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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 Follow Up: Exhumed – Necrocracy “Track-by-Track”

exhumed-necrocracy-CBIt’s great to be able to listen to and review a new album; even better to get it before the release, but that is not always the case.  From my perspective, I usually do not try to interpret lyrics because, for lack of a better response, it’s just not what I gravitate to.  Needless to say, I am probably missing out on strong, serious, and meaningful content, but what can I say I love the brutality of metal music and tend to focus more on musical content and the band’s evolution.  I had a chance to review Necrocracy by Exhumed a few months ago. You can check it out here if you like, but if not I will just say it is a strong candidate for my annual “best of” list.  It’s everything brutal you should expect from a death metal band and just hits hard. But, what does Necrocracy mean?  It’s a word you are not going to find in Merriam-Webster; believe me I looked.  What I gather is something to the effect of dead bureaucracy.  Necro- meaning dead body and the latter –cracy probably stemming from something related to government such as the word I used above – it’s the first thing that comes to mind.  It’s my guess and something I would expect given the state of the world and economic woes of my country, the United States.  So, I didn’t get to meet the band to ask, but what I did receive was a track-by-track by the band courtesy of Relapse Records.  If you liked the album and want further detail then keep reading, it’s straight from the goose with the golden egg.

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