Due to the fact Raz and Hugh run things at Thrash Hits, their opinions are the most important. Yes there’s an overall TH Top 20 Albums of 2013 and there’s a list of the individual contributors’ favourite albums, but their opinions are also the most correct. That’s why they’ve got their own post where they can explain their own favourite albums of 2013 without being sullied by democracy.
Thrash Hits Editor RAZ‘s Top 10 Albums of 2013
1) Deafheaven – Sunbather
How much more can I say about this album? I enjoyed their first album, Roads To Judah but never expected this to be quite as much of a step up. It’s just a majestic exercise in atmospheric catharsis. I reviewed Sunbather and the first London show of their tour as well, so you can read my gushing superlatives of how they are as good on record as they are live for yourself. Listen to this. If you don’t love it, you have no soul.
2) Night Verses – Lift Your Existence
I really wish that I’d given this more than just 4.5/6 when I reviewed it. It’s a grower, that’s for sure, and when an album is 74 minutes long, it takes longer to get back round to the beginning than it might for other albums, so it took a while to grow on me but when it did… If you’ve got a Thrice-shaped hole in your life, however, love absurd proficiency (especially the drums) and are eagerly awaiting the return of Tool, you may well enjoy this album. It’s emotional, it’s heavy, it’s intricately structured. It’s an album that’s barely left my stereos since I got it in the spring. Apologies for the lyric video, but this is a great song.
3) Biffy Clyro – Opposites
It took a few months to get into this, actually. Despite loving the five previous albums, I wasn’t that personally invested in it. I had heard all the singles on Radio 1 and they’d been enjoyable enough but I missed the show at the O2 Arena so there was no immediate need to really dig the songs until Reading. I was going to see them headline the festival and I needed to be able to enjoy it. It wasn’t difficult – it was my live performance of 2013. Then I had a re-achieved fanboy status as I went to see them a couple of times in Europe in November as well.
4) Tomahawk – Oddfellows
5) 65daysofstatic – Wild Light
6) All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature
7) Cult of Luna – Vertikal
8) Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only
9) Paramore – Paramore
10) Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Thrash Hits Deputy Editor HUGH‘s Top 10 Albums of 2013
1) Nice Hooves – Nice Hooves
Nice Hooves self-titled debut album is the kind of record I want to foist into peoples’ hands and make them listen to until they realize just how damn good it is – and for a record as good as Nice Hooves that shouldn’t take very long at all. While essentially The Armed but with a different singer, former Heads Will Roll man Dave Graw, Nice Hooves are a very different prospect from their father band, replacing the caustic, fiery rage with a tempered, more menacing drawl. Equal parts Every Time I Die, Queens of the Stone Age, and Detroit DIY-fuck-you spirit, Nice Hooves have produced a record I don’t just love, but one I want to evangelise about. For God’s sake, go download this album for free right now.
2) Red Kite – Songs For Crow
Ah yes, a token non-metal nomination, right? Well, it would be had I not listened to the Red Kite album more than almost anything else in 2013. The new band from Dan Fisher, former guitarist and lead songwriter of The Cooper Temple Clause, Songs for Crow manages to balance melancholy with the absolute craft of songwriting that makes it both a delicate and robust exploration of sound. It’s majestic (not epic) and powerful (without really being post-rock) and while it sits far, far outside the Thrash Hits remit, it’d be a disservice to pretend it was anything other than one of my highlights of the last 12 months.
3) The Bronx – The Bronx
While this album might not have the singular, shining highlights of previous albums by The Bronx, the band’s fourth true studio album (let’s keep Mariachi El Bronx in its own little box for now) has a stronger collective identity that has had me return to it again and again throughout 2013.
4) The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
5) All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates this Nature
6) Retox – YPLL
7) The Defiled – Daggers
8) Palehorse – Harm Starts Here
9) Carcass – Surgical Steel
10) Stomach Earth – Stomach Earth