Dec 28, 2013 | Favorites

I found this list hard to narrow down, but I’m glad I took the time to do it. Lots of good new music this year. Yes, I am well aware of the fact that most of these albums were not released in 2013. A few were even released before I was born. But they were new to me, and found themselves in heavy rotation on my ipod/turntable.



10. Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension/Descension


9. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage


8. DownNOLA


7. Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us


6. Nina Simone – Pastel Blues


5. Dio – Sacred Heart


4. Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman


3. Woods of Ypres – Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light


2. The Limousines – Hush


1. Devin Townsend Band – Synchestra



Honorable Mentions:

There are always a few that come close but don’t quite make the cut. And it usually comes down to minor technicalities; too many interludes, lacking variety, etc. But I can honestly say that in another year, each one of these could have easily made the top 10.



Clutch – Earth Rocker

Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

ASG – Win Us Over


Rediscovered Gems:

I’ve been around the sun enough times that I can stumble across some old favorite albums and have them genuinely surprise me, or take on a new life. This is my little space to honor them.



Strata – The End of the World

Rise Against Siren Song for the Counter Culture

Michael Jackson – Dangerous

Queen – Jazz



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