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KNAC.COM Staff Top Ten Picks For 2013 Releases

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 @ 2:18 PM


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A new year is now upon us, but 2013 saw a boatload of great hard rock and heavy metal released, and to that end, staff at KNAC.COM have compiled their lists of Top Ten (and in some cases, Top 20) releases of the year.

Many of these releases are available for sale in the KNAC.COM More Store. To purchase these albums, click on the album titles or on the album cover art.








Larry Petro, Managing Editor/News Monkey

01.) Saxon Sacrifice (UDR Music)
02.) Stryper No More Hell To Pay (Frontiers)
03.) Queensryche Queensryche (Century Media)
04.) Black Sabbath 13 (Republic)
05.) Sevendust Black Out The Sun (7Brothers)
06.) Avenged Sevenfold Hail To The King (Warner Bros)
07.) Volbeat Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies (Universal Republic)
08.) Fates Warning Darkness In A Different Light (Inside Out)
09.) Black Veil Brides Wretched And Divine (Universal Republic)
10.) Motorhead Aftershock (CME)

Honorable Mentions:

Krokus: Dirty Dynamite (Sony)
Winery Dogs: Winery Dogs (Loud And Proud)
Eve To Adam: Locked And Loaded ()
Megadeth: Supercollider (UME)
Airbourne: Black Dog Barking (Roadrunner)
Metal Church: Generation Nothing (Rat Pak)

Charlie Steffens, aka Gnarly Charlie, Staff Photographer/Writer

01.) Dust Hard Attack (Legacy Recordings)
02.) Dream Theater Dream Theater (Roadrunner)
03.) Warbringer IV: Empires Collapse (Century Media)
04.) Clutch Earth Rocker (Weathermaker Music)
05.) Heaven & Earth Dig (Quarto Valley Records)
06.) Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork (Matador)
07.) Black Sabbath 13 (Republic Records)
08.) Skeletonwitch Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
09.) Exhumed Necrocracy (Relapse)
10.) Kvelertak Meir (Roadrunner)

Wendy Jasper-Martinez, Fort Worth Correspondent

01.) Death Angel The Dream Calls For Blood (Nuclear Blast)
02.) Holy Grail Ride The Void (Prosthetic)
03.) Butcher Babies Goliath (Century Media)
04.) Jon Oliva Raise The Curtain (AFM)
05.) Davey Suicide Davey Suicide (StandBy)
06.) Black Veil Brides Wretched and Divine (Republic)
07.) Diamond Plate Pulse (Earache/Century Media)
08.) Children Of Bodom Halo Of Blood (Nuclear Blast)
09.) RevengeanceWith Scarlet Offerings (Minds i Entertainment)
10.) Pamela Moore Resurrect Me (Rat Pak)

Honorable Mentions:

Jeff Loomis: Plains of Oblivion Special Touring Edition
Heretic: From the Vault…Tortured and Broken
Warbringer: IV Empires Collapse
Chastain: Surrender To No One
Murder FM: We the Evil

Krishta Abruzzini-McGroovy, Pacific Northwest Correspondent & Hottest Chick On The Planet

01.) Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork (Matador Records)
02.) Ghost Infestissumam (Warner Bros)
03.) Alice in Chains Seven DeadThe Devil Put Dinosaurs Herely (Capitol)
04.) Sound City Real to Reel (Various Artists)
05.) Gary Numan Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) (Columbia)
06.) Black Sabbath 13 (Republic)
07.) Motorhead Aftershock (CME)
08.) The Flaming Lips The Terror (Warner Bros)
09.) Suicidal Tendencies 13 (Suicidal Records/Fontana)
10.) Anthrax Anthems (MegaForce)

Becky Dorsett, Houston Contributor

01.) Warbeast Destroy (Housecore Records)
02.) Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Walk Through Exits Only (Housecore Records)
03.) A Pale Horse Named Death Lay My Soul to Waste (Independent)
04.) Huntress Starbound Beast (Napalm Records)
05.) Six Minute Century Wasting Time (Nightmare Records)
06.) Oceans of Slumber Aetherial (Self Released)
07.) Amon Amarth Deceiver Of The Gods (Rat Pak)
08.) NIN Hesitation Marks (Columbia)
09.) Avantasia The Mystery of Time (Nuclear Blast)
10.) Butcher Babies Goliath (Century Media)

