Nov 142013

It’s getting to be that time of year, the time when we dive head first into the polluted sea of year-end listmania. Our listmania extravaganza comes in four parts. First, we re-print assorted lists of the year’s best albums, leeched from other web sites and magazines. Second, we collect our readers’ lists of the songs they enjoyed the most from the year that’s rapidly drawing to a close. Third, we post the year-end lists of our own staff and assorted guest writers. And fourth, we roll out our list of the year’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs.

And that last list is the subject of this post (we’ll be inviting you to give us your lists of the year’s best albums as we get closer to the actual end of the year — so start thinking about that).

In case you’ve forgotten, or you’ve become an NCS reader since this time last year, here’s what this is about:

To repeat, this isn’t a list of the best metal albums of the year. It’s not even our list of the best individual extreme metal songs of the year — though some of the songs might actually be among the best of the year. Instead, ours is a list of the most infectious extreme metal songs we’ve heard this year. We’re talking about songs that might produce involuntary physical movement, songs that have got catchy rhythms, memorable melodies, sweet grooves, or anything else that sticks the song in your head and makes you want to keep listening to it.

To be one of the most infectious songs of the year, it’s got to be something that worms its way into your brain to such an extent you can’t get it out (and wouldn’t want to) — you mentally replay it at unexpected times and you go back to the song repeatedly for listening.

Maybe it’s the kind of song that has become one of your favorites for some kind of activity — whether it be drinking or smoking, working out, humping, rolling down the road in some kind of wheeled vehicle with the volume turned up, trying to drown out your kids, doing your laundry, doing school work, doing actual paying work, pleasuring yourself while gazing at a photo of me, getting into the right kind of mood or out of the wrong one, or even just day-dreaming.

I’ve already got my own working list of candidates and I’m going to collect suggestions from our regular writers, but no doubt we will overlook some gems. So, here’s what I want: Please leave comments to this post with your suggestions — or e-mail them to:

I’ll then pick what I think are the most infectious tracks of the year and start playing those songs for you in groups of two as we get closer to year-end. The first year we did this, I limited the list to 10 songs. In 2010, I expanded it to 30. In 2011 it grew to 39. Last year it topped out at 56! As you can see, I have a really fuckin’ hard time making decisions. I have no idea how many songs we’ll feature this year.

So, reflect on the music you’ve really been enjoying this year and please let us hear from you. By leaving your favorites in the comments, this post will also become a way for other metal fans to find new music.

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  1. Amon Amarth – As Loke Falls
    Ghost – Secular Haze / Year Zero
    Gorguts – The Battle of Chamdo
    Hatebreed – Put it to the Torch
    Heaven Shall Burn – Land of the Upright Ones
    Leprous – The Valley
    Newsted – King of the Underdogs
    Within the Ruins – Terminal

  2. “pleasuring yourself while gazing at a photo of me” ..what? without knowing what your face looks like 🙂

    okay, this is going to be difficult, but here’s a try:

    Agrypnie – Trümmer
    Psychotic Pulse – Asylum. I’m with DGR ( this opening track just gets my adrenaline pumping, just like the band name.
    Rotting Christ – agree with others, so hard to pin down from such an outstanding album, but for infectious I’d go either ‘Grandes Spiritus Diavolos’ or ‘Ahura Mazda Anra Mainiuu’
    Welicoruss – Sons of the North
    Byzantine – Soul Eraser
    Mechina – such a phenomenal album there’s a few contenders, but ‘Elephtheria’ probably wins out for this list.
    I feel like something from the Nothnegal EP should be here, probably track 2 ‘Rannamaari’
    Dreaming Dead – Overlord: (as an aside, that video seems to have the audio of what they’re actually playing, the album mix is different. Man that’s tight for a live show!)
    Kartikeya – Tunnels of Naraka. I’ve played that video through a few times since it appeared on NCS. Good stuff.
    Hanging Garden – Ten Thousand Cranes
    Ancient Vvisdom – Let The End Begin
    Scorned Deity – From a Lion Of Gold
    Hope For The Dying – I think part of the appeal of this is that it’s actually the album-opener: beginning an album with a slow instrumental build up is a pretty ballsy apporach.
    Avalerion – Into The Wild (
    In Vain – Image of Time: the juxtaposition of happy hippy-sounding clean singing with a solid beat and black metal vocals just gets me every time.
    Even though I have heard zero of their albums, this song by We Butter The Bread With Butter – ‘Alles was ich will’, infected my brain with its sheer hilarity of a circus freak show with a Rammstein-esque driving rhythm: . I found myself wandering around wanting to scream ‘Ich bin der könig!’
    Also, although not released as an album I found this track Osiris by Diablerie screamed ‘play me some more!’ (hmm the music talks to me, maybe I should stop now…)

