TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2013!

It goes withouthout saying that 2013 has been a fantastic year for music. These 12 months have brought us fantastic albums, coming from established bands, debuts from up-and-comers and also a few brilliant comeback records from our recently reunited favourites. Indeed, with so many great releases being fired out throughout the year, boiling this down to the 10 absolute best is nothing short of a challenge.

However, we put our thinking caps on, knuckled down, pulled all of our opinions together and managed to finalise what are our top 10 albums of 2013. Take a look below at what we thought has made 2013 such a fantastic year for music and undoubtedly has made it an arduous task for whatever 2014 has in store for us to even match up to, nevermind top:


DEAD PRESS! TOP 10:

10.) Paramore – ‘Paramore’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“It’s somewhat difficult to see past the triumphs here. A glut of over playful pop annoyance aside, a keen willingness to experiment has seen the band amble confidently down paths we could never imagine them to take, resulting in some rather spectacular highs.”

You can read the full review here.


09.) Jamie Lenman – ‘Muscle Memory’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“Now going into writing and recording with an almost no bars approach, Lenman can truly flex his music muscle and, as a result, provide us with an album where there’ll be at least one song to hand that anyone will enjoy.”

You can read the full review here.


08.) Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“The band took on new influences, and with these new influences they’ve managed to innovate beyond belief adding some diversity to their sound and expanding their musical capabilities, whilst still managing to retain the things that helped them harvest their success.”

You can read the full review here.


07.) Palm Reader – ‘Bad Weather’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“Palm Reader entwine all that’s good about modern heavy music into thirty minutes of emotive, soul rendering numbers which may not re-invent the wheel, but see us too busy picking our jaws up from the floor to notice.”

You can read the full review here.


06.) The Wonder Years – ‘The Greatest Generation’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“There’s been quite a bit of top quality pop-punk released so far this year, so to say this is the best album from the genre in the last few years is to make a bold statement, but it just is.”

You can read the full review here.


05.) Touché Amoré – ‘Is Survived By’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“Ultimately, ‘Is Survived By’ is a step in the right direction for Touché Amoré, maintaining the plataeu already set with their previous efforts, but now expanding it and soaring the heights with it that they were barely aiming for until now.”

You can read the full review here.


04.) The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“The very second you click play, it’s as if the Gestapo is storming down your ear canals, kicking your ear drums to splinters and proceeding to occupy and fuck up your mind for the duration of the next 13 destructive tracks.”

You can read the full review here.


03.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“Take one listen to ‘Common Courtesy’ and it’s obvious that A Day To Remember have stepped their game up to the highest level. It’s a classic case of fighting The Man, and this time the little guy may finally have won.”

You can read the full review here.


02.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“Any knuckle draggers which scoff at what is deemed a crippling loss of aggression are entirely missing the staggering ’emotional’ heaviousity, a personal resonance which positively bleeds from every hook. ‘Sempiternal’ is as anthemic and stirring as any album we will hear in 2013, and, unless something unfathomably special is in the pipeline, will be the jewel in the Bring Me The Horizon crown for years to come.”

You can read the full review here.


01.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’

Rating:

What we said about it:
“Put simply, ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ further cements letlive.’s reputation as one of the genre’s best craftsmen. Definitely one of the most important albums that 2013 will see, ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ carries soul, purpose, struggle, passion, urgency, aggression, will further define what music is worth listening to and heighten your satisfaction of your tastes and expectations for bands and records to follow.”

You can read the full review here.


STAFF TOP 10:

Along with our overall top 10 above, we also have our own lists of what rocked our bloody socks off this year, because everyone’s a bit different. Have a look and see what each of us liked below and, if you want to speak to us about it, some of us have put our Twitter and/or Tumblr links with them too:

ANDY ROBERTS (Twitter):
01.) Yellowcard – ‘Ocean Avenue Acoustic’
02.) The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’
03.) Lonely The Brave – ‘Backroads’
04.) Katy Perry – ‘Prism’
05.) Volbeat – ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’
06.) Dave McPherson – ‘Dreamoirs’
07.) Bowling For Soup – ‘Lunch. Drunk. Love.’
08.) Go.Fly.Win. – ‘Devices’
09.) Bastions – ‘Bedfellows: The Bastard Son’
10.) Streetlight Manifesto – ‘The Hands That Thieve’

