Michelle N.D. is one of a few contributors who came aboard in 2013, and she brings with her varying tastes in metal (as long as it isn’t black!) and a little bit of attitude, too. Here are Michelle’s top 10 albums of the year.
FATES WARNING : DARKNESS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
Their first new album in nine years, Darkness in a Different Light is a beautiful, musical peek into the lives of my favorite musicians. Highlights: The heartbreaking “Firefly” and “I Am.”
STONESOUR : HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES PART 2
QUEENSRYCHE : SELF-TITLED
In addition to his hypnotic voice, Todd La Torre is the best thing to happen to Queensryche since Geoff Tate started spitting on drummers.
TESTAMENT : DARK ROOTS OF THRASH
METAL CHURCH : GENERATION NOTHING
DREAM THEATER : SELF-TITLED
Mike Mangini is a genius. Period.
DEATH ANGEL : THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD
SOULFLY : SAVAGES
GORGUTS : COLORED SANDS
This brilliant technical metal band has a new sound that is a must-hear.
BLACK SABBATH : 13