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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 Nile, MGLA, Pist, Bad Wolves, Blood Eagle, Loathe, Strigoi, SIBIIR, Ehlder, Sarke, Avatarium and Controversial.

Well, you listened, you votes and you chose *drum roll* Loathe with new track Gored. Check it out below.

This week we've got some fantastically heavy new releases for you to wrap your ears around – and it's not for the faint of heart!

Some topical tracks to see us into October, we've got new tracks from French black metal titans Blut Aus Nord, Green Bay death metallers Micawber, NY legends Life of Agony, Norma Jean, Sleep Token, Insomnium and the HU

As well as fresh tunes from goth metallers Mister Misery, black metallers Necronomicon, thrashers Toxic Holocaust and hardcorers Deez Nuts.

Plus, in true Halloween spirit, Exhumed's latest track from their new album Horror, the appropriately titled Naked, Screaming, and Covered in Blood

As always, vote for your fave!