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It’s that time! Time for Brian and Nick to share their top albums for 2013!  And this year, there are more than ever!  After individually making lists of more than 20 albums (beyond 20 was largely undecided when they worked on the collective list), the combined lists brought a Top 25!! There were so many great albums this year, it was hard not make a list this long.  Realistically, it should be even longer because there are even more great albums that didn’t make the cut because of math, but there was just not enough time (and energy) to go further.

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So, without further delay, here is The Sideshow Podcast’s Top 25 Albums of 2013!  Feel free to discuss and debate (and leave your own lists) in the comments.

  1. Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
  2. Byzantine – Byzantine (independent)
  3. Norma JeanWrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
  4. Nero Di MarteNero Di Marte (Prosthetic)
  5. AmorphisCircle (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Dead Letter CircusThe Catalyst Fire (The End)
  7. The OceanPelagial (Metal Blade)
  8. SkeletonwitchSerpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
  9. CarcassSurgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
  10. TesseracTAltered State (Century Media)
  11. Dark TranquilityConstruct (Century Media)
  12. Protest The HeroVolition (Razor & Tie)
  13. DisperseLiving Mirrors (Season of Mist)
  14. Bring Me the HorizonSempiternal (Epitaph)
  15. UnhumanUnhuman (independent)
  16. SoilworkThe Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)
  17. AnciientsHeart of Oak (Season of Mist)
  18. Audrey HorneYoungblood (Napalm)
  19. The Dillinger Escape PlanOne of Us is the Killer (Party Smasher/Sumerian)
  20. LunarseaHundred Light Years (Punishment 18)
  21. EnshineOrigin (Rain Without End)
  22. Man Must DiePeace Was Never an Option (Lifeforce)
  23. Weekend NachosStill (Relapse)
  24. DevilDriverWinter Kills (Napalm)
  25. Old GodsStylized Violence (Forge Again)

Remember last week when Kyle raved about Russian Circles and was going to make us review it this week?  Well, that doesn’t happen.  Why? Well, mostly because Carmen Sandiego Kyle is missing again and your two hosts with perfect attendance didn’t think it made sense to discuss the album without out him. So, we just do our usual thing, reviewing new releases.  And what a smorgasbord of releases we have this week.  On one end of the heavy spectrum, we have new Sevendust…a band Nick and Brian have been watching/following since before high school, back in Nu-Metal’s heyday.  On the other end, we have Nails’ latest album, which, as you will hear, just kinda destroys everything it touches (so to speak) and probably shouldn’t even be mentioned to most Sevendust fans.  In the middle (quite literally, actually) we have a brand new Still Remains single that we are very excited to play for you.  So, it’s diverse, which we like…and if you don’t, there is always the chapter skips.  You’re welcome.

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Reviews: Kvelertak – Meir (Roadrunner); Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord); Reign Supreme – Sky Burial (Mediaskare); Sevendust – Black Out The Sun (7Bros)

Preview: Still Remains – “Checkmate”

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