Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013: Part 1

Was 2013 a banner year for heavy metal? Not exactly. Relative to the incredible bounty 2012 yielded -- in terms of high caliber and high profile heavy releases -- 2013 was quiet and produced a small crop of remarkable headbangers that rise above the din of mediocrity.

While the year as a whole probably won't go down in history as a turning point in the evolution of metal, there were some intense albums released that could surely put the fire back in the belly of even the most jaded metal fan. Here are our top picks, placed in no particular order. Feel free to thrash your cubicle and/or throw something.

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David Von Bader