Life is funny. Music is fun. Life is serious. Music is serious. As in life, it is in music. There are moments that are hilarious and others that are much less so. Either way, they stick in your mind. Whether you revel in having fun or in poking fun, you will have had a Favourite Moment in 2013 and that’s what this list is. Some of them are utter abominations of class and style but that’s why you’re on this pitiful excuse of a website. Hooray.
“DICK’EAAAAAAD” – Oli Sykes, ‘Antivist’, Sempiternal, 2013
Robert Plant playing no less than five Led Zeppelin tracks during his set at BluesFest this year – I might never get to see Led Zeppelin (or at least, three quarters of them) play live, but it’s so very, very rare to get such a genuine, feel-it-deep-down-in-your-bones shiver-up-your-spine
Lostprophets calling it a day.
‘Call Me A Hole’, (Aberdeen bootlegger DJ) pomDeter’s mashup of Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ with Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Head Like A Hole’. Song of the year, without a doubt.
Altar Of Plagues closing their final ever UK show with the full, glorious, devastating 20-minute rendition of ‘Neptune Is Dead’ was a never-to-forget moment that made me get something in my eye. Although the Spitfire flying over Donington just before Iron Maiden came on ran it close…
Reading Festival was pretty sick.
The first time I watched a Nekrogoblikon video on YouTube. [Don’t do it – Ed]
Hearing Tom Dare talk about Jaz Coleman’s cock whilst watching Killing Joke at Hammerfest.
Falling In Reverse’s ‘Alone’ video. Yeah, yeah, I know I’ve banged on about Ronnie Radke a lot this year but I legitimately love this song and video. I watched it more than anything else on YouTube this year and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the amount of butthurt it provoked in the process. In a sea of metalcore bands acting badly alongside upset-looking models, the metal world has been crying out for someone rapping about his Gucci Sneaks while ghost riding a Ferrari.
The first new Carcass album since I understood what Metal was.
Roadburn announcing Opeth for the 2014 edition of the festival. I bloody love Opeth, me.
Guthie Govan’s solo on ‘Drive Home’ on Steven Wilson’s album. It’s one of the most heartfelt.