CALV ROBINSON (Twitter)
01.) PaperPlane – ‘Rebuild’
02.) The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’
03.) Night Verses – ‘Lift Your Existence’
04.) Palm Reader – ‘Bad Weather’
05.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
06.) The JCQ – ‘Mechanical Young’
07.) Touché Amoré – ‘Is Survived By’
08.) Hawk Eyes – ‘That’s What This Is’
09.) Golden Tanks – ‘R.D.H.B.’
10.) Gnarwolves – ‘Funemployed’

GRANT BAILEY (Twitter):
01.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
02.) Gnarwolves – ‘Funemployed’
03.) Pierce The Veil – ‘This Is A Wasteland’
04.) The Bronx – ‘IV’
05.) Biffy Clyro – ‘Opposites’
06.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
07.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
08.) Norma Jean – ‘Wrongdoers’
09.) Paramore – ‘Paramore’
10.) Protest The Hero – ‘Volition’

GREG SPENCER (Twitter):
01.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
02.) Biffy Clyro – ‘Opposites’
03.) Paramore – ‘Paramore’
04.) City & Colour – ‘The Hurry And The harm’
05.) We Are Fiction – ‘One For Sorrow’
06.) Dangerkids – ‘Collapse’
07.) Mixtapes – ‘Ordinary Silence’
08.) We Came As Romans – ‘Tracing Back Roots’
09.) Asking Alexandria – ‘From Death To Destiny’
10.) Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’

IAN TAYLOR (Twitter):
01.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
02.) Hands Like Houses – ‘Unimagine’
03.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
04.) Mallory Knox – ‘Signals’
05.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
06.) We Came As Romans – ‘Tracing Back Roots’
07.) blessthefall – ‘Hollow Bodies’
08.) I See Stars – ‘New Demons’
09.) Tonight Alive – ‘The Other Side’
10.) Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Feel’

JACK BOADEN:
01.) The Wonder Years – ‘The Greatest Generation’
02.) Touché Amoré – ‘Is Survived By’
03.) The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’
04.) Counterparts – ‘The Difference Between Hell And Home’
05.) FocusedxMinds – ‘The Fact Remains’
06.) Scale The Summit – ‘The Migration’
07.) I Can See Mountains – ‘Life On A Houseboat’
08.) Palm Reader – ‘Bad Weather’
09.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
10.) Norma Jean – ‘Wrongdoers’

JACK KING (Twitter):
01.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
02.) The Ocean – ‘Pelagial’
03.) Palm Reader – ‘Bad Weather’
04.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
05.) Black Shapes – ‘Sleep, Sleep, Sleep’
06.) The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’
07.) Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – ‘Mind Control’
08.) Nails – ‘Abandon All Life’
09.) Panic! At The Disco – ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’
10.) Brotherhood Of The Lake – ‘Desperation Is The English Way, Vol. 2’

JON BARLOW (Twitter):
01.) Tonight Alive – ‘The Other Side’
02.) Flyleaf – ‘New Horizons’
03.) Fall Out Boy – ‘Save Rock & Roll’
04.) Hands Like Houses – ‘Unimagine’
05.) Jamie Lenman – ‘Muscle Memory’
06.) The Super Happy Fun Club – ‘All Funned Up’
07.) Straight Lines – ‘Escapology’
08.) Natives – ‘Stand For Something’
09.) Mayday Parade – ‘Monsters In The Closet’
10.) The Civil Wars – ‘The Civil Wars’

LAURYN PAIGE (Twitter | Tumblr):
01.) Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
02.) Neck Deep – ‘A History Of Bad Decisions’
03.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
04.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
05.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
06.) Man Overboard – ‘Heart Attack’
07.) Panic! At The Disco – ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’
08.) The Wonder Years – ‘The Greatest Generation’
09.) Continents – ‘Idle Hands’
10.) Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’

