J. Wagel

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25Cult of Luna

I think their balance of the lighter and heavier passages was a little bit off-putting on this album, but when you look at it in
hindsight, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

So dense it will rattle your organs. Not quite at the level of Everything is Fire, but another great Ulcerate record.
Oblivion Hymns

Someone on here told me to listen to this group, and I'm hooked for life. Not their best release, but still a great piece of art.
22Mouth of the Architect

I guess you could call it "typical" post-metal, but at that, MotA can really write some great material
21Kayo Dot

Very interesting and ambitious. Some stuff on here is downright phenomenal. Sometimes it feels a little bit stretched out, but a
great album nonetheless.

Cool take on progressive death metal. The vocalist is practically inhuman, so that kicks ass..
19Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused to Sing

The man is a legend god dammit!
18My Heart to Fear

This is what you think of with a metalcore band who drops the whole feminine-looking exterior, and the annoying "Oh shit!"s and
"Come-on!"s. Some progressive tendencies make this very interesting.
17The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us is the Killer

I'll start off by saying that this is Dillinger's worst, aside from Ire Works. But yet again, their other full lengths are impeccable
and this is only a slight drop-off. The good stuff here is GREAT! but theres some filler.
16The Black Dahlia Murder

In comparison to their other records, this isn't very much different. BUT, their other records (or at least Nocturnal) are great,
and this continues that trend.
15Scale the Summit
The Migration

Progressive Metal (instrumental), that really creates lush, and encompassing atmospheres, which usually isn't the case when
talking about music with this type of technicality.
14The National
Trouble Will Find Me

This is the year of bands putting out good records, but not their best. Great record here, it isnt Boxer, but it is great National
depressing shit.
13Man Mountain
To Call Each Thing by its Right Name

Breathtaking post-rock. Simply put, a lesser-known album, that really needs more recognition. Spread the word.
12Russian Circles

They opted for a much heavier approach to this album, and it pays off. The stark contrast between metal and ambiance is
11Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels

I am really not (nor do I plan on becoming) a fan of hip-hop. But I was forced into
listening to this, and it is really well done. Thoughtful and intelligent lyrics really
dance around the beats in a unique way.
Habitual Levitations

While yes, I was expecting another "Valley of Smoke", this was formidable to the
rest of Intronauts discog, and is one of the only albums of the year to keep my
attention the whole record.
9Strawberry Girls
French Ghetto

A friend told me to get this on a whim, and I did, and I was floored by how much
quality work this band puts into this release. Outstanding and quite fluctuant as far
as genres go.
8The Reptilian
Low Health

Noodly as hell, but really energetic and well-written. The bassist is something to
behold for the genre and I hold true that this should be far more known.
7Sigur Ros

Another spectacular release by Sigur Ros. It's not up to par with ( ) or ?g?tis
Byrjun, but to even be held in comparison of those albums shows that this is quite
6The Ocean

Yeah I get it, It's not Precambrian, but nothing will ever be. This album is a
spectacular mix of Progressive metal and post-metal. Their energy shines through.
5Protest the Hero

Let the hate commence. Despite all of the flack this group receives, they are great.
Rody Walker is outstandingly versatile, and this album can be fun, meaningful,
touching, and just downright enjoyable.
The Mountain

This album continues to surprise me, no matter how many times I listen to it.
Easlity recommended to anyone who likes to just sit and absorb their music to its
Colored Sands

What is a 2013 list without these gods? But the hype is real. This album is truly a
masterpiece, and the amount of painstaking thought that must've went into its
creation is something to marvel at.

Progressive death metal is interesting enough, but when post-metal is added to the
equation, you are in for a wild, yet entrancingly beautiful ride. Either Fly or Fall
Faster is in contention for song of the year for me.

A truly stunning take on post-metal, and hardcore. This album with crush your face
with heaviness, but then soothe you to sleep, only then to be woken up by another
eruption of sound. The concept may seem pretentious to some, but I think it to be
conveyed very expertly, and thus we have my favorite of the year.
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