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Best Rock Album of 2013 – 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards

Best Rock Album of 2013

As one of the biggest categories in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards, the Best Rock Album of 2013 field is packed with some big-name acts who delivered discs that are all killer, no filler.

The nominees for Best Rock Album of 2013 include some modern hard rock heavyweights, a few veteran grunge acts and more. See all the nominated albums below and vote for the Best Rock Album of 2013.

AFI Burials



AFI came back strong in 2013 with their 'Burials' album. The ominous 'I Hope You Suffer' set the tone for the record, which overall has a darker feel. But for those looking for something more upbeat musically, the single '17 Crimes' is an infectious track.

Alice in Chains, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'

'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains proved they're as strong as ever with 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,' which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. With songs like 'Hollow' and 'Stone,' AIC added to their impressive catalog. The band also offered up the more melodic single 'Voices' and the solid title track.

Alter Bridge Fortress
EMI / Roadrunner


Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge made an impressive return with their fourth album, 'Fortress.' The disc spawned the hit single 'Addicted to Pain' and is filled with tracks that should populate the radio in 2014. Singer Myles Kennedy and guitarist Mark Tremonti are in top form throughout the entire album.

Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Warner Bros.

'Hail to the King'

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold showed that they're on top of their game with 'Hail to the King' and the band enjoyed a multi-week run at No. 1 with their title track lead single. As the year came to an end, their second single 'Shepherd of Fire' was climbing the charts and there's plenty more potential hits on the album.

Bad Religion True North

'True North'

Bad Religion

More than three decades into their career, Bad Religion are as vital as ever and their 'True North' album proved it. Filled with plenty of attitude and punk-rock goodness, the disc continued to solidify the band's legacy. The album features the standout cuts 'True North' and 'F--- You.'

Clutch Earth Rocker
Weathermaker Music

'Earth Rocker'


Neil Fallon and the boys from Clutch stepped away from their experimental side and offered a more straight-up rock album filled with to-the-point gems. Highlighted by the swagger-filled title track, the full-throttle rocker 'Crucial Velocity' and standout cuts 'D.C. Sound Attack' and 'Gone Cold,' 'Earth Rocker' lives up to its name.

Prospect Park
Prospect Park

'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1'

Five Finger Death Punch

One disc couldn't contain Five Finger Death Punch, so fans got a two volume collection. While both discs are solid, we nominate 'Volume 1' featuring the legendary Rob Halford guesting on the chart-topping lead single 'Lift Me Up.'

Palms, 'Palms'



The former members of Isis teamed with Deftones singer Chino Moreno to form Palms. Their atmospheric debut is at times moody, other times intense and always interesting. Songs like 'Patagonia' and 'Future Warrior' received the most interest, but this is a true album listening experience.

Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
Republic Records

'Lightning Bolt'

Pearl Jam

After a rebound with the 'Backspacer' album, Pearl Jam kept the momentum going with 'Lightning Bolt.' The group let things rock with their lead single 'Mind Your Manners,' then dipped back into the melodic mid-tempo tracks that have fared so well for them with the standout 'Sirens.'

Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork
Matador Records

'… Like Clockwork'

Queens of the Stone Age

Though Queens of the Stone Age's '… Like Clockwork' features such big name guests as Dave Grohl and Elton John, this is one disc where the music exceeds the hype. 'My God Is the Sun' and 'I Sat By the Ocean' were singles, but cuts like 'I Appear Missing' and 'If I Had a Tail' really make this an album experience.

Sevendust Black Out the Sun

'Black Out the Sun'


Releasing their first album in almost three years, Sevendust picked right up and generated the type of rock that helped put them on the map. The songs 'Decay' and 'Picture Perfect' kept them on the charts, but 'Black Out the Sun' is a solid disc top-to-bottom.

Skillet - Rise
Atlantic Records



Skillet's hot streak continued in 2013 with their 'Rise' album. The disc generated such rocking singles as 'Sick of It,' 'American Noise,' 'Rise' and most recently 'Not Gonna Die,' with the latter track climbing the charts at year's end. With four singles and more possibly following in 2014, Skillet offer one of the deeper discs of the year.

Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones Part 2
Roadrunner Records

'House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2'

Stone Sour

The second portion of Stone Sour's 'House of Gold & Bones' continued the momentum of Part 1. 'Do Me a Favor' became one of the biggest hits of early 2013, while 'The Uncanny Valley' also earned some airplay. Add in cuts like 'Gravesend' and 'The Conflagration,' and Stone Sour definitely hit a home run.

Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
Universal Republic Records

'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies'


Volbeat's 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies' has been a big success, featuring songs like 'Cape of Our Hero,' 'The Hangman's Body Count,' 'Lonesome Rider' and 'Lola Montez.' Meanwhile, 'Room 24,' featuring King Diamond, earned the band a Best Metal Performance Grammy nomination.

Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Universal Music

'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor'

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie enjoyed a breakout single with 'Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown' and kept the momentum going with a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's 'We're an American Band.' The standout disc also featured the live favorites 'Teenage Nosferatu P--sy' and 'Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga.'


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