Though he has been in and out of the band since the release of 2010's great The Ritualist, Hour of 13 have welcomed back the pipes of Phil Swanson for their latest effort 333. The new long-player continues along the path previously-paved by the North Carolina/Connecticut crew, toiling in old-school traditional doom for new label home Earache Records. Bottom line on 333: completely traditional doom metal, utterly in debt to Sabbath, St. Vitus, Iron Maiden– the whole of the NWOBHM… but otherwise? Dooming, deathing, rocking metal GREATNESS. Top 20 of the year, easy.