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12-30-2013, 03:27 PM
A slow year compared to previous years, I still managed to keep up with new releases until about the beginning of June. I kind of lost my pace when the summer started with a job, moving, classes, etc...I'll try to finish this thread for once this year.

Top 5 Shows
Best EP/Compilation/Live list
Honorable Mentions for 2013
Best of 2013 (Between 25-50, I'm still trying to get that number figured out.

But first......

Worst Show of 2013

Corrections House with 2 random Alachua County openers
Monday, January 28th
The Atlantic Nightspot
Gainesville, FL

Upon seeing the lineup for this unknown band, which is Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod) and Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium), I couldn't believe that they were actually going to play Gainesville. For the billionth time I cursed the fact that my CD collection was back home at my parents house as I finished up my last year of college. This would have been the perfect show to get that Scott Kelly solo release signed but c'est la vie. My roommate and I went with no idea what to expect. It was the most random mix of ambient, noise, spoken word, and segments of actual music I have ever heard but what seemed to be without purpose. I can't really explain what was going on for those first 40 minutes before my roommamte and I both turned to each other with the deer in the headlights look. We left immediately after. I haven't bothered to delve into anything they may have released this year after that show. Maybe I just don't get it. Judge for yourselves.


12-30-2013, 03:47 PM
Yeah, I reviewed that album for KSJS, it's definitely out there. But given who's on the record, you can't be entirely surprised.

12-30-2013, 04:12 PM
Top 5 Shows of 2013

5. Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders, and Intronaut
Monday, February 11th
The Beacham Theater
Orlando, FL

I had been beyond pissed the moment this tour was announced sine AaL was placed above Intronaut on the bill. I'm not a fan of AaL and while I'll never write off on seeing a band live, I wasn't impressed with them at all. Sure, they are gifted musicians and there are just 3 people in this band, but I can't get into them no matter how hard I try. With that being said, I would have rather seen a longer set from Intronaut than 45 minutes from AaL. A combination of things saved this show for me: making barricade after only showing up 30 minutes before doors, getting a couple Pitch Black EP vinyls for free, not only having the security guy sell me a gram of some amazing Purple but also allowing me to run to my car to get my pipe and go backstage to smoke in between bands, and almost breaking my neck to Meshuggah headbanging. The only negative part of the show was that Jens was just starting to get sick (it was the first date of the tour) and you could notice that as the set went on. They did Dancers to a Discordant System with no vocalist.

Intronaut - Milk Leg (shit quality from some guy with a camera phone on the balcony)

Meshuggah - Dancers to a Discordant System (Instrumental)

4.Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Waking the Cadaver, Abiotic
Sunday, October 6th
Orlando, FL

No Devourment for this show. We only found that out at the door so my friend and I bailed to get food somewhere and come back. We were also told Abiotic and WtC had switched spots so that lead to our food run decision. Apparently, they never changed spots on the bill so we missed Abiotic and got stuck watching WtC. Slam slam, bro bro. Out of the 3 times I've seen them, Exhumed put on the best show and it was the show that I've seen them have the most energy. They absolutely killed it. Dying Fetus, well, it made my top 5 so that should tell you something. Class, professionalism, and insanity; always present at every Dying Fetus show.

Exhumed - As Hammer to Anvil (The lady who films most of these live shows and puts them on YouTube, hvymtlmom, is Kathy. She's been a long time friend of mine so check out her videos. I also believe I show up in some of the Exhumed and Dying Fetus videos since I was standing right next to her.)

Dying Fetus - Homicidal Retribution

12-30-2013, 04:14 PM
Yeah, I reviewed that album for KSJS, it's definitely out there. But given who's on the record, you can't be entirely surprised.

Yeah, hence my high hopes. It was just strange seeing something like that live without even thinking the show was going to drift into the area it did. Right out of left field. Can you link me to your review? It might encourage me to give the record a spin.

12-30-2013, 04:33 PM
Yeah, hence my high hopes. It was just strange seeing something like that live without even thinking the show was going to drift into the area it did. Right out of left field. Can you link me to your review? It might encourage me to give the record a spin.

I can't. It was just a little review that we put on the CDs. There's a system where they just want song ratings and a brief description. I don't know if I have it saved to my hard drive.

