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Year End 2013

Music: Pass The Mic: Record Labels on 2013

Greg Karlowitsch (Season of Mist - Sales)

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2013? (In order 1-5)

  1. In Solitude - Sister
  2. Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death
  3. Magic Circle - S/T
  4. Exhumed - Necrocracy
  5. Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse

2. What band did you discover in 2013 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

I discovered a lot of bands in 2013 with help from friends, coworkers and other peoples' "Best Of" lists. Some notable bands that came my way this year were Tribulation, Magic Circle, Nocturnal Graves, Beastmilk, and Bolzer. All of these were significant in the fact that they are classic style bands within their genre, but have a twist that hasn't happen yet in their respective scenes.

3. How will you remember 2013? (In terms of music)

A great and innovative year for the more occult and dark side of the metal spectrum.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2014?

New music from Cynic, Floor, Weedeater, Hark, Beyond Creation, Archspire, Cannabis Corpse and more!

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2014?

Hopefully new High On Fire and definitely new Tombs.

6. There is a lot of debate over streaming sites and royalties, namely with Spotify. What is your stance on the economic policies behind the current streaming services? Do you have a preferred one?

I do use some music streaming services occasionally. Personally, I think the pennies that streaming sites offer artists are still more than the 0 dollars they will see from illegal downloading. Plus, some services show tour dates based on your location, so it's good advertising to push fans to the live concert where the band actually gets their pay from. I don't think streaming services are the best thing to ever happen to music, but I also don't think that they are as evil as some people make them out to be.

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Words by the SPB team on Jan. 11, 2014, 4:46 p.m.

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