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Everything 2013

There were many great releases this year and these are the ones that stuck with me. It's ranked as well as it can be.
Days Are Gone
74Deltron 3030
Event II
Heart of Oak
72The Black Heart Rebellion
Har Nevo
71Yo La Tengo
Surgical Steel
Sol Austan, Mani Vestan
66Pretty Lights
A Color Map of the Sun
65Frank Turner
Tape Deck Heart
64The Knife
Shaking the Habitual
Colored Sands
62Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience
The North Borders
60 Shpongle
Museum of Conciousness
59Middle Class Rut
Pick Up Your Head
58Ghost B.C.
Oblivion Hymns
55Dark Tranquillity
54Volcano Choir
53Jimi Hendrix
People, Hell, and Angels
One Big Particular Loop
51Radical Face
The Family Tree: The Branches
50Black Sabbath
Das Seelenbrechen
L'Ami du Peuple
47Scale the Summit
The Migration
46Bosnian Rainbows
Bosnian Rainbows
45The Flaming Lips
The Terror
44 Jesu
Every Day I Get Closer
43 Boris
42Wedrujacy Wiatr
Tam, Gdzie Miesiac Oplakuje Swit
41Kanye West
40Amon Amarth
Deceiver of the Gods
Messe I.X-VI.X
36Stone Sour
House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
35Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

I tried to like more but I just don't like it was much as others it seems. It's still a very
impressive album though.
33The Wonder Years
The Greatest Generation
Chewed Corners

Boards of Canada emulation. Still a great album.
31Caladan Brood
Echoes of Battle

Chino and member of Isis is a match made in heaven. Should probably have this
higher up.
29Paysage d'Hiver
Das Tor
28Shai Hulud
Reach Beyond the Sun
27James Blake

Major improvement over the last one.
26The Dear Hunter

The highs are really high and the lows are pretty low.
25Arcade Fire

Not what I was expecting and perhaps a little too long, but there's still some gems here
and I always appreciate an artist trying new things.
24How to Destroy Angels
Welcome Oblivion
23Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

I wanted to like this more but it just wasn't meant to be. Still a great rock album
22Sigur Ros

They brought back the dark sound of ( ) while not sounding repetitive.
20Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt

Their best since Yield. Sirens is a beautiful song.
19Protest the Hero

Much better than their last one.

Spacey/atmospheric metal is a wonderful thing.
The Doomstar Requiem

I thought it was really good. http://i2.kym-
16Cult of Luna

Post-metal done by guys who know how to do it best.
15The National
Trouble Will Find Me

Grew off me a bit as the year went on but it's still a solid release. This is one of those albums
that has nothing really wrong with it but suffers from being stacked against a...well...stacked
14The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer

Another chaotic release from these veterans. Good stuff.
13Coheed and Cambria
The Afterman: Descension

Not as good as Ascension, but this still offers all that I love about Coheed. Number City was
one of my favorite songs of the year.
12Kayo Dot

I'm not going to lie, I've only been able to get through the whole album a handful of times,
but after each listen it left me completely floored. It's an exhausting listen though that
doesn't make me want to pick up that often so that's why it's only at 12.
A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee

Black Metal+Post-Rock+Folk=Creamy Goodness
10The Ocean

Amazing post-metal with a pretty cool concept. Nowhere near Precambrian but it's still
and incredible listening experience. The instrumental version may actually be better.
9Streetlight Manifesto
The Hands That Thieve

When not comparing it to their past work, THTT is a fun romping ska album that doesn't
disappoint. Unfortunately with a band as renowned as Streetlight Manifesto the
comparisons are going to come. So in a way it's a slight disappointment because of the
lofty expectations but it's still a hell of a fun album and contains all the things we love
about this band.

Crushing, sludgy, and heavy as all hell. This was my first encounter with Ulcerate and I"m
definitely a fan now.
7Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels

Best hip-hop of the year. I hope these guys collaborate a lot more in the future.
6My Bloody Valentine
m b v

Shoegaze legends return with an album they started back in the 90's and show that they still are the
masters. It's not going to be giving Loveless a run for it's money but it's still one of the better
shoegaze albums I've heard in years.
5Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks

Wasn't expecting to like this nearly as much as I did. After the release of How to Destroy Angels
earlier in the year, and enjoying it a lot, I figured Reznor would be tapped out for a while but boy was
I wrong. Hesitation Marks, I think, is the strongest NIN album since fragile. We all know the Reznor
sound by now and it's ever prevalent here, but there's still new stuff he's trying out and for the most
part and it works.
The Underground Resistance

I hadn't listened to much Darkthrone since their classic output in the 90's so giving this a listen
was quite a surprise. There's still the grimy black metal production they are known for, but the
music contains elements of speed, thrash, and classic heavy metal. Idk if it's supposed to be a
homage to their early influences or if it's supposed to be a parody of heavy metal, but all I do
know is Darkthrone makes the kind of music they want on their own terms and what they made
here was a headbanging good time.
3Boards of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest

Tomorrow's Harvest will inevitably be compared to their earlier work and the general consensus is
that it isn't as good which may be true, but taken by itself, Tomorrow's Harvest was one of the
strongest releases of the year. Their signature sound is ever present but there's something just a
little different about it that doesn't make it feel like you're listening to their earlier releases and that
keeps it fresh in my mind.
2Laura Stevenson

When I first heard Sit and Resist I didn't think much of it but Laura has grown on me immensely over
the last couple years and it has culminated with Wheel being ranked so highly here. Wheel, I believe,
shows how her songwriting has matured and that's probably why I enjoy it so much. Excellent
songwriting, combined with her cute vocals, makes for a catchy and surprisingly heartwarming album
that I will be listening to for years to come.
1Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused to Sing

Wilson has taken elements of those classic 70's prog bands (mainly King Crimson) and crafted the best
album of the year in my opnion. The thing that makes this remarkable is that it sounds like a true band
playing together despite it being a solo outing. Every member of the band has is incredibly talented and gets
time to showcase their skills. I didn't think he'd be able to top Grace for Drowning, and I definitely didn't
think he would do it so quickly, but he has and it has provided the most exciting listening experience of the
year for me.
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