12-30-2013, 04:45 PM
If you're not into ambient/drone-y doom, you may not like it, but I thought that record was killer. At least watch this video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUxz_l5hIys) Though this track is a bit more fast-paced.

12-30-2013, 08:47 PM
3. Summer Slaughter 2013 - The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Cattle Decapitation*, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn and Thy Art Is Murder
*House of Blues Orlando -> Disney -> No Cattle Decapitation
Monday, July 29th
Orlando, FL

I'm going to try and keep it short and sweet from here on out. I've been waiting years to see The Ocean and Aeon so this was a show I wanted to attend when dates were announced. I have never seen Revocation live and I've been listening to them a lot lately so that solidified it. We made it on the guest list by letting the Ocean crash at our place in Gainesville. I had a blast. I'll probably never get to see Aeon live again and they killed it. Dillinger is always fantastic and Periphery never disappoints me.

The Ocean



2. Morbid Angel 'Covenant' 20th Anniversary Tour
The Beacham
Friday, December 6th
Orlando, FL

Well, there's not much to say. It was Morbid Angel. There were 2 sets basically. The only thing that would have been better was to be at the Tampa show but I had to work the next day so there went that idea. I made it just in time for that show as well, I had to take 2 final exams before leaving for Orlando. I sacrificed going to see Finntroll for this show as well.


1. Tension 2013 - Nine Inch Nails and Gary Numan
Amway Center
Thursday, October 31st :pumpkin:
Orlando, FL

This was my 4th time seeing NIN. I have been fortunate enough to have gone to the Live: With Teeth, Lights in the Sky, and Wave Goodbye tours. This was the best of the four times. They played an encore with Reptile and it was on Halloween, I hit the fucking jackpot with this show and the 60 days leading up to it since the album came out on my birthday. This was the experience I had with Gravity this year but with live music instead.

NIN - Reptile

The rest of the shows that I attended starting from #6 on down:
6. Intronaut
7. Havok
8. Paul Van Dyk
9. Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus
10. Goatwhore, 3IOB, Withered, Abiotic
11. Ill Nino
12. Mushroomhead, Soceity's Plague, Gemini Syndrome, Final Trigger

12-31-2013, 06:32 AM
I'm not a fan of AaL and while I'll never write off on seeing a band live, I wasn't impressed with them at all. Sure, they are gifted musicians and there are just 3 people in this band, but I can't get into them no matter how hard I try. ]


Bummed the Morbid Angel tour didn't come anywhere near me. Huge bummer that Devourment dropped off the Dying Fetus tour. That would have made an already awesome tour fucking incredible.

01-01-2014, 09:29 PM
I fucking wish NIN had played Reptile when they played here. One of my favorite songs period and I missed it. :'(

01-07-2014, 02:54 PM
EP/Compilation/Live Albums of 2013 - #37-#30

37. Adema - Topple the Giants
From a 5-piece down down to a 3-piece. 4 re-recorded songs as a 3-piece that were played with 4 or 5 people before. Out of the 7 tracks presented, none of the 3 original tracks stand out at any point. To top it all off, the worst album artwork in recent memory. The worst EP of 2013. Hands down.

36. The Acacia Strain - Money for Nothing

"So I just found out a second ago that Prosthetic Records is putting out a “rarities” TAS record, without anyone knowing. It has b sides from Dead Walk and Continent sessions plus re brown noise from Dead Walk sessions. DONT BUY IT. DOWNLOAD THE FUCK OUT OF IT." - Daniel “DL” Laskiewics (Ex-lead guitar player for TaS). That about sums this up.

35. Adrenaline Mob - Coverta
There is something wrong when you do an EP that is all covers when you only have one full album under your belt.

34. A Perfect Circle - Three Sixty
The deluxe edition is what I should have went with because the standard edition is kind of a disappoint. The standard edition comes off as a money grabbing scheme.

33. Anthrax - Covers
It was interesting to see Anthrax cover the songs that make up this EP but they just didn't do it for me when compared to the originals. I'm not hating on Anthrax, they just played it safe with this. Everyone does that though.

