Album of the Year
Anthrax – "We've Come For You All"
They're on your case. They're in your face. The wait was worth it. This is an album to make your ears bleed to. - DeadSun
Simply solid hard rock, right the way through. - Hobo
Anthrax return with their best album since STD, screw that... They're best album ever! - antiGUY
If you buy online one metal album this year, this should be the one. Anthrax leave everyone in the dust with this one. - Keavin
Daniel Johnston – "Fear Yourself"
– Tim Byrnes
Thanks to Mark Linkous'(Sparklehorse) eerily empathic production, Daniel Johnston finally receives the treatment his music has long deserved. Sounding at turns like the voices of ghosts in old radios and the whispered confidences of your best friend going mad, Fear Yourself is a beacon of artistic purity on a sea of great pretenders. – Tim Byrnes
Dimmu Borgir - "Death Cult Armageddon"
What do you get when you cross some of the finest, head-splitting guitar and percussion collaboration on the Metal scene with a multi-piece symphony orchestra? The album of the year. - DeadSun
Cave In – "Antenna" – Dr Fever
Bear v/s Shark – "Right Now You're In
The Best Of Hands" - Dr Fever
Electric Six – "Fire"– Dan Grote
Listening to the opening disco beat of "Danger! High Voltage" was the first time I realized that 2003 might not entirely suck. Three months later I fell in love with an album full of meathead mirth and mayhem not seen since Andrew W.K.'s first album. Listen to "Danger! High Voltage," "Dance Commander" and "Improper Dancing (in the Street)." – Dan Grote
Avenged Sevenfold – "Waking The Fallen"
Amazing. - Hobo
Pleasure Club – "Here Comes the Trick"
After experiencing a live show from Pleasure Club, I now know what people must have felt the first time they saw The Stooges perform. The revolution has begun...- Keavin
Ra – "From One" - Scott Slapp
(technically it came out in late 2002 but I didn't discover it until this year.) What an amazing album that crosses time and genre barriers and just plain gives up the goods! These guys should be superstars if only Universal could get off their asses and promote them. - Scott Slapp
If you are a fan of heavy music with progressive flavors then RA is definitely the band to check out right now! - Keavin
Posted by Lucy Furr:
Marilyn Manson's Golden Age of Grotesque. The man is brilliant, the only true artist left.
Posted by muisc:
Out of these CDs I would say Electric 6. They are so new, differnt and fun to listen to
Posted by Razjml:
I don't really agree to any of these, though I admittedly haven't heard anything by Daniel Johnston. Tim Brynes' tastes seem to correlate with mine, so I'll check him out. Of the albums released in 2003 that I bought, I think Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins and Give Up by The Postal Service are arguably the best. However, I don't buy as much newer releases as I do of older releases (meaning anything before 2003) and reissues, so this is obviously somewhat skewed. Going with Scot Slapp's logic, however, I have to say that the best release of 2003 is the deluxe re-release of Pavement's Slanted And Enchanted. Technically, it came out in late 2002 (and even more technically it first came out in 1992), but I didn't discover it until this year :)
Posted by Tool:
A Perfect Circle was easily the best CD of 2003