by Greg Spencer
Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
When Sheffield metal outfit Bring Me The Horizon released their latest album ‘Sempiternal’ in April, many thought that it may be just another notch on the discography and nothing spectacular. But from a band who have grown a ridiculous amount since their conception in 2004, underestimating them isn’t a clever idea. From the anthemic ‘Sleepwalking’ to the cut-throat ‘Antivist’ and the plethora of quality in between, the album is the undisputed rock and metal highlight of 2013.
Haim – Days Are Gone
Haim is made up of three sisters hailing from Los Angeles and their album that dropped this year is everything you could ask for from a modern indie rock record, it has verve, vigour, and more importantly a ton of down right fantastic tracks which range from the slow and sombre to the most uplifting songs of the year. The title track ‘Days Are Gone’ may be one of the best indie songs of the last ten years and not far behind it are tracks like ‘Forever’ and ‘Falling’, the album is flawless from beginning to end and remains to have endless repetition value.
Biffy Clyro – Opposites
What could be better than a double album from everyone’s favourite Scottish band since The Proclaimers? Well not much really as Biffy Clyro’s ‘Opposites’ is full to the brim with songs that will permeate practically every emotion you have in your being. Twenty songs worth of material means that 2013 was a good year for Biffy fans and with tracks like ‘Black Chandelier’, ‘Biblical’ and ‘Stingin Belle’ there was no way anyone could get sick of the trio.
Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
Who doesn’t like Laura Marling? That’s right, nobody. Her latest record sums up everything that’s to love about the twenty three year old singer-songwriter, there’s genuine hurt, soul, and labyrinthine lyrical genius. Songs like ‘Master Hunter’ give just a snippet of Marling’s unique artistic personality and the album may just be her best yet. There’s something so charming and endearing about Laura Marling and she stands alone in terms of UK female singer-songwriters in 2013.
Paramore – Paramore
With Paramore’s fourth release, there’s a lot of pain and anguish due to the somewhat acrimonious departures of Josh and Zac Farro. This gives the album exactly what Paramore have needed for a few years now, and that’s genuine grit and angst that at times their cocktail of pop-punk and candy-floss style emo hasn’t quite delivered. With tracks like ‘Daydreaming’ and ‘Still Into You’ they proved that they can still have fun but the tone of the album strikes a more serious chord and the band are all the better for it. It’s Paramore’s best record yet and one of the best of the year.