2013 LISTMANIA CONTINUES: ROLLING STONE’S LIST OF THE 20 BEST METAL ALBUMS OF 2013
Rolling Stone states that it has a total circulation of almost 1.5 million, and per this source, its web site receives about a half a million unique visitors every day. Its music coverage does include metal, but it focuses much more on rock. Or at least that was my impression back when I was a subscriber.
Rolling Stone introduced its 2013 list this way:
“Are these the most extremely extreme albums of the year? No, they’re more interesting and exciting than that. If there’s a thread running through these records, it is a lack of purity, a willingness to mess with metal’s structures and strictures. Here are Rolling Stone’s 20 favorite metal albums of 2013.”
Honestly, I was preparing to cringe before I started reading through the list. But as it turned out, I didn’t cringe or laugh at all. It’s certainly not as extreme a list as others we’ve re-published (though it does make what’s becoming an almost obligatory nod toward Gorguts in these “big platform” lists), and it includes some albums that arguably aren’t metal at all. But there are some good picks on the list, at least in my book.
To see the list at Rolling Stone’s site and read the explanations for each choice, go here.
20. Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
19. Mastodon – Live At Brixton
18. Stomach Earth – Stomach Earth
17. Melt Banana – Fetch
16. Steven Wilson – The Raven Refused To Sing
15. Voivod – Target Earth
14. Cathedral – The Last Spire
13. Church of Misery – My Kingdom Scum
12. Kylesa – Ultraviolet
11. SubRosa – More Constant Than the Gods
10. Clutch – Earth Rocker
09. Inter Arma – Sky Burial
08. Earthless – From the Ages
07. Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer
06. Blood Ceremony – The Eldritch Dark
05. Gorguts – Colored Sands
04. In Solitude – Sister
03. Windhand – Soma
02. Kvelertak – Meir
01. Deafheaven – Sunbather
Sunbather… the “Look how cool we are” choice (good album though).
I do cringe at the fact that they’ve put a fucking LIVE ALBUM in here as one of the best of the year. What a fucking slap in the face that is.
There is alot of bands recurring on these big lists. Seems like you HAVE to have at least 3-4 of the same as all the other magazines or labels, just to be safe. Sure, i get alot of people actually enjoy Deafheaven, Carcass, Gorguts, In Solitude, Kvelertak, Dillinger Escape Plan and so forth, but i refuse to believe that everyone who works at these places has SO similar musical tastes. Not at all the same diversity as in NCS’ readers lists.
That’s pretty much why we don’t do an official “NCS Site List”. We all have quite different tastes, and compromising on one single list would a. seem a bit too authoritarian (“this is our list… we are right!”), and b. would invariably be a compromise that wouldn’t please anyone.
hence why these site-wide lists tend to be much safer. They’re a conglomeration of enough albums everyone’s JUST keen enough on to agree can go on the list. But rarely involve albums people are truly crazy about.
However, I do hope all five of the NCS crew will post their individual top 25 lists 🙂 I am highly interested to see what y’all personally really enjoyed this year!
Ha! Well I’m doing my usual lists!
Critical Top 10
Personal Top 10
That seems like a smart way to do it. I gave up making a list this year. if I did, it would be 3-4 amazing albums, or 150 good albums.
Ah yeah that’s right, I remember last years version of those. Looking forward to those!
I was goint to say that alot of these lists seem like they lack passion, or genuine interest, and just go with “safe” choices, but it is more likely that it is like you say. That thelists were made by several people, and contain only the album everyone could agree on.
Also, with this list they manage to reach genres, thus a wider audience. they are , after all, making money off of this.
Pretty good list but it seems like it was copied and pasted from another source. The only list worth waiting for is Brandon Stosuy’s Show No Mercy Top 40 of 2013. The last two years that was *solid*.
from the big platform sites, I mean. NCS still has lists to go!
I’m looking forward to seeing that one too.
It’s getting a little late in the year, I mean c’mon already! Lol.
Last year it came out on Dec 19, so if that’s the magic date, we’re still a week away.
He just posted on his Facebook, he is waiting this year until December 26th. Bold move!
This wasnt quite the disaster that I expected…they must have at least one person on staff who actually listens to metal..albeit, rather well known metal.
At this point, Im pretty sure I can predict some variation of the top 5 for every major publication out there
..on a side note, I should have my own list wrapped up and mailed off to you by the end of the day. Sorry for the delay
No worries. I have a lot of other list-posts in my greedy hands already.
That’s better progress than me. I still haven’t had the chance to even start the list (though the numerical order is pretty set; I just need to blurb-ify everything).
Blurbifying is what took me so long…I start to run out of different ways to say “this album rocks” after about the 6th or 7th band
I’ve learned that all you need is excessive use of gruesome or gory hyperbole, and a thesaurus handy.
There should be a metal algorithm for that, where you just have to click a button and some program stitches together the words for you.
Is this the first mention of Stomach Earth on one of these lists? That album is crushing. It’s in my Top 25.
Yes, first mention on any of the lists we’ve posted so far. That’s one of the reasons this list surprised me. I was also surprised to see Inter Arma. Two very heavy underground groups that I really didn’t expect to see on a YE list from this zine. Respect for that.
there’s no Portal on this list, i’m hitting the the “reject” button
Deafhaven. That’s laughable. Gorguts put out the best METAL album this year – don’t deny it. Stop trying to be different – you’re only appealing to hipsters. Have fun with that. I thought I’d found a credible metal music site to frequent – apparently not. Laters.
Um, er, uh, ah, the list in the post isn’t ours. We are not The Rolling Stone. They are The Rolling Stone. We are NO CLEAN SINGING. We are posting their list as a public service. We haven’t posted any of our own lists yet.
I was about to say that…
Was I not clear? I could have sworn I put the word “The Rolling Stone” in the title and in 5 other sentences in the post. I am befuddled.
I suppose rage really is blind.
I don’t have perfect sight, but I am certainly not blind!
I honestly thought of that right after I hit ‘send’. While rage is blind, i’m sure RagE sees just fine. Typeset is key.
That guy was amazing. I like the fact that he’s come here, got the wrong end of the stick (or the wrong stick entirely) and then left in a huff, never to be heard from again.
It’s not exactly a major loss…
Well, Music is subject to taste, and while you may think Gorguts put out the best metal album this year, Rolling Stone did not. What makes putting Gorguts as number 4 not credible? They would not even make my top 25. Neither would Deafheaven for that matter. Do you have to have a certain taste to be credible? Myself i found the lack of peronal taste displayed in this list to be “not credible”
HUR SOMEONE HAS A DIFFERENT OPINION, YOURE NOT METAL, FUCK YOU HIPSTER!
what an arse
Was that a jab at Decibel? “Are these the most extremely extreme albums of the year? No, they’re more interesting and exciting than that.”
That thought crossed my mind, too. They can jab all they want. For metal fans they don’t come within a light year of Decibel.
I just think it was them being condescending assholes.