Peter Atkinson, Northeast Correspondent

01.) Carcass - Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
02.) Ulcerate - Vermis (Relapse)
03.) Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth (Nuclear Blast)
04.) Rivers of Nihil - The Conscious Seed of Light (Metal Blade)
05.) Shining - One One One (Prosthetic)
06.) Exhumed - Necrocracy (Relapse)
07.) Gloria Morti - Lateral Constraint (Metal Blade)
08.) Suffocation - Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast)
09.) The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack (Metal Blade)
10.) Holy Grail - Ride The Void (Prosthetic)

Junkman, On Air Personality, Hoarder Of All Things Salvaged

01.) Winery Dogs Winery Dogs (Loud And Proud)
02.) Death Angel The Dream Calls For Blood (Nuclear Blast)
03.) Volbeat Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies (Universal Republic)
04.) Queensryche Queensryche (Century Media)
05.) Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell (Vols 1&2) (Prospect Park/Universal)
06.) Motorhead Aftershock (UDR)
07.) Black Sabbath 13 (Republic)
08.) Avenged Sevenfold Hail To The King (Warner Bros)
09.) Sevendust Black Out The Sun (7Brothers)
10.) Scorpion Child Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast)
11.) Newsted Heavy Metal Music (Collective Sounds)
12.) Saxon Sacrifice (UDR)
13.) Dream Theater Dream Theater (Roadrunner)
14.) Alice In Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Virgin Commercial Marketing/Universal)
15.) Krokus Dirty Dynamite (Sony)
16.) Rob Zombie Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor (T Boy/UME)
17.) Fates Warning Darkness In A Different Light (Inside Out)
18.) Megadeth Supercollider (UME)
19.) Buckcherry Confessions (Century Media)
20.) Korn The Paradigm Shift (Prospect Park/Universal)

DJ Will, On Air Personality, Host of "The Vault"

01.) Satan Life Sentence (Nuclear Blast)
02.) Black Sabbath 13 (Vertigo)
03.) Saxon Sacrifice (UDR)
04.) U.D.O. Steelhammer (AFM)
05.) Amon AmarthDeceiver Of The Gods(Metal Blade)
06.) Clutch Earth Rocker (Weathermaker)
07.) Newsted Heavy Metal Music(Chophouse)
08.) Black Star Riders All Hell Breaks Loose(Nuclear Blast)
09.) Motorhead Aftershock (UDR)
10.) Helloween Straight Out Of Hell (Sony)
11.) Queensryche Queensryche (Century Media)
12.) Onslaught VI (AFM)
13.) Death Angel The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast)
14.) Jorn Traveller (Frontiers)
15.) Death Dealer War Master (Independent)
16.) Carcass Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
17.) Sevendust Black Out The Sun (7Bros)
18.) Voi Vod Target Earth (Century Media)
19.) Benedictum Obey (Frontiers)
20.) Metal Church Generation Nothing (Rat Pak)

Andrew Depedro, Ottawa Correspondent

01.) Black Sabbath 13 (Vertigo)
02.) Death Angel The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast)
03.) Scorpion Child Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast)
04.) Kill Devil Hill Revolution Rise (Century Media)
05.) Annihilator Feast (Century Media)
06.) Fates Warning Darkness In A Different Light (Inside Out)
07.) Black Star Riders All Hell Breaks Loose(Nuclear Blast)
08.) Queensryche Queensryche (Century Media)
09.) Monster Magnet Last Patrol (Napalm)
10.) Airbourne Black Dog Barking (Roadrunner)

Geoff Ketler, Cleveland Writer/Photographer

01.) Pop Evil Onyx (eOne Music)
02.) Winery Dogs Winery Dogs (Universal)
03.) Death Angel The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast)
04.) Havok Unnatural Selection(Candlelight/UMGD)
05.) Saliva In It to Win It
06.) Buckcherry Confessions (Century Media)
07.) Soilwork The Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)
08.) Children Of Bodom Halo of Blood (Nuclear Blast)
09.) Killer Dwarfs Start @ One
10.) Helloween Straight Out Of Hell (Sony)

Jay Roberts, Massachusetts Contributor

01.) Oliva Raise The Curtain (Nuclear Blast)
02.) Metal Church Generation Nothing (Rat Pak Records)
03.) Black Sabbath 13 (Republic Records)
04.) Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light (InsideOut Music)
05.) S.U.N. Something Unto Nothing (Robo Records)
06.) Pamela Moore Resurrect Me (Rat Pak Records)
07.) Deep Purple Now What?! (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
08.) Helloween Straight Out Of Hell (Sony)
09.) QueensrycheFrequency Unknown (Cleopatra Records)
10.) Benedictum Obey (Frontiers)