32. Entites - Aether
Another single word djent name band (it has become a recurring theme). I don't have any problems at all with djent. In fact, it's one of my favorite genres (but I refer to it as modern metal since that is what it was referred to as when I first got into it). No originality here though. Big letdown.

31. MIRA - Three Pound Universe
I found this band through a Last.FM recommendation on a friend's page. See #32 above but with an actual bit of creativity.

30. Blind Guardian - An Extraordinary Tale
Only available with the "A Traveler’s Guide to Space and Time" box set, it's full of a bunch of demo tracks.

01-08-2014, 05:05 PM
EP/Compilation/Live Albums of 2013 -#29-#20

29. Seether - 2002 - 2013
A 2-disc release that had a best of on one CD and unreleased material on another. Solid best of release from a hard rock band that has been around for a while.

28. Puscifer - Donkey Punch the Night
Exactly what I expected from Puscifer but I wanted more. Breathe (Drumcell rework) is one of my favorite tracks of the year though.

27. Skindred - Kill the Power
I thought they had fallen off of the face of the earth but my favorite Welsh rockers are back. The only disappointing thing is that out of the 6 tracks given to us, 5 of them are remixes of the only original song on the EP. Come on, Benji.......

26. Dream Theater - Happy Holidays
Very cool idea from a band that I find extremely boring live. On CD, I can listen to them nonstop but live just ends up being a different story for me. Glad to see they released this free and it was composed of everything that didn't make the "Live at Luna Park" release.

25. 3 Inches of Blood - Live at the Mushroom Vol.1-3
Quality live recordings of some 3IOB classics. I love how they did different artwork for the 3 different EPs. Yes, I composed them into a single one because it makes sense.

24. Baroness - Live at Madia Vale
A solid live release from one of my favorite bands. Enough said!

23. Finntroll - Blodsvept
A teaser for the new album that included a cover, a live song, and a demo track. Even Finntroll can do no wrong with teaser EPs.

22. American Head Charge - Shoot
AHC is back!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so excited when this was released and even though it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, the future looks bright if the new full length continues down this path. Writhe is slowly becoming one of my favorite songs of the year.

21. Scar the Martyr - Scar the Martyr EP
Even though the line up for this band should have swayed me instantly I was still skeptical before I listened to this. After the meltdown with Darkest Hour and the standstill of the Kris Norris Projekt, I'm glad Kris is playing in a band such as this now. Jed and him kill it throughout this thing. It's nice to see two extra tracks that didn't make the album included on this.

20. Toxic Holocaust - From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction
The past EPs and splits compiled into a single release, thrashing your face off even with the songs that miss their mark.

01-08-2014, 06:14 PM
EP/Compilation/Live Albums of 2013 - #19 - #11

19. Paradise Lost - Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)
A walkthrough from the birthing of gothic metal up until now of their rare and hard to find tracks. Well worth the money spent on this one.

18. Dew Scented - Insurgent
In my opinion, a massive step up from the Ill-Natured & Innoscent compilation released back in 2003. A nice eclectic collection from these death metal veterans that captures what they are all about in a release that is mostly made up of live and b-sides.

17. Blood Eagle - Kill Your Idols
Made up of members from Volbeat, Mnemic, Illdisposed, Raunchy, and Hatesphere (Danish supergroup). I stumbled upon this by accident after reading a post on FB that Mnemic was possibly going to take a hiatus. The most excited I was for an EP release all year (even more than AHC) but I was let down that it was only 3 tracks. Still, one of my most anticipated releases of 2014.

16. Black Label Society - Unblackened
Black Label Society in acoustic mode. It works. Surprisingly, it works extremely well.

15. Black Crown Initiate - Song of the Crippled Bull
I ran across this EP in the most unexpected of places: Dave Mustaine's 2013 end of the year list on MetalSucks. I too thought since it was Mr.Mustaine listing this pretty high up in his list that it was a bunch of poop. How wrong I was, not only with this release but Dave's end of the year list. 4 releases (including this one) made my top lists of 2013. Check this out. These guys could blow up in 2014 if their full length contains a little more creativity behind their songs.

14. Equilibrium - Waldschrien
Despite having a 12-year demo song in the making finally completed and a cover of the theme from Skyrim, I was left wanting more after it ended. Hopefully the new album satisfies this need.

