For the first six months of the year, everyone always says what a great year it's been for music. Suddenly, come year end, that opinion changes and now there was "nothing good" all year. Mark this week on your calendar, folks, because we gave you all the reason to remember what a great year 2013 has been for metal already. Gallileous made us feel like we were in drugs aplenty, and My Dying Bride reasserted themselves as the undisputed kings of doom and gloom. Don't say it to Timo Tolkki, but his Avalon project may have been more impressive than Avantasia. And when you can review a new female star in Upon Wings, regardless of her backing band, and the rising star Pellek and his flawless rock opera in the matter of two days, things must be going well.