of Nails and Exhumed. If 2013's heavy offerings have been anything, they've been eclectic.
In part two, we find ourselves running rampant through the sub-genre circus, enjoying greatness across the board. Join us, won't you?
See also: Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013: Part 1
6. Power Trip - Manifest Decimation
While the lion's share of contemporary thrash groups have been inadvertently pummeling a once beloved and revered genre into the realm of novelty by moshing for pizza and screaming about partying, Power Trip dropped Manifest Decimation this year. This thrashsterpiece is the album everyone has been waiting for since Metallica handed Mustaine his walking papers and Anthrax planted little Limp Bizkit seedlings with its Public Enemy collabo.
7. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Mind Control
Regardless of where you stand on Black Sabbath's 2013 release, the band made a solid decision when bringing the formerly ultra-mysterious Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats on tour this year. The band, once just an enigma of blog hype and expensive vinyl, has released its third full length in 2013. Mind Control is what most real Sabbath fans were hoping 13 would sound like.
8. Gorguts - Colored Sands
Gorguts is back with a progressive vengeance. Though Gorguts' lineup has been in a constant state of flux since its inception, Colored Sands features members of Krallice and Origin, bringing OG Luc Lemay's unbelievably advanced sonic equations and concepts justice. This album is one of the finest examples of technical prowess, forging art beyond athletics, we've heard in years.
9. All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature
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Few people have harnessed the ability to conjure sheer, unfiltered rage like Kevin Baker, and when backed by Converge's drum beast Ben Koller and the axe men of Blood Horse in APMD, Baker sounds downright scary. Nothing Violates This Nature is everything we could have ever wanted from the union of such heavy hitters, and might be the strongest sophomore release any supergroup has ever put together.
10. Shovelhead - Suffer in Life
While it might seem suspect to place a local band's debut EP in such company, it's a well deserved accolade and an honest representation of what we dug this year. Shovelhead is Lake Worth's answer to Entombed and if this EP had been put out on Deathwish, you would all be buying Shovelhead shirts right now.
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