Friday 27 December 2013

Philip Weller - Top 25 Albums of 2013

Phil Weller’s Top 25 Albums of 2013

Music is very personal thing. When every year concludes, journalists and fans alike compile their definitive lists of the year gone by. From person to person, those lists will differ. Likewise, from person to person, opinions of other people’s lists will be just as unique. Yet, someone will only disagree with a list because they care about music, because they’re passionate about a certain record and feel it needs more credit than it’s received. So, without further ado, here’s my top 25 albums of 2013.

25) Ghost – Infestissumam

24) Fantasist – Fantasist

23) Windhand – Soma

22) Chron Goblin – Life For The Living

21) Kadavar - Abra Kadavar

20) Karnivool – Asymmetry

19) In Solitude – Sister

18) DevilDriver – Winter Kills

17) Noctum – Final Sacrifice

16) Ihsahn - Das seelenbrechen

15) Haken – The Mountain

14) Megadeth – Super Collider

13) Avatarium – Avatarium 

12) Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork

11) Vista Chino – Peace

10) Tracer – El Pistolero

Australian stoner rock with a little help from Kevin Shirley. 

9) Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Stone may just be the riff of the year

8) Trivium – Vengeance Falls

Not strictly sludge, but a fine return to form.

7) Dream Theater – Dream Theater

Petrucci and Rudess steal the show.

6) Clutch – Earth Rocker

No frills, just brilliance

5) Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

Arguably Rob Zombie’s best record to date. He also coats a Grand Funk classic in dirty sludge.

4) Sisare – Nature’s Despair

Prog rock from Finland, it absorbs you in its lulling beauty and visceral riffs.

3) Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control

Diverse and utterly stunning.

2) Black Sabbath – 13

The original godfathers lead by example

1) Motörhead – Aftershock 

A simply flawless record, Aftershock sees Motörhead at their best once more, Lemmy’s bass tone is mud thick.