20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

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

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In Solitude, 'Sister'
Courtesy of Metal Blade Records4/20

4. In Solitude, 'Sister'

With singer Pelle Ahmen's fight-the-horde belt leading these Swedes into battle, this black mass functions much like Sonic Youth's Sister:"a smart band putting the pieces together in a way that both solidifies and futzes with their sound adding goth rock textures to old school Scandinavian thrash worship, making for a record that sounds both more accessible and more personal.  

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