Guitar World's 30 Best Albums of 2013

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Tomnic1

You missed Alter Bridge's Fortress, and Soilworks Living Infinite.

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woodshredder

The WINERY DOGS debut album is awesome on so many levels. Far and away my favorite album of the year. Great songs, great chops, great musicians= GREAT ALBUM !!!
It opened my eyes to the Rock N Roll world that is Richie Kotzen. Must a discovery for me in '13. I have purchased 7 of his solo albums since the release of this album in July and all I can say is 'what an amazing talent'. If you haven't gotten this album yet, do yourselves a favor and go get it. You won't be disappointed.

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Nostradumbass

Another considerable omission; Coheed and Cambria's "The Afterman: Descension". The story it tells is almost as brilliant as the musical qualities it bears.

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jteshuwah

If 2013 was such an amazing year for the guitar, then why did Guitar World find it necessary to condense the list down to 30 from the 50 that it's used for the past forever? Conspiracy? May Be!

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corbdog7

I agree on the omission of "Fortress" being absolutely ridiculous. For a guitar magazine to overlook this cd just loses any credibility with me it ever had. I guess if Myles Kennedy started singing like Cookie Monster maybe they would squeeze in at 29-30?

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fishruss

Great list, but no Earth Rocker! One of my favorites from Clutch so far.

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talksaboutthings

There are some great inclusions, but a couple glaring omissions.

Even as someone who's never been huge on Alter Bridge, I can't imagine why Fortress isn't here. MAYBE you forget to put it in the top 10 but not even top 30? Got to be a careless oversight.

Also, Kvelertak deserves to be near the top. The Kurt Vile record was a big 'ole pile of guitar beauty too.

monta72

no Alter Bridge - Fortress? It might be my favorite album of the last 5-10 years. Tons of guitar. Boo!

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gnri

There should be much more country music represented here. The country scene has the hottest pickers and player today. This new music is really just the new wave of southern rock that any skynrd, 38 special,outlaws(my personal fav),blackfoot, tucker or allmans fan should check out. I was never a fan of the 80's thur the early 2000's country but the new generation of bands deserve more ink in this mag.

Gerardo Yàñez

What about Skeletonwitch's "Serpents Unleashed"?

xmetallinut84x

Not bad, but seriously, no Alter Bridge "Fortress"!!?? I mean, guitar albums, and that isnt in there?! Come on Guitar World... Some of these bands just plain suck and you guys "have" to throw in certain bands.

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Nostradumbass

A considerable omission. Tremonti really let loose this year, and Fortress might be their most ambitious album to date, although I personally prefer Blackbird.

xmetallinut84x

I love Blackbird, really dig this new album though. It's definitely a toss up between "Blackbird" and "Fortress" for the best album in my opinion. But like you said, Tremonti definitely let loose and to have some of these albums on here, I feel Guitar World really just caters to a lot of the same bands and Alter Bridge and Myles Kennedy especially, and Mark Tremonti at times do not get the respect they deserve from this magazine. Which is a shame because when they keep hopping on the "djent" and "Asking Alexandria" bandwagons, it gets old. I love Guitar World and how they cover every style of guitar based music, but its incredible some of the great music out right now doesn't get covered as much as it should and it's the same type of "modern metal" bands covered, a lot of whom are shit in my opinion.

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jteshuwah

"they cover every style of guitar based music"?! Are we talking about the same magazine?! The one that completely ignores Jazz, Classical, World and God-knows-what, and only occasionally throws a bone to Blues and Country when they make such a HUGE wave there's NO RATIONAL way to ignore them for the moment? The one that focuses its content almost entirely on ROCK (and even then most of their featured artists are either DEAD or on AARP) and whatever passes for Metal any given moment (so long as the record sales are high enough)? The same one that only LAST YEAR put their FIRST EVER Country artist on the cover? And has admittedly only had maybe three women on their cover EVER - and the third one only LAST YEAR? Yeah! If that's covering "every style of guitar based music," I'd absolutely HATE to see what the competition covers! Oh yeah, that's right! Everything GW WON'T COVER, which is most of what's going on in the "Guitar World!" Pshaw!

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sleddawg

espfreak - Volbeat is on the list.... it's #16
shredace - Steven Wilson is on the list....it's #26

Good to see some props for Brad Paisley amidst all the metal.

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jteshuwah

I agree! Maybe, if we all live along enough, we'll see some Jazz, Classical, World or Underground albums make the list! It's only taken since GW's conception in the early '80s to get a Country artist on the cover. Who knows what the next 30+ years will bring?!

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krshnakrunch

No mention of Wigglepickle's "Meat Packer"?

This is an outrage!!!!!

espfreak

Pretty bummed not to see Volbeat on the list. Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies is a fantastic album with great guitar work.

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guitaricci

Its insane Daft Punk's Random Access Memories is not here. Got no love for Nile Rodgers and Paul Jackson Jr.?!?! Best album of 2013 so far...

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Nostradumbass

This is a guitar-based site. Don't think Daft Punk's going to make any sort of article on here unless they do a god-awful remix of Comfortably Numb or something.

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lilnaters

Where is Airbourne's Black Dog Barking? It is better than a lot of the albums on here!

chopshop777

Megadeth Super Collider ???????????? are you kidding me ? as a huge Megadeth fan for over 20 years I can tell you super collider really sucks, it's just so uninspired and lame, where are all the killer riffs and lyrics ????

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shopson67

The sooner you guys realize that Dave's target is the next Countdown and NOT the next Rust In Peace, the sooner you will accept his recent output. He views CTE as Megadeth's best album, and it shows through his output with Chris Broderick (the best Megadeth period since the Marty Friedman years, IMHO).

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shredace

I cannot believe that Steven Wilson - The Raven that Refused to Sing is not on this list.

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jteshuwah

Steve Wilson's The Raven... IS on the list - it's no. 26.

What I can't understand is where is the new Stooges' album, Ready to Die? The way GW carries on about what a genius Iggy Pop is, you'd think they'd think to include his first album in 40 years! I also can't figure out where the new KWS/Stephen Stills band "The Rides" album, Can't Get Enough is. Talk about a GUITAR album... damn! But these two would probably be included on the list of 50 albums - if GW had seen fit to DO THAT MANY this year instead of condensing it down to only 30. Great year for the guitar? Then where are the OTHER 20 ALBUMS?!

And where the crap is AVENGED SEVENFOLD'S HAIL TO THE KING?! The Arctic Monkeys make the cut and AVENGED SEVENFOLD DOESN'T?!! Somebody SCREWED THE HELL UP!

And I agree with all the other people screaming for blood: Where IS the new Alter Bridge album, anyway?! :(

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shopson67

Hail To The King is #22. Funny that you point out that The Raven is on the list, but miss A7X.

North Mississippi All Stars should be on the list in my opinion, definitely over McCartney. Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria will never get my attention, so I can't really speak to them other than I wouldn't include them personally.

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sloanjet

kvelertak-meir. album of the year!

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