The Stargazed Magazine Crew List Their Top Albums 2023: Emil Flyghed

2023 is now over and once again it has been an interesting year for metal and hard rock! For my own part, there have been many great releases among my favorite artists which in a list forms a wavy roller coaster among all genres. It wasn’t easy finding the absolute best album that have been released, I had to spend many hours during work and in the evenings listening to all albums over and over again. Getting on the list this year was not easy, is fair to say.

Now, however, the list is finally complete and I couldn’t be happier with it. Prepare yourself as a reader for a list that jumps from cozy melancholic rock to pure hellish drum inferno with screams from the dark nothingness!
Here is my own top list of the 20 best albums released in 2023!

 

20. Kataklysm – Goliath


Genre: Death Metal

Release Date: 11 August 2023
Length: 40min 56sec
Best Track: Bringer of Vengeance

01. Dark Wings of Deception
02. Goliath
03. Die as a King
04. Bringer of Vengeance
05. Combustion
06. From the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead
07. The Redeemer
08. Heroes to Villains
09. Gravestones & Coffins
10. The Sacrifice for Truth

19. Deathstars – Everything Destroys You

Genre: Industrial Metal
Release Date: 05 May 2023
Length: 40min 27 sec
Best Track: This Is

01. This Is
02. Midnight Party
03. Anti All
04. Everything Destroys You
05. Between Volumes and Voids
06. An Atomic Prayer
07. Blood for Miles
08. The Churches of Oil
09. The Infrahuman Masterpiece
10. An Angel of Fortune and Crime

18. Blackbriar – A Dark Euphony

Genre: Alternative Metal-Gothic Rock
Release Date: 29 September 2023
Length: 49min 21sec
Best Track: Forever and a Day

01. An Unwelcome Guest
02. Far Distant Land
03. Spirit of Forgetfulness
04. Bloody Footprints in the Snow
05. The Evergreen and Weeping Tree
06. Cicada
07. My Soul’s Demise
08. We Make Mist
09. Thumbelina
10. Forever and a Day
11. Crimson Faces

17. Avatar – Dance, Devil, Dance

Genre: Prog-Groove Metal
Release Date: 17 February 2023
Length: 41min 16sec
Best Track: The Dirt I’m Buried In

01. Dance Devil Dance
02. Chimp Mosh Pit
03. Valley of Disease
04. On the Beach
05. Do You Feel in Control?
06. Gotta Wanna Riot
07. The Dirt I’m Buried In
08. Clouds Dipped in Chrome
09. Hazmat Suit
10. Train
11. Violence No Matter What (Duet with Lzzy Hale)

16. Marduk – Memento Mori

Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: 01 September 2023
Length: 41min 55sec
Best Track: Blood of the Funeral

01. Memento Mori
02. Heart of the Funeral
03. Blood of the Funeral
04. Shovel Beats Sceptre
05. Charlatan
06. Coffin Carol
07. Marching Bones
08. Year of the Maggot
09. Red Tree of Blood
10. As We Are

15. DevilDriver – Dealing With Demons Vol. II

Genre: Death-Groove Metal
Release Date: 12 May 2023
Length: 36min 25sec
Best Track: Trough the Depths

01. I Have No Pity
02. Mantra
03. Nothing Lasts Forever
04. Summoning
05. Trough the Depths
06. Bloodbath
07. It’s a Hard Truth
08. If Blood is Life
09. This Relationship, Broken

14. Downfall Of Gaia – Silhouettes Of Disgust

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Release Date: 17 March 2023
Length: 45min 13sec
Best Track: While Bloodsprings Become Rivers

01. Existence of Awe
02. The Whir of Flies
03. While Bloodsprings Become Rivers
04. Bodies as Driftwood
05. Eyes to Burning Skies
06. Final Vows
07. Unredeemable
08. Optograms of Disgust

13. Immortal – War Against All

Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: 26 May 2023
Length: 38min 07sec
Best Track: War Against All

01. War Against All
02. Thunders Of Darkness
03. Wargod
04. No Sun
05. Return To Cold
06. Nordlandihr
07. Immortal
08. Blashyrkh My Throne

12. Shining – SHINING

Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: 15 September 2023
Length: 50min 10sec
Best Track: Allt För Döden

01. Avsändare Okänd
02. Snart Är Dom Alla Borta
03. Allt För Döden
04. Fidelis Ad Mortem (feat. Andy La Rocque)
05. Åttahundratjugo
06. Den Permanenta Sömnen Kallar

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11. Myrkur – Spine

Genre: Atmospheric/Folk Black Metal
Release Date: 20 October 2023
Length: 33min 43sec
Best Track: Valkyriernes Sang

01. Bålfærd
02. Like Humans
03. Mothlike
04. My Blood Is Gold
05. Spine
06. Valkyriernes Sang
07. Blazing Sky
08. Devil in the Detail
09. Menneskebarn

10. Watain – Die in fire – live in hell (Live Album)

Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: 03 November 2023
Length: 1hr 12min
Best Track: Black Salvation

01. Ecstasies in Night Infinite
02. Black Salvation
03. The Howling
04. Black Flames March
05. Reaping Death
06. Devil’s Blood
07. Serimosa
08. Not Sun nor Man nor God
09. Before the Cataclysm
10. The Return of Darkness and Evil
11. Nuclear Alchemy
12. Malfeitor

9. Silent Skies – Dormant

Genre: Piano Rock
Release Date: 01 September 2023
Length: 01hr 01min
Best Track: Construct

01. Construct
02. New Life
03. Churches
04. Just Above The Clouds
05. Reset
06. Tides
07. The Real Me
08. Light Up The Dark
09. Dormant
10. The Last On Earth
11. The Trooper (Bonus Track, Iron Maiden Cover)
12. Dancing In The Dark (Bonus Track, Bruce Springsteen Cover)
13. Numb (Bonus Track, Linkin Park Cover)

