Top 25 Albums of 2013

Well hello there. Man is the year coming to a close already?! Good because I’m ready for 2014 and all of the new stuff that is coming my way. 2013 was a fantastic year for metal, all genres gave me something terrific to enjoy. I reviewed well over 300 albums this year and listened to many more. So without further delay, I give you my top 25 albums of 2013.

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Top 10 Albums of 2013 So Far…Part 2

I return with a list of the top 10 albums I absolute love so far this year. Keep in mind, we have a lot more coming in the later half of this year, and it’s looking like a strong finish for this year as more big names release new material as well as great independent acts. Here is my top 10 list (In no particular order) of the best albums so far this year:

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Album Review: Thrawsunblat – Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings


Black metal and folk metal, two genres that are pretty damn good separate, and yet I’ve never thought about how it would sound if you combined them both. Thrawsunblat’s new album, “Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings”, is probably the best result you’ll ever get. To be honest, I’ve been a fan of this band ever since I first heard of Thrawsunblat’s first album, “Canada 2010″. Heavily influenced by life and his surroundings, Joel Violette puts together a wonderful album and the musicians he has brought onto this project make everything come together so beautifully. Rae Amitay on drums and Brendan Hayter on the bass make this release such a step up from Canada 2010, it’s as if they had a major label backing them, million dollar producers and engineers putting forth every bit of musical science into the album. However, this band put together a fundraiser and the fans reacted and come together to help fund this album. With the help of the fans and the masterful musicianship from the band itself, it all resulted in one of the most fulfilling metal releases of the year!!!

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THRAWSUNBLAT Release Their New Album And Have It Streaming In FULL On Bandcamp!!!!


Thrawsunblat have done it! They met their goals, worked tirelessly to get these new tunes recorded and have released the brand spanking new epic known as “Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings”!!! If you missed the interview with Joel Violette, be sure to catch up on that while you listen to the new album on their bandcamp page. A proper review will no doubt appear on this site soon, but for now I can just say I am loving every single bit of blood, sweat and tears that was poured into this record. The perfect way to start your day, listen to Thrawsunblat!!!!

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Seriously some of the best music by some of the nicest people in the metal world. Cheers!


joel violette 2Joel Violette, a man I admire. A man with intellect, talent and a desire to continue on after hard times. Joel is the main writer of the Canadian Blackened Folk band “Thrawsunblat” and ex-lead guitarist of Woods of Ypres. Now focusing on Thrawsunblat, we’re going to be seeing new music and much more coming from this band in the near future. I had a couple of questions for Joel and I enjoyed what he had to say. So sit back, relax and enjoy the deep responses this man gives.

Listen to Canada 2010 while you read this. Enjoy.

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THRAWSUNBLAT: “Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings” Album Art & Tracklist

thrawsunblat II Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings

Canadian blackened folk metal band Thrawsunblat have revealed their album art for their second album, “Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings”. Art & design by Brett Goodchild. Photo by Blake Menzies. No release date as of yet but I’m sure it’s safe to say sometime in 2013. Hopefully winter of 2013? That’s just wishful thinking though.

Tracklist after the jump. Click the thumbnail to blow up the album art on the left.

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THRAWSUNBLAT ~ The World Domination Campaign

Thrawsunblat, the blackened folk band of awesomeness out of Canada is looking to release a new album and possibly tour, and they NEED YOUR HELP!!!!! How can you help? It’s easy, all you need to do is send donations to “thrawsunblat[at]gmail[dot]com”. With each donation and depending on how much you donate, you will get rewarded for it! The best reward package has already been used up though and some lucky winner got Joel Violette’s Jackson guitar. I love this band and they need us to continue on their journey! Thrawsunblat has some of the most talented artists playing and they are looking to dominate the world very soon. The sooner, the better and you can check out their site and music below!!!!



Also be sure to check out the fundraiser videos and be sure to help out if you can. Thank you.