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Best of 2013

Posted by The Xinlo , Jan 09 2014 · 78 views

I was gonna do this yesterday but I forgot, and now everyone's beaten me to it :P

Oh well. Here's what I think were the best of... stuff... for this last year:


MUSIC: First off, because it's my prime passion, this year was fairly disappointing for me, as so many of my favourite artists released less than stellar albums. Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Volbeat, James LaBrie, Queensryche and others (while some were pretty good and others were awful) all were varying ranges of a letdown. However there were a few gems, with Haken, Dream Theater, Coheed & Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold, Alter Bridge, Fates Warning, Fish, Katatonia, etc...

It's a hard choice between some of these albums, but in the end I'll have to narrow it down to:

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Coheed & Cambria's The Afterman: Descension for its glorious balance of metal, prog, pop and so many other things, and finally fully returning lead singer Claudio Sanchez's high register to the mix.

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This, tied with Haken's masterful third release The Mountain, which is the freshest breath of air on the prog metal scene; it brings in masterfully complex vocal harmonies, unorthodox instrumentation and a sense of humour that usually lacks from the genre.

MOVIES: This was, conversely, a brilliant year for movies, with such gems as Iron Man 3, The Hobbit, Catching Fire, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Frozen, The Wolverine, and many others. However, as much as I loved all of them, and as much of a complete die-hard star trek nerd I may be, there were two absolutely clear winners:

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These two movies stood above the rest for completely different reasons, but the end result is the same: two absolutely brilliant movies that are the best I've seen in years. Catching Fire was an almost completely faithful recreation of the book unlike its predecessor (and most novel-based movies) and it was just awesome. Frozen was a heartwarming/shattering, happy/sad, goofy/hard-hitting (at times) film like only Disney or Pixar can make. Disney seemed to have lost their footing for a while, but this, coupled with Tangled (which Frozen is, IMO, superior to) seems to be the start of a new era. Also it has a wonderful soundtrack that even I, a hard rocker, have listened to over and over for days.

Requiring less elaboration due to there not being many choices, here's a few more:

BOOK: House Of Hades by Rick Riordan - The ninth installment in the Percy Jackson series, this book shook things up just as they were starting to get stale with the last one.

TV SHOW: Gonna have to go with ABC's Castle. Yes, I love Nathan Fillion so that helps, but it's taken a left turn in its sixth season after a somewhat unsatisfying fifth, to include Indiana Jones-esque treasure hunts, time travellers, and much more. It's been a really fun season so far, and unlike Doctor Who or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't had many (if any at all) dud episodes.

and lastly, I have not played any games that were released this year, so I have no opinion on the matter. Really looking forward to Destiny soon, though!

Anyway yeah, xinlo out.

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The Person That Is Xinlo

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Name: Lachlan

Age: Nineteen

Country: Canada

Hobbies: Guitar, Bass Music, Drawing, Drafting, Lego, Model Kits, Internet, Xbox, My Little Pony

Genres: Thrash Metal, Progressive Rock/Metal, Alternative Rock, Blues, Jazz Fusion, Classical, Solo Piano

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Albums Owned (Hard Copies)

Aerosmith:
-Permanent Vacation
-Pump (Vinyl)


The Alan Parsons Project:
-Tales Of Mystery And Imagination
-I-Robot (Vinyl)
-Pyramid (Vinyl)
-Eve (Vinyl)
-Eve
-The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Vinyl)
-Eye In The Sky (Vinyl)
-Ammonia Avenue (Vinyl)
-Vulture Culture (Vinyl)
-Stereotomy (Vinyl)
-Gaudi (Vinyl)


The All-American Rejects:
-The All-American Rejects
-Move Along
-Kids In The Street (Deluxe)


Alter Bridge:
-AB III
-Fortress


Anathema:
-Judgement
-A Fine Day To Exit
-A Natural Disaster


Anthrax:
-Spreading The Disease
-Among The Living
-Persistence Of Time
-Worship Music
-Worship Music (Orange Vinyl)
-Anthems


Art Of Dying:
-Vices And Virtues

Asia:
-Heat Of The Moment (Single, Vinyl)
-Asia (Vinyl)
-Alpha (Vinyl)
-Astra (Vinyl)
-Then & Now
-XXX (Vinyl)


