2013: Year End Review by Cardo Solis

ThePunkSite.com’s Best Of 2013

The Best of 2013Once again all of us here at ThePunkSite.com have taken the holidays to sit back and revisit all of our favourite albums of the year. Narrowing them down into easy-to-consume list forms – here’s what the people behind the website you’re currently browsing thought of this year’s music output.


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2013: Year End Review by Cardo Solis

2013 was quick and overwhelming, but without a doubt, a great year for new music. Whether it was punk, hardcore, metal, or otherwise, every day was filled with great tunes and the anticipation of something new to come. My favorite labels, including No Idea and Deathwish, certainly dominated my hard drive space and playlists. However, I also found myself testing the new iTunes radio for the last segment of the year. My thoughts on it will hopefully be a little more forgiving once it improves.

This year was also great for live shows, as well. I have no clue how many I went to, but Danzig & Doyle (twice!), Tycho, and Alice Cooper were some of the greatest experiences of 2013. I had the privilege of helping Bridge Nine Records at this year’s Van’s Warped Tour (the last one I will ever attend), which granted me an opportunity to watch the immensely talented songwriter Austin Lucas live, for the second time. I also saw The Cure this year, as well. Sure, they’re good, but no band is worth sitting through for close to four painful hours.

This year brought us the unfortunate passing of Slayer’s founder and guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, as well as the decision from the excellent band Cobra Skulls to call it a day. I can’t tell you how much of a bummer this was for me to hear.

I want to thank Bobby for allowing me to submit my list, and I look forward to contributing again coming 2014. I also want to thank my friends for sharing their musical excitement and tastes with me. If 2013 was good, then I trust 2014 is going to be a hell of a lot better. 

Top 10 Albums Of The Year

The Hip Priests – Motherfucker Superior/Jesus Died So We Can Ride 7”

10. The Hip Priests – Motherfucker Superior/Jesus Died So We Can Ride 7” Singles – No Balls/Speedowax

I’m sure some of us remember New Bomb Turks, right? The Hip Priests are, dare I say, way better and raunchier at this sound than the Turks ever were. Fight me. If you’re going to be a High-Energy Rock N’ Roll band, then take notes. This is how it’s done. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE NBT, but some records were questionable. The Priests sure as hell don’t give you enough time to wonder if they’re questionable. These two songs were part of two 7” splits with Dwarves and Dead Cuts.  

Doyle - Abominator

9. DoyleAbominatorMonsterman

Vocalist Alex Story of Cancerslug, and former Misfits Drummer Dr. CHUD help fans of Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein breathe a sigh of relief with this excellent record, Abominator. If you’ve heard the self-titled Gorgeous Frankenstein (Evilive) record, you know what I mean. Strongest tracks are Learn to Bleed and Dreamingdeadgirls.

Bad Religion - True North

8. Bad ReligionTrue NorthEpitaph

2012 was a very rough year. This gem came out at the beginning of this year, and it made all the difference. That’s pretty much all I have to say about it.

Pure Love – Anthems

7. Pure LoveAnthemsVertigo/Mercury

Honest, pure, and strong. Frank Carter (ex-Gallows) and Jim Caroll (ex-Hope Conspiracy) make a great team. Every single song on this record is a ten. Millions of thanks to my buddy Davey for this one! The band released about three singles in 2012 to build anticipation for this record. I can definitely tell you when I finally heard it all the way through, Bury My Bones and The Hits were definitely my favorites.

Sharks - Selfhood

6. SharksSelfhoodRise

These kids had a ton of potential, and they broke up. Life is stupid, sometimes.

Doomriders – Grand Blood

5. DoomridersGrand BloodDeathwish

Excellent follow-up to 2009’s Darkness Come Alive (Deathwish). Tracks Dead Friends and Gone to Hell just kill me. Nate Newton’s (Converge/Old Man Gloom) voice is incredible, the guitar harmonies are reminiscent of a more brutal Thin Lizzy, and the overall catchiness of the song’s choruses are complimented greatly by the phenomenal rhythm section. Good enough?

Samiam- Whatevers Got You Down

4. SamiamWhatever’s Got You Down Remix/Remaster – No Idea

Originally released in 2006 by Hopeless Records, Whatever’s Got You Down, in my opinion, has some of the best Samiam tracks ever written. Who better than to release this polished up version than the ever-so-awesome No Idea Records? Four words: Clouds in the Sky.

 Crusades – Perhaps You Deliver This Judgement with Greater Fear Than I Receive It

3. CrusadesPerhaps You Deliver This Judgement with Greater Fear Than I Receive ItNo Idea

Speaking of No Idea, one of Canada’s best bands, Crusades, released their follow-up to 2011’s The Sun is Down and the Night is Riding in (It’s Alive!) with a concept album based on Giordano Bruno, victim of the Roman Inquisition. It’s a bit more melodic than the former release, but it’s still very powerful. The guitar work on Perhaps… has great hints of Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker, which is okay in my book. My favorite tracks on this one have got to be The Incantations and The Transport of Intrepid Souls. I just wished God existed to enjoy this record. I think he’d like it. 

The Computers – Love Triangles, Hate Squares

2. The ComputersLove Triangles, Hate SquaresBanquet

I did not know of this band until a great friend introduced me to them, this year. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this album. Give this band or record a chance. It’ll have you dancing, and smiling, and weeping a little… Most likely ‘cause you’re so lonely and you hate songs about love and how much pain they bring you. But, trust me, though! These songs are great! Best tracks are hands down Nothing to Say, C.R.U.E.L., and Selina Chinese.

Carcass – Surgical Steel

1. CarcassSurgical SteelNuclear Blast

I don’t know much about Carcass. Before Surgical Steel, I rarely listened to the copies of Reek of Putrefaction, and Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious in my library. I do, however, also own and like Heartwork quite a bit. I mostly blame my wife for loving Surgical Steel, as I bought a copy for her as a gift. The best tracks have got to be The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills and Unfit for Human Consumption. There is a reason why this album has been named Best Metal Album of 2013 by many music media outlets – it’s hands downs their best work to date. Don’t believe me? Get off Facebook for a while, get this record, along with a good pair of headphones, and just shut-up for a second and listen.


Cardo Solis is a News Contributor for ThePunksite.com