Initially, 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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Havok is a band on the rise, and far from jaded by their achievements this four-piece metal band is enjoying their rising popularity. Denver’s Havok just wrapped up their extensive North American tour. Their two-month expedition launched on the 20th of July in Juarez, Mexico and looped its way from coast to coast, north to south and culminated in front of a hometown crowd in the mile-high city. I had an opportunity to catch up with guitarist Reece Scruggs to chat about the band’s rise in success, their tour, and future plans.
On September 14, Snowboard on the Block was the place to be in Denver, CO. Technically, it’s called the 2013 North American Snowboard Film Festival which served as the official kick off to the snowboarding season. Two city blocks were closed off to traffic for a snowboard expo, skate demonstrations, food and drink, and snowboard sales and giveaways. More for my taste, were three stages featuring over 20 (mostly metal) bands from the local area and from around the country. Some of the bigger names of the day were sludge/occult/doom masters Pentagram, Austin Texas’s Scorpion Child, Kadavar, and I believe Mothership played though they aren’t listed on the official website’s list of bands. However, they were selling t-shirts anyway. But, the reason for my trip down there was to interview Denver’s own thrashers Havok.
Thrash. It’s a very simple word that kind of rolls off the tongue. Go ahead and say it “thrash.” It has a nice ring to it. Not like post-thrash, re-thrash, new-gen thrash, thrashcore, or thrash resurgence. Havok is just thrash. That’s all. Their new album, Unnatural Selection epitomizes something we don’t hear too often these days – thrash. There’s that simple word again. In case you never looked it up it just means fast tempo and aggression. A lot of bands perfected the genre and inspired others to take the best parts of thrash and morph into many things. We all know some of the greats of the genre: Big Four, Testament, Sepultura, Annihilator, Overkill, and Machine Head to name a few. And just when you thought thrash was old man’s metal (yeah I’m looking at you Mik), bands like Trivium, Evile, and Havok are keeping that torch alive for a new generation of metalhead.