Journo Lists: When three editors collide

We open up our writers lists this year with a look at the top albums of 2013 according to Scott Adams, Carrie Gibson and Luke May..

Scott Adams, Editor

25. Sinister Realm - World of Evil (Shadow Kingdom Records)

24. The Tangent - Le Sacre du Travail (InsideOut Music)

23. Crashdiet - The Savage Playground (Frontiers Records)

22. Hatriot - Heroes of Origin (Massacre Records)

21. Trivium - Vengeance Falls (Roadrunner Records)

20. Primitai - Rise Again (Own Label)

19. The Earls of Mars - The Earls of Mars (Candlelight Records)

18. Pro-Pain - The Final Revolution (SPV/Steamhammer)

17. Stryper - No More Hell to Pay (Frontiers Records)

16. Stone Magnum - From Time... To Eternity (RIP Records)

15. Onslaught - VI (AFM Records)

14. Dream Theater - Dream Theater (Roadrunner Records)

13. Robin Beck - Undercover (Cargo Records)

12. SpiralArms - Freedom (SPV/Steamhammer)

11. Avantasia - The Mystery of Time (Nuclear Blast)

10. Audrey Horne - Youngblood (Napalm Records)

A thrilling mix of classic metal theatrics and bluesier, dare I say it grungier themes, Youngblood rattles along with superb riffage and a roof raising chorus every 38 seconds (that's an approximate timing)...superb stuff.

9. Neuronspoiler - Emergence (Own Label)

London-based metallers Neuronspoiler would appear to have it all - killer vocals, scorching guitars, a watertight rhythm section and above all some very special songs. One to look out for in the future.

8. Carcass - Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)

Greatest reunion album ever? Quite possibly, but even if it isn't Surgical Steel is absolutely rammed full of the sort of material that made us love Carcass in the first place. Let's hope there's more to come from this lineup. 

7. Rawhide - Murder One (PATAC Records)

Thunderous punk-informed metal of suitably gargantuan proportions, fusing snotty d-beat to Motorhead riffage with the appropriate aural mayhem resulting. A must have for fans of to-the-point tunesmithery.

6. As Angels Bleed - As Angels Bleed (Own Label)

Splendidly heavy gothic metal, AAB meld the legacy of Peter Steel into something very much of their own making with devastatingly tuneful results. Another band that surely has a very bright future...

5. Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (InsideOut Music)

Timeless prog/pomp from Ted Leonard and company, who now surely stand as the leaders in their field by a country mile. Not for everyone, sure, but if you love finely crafted hard rock with an ear for melody, you won't have found many better than this in 2013.

4. Avatarium - Avatarium (Nuclear Blast)

Stunningly soulful doom from Leif Edling's new 'supergroup', who came up with an album absolutely rammed to the gills with class. Old fashioned? Yes? World beating? Indubitably. One of 2013's must-have albums for metal fans.

3. Orphaned Land - All For One (Century Media)

Orphaned Land stand possibly on the threshold of something very special after the release of All for One; Will they defy long term fans who don't want them to change or will they break out and embrace the 'mainstream'? On the evidence of this they've got the chops - do they have the desire?

2. FM - Rockville (Riff City)

Peerless melodic hard rock from Britain's finest ever exponents of the genre. Rockville is their best effort in nearly 25 years, Utterly fantastic songs sung by Steve Overland, surely the most underrated vocalist of all time. 

1. INVSN - INVSN (Razor & Tie)

Dennis Lyxzen can't really do any wrong can he? Here he mines early eighties new wave and pop of the sort found on Molly Ringwald movie soundtracks with devastating efficiency and maximum effect. It ain't metal, but it's the most essential piece of wax of 2013 nevertheless...

