Before we start our list of the 10 best albums of 2013, please remember that this list was decided by one person and therefore represents the opinions of one person. This will likely not reflect your own opinion but that’s okay; there’s room for more than one opinion in this crazy world of ours and your’s is just as valid. As per the theme of UK Scumscene, this list also contains releases by UK bands ONLY. Okay then, let’s get this show on the road:
5) Black Market Serotonin – Something From Nothing
What we said:
“But really, this is the only negative we can throw at Black Market Serotonin’s Something From Nothing. The band have unleashed some truly epic prog rock that deserves your attention. If there’s any justice in the world, Black Market Serotonin will be playing stadiums and festivals where their music can be truly appreciated on the sort of scale it was made for.”
4) Pariso – Consanguinity
Pariso surprised everyone with an album nobody even knew was coming. ‘Consanguinity’ showcases how far the band have come as song-writers as songs like ‘Tower of Genus’ and ‘Equivocation’ blend beautiful melodies (care of Katie Malco) and power-punk riffs into the band’s already chaotic hardcore sound. What makes the band so special is how original they continue to sound. I’m sure I’ve said this before but you need Pariso in your life simply because they sound like Pariso.
3) Carcass – Surgical Steel
Comebacks are now fraught with negativity. It’s very easy to point the finger at a band who’s been absent from the scene for 18 years and say they’re only back for the money. But how much money is really in the death metal industry? Regardless, Carcass returned for all the right reasons. They needed to return because they had something left to say and my God was it worth saying. ‘Surgical Steel’ is not only one of the best comeback albums ever but one of the best Carcass albums ever and reminds you exactly why this death metal stalwarts are so necessary to British heavy music, even now. Welcome back Carcass.
2) Sunwølf – Midnight Moon
What we said:
“There isn’t enough good things we can say about Sunwølf’s post metal magnum opus. Midnight Moon is a beautiful yet dark album that is full of gorgeous atmospherics and intricacies that make for a listening experience that is truly an experience.”
1) The Catharsis – Romance
If you’ve been following UK Scumscene in any sort of depth then you’ll know that The Catharsis’ Romance is the only record we’ve given perfect marks to so far, so it was pretty obvious it was going to turn up here. It’s a wonderful hardcore album made even more special by the fact the band write actual songs and don’t just sling ideas at a wall and go with what sticks. Congratulations to The Catharsis for making 2013 a whole lot heavier.
What we said:
“The Catharsis have not only put together one of the best hardcore releases this year but it deserves to be recognised as one of the best heavy albums ever made. There is no filler, padding or interludes on Romance; everything was put on this record for a reason. A record this intense has no place being so accessibly catchy but The Catharsis have managed to do exactly that. Listen to this album and then tell everyone you know about it. It really is that good.”