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 week you chose between 1349, Burning Witches, Clutch, Destruction, Devourment, Mortem, Noctem, Porn, Sabaton, Sacred Reich, Slipknot, Unprocessed and Volbeat.

Well, you listened, you votes and you chose *drum roll* black metal legends Mortem with new track Ravnsvart – it's a brvtal banger! Give it a listen below.

It's a new week and you know what that means: 13 tasty new tracks to wrap your ears around.

This week we've got a new track from everybody's favourite Māori metallers Alien Weaponry and the latest from Italian goths Lacuna Coil. High On Fire drop new track Bat Salad, Swedish technical death metallers Humanity's Last Breath release Vånda and Fit For An Autopsy return with Mirrors.

As always, we've got an eclectic mix to tickle every fancy, so without further a-do...

For those of you who enjoy your metal blackened check out The Great Old Ones, Finsterforst, Wormwood, Aspherium and of course, the black metal psychedelic coven Asagraum. 

Bad Wolves marry hard rock with technically charged metal, Disillusion are pretty impossible to pigeonhole and PSOTY are repping the post-metal.

Make sure you vote for your favourite!