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Best Albums Of 2013

2013 was a great year for music. I had trouble narrowing my list down due to so many rinteresting releases. Sure there were a few albums such as Megadeth's Super Collider and rGeoff Tate's Queensryche that were just a fart in the face but overall, a pretty wonderful ryear. Some honorable mentions that didn't make the cut: Cult of Luna - Vertikal 1 & 2, rHaken - The Mountain, Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum, Palms - Palms. There were ralso some notable live releases worth mentioning such as Dream Theater's Live at Luna Park r(and extra Holiday album!), Iced Earth's Live in Ancient Kourion, Devin Townsend's Retinal rCircus, Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour, Nightwish's Showtime Storytime, Metallica's Through rthe Never and Ulver's Live at Roadburn. I also really dug Rush's new remix of Vapor Trails rand Katatonia's weird crowdfunded Dethroned and Uncrowned. I still plan to listen to rKatatonia's remix of Viva Emptiness, Mastodon's Live at Brixton an Anathema's Universal at rsome point.
1Russian Circles

This is yet another wonderful album from RC. The drumming is fantastic and I like that the band continually mixes a touch of
black metal into their post metal sound, which by the way they've been doing since way before Deafheaven was a band.
Nothing against Deafheaven, as their Sunbather is ranked on my list further down because it is a terrific album, but seriously
let's not claim they were the first to mix post metal/rock with black metal because they weren't. And yes I realize Deafheaven
uses "black metal vocals" and Russian Circles is *almost* entirely instrumental. But the riffs man, the riffs.
2Dream Theater
Dream Theater

I'm not sure why this one is getting mixed responses but I've been listening to it on repeat since release day and I think it's
wonderful. It is air tight. Top notch in almost all regards. Definitely one of their top 5 albums of all time for me. In other
Dream Theater releases of the year, did anyone else see Mangini's solo on Live at Luna Park? I love Portnoy and all but pretty
sure Mangini's solo is better than anything I've seen from Portnoy.

People love to hate on Stratovarius but this is a fantastic album from one of the original progressive power metal bands. I think
they've only gotten better since Timo Tolkki left. Or rather they've made several releases that are better than anything they
did with Tolkki after Infinite.
4Scale the Summit
The Migration

Yet another underrated release from this year that is somehow escaping everyone's lists. I mean really this and Collective are
damn fine albums. Basically equals. Yet, no one is giving credit to this one so here I am to correct that blasphemy. Great
songwriting and performances and The Dark Horse and Atlas Novus are particularly mind blowing.
Messe I.X-VI.X
6The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us is the Killer
The Living Infinite
9The Black Dahlia Murder
10Children of Bodom
Halo of Blood
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