At Loudwire, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best and biggest stories in rock and metal throughout the year, whether it be the latest news, features or viral videos. But our greatest thrill comes in covering the live concerts.

Seeing the bands up close and personal is what rock and metal is all about. Feeling the sweat drip off the artists' faces and getting kicked in the head by a crowd-surfing concertgoer are all part of the experience of capturing memorable onstage moments from our favorite rockers.

Below is the best in 2013 concert pictures from Loudwire's very own photographers. We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed taking them.

AFI:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Slayer:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Iggy Pop:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Billy Idol:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Rancid:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Courtney Love:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Philip Anselmo:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Metallica:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Korn's Fieldy:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor:

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Bush:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Shinedown:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Bullet for My Valentine:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Volbeat:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Slash:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Stone Sour's Corey Taylor:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Avenged Sevenfold:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Shinedown:

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Ghost B.C.:

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

In This Moment:

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Butcher Babies:

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Letlive:

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Amon Amarth:

Charles Epting, Loudwire

Alice in Chains:

Charles Epting, Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold:

Charles Epting, Loudwire

Bring Me the Horizon:

Charles Epting, Loudwire

Thrown Into Exile:

Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Rob Zombie:

Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Mastodon:

Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris:

Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Falling in Reverse:

Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Alice in Chains:

Antonio Marino Jr., Loudwire

Five Finger Death Punch:

Antonio Marino Jr., Loudwire

John 5:

Antonio Marino Jr., Loudwire

Children of Bodom:

Antonio Marino Jr., Loudwire

Rob Zombie:

Antonio Marino Jr., Loudwire