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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 Ozzy Osbourne, Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach, King Diamond, Sepultura, Kirk Windstein of Crowbar and ex-Down fame, Linkin Park alumni Mike Shinoda, Nile, Higher Power, Oceans, Emmure, Paganizer, Nifrost and Ragnarok.

Well, you listened, you votes and you chose *drum roll* King Diamond and Masquerade of Madness. Check it out below.

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

To start off, we've got the new track from thrash metal heavyweights Sodom, Architect's A Wasted Hymn (acoustic) and the very latest from Lindemann.

Paradise Lost's Greg Mackintosh and Extreme Noise Terror's Chris Casket's new project: Strigoi, deathcore in the shape of Despised Icon, some melodeath in the form of Once Human and some atmospheric black metal from Schammasch.

Plus, Swedish symphonic metal from Eleine, post-hardcore from Deadlights, blackened sludge from Lord Mantis, nu-metal/metalcore mashup from Royal Deceit, groovy doom from Solace and some Long Beach sludge from O Zorn!

As always, vote for your fave!