BravePicks 2013: The 12 Days Of Metal - #2

December 31, 2013, 3 years ago

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Tis the season of giving and 2013 was certainly the year the hard and heavy metal scene gave back! There was an exhausting parade of new releases and tours to boot! Be careful what you wish cuz you just might get it, and this year it came at us from all angles. And these days it seems that the output is tenfold, as bands of all shapes and sizes can easily Protools or GarageBand it-up in their bedroom and release to the masses in numerous forms, mostly digital. But is it quality stuff? Here come the BraveWords scribes to the rescue, who tear their way through the glut and the grit and come up the finest slabs of music the year had to offer. Just one rule: studio recordings only. No compilations, covers, live albums etc…

So after days of compiling, we bring you BravePicks 2013: The 12 Days Of Metal, our nice n' tidy summary of the year that was. Of course we will start with the countdown until New Year's and then the scribes step up with their always popular Brave Embarrassments, Concerts, Thoughts On 2013, Predictions For 2014 and What / Who Needs To Stop In 2014!

So jump in, strap in and grab a cold one!!!

2013 … The 12 Days Of Metal

2) MOTÖRHEAD – Aftershock (UDR)

Despite Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister's health issues in 2013, MOTÖRHEAD stormed back this year with the aptly-titled Aftershock which even inspired

us to countdown the 20 Most Earthquaking Aftershocks of all time!

Let's let scribe Aaron Small take the reigns in his review below:

Although Aftershock is defined as a small tremor that follows a major earthquake, there’s nothing diminutive about MOTÖRHEAD’s 21st studio album. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California, Aftershock will easily flatten buildings, topple trees and put an ear to ear grin on the faces of fans worldwide. Certainly the most vibrant and varied musical platter from vocalist/bassist Lemmy Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee in quite some time, Aftershock also has the most songs on offer with 14, since the definitive Ace Of Spades way back in 1980, which contained 15 tracks… Aftershock is a tremendous achievement.

Read the entire review at this location.

2013 … The 12 Days Of Metal

12) ANVIL - Hope In Hell (The End)

11) MEGADETH – Super Collider (Tradecraft/Universal)

10) WATAIN - The Wild Hunt (Century Media)

9) VOIVOD – Target Earth (Century Media)

8) GHOST BC - Infestissumam (Loma Vista Recordings)

7) CHILDREN OF BODOM - Halo Of Blood (Nuclear Blast)

6) EXHUMED – Necrocracy (Relapse)

5) STRYPER - No More Hell To Pay (Frontiers)

4) QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche (Century Media)

3) BLACK SABBATH - 13 (Vertigo/Universal)

2) MOTÖRHEAD – Aftershock (UDR)


Featured Audio

MYRKUR - "Måneblôt” (Relapse)

MYRKUR - "Måneblôt” (Relapse)

Featured Video

METALITE - "Afterlife"

METALITE - "Afterlife"

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