I know I’m pretty late with my very metal list of the best metal releases from 2013, but that’s life. In the words of the equally metal Ferris Bueller, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”, and it’s absolutely true. So I’ve been taking some time to do just that, and I hope you have been too.
I also want to a minute to shake my hair in your direction and thank everyone that reads this blog, supports it by giving me a virtual nod from time to time, and for everyone that I get to collaborate with across the world like the members of the Movies About Girls Podcast, who are like a second family to me, and to Andy from Destroy the Brain for letting me jaw about horror, metal and fashion. You all bring me much delight and I look forward to more antics and good times in 2014. I can’t lie, 2013 was kind of a tough year for me, but it’s ending better than it started. Take that, Nickelback.
Now, here’s my hand-picked list of the best metal and rock releases (in no particular order) from 2013, as well as a bonus list of some other great ear candy that while not of the headbanging variety, is absolutely worth a spin.
Please don’t be a dope tonight, I want to see more of you metalheads in 2014!
Best Metal Releases of 2013 According to Cherrybomb
Motörhead – Aftershock
Everyone expected Aftershock to be good; I mean, the band isn’t capable of making a bad record. Aftershock is hands-down the best metal release from this year.
Kvelertak – Mier
Like Aftershock, Kvelertak’s stellar album, Mier, made it on to pretty much every list worth it’s metal salt lick. Don’t miss this band live.
Windhand – Soma
As I said earlier in the year, 2013 was as predicted, a great year if you love heavy metal and hard rock. Soma literally blew my mind.
Amon Amarath – Deceiver of the Gods
This record is the balls. Here’s a bunch of words I wrote about it. You should own it and play it fucking loudly all the god-dammed time.
Mayak – Self-titled four song debut
Keep your eyes on this German black metal band my fellow headbangers. Mark my words.
Whores – Clean
All six songs on the Atlanta bands 2013 debut will kick your ass.
Black Star Riders – Bound for Glory
Yes to all of the above. I still love Thin Lizzy and I love this record.
Clutch – Earthrocker
I hate to admit it, but I’m sort of a late comer to the “I love Clutch” club. But since Earthrocker, I’m proud to say I’m a member of said club.
Mudhoney – Vanishing Point
This band makes me proud to live in the PNW. I’m also lucky that I still get to see Mudhoney, because they still sound as good now as they did back in the 90’s, live or other wise. Mark Arm also rescues kittens from trees when he’s not shouting at you from a stage or a speaker. If Vanishing Point slipped away under your radar, fix that immediately.
Not metal but still great! My other favorite releases of 2013
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
What else could I possibly say about this record that hasn’t already been said. Nothing. It’s a gloomy, airy, deviant masterpiece.
Mazzy Star – Seasons of your Day
2013 marked the first time in 17 years that our ears were treated to new music from the hypnotic song bird, Mazzy Star.
Courtney Barnett – Swimming in a Sea of Split Peas
I can’t get enough of this Aussie chantreuse. Click here to hear why.
Phosphorescent – Muchacho
I adore Matthew Houck. He’s a modern day troubador, and Muchacho is a record that will sound better and better as the years pass.
Deltron 3030 – Event II
The first release in 13 years from Deltron 3030, Event II, did not disappoint. In fact, it’s fucking amazing.
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
The only other think that I love more than Charles Bradley’s second album, Victim of Love, is that I got to hug Charles Bradley this year. That and his cover of Sabbath’s Changes.
Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore) – Self-titled
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and his band, Chelsea Light Moving kind of blew my mind this year. Check them out here live from the KEXP lounge at Mellow Johnny Bike Shop at SXSW this past year.