Avenged Sevenfold:
-City Of Evil
-Nightmare (2LP Vinyl)
-Hail To The King


Avril Lavigne:
-Let Go
-The Best D*** Thing (Japanese Import)


The Beatles:
-Rubber Soul (Vinyl)
-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Vinyl)
-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Cassette)
-Abbey Road (Vinyl)


Billy Talent:
-Billy Talent
-Billy Talent II
-Billy Talent III
-Dead Silence


Black Sabbath
-Paranoid (Vinyl)
-Vol. 4
-Greatest Hits, 1970 - 1978
-13


Boston:
-Boston (Vinyl)
-Boston
-Amanda (Single, Vinyl)
-Third Stage (Cassette)
-Walk On (Cassette)


Breaking Benjamin:
-We Are Not Alone
-Phobia
-Dear Agony


Bruce Dickinson:
-Tattooed Millionaire (Cassette Tape)

Camel:
-Mirage (Vinyl)
-Moonmadness (Vinyl)
-Breathless (Vinyl)
-Stationary Traveller (Vinyl)
-Nude (Vinyl)
-The Single Factor (Vinyl)


Chris de Burgh:
-The Getaway (Vinyl)

Chris Squire:
-Fish Out Of Water (Vinyl)

Coheed & Cambria:
-In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume Two - No World For Tomorrow
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume Two - No World For Tomorrow (Vinyl)
-Year Of The Black Rainbow
-The Afterman: Ascension
-The Afterman: Ascension (Vinyl)
-The Afterman: Descension
-The Afterman (Silver/Gold Vinyl)


Death Angel:
-Act III
-The Dream Calls For Blood (2LP Vinyl)


Deep Purple:
-Machine Head (Vinyl)
-Machine Head
-Deepest Purple: The Absolute Best Of Deep Purple


Dennis DeYoung:
-Desert Moon (Vinyl)

Dio:
-Holy Diver
-Sacred Heart (Vinyl)
-Master Of The Moon (Picture Vinyl)


Dire Straits
-Love Over Gold (Vinyl)

Disturbed:
-Ten Thousand Fists
-The Lost Children


Dream Theater:
-When Dream And Day Unite
-Images And Words
-Images And Words (Cassette)
-Awake
-A Change Of Seasons [EP]
-Falling Into Infinity
-Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
-Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
-Train Of Thought
-Octavarium
-Black Clouds & Silver Linings (3-Disc Special Edition)
-A Dramatic Turn Of Events (Special Edition DVD)
-A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2LP Vinyl)
-Dream Theater
-Dream Theater (2LP Vinyl)

 
Electric Light Orchestra:
-Discovery (Vinyl)
-Out Of The Blue (2LP Vinyl)


Emerson, Lake & Palmer:
-Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Vinyl)
-Tarkus (Vinyl)
-Trilogy (Vinyl)
-Brain Salad Surgery (Vinyl)
-Welcome Back My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends - Ladies And Gentlemen (3LP Vinyl)
-Works: Volume 1 (2LP Vinyl)
-Works: Volume 2 (Vinyl)


Fates Warning:
-No Exit (Cassette Tape)

Foreigner:
-Foreigner (Vinyl)
-Double Vision (Vinyl)
-4 (Vinyl)


Genesis:
-Trespass (Vinyl)
-Nursery Cryme (Vinyl)
-Foxtrot (Vinyl)
-Genesis Live (Vinyl)
-Selling England By The Pound (Vinyl)
-The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (2LP Vinyl)
-A Trick Of The Tail (Vinyl)
-Wind & Wuthering (Vinyl)
-...And Then There Were Three... (Vinyl)
-Misunderstanding (Single, Vinyl)
-Duke (Vinyl)
-Abacab (Vinyl)
-Genesis (Vinyl)
-Invisible Touch (Vinyl)
-Invisible Touch (Cassette)
-We Can't Dance (Cassette)
-Calling All Stations


Godsmack:
-The Oracle

Green Day:
-American Id**t

The Guess Who:
-The Greatest Of The Guess Who (Vinyl)

