Top 13 albums of 2013

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Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by MOG » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:27 pm

1. Intronaut – Habitual Levitations
2. The Ocean – Pelagial
3. Cult of Luna – Vertikal
4. Russian Circles – Memorial
5. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing
6. Mouth of the Architect – Dawning
7. Rosetta – The Anaesthete
8. Pelican – Forever Becoming
9. Jesu - Everyday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came
10. Red Fang – Whales and Leeches
11. Sannhet – Known Flood
12. Sigur Ros – Kveikur
13. Kongh – Sole Creation

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by not tyson » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:40 pm

Very diverse.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:45 pm

My pet peeve is people who do these lists too early. It's not even December yet - still a months worth of releases to be assess before making a call.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by MOG » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:03 pm

hellboy wrote:My pet peeve is people who do these lists too early. It's not even December yet - still a months worth of releases to be assess before making a call.
Well fuck your pet peeve.

Kidding of course. Certainly a fair position to take. Almost December though and nothing on the horizon coming out that has caught my eye. Certainly possible something might come out via Bandcamp that could crack the list but those 13 albums I listed, in my opinion obviously, are exceptional. Would take one hell of an album to knock one of those albums off the list.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by doors » Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:51 am

Not Tyson wrote:Very diverse.
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by Calfium Jay » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:10 am

I don't think it's too early to do a best of:

1. Ensemble Pearl - Ensemble Pearl
2. Secret Chiefs 3 - Book Of Souls: Folio A
3. Zomby - With Love
4. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
5. Prurient - Through The Window
6. AANIPAA - Through a Pre Memory
7. Nurse With Wound - Chromanatron
8. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
9. Wolf Eyes - No Answer: Lower Floors
10. Flaming Lips - The Terror
11. Portal - Vexovoid
12. Paysage D'hiver - Das Tor
13. Ulver - Messe I.X - VI.X


Most Disappointing Releases Of 2013

1. Jesu - Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
2. Black Sabbath - 13
3. Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance
4. Low - The Invisible Way
5. Tomahawk - Oddfellows
6. Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
7. Primal Scream - More Light
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by petemasterpete » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:21 am

Calfium Jay wrote:I don't think it's too early to do a best of:

1. Ensemble Pearl - Ensemble Pearl
2. Secret Chiefs 3 - Book Of Souls: Folio A
3. Zomby - With Love
4. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
5. Prurient - Through The Window
6. AANIPAA - Through a Pre Memory
7. Nurse With Wound - Chromanatron
8. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
9. Wolf Eyes - No Answer: Lower Floors
10. Flaming Lips - The Terror
11. Portal - Vexovoid
12. Paysage D'hiver - Das Tor
13. Ulver - Messe I.X - VI.X


Most Disappointing Releases Of 2013

1. Jesu - Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
2. Black Sabbath - 13
3. Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance
4. Low - The Invisible Way
5. Tomahawk - Oddfellows
6. Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
7. Primal Scream - More Light
swap around BoC and NIN and you've got a pretty good thing going on ... Portal will easily make my top list this year so thanx for posting that initially
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:18 am

Neither the Flaming Lips or the MBV album were particularly good imo.

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Post by Calfium Jay » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:08 am

Flaming Lips was good but differed somewhat from their usual psyche pop mini symphonies. It was something of a downer and lacking somewhat in terms of melody. But taken as a whole it's still a very good album.
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:23 am

The Zomby track you posted sounds great though, downloading the album now and will listen to it over the next week.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by joeypants » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:52 pm

I am so ashamed that I somehow let both the new Mouth of the Architect and the new Rosetta pass me by! That MOTA album is fucking great.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by MOG » Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:02 pm

joeypants wrote:I am so ashamed that I somehow let both the new Mouth of the Architect and the new Rosetta pass me by! That MOTA album is fucking great.
Great albums both. MOTA's Dawning is their best album to date imo

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by fortysixand2 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:42 pm

1. Russian Circles - Memorial
2. Melvins - Tres Cabrones
3. Pelican - Forever Becoming
4. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
5. Sigur Ros - Kveikur
6. Palms - Palms
7. Locrian - Return to Annihilation
8. Fuzz - Fuzz
9. Mamiffer & Circle - Enharmonic Intervals (For Paschen Organ)
10. Tomahawk - Oddfellows
11. Jesu - Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came
12. Big Business - Battlefields Forever
13. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:28 am

Been trawling through the Metal Sucks (and some others) best of lists for 2013 grabbing some final albums to listen to. Candidates for me to listen to:

