A lot of damn great music was released. I only managed to listen to 152 albums, and 22 EP’s. Not as much as prior years, but still a good load. 2023 will surely be a *banger*, as the kids like to say.


Marcus Miller’s Top 100

Machine Head – Of Kingdom and Crown
Soilwork – Overgivenheten
Lamb of God – Omens
Decapitated – Cancer Culture
Zeal & Ardor – Zeal & Ardor
The Halo Effect – Days of the Lost
Arch Enemy – Deceivers
Highly Suspect – The Midnight Demon Club
Becoming the Archetype – Children of the Great Extinction
Without Waves – Comedian

Rammstein – Zeit
Northlane – Obsidian
Wolfheart – King of the North
The Crystal Method – The Trip Out
Drowning Pool – Strike a Nerve
Megadeth – The Sick, The Dying… and the Dead!
Bleed From Within – Shrine
Soulfly – Totem
Behemoth – Opvs Contra Natvram
Septicflesh – Modern Primitive

Caliban – Dystopia
Rob Arnold – Magnitude
Projected – Hypoxia
The Black Keys – Dropout Boogie
Mynas – Violence
Lorna Shore – Pain Remains
Bloodbath – Survival of the Sickest
Belphegor – The Devils
Chelsea Grin – Suffer in Hell
Nas – King’s Disease III

Billy Howerdel – What Normal Was
Slipknot – The End… So Far
Joss Stone – Never Forget my Love
Celldweller – Satellites
Agathodaimon – The Seven
Muse – Will of the People
Bush – The Art of Survival
Undeath – It’s Time… to Rise from the Grave
KoRn – Requiem
Corpsegrinder – Corpsegrinder

Demonical – Mass Destroyer
Witchery – Nightside
Three Days Grace – Explosions
Skid Row – The Gang’s All Here
Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts
Rolo Tomassi – Where Myth Becomes Memory
Destruction – Diabolical
Fit For an Autopsy –
Underoath – Voyeurist
Def Leppard – Diamond Star Halos

Goo Goo Dolls – Chaos in Bloom
Dynazty – Final Advent
Norma Jean – Deathrattle Sing for Me
Sunflower Dead – March of the Leper
Dream Widow – Dream Widow
Porcupine Tree – Closure/Continuation
Stick to Your Guns – Spectre
Amorphis – Halo
Once Human – Scar Weaver
Miss May I – Curse of Existence

Annihilator – Metal II
Goatwhore – Angels Hung from the Arches of Heaven
Tallah – The Generation of Danger
Pariah Was One – Heaven is a Chemical
Joji – Smithereens
The Dead Daisies – Radiance
Nothing More – Spirits
Parkway Drive – Darker Still
Ghost – Impera
The Weeknd – Dawn FM

Dark Funeral – We Are the Apocalypse
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love
Vein.fm – This World is Going to Ruin You
The Devil Wears Prada – Color Decay
Motionless in White – Scoring the End of the World
Seventh Wonder – The Testament
Crashdiet – Automaton
Venom Prison – Erebos
Alt J – The Dream
Papa Roach – Ego Trip

Gwar – The New Dark Ages
Meshuggah – Immutable
Counterparts – A Eulogy for Those Still Here
Krisiun – Mortem Solis
Bad Omens – The Death of Peace of Mind
Saxon – Carpe Diem
Venom Inc – There’s Only Black
Abbath – Dread Reaver
Tove Lo – Dirt Femme
Disturbed – Divisive

Devin Townsend – Lightwork
Anvil – Impact is Imminent
Kreator – Hate Uber Alles
Ozzy – Patient Number 9
Shinedown – Planet Zero
Grey Daze – The Phoenix
The Nocturnal Affair – (Meta)Morphosis
Ugly Kid Joe – Rad Wings of Destiny
Scorpions – Rock Believer
Whiskey Myers – Tornillo


David Neff’s Top 10

10. Tallah “The Generation of Danger”
9. Lorna Shore “Pain Remains”
8. Lamb of God “Omens”
7. Counterparts “A Eulogy for Those Still Here”
6. Coheed and Cambria “Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind”
5. Meshuggah “Immutable”
4. Animals as Leaders “Parrhesia”
3. Undeath “It’s Time … to Rise From the Grave”
2. Megadeth “The Sick, the Dying … and the Dead”
1. Soul Glo “Diaspora Problems”


Bryan Bardes’ Top Albums

Soilwork- Övergivenheten
To Whom It May- Olympian Gossip
Venom Inc.- There’s Only Black
Stabbing Westward- Chasing Ghosts
Skid Row- The Gang’s All Here
Northlane- Obsidian
King’s X- Three Sides of One
Monuments- In Stasis
Machine Head- Øf Kingdøm And Crøwn
Living Wreckage- Living Wreckage
The Crystal Method- The Trip Out
A-Z- A-Z
Architects-The Classic Symptoms of a Broken Spirit

Album of the year- Soilwork- Övergivenheten

Biggest Disappointment album of the year- Slipknot

Most surprising album- Mark Tremonti- Mark Tremonti Sings Frank Sinatra


Bobby Mansfield’s Top Albums

Dorothy – Gifts from the Holy Ghost
Rusty Shipp – Dark Side of the Ocean
Slipknot – The End, So Far
Halestorm – Back from the Dead
Korn – Requiem
Ghost – Impera
Jack White – Fear of the Dawn
Rammstein – Zeit
Parkway Drive – Darker Still
Megadeth – The Sick, The Dying… and the Dead
Ozzy Osbourne – Patient #9
Lamb of God – Omens
Porcupine Tree – Closure/Continuation
Papa Roach – Ego Trip
Polyphia – Remember That You Will Die
Devin Townsend – Lightwork
Chat Pile – God’s Country
Amon Amarth – The Great Heathen Army
The Warning – Error
Clutch – Sunrise on Slaughter Beach


Mike Usenick’s Top Albums

“Patient Number 9” – Ozzy Osbourne
“Horrifier” – Wednesday 13
“Requiem” – Korn
“Zero and Below” – Crowbar
“Ego Trip” – Papa Roach
“Pop Drunk Snot Bread” – Bowling For Soup
“Back from the Dead” – Halestorm
“Boombox” – Fozzy
“The New Dark Ages” – Gwar
“Electrified Brain” – Municipal Waste
“The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!” – Megadeth
“Anthem” – Flogging Molly
“This Machine Still Kills Fascists” – Dropkick Murphys
“Strike a Nerve” – Drowning Pool
“Omens” – Lamb of God
“Other Worlds” – Pretty Reckless
“Divisive” – Disturbed
“Thorns” – Tony Martin
“The Great Heathen Army” – Amon Amarth
“Hotel Kalifornia” – Hollywood Undead
“Synergy Restored” – 96 Bitter Beings
“Get Rollin” – Nickelback