20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

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

Stomach Earth, 'Stomach Earth'
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18. Stomach Earth, 'Stomach Earth'

If Stomach Earth's debut LP is what the planet's gut sounds like, some Pepto Bismol may be in order. This is a good thing! Mastermind Mike McKenzie, who hails from the witchy locale Salem, Massachusetts, cooked up some especially lugubrious doom spells for the grumbly, rumbly LP. His unholy ire and machine-like minor-key riffing on guitar and violin make for one of the most compelling and acrimonious doom debuts in recent years. Furious hopelessness has rarely sounded so enthralling.

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