This past year had just about everything when it came to metal: Pioneers making monumental comebacks, bands taking huge risks progressing their sound, and groups stripping things down to bare bones.
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Picking our 10 best metal albums of 2013 -- from anywhere, not just L.A. -- was extremely difficult. Here are our choices.
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