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
- 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….
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eve To Adam
- Pop Evil
- Geoff Tate
- Black Sabbath
- Amon Amarth
- Candlelight Red
- In This Moment