Best Music Of 2013: Editor's Picks

author PP date 26/12/13

Year 2013 is drawing to close in the coming days, which means you've already been bombarded by best of lists from friends, fans, bands, and magazines alike. Not ones to skip out on a party, the Rockfreaks.net staff has of course also put together lists of what we thought qualified as best music in 2013, separated into two articles of the editors behind the site and the regular staff (tune in 3rd of January for this one). Each staff member was asked to put together a list of his or her choosing, where the criteria was simple: if you're reading this article three year's time from now, which albums do you think should be specifically highlighted as the ones worth mentioning from 2013. It was up to each writer to figure out just how many or how few albums they interpreted as suitable according to that description.

During 2013 our writers collectively covered close to a thousand albums with reviews and checked out even more outside of our duties, most of them in all genres imaginable within the realm of rock music and beyond. We have specialists in each style, and all of us have eventually carved our own niche of styles to cover, which explains why our lists are so different from one another. After all, every genre has its highlight reel albums if you're willing to dig deep enough, and we've done just that for you in this article. There are a number of albums that creep up on multiple lists, however, and these are usually ones with particular cross-genre appeal.

In any case, the top 5 on all lists are all brilliant albums which, if you haven't checked out yet, you should consider listening to. Because after all, if people who listen to music 365 days a year combing through releases argue that these are the best albums from the past year's worth of releases, then surely that warrants at least a few listens to figure out why that might be the case.

Without further ado, I present you Best Music of 2013: Editor's Picks. PP

Petteri 'PP' Pertola

PP is the Editor-In-Chief at Rockfreaks.net, and specializes in punk/rock/hardcore and their subgenres with few forays into other genres as well.

Honorable Mentions: Norma Jean - Wrongdoers, Cartel - Collider, Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods, Half Hearted Hero - Whatever, State Lines - For The Boats, Carcass - Surgical Steel, The Flatliners - Dead Language.

Aleksi 'AP' Pertola

AP is the resident sludge/experimental/djent/post- metal correspondent, who has recently discovered the joys of heritage/retro rock.

Tim 'TL' Larsen

TL's speciality lies within emo/post-hardcore and similar genres, but recent years have seen him expand more into the indie, alternative, and original/revivalist territory.

Bo 'BV' Vinberg

Our newest editor BV is a specialist within psychedelic and retro rock. Stoner, indie, sludge, and progressive rock also fall within his realm.

Ellis 'EW' Woolley

We affectionately refer to EW as 'the metal dad' in our circles. No, but seriously, when he rates a metal album high, you better listen closely, because there's no bigger expert in the genre than him, and none more passionate.

And there you have it. Stay tuned next week for the rest of our staff's thoughts on their favorites from the year gone by.

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