What a year! And what a stunning number of news stories we've had to cover!
It's okay, we've plastered the bleeding fingertips of our keyboard-happy news monkeys, and they'll probably recover just fine in time for January in their boxes over the holiday.
Before we all chip off and come back in 2014, let's reflect on the biggest and best themes of the year. In years to come, when we look back at what 2013 meant to us and the wider rock scene, this is where we'll come.
The Year of the Comeback Album
If the prior year 2012 was the year of the reunion, then 2013 was the year that many of them finally got out the studio and released their long-awaited records.
The big one for the metal world was Black Sabbath
and the critically acclaimed "13
" - and let's be honest, that could have gone really badly. Kudos to producer Rick Rubin
for keeping that ship on track. Another old act who came back from the brink was David Bowie
, and while his music isn't to our usual tastes, his defiant artistic style which challenges the mainstream with his integrity is worth praise.
It was a solid year for relatively modern bands to finally come back with long-awaited albums. Queens of the Stone Age
came back with our award winning Album of the Year, and Nine Inch Nails
did a sterling job with "Hesitation Marks
" and some of the coolest production all year. Even Daft Punk
released a new album, which was simmering with prog elements and by chart standards pretty darn ambitious.
The only failures: Black Flag
's comeback album (oh dear, oh dear) and the fact that Tool
went another year without releasing anything. When will the wait end?!
Times are a’changin'
We might live in the future, but older music has been celebrated too. Rush
were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
this year, and Nirvana
are among those who have been announced to follow in 2014.
2013 was also a year that music formats really changed. Albums sales hit an all-time low this summer, and streaming services started contributing to the official music charts. Times, they are a'changin'. But not everyone likes the new trend for cloud music - Thom Yorke
, Nigel Godrich
and Pink Floyd
are among those who have spoke out against new music platforms and their paltry payment rates, while OH WAIT LOOK LED ZEPPELIN ARE STREAMING! LOOK EVERYONE! Expect more distraction tactics in 2014 from the streaming services like this.
To close, there have been some kicka-s vitals on YouTube this year - and some not-so-good ones. Too bad these virals never feature metal tracks.
What's your favorite moment of the year, personal or from the wider rock scene? Share your comments, links and video in the comment section. Here's to a great New Year!