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Hammer's 13: This week's best new music in metal

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Previously, we brought you The Metal Hammer 11 and that was great and all, but how about THIRTEEN? That's better.

Thirteen is unlucky for some, sure, but us metal heads throw the finger up at social convention. Black Sabbath had some success with their album, 13, and Wednesday 13 loves the number so much he named himself after it. Other than 666 we can't think of a more metal number. So, thirteen it is. Crank your speakers up to 11 and enjoy the sound of our carefully curated Spotify playlist!

Last time you chose between Strigoi, Schammasch, Despised Icon, Sodom, Architects, Lindemann, Once Human and a load of other heavy metal TUNES...

Well, you listened, you votes and you chose *drum roll* O Zorn! and Casket. Check it out below.

This week we've got some fantastically heavy new releases that you might not have heard... 

To start off, check out Annihilator's new track Dressed Up For Evil, blasphemous death metallers Blasphemer's Hail, King Of The Jews and the latest from doomy Swedes Lucifer, Ghosts.

Tribulation's Jonathan Hultén steps away from his extreme metal roots with The Mountain, blackened postmodernists Lynchgate drop Progeny of the Singularity, Xen of Ne Obliviscaris and Todtgelichter's Tentakel reach for the stars with their latest project Omega Infinity and new track Mars and Japanese post-Hardcore pioneers envy release A Faint New World.

Plus, discover all-female death-doomers Konvent, the awesome horror junkies Video Nasties, Canadian deathers Sadistic Embodiment, French multi-instrumentalist Igorrr, Spanish doomsters Orthodox and last, but not least, Swedish pagan, Forndom.

As always, vote for your fave!