Best Albums: Operatic death metal, garage rock goes acoustic, and boom-bap beats

This week’s best albums

– Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse unveils an epic new LP of symphonic, operatic death metal.

– Garage-rock wunderkind Ty Segall (mostly) unplugs for a ballad-prone full-length (his only of 2013).

– After seven years without a solo LP, producer/rapper Jeffrey “Jel” Logan makes an idiosyncratic return.

– Looped-vocal songstress Julianna Barwick releases her third LP, the first to feature guest musicians, and reflects on an Icelandic journey.

– “Electro-goth” singer-songwriter Zola Jesus reinterprets her material with the chamber renditions of JG Thirlwell and the Mivos Quartet.

Honorable mentions

Born of Osiris: Tomorrow We Die Alive (Sumerian)

Braids: Flourish//Perish (Arbutus)

Kurt Braunohler: How Do I Land? (Kill Rock Stars)

Carousel: Jeweler’s Daughter (Tee Pee)

Free the Robots: The Balance

Julia Holter: Loud City Song (Domino)

Horseback: A Plague of Knowing (Relapse)

Kandodo: K2O (Thrill Jockey)

Mountains: Mountains Mountains Mountains (Thrill Jockey)

Native: Orthodox (Sargent House)

Oathbreaker: Eros|Anteros (Deathwish)

Shigeto: No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International)

Watain: The Wild Hunt (Century Media)

White Hills: So You Are…So You’ll Be (Thrill Jockey)