MG SAVAGE (Twitter):
01.) ERRA – ‘Augment’
02.) …And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘All Hail Bright Futures’
03.) The Story So Far – ‘What You Don’t See’
04.) The Wonder Years – ‘The Greatest Generation’
05.) Within The Ruins – ‘Elite’
06.) Desolated – ‘Disorder Of Mind’
07.) Ghost – ‘Infestissumam’
08.) Odessa – ‘Carry The Weight’
09.) Clutch – ‘Earth Rocker’
10.) Scale The Summit – ‘The Migration’

MICHAEL HEATH (Twitter):
01.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
02.) The Computers – ‘Love Triangles, Hate Squares’
03.) The Bronx – ‘IV’
04.) Max Raptor – ‘Mother’s Ruin’
05.) Crossfaith – ‘Zion’
06.) Funeral For A Friend – ‘Conduit’
07.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
08.) Deaf Havana – ‘Old Souls’
09.) Volbeat – ‘Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies’
10.) My Chemical Romance – ‘Conventional Weapons’

NIK BRYANT (Twitter):
01.) Senses Fail – ‘Renacer’
02.) Adept – ‘Silence The World’
03.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
04.) Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – ‘Pardon My French’
05.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
06.) Funeral For A Friend – ‘Conduit’
07.) blessthefall – ‘Hollow Bodies’
08.) City & Colour – ‘The Hurry And The Harm’
09.) Jamie Lenman – ‘Muscle Memory’
10.) A Skylit Drive – ‘Rise’

ORLA CONWAY (Twitter | Tumblr):
01.) Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
02.) Paramore – ‘Paramore’
03.) Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’
04.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
05.) The Weeknd – ‘Kiss Land’
06.) 30 Seconds To Mars – ‘Love Lust Faith + Dreams’
07.) Panic! At The Disco – ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’
08.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
09.) Asking Alexandria – ‘From Death To Destiny’
10.) Black Veil Brides – ‘Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones’

RYAN DE FREITAS:
01.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
02.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
03.) Touché Amoré – ‘Is Survived By’
04.) Silverstein – ‘This Is How The Wind Shifts’
05.) Paramore – ‘Paramore’
06.) Nai Harvest – ‘Whatever’
07.) The Wonder Years – ‘The Greatest Generation’
08.) The Dangerous Summer – ‘Golden Record’
09.) Football, etc. – ‘Audible’
10.) The Swellers – ‘The Light Under Closed Doors’

RYAN RODRIGUES:
01.) Northlane – ‘Singularity’
02.) Thy Art Is Murder – ‘Hate’
03.) The Story So Far – ‘What You Don’t See’
04.) Counterparts – ‘Idle Hands’
05.) Black Shapes – ‘Sleep, Sleep, Sleep’
06.) Kvelertak – ‘Meir’
07.) This Is Hell – ‘The Enforcer’
08.) Senses Fail – ‘Renacer’
09.) Brotherhood Of The Lake – ‘Desperation Is The English Way, Vol. 2’
10.) Grappler – ‘Everything I’ve Ever Feared’

TONY BLISS (Twitter):
01.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
02.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
03.) Nails – ‘Abandon All Life’
04.) A Day To Remember – ‘Common Courtesy’
05.) Killswitch Engage – ‘Disarm The Descent’
06.) Palm Reader – ‘Bad Weather’
07.) Bleed From Within – ‘Uprising’
08.) Thy Art Is Murder – ‘Hate’
09.) Alter Bridge – ‘Fortress’
10.) Malevolence – ‘Reign Of Suffering’

ZACH REDRUP (Twitter | Tumblr):
01.) Jamie Lenman – ‘Muscle Memory’
02.) letlive. – ‘The Blackest Beautiful’
03.) Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’
04.) Bleed From Within – ‘Uprising’
05.) Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Acceptance Speech’
06.) Touché Amoré – ‘Is Survived By’
07.) The Weeknd – ‘Kiss Land’
08.) Stray From The Path – ‘Anonymous’
09.) Like Moths To Flames – ‘An Eye For An Eye’
10.) Night Verses – ‘Lift Your Existence’

Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989.

Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989.