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2013 In The Comatorium: Eps And Honorable Mentions

7 albums I really liked this year but didn't quite make the cut for the Top 10, and my favorite three EPs of 2013.

4.5/5- Earlier this year, the excellent single ?BAGBOY? silently surfaced and made
me wonder if maybe one of my favorite bands could be capable of making
awesome new tunes very well into their career. EP1 came out of nowhere with
four tracks of refreshing alt-rock that provides such a breath of fresh air from the
stagnant radio rock of today. "Andro Queen" sees the band playing with shoegaze,
admirably I may add, and stomping closer "What Goes Boom" hearkens back to
the good ol' days of their sound.
Truant/Rough Sleeper

4/5- Another Burial release, another addition to the playlist for rainy nights. Gritty
beats, sensuous vocals, and a minimalist sound come together in 30 minutes of
Newborn Sun

3/5- CHON's debut EP brings to mind other (better) instrumental metal outfits
with a laid back, easy-going vibe.
4Norma Jean

Long irrelevant metalcore band comes back from the dead with a bombastic,
blistering album to soften the loss of The Chariot.
5Dance Gavin Dance
Acceptance Speech

Seriously flawed production on vocals and instrument levels fuck up what should
be a top 10 album.
6B Dolan
House of Bees Vol. 2

Big bearded Boston rapper that opened for Circle Takes the Square and confused
the crowd. Seriously nice guy with a sharp tongue.
Pure Heroine

Top tier pop production and silky smooth, dreamy vocals that perfectly accompany
late night drives, this album makes you yearn for your days of youth rather than
make you cringe at lyrics about simple things a teenager encounters.
8Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City

After a couple shaky sounding singles, the entire album escalates VW to a new
level. The jaunty, angular pop of "Diane Young" and "Step" make sense in the
context of the track list, and emotional slow-burners like "Hannah Hunt" round
out the album, proving that the band is capable of more than an album of simple
pop songs.
9State Faults

La Dispute with more balls. The pummeling riff that kicks in a few seconds into
"Wildfires" sounds "King Park" sped up and altered just enough. The vocals are on
some real powerviolence shit. This is how "wave" should be done, whatever that
means. Also, Touche Amore peaked with that EP back in like ?09.
10Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

Riffs on top off riffs connected with riffs that are accompanied by some sick riffs
with some serious groove almost make up for Homme being a dick when it comes
to Kyuss. Almost.
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