13. Grave - Morbid Ascent
Some of the best Swedish death metal you will ever here. Grave's track record reinforces that. Despite rehashing some of their older songs I found myself continually coming back to listen to this throughout the year.

12. Steven Wilson - Drive Home
Since I had to work on the day Steven Wilson came to Tampa on the tour supporting "The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)" this was the closest thing to going to that show that I could have purchased. It's Steven Wilson.

11. Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned
One of my top 10 of 2012 released as an acoustic album?!?!?! SI SI SI!!!!!! It complements "Dead End Kings" superbly and had an emotional effect on me as I listened through it for the first time. Not an Anathema "Weather Patterns" effect but about 60% of that feeling I got on my first listen.

01-10-2014, 05:51 PM
EP/Compilation/Live Albums of 2013 - #10 - #1

10. Clutch - Earth Rocker Live
Earth Rocker played in the same track order as on the album. This release came out of nowhere and made me extremely sad that I missed out on seeing Clutch in 2013. This made up for it since I was able to hear the whole album live.

9. Hello Demons...meet Skeletons - Choices
Clint Lowery's (Sevendust guitarist) acoustic-ish solo project. This is the last EP from HDMS (bringing the total to 4). I splurged and bought the limited edition release of this. It is heavier than the previous 3 EPs which I wasn't expecting but it doesn't take away anything from this last release. I'm glad to have been able to follow Clint on this solo journey from the beginning to this incredible end.

8. Cult of Luna - Vertikal II
An extension to one of my favorite albums of the year with a Justin Broadrick remix of Vicarious Redemption (19 minutes long) that he nails and 3 newly recorded songs that were written but never recorded for Vertikal.

7. BAT - Primitive Age
I know this is considered a demo but honestly it could have been an EP and should have been an EP so I am going to treat this as such. The newer wave of thrash can be brought to new levels with this band. A straightforward musical approach to the genre with some awesome ideas that allow the songs to breathe and stand out to the listener.

6. Axeslasher - Anthology of Terror
If it weren't for MetalSetlists I would have never found out about Axeslasher. Since we are nearing the top 5 and the end of the list it's should be self explanatory to just check these last 6 EPs out without needing a description or my own 2 cents.

5. Insomnium - Ephemereal

4. Smash Potater - In Buffet There Is No Law!

3. A Canorous Quintet - The Quintessence

2. Anathema - Untouchable

1. Keep of Kalessin Introspection

01-10-2014, 06:02 PM
I thought Corrections House was absolutely amazing when I saw them. I guess you just have to be into noise/drone to appreciate it.

Also, that 3 Inches of Blood release doesn't make any sense. Why didn't they just put out one live album with six songs on it rather than three with two songs on each?

01-10-2014, 06:22 PM
Soundtracks of 2013

I didn't listen to many this year but the ones I did were SUPERB!!!!!! Here they are, from #7 to #1.

7. American Hustle OST - Various Artists

6. Monsters University OST - Randy Newman

5. Mud OST - David Wingo

4. The Last of Us OST - Gustavo Santaolalla

3. Trance OST - Various Artists

2. Gravity OST - Steven Price

1. FarCry 3 Blood Dragon OST - PowerGlove

01-10-2014, 06:24 PM
I thought Corrections House was absolutely amazing when I saw them. I guess you just have to be into noise/drone to appreciate it.

Also, that 3 Inches of Blood release doesn't make any sense. Why didn't they just put out one live album with six songs on it rather than three with two songs on each?

Yeah, I think it would have helped to have listened to the album for Corrections House before I saw them. It was their first US tour though and they only had a demo out at the time I believe. I didn't know what to expect so what I got threw me off. I will give them another try though.

Marketing. CM Distro had a bunch of pre-order packages for those 3 EPs, all on vinyl. They are good live recordings though but I agree, it is a little obnoxious to have 3 separate EPs for six songs.

01-13-2014, 01:16 AM
Axeslasher and Smash Potater! :party:

01-14-2014, 04:38 PM
Axeslasher and Smash Potater! :party:

Yes indeedy! Thanks for sharing those. They instantly made the top 10.