Carrie Gibson - Associate Editor, Australia

10. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth (Nuclear Blast)

9. Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic Records)

8. Suffocation - Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast)

7. Carcass - Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)

6. Orphaned Land - All is One (Century Media)

5. Ghost - Infestissumam (Sonet Records)

4. Sodom - Epitome of Torture (SPV/Steamhammer)

3. Blood Red Throne - Blood Red Throne (Sevared Records)

2. Subtract - Talk Minus Action Equals Nothing (Rhythmethod)

1. Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods (Metal Blade)

Luke May - Associate Editor, UK

25. Arctic Monkeys - AM (Domino)

24. Chimaira - Crown of Phantoms (E1 Nusic)

23. Powerwolf - Preachers of the Night (Napalm Records)

22. Christopher Lee - Charlemagne: The Omens of Death (Charlemagne Productions Ltd)

21. The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack (Metal Blade)

20. Resin - Embrace the Fall (Own Label)

19. Primitai - Rise Again (Own Label)

18. Tesseract - Altered State (Century Media)

17. Coheed & Cambria - The Afterman: Descension (Hundred Handed)

16. Queens of the Stone Age - ... Like Clockwork (Matador)

15. Gothminister - Utopia (AFM Records)

14. Clutch - Earth Rocker (Weathermaker Music)

13. GWAR - Battle Maximus (Metal Blade)

12. Windhand - Soma (Relapse Records)

11. Evile - Skull (Earache Records)

10. Biffy Clyro - Opposites (14th Floor)

'Mon The Biff! Okay so not the most Metal as Fuck band in the world, but nonetheless a great rock band who always seem to deliver; slightly more pop based with slower tracks, following the huge commercial success of the previous album Only Revolutions. Opposites is still a great listen, and the singles keep on coming from this album, just proving how many hits these Scots have in them! 

9. Red Fang - Whales and Leeches (Relapse)

Yet another hard-hitting progressive album, Red Fang dug in deep and sucked the listener dry with Whales and Leeches, which was unfortunately slightly overlooked by many upon its release. However each track’s longevity will hopefully bring it back into the spotlight in the future.

8. Black Sabbath - 13 (Vertigo)

One of the most hyped releases of the year, was somewhat disappointing, but at the risk of sounding spoilt, Black Sabbath returned with their (almost) original line-up and fans everywhere were thrilled, God is Dead? Proved the catalyst for the albums success.

7. Motorhead - Aftershock (Roadrunner)

Who’d win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God? Trick question - Lemmy is God. Motorhead released an album varying in paces this year, Lemmy starts off sounding tired, but the power of this album sounds like a band just kicking of; there is no  stopping Lemmy, and by association, God.

6. Finntroll - Blodsvept (Century Media)

Folk Metal holds strong with Finntroll releasing Blodsvept, not quite the same Humpa, but the Finn’s dominant cacophony of instruments cannot be overlooked as they become one of the pre-eminent metal bands in Europe.

5. Neuronspoiler - Emergence (Own Label)

The debut album from the English based band follows the recent resurgence in British heavy metal, shrieking operatic vocals match up to pulsating riffs and pumping drums to own the finest debut album on the list.

4. Kvelertak - Meir (Roadrunner Records)

Second album just as loud and dominant as their first, as these Norwegian hard rockers smash the sound barriers and take over the world, in a polar opposite to their fellow countryman that own my top spot.

3. Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods (Metal Blade)

Amon Amarth have taken the recent commercialisation of Thor in their stride, and still continue to own norse mythology in their own right. Another fantastic album following Loki’s treachery, without the Tom Hiddlestoners.

2. Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes (AFM Records)

Irish thrash-nerds who had struggled to be taken seriously by some of the more elitist thrash metal fans, but the lads shrugged off any criticism and developed their finest album to date, just as funny, but packed an even harder punch. 

1. Spirits of the Dead - Rumours of a Presence (The End Records)

The stunning third album proved a hypnotic adventure through psychedelic waves of sound. The relatively unknown band's sinuous energy inspires every second of Rumours of a Presence. Once you hear one track, you’ll have to finish the album.