Damian J. Cousins, aka "The Maestro"

01.) Queensryche Queensryche (Century Media)
02.) Gemini Syndrome Lux (Warner Bros)
03.) Winery Dogs Winery Dogs (Universal)
04.) Dream Theater Dream Theater (Roadrunner)
05.) Stryper No More Hell to Pay (Frontiers)
06.) Havok Unnatural Selection(Candlelight/UMGD)
07.) Annihilator Feast (UDR)
08.) Skeletonwitch Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
09.) Toxic Holocaust Chemistry of Consciousness (Relapse)
10.) Huntress Starbound Beast (Napalm Records)
11.) Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light (InsideOut Music)
12.) SOiL Whole (AFM)
13.) Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods (Metal Blade)
14.) Lita Ford The Bitch Is Back…Live (SPV/Steamhammer)
15.) Alter Bridge Fortress (Roadrunner/EMI)
16.) Pamela Moore Resurrect Me (Rat Pak Records)
17.) Death Angel The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast)
18.) Darkane The Sinister Supremacy (Prosthetic)
19.) Artillery Legions (Metal Blade)
20.) Hatriot Heroes of Origin (Massacre Records)

Rob McNees, Freeport Contributor And Master Of Vinyl Mayhem

01.) Saxon Sacrifice (UDR)
02.) Toxic Holocaust Chemistry of Consciousness (Relapse)
03.) Volbeat Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal)
04.) Anthrax Anthems (MegaForce)
05.) Death Angel The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast)
06.) Holy Grail Ride The Void (Prosthetic)
07.) Tyr Heavy Metal Music(Metal Blade)
08.) Megadeth Super Collider(Universal Music)
09.) Soulfly Savages (Nuclear Blast)
10.) Alpha Tiger Beneath the Surface (Century Media)

Jenssen Rivera, Photo Assistant To Wendy Jasper-Martinez

01.) A Day to RememberCommon Courtesy (ADTR Records)
02.) Butcher Babies Goliath (Century Media)
03.) GWAR Battle Maximus (Metal Blade)
04.) Dog Blood(Skrillex& Boys Noize)Shred or Die(OWSLA/BoysnoizeRecords)
05.) Falling In Reverse Fashionably Late(Epitaph)
06.) Asking Alexandria From Death to Destiny (Sumerian)
07.) Sleeping With Sirens Feel (Rise Records)
08.) Doyle Abominator (Monster Man Records)
09.) Crossfaith Apocolyze(Tragic Hero Records/Sony)
10.) Warbringer IV: Empires Collapse (Century Media)

Honorable Mentions:

1. Black Veil Brides: Wretched and Divine (Republic Records)
2. Megadeth: Super Collider (Universal Records)
3. New Years Day: Victim to Villain (Century Media)
4. Device: Device (Warner Bros. Records)r> 5. While She Sleeps: This is the Six Deluxe Edition (The End Records)

George Mihalovich, Pittsburgh Contributor And Guitarist For AFTERSHOK

01.) U.D.O. Steelhammer (AFM)
02.) Saxon Sacrifice (UDR Music)
03.) Masterplan Novum Initium (AFM)
04.) Winery Dogs Winery Dogs (Universal)
05.) Death Angel The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast)
06.) Stryper No More Hell to Pay (Frontiers)
07.) Tad Morose Revenant (Despotz)
08.) Artillery Legions (Metal Blade)
09.) Metal Church Generation Nothing (Rat Pak Records)
10.) Helloween Straight Out Of Hell (Sony)
11.) Maragold Maragold (GH Labels)
12.) Spiritual Beggars Earth Blues (Inside Out)
13.) Holy Grail Ride The Void (Prosthetic)
14.) Carcass Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
15.) Chastain Surrender To No One (Leviathan)
16.) Jørn Traveller (Frontiers)
17.) Evile Skull (Century Media)
18.) Annihilator Feast (Century Media)
19.) Kill Devil Hill Revolution Rise (Century Media)
20.) Black Water Rising Pissed And Driven (Metalville)
21.) Mystic Prophecy Killhammer (Massacre)
22.) Epysode Fantasmagoria (AFM)
23.) Human Fortress Raided Land (AFM)
24.) Stratovarious Nemesis (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
25.) Vicious Rumors Electric Punishment (SPV/Steamhammer)


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