20 Best Metal Albums of 2013

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

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Dillinger Escape Plan, 'One of Us Is the Killer'
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7. Dillinger Escape Plan, 'One of Us Is the Killer'

With an opening riff that approximates all the bombast of the horn-heavy James Bond theme, One of Us Is the Killer makes its case for being one of the more adrenaline-inducing metal LPs to come out this year. The opening track, whose title "Prancer" belies its bloodlust, mixes angular guitars with triangle chimes. While that's business as usual for the Jersey math-core thrashers, Dillinger Escape Plan upped their ante for writing catchy rock numbers to space out the shock treatment of their ragers. The album's centerpiece, "Nothing's Funny," is a hook-fueled rocker that's catchy without being cloying. Finally, the band has broken the mold of Faith No More-like rockers it had been flirting with in favor of something unique.

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