Best Bassist of 2013 – 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards
Bassists lay down the killer low end that puts the “heavy” in our favorite rock and metal songs. We’ve got a wealth of qualified candidates for the Best Bassist of 2013 honor in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards and you get to crown the champ.
There’s iconic metal vets, familiar bass icons starting new bands and a few up-and-comers who are ready to leave their mark on the music world. Scroll down, check out the nominees for the Bassist of 2013 honor and vote for your favorite at the bottom of the post.
Death metal favorites Suffocation returned in a big way with ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam.’ Bassist Derek Boyer found the pocket with new drummer Dave Culross taking over full-time and their power can be heard on tracks like ‘Cycles of Suffering’ and the title cut.
Bassist Paul Kelland also fronts New Zealand death metallers Ulcerate, whose ‘Vermis’ album was a violent, hard-hitting juggernaut. Songs like ‘Clutching Revulsion’ and ‘The Imperious Weak’ cut right to the bone with their crushing heaviness and Kelland is right at the center of the fury.
The return of Gorguts was a welcome one in 2013 and their ‘Colored Sands’ disc wowed metal fans. Colin Marston, who has been toiling in Krallice, lends his low end mastery on tracks like ‘Le Toit du Monde,’ ‘An Ocean of Wisdom’ and ‘From Wisdom to Hate.’
We knew Jason Newsted was a talented bassist, but he also showed his vocal chops with his self-titled band on their ‘Heavy Metal Music’ album. Living up to the album’s title, Newsted and company brought the heavy to songs like ‘Soldierhead,’ ‘Heroic Dose’ and ‘King of the Underdogs.’
The Winery Dogs was one of the year’s more intriguing new bands, and the talented and respected Billy Sheehan held his own alongside Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen. Songs like ‘I’m No Angel,’ ‘Elevate’ and ‘We as One’ allow fans to see exactly how much Sheehan can cover a gamut of sounds and excel at each.
Extreme metallers Carcass added to their legacy with the ‘Surgical Steel’ album, and Jeff Walker’s amazing bass and vocal work is all over it. ‘Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System’ and ‘The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills’ are among the albums standouts, showing Walker’s ability to balance the heavy with some catchy.