Monday, December 30, 2013

'Black Metal of the Americas' Zine Editors - Top Albums of 2013

After covering the Black Metal of the Americas recently we found out that the zine did not have any plans on publishing a year’s end list. Furthermore the two Editors tastes are so eclectic that it wouldn’t make sense to include their lists in a publication that concentrates strictly on regional black metal. Since Idol Threat covers music of almost every genre we decided to offer the zine writers an opportunity to share their top albums on our blog. They graciously accepted and here it is, click on the jump to get the full list:

Patrick Loy's Top 13 for 2013 (yes, I am clever :-/)

These albums are presented in the order they were hastily and drunkenly scrawled on a piece of dirty piece of scrape paper.

The Body- Christs, Redeemers
This album represents The Body at their most noisey & experimental; sure some will not like it. Particularly those whose musical diets consist of nothing but heavy, downtuned riffs, will wonder what the hell is this. I for one have nothing but respect and admiration for a group that blazes its own path so brightly.

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
At once a consolidation of strengths and a reiteration of distinctiveness, this collection of songs capture Chelsea Wolfe at her best so far. Deeply cinematic and diverse (despite what the album title suggests), perhaps the most haunting record this year.

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
I knew this would make my end of the year list before I had even heard a single note. What I didn’t know was how joyous it would sound. Here we have two men who grew up loving Hip Hop and wanted share that love and give something back to a community that are part of. That they did, several times over in fact. 

Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand– The Cosmic Trigger
After last years initially underwhelming ‘The End of the Beginning’ (it has grown on me considerably since then), I was dreading/looking forward to the new album. All my apprehensions were quelled after the propulsive first track; in fact this may be the group’s most direct album yet. Albin Julius & Co once again provides proof that they are sound sculptors of the highest order.

Fire! Orchestra – Exit!
Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson is one prolific fucker! This year alone there is the collaboration with Merzbow & Balázs Pándi called ‘Cuts’, the collaboration with The Ex under the banner of The Ex & Brass Unbound (which also includes Ken Vandermark) and the album his trio The Thing released the excellent ‘Boots’ on their fledgling label. Phew! After all that the man still had time to be on this absolute monster of a release. For this release the usual three-piece ballooned to a 28 piece beast. If you can imagine taking a shit load of bad acid and then putting on the entire ESP Disk label catalog simultaneously then you are halfway there… well, perhaps a third of the way.