I decided to break my top 10 albums of 2013 into two separate posts…so I could also include podcasts featuring a track from each album! Only the best for you, faithful Emissionites.
We’ll start with #10 – #6, in ascending order.
Before I continue, let me just say that there were a large number of albums that didn’t make the cut that definitely left a lasting impression on me this year, and too many honorary mentions could be made to bother with. Browse through my reviews this year and discover for yourself!
Onto the list, and the podcast:
Plenty of black metal crossed my path this year, but few albums contained the raw ferocity and bitter atmosphere of the genre the way Dark Path was able to do. With appropriate vocals and superb instrumentation, the band crafts basic yet effective black metal in the mold of its earliest roots. No fan of the genre should have missed this one in 2013.
Featured Track: “Wilderness Throne”
9 – Purson – The Circle And The Blue Door (Metal Blade / Rise Above Records)
As my review of the record states, its almost as if Purson created this album knowing my taste for early psychadelica and proto-doom. That they were able to construct a perfect mixture of the two across the fascinating tracks of The Circle And The Blue Door is a credit to pure songwriting at its finest. With a soulful, emotive front woman in Rosie Cunningham and a great band behind her, this album is without a doubt the best dose of nostalgia you’ll find in 2013.
Featured Track: “Spiderwood Farm”
8 – Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (Zodiac Swan / T-Boy / Universal Records)
For years and years, Rob Zombie has captivated me with his catchy blend of industrial rock/metal and electronica leanings, fusing genres and establishing a sound that is both unique and extremely inspired. While his career has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, this year’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor has it where it counts. Assisted greatly by the increased workload of guitarist extraordinaire John 5, the album pulled me in with radio-ready hit after hit, done in a style that is both modern and classic Zombie all at once.
Featured Track: “Lucifer Rising”
7 – Downfall Of Gaia – Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes (Metal Blade)
Deftly combining the fundamentals of post-rock, doom metal and a host of other musical influences, Germany’s Downfall Of Gaia left an immediate impression on me with Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes. I try to avoid using the term “epic” in reference to musical endeavors, as it seems rather hard to define, but no other word can truly some up how massive and moving this record is.
Featured Track: “[Vulnus]“
Without a doubt my favorite truly indie release of the year, English songsmith Tom Dissenter draws influences from a myriad of sources on I Hear You (Do You Hear Me?). So many, in fact, that you’d be better off checking my review to get a better feel for the electronic-based collection of excellently written music. One thing is for sure; this young man has a bright future in music.
Featured Track: “The Music Show”
Part 2 coming later this week! Enjoy the podcast! The songs are in order of the list above.