It’s December, which means it’s time for that annual rite of passage where everyone attempts to summarize a year’s worth of music into a top ten list. Metal Insider and its contributors will be releasing our lists starting soon, but we’ve also gotten lists from some of the artists themselves. Here’s the first installment, featuring members of Broken Hope, Anthrax, SpiralArms and Rivers of Nihil.
Jeremy Wagner, Broken Hope
10) Oblivion: Called to Rise
9) Deicide: In the Minds of Evil
8) Alice In Chains: The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
7) Carcass: Surgical Steel
6) Exhumed: Necrocracy
5) Autopsy: The Headless Ritual
4) Suffocation: Pinnacle of Bedlam
3) Jungle Rot: Terror Regime
2) Immolation: Kingdom of Conspiracy
1) Broken Hope: Omen Of Disease
10) Carcass, Surgical Steel
What a strong comeback for these guys. It reminds us that Carcass once redefined a genre.
9) Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork
It took me a few minutes to grab the depths of this one, it’s deep. Best since Songs for the Deaf.
8) Spiritual Beggars, Earth Blues
I love this band and they really capture the vintage vibe with authority here. Amott plays with so much feeling!
7) Death Angel, The Dream Calls for Blood
Best record they’ve maybe ever done. Strong!
6) Clutch, Earth Rocker
Neil Fallon is today’s Mark Twain and this record is their best since Blast Tyrant. These songs translate great live!
5) Ghost, Infestissumam
This band is brilliant and great songwriters. They really took some chances here.
4) Scorpion Child, King’s Highway
These guys are relatively new but have the potential to grow into something spectacular. There are some great rock songs on this records!
3) Vista Chino, Peace
Every time I listen to this one, I feel as if a bong hit me over the head! It’s hard to recapture what VC did here.
2) Voivod, Target Earth
Once I thought nobody could ever replace the late guitarist, Piggy. Then Daniel came along… Amazing, unique and daring.
1) SpiralArms, Freedom
I know how it looks putting our record in here. But if it’s a top 10 of 2013 I’ve gotta be honest, it belongs here.