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CaliberTV’s Best Albums of 2023… So Far

CaliberTV’s Best Albums of 2023… So Far


It’s July, which means we are officially halfway through the year! To celebrate, we decided to rank and highlight our favorite records that have released so far in 2023.

So without a further ado, here’s CaliberTV’s Top Ten Albums Of 2023… So Far:

10. Chelsea Grin – ‘Suffer In Heaven’

“The second part of the deathcore titan’s double album, ‘Suffer In Heaven’ is easily the better half of the two, being heavier and more intense than it’s predecessor. Blending atmospheric electronics with absolutely pulverizing riffage for maximum brutality under Tom Barber’s impressive vocal range, its exactly what any deathcore or Chelsea Grin fan could ever want and more. “Sing To The Grave” and the opener “Leave With Us” are two of the most fun deathcore tracks so far this year.” — Mateo Ottie 

9. Off Road Minivan – ‘May This Keep You Safe From Harm’

Off Road Minivan has always been an interesting project, providing Tuck O’Leary of Fit For A King with a different platform of musical expression. With ‘May This Keep You Safe From Harm,’ the band dives further into their mix of alternative rock and post-hardcore, resulting in a record full of soaring choruses, emotionally driven lyrics, and catchy songwriting. From the heavier moments like “Victim Complex” and “Pity Sex” to the melodic ballads like “Karma” and the closer, Off Road Minivan’s second full-length excels in every aspect of the genre.” — Tyler White

8. Hot Mulligan – ‘Why Would I Watch’

‘Why Would I Watch’ feels like a worthy successor not only to the last album, but also as an addition to their personally flawless catalog. Hot Mulligan are truly one of, if not the best to be pulling off this kind of music amongst their peers. With personal and deep lyrics poured out onto 12 songs and hooks for days, this band can go nowhere but up after this.”  Mat Abraham

Read Mat’s full review for this album here.

7. nothing,nowhere. – ‘Void Eternal’

nothing, nowhere.’s ‘Void Eternal’ is a nice change of pace from his usual alternative influenced rap to more of a post-hardcore/nu-metal/metalcore type of sound. He pulls off this sound so seamlessly with songs such as “VEN0M”, “TRAG3DY”, and “F0RTUNE_TELLER”. This record and these songs are sure to be ones that go off live and some to stay in his set from now on.”  Mat Abraham

6. Honey Revenge – ‘Retrovision’

Honey Revenge have delivered an impressive and earworm of a debut record with ‘Retrovision’. This album shows just how fun the genre can be, and implementing elements of pop-rock and pop-punk into one. This is already a highlight of the year for me and I’ll be jamming a lot of these tracks for the rest of the summer.”  Mat Abraham

Read Mat’s full review for this album here.

5. Fall Out Boy – ‘So Much (For) Stardust’

‘So Much (For) Stardust’ is the best record FOB has given us since 2008 and I can say that without a doubt. It finds once again the passion and creativity that people loved from this band in the first place. I couldn’t find a single song on this record that felt boring or disingenuous, it feels like it’s all made with love and care into the music being created. This truly feels like it’s a spiritual successor to ‘Folie’ and I never thought I’d ever say that. Fall Out Boy is back in a huge way and I hope everyone is ready to welcome back one of the greatest alternative rock bands of our generation.”  Mat Abraham

Read Mat’s full review for this album here.

4. Currents – ‘The Death We Seek’

Currents busted out one of the best metalcore albums of the year with ‘The Death We Seek’. They go for that classic metalcore sound influenced by bands like Killswitch Engage or All That Remains on this record, but in a more refined way for 2023. It shows nicely in songs such as “Living In Tragedy”, “Unfamiliar”, and “So Alone”. It’s a testament on why they’re blowing up within the scene this year.”  Mat Abraham

3. Paramore – ‘This Is Why’

“One of the things that has always separated Paramore from their contemporaries is their constant sonic evolution. On ‘This is Why’, they couldn’t sound any more removed from the soaring pop punk anthems of ‘RIOT!’, but yet, they still distinctly sound like Paramore. The album’s blend of 80s alternative and 2000s indie rock feels like a natural progression from its 80s synthpop predecessor ‘After Laughter’, and yet still fresh, still continuing to cover previously uncharted territory. ‘This Is Why’ is Paramore’s most mature and boldest album to date on all fronts and remains a thoroughly enjoyable listen, intriguing longtime fans to be fully invested in their next chapter- whatever and whenever that may be.— Mateo Ottie

Read Mateo’s full review for this album here.

2. Sleep Token – ‘Take Me Back To Eden’

“From the unsettling synth-laden opener “Chokehold” to the dramatic stripped-back closer “Euclid”, ‘Take Me Back To Eden’ is an enthralling listen from start to finish and despite clocking in at 63 minutes, it’s absolutely worthy of the time that you give it. Because of its density, the album left me surprised on many occasions even after repeated listens, and completely blew any expectations I had out of the water. While it’s not perfect and some tracks are certainly weaker than others, it’s one of the strongest releases of the year thus far and it’s easy to see why the album has so much hype surrounding it. Worship.” – Mateo Ottie

Read Mateo’s full review for this album here.

1. Invent Animate – ‘Heavener’

‘Heavener’ is a career-defining album for Invent Animate. Intricate both musically and lyrically, the record feels like a genuine passion project and its creation was a real outlet of catharsis for the band. It’s one of the most well-produced metalcore records out right now, which is made even more impressive when you realize that the record is self-produced (with some added help in Landon Tewers of The Plot In You). Invent Animate found what they were missing, and it sounds like Heaven. – Mateo Ottie 

Read Mateo’s full review for this album here.

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