  3. This one came straight into my head and it’s still haunting me — definitely infectious:

    HEXER – II:I (Cassette II, Track I)

    Posted by Islander at NCS this year (Sep 27) — see

  4. Avatarium – Moonhorse (VIOLATION!)
    Death Angel – Fallen. – that chorus will stick in your head for months, so will the solos and ending.
    Witherscape – Dead for a day – Swanö has lived in my head ever since that came out.
    Sodom – Final Bullet – just catchy as all hel.
    Kataklysm – Elevate – i have been singing “because.. ELEVATE!” to myself for weeks now!
    Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood. Just because its awesome.
    Mortillery – F.O.A.D – FAAAACKYAAAAAAO!
    Necrophobic – Splendour Nigri Solis – Du-Ah-Lih-Stic Pow-ah-struggle!
    Black Fast – Obelisk
    Månegarm – Wake the Gods
    Watain – The child must die.
    Ultra-Violence – Ride Across the Storm
    Lightning Swords of Death “Baphometic Chaosium”
    Hate – Solarflesh
    Hypocrisy – 44 Double Zero
    Misanthropic Propaganda – Red Dust
    Persefone – Consciousness (Pt.2) : A Path To Enlightenment

    AAAnd a berjilion others im forgetting right now, cos holy fuck did all these albums come out THIS year?

  5. Borg 64 – Death to false pwoer chords
    Cult of Luna – I, the weapon
    Diabolical – Metamorphosis
    Ghost – Year zero
    Hail of bullets – DG-7
    Katatonia – Leech
    Lesra – All I got (technically it’s hardcore, but with an metal edge, available on Spotify).
    The monolith death cult – Drugs, thugs & machetes
    New keepers of the watchtower – Pyre of the red sage
    Queens of the stoneage – Kalopsia (maybe not the right genre, but fuck that’s a great chorus)
    Rob Zombie – Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
    Soilwork – Spectrum of eternity

  6. Rising – Vengeance is timeless (
    Red Fang – Blood like cream
    Satyricon – Nekrohaven (
    Skeletonwitch – I am of Death
    Phantom Glue – Captain Keith Pierce (
    Demonical – The Order (
    Tribulation – Vagina Dentata (
    Skeletal Spectre – Altar of Damballah (
    Parasite Inc. – The Pulse of Death (
    The Moth – Rawhawk (

  7. Amon Amarth – Shape Shifter
    Satan – Time to Die
    Ashes of Ares – Move the Chains
    Tyr – Blood of Heroes
    Turisas – Ten More Miles
    Inquisition – Darkness Flows Towards Unseen Horizons
    Kataklysm – Elevate

  8. Here’s a list, just to start

    Germ – Blue As the Sky, Powerful As the Waves
    Cultes des Ghoules – Vintage Black Magic
    Psychonaut 4 – My Despair Can’t Be Explained
    Thy Light – Wanderer Of Solitude
    Bolzer – Entranced by the Wolfshook
    Gorguts – Coloured Sands
    Gris – Les Forges
    Fanisk – Departure Rose Garden
    Caladan Brood – City of Azure Fire
    Omb – A Smaller Dose of Tyranny
    Zemial – Pharos
    Will of the Ancients – To Our Glorious Dead
    Enforcer – Mesmerized By Fire
    Ovid’s Withering – The Reckoning, The Summoning, The Purge
    Malthusian – The Mother’s Blade
    Haken – Falling Through the Sky
    Cosmic Church – Lupaus äänettömälle äänelle

