Best Albums: Blackjazz refinement, punk fury, and pulling a Dave Grohl

Destined to be one of the best albums of 2013, Shining’s One One One picks up where Blackjazz left off — as a refinement of the band’s frenzied, progressive, jazz-infused avant-metal.

Featuring vocalist Justin Pearson of The Locust, Retox drops another dose of high-speed aggression and witty/pithy song titles.

Former Double Dagger drummer Denny Bowen pulls a Dave Grohl, handling guitar and vocals for the fuzzed-out, hook-filled Roomrunner.

Honorable Mentions

Aceyalone: Leanin’ on Slick (Decon)

Alice in Chains: The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Capitol)

ASG: Blood Drive (Relapse)

Baths: Obsidian (Anticon)

Chaostar: Anomima (Season of Mist)

CocoRosie: Tales of a GrassWidow (Transistor)

Eureka the Butcher: Music for Mothers (Rodriguez Lopez Productions)

Imaginary Cities: Fall of Romance (Votiv)

Kylesa: Ultraviolet (Season of Mist)

Mount Kimbie: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (Warp)

Tricky: False Idols (False Idols)

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