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06.19.14 Willie's Q2 Listens 04.03.14 Willie's Q1 Listens
11.26.13 Willie's Top 50 Of 2013 11.09.11 Willie's Top 50 Of 2011
07.09.11 Willie Turns 4 02.21.11 Willie's Essentials
01.21.11 Users' Best Of The Decade12.13.10 Willie's 2010 - Finalized
12.10.10 Omitted from the final list11.22.10 Top 20 Explained
09.09.10 Underrated Albums 07.09.10 Willie Turns 3
06.15.10 Willie's 90 For The 90s06.08.10 Willie's Decade List
01.18.10 Willie's Guide To Industrial07.10.09 Willie Turns 2
08.20.08 100 Reviews

Willie's Top 50 Of 2013

So, this is my finalized list for the year unless anybody has some last minute rrec's (or something is rreleased in the next few weeks).
1Midas Fall
Wilderness


Very emotional, female-fronted post rock.
2Dark Tranquillity
Construct


Dark Tranquillity really do have their own melodic death metal sound and they continue to not disappoint.
3Fates Warning
Darkness in a Different Light


After a lengthy hiatus, the band return with another progressive metal masterpiece -- give or take ;)
4Queensryche
Queensryche


Who would have thought that they would ever do something good again?
5Alexa Borden
Flares


Very dreamy and catchy indie pop.
6Soilwork
The Living Infinite


A double album full of some of their best melodic death metal/metalcore.
7Killswitch Engage
Disarm the Descent


Jesse returns and the band stops sucking. Great metalcore.
8Sadistik
Flowers For My Father


Pretty much the only hip-hop album that I liked this year. It has a great atmosphere and actual intelligent lyrics.
9Carcass
Surgical Steel


Another band makes a triumphant return. Excellent meldodeath.
10Russian Circles
Memorial


What is this? Post rock? Post metal? Whatever it is, it's good.
11Gorguts
Colored Sands


Excellent progressive/atmospheric death metal.
12Sara Bareilles
The Blessed Unrest


Piano-driven pop/indie.
13Heaven Shall Burn
Veto


Another great melodic death metal release. This was the first album that I ever heard from them and I loved it.
14Hatebreed
The Divinity of Purpose


Hatebreed do what they do best -- quality metallic hardcore.
15Protest the Hero
Volition


I don't consider myself a big fan of this band, but they were able to bring it with this album. It's more riffy and less of a one-trick pony than a lot of their previous stuff.
16Anacondas
Sub Contra Blues


Fugazi makes a post metal album...
17The Ocean
Pelagial


Proggy post metal... I actually prefer the instrumental version of this more, though.
18Stone Sour
House of Gold and Bones - Part 2


Easily their best album. Above par mainstream metal.
19Bad Religion
True North


Bad Religion will never recapture their 'glory days' but this was a great attempt.
20KMFDM
Kunst


KMFDM will never recapture their glory days either, but another great attempt.
21The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us is the Killer


Crazy, noisy metal. Good stuff.
22Atlantean Kodex
The White Goddess (A Grammar of Poetic Myth)


Image Candlemass or Solitude Aeturnus with a thrashier vibe and John Arch (ex-Fates Warning) on vocals.
23Todtgelichter
Apnoe


The kind of weird progressive metal that only ex-black metal bands seem to be able to create.
24Medeia
Iconoclastic


They used to be a pretty intense death metal band with some proggy influences. This album dropped a lot of the intensity, but it's still pretty damn good.
25Funeral For a Friend
Conduit


Funeral For a Friend recapture their early sound (Hours). Sounds good to me.
26Voivod
Target Earth


Technical thrash/metal that harkens back to their eighties sound.
27Abnormal Thought Patterns
Manipulation Under Anesthesia


Instrumental metal with some pretty cool bass playing.
28Felix Martin
The Scenic Album


Instrumental funk, prog, jazz, whatever.
29In Vain
Aenigma


Kind of reminds me of what Draconian could sound like if they replaced the clean female vocalist with a male vocalist.
3040 Below Summer
Fire at Zero Gravity


Mainstream metal with some proggy, nu-metal, hardcore influences. Exceptional vocalist.
31Katy McAllister
Take Me Away


Above average pop.
32Tonight Alive
The Other Side


Female-fronted pop punk/alt. rock
33Anneke van Giersbergen
Drive


Anneke kind of takes a step back and does a straight-up alt. rock album. Still good.
34Argus
Beyond the Martyrs


Old school traditional metal done right.
35Shai Hulud
Reach Beyond the Sun


Well done hardcore/metal featuring the guitarist from NFG.
36Enshine
Origin


Atmospheric (death) metal
37Senses Fail
Renacer


Straight up post hardcore without all of the whining. A very surprising release
38Sleigh Bells
Bitter Rivals


Great, noisy, indie pop.
39Device
Device


Disturbed's debut with more industrial influence and stronger songwriting. Sounds good to me.
40In the Silence
A Fair Dream Gone Mad


One of the new breed of progressive metal bands influenced by Porcupine Tree and/or Anathema.
41James Labrie
Impermanent Resonance


Another progressive/metalcore hybrid release, but without the focus and strong songwriting of his previous release.
42Damnations Day
Invisible, the Dead


Power/Prog metal
43Sannhet
Known Flood


Instrumental post metal with a prominent black metal influence.
44Love and Death
Between Here And Lost


Sounds like Korn with the singer from Sixx A.M. -- but it's good :)
45Cassadee Pope
Frame by Frame


Country pop.
46Ellie Herring
Kite Day


Catchy/poppy ambient electronics.
47Persefone
Spiritual Migration


Well-done tech death.
48Anciients
Heart of Oak


Heavy progressive metal with black metal/post metal influences.
49Exxasens
Satellites


Post Rock with electronic influences
50Ulcerate
Vermis


Technical Death metal with a very dark atmosphere.
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