Black Sabbath's '13' Named Album of the Year

Revolver Magazine unveils this year's Top 20 records list, Deafheaven's "Sunbather" takes the second place.

Black Sabbath's '13' Named Album of the Year
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Revolver Magazine have officially named Black Sabbath's "13" as the album of the year in their annual Top 20 list of rock and metal releases. Deafheaven claimed the second spot with "Sunbather", as revealed by the band itself through Twitter, while the rest of the list will be revealed soon in the magazine's upcoming issue. Revolver's previous top picks included Deftones' "Koi No Yokan" last year and Korn's "The Path of Totality" back in 2011. As for "13," the album dropped on June 10 via Vertigo Records as the metal icons' nineteenth studio effort and the first one to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978's "Never Say Die." Produced by Rick Rubin, the album was also marked with the absence of drummer Bill Ward, who was replaced in the studio by Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine. "13" topped the charts in nine countries around the globe, including both UK and the US, earning Sabbath their very first Billboard 200 chart-topper with 155,000 units shipped within the first week. As far as the UK is considered, the 43-year gap between their previous No. 1 album, 1970's "Paranoid," meant yet another record for the metal pioneers as the longest period between the two chart-toppers. The album's chart success came as a surprise to Ozzy, who nevertheless praised the effort as a "masterpiece." "I'm my own worst critic," he told the West Australian back in late April. "Rather than the pluses I look for the minuses. And I haven't been this excited for an album in a long, long time. I can't remember the last time." The record generally garnered critical acclaim and kudos from the fans, but was still somewhat frowned upon by some due to Ward's absence. Among others, such statements were made by Devin Townsend who claimed that he couldn't listen to the effort as the "drums are distracting."

So is this a well-deserved title or are there other efforts more worthy of the No. 1 spot? Let us know in the comments.

