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2013 by CrownofMagnets, bitch

Here's my favorite albums of 2013. I thought I might as well choose 13. Here we go.
1Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork


I didn't expect QOTSA to make the best album of the year. I've always loved them since Songs for the deaf. Era Vulgaris didn't do it for me at first but now I've learned to accept it. I, as well as many other people, didn't think they would produce another top notch album since Oliveri left, but the new line-up surprised me. Dave Grohl is also back to, kids. He plays on pretty much the whole album, however after he recorded it he went back to Foo. With new drummer Jon Theodore, the guy who was in one of the greatest prog rock bands, Mars Volta, although he only plays on the last song, the title track of the album. It is a rather unique song, probably the most special song of the album. Homme trying new things as always, plays a soft piano in the beginning, while the end is more prog rock almost, but with more of a symphonic twist. An interesting combination, and overall a unique album with great melodies. Had the pleasure of seeing this band live finally (which I've been trying to do for years and had the chance in 2007 but failed), and they blew me away. So glad I went with my friends. Album Rating: 4.1/5 Quality Tracks: I Appear Missing Vampyre ...Like Clockwork
2 O'Brother
DIsillusion


Having seeing this band live so many times I know they will not disappoint. This new record solidifies that statement. Although it's a very slight step down from its predecessor, Garden Window, Disillusion still has a different evolution to O'Brother's sound that has lots of great, new ideas. The album starts off kind of shaky in my opinion, I don't really care for the beginning of the album to be honest. While Parasitical is a nice change of pace after the repetitive unwelcoming intro, it really turns around and starts to make sense around track 3, the first single, Context. One of my favorite parts of the album is the transition from "Path of Folly", a nice mellow song into "Oblivion", a real heavy gut buster. Also features an 'epic' title track, ten minutes in length. The song is O'Brother's second longest song in their catalog. The longest is the dramatic, heavy, and heartfelt twelve minute "Cleanse Me" from Garden Window which this new song "Disillusion" can be compared to. But it is different and gives a different experience. Rather than emotional and dramatic it is more eerie. Some of the songs are slightly less enjoyable but nothing short of solid. Can't wait to see what these guys will come out with next. Album Rating: 4.0/5 Quality Tracks: Disillusion Oblivion Context
3Polyenso
One Big Particular Loop


Having never heard of these guys before they changed their name, Polyenso was once called Oceana. They were hardcore mixed with post hardcore, I guess? I don't know, they had some okay stuff back then, but the band which has changed a hell of a lot, is maturing into something new. This album is often overlooked and written off because the vocals sound a lot like Radiohead. And its true, the singer/guitarist Brennan is definitely refining his vocal skills a lot after screaming his throat out when the band was Oceana. That can't be an easy transition and I respect the guy for getting way better at singing. This is definitely mellow indie rock in a sense. There are lots of clean guitars, however the bass, drums, as well as many additional instruments bring the sound to a big production type feel. And it actually works. "Cherry Life" is a kick-ass garage rock jammy song with lots of cool guitar textures and vocal effects. Denny, the drummer comes up with complex grooves. His drumming has always been good, but now it seems he is trying new things. "Falling in the Rain" is the other best song on this thing. Great vocals on this one. He goes into Eddie Vedder mode a little bit on it too. "Push" is more straight ahead catchy indie rock. A song about skateboarding. Album rating 4/10 Quality Tracks: Cherry Life Falling In Rain Push
4Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here


Alice in Chains returning after a long break, release their second album with new frontman or co-frontman William Duvall, who of course replaced Layne Staley, RIP. Anyway, the album is quality AIC although maybe not as memorable as Black Gives Way to Blue. The title track is worth checking out though, definitely the best song that came out of this solid album. Album Rating: 3.7/5 Quality Tracks: The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here Stone Hollow
5Palms
Palms


Chino Moreno is back with his new highly anticipated side project, Palms. Probably one of the most interesting newer bands out there. Featuring a bunch of the dudes from Isis playing instruments and Chino singing, this album has one of the best songs of the year, which is the opening track, "Future Warrior". Perfectly blending all the musical elements of Isis but in a different way, with Moreno's melodic vocals is a great combo because I was never too big on the vocals in Isis. However, this album suffers from a common album disease: "first-song-is-way-better than rest syndrome". It is kind of a let down listening to the songs after the first but the whole album has its moments, especially in the beautiful "Antarctic Handshake". Very dreamy space rock with occasional bursts of metal. Album Rating: 3.6/5 Quality Tracks: Future Warrior Antarctic Handshake
6 My Bloody Valentine
MBV


Album Rating: 3.6/5
7Daylight
Jar


Album Rating: 3.6/5
8 Balance and Composure
The Things We Think We're Missing


Album Rating: 3.6/5
9Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks


Album Rating: 3.6/5
10 Dillinger Escape Plan
One Of Us Is The Killer


Album Rating: 3.5/5
11Black Sabbath
13


Album Rating: 3.4/5
12Wavves
Afraid of Heights


Album Rating: 3.3/5
13Bring Me The Horizon
Sempiternal


Album Rating: 3.2/5
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