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Best Hard Rock and Metal Albums of 2013

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There was some great music put out by the nationals this year. MP3’s be damned, I still like a physical CD for sound quality and those that sent them definitely got played more in my various sound machines. While it’s hard to choose a top 10 this year, I have to dig down and do my best.

Best Albums 2013

  1. The Winery Dogs: Debut Album – There is nothing about this album not to love; great riffs, Sheehan’s masterful bass lines, wicked sticks, and killer vocals. My interview with Sheehan was very cool and one of those guys that influenced so many bassists that I know. #1 but by a whisker to….
  2. Pamela Moore: Resurrect Me – How can you not pay attention to the voice and face of Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime’s Suite Sister Mary? Once that barrier was breeched I found a rather grounded, beautiful young woman who is engaging and sports an album of songs that rocked the Milky Way.
  3. Terror: Live By The Code – I had never heard of these guys but damn if I wasn’t blown away immediately by the hardcore group. In the middle of all the madness you will find (on this album anyway) some sick old school metal riffage and vocal work.
  4. Killswitch Engage: Disarm The Descent – KsE returned with a vengeance on this one and made those people begging for Howard to return to shut the hell up.
  5. Five Finger Death Punch: The Wrong Side of Heaven Vol. 1 – The almighty FFDP came at us with this first release this past summer and it blew us all away.
  6. The Ocean: Pelagial – New band on me and after several pushes from their label and PR types I dove into the deep end and never emerged again.
  7. Hatebreed: The Divinity of Purpose – Hatebreed made a comeback of sorts with this one. It is everything that garnered them legions of fans to begin with. Powerful.
  8. Battlecross: War of Will – The best new American thrash band out there today hands down and they only got better with this, their 2nd album.
  9. Benedictum: Obey – Okay, a lot of you don’t know this female-fronted powerhouse from the west, but you should. Benedictum brings a sound that blends a dash of new in your face power while reminding you of the power old school metal still wields all while being driven by one of the top 5 voices in heavy metal in the world, Veronica Freeman.
  10. Varga: Enter The Metal – Score one for the older guys as Varga returned and remade modern tech style a bunch of old school tunes of their own and every note of every song will blind you from banging your head trying to keep up.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Eve To Adam
  • Pop Evil
  • Geoff Tate
  • Queensryche
  • Black Sabbath
  • Amon Amarth
  • Lowside
  • Candlelight Red
  • In This Moment
  • OTEP
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