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Bonus List: Top 2 Rock Albums of 2013

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Mark 2013 as the year I became a fan of Clutch with Earth Rocker and the year Alice in Chains continued to keep radio rock tolerable with The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (seriously, this disc gets a ton of play on the radio in these parts at least). While both albums could fall under the category of metal – and were reviewed on this very site – they are more rock than metal.

Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

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Alice in Chains is on a roll with its post-Layne Staley era releases. In fact, my biggest complaint for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was it felt like William Duvall wasn’t allowed to take charge as often as I would like to see (check out “Phantom Limb”/”Hung on a Hook” I want more of this!). Jerry Cantrell continues to deliver as always though in a proper balancing of trademark grooves and melancholic acoustic numbers.

Clutch – Earth Rocker

Earth Rocker Cover

If you hang out at a lot of shows/around dudes that listen to rock and metal music long enough, it’s likely you have found a “Clutch dude.” Generally sporting a beard and probably holding a beer in an outdoor setting, this guy will proceed to tell you how he “just can’t get enough of that Clutch groove” and “wishes more bands would dial back a bit like Clutch does.” For some reason, despite how likeable Clutch dude may seem, I just couldn’t get into this band. Until Earth Rocker hit and it quickly became one of my most listened to albums of 2013. It also makes for the perfect roadtrip album, as it’s heavy enough to get your hard rock fix, while still being mainstream enough for most casual music listeners’ palates. Here’s to you, Clutch dude!

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Written by Eric

January 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

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