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'13 Favorites/needs More Listens/disappointments

Lots of goodness released this year. Some I liked immediately, others took more time to win me over and some still haven't and probably won't. Overall I think 2012 was better but here ya go:
1Anciients
Heart Of Oak


Favorite album of the year! This and VHOL's ST came out on the same day and while I was looking forward to that album more considering the personnel, this one won me over. Looking forward to the future of this band.
2Queens Of The Stone Age
...Like Clockwork


2nd favorite!
3Voivod
Target Earth


Took a few listens but I finally came around. Their best in a very long time.
4Secrets Of The Sky
To Sail Black Waters


Impressive debut.
5Agrimonia
Rites Of Separation


Can thank Grim Kim for this one.
6A Sun That Never Sets
Solaromancy


Local boys doing good things.
7Exhumed
Necrocracy


Keep getting better and better.
8Carcass
Surgical Steel


Best reunion of the year. Easily. QOTSA doesn't count.
9VHOL
VHOL


As mentioned, I ultimately liked Anciients' debut better but this still is awesome. Again, local boys (and girl) doing good things.
10Extol
Extol


Didn't know much about this band before this year but was pleasantly surprised by this album and their entire discography.
11Tomahawk
Oddfellows


Saw them 2 nights in a row for my birthday this year. Great times. Great album.
12Earthless
From The Ages


Had been wanting to get into this band for a while and finally (thankfully) did when this was released.
13Kvelertak
Meir


Not as good as their debut but still tons of fun.
14Intronaut
Habitual Levitations


Took several spins but it finally clicked. Hard.
15The Dillinger Escape Plan
One Of Us Is The Killer


Never been a huge fan but this album is pretty great.
16Polkadot Cadaver
Last Call in Jonestown


Solid and consistent despite it being all over the place musically.
17Coliseum
Sister Faith


Like Earthless, had been meaning to get into them for a while. Glad I did.
18Doomriders
Grand Blood


These guys seem to get better with each album.
19Black Crown Initiate
Song of the Crippled Bull


Came from out of nowhere and floored me. Sweet!
20Black Tusk
Tend No Wounds


Kept hearing that this was a stopgap of the same old-same old. Maybe...but hell yeah!
21Mutoid Man
Helium Head


Had no idea this band existed until a few weeks ago. This is the Cave In offshoot I've been waiting for!
22Celeste
Animale(s)


Slept on this for too long. Would probably be higher if I had heard it earlier.
23The White Mandingos
The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me


My favorite rapper joins a punk band? And it's good?
24White Widows Pact
White Widows Pact


Stumbled on this EP over at MetalSucks. Good shit if a little dated.
25Bolzer
Aura


Real heavy. Real good. Full-length, please.
26Opul
Personnel


This, along with 'The Assailant', where two great but different EPs from East Of The Wall's Matt Lupo. Keep up the good work, dude!
27Enabler
Flies


They also released 2 EPs this year. Both good but not as good as last year's release.
28Soul Pie
Battling Mountains


More local boys doing good things. Got to know their music very well as I helped them with all their video stuff this year.
29Hypocrisy
End Of Disclosure


Solid.
30ASG
Blood Drive


This album probably took the most tries to get into. I liked all the elements but it didn't coalesce until recently.
31Deafheaven
Sunbather


While I like this album, I don't want to suck its dick like most people. Yet again, local kids doing good things.
32Lord Dying
Summon The Faithless


Cool debut.
33Mammoth Grinder
Underworlds


Fun shit right here. Want to go see them with Exhumed next month.
34O'Brother
Disillusion


Nice! 'Parasitical' is the jam.
35KEN Mode
Entrench


Really interesting stuff. Hadn't paid much attention to them until this year. My mistake.
36Red Fang
Whales And Leeches


I really want to like this band more than I do. They almost everything. I'm not sure what it is they're missing. Solid if uneventful album (as usual).
37Skeletonwitch
Serpents Unleashed


Best since 'Permafrost.'
38Sepultura
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart


I have loved this band for so long, I will always check out their next album. Derrick takes too much unwarranted shit. Good album by a good (once great) band.
39Noisem
Agony Defined


I liked this more the first time I heard it. Still good but pretty same-y. Slayer worship at its best.
40Kataklysm
Waiting For The End To Come


Best since 'In The Arms Of Devastation' for sure.
41Windhand
Soma


Not much of a doom fan but this grabbed me pretty hard. Would be higher but I saw them live recently and it was kinda boring.
42 Mephistopheles
Sound Of The End


Heard great things about this band. Soild album if a bit hard to get into at first.
43Yeah. Sure. Whatever.
Through The Heart


More locals making music. I worked on video projects with this band as well this year. After hearing their demo I was underwhelmed but the final product sounds great.
44Steak Number Eight
The Hutch


This band has such a dumb name, I almost didn't check it out. Glad I did. Very promising.
45Nails
Abandon All Life


Rages hard. Can't wait to see the live set this Friday (opening for Exodus).
46Power Trip
Manifest Decimation


We now arrive at the albums that I need more time with. I am loving this album but just started listening last week.
47Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused To Sing


I find his solo stuff hard to penetrate but ultimately rewarding. Still not enough time with this.
48Vastum
Patricidal Lust


So far, so good...and filthy.
49Russian Circles
Memorial


Only heard it twice all the way through.
50Pelican
Forever Becoming


Good but I liked their last album better. Needs more spins.
51Fallujah
Nomadic


Like this band but find it hard to get into their stuff.
52Zozobra
Savage Masters