H*** Or Highwater:
-Begin Again

Iron Maiden:
-The Number Of The Beast (Remastered)
-Piece Of Mind (Remastered)
-Piece Of Mind (Vinyl)
-Powerslave (Picture Vinyl)
-Live After Death (2LP Picture Vinyl)
-Somewhere In Time (Cassette)
-Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (Cassette)
-Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (Picture Vinyl)
-Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
-The Final Frontier
-The Final Frontier (2LP Vinyl Picture Disc)


Jethro Tull:
-Thick As A Brick (Vinyl)
-M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull (Vinyl)


Jimi Hendrix
-Winterland: The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Journey:
-Infinity
-Evolution (Vinyl)
-Separate Ways (Single, Vinyl)
-Departure (Vinyl)


Judas Priest:
-Screaming For Vengeance (Vinyl)
-Turbo (Cassette)


Katatonia:
-Viva Emptiness (Vinyl)

King Crimson:
-In The Court Of The Crimson King (Vinyl)
-Starless And Bible Black (Vinyl)
-Larks' TOngues In Aspic (Vinyl)
-Discipline (Vinyl)
-Beat (Vinyl)


Lacuna Coil:
-Karmacode
-Dark Adrenaline
-Broken Crown Halo


Led Zeppelin:
-Led Zeppelin III (Cassette)
-Led Zeppelin IV


Lobate Scarp:
-Time And Space

Logan Carlstrom:
-Logan Carlstrom

Marillion:
-Garden Party Live (12-inch Single Vinyl)
-Brave (2LP Vinyl)
-Crash Course


The Mars Volta:
-De-Loused In The Comatorium
-Octahedron


The Mayfield Four:
-Second SKin

Meat Loaf:
-Bat Out Of H*** (Cassette)

Megadeth:
-Killing Is My Business... (Original Uncensored Vinyl)
-Killing Is My Business... (Remastered)
-Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Remastered)
-So Far, So Good... So What! (Remastered)
-So Far, So Good... So What! (Vinyl)
-So Far, So Good... So What! (Picture Vinyl)
-Rust In Peace
-Countdown To Extinction (Remastered)
-Youthanasia
-Youthanasia (Remastered)
-Hidden Treasures EP
-Cryptic Writings (Special Edition Cassette)
-Cryptic Writings (Remastered)
-Risk
-The World Needs A Hero
-United Abominations
-Endgame
-Th1rt3en
-Supercollider


Metal Church:
-The Human Factor
-This Present Wasteland


Metallica:
-Ride The Lightning
-Master Of Puppets
-Master Of Puppets (Picture Vinyl)
-...And Justice For All (2LP Vinyl)
-...And Justice For All
-Metallica (The Black Album)
-Load
-Reload
-S&M With the San-Francisco Orchestra (3LP Vinyl)
-St. Anger
-Death Magnetic
-Through The Never Live (Vinyl Single)
-Beyond Magnetic [EP]


Mika:
-Life In Cartoon Motion

Nazareth:
-Greatest Hits

Nightwish:
-Dark Passion Play
-Imaginaerum (2CD Special Edition)


Mike Oldfield:
-Tubular Bells (Vinyl)

Opeth:
-Heritage (Special Edition DVD)

Overkill:
-The Electric Age

Ozzy Osbourne:
-Blizzard Of Ozz
-No More Tears (Cassette)
-Ozzmosis

Albums Owned (Hard Copies; Cont.d)

Peter Gabriel:
-Peter Gabriel (Car) (Vinyl)
-Peter Gabriel (Security) (Vinyl)
-So (Vinyl)
-Shaking The Tree


Phil Collins:
-Face Value
-Face Value (Vinyl)
-No Jacket Required (Vinyl)
-Dance Into The Light
-Hits


Pink Floyd:
-Atom Heart Mother (Cassette)
-Meddle (Cassette)
-Dark Side Of The Moon (Vinyl)
-Wish You Were Here (Vinyl)
-Animals (Cassette)
-The Final Cut (Cassette)
-A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (Cassette)
-A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
-The Division Bell (Blue Cassette)
-The Division Bell (Blue Vinyl)


The Police:
-King Of Pain (Single, Vinyl)
-Synchronicity (Cassette)


