2013 mid-year report
A look back at the best albums from January to June
Sometimes it doesn’t hit you just how good a year in music it is until you actually sit down and compile a list of what albums have been worthwhile. The first half of 2013 is a good example, because at one point I was so awash in mediocre new releases that I was losing sight of the forest for all the darned trees.
Looking back at all the new albums I’ve heard in 2013 so far – close to 400 – not only was it easy to come up with 25 titles I could easily foresee making my year-end top 50, but I was left with a good number of worthy albums left over, which made me realize that this year has been a lot stronger than I ever thought. And with new albums by Carcass, Behemoth, Motorhead, Gorguts, Alcest, Pinkish Black, Revocation, Vasaeleth, Powerwolf, SubRosa, King Diamond, Vattnet Viskar, and more on the horizon, the second half of 2013 could be as fun as the first half was.
In the meantime, here are my 25 choices for the best metal releases of the year so far, presented in alphabetical order. Two EPs have been included, because they’re far too good to be left out. And sorry, folks, there's no Black Sabbath, nor Deafheaven.
Just love reading these group and album names. It's just like that SNL skit with all the goofy band names, here's a few off the top of my head:
Meat and Three
The Devil's Playground
Aleister & the Crowleys
Slow Agonizing Death
Most of these bands are crap...horrible singers(singers? HA!) Can't wait for King Diamond though! These are not Heavy Metal! They are Death or Thrash at best...
Some love for Ghost and Voivod is well deserved, and always nice to see, but no Queensryche? Wow, that's only the comeback of the century! Their new album is incredible, best they've done since the legendary Mindcrime album in '88. Black Sabbath: 13? Ozzy, Tony, and Geezer apart for 35 years, then they release an album which sounds exactly like they built a time machine, went back to the early 70's, recorded it, and came back to 2013? How many bands can do this, and why are these two brilliant albums on here?
amon: liar in wait, king: forged by satans doctrine, watain: wild hunt, behemoth: tba, etc. the best metal albums are going to be from death/black metal bands. 'tallica, slayer=very iffy, megadeth=no interest, anthrax=no interest, i'm waiting for new behemoth, cannibal corpse= box set not included=for newbies only, 2013=year of the dragon(<everybody is afraid to release anything this year!!!). devils blood has quit too!
deicide is out for me= i am done with them=glen "no balance factor" benton is a foul mouth with a rock star attitude!!
i'll wait until next year for extremity to hit the fan...2013 sucks for metal,punk,horror and wrestling(<esp. tna=their storylines are terrible and most of their talents entrance theme music is either techno, country-rock, mainstream alternative-punk or some other form of dumb music!, i have switched back to wwe=most of their talents entrance theme music is metal!!).
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