ChristopherMammal’s Top Albums Of 2013: #20 – #11
Posted by ChristopherMammal
From the agonising it required just to select an initial Top 60, I’d say 2013 was a damn good year for metal. We saw great bands from the past continuing to turn out fantastic albums. A surge of new bands across all genres arrived and pumped new interpretations and sheer skill into the metalsphere. Current and recent favourites lived up to their reputations and delivered outstanding work.
It won’t surprise my Metal State Of Mind colleagues that nearly half of my final Top 20 are progressive metal. At the same time it pleases me that my list includes eight different main genres. This is further proof that bands across the metal spectrum have been deliciously productive this year. Gauging by the various schedules of new albums on the way, 2014 is going to be another good vintage.
I’m not going to write anything about the individual albums on my list. As far as I’m concerned, the quality of all of them speaks much more eloquently than I can (and I’m a lazy Mammal). All I ask is that you accept I had special reasons for loving all of these albums, not just for the music but for sundry other reasons as well. They all struck special chords in the part of my head where other people have brains.
During the year I made a great number of new metal friends. I owe them enormously for introducing me to wonderful new bands and styles. To you folks who are reading this, criticise my Top 20 selection to your heart’s content – I know I’m the half-hippie maverick here, I read all your comments, and I learn from you. So my gratitude goes to all of you. Have a rawkin’ 2014. Be thankful I’m not also posting my prog rock and jazz albums of the year. \m/
20. Pelican – Forever Becoming
Progressive metal, USA
Sample song: The Tundra
19. Black Sabbath – 13
Heavy/doom metal, UK
Sample song: God Is Dead?
18. Amorphis – Circle
Progressive death metal, Finland
Sample song: Hopeless Days
17. Deep Purple – Now What?!
Hard rock, UK
Sample song: A Simple Song
16. Alter Bridge – Fortress
Alternative metal, USA
Sample song: Cry Of Achilles
15. Jupiter Society – From Endangered To Extinct
Progressive metal, Sweden
Sample song: Invasion
14. Kataklysm – Waiting For The End To Come
Death metal, Canada
Sample song: Elevate
13. TesseracT – Altered State
Progressive djent metal, UK
Sample song: Of Energy
12. Falkenbach – Asa
Viking black metal, Germany
Sample song: Vaer Stjernar Vaerdan
11. Ayreon – The Theory Of Everything
Progressive metal, Netherlands
Sample song: The Theory Of Everything
About ChristopherMammalI've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.
Posted on December 26, 2013, in Best of 2013, Metal Lists and tagged Alter Bridge, Amorphis, Ayreon, black sabbath, Deep Purple, Falkenbach, Jupiter Society, Kataklysm, List, metal, Music, Pelican, Tesseract, Top Albums of 2013. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.