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We at Teeth of the Divine don’t want to just steamroll over 2023 like it never happened, because when you go back and really think about all the wild shit that went down, it certainly deserves some recognition – from our nation’s capital providing the most insane reality TV possible (we can’t wait for the George Santos/Lauren Boebert spinoff) to a handful of millionaires deciding to visit the Titanic in a glorified oil drum with unsurprisingly disastrous results, there was no shortage of explosive (er, implosive?) moments to reflect on.

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2023 was yet another great year for metal releases and excellent to see us get the hell out of COVID.  Tours ramped up in full swing.  Highlights for me were Cavalera as well as the Atheist/Cynic tour.  I had a guest spot on the forthcoming Crushuman debut album and already tapped for a guest spot in 2024, for another band.  My top 25 is in order of what I felt were the very best releases for 2023 and fun sub-categories.  Please enjoy my list and all the other great writers’ lists here.  For 2024 look out for releases from:  Anthrax, Gorguts, Morta Skuld, Crushuman, Cognizance, Wormed, Blood Incantation and many others.  Enjoy the new year. \m/


  1. Kings Never DieAll the Rats (Metalville Records)
  2. Brujeria Esto es Brujeria (Nuclear Blast Records)
  3. Suffocation Hymns from the Apocrypha (Nuclear Blast Records)
  4. Dying Fetus Make Them Beg for Death (Relapse Records)
  5. Afterbirth In but Not Of (Willowtip Records)
  6. Sulphur Aeon Seven Crowns and Seven Seals (Van Records)
  7. Mental Cruelty Zwielicht (Century Media Records)
  8. MajestiesVast Reaches Unclaimed (20 Buck Spin)
  9. Ruïm Black Royal Spiritism – I​.​ O Sino da Igreja (Peaceville Records)
  10. Cryptopsy As Gomorrah Burns (Nuclear Blast Records)
  11. Helga Wrapped in Mist (Season of Mist)
  12. Blackbraid Blackbraid II (Self-Released)
  13. HostIX (Nuclear Blast Records)
  14. Extermination Dismemberment Dehumanization Protocol (Unique Leader Records)
  15. Dead and DrippingBlackened Cerebral Rifts (Transcending Obscurity Records)
  16. GorodThe Orb (Self-Released)
  17. Horrendous Ontological Mysterium (Season of Mist)
  18. Twilight ForceAt the Heart of Wintervale (Nuclear Blast Records)
  19. Frozen SoulGlacial Domination (Century Media Records)
  20. Suicide SilenceRemember…You Must Die (Century Media Records)
  21. NecropantherBetrayal (Self-Released)
  22. GraveRipper – Seasons Dreaming Death (Wise Blood Records)
  23. Sorrow Death of Sorrow (Xtreem Music)
  24. Cloak Black Flame Eternal (Season of Mist)
  25. Carnifex Necromanteum (Nuclear Blast Records)


Comeback Album of the Year: SadusThe Shadow Inside (Nuclear Blast Records)

Best Thrash Album: OverkillScorched (Nuclear Blast Records)

Best ep: Empires of EuphratesEchoes of Ancient Past (HPGD Productions)

Best Debut Album: Nuclear RemainsDawn of Eternal Suffering (Maggot Stomp)

Best Album Cover: 7 H.Target Yantra Creating  (Willowtip Records)

Best Reissue/Re-recording: CavaleraBestial Devastation/Morbid Visions (Nuclear Blast Records)

Most Underrated Band: Cirith Ungol

Most Bludgeoning Release: End – The Sins of Human Frailty (Closed Casket Productions)

Best New Band: Face Yourself

Best Record LabelNuclear Blast Records

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