mk’s 2013 Non-Metal Top 10

6. Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

You could arguably call this their ‘sophomore’ record after their debut ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’. This is AIC v2.0 to coin a trendy phrase. And there is no denying the difference in this incarnation. While Cantrell has always been the major influence musically, there is no denying that Layne put that special touch on the final result. Anyway to cut to the chase, Jerry has a major part in the vocal department. I can’t help but draw comparisons with his solo efforts and this record in particular being the next incarnation from Degradation Trip.
That aside, even if it is, it is a good listen. Sludgy, heavy, music with droning, and in places haunting lyrics. Can’t really find too many faults, apart from the fact it does die out a little toward the end.

5. Alter Bridge – Fortress

Oh boy, I’m on the edge of being harsh or kind here. I was going to say this is a typical AB release, however I believe musically the guys have matured and if anything increased the tempo a little. Not sure Myles is keeping up really. I like it for the most part, but if you listen carefully, Myles is singing in syllables I reckon as a way to make it look cool/acceptable……???

4. Stone Sour – House of Gold and Bones Pt2

I’ll add this into as it is actually quite a good listen and I think much less radio friendly than their more recent efforts. Not sure if that was the intention or not compared to Part 1. But in any case this gets many more re-listens from me, so I’ll add it in.

3. Airborne – Black Dog Barking

Oh boy. Firstly, don’t be fooled by the title of the first track and the name of their first EP back in 2004. In any case, am I listening to an Angels/ACDC clone here? I can’t help but like it to be honest despite its simplicity.

2. Motorhead – Aftershock

Wow – what an intro to an album (track 1). These newbies on the scene have a big future in front of them. Sorry, what’s that?? They have been around since the 70’s?? Seriously?? Of course I’m taking the pee as I’ll admit up till now, I’ve been less than interested in Lemmy and his crew. Still don’t know why Ace of Spades is their calling card to be honest. But who cares, this record goose-steps all over Ace of Spades. What a brilliant effort at this stage in their career.

1. Clutch – Earth Rocker

“Everybody get the message? Bluerraaagggghhhh!”
Best you do get the message. As these guys are worth investing time in. Mind you, you can take a pick of almost any record and almost any track and you’ll get the message pretty darn quick. Best however to skip to the latest record as they just continue to get better and better and delivering that slightly southern-rock tinged sound. Grab a beer, put your feet up and set to 11

Honourable Mention

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

I will always give Trent and his crew the time of day. Can’t really explain why. In any case his records have been hit and miss along the way for me thus the reason I do look forward to a new release but am equally hesitant. This one sits in the thumbs down list for me unfortunately. A little to on the electronic side despite another brilliant vocal effort from Trent. It just doesn’t glue with me. Why am I writing this up if I don’t like it? Well take a look at how thin my ‘like’ list is….

David Bowie – The Next Day

If anyone were to tell me I’d be listening to David Bowie all these years later I wouldn’t have believed you. Perhaps that is how desperate I am to add to my non-metal Top10 list. In any case, if this were mid-90’s, Bowie wouldn’t have had a look in on any of my listening time. Which would have been my loss. This is a great modern mish-mash of his work to date.

Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

This has moments of glory such as ‘My God is the Sun’ but for some reason I get the sense they are sitting on their deck chairs in the middle of the Arizona desert to occupied on watching the sun go down in order to care about putting together an upbeat cranking QOTSA that we have all come to love. Let’s hope this doesn’t continue for future releases.

One thought on “mk’s 2013 Non-Metal Top 10

  1. TheBigBlack

    About time Lemmy got a mention in your 10. I rang him and congratulated him for making number 2. He told to fuck off and never call him again. What a legend.

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