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ChristopherMammal’s Top Albums Of 2013: #20 – #11

Metal 2013


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. Read the rest of this entry

Xandria’s Top Albums of 2013

Three for the price of one, from one of the world’s top symphonic/Gothic metal bands! And you were wondering if your subscription to this website was worth the $198 a year (unless you’re a very special person with a free subscription).

Does Xandria need any introduction? Of course! Lay-deez an’ gennermen, to headline the show, we are proud to present Dianne van Giersbergen on vocals, Gerit Lamm on percussion and Steven Wussow on bass, each with their list of favourite albums of the year. And… as a special bonus… we kick off with the whole of Xandria doing Forevermore from their album Neverworld’s End.

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