I never thought we’d top 2012 in terms of kickass new music. Boy, was I wrong!! So many fantastic records came out in 2013 that I had to do a Top 25 Albums list because it would have been criminal to just do a Top 10. So without further ado, here they are, my Top 25 Albums of 2013, with explanations for the Top 10. I can’t wait for y’all to start screaming at me, so let’s have some fun, shall we? Starting with:
1. Queensrÿche – With this self-titled album released in June, Queensrÿche simply crushed the competition.
2. Gemini Syndrome – LUX – Phenomenal record. If Queensrÿche hadn’t released such an amazing record, this would have been the runaway #1, no question.
3. The Winery Dogs – Mike Portnoy, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan…need I say more? Great songs from three masters.
4. Hey! Hello! – The ultimate feel-good summer album of 2013 and many summers to come here in the A&GS household!
5. The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves – One of the most deeply affecting albums of 2013 for me, and “Hearts Like Ours” is also my Song of the Year for 2013.
6. Dream Theater – They’re back with a vengeance.
7. Stryper – No More Hell to Pay – Last album was a home run. This one was a GRAND SLAM!
8. Havok – Unnatural Selection – First thrash album on here and undeniably the best!!
9. Annihilator – Feast – Jeff Waters and Co.’s finest work in years.
10. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed – Bottom line: This band put out their best album yet.
11. Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry of Consciousness
12. The Mission – The Brightest Light
13. Huntress – Starbound Beast
14. Fates Warning – Darkness In a Different Light
15. SOiL – Whole
16. Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods
17. Lita Ford – The Bitch Is Back…Live
18. Alter Bridge – Fortress
19. Sick Puppies – Connect
20. Pamela Moore – Resurrect Me
21. Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood
22. Darkane – The Sinister Supremacy
23. Artillery – Legions
24. Black Water Rising – Pissed and Driven
25. Hatriot – Heroes of Origin
There you go. No bells, no whistles, so silly fucking YouTube videos, or long-winded write-ups for each album. If there’s a band on here you’ve never heard of, or you’ve been meaning to check out, then do so, please. Each and every one of them were reviewed here on Amps and Green Screens. Expand your horizons. This could have easily been a Top 50, believe me!! OK. My work here is done. Don’t forget to comment, scream, yell, and rip me apart. I live for this stuff!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MY DEAR FRIENDS AND READERS. BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU FOR A HAPPY 2014!!!