Friends Of Foes debuted earlier this year, and from the first word that they existed, we've been anticipating what they have to offer. So far, the band have done everything but let us down. Their first single "Control" promised some of the best alternative music to leave studios since the 90's, and their debut full length Chronophobic delivered just that. All year, the band have been working relentlessly on getting the album into the hands of listeners and securing their spot in the music industry. It's that work ethic that impresses us most, and it's something that we majorly respect. When it came time to choose winners for the categories of Best Of The Year 2013, they were the first band we decided on. Friends Of Foes are our New-Comers Of The Year!
Still Remains last released an album of ferocious heavy metal in six years - Yes, it has been that long. But you'll find the wait was worth it the second you hit play on "Close To The Grave". The song is intense and improves on everything Still Remains did so well back before the hiatus. It's easily the best metal song we've heard all year and had their upcoming album Ceasing To Breathe come out sooner, it probably would have earned a spot in our Top 6 Albums of the year. "Close To The Grave" by Still Remains is the winner of Single Of The Year!
The Loft presented us with the hardest decision of Best Of The Year 2013. We've had a handful of videos submitted this year, each one incredible and better than we could ever expect. That added up to a lot of indecision in the Punk Nation camp over the past few weeks. Finally, we were able to narrow it down to two videos. Tied for first place are Angel Fall's parking lot performance of "Drunk Enough" and Maddy Ellwanger's chill-inducing "Kill Them All". They are some of the most talented musicians we've ever had the opportunity of working with, and we're still beyond excited to have them on Punk Nation. Angels Fall and Maddy Ellwanger are the winners of The Loft Video of The Year!