Jan 162014

With one or two possible late-arriving exceptions, our 2013 edition of Listmania has finally drawn to a close. Or to put it differently, since we’re halfway through 2014′s first month, I decided it was time to compile this wrap this up.

Our 2013 series of lists proved to be another extensive one — in fact, the biggest one in four-year history: We published more than 50 lists with accompanying commentary. Some of these were lists that appeared at other “big platform” web sites or magazines — places with large audiences, many of which cover musical genres well beyond metal. We also published our own staff lists, of course. But the largest group of list posts came from guest writers — NCS readers, band members, and fellow bloggers/writers. Plus, we also received many lists in reader comments on THIS POST.

In this article I’m collecting links to all of the 2013 list posts that we published. For people who are looking for the best metal that 2013 had to offer, these lists provide a tremendous resource.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to 2013 Listmania and to everyone who made time to read what we pulled together.

Within each category, the linked posts are organized in their order of appearance. If we do post any additional lists, they will be added here.



MSN Entertainment





Rolling Stone





Chris Ojeda (Byzantine)

Guðmundur Óli Pálmason (Sólstafir)

Aaron Edge (Lumbar)

Chris Grigg (Woe)

Alex Rise (Tyrant of Death, Psychotic Pulse)

Jacobo Cordova (Majestic Downfall, Zombiefication)

Jesse Zuretti (The Binary Code)

“B” (Station Dysthymia)

Austin Lunn (Panopticon, Seidr)

Sean Golyer (Oak Pantheon)


MiQe Löfberg (In-Quest)

Johan Huldtgren (Obitus)

Topon Das (Fuck the Facts)

Gronk! (A Band of Orcs)

Fredrik Huldtgren (Canopy, Kaos Vortex)

William Smith (Artificial Brain)



Happy Metal Guy

Ben C

Professor D. Grover the XIIIth

Tr00 Nate


deckard cain


Austin Weber

Kunal Choksi




Fork Tongue (Best demos)

Surgical Brute

Fork Tongue (Top EPs)

Fork Tongue (Top Songs)



Alain Mower

Old Man Windbreaker



Andy Synn (The Great Albums)

Andy Synn (The Good Albums)

Andy Synn (The Disappointing Albums)

Andy Synn (Critical Top 10)

Andy Synn (Personal Top 10)

BadWolf (metal)

BadWolf (not-metal)



  19 Responses to “2013 LISTMANIA WRAP-UP”

  1. I would also like to nominate this as my favourite comment, from the republished Rolling Stone top list:

    “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.”

    • Thank you for reminding me of that one. It’s always nice to begin the day with chuckles. Laters.

    • Could frame that comment and put it on my wall.

    • Dude’s an idiot for thinking Rolling Stone was credible. This comment also highlights one of my main issues with the whole list-mania thing (and metal culture in general): if someone’s tastes are different, it’s assumed instead that there’s some agenda. A lot of people made similar comments about Colored Sands…

      • Dude’s an idiot for thinking that we’re Rolling Stone… there are several clues as to that not being the case.

      • Yeah, that’s what made it especially funny. He thought the Rolling Stone list was OUR list.

        • And now he’s gone, to tell others about our hipster tastes and lack of credibility.

          I just love that ‘scorned lover’ tone of “apparently not!” followed by a metaphorical door slam.

          • What an idiot, this website clearly says “Lambgoat” in multiple spots- wait I’ve been posting “Tim Lambesis is stoked” at the wrong site this whole time?!?!?

      • Maybe some people just like blatant stuff instead of subtle nuance.

      • “This comment also highlights one of my main issues with the whole list-mania thing (and metal culture in general): if someone’s tastes are different, it’s assumed instead that there’s some agenda.”

        Complete and total support for this part of your comment. I dont care if people dont like a list, but I hate when accusations of being a hipster/elitist start flying around just because your tastes dont match up with mine.

        If you dont know the bands, Im sorry youre not as knowledgeable as you thought you were…take a few minutes to educate yourself on the bands I picked and maybe you’ll see why I picked them.
        Dont like my choices..fair enough, but leave it at that. Theres no need to cast some ulterior motive onto me because we look for different things in our music

    • I love that comment so much.

  2. Dont remember all the lists, but im sad to see Thrawsunblat on so few of em! Definately top 3 on my list.

    • It came out too early in the year, unfortunately… That doesn’t change the fact that it was brilliant.

    • Yeah that was a really good one. I thought it was an AOTY contender early on. It wouldn’t be my top pick now but it was still one of the year’s best surprises.

  3. all the lists were great and a lot of fun to read!

  4. I’m probably a little late on this, but, I loved all the Listmania on this site this year. Loved reading all the depth behind the lists and discovered a few albums I really dig (including a couple hip hop albums, huh? lol). I have become a somewhat regular reader and commenter on this site over the last few months. Keep it up!

  5. On another note, I completely forgot to mention Gogol Bordello’s new album anywhere in my list. Pura Vida Conspiracy puts a smile on my face every time.

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