Erich’s Top Picks of 2013

 Welcome to Staff Picks week here at Postrockstar! This week our writers will be going over their favorite albums of 2013.

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Jesu – Everyday I get Closer to the Light from Which I Came

“Yep, something beat out Deafheaven. Justin Broadrick again releases a subtle and powerful dream of an album. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Best Jesu vocals to date as well.”

Deafheaven – Sunbather

Having luckily gotten introduced to the mighty Deafheaven thru their demo, and thoroughly loving “Roads To Judah”, this was a no brainer for me. What impressed me most about this album was the progression that was made since “Roads.” Sure, they’ve blown up, but this is one of those cases where the critics got it right, though maybe for the wrong reasons. Hipsters come and go, but Sunbather is a black supernova.”

Cloudkicker – Subsume

“Epic, progressive, and, full of integrity, Cloudkicker deserves every bit of praise he/it gets. This rocked my fall and early winter. The fact that it’s free is a bonus too. Excellent free music made well? Wish fulfillment.”

Pelican – Forever Becoming

“Consistently great. Another epic post-metal album. Forever becoming flows so well. Heavy and solid.”

Damascus – Heights

“I was bowled over by the musicianship of this album. Damascus should be exceptionally proud of themselves. A great record from a great band that I hope will become better known this year.”

We.Own.The.Sky – Glass/Nails

“As James mentioned earlier, this is technically an EP. Fuck that. I declare this a full-fledged album. I also declare it nuanced and powerful. It kept me interested thru many, many repeat plays. Super worthy.”

My Bloody Valentine –MBV

“What needs to be said about Kevin Shields and Company? This was worth the 22 or so year wait for me. This picked up right where “Loveless” left off, with some awesome surprises thrown in.  I hope it doesn’t take another generation for a follow up album.”

65daysofstatic – Wild Light

“The left field surprise of my musical year. Delightfully off center and stellar. I’m actually still digesting this fully. This blog teaches me things too!”

Russian Circles – Memorial

“How many amazing albums does Russian Circles have to put out before its understood just how much of a musical powerhouse they are? Another flawless release. The drums are produced so well on this record I could cry.”

RQTN – Passenger

“Nuanced Neo-Classical soundtrack-ish perfection. RQTN seems to take great leaps of progress with each album. “Passenger” is just so smooth.”

The Best of the Rest:

Carcass – Surgical Steel

“Hello, old friend. I’ve missed you. Arguably better then “Heartwork.”

Subrosa – More Constant then the Gods

“Deep, Heavy, and weird. Don’t sleep on SubRosa.”

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

“Mr. Reznor and company got creepier during the NIN hiatus.”

Childish Gambino – Because the Internet

“Could this be “post Hip-Hop?” No matter what it’s labeled, it’s smart and emotionally evocative.”

Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe

“Wow, I like this album. Just the perfect mixture of indie, electronic, and dreampop.”

Clutch – Earth Rocker

“Any sentences written about this album, or Clutch as a whole, for that matter, should include the words “Rock,” “Fucking,” “Roll,” and “Kings,” in them.”

Skinny Puppy – Weapon

“One of my favorite bands ever making another great and complicated statement about the world. I enjoyed the analogue synth and effect touches to bring it back to days of Puppy past.”

Gorguts – Colored Sands

“Do you like guitars, drums, and great songwriting? One of the many metal warriors of the past that have found their way back to the light of day, and, along with Carcass, one of the best.”

Windhand – Soma

“Maybe the next Deafheaven if the “kids” continue on the “blackened sub genre” wagon train. However, Windhand is way better then that last sentence.”

Melt Yourself Down – S/T

“Freaky – Deaky, jazzy, and throbbingly heavy.  Another out of nowhere home runs this year.”

Runners up:

Lesbian – Forestelevision

Bastille – Bad Blood

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals

Kylesa – Ultraviolet

David Bowie – The Next Day

Inter Arma – Sky Burial