Exploring the Best of the 2023 Metal Scene with GET HEAVY UK's Highlights of EPs/Albums/Singles
By Stephen Cummings (BeardBo & GH/UK)
These releases have left an indelible mark on 2023, showcasing the breadth and depth of talent within the metal landscape. From the blistering technicality of progressive death metal to the crushing weight of doom and everything in between, metal fans have been treated to a wealth of incredible music. But beyond just the music itself, these releases have also served as a reflection of the times we live in. Many of these albums grapple with issues like social injustice, environmental degradation, and the human condition, providing a cathartic outlet for listeners to confront these difficult topics. And while the world may continue to be tumultuous, we can take solace in the fact that metal will always be there to provide a voice for the voiceless and a refuge for the restless.
Here are some thrilling highlights of the 2023 metal scene – a year filled with a diverse range of releases that pushed the genre to new heights. From seismic comebacks to groundbreaking debuts, the landscape was ablaze with creativity and innovation. Let's embark on a sonic odyssey together as we explore the standout EPs/Albums from GET HEAVY UK.
- Unearth's "The Wretched; The Ruin" - A fusion of Metal and Metalcore that's simply electrifying.
- Trendkill's "Dissociate" - A powerhouse in the realm of Groove Metal.
- Catalysis with "Betrayer" - A Groove Metal band pushing boundaries with their intense sound.
- Kilonova's "Moment of Clarity" - Thrashers delivering raw energy and precision.
- Cast in Tephra's "Longings (Part 1)" - Deathcore that captivates with its depth and intensity.
- Iron Altar's "Promethean" - Dive into the realms of Doom and Sludge with this remarkable release.
- Gama Bomb's "Bats" is a fun and riffy journey into the world of thrash metal.
- Imperium's "When Kings Meet" - A culmination of majestic sounds that's a testament to the genre.
- Hounds' "Quadrivial" - Groove Metal mastery personified.
- Divine Image's "Sectioned" - Hardcore/Deathcore that hits hard with its sheer aggression.
Highlighting the Best Singles of the Year. It's not an easy feat to choose the standout singles from this year, but we've managed to curate a list of our personal favorites. Check them out below:
- Orbit Culture's robust offering, "While We Serve," showcasing their prowess in Tech Death Metal.
- The haunting resonance of The N/A's "Alone," a testament to Groove Metal's power.
- Fracture Point's "Symbiosis," a Thrash anthem pulsating with energy.
- Hands of Attrition's "They Live On," a Groove Metal piece resonating with depth.
- Cast in Tephra's "Dreams that Decay," a Deathcore revelation pushing boundaries.
- Kilonova's "Fragments," a Thrash explosion that leaves an indelible mark.
- Godeth's "Solace," a Groove Metal offering that immerses listeners in its rhythm.
- Halberd's "Draw Your Weapon," a Thrash revelation demanding attention.
- Atravion's fusion of Metalcore and Power Metal in "Doomsday," an innovative marvel.
- War Grave's,"Discovering my Truth" serving up delectable Groovy traditional metal riffs that leave a lasting impact.
Raise your horns to the anticipation of 2024—an upcoming year destined to be another epic chapter in the annals of metal. With a slew of highly anticipated releases looming on the horizon, the stage is set for a sonic onslaught that promises to exhilarate metal enthusiasts worldwide. The excitement brews as we eagerly await the thunderous riffs, blistering solos, and raw energy that will define the forthcoming releases. Get ready to dive headfirst into a year that's poised to rock our souls and ignite our passion for the raw power of metal!