  9. Get ready, lots of clean singing in this here list.

    Argus – The Hands of Time Are Bleeding

    Autopsy – Flesh Turns To Dust

    Bolzer – Entranced By The Wolfshook

    Carcass – Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard
    Darkthrone – Valkyrie

    Devil – Restless Wanderer

    Enforcer – Take Me Out of This Nightmare

    Eternal Champion – The Last King of Pictdom

    Eternal Khan – The Deity

    In Solitude – Pallid Hands

    Infant Death – Violent Death

    Intöxicated – Rock n’ Roll Hell Patröl

    Yellowgoat – Black Order

    Katechon – Beautiful Desolation

    Magic Circle – Magic Circle/Cloven In Two

    Magister Templi – Masters of The Temple

    NekroFilth – I’m A Degenerate/Junkie Cunt

    Noctum – Liberty In Death

    Ranger – Touch of Death

    Sacriphyx – Buried Behind The Lines

    Torture Chain – War On The Final Road North

    Toxic Holocaust – Acid Fuzz

    White Medal – Skratje’s Gate

    Wulkanaz – þerh merkwisôms stigilôz

  10. I’m late to this but what the hell.

    Sockweb, “Bullies Are Mean”
    Rerturning We Hear the Larks, “The Corruption of the Third Sister”
    Quadrivium, “Methoca”
    Persefone, “Returning to the Source”
    The Ocean, “Bathypelagic I: Impasses”
    Nero Di Marte, “Convergence”
    Mouth of the Architect, “It Swarms”
    Kevin Carter’s Apology, “Deadwood”
    Iwrestledabearonce, “Carnage Asada”
    Hanging Garden, “Ten Thousand Cranes”
    Extol, “Betrayal”
    The Dillinger Escape Plan, “When I Lost My Bet”
    Deafheaven, “Dream House”
    Byzantine, “Soul Eraser”
    The Black Dahlia Murder, “Phantom Limb Masturbation”
    Black Crown Initiate, “Ghost She Sends”
    Benea Reach, “The Mountain”
    Babymetal, “Megitsune”
    Anciients, “Raise the Sun”
    The Odious, “The Gynecic Curse” (very late 2012)

  11. This was fairly easy since I just made a mix of my favorite 2013 metal. It’s hard to get all the goodness on one 80 minute CD-R, but I think it turned out alright considering the constraints I was under.

    Soilwork – Spectrum of Eternity
    Kvelertak – Evig Vandrar
    Arsis – Carve My Cross
    Extol – Betrayal
    Haken – Cockroach King
    Deeds of Flesh (underrated artist of the year IMO) – Amidst the Ruins
    Leprous – Chronic
    The Dillinger Escape Plan – When I Lost My Bet
    Kataonia – The One You Are Looking For Is Gone
    Fleshgod Apocalypse – Minotaur
    Within the Ruins – New Holy War
    Arsis (again) – Sunglasses At Night
    Anciients – Raise the Sun
    NK (not metal, but it bangs my head) – Shoulder Gorilla
    Shining – I Won’t Forget
    M[I]CRO – Dance (It’s a cover song, but fucking awesome. If you like hip hop and metal get you that Djentlemen Roll Deep mix free off Facebook)
    Extol (again) – A Gift Beyond Human Reach

    There is a lot more I’ve been cranking lately, but this was a readymade list.

  12. My top three of Infectious Extreme Metal Songs in 2013:

    1. Watain – The Wild Hunt
    2. The Monolith Deathcult – Gods Amongst Insects
    3. Sacrilegious Impalement – For Sins of the Pigs

    You might also enjoy these infectious NON-Extreme Metal tracks. (In no particular order):

    Agathodaimon – Favourite Sin
    Falkenbach – Eweroun
    Cnoc An Tursa – The Lion of Scotland
    Death Dealer – Death Dealer
    Ereb Altor – Our Legacy
    Orphaned Land – Let the Truce be Known
    Tengger Cavalry – Cavalry In Thousands

  13. Could be any song off the new Byzantine… It rules and is my favorite this year by a long shot.

    Byzantine – Forged in the Heart of a Dying Star
    Carcass – Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard
    Extol – Betrayer
    Kataklysm – Empire of Dirt
    Protest the Hero – Clarity
    Battlecross – Flesh and Bone

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