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Reggie’s Top 15 Albums of 2013

Black Bomb A, Olympic (Nantes) 17/11/2006Initially, I was going to limit my best of 2013 list to just my top 10.  My reasoning was to make my list as tight as I could only highlighting the very best of what moved me during the year.  After looking back at how many albums I listened to or was exposed to, that number hovered around 270 albums.  So, I decided to expand my list to the same standard as previous years. Despite increasing my list to 15, it still only highlights about 5% of all the albums that graced my ear drums this year.  So, what I present to you for the year 2013 my top 15, plus five more honorable mentions that will be posted in the vicinity of this list.

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Album Review: Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

Amon-Amarth-Deceiver-of-the-Gods-300x300Amon Amarth has a fine reputation for balancing polar opposite musical styles; melody and brutality.  They also have the unfortunate distinction of walking a fine line of replication.  Many will say that their inability to stray from a tried and true recipe for Melodic Death Metal hinders the band.  If it isn’t broken why fix it?  Metal is funny in that Metallica was blasted for trying something new, but then Amon Amarth receives a slightly less amount of flack for not trying anything new. Is there any middle ground?  There is, it’s called Deceiver of the Gods, their ninth studio album since 1998. Consistent bunch these Swedes are and so the epic battle continues.

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