20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

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Mastodon, 'Live at Brixton'

Mastodon, "Live at Brixton"
Courtesy of Reprise Records

Occasionally, listening to Mastodon was like having sex with a gorgeous, GGG (Google it) partner who insisted on changing positions every 20 seconds. But on this digital-only live monster, Mastodon's progginess is subsumed by a let's-call-it-professionalism that turns the band's twists and toggles into grooves. Career-spanning set, live video to boot — giggle about double-live albums all you like, it's your loss.

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