Albums of the Year Lists by: Jacob Bannon, Nathan Gray and others

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Albums of the Year Lists by: Jacob Bannon, Nathan Gray and others
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The fourth day of the HeavyPop Advent calendar brings us a hardcore sweeping swipe, with representatives of the impeccable labels Deathwish Inc. and Bridge 9 being the linchpin.

The year after Converge’s masterfulAll We Love We Leave Behind‚ was a very successful one for their vocalist Jacob Bannon: his grade A label Deathwish Inc. was home to numerous of this years musical highlights (from Self Defense Familiy’s ‚Try Me‘ and Touché Amoré’s ‚Is Survived By‚ to the sensational Modern Life is War’s comeback-album ‚Fever Hunting‚), with their artworks often bearing the 37 year old’s handwriting, his project Wear Your Wounds saw it’s official debut in shape of a split-single with Relevator, and of course the leading role in his own documentary. Here’s his „Best of 2013 in no particular order„-List:

Depeche Mode – ‚Delta Machine‚
Zola Jesus – ‚Versions‚
ASG – ‚Blood Drive‚
Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day‚
Nails – Abandon All Life‚
Magic Circle – Magic Circle
Carcass – ‚Surgical Steel‚
Satyricon – ‚Satyricon‚
Enforcer – ‚Death By Fire‚
Red Hare – ‚Nites of Midnite‚
Blast! – ‚Blood‚
Friends and loved ones
Diamonds and Rust
All things Deathwish

Nathan Gray’s 2013 was a very intense year as well. Not only had his band Boysetsfire their hits-laden comeback ‚While a Nation Sleeps…‘, he also launched I Am Heresy together with son Simon with their self-title debut album. Reasons enough to look into an optimistic future and his most anticipated records of the year to come.

I Am Heresy‚Thy Will‘
Mogwai– ‚Rave Tapes‚
Behemoth– ‚The Satanist‚
Imogen Heap– ‚Sparks

Nick Steinhardt is not only Touché Amoré’s guitarist, and with that in part responisble for masterpieces like this year’s ‚Is Survived By‚, he also made himself a name as designer, and gave face to the works of artists from Pink to Britney. His songs of the year 2013:

Miley Cyrus – ‚Wrecking Ball‚
AFI – ‚17 Crimes‚
Deafheaven – ‚Dream House‚
Chelsea Wolfe – ‚The Waves Have Come‚
VOW – ‚Make Me Young‚

Since their 2010 EP ‚Never Mind the bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures‚ it’s been quiet around United Nations, the supergroup featuring Geoff Rickley, Ben Koller and Daryl Palumbo – instead the actual United Nations sued the band, and a harddrive crash seems to have destroyed a lot of the material of the upcoming releases ‚United Nations Plays Pretty for a Bunch of Fucking Babies‚, ‚Dark Side of the UN‚, and the ‚Music for Interchanging Parts‘ EP. So fans need to be patient and enjoy the beasts the band has released so far – and UN’s and The Lovekill-guitarist Jonah Bayer’s exquisite list concerning his records of the year.

Bottomless Pit – ‚Shade Perennial‚
Deafheaven – ‚Sunbather‚
Touche Amore – ‚Is Survived By‚
Jake Bellows – ‚New Ocean‚
Jason Isbell – ‚Southeastern‚
Laura Stevenson – ‚Wheel‚
Overseas – ‚Overseas‚
Russian Circles – ‚Memorial‚
The Night Marchers – ‚Allez Allez‚
The Head And The Heart – ‚Let’s Be Still‚

End of Year List: Luis HernandezAlpha & Omega

1. Tegan and Sara – ‚Heartthrob‚
2. Twitching Tongues – ‚In Love There Is No Law‚
3. Down To Nothing – ‚Life on the James‚
4. Haim – ‚Days Are Gone‚
5. King Nine – ‚Scared to Death

1. Prisoners
2. The Conjuring
3. The Iceman
4. West Of Memphis
5. The Place Beyond The Pines

End of Year List: Lorenzo StecconiHierophant

Nails – ‚Abandon All Life‚
Coffins – ‚The Fleshland‚
Autopsy – The Headless Ritual‚
Power Trip – Manifest Decimation‚
Harm’s Way– Blinded‚

End of Year List: Ricky SinghBacktrack

Top 5 Hardcore LP’s Of 2013:

1. Take Offense – ‚United States of Mind‚
2. Down To Nothing – ‚Life on the James‚
3. Terror – ‚Live By the Code‚
4. King Nine – ‚Scared To Death‘
5. Incendiary – ‚Cost of Living‚

Honorable Mentions:
Power Trip – ‚Manifest Decimation‚
The Rival Mob – ‚Mob Justice‚

Top 5 Most Anticipated Hardcore Releases of 2014:

1. Suburban Scum LP
2. The Extermination 2 Compilation
3. Heavy Chains EP
4. No One Rules EP
5. Piece By Piece LP

End of Year List: Charles ChussinandTest of Time

1. AFI – ‚Burials‚
2. War Generation – ‚Start Somewhere Never Surrender‚
3. Bad Religion – ‚True North‚
4. Destructive New Age – s/t
5. Mindset – ‚Leave No Doubt‚

End of Year List (no particular order): Neeraj KaneHoly Fever

Suede – ‚Bloodsports‚
Johnny Marr– The Messenger‚
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club– ‚Specter At The Feast‚
Bass Drum of Death– ‚Bass Drum of Death‚
Coliseum – Sister Faith‚
My Bloody Valentine – ‚Mbv‚
Neko Case – ‚The Worse Things Get,the Harder I Fight‚
Weekend– ‚Jinx‚
Youth CodeDemo and 7 inch
Pearl Jam– ‚Lightning Bolt‚

Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference:

„Events that temporarily occluded the void: Dean Blunt’s two dissociative monuments and spectral appearance at Complex. Moin’s shatteringly good and far-too-short EP, Raime’s harrowing and ending-just-before-I-had-an-actual-nervous-breakdown live performance. Carey Mercer’s good news. Locrian’s ‚Eternal Return‚. Discovering Limmy’s Show. Circle and Mamiffer’s luxurious haunting. Deafheaven performing ‚Dream House‘ to a clamoring, enraptured swarm. Planning For Burial performing his heartbreaking new album. Our supportive friends/bands/audiences/tour saviors. Majical Cloudz. The Act of Killing. Nick Cave giving hope to aging.“

Thanks again all artists for their contribution to the Heavypop-Advent calender 2013 – but especially to Stephanie Marlow for her massive help!

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