It’s that time of year again when I thoughts turn to the year that is rapidly coming to an end. To kick off our 2023 review we asked Sentinel Daily’s ‘Heavy Division’ – Michael Stronge, Graham Goodge and Chris Arrowsmith, to have a think about the albums that made most of an dent on their musical worlds this year. This is what they came up with…

It’s been a good year for the heavier end of the musical spectrum IMHO – I could probably have stretched to forty titles that’ve mad an impression. But the boss said twenty five, so here they are. Happy holidays!
25. Barbarian SwordsAnti-Dogma Megaforce (Eternal Juggernaut Records)
24. Master’s CallA Journey For The Damned (Fireflash Records)
23. Wolves In WinterThe Calling Quiet (Argonauta Records)
22. The Eating Cave – The Miscalculation (Own Label)
21. False FedLet Them Eat Fake (Neurot Recordings)
20. The Hard OnsRipper 23 (Golden Robot Records)
19. KnogjarnMera Bedovning (Indie Recordings)
18. Metallica 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings)
17. PersekutorSnow Business (Blues Funeral Recordings)
16. The Royal BeggarsFalling To New Heights (Desert Rambler Recordings)
15. NecrofierBurning Shadows in the Southern Night (Season of Mist)
14. Sleep Of Monstersrrr (Svart Records)
13. Small Town SavioursSmall Town Saviours (Own Label)
12. die OberherrenDie By My Hand (Svart Records)
11. NautHunt (Season of Mist)
10. BulletbeltBurn It Up (Impaler Records)
9. Velvet InsaneHigh Heeled Monster (Wild Kingdom)
8. HawkwindThe Future Never Waits (Cherry Red)
7. Teksti-TV 666Vapauden tasavalta (Svart Records)
6. La ChingaPrimal Forces (Ripple Music)
5. OverkillScorched (Nuclear Blast)
4. HostIX (Nuclear Blast)
3. GodthrymmDistortions (Profound Lore)
2. EnslavedHeimdal (Nuclear Blast)
1. Blak29The Waiting (Cleopatra Records)

I don’t think lists are helpful for the consumption of music as art. With that statement in mind, here are some releases I felt added to the greater good of the music community in 2023. Please enjoy.
25. JaawSupercluster (Svart Records)
24. Naut – Hunt (Season of Mist)
23. ArtanorIn Servitude of Darkness (Gutter Prince Cabal Records
22. KrigsgravFires In The Fall (Wiseblood Records)
21. GrafvitnirInto The Outer Wilderness (Regain Records)
20. BlodtårDet Fortegna Forflutna (Nordvis Produktion)
19. Heimdall’s WachtMystagogie (Trollzorn)
18. GongUnending Ascending (Kscope)
17. Hawkwind – The Future Never Waits (Cherry Red)
16. XysmaNo Place Like Alone (Svart Records)
15. EkromUten Nådigst Formildelse (Edged Circle Productions)
14. Host – IX (Nuclear Blast)
13. VahrzawIn The Shadows of a Starlit Lake (Bitter Loss Records)
12. ForndomAlster (Nordvis Produktion)
11. ArditiEmblem of Victory (Blooddawn Productions)
10. Dark SanctuaryCernunnos (Avantgarde Music)
9. SkratteAkt II: Des Wolfes Klagen (Northern Silence Productions)
8. Cløudy SkiesChanges (Argonauta Records)
7. FunusMono (Own Label)
6. Blood Moon WeddingBlood Moon Wedding: An American Nightmare (Mobilization Recordings)
5. DemogorgonA Hate For All That Grows (Sliptrick Records)
4. Sleep Of Monsters – rrr (Svart Records)
3. Teksti-TV 666 – Vapauden tasavalta (Svart Records)
2. Enslaved – Heimdal (Nuclear Blast)
1. Tilintetgjort – In Death I Shall Arise (Dark Essence Records)

Chris Arrowsmith
Well, my first few months writing for the unstoppable juggernaut that is Sentinel Daily have been exciting for sure, but I’ve also included albums I enjoyed this year before joining the mothership as well. And thanks to those in charge for making that all-important last-minute change to my list! Bang that head that does not bang! See you in 2024!
25. Rotten SoundApocalypse (Season of Mist)
24. IronmasterWeapons of Spiritual Carnage (Black Lion Records)
23. Blessed CursePray For Armageddon (M-Theory Audio)
22. WerewolvesMy Enemies Look And Sound Like Me (Prosthetic Records)
21. Diabolic NightBeneath The Crimson Prophecy (High Roller Records)
20. Night CrownedTales (Noble Demon)
19. Skratte – Akt II: Des Wolfes Klagen (Northern Silence Productions)
18. MajestiesVast Reaches Unclaimed (20 Buck Spin)
17. Graveripper Seasons Screaming Death (Wiseblood Records)
16. ProgenitorEldritch Supremacy (Own Label)
15. Satsuriku RobotNo Thrash Metal No Life (Wormholedeath)
14. ShadowspawnAbsolution Carved From Flesh (Emanzipation Recordings)
13. KüntsquädKüntsquäd (Wormholedeath)
12. The Plague Erosion of Gods (Brilliant Emperor Records)
11. Putrid YellConsuming Aberration (Pulverised Records)
10. The BleedingMonokrator (Redefining Darkness)
9. Demogorgon – A Hate For All That Grows (Sliptrick)
8. The Eating Cave – The Miscalculation (Own Label)
7. Master’s Call – A Journey For The Damned (Fireflash Records)
6. IgnitedCradle of the Wicked (Own Label)
5. Necrofier – Burning Shadows of the Southern Night (Season Of Mist)
4. Bulletbelt – Burn It Up (Impaler Records)
3. Overkill – Scorched (Nuclear Blast)
2. Godthrymm – Distortions (Profound Lore)
1. Swarf DamageSwarf Damage (Own Label)