20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

The year's wildest, smartest, most intense heavy music


Kylesa, 'Ultraviolet'

Kylesa, "Ultraviolet"
Courtesy of Season of Mist

Kylesa has come a long way from being art-school kids fusing basement punk with biker metal down in Savannah. Singer-guitarists Laura Pleasants and Philip Cope have gotten increasingly psychedelic (two drummers, a brilliant cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" a few years ago), and "Ultraviolet" continues the evolution. The two still buzz and howl under the influence of Sabbath but much of "Ultraviolet" could almost pass for good ol' alt-rock. Check the Cure-like "Low Tide."

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