AleksiS
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05.16.14 Didn't Graduate05.07.14 HIM Ranked
03.14.14 Bands I Want To Like More Than I Actual02.05.14 Recommend Some Similar Stuff
12.21.13 My Top 10 For 201310.20.13 Rock Ballads That Music Fans Hate
10.14.13 10 Underrated Megadeth Songs09.20.13 Just Some Kick-ass Songs
09.07.13 Top 10 Iced Earth Songs07.19.13 Iced Earth Ranked
07.10.13 5 Favorite Albums07.08.13 Seen Live
07.03.12 Whitesnake Ranked06.16.12 Eight Artists/Bands That Should Have Be
05.22.12 Top 10 Albums That Aren't As Bad As Peo

My Top 10 For 2013
1Amorphis
Circle


While it feels like Amorphis have been treading the same waters for a few years now, Circle sees the band releasing one of their strongest records to date. Crushing riffs, soothing melodies, and phenomenal vocals all make this a fantastic album from beginning to end. Favorite song: Enchanted by the Moon
2Anssi Kela
Anssi Kela


After a long hiatus, Anssi Kela returned with a very different record, which ended up being his biggest commercial success since the early 2000's. Filled with a lot of interesting instrumentation and 80's-style keyboard work, this is an album that really throws you for a loop, but in a good way. Favorite track: Miten syd?mmet toimii? (How Do Hearts Work?)
3Avantasia
The Mystery of Time


You would think that by this point the Avantasia formula would start to sound tiring, but surprisingly no. Instead Tobias Sammet manages to create the strongest Avantasia album to date. The Mystery of Time combines all the elements from previous Avantasia albums into one nice package. Favorite track: Black Orchid
4Dream Theater
Dream Theater


A huge step up from 2011's A Dramatic Turn of Events, the band's self-titled album puts less focus on technicality and guitar wankery, and more on songs. The slight symphonic edge also adds to the quality of the album. Favorite track: The Looking Glass
5Michael Monroe
Horns and Halos


Horns and Halos picks-up right where 2011's Sensory Overdrive left-off, but adds a slightly punkier edge to it. Horns and Halos is full of snotnosed rockers from beginning to end, and rarely gives the listener a chance to catch a breath. But really isn't that what an album like this should be? Favorite track: Stained Glass Heart
6Amon Amarth
Deceiver of the Gods


Manowar look-out! This is as "true" as heavy metal can get. It's Amon Amarth, need I say more? Favorite track: Deceiver of the Gods
7Avenged Sevenfold
Hail to the King


Without a doubt the most controversial album of the year. At first I (like many) did not like the album, but as time has passed I've grown to like it more and more. Like I said in my review, it's A7X's Black album. It's simple, it's big, it's catchy, and it's good because of these reasons. It's the musical equivalent of summer action blockbuster. It's silly, it's dumb, but you can't help but enjoy it. Favorite track: Shepherd of Fire
8Children Of Bodom
Halo of Blood


For a while now it's felt like COB have been going through the motions. But with Halo of Blood it feels like they've tapped into that Finnish darkness and melancholy that made their first records so great. While I did enjoy the band's previous record, Relentless Reckless Forever, Halo of Blood feels much more like a Bodom album than anything the band has released post-Hate Crew Deathroll. Favorite track: Scream for Silence
9HIM
Tears on Tape


While it may not be the huge comeback many fans were hoping for, Tears on Tape still sees HIM tapping into their roots. Tears on Tape feels very much like a garage band recording an album, with it's gritty and dirty production. While I do personally prefer the 2010's Screamworks, Tears on Tape is still a worthy addition to the band's catalog. Favorite song: Into the Night
10Queensryche
Queensryche


While it may be marred by some poor production, the Todd La Torre-fronted Queensryche prove with this albums why they and not Tate are the ones who are worthy to carry the Queensryche name. Favorite track: In This Light
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