Today I am going to tell you my top twenty albums of the year, but before I get to that I think it would be remiss of me to not mention the death of Lemmy Kilmister. There are going to be a thousand people writing a thousand words about Lemmy over the next few days. Most of whom are in a better place to do so than me. However, for my two pence, the man was rock and roll. Few have lived as fast and as loud as Lemmy and none of them have done it until the age of 70. His blend of punk rock attitude with rock and roll has been influential on everyone who likes to play loud and he will he be missed. In tribute today, I suggest you play your music a lot louder and live life just that little bit wilder. Anyway, on with the show.
Machine Head are having one hell of a year. Their Killers and Kings tour, where they hit up places in the UK they hadn’t been in a long time and played venues they were too big for 15 years ago, led to some of the best live shows the UK has ever seen. While their latest album, Bloodstone & Diamonds, saw a return to form, after the slightly patchy, Unto the Locust. Now they are out on tour in support of said album and sadly back in the kind of venues you expect to see one of the UK’s favourite metal bands in. Although, I have to admit, I really hate the O2 Academy in Glasgow.
So as the new year begins it’s time to look back over 2013 and talk about all that was good. This was yet another incredible year for music and as usual lots of albums I really liked were unable to make this list, but that’s just the way it goes. So without further ado here is 20 to 15 in my top 20 albums of the year.
I can’t remember the point when bands on stage started getting younger than me but it does always kind of depress me. From Sorrow to Serenity are the latest example of that as they are handed the chance to open up the show Monday night at the Classic Grand. They are very young, or at least look very young and like many bands that are that young are also kind of generic as they put on a set of heavy djent inspired metal. They are also very reliant on their backing track, so much so that they suffer some technical problems when the drummer doesn’t have one of their songs on his Ipod. Saying that there is certainly nothing horribly wrong with this performance and if these guys go in the right direction they’re worth keeping an eye on.