We've already put out our Best of 2013 lists, but as an added extra, we asked some of rock and metal's biggest bands to throw in their own two cents. In this post, you'll see several Best Albums and Best Songs lists from some of your favorite artists, and you may be surprised by their choices.
The 1980s: the glory days of metal. What can we say about a decade of heavy music that hasn't already been said? We've all spent time arguing about the best metal bands, songs, guitarists, and just about anything from this hallmark decade. With this list, we're breaking things down even further. Let's talk about the almighty riff.
The 1970s was an interesting time for heavy metal. Black Sabbath helped birth the genre at the very beginning of the decade, and a host of other legendary bands followed suit. Along with Black Sabbath were bands like Judas Priest and several proto-metal acts who are now regarded as classic rock, but were deemed some of the heaviest in their day. It is for this reason that bands like Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, Deep Purple, Van Halen and others will be found in the list below. While their music might not be pure metal, the riffs included here are metal through and through.
As 2013 draws to a close, we look back on the many stories, triumphs and tragedies that affected us all this year. We were shocked by some, disgusted by others, inspired by many and even reduced to tears at times. There were many headlines in the worlds of rock and metal in 2013, but these are the stories that made us stop in our tracks.
Although we've released all of our lists of the 10 Best Rock Songs and 10 Best Metal Songs of 2013, there are still a lot more artists that deserve recognition for their work this year. In this list, we delve into the underground and shine our spotlight onto 10 Awesome Rock + Metal Songs You May Have Missed in 2013.
The rock lifestyle isn't all just sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Countless musicians use their celebrity status as a platform to reach out and help those in need. Those lucky enough to make a living off of being in a band often give back via charities they create or support.
The video format is still alive and well in 2013, and a number of top rockers used it to the best of their ability to further the promotion of their music. Some acts went to great lengths with their clips, turning things over to directors to create elaborate animated videos. Others went the more traditional format with a full-on narrative to deliver their message.
The music video used to be the most crucial medium for a band to gain exposure back when the M in MTV stood for "music." Today, we live in a world full of lyric videos and the typical clips of bands playing in an empty warehouse with no amps to be seen. However, each year some bands rise to the occasion and create some visually stunning and entertaining music videos that make us remember why this medium is still so much fun!
So, what are the 10 Best Rock Albums of 2013? We offer our humble opinion with a list that includes a handful of acts who took a long time between albums, but returned in a big way this year. Patience paid off for fans of such veteran bands as Queens of the Stone Age and Alice in Chains, as both of those acts released stellar discs in 2013
A multitude of metal bands deserve recognition for their achievements in 2013, but now's the time to narrow it down to a Top 10! Who made the cut? These are our picks for the 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013.