20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

The year's wildest, smartest, most intense heavy music

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Cathedral, 'The Last Spire'
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14. Cathedral, 'The Last Spire'

"Bring out your dead," says the first voice on The Last Spire, and it couldn't seem more appropriate, considering frontman Lee Dorrian has proclaimed the record to be the Coventry stoner-metal band's last. On the rest of the LP, the group finishes strong, brandishing bottom-heavy grooves and certifiably maddening lyrics from Dorrian like, "A funeral is all I see, a funeral is all I feel," from the horror-soundtrack-ready "An Observation." The Last Spire is a fittingly crushing swan song. 

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