8. Within Temptation – Bleed Out

Genre: Symphonic Metal
Release Date: 20 October
Length: 47min 14sec
Best Track: Bleed Out

01. We Go To War
02. Bleed Out
03. Wireless
04. Worth Dying For
05. Ritual
06. Cyanide Love
07. The Purge
08. Don’t Pray For Me
09. Shed My Skin
10. Unbroken
11. Entertain You

7. Soen – Memorial

Genre: Prog-Metal
Release Date: 01 September 2023
Length: 43min 1sec
Best Track: Violence

01. Sincere
02. Unbreakable
03. Violence
04. Fortress
05. Hollowed (Elisa)
06. Memorial
07. Incendiary
08. Tragedian
09. Icon
10. Vitals

6. Orbit Culture – Descent

Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Release Date: 18 August 2023
Length: 48min 32sec
Best Track: From The Inside

01. Descending
02. Black Mountain
03. Sorrower
04. From The Inside
05. Vultures of North
06. Alienated
07. The Aisle Of Fire
08. Undercity
09. Descent
10. Through Time

5. Insomnium – Anno 1696

Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Release Date: 24 February
Length: 50min 29sec
Best Track: White Christ (feat. Sakis Tolis)

01. 1696
02. White Christ (feat. Sakis Tolis)
03. Godforsaken (feat. Johanna Kurkela)
04. Lilian
05. Starless Paths
06. The Witch Hunter
07. The Unrest
08. The Rapids

4. In Flames – Foregone

Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Release Date: 10 February
Length: 46min 49sec
Best Track: Meet Your Maker

01. The Beginning Of All Things That Will End
02. State of Slow Decay
03. Meet Your Maker
04. Bleeding Out
05. Foregone, Pt. 1
06. Foregone, Pt. 2
07. Pure Light Of Mind
08. The Great Deceiver
09. In The Dark
10. A Dialogue In B Flat Minor
11. Cynosure
12. End The Transmission

3. Blackbraid – Blackbraid II

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Release Date: 07 July 2023
Length: 01hr 06min
Best Track: The Spirit Returns

01. Autumnal Hearts Ablaze
02. The Spirit Returns
03. The Wolf That Guides the Hunters Hand
04. Spells of Moon and Earth
05. Moss Covered Bones on the Altar of the Moon
06. A Song of Death on Winds of Dawn
07. Celestial Passage
08. Twilight Hymn of Ancient Blood
09. Sadness and the Passage of Time and Memory
10. A Fine Day to Die (Bathory Cover)

2. Mephorash – Krystl-Ah

Genre: Esoteric Black Metal
Release Date: 10 November 2023
Length: 01hr 07min
Best Track: Gnosis

01. Krystl-Ah
02. Gnosis
03. Catoptrophilia
04. Soma Yoni
05. Chrysallís
06. I Am
07. Mephoriam

1. Thy Art is Murder – Godlike

Genre: Deathcore
Release Date: 22 September 2023
Length: 40min 17sec
Best Track: Join Me In Armageddon

01. Destroyer Of Dreams
02. Blood Throne
03. Join Me In Armageddon
04. Keres
05. Everything Unwanted
06. Lesson In Pain
07. Godlike
08. Corrosion
09. Anathema
10. Bermuda

I have been a Metalhead ever since I was old enough to comprehend what music was. Something really called to me when I for the first time heard my fathers IRON MAIDEN albums being played, that gave me such goosebumps which only made me want more!

Ever since then, I’ve been listening into multiple genres with the hunger of exploring new metal music and keeping track of upcoming bands. My favorite genres today is Black Metal and Blackgaze which includes most of my favorite bands, but my biggest favorite of them all is called HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY.

I’m really passionate about the metal community and frequently goes to concerts to try to support as many band as possible by buying merch and promoting them by doing reviews. I believe with all my heart that the metal community will always be a underground society that will never die, and all of it’s habitants are the most amazing individuals that have walked this earth.

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I have been a Metalhead ever since I was old enough to comprehend what music was. Something really called to me when I for the first time heard my fathers IRON MAIDEN albums being played, that gave me such goosebumps which only made me want more! Ever since then, I’ve been listening into multiple genres with the hunger of exploring new metal music and keeping track of upcoming bands. My favorite genres today is Black Metal and Blackgaze which includes most of my favorite bands, but my biggest favorite of them all is called HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY. I’m really passionate about the metal community and frequently goes to concerts to try to support as many band as possible by buying merch and promoting them by doing reviews. I believe with all my heart that the metal community will always be a underground society that will never die, and all it’s habitants are the most amazing individuals that have walked this earth.

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The Stargazed Magazine Crew List Their Top Albums 2023: Emil Flyghed

January 3, 2024

2023 is now over and once again it has been an interesting year for metal and hard rock! For my own part, there have been many great releases among my favorite artists which in a list forms a wavy roller coaster among all genres. It wasn’t easy finding the absolute best album that have been released, I had to spend many hours during work and in the evenings listening to all albums over and over again. Getting on the list this year was not easy, is fair to say. Now, however, the list is finally complete and I couldn’t be happier with it. Prepare yourself as a reader for a list that jumps from cozy melancholic rock to pure hellish drum inferno with screams from the dark nothingness! Here is my own top list of the 20 best albums released in 2023!   20. Kataklysm – Goliath Genre: Death Metal Release Date: 11 August 2023 Length: 40min 56sec Best Track: Bringer of Vengeance 01. Dark Wings of Deception 02. Goliath 03. Die as a King 04. Bringer of Vengeance 05. Combustion 06. From the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead 07. The Redeemer 08. Heroes to…

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