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This is a post for those that asked to see our individual year end lists. It is far too early on a Monday morning for me to justify why each of these albums is ending up where it is on the list, so I’ll just defend myself later in the comments if necessary.

1 Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
2 Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars
3 Black Map – …And We Explode
4 Within The Ruins – Phenomena
5 Polar – Shadowed By Vultures
6 Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
7 Castle – Under Siege
8 He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit
9 Exmortus – Slave To The Sword
10 Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
11 At The Gates – At War With Reality
12 Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
13 Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
14 Dawnbringer – Night Of The Hammer
15 Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
16 Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
17 Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
18 Monuments – The Amanuensis
19 Unearth – Watchers of Rule
20 Serdce – Timelessness
21 Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
22 Pet The Preacher – The Cave & The Sunlight
23 Revocation – Deathless
24 Gormathon – Following The Beast
25 Bury Tomorrow – Runes

For those of you who would like a reference of our year end picks, I decided it would make sense to take a couple minutes and post it up here for your perusal.  Feel free to tell us how wrong we are, what we missed, and what your picks would have been in the comments below!  If you need to hear us justify our decisions, you can get full explanations in Episode 118.

SIDESHOW AVERAGED TOP 25:

  1. Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
  2. Byzantine – Byzantine (independent)
  3. Norma Jean – Wrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
  4. Nero Di Marte – Nero Di Marte (Prosthetic)
  5. Amorphis – Circle (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Dead Letter Circus -The Catalyst Fire (The End)
  7. The Ocean – Pelagial (Metal Blade)
  8. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
  9. Carcass – Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
  10. TesseracT – Altered State (Century Media)
  11. Dark Tranquility – Construct (Century Media)
  12. Protest The Hero – Volition (Razor & Tie)
  13. Disperse – Living Mirrors (Season of Mist)
  14. Bring Me the Horizon – Sempiternal (Epitaph)
  15. Unhuman – Unhuman (independent)
  16. Soilwork – The Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)
  17. Anciients – Heart of Oak (Season of Mist)
  18. Audrey Horne – Youngblood (Napalm)
  19. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer (Party Smasher/Sumerian)
  20. Lunarsea – Hundred Light Years (Punishment 18)
  21. Enshine – Origin (Rain Without End)
  22. Man Must Die – Peace Was Never an Option (Lifeforce)
  23. Weekend Nachos – Still (Relapse)
  24. DevilDriver – Winter Kills (Napalm)
  25. Old Gods – Stylized Violence (Forge Again)

 

BRIAN’S TOP 20:

1. Carcass – Surgical Steel
2. Nails – Abandon All Life
3. Dark Tranquillity – Construct
4. Amorphis – Circle
5. Byzantine – Byzantine
6. Nero Di Marte – Nero Di Marte
7. The Ocean – Pelagial
8. Norma Jean – Wrongdoers
9. Dead Letter Circus – The Catalyst Fire
10. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
11. Unhuman – Unhuman
12. Anciients – Heart of Oak
13. Protest the Hero – Volition
14. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
15. Enshine – Origin
16. Weekend Nachos – Still
17. Devildriver – Winter Kills
18. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer
19. Chimaira – Crown of Phantoms
20. Bring Me the Horizon – Sempiternal

 

NICK’S TOP 20:

1. Norma Jean – Wrongdoers
2. TesseracT -Altered States
3. Byzantine – Byzantine
4. Nero Di Marte – Nero Di Marte
5. Nails – Abandon All Life
6. Disperse – Living Mirror
7. Dead Letter Circus – The Catalyst Fire
8. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
9. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
10. The Ocean – Pelagial
11. Amorphis – Circle
12. Audrey Horne – Youngblood
13. Protest The Hero – Volition
14. Lunarsea – Hundred Light Years
15. Man Must Die – Peace Was Never an Option
16. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer
17. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
18. Old Gods – Stylized Violence
19. Unhuman – Unhuman
20. Anciients – Heart of Oak

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)

As anybody who has listened to this show a few times knows, I HATE doing these damn lists.    You and I both know the main reason is because I am extremely indecisive.  However, I also detest them because no matter how long I make the list (Kyle gets angry when I do more than 10) I still feel like I am slighting albums that don’t deserve it.   Then out of the albums I do pick, I have to split hairs over which ones I like more than others only to come up with a list I am not even sure I 100% agree with!  In the end, I have to get something together and just say, “Screw it.  It’s close enough.”

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