Sunday, December 29, 2013

Curtiss' Top 25 Albums of 2013: 15-11

15. Revocation - Teratogenesis

I'd never heard of Revocation before this album was featured earlier this year. It's actually just an EP with only 5 tracks, but those 5 tracks are so brutal, I had to keep listening. The album combines elements of Sepultura, Slayer and many more classic metal bands, and throws it all together in a brilliant mix of brutality.

14. Hatebreed - The Divinity of Purpose

Hatebreed is back again, releasing another great album with their signature sound. Not much to say about this, except, if you're a fan of Hatebreed or hardcore, you should definitely check this one out.

13. Children of Bodom - Halo of Blood

This is a super-brutal album from one of my favorite melodic death metal bands. Children of Bodom brought it again with this album; their signature screeching vocals, the melodic tone of their guitars, the grinding low-end and the unique drumbeats.

12. Deathfix - Deathfix

Despite the name of the group and the album, this is actually somewhat of a dark horse in my list (especially at this point in my list, where many of the spots are owned by heavy, hard music). This is a truly interesting album. It’s been featured on NPR and on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). The group is made up of Brendan Canty (former drummer of Fugazi), Bob Mould’s former DJ partner Rich Morel and two former members of a group called Medications. They are being called a “DC Supergroup” by the Washington Post. The album itself is a cool, mellow, emo-type of release. Canty’s vocals are a little bit gruff and sweet, similar to the sounds Shawn Mullins or Pete Yorn have when singing.

11. Dream Theater - Dream Theater

Dream Theater has been one of my favorite bands since the early 90s. I've enjoyed everything they've done, and this album is no exception. While the absence of Mike Portnoy does change the dynamic of the group's music a bit (he was a driving creative force, and added a bit of much-needed levity at many times). This album is a little more technical than their previous efforts have been, falling back on the talent and shrugging off a little more of the emotion that they'd put into their music over the past 10 years or so. That said, there's no denying that this is a fantastic album with some unbelievable riffs and outstanding vocals, just what you'd expect from Dream Theater.

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