Good but nothing standing out yet. Maybe nothing will. Remains to be seen/heard.
53Cables And Arms
Excessive


My co-worker's band's debut EP. Not big on post hardcore but this is cool. Only heard a few times through.
54Howl
Bloodlines


Better than the debut but still not grabbing me despite liking aspects here and there.
55Orchid (USA-CA)
The Mouths Of Madness


Even more local dudes. Good throwback shit but haven't listened enough.
56Entrails
Raging Death


Cool, solid death metal. That is all.
57Inter Arma
Sky Burial


Everyone is creaming themselves over this. I like parts but feel like it drags at times. I must be missing something so I'll dive back in again soon.
58Amon Amarth
Deceiver Of The Gods


Like Red Fang, I want to like them more than I do. They just don't stand out. This album is solid but unspectacular.
59Scale The Summit
The Migration


The won me over a few years ago with their live set. That said, I still can't seem to get into their records.
60All Pigs Must Die
Nothing Violates This Nature


Angry stuff. Need to listen more cuz the first few when in one ear and out the other.
61Autopsy
The Headless Ritual


See Amon Amarth/Red Fang.
62Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats
Mind Control


More throwback goodness that has yet to grab me like it has others.
63Deltron 3030
Event II


Love the first one from like 10 years ago. The first few spins of the sequel were good but unmemorable.
64Gorguts
Colored Sands


Why is this not clicking yet?! It will. Right?
65Death Angel
The Dream Calls For Blood


Liked the last one just a little better. This is DA treading water. Maybe more will reveal itself on repeated listens.
66Soulfly
Savages


Like DA, this is Soulfly treading water.
67Big Business
Battlefields Forever


So far, so good but only listened twice.
68Gatheist
Hold Me... But Not So Tight


Same as Big Business.
69Tidal Arms
Tidal Arms


Would probably be higher if it was released earlier in the year. Liking a lot after 2 listens.
70 Summoner
Atlantia


Same as Tidal Arms.
71Church Of Misery
Thy Kingdom Scum


Never heard of them until this year. Need to listen more but liked this a lot at first.
72Primitive Man
Scorn


Same as Church Of Misery.
73Beastwars
Blood Becomes Fire


Same as Church Of Misery and Primitive Man.
74Obliteration
Black Death Horizon


Same as Church Of Misery, Primitive Man and Beatwars.
75In Vain
AEnigma


Taking a couple listens but cool so far.
76Haken
The Mountain


Same as In Vain.
77East Of The Wall
Reaction Artifacts


Only heard a few songs so far but I know this will grow on me like their other albums.
78Voices (UK)
From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary


Pretty damn cool but only listened twice.
79Take Over And Destroy
Endless Night


Same as Voices.
80Clutch
Earth Rocker


Same as Voices and TOAD.
81Krimh
Explore


Same as Voices, TOAD and Clutch.
82Semantik Punk
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So weird! But so...enticing. Must listen more.
83Oranssi Pazuzu
Valonielu


Now we've reached albums that disappointed me this year. In some cases, this doesn't mean they are necessarily bad albums but they just didn't live up to expectations. 'Valonielu' is one such album. Kept hearing amazing things but found it boring and pretentious.
84Sandrider
Godhead


Another album that is good but didn't live up to what I was hoping for. THeir debut kicks so much ass I was hoping this would do the same. It does to some regard but only about 80% as much.
85The Ocean
Pelagial


Another good but ultimately underwhelming release. I love this band but I can't get past Loic's harsh vocals sometimes. The instrumental doesn't hold up on its own either. Good but not noteworthy.
86Jungbluth
Part Ache


Really liked their debut EP. This album I found boring.
87Mindless Self Indulgence
How I Learned to Stop Giving A Shit and Love MSI


I don't know why I expected this to be good. I got over this band many years ago.
88Sodom
Epitome of Torture


A bit of a snorefest.
89Melvins
Everybody Loves Sausages


Cover albums are usually lame but if anyone is going to make an interesting one, it's the Melvins. While parts a definitely interesting, I'm not digging it. Haven't even bothered to check out their other album from this year.
90Morality Crisis
Boats


Absolutely loved their debut. This is a step down but still listenable. I think the whole thing is ruined by a joke track to start things off. Silly shit but f'real?
91Alice In Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here


AiC going through the motions.
92Leprous
Coal


'Bilateral' was one of my favorites a year or so ago. 'Coal' is good and innovative but it isn't grabbing me much.
93Havok
Unnatural Selection


My fault for expecting amazing things after Time Is Up. Hopes were too high to be met. Still a fun album.
94Svart Crown
Profane


Their last album was better.
95Revocation
Revocation


This album is super fun, don't get me wrong, but it just didn't blow my wig back like their other albums.
96Chimaira
Crown Of Phantoms


Like MSI, I'm not sure why I was expecting this to be good. It's not out-right bad, just nothing special.
97Kylesa
Ultraviolet


I think I'm the only Kylesa fan that didn't like this. I don't think they'll ever top 'Static Tensions.' Maybe this will click one day.
98Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks


Pretty boring. I always want to like a NIN album all the way through but that almost never happens.
99Dream Theater
Dream Theater


Used to love 'em. Now can't be bothered.
100Palms
Palms


This was one of my most anticipated albums of the year. I don't hate it but I don't like it either. This album puts me to sleep. Goodnight.
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