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Well, it’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen! 2013 has come and gone, so now is the time to take a quick look at the best albums this year had to offer. But first, I do want to take a moment to talk to you all about these lists and the selections.

At the start of 2013, I found myself hospitalized, in physical therapy, and having to relearn how to walk again. Due to it, changes to my daily life due to it, and other general health issues, I didn’t get to tackle anywhere near as many albums this year as I have in the past few. So, before you start yelling at me that this album or that album should be on these lists, please keep that in mind. It’s been a rough year, and I’m happy to have experienced the recordings I was able to, many of which played an important role in giving me the physical strength to keep working at bouncing back from being crippled, and also keep me level headed enough to keep from smashing in the faces of the ignorant bastards who caused the progress I’ve made so far so difficult.

If you read that, thank you for your understanding. Hopefully 2014 won’t be anywhere near as problematic, and I’ll get to a lot more than I did in 2013. Anyhow, enough blabbering. Below is the list of this year’s best! Enjoy!

Note: For some reason at some point the ordered list reverted to 1-25. It was meant to go from 25-1. Below is the ranking in the proper order. I am sorry for the confusion.

24. Gog: Ironworks (Season of Mist Records)
23. Beaten to Death: Dødsfest! (Mas-Kina Recordings)
22. Acacia: Tills döden skiljer oss åt (Art of Propaganda)
21. Nahar: The Strange Inconvenience (Avantgarde Music)
20. Cnoc An Tursa: The Giants of Auld (Candlelight Records)
19. Arsis: Unwelcome (Nuclear Blast Records)
18. Entrails: Raging Death (Metal Blade Records)
17. Hybrid: Angst (Deepsend Records)
16. DevilDriver: Winter Kills (Napalm Records)
15. Semantic Saturation: Solipsistic (Cornless Unicorn Records)
14. De Magia Veterum: The Deification (Transcendental Creations)
13. Angrenost: Planet Muscaria (Code666 Records)
12. Ã…rabrot: Ã…rabrot (Fysisk Format)
11. Lustre: Wonder (Nordvis Produktion)
10. Mastic Scum: CTRL (Massacre Records)
09. Speedtrap: Powerdose (Svart Records)
08. Ranger: Knights of Darkness (Ektro Records)
07. Children of Bodom: Halo of Blood (Nuclear Blast Records)
06. Centurian: Contra Rationem (Listenable Records)
05. Chthonic: Bú-Tik (Spinefarm Records)
04. Birth A.D.: I Blame You (Unspeakable Axe Records)
03. Six Feet Under: Unborn (Metal Blade Records)
02. Alghazanth: The Three-Faced Pilgrim (Woodcut Records)
01. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: Mind Control (Metal Blade Records)