Iain’s obligatory 2013 top-10 lists

Democracy eh, don’t you just love it. Back in the early days of cackblabbath.online, if I wanted Fukpig’s Belief Is The Death Of Intelligence to be the album of the year, I just said it was. Now with an awesome team of writers on the site it’s not that straightforward.. apparently other people have opinions too…

Who Knew ?

The team have spoken, and Ghost’s Infestissumam is the CB album of the year but, as I’d done my lists anyway, I thought I would share them with you…

Queensryche_with_Todd_La_Torre_-_Queensrÿche_2013Albums of the Year.

10. Wednesday 13 : The Dixie Dead

The king of the undead is back. Now shush about the Murderdolls.

9. Queensryche : Queensryche

Geoff who ??

8. Turisas : Turisas2013

Drink. Drink. Drink… but not tea.

7. Blue October : Sway

Justin’s got his shit together, and the result is the most accessible Blue October release to date.

6. Steel Threads : For Those Who Are Left

Power folk?, acoustic rock ? whatever. A sublime album.

voivod_target_earth5. Ghost : Infestissumam

cackblabbath.online’s album of theyear, brilliant work by the enigmatic Swedes.

4. Pasadena Napalm Division : Pasadena Napalm Division

Out of the left-field. An old school blast of old school crossover.

3. Hell : Curse And Chapter

A worthy follow up to one of the best albums ever…

2. Voivod : Target Earth

Brilliant, just brilliant, would have been number one any other year.

1. Watain : The Wild Hunt

Smashing fuck out of the “black metal” label, from the first listen I knew nothing would surpass this in 2013.

Gigs of the Year

10. Bonafide :  Les-Fest 2

The ultimate good time rock’n’roll band, they just keep getting better and better.

9. Wet Nuns : Queens Social Club, Sheffield

We were drunk, they were drunk, everyone was drunk. The Wet Nuns bowed out on a high.

Pat McManus Live at HRH VII 288. Amon Amarth : Defenders Of The Faith

No one does the whole norse thing quite like Amon Amarth. Pity they didn’t bring the longship…

7. The Pat McManus Band : Hard Rock Hell

A hero from my younger days, and still one of the best guitarists on the planet.

6. Rammstein : Download Festival

Now THAT’S how you put on a show !!!

5. King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys : Y-Not Festival

Shush, it’s my list and I thought they were brilliant. The world needs more feel-good Jazz to chase away the clouds.

4. Ghost : The o2 Academy, Sheffield

My first experience of Papa and the Ghouls live.. wouldn’t be the last.

3. Voivod : Bloodstock Open AirVoivod Live at Bloodstock Open Air 2013

The techno-thrash pioneers are back, and the spirit of Piggy lives on in Chewie.

2. Hell : The Assembly Rooms, Derby

One of those “you had to be there” occasions as hell finally had the setting to bring their full pyrotechnic vision to life.

1. Iron Maiden : The o2, London

The. Best. Live. Band. On. The. Planet.

And well worth the extra punctuation.