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    RJDfan666
    It may just be my Black Sabbath bias, but I'm happy with that. I loved the whole apocalyptic theme of the album. Granted, a couple songs just kinda sounded like their older songs with different lyrics, but all in all, I thought it sounded great, despite being produced by Rick Rubin. And I consider that a huge obstacle to overcome.
    Jimjambanx
    It was a good album for sure, but certainly not the best. Even Carcass had a better comeback album IMO with Surgical Steel.
    buddy1991
    How can anyone even choose the BEST album? I can't even choose a favorite band. These best of lists are pointless and anyone who gets upset over it really need to chill out.
    Jimjambanx
    It's not about choosing a be all end all "best" so to speak, It's more like looking at some of the highlights of the year, and which album impressed us the most. It's almost entirely subjective, but these lists are a great way of looking back at some of the best albums of the year. I enjoy them, even if I do disagree with the winner.
    Fuzorz
    let's be honest, it wasn't that good It's also really weird to compare a band whose best days where decades ago with a band whose first album was recorded in 2011
    Abzzz
    New blood and new band doesn't necessary mean that they have better album than the band whose best days were decades ago. I know your point, but...
    UncleBluck
    Not weird at all. It shows once again the lack of talent in the younger generations pool and the fact that they cannot compete with the talent of past generations....now vote me down because you know what I am saying is the TRUTH.....and you cant handle it...
    phds
    "lack of talent in the younger generations" I'm positively sure you live under a rock.
    Gantz92
    What recent bands can compare to the classic band's of the 70's and 80's? I must be living under a rock because i can't think of one but i would love to be proven wrong.
    iommi600
    In hard rock, stoner, psychedelic and other sounds reminiscent of the 70's, we've got Witchcraft, Graveyard, Radio Moscow, Black Mountain, Electric Moon, Samsara Blues Experiment, Tame Impala, The Black Angels, The Black Keys, Dead Meadow, etc etc. They owe nothing to the classic bands, IMO. Give them a try if you're not familiar with them mate. Also, alternative rock as it was in the 80s is still doing pretty ****ing good. The Antlers, Interpol, Bloc Party, The National, Deerhunter, Violent Soho, etc...
    telskier
    "They owe nothing to the classic bands..." I understand it is your opinion, and I'm not saying those bands aren't good...but man you are coming off as ignorant with that line. I'm sure you aren't. In fact your use of terminology suggests you know enough to have this type of conversation. But every group that exists can trace influence and things they "owe" back throughout the tree of music. Music does not exist out of the void...it is, like all things, influenced by the past.
    iommi600
    I've used "owe" informally, merely as a measurement of my appreciation for these bands. In other words, I've said that I like them just as much as I like the classic bands. I've said it based solely on my personal taste, of course. It wasn't my intention to say that they don't owe anything to the classic bands when it comes to influence, that would surely be ignorant.
    miahdoll
    How bout we just like who we like and that's it! Who gives a **** what "genre" they're in, or how old they are, just listen to em.
    s7peterson
    dude you live under a rock. the black keys are awesome, but they take influence from ye olde epic blues
    Rimfrost
    Depends on how you want them to compare, in songwriting ability and technical skills i would say Vektor is worth a mention. Muse, Coheed and Cambria, Mars Volta, Dresden Dolls,Artisan,Ulver, Tool, Fever Ray, RadioHead, Dillinger Escape Plan, Wormrot, Huntress, Devil´s Blood, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Royal Thunder... Could probably go on forever. I don´t think it´s particularily hard to find new artists that are both original and talented. To me the 70s,80,90s and 00s were excellent for music, it´s just a never ending flood of goodness.
    PuckMugger
    It's not about the younger gen having less talent, but the young gen having less feel/style/inspiration/vibe of the older metal masters. It's not any better or worse with the current metal artists out there, just different...you dig?
    third(-)eye
    Agreed, except I think the current artists are definitely worse. So many posers nowadays that I have trouble enjoying the genre. They only know how to be heavy and lack the groove that keeps heavy interesting.
    imaboss1
    Past generations - Metal that was well written Current generation - Metal that's just metal For the most part anyway
    daylightdies370
    There are just as many talented song writers in metal now as there was in past generations, but now there is also even more crappy ones too. They might all not be as talented as the song writers in the 80's and 90's, but there is still some very talented metal bands in the current generation.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Yeah...sure... The thing is, Black Sabbath isn't really that talented. Their music was always very basic. Nothing crazy going on. As for feel/style/inspiration/vibe...if you think the newer bands don't have that in spades, then you need to crawl out from under the rock you've been living in. There's a lot of new Metal/Rock/whatever bands doing tons of interesting and new things.
    third(-)eye
    I disagree so strongly with that... Just because they don't go nuts on their instruments like some of the new artists do doesn't make them less talented. They're all about the groove; they understand the concept of self-restraint. Same reason I love Tool so much. Most "metal" bands nowadays have just turned into a competition of who can outperform who. I can only listen to Protest the Hero or similar for about 5 minutes before I'm just like "ok, I get it."
    buddy1991
    Your comment is so wrong. You clearly haven't heard the majority of sabbaths work with ozzy. Easily one of the most talented and influential bands to have ever existed. I also have a strong feeling you don't play an instrument. Am I right?
    Metalisnotmusic
    have to agree with you Sam. People have been saying this crap for a long time. Bands today are the best of any time in history, because of the amount of people who play now, and the amount of influences. Still, you have to dig for the good artists. When Black Sabbath (the album) came out, people had to dig for it. The popular music then was bad, and those who looked hard enough found Sabbath and a bunch of other bands. Now they're popular, and there are literally thousands of better bands that you don't know about. Quit being so lazy and ignorant, there is better music out there. As a side note, if 13 should not even be close to album of the year
    Gantz92
    How about you list some of these amazing but unknown artists?
    Morphogenesis26
    I'll list some for you. I assume we are speaking of Metal, so I'll list modern Metal bands. Tribulation, Procession, Pallbearer, Jex Thoth, Csejthe, Inquisition, Ahab, Sacriphyx, Ruins Of Beverast, Pharaoh, In Solitude, Vektor, Underthreat, Isis, Agalloch, Jesu, Vasaeleth, Craven Idol, Prosanctus Inferi. Those are just off the top of my head. Enjoy. :3
    third(-)eye
    I do know ISIS from that list and I agree that they do not fit the stereotype I discussed. I might even add Pelican to that list. That said, they are exceptions to the rule.
    Morphogenesis26
    Eh, it sounds more like you're talking about all the really generic bands that creep up in every genre of music. I don't bother with those bands, just the really good ones/ones I enjoy a lot. vThis guy knows what's up.
    Brandon1993
    I love Pallbearer, Jex Thoth, Isis, Agalloch, and Jesu. Also Sorrow & Extinction is easily one of the if not THE best album from last year that I had the privilege of listening to. Metal or otherwise. For those who HAVEN'T listened to it.....
    Gantz92
    I like a couple of the bands you mentioned but i don't think any of them come close to Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Thanks for introducing me to Procession though.
    bobmarley_fan
    I feel really sorry for you if you do not think that there are no longer any great talent out there in Metal. Bands like Witchcraft, Ghost, Graveyard, Kyng, Baroness, The Sword...I could go on. While you may not think that there is not great new talent coming up, I actually feel the opposite. So much the opposite, in fact, that I think it will be noticed again and find it's place back in the limelight.
    D4CE
    It definitely wasn't a bad album, but 'best album of the year' seems a bit of an exaggeration to me. Sure, they're THE 'Black Sabbath', but there's a lot of young blood doing amazing stuff out there.
    Eamonster
    While 13 isn't my personal favorite album of the year (...Like Clockwork), it's definitely a solid choice and one that I respect. 2013 was seriously a great year for rock/metal albums, hopefully 2014 will be as good.
    Noob_Brood
    Ghost B.C. came out with a great album this year also.
    lemmyisgod97
    Never really got that band, I just think they're a pale imitation of Sabbath with theatrics.
    EpsilonX
    Did you listen to the newer album? It's much less hard rock/metal, much more Beatles/Beach Boys melodies presented in a satanic fashion.