With the year winding down, I thought it would be fun to make my own “Top 10” list. So, here are my choices for the best albums of the year.
01. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
This was my number one pick, because it contains some of Slipknot’s best work to date. The whole album rocks from beginning to end and that’s saying a lot since it’s the first without Paul Gray (R.I.P.) and Joey Jordison.
02. Arch Enemy – War Eternal
I chose this one because it is one of Arch Enemy’s strongest albums. Every song is pure metal and new vocalist, Alissa White-Gluz (ex-Agonist), really brought new life to their music.
03. Suicide Silence – You Can’t Stop Me
YCSM was a great return for the band, after the tragic death of Mitch Lucker (R.I.P) It’s brutal from beginning to end and new vocalist, Eddie Hermida (ex-All Shall Perish) is great addition to the band. Also these songs are great live tracks, if you get a chance to see them.
04. Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
You can’t really go wrong with BSC, especially when it comes to their latest release, Magic Mountain. It is their hardest album to date and it has many hits, such as “Me And Mary Jane,” that’ll keep you hooked.
05. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
The self-titled debut from the supergroup, Killer Be Killed is a solid album. All the songs rock and it’s one those albums that just seems timeless. Besides, what’s not to love about a band featuring members of Mastodon, Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Mars Volta?.
06. Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
This was a good choice, because its a hard hitting album with tons of new classics. The band defiantly topped their last album (Locust) with this one.
07. Kyng – Burn The Serum
Kyng is a great new band and have continued to reach grand heights with their second album. All you have to do is listen to the title track and your hooked.
08. The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell
The Pretty Reckless topped their debut album with Going To Hell. Every song has potential to be a hit. In fact, The band even made radio history by being the second female fronted band to gain two #1 hits (“Heaven Knows, “Fucked Up World”) in a row on rock radio.
09. New Medicine – Breaking The Model
New Medicine’s first album (Race You To The Bottom) is an awesome album, so fans were eagerly awaiting a followup. Then they released BTM. Musically, it’s different from their debut and their previous work, when they were A Verse Unsung, but it still rocks and it still has that special something that makes them New Medicine.
10. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
Now this one doesn’t need an explanation. It’s the legendary, AC/DC. It kind of sucks Malcolm Young couldn’t be a part of it, due to dementia, but it still rocks as hard as their previous work.