Prism:
-Prism (Vinyl)
-See Forever Eyes (Vinyl)
-Armageddon (Vinyl)


Queen:
-Sheer Heart Attack (Vinyl)
-Under Pressure (Single, Vinyl)


Queensrÿche:
-Queensryche (Vinyl)
-Rage For Order (Vinyl)
-Empire (Cassette)
-Promised Land


Rage Against The Machine:
-Renegades

Ravenhead:
-Catharsis

REO Speedwagon:
-Hi Infidelity (Vinyl)
-The Hits


Rush:
-Rush (Vinyl)
-Rush
-Fly By Night (Vinyl)
-Fly By Night
-Caress Of Steel
-2112 (Vinyl)
-2112
-A Show Of Hands (2LP Vinyl)
-A Farewell To Kings (Vinyl)
-A Farewell To Kings
-Hemispheres
-Permanent Waves
-Moving Pictures
-Exit... Stage Left (2LP Vinyl)
-Signals (Vinyl)
-Signals
-Grace Under Pressure (Vinyl)
-Power Windows (Vinyl)
-Power Windows
-Hold Your Fire
-Presto
-Roll The Bones (Cassette)
-Roll The Bones
-Counterparts (Cassette)
-Counterparts
-Test For Echo
-Vapour Trails
-Feedback
-Snakes And Arrows
-Time Machine (Live In Cleveland 2011)
-Clockwork Angels
-Clockwork Angels (2LP Vinyl)
-The Garden (Single; 10" Record Store Day Picture Vinyl)
-Vapour Trails (Remixed)
-Clockwork Angels Tour (3CD)


Schramm & Kvarnström:
-Dolphin Dance

The Scorpions:
-Hits

Seether:
-Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray

The Smashing Pumpkins
-Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
-Siamese Dream


Starcastle:
-Starcastle (Vinyl)
-Fountain Of Light (Vinyl)
-Citadel (Vinyl)


Styx:
-Styx II (Vinyl)
-Equinox (Vinyl)
-Crystal Ball (Vinyl)
-The Grand Illusion (Vinyl)
-The Grand Illusion (Cassette)
-Pieces Of Eight (Vinyl)
-Pieces Of Eight
-Cornerstone (Vinyl)
-Cornerstone (Cassette)
-Paradise Theatre (Vinyl)
-Kilroy Was Here (Vinyl)
-Kilroy Was Here (Cassette)


Supertramp:
-Crisis? What Crisis? (Vinyl)
-Even In The Quietest Moments... (Vinyl)
-Breakfast In America (Vinyl)
-...Famous Last Words... (Vinyl)


Tesla:
-The Great Radio Controversy (Vinyl)

Thin Lizzy:
-Jailbreak (Vinyl)

Toto:
-Toto (Vinyl)
-Toto IV (Vinyl)
-Hydra (Vinyl)


Transatlantic:
-Kaleidoscope (2CD Special Edition)
-Kaleidoscope (3LP Vinyl)


Uriah Heep:
-Abominog (Vinyl)

Vangelis:
-Chariots Of Fire (Vinyl)
-The Friends Of Mr. Cairo [With Jon Anderson] (Vinyl)


Volbeat:
-Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
-Beyond H***/Above Heaven
-Live From Beyond H***/Above Heaven (3-disc/DVD Special Edition, signed copy)
-Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Deluxe Edition)


Roger Waters:
-Amused To Death (Cassette)

Andrew Lloyd Webber:
-Jesus Christ Superstar (vinyl)

The Who:
-Who's Next? (Vinyl)

Wings:
-Greatest (Vinyl)

Yes:
-The Yes Album (Remastered)
-Fragile (Vinyl)
-Fragile (Remastered and Expanded)
-Close To The Edge (Vinyl)
-Close To The Edge
-Yessongs (3LP Vinyl)
-Tales From Topographic Oceans (2LP Vinyl)
-Relayer (Vinyl)
-Going For The One (Vinyl)
-Tormato (Vinyl)
-Drama (Vinyl)
-90125 (Vinyl)
-90125
-Big Generator (Vinyl)
-Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
-Union
-The Ladder (2LP Limited Numbered Edition Vinyl)
-Fly From Here


3 Doors Down:
-The Better Life

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