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January 13th, 2014

Best of 2013: Top 6 Editorial


Reviews, interviews, and the like are our bread and butter – as much as we like our giant, sprawling, controversy-stirring opinion pieces, it’d be knackering if that’s all we did. Today we’re going to look back at our biggest reviews and interviews of 2013 – and by “biggest”, we mean the ones that the most people read. Oh, and reveal what was the most popular entry in our high-brow Heavy Metal Sandwich series. Just because.


Oli Sykes Bring Me the Horizon Featured Image Thrash Hits1) Bring Me The Horizon talk Sempiternal

First up we have our most-read interview of 2013 – and it’s no surprise that it’s with Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon. In the year the band released their first major label album, Sempiternal, they dealt with the fallout of booting out their Antipodean vegan pin-up guitarist, Jona Weinhofen, and their played their biggest headline shows to date. Come and read all about it.
Read the full interview here

Vengeance_Falls_Artwork2) Album: Trivium – Vengeance Falls
Next we have our most-read album review – that of Vengeance Falls by Trivium. After a few years of stop-start not-quite-as-good-as-everyone-once-hoped antics, Trivium settled down with David Draiman to produce one of their finest albums in years. Their fans certainly thought so, as bloody loads of them came to read our review of it.
Read the full review here

Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the king old new album cover artwork thrash hits3) Avenged Sevenfold: Download Festival 2014 – Hail to the King
Our second most-read interview of the last twelve months was with Avenged Sevenfold, just before their late album, Hail to the King, sneaked its way into the UK no.1 spot by way of being released in the slowest-selling week of the year. It’s also the article where we barefacedly declared Ax7 would be a Download Festival headliner, weeks before they were officially confirmed. We’re just that good.
Read the full interview here

COROT-3b Featured Image Thrash Hits4) The COROT-3b Prize 2013
We resurrected the COROT-3b Prize this year. It’s our not-entirely-serious version of the Mercury Prize. It was won this year by Carcass. At least one band got really annoyed that Raz and Hugh decided the winner, as opposed to blindly going with the easily-manipulable and entirely-fixable public vote that we put up. Tough luck, eh lads?
Read where it all began here

Bullet For My Valentine by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits5) Album: Bullet For My Valentine – Temper Temper
When Hugh went on the BBC Radio 1 Review show in 2012, he described the titled track of Temper Temper as “metal by numbers…and really low numbers as well. So when Raz reviewed the album, he decided to try an experiment – he had found he always enjoyed BFMV more while drunk, so what better way to review it than to get progressively more drunk as he listened to it?
Read the full review here

geddy lee golden retriever bass dog6) Heavy Metal Sandwich 004: Geddy Lee of Rush
nd finally, we have that time that Raz asked Geddy Lee of Rush what his favourite sandwich was. In case you haven’t worked it out, Heavy Metal Sandwich is a meta-commentary on music media’s obsession with asking musicians utterly trivial bullshit and pretending it is content. Only our version is a hell of a lot tastier than hearing about a drummer’s trainers or a guitarist’s latest shit neck tattoo.
Eat your goddamn sandwich


There’s still more Best of 2013 pieces to come, but for the time being, why not check out our Top 6 Best Opinion Pieces from 2013? CHEERS.