Drunk Dad - Morbid Reality
Ancient Warlocks - Ancient Warlocks
Steak - Corned Beef Colossus
Lord Dying - Summon the Faithless
Diesto - For Water or Blood
Antigama - Meteor
Cloud Rat - Moksha
ASG - Blood Drive
Whores - Clean
Agrimonia - Rites of Separation
Fister - Gemini
Zomby - With Love
Anacondas - Sub Contra Blues
Byzantine - Byzantine
Demdike Stare - Post Collapse
Pharmakon - Abandon
Purson - The Circle and the Blue Door
Void of Sleep - Tales Between Reality and Madness
Yo La Tengo - Fade

Not sure if any of those will appear on my final list, but initial impression was good.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by UndKeineZwEier » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:26 am

hellboy wrote: Lord Dying - Summon the Faithless
ASG - Blood Drive
I've listened to these two. The Lord Dying album is solid, but nothing special. Blood Drive isn't too bad, I actually just listened to it again earlier today, but I imagine the vocals would be a bit of a turn off for some people.
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:58 am

I've listened to the first 4 so far, and they're all ok, but none top 10 worthy I don't think.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by not tyson » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:01 am

Surprised you haven't heard the Whores album, pretty great.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:20 am

Not Tyson wrote:Surprised you haven't heard the Whores album, pretty great.
I remember someone posting it (I think it was you) and first impressions were good. Not sure why I didn't give it some further listens, but will definitely get a work out sometime over the next week.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:53 am

hellboy wrote:Been trawling through the Metal Sucks (and some others) best of lists for 2013 grabbing some final albums to listen to. Candidates for me to listen to:

Drunk Dad - Morbid Reality
Ancient Warlocks - Ancient Warlocks
Steak - Corned Beef Colossus
Lord Dying - Summon the Faithless
Diesto - For Water or Blood
Antigama - Meteor
Cloud Rat - Moksha
ASG - Blood Drive
Whores - Clean
Agrimonia - Rites of Separation
Fister - Gemini
Zomby - With Love
Anacondas - Sub Contra Blues
Byzantine - Byzantine
Demdike Stare - Post Collapse
Pharmakon - Abandon
Purson - The Circle and the Blue Door
Void of Sleep - Tales Between Reality and Madness
Yo La Tengo - Fade

Not sure if any of those will appear on my final list, but initial impression was good.
As an update of sorts to my list:
  • Albums by Whores, Anacondas, Void of Sleep and Demdike Stare are all excellent and contenders for my best albums list. Especially Void of Sleep.
  • Yo La Tengo and Steak were great as well, but probably not really good enough for my list
  • Purson, Fister, Drunk Dad, Lord Dying, Cloud Rat, Zomby, Lord Dying, ASG and Byzantine were all a little meh
  • Still have a bunch of others to listen to

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by petemasterpete » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:23 am

I like the Zomby record for what it is; background noise ... a bit too repetative in parts for my liking ... 33 tracks could have been 15-18

meh ... Lord Dying doubly so, it would appear
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:31 am

Add Agrimonia - Rites of Seperation to the good albums list. Interesting mix of progish rock/metal not unlike Tool with black/death metal style vocals. Not to everyone's taste I realise, but I found the album worth the time.

https://agrimoniasl.bandcamp.com/album/ ... separation

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by The Boss » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:46 am

This year was always going to be a disappointment compared to last year.
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:17 am

Not feeling much disappointment so far to be honest. There are several albums released this year that I feel are better than my favorite from 2012.

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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by petemasterpete » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:25 pm

Ok, not sure where to post this cause it isn't my list yet, but all three bands listed are up there previously ... so tonite I listened to the Void of Sleep, Whores and Agrimonia records and I can say they were all worth a listen ...

Void of Sleep: (still midway through) seems a solid enough record and it'll get some additional spins to confirm ... the mix is good enough to be radio friendly-ish and I kinda like it on first listen

Whores: Catchy bits with a great sledgy tone I loved from the first note ... will repeat regularly in the near future. Kinda got a cross breed Helmet/Fu Manchu/Melvins aesthetic. Mog, I even bought it!

Agrimonia: I like the layered guitars, but it's really too bad the drumming is so damned pedestrian in comparison (not dissimilar to how Hammett outclasses Lars) ... bonus: chick death metal singer that didn't entirely annoy me all of the time (even had to google them to confirm it was a gal, indeed, screaming at me)

Of the above, at minimum, Whores is definitely worth an honorable mention on the 2013 list at this point
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Re: Top 13 albums of 2013

Post by hellboy » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:38 pm

petemasterpete wrote: Agrimonia: I like the layered guitars, but it's really too bad the drumming is so damned pedestrian in comparison (not dissimilar to how Hammett outclasses Lars) ... bonus: chick death metal singer that didn't entirely annoy me all of the time (even had to google them to confirm it was a gal, indeed, screaming at me)
Really? I presumed it was a dude. Didn't find the drumming that much of a detraction personally. He's no Danny Carey but seems quite capable.

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