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    • Actually got a bit discouraged with the whole thing this year and wasn't going to bother, but I just thought why not and whipped up my list. I've cut it down to 40, because I did.  40 . Groundbreaker - Soul to Soul ; safe, solid and consistently decent tunes. 39 . Paris - 50 / 50 ; sounds like Newman, but a much better version of Newman than the man himself, these days. 38 . Blood Red Saints - Undisputed ; surprisingly solid album matching some of the form of their surprisingly solid debut a few years ago. 37 . dEMOTIONAL - Scandinavian Aftermath ; good, catchy and heavy tunes. I diggit. 36 . Station - Perspective ; it's patchy, but I can't deny that when these guys are good they're pretty damn good. Would love better production and more consistency than this, but they're still a good band.  35 . The Darkest Moment - Blindsight ; probably the most massive sounding album of the year. Heavy as fuck, but equally as heavy on ballads, which sound awesome.  34 . Eclipse - Wired ; Eclipse doing Eclipse stuff and things is never a band thing, nor is it here.  33 . Anchors & Hearts - Guns Against Liberty ; another heavy one but featuring some absolute killer cuts. 32 . Bad Habit - Autonomy ; Bad Habit doing Bad Habit stuff and things is never a bad thing, nor is it here. These guys and Eclipse have a formula, and it works.  31 . A Day To Remember - You're Welcome ; one of their better and most consistent album, with less screams than ever. Very good album. 30 . Rivals - Sad Looks Pretty On Me ; excellent female fronted hard rock. 29 . Asking Alexandria - See What’s On The Inside ; one of the most consistent bands of the last decade, to be honest. Don't know why they're not more popular even on a more traditional hard rock forum. Great album, as usual.  28 . Nestor - Kids in a ghost town ; madly over-hyped, but still a good album after the dust settled. Good, solid stuff.  27 . Diamante - American Dream ; particularly killer title track cut, but overall another good, solid female fronted album.  26 . Kent Hilli - The Rumble ; great voice, strong album. One of the stars of the genre today.  25 . Supernova Plasmajets - Now or Never ; massive surprise packet, delivered a slightly scrappy, but very hook-laden album of joy.  24 . Vega - Anarchy and Unity ; like Eclipse and Bad Habit, you know what you're going to get and it's always excellent.  23 . Grayscale - Umbra ; probably the surprise of the year for me in terms of how much I enjoyed this album without giving it too much consideration leading into it. Features one of my top songs of the entire year too.  22 . Levara - Levara ; very high quality melodic rock. Some more killer cuts on this, and a very fine album. 21 . Houston - IV ; like a few bands above, always delivering albums at a high level and this was no exception.  20 . Crazy Lixx - Street Lethal ; another tried and trusted band delivering another good album. 19 . 7th Heaven - Be Here ; again, consistent as the day is long. Always can be assured of a quality album, and so happy that it now features great production work as well.  18 . Creye - II ; one of the best current melodic rock bands, in my opinion, delivering an album which shows why.  17 . Issa - Queen of Broken Hearts ; the moaners will moan, and the melodic rock fans will enjoy. Another high quality release from another very consistent performer in melodic rock, despite the small group of HH haters, whom I would gather are in the minority of the melodic rock community when it comes to Issa. 😉 16 . W O L F C L U B - Just Drive - Part 1 ; excellent synthwave with a lot of these tunes forming the soundtrack to my 2022.  15 . The Night Game - Dog Years ; patchy to a degree, but incredibly catchy and even the songs I might not usually warm to, I did. Endearing, is how I'd describe this album. Love it.  14 . Robin McAuley - Standing on the Edge ; what on earth is this doing this high up, I ask myself as I type this live. But fair play, it's a really good, consistent album and I kept waiting for a dud track that never really came. Possibly the most consistent album of his career?  13 . The LRW Project - Fight & Climb ; one of my favourite new artists in recent years delivers a wonderful follow-up to a wonderful debut. Excellent stuff.  12 . Holding Absence - The Greatest Mistake of My Life ; some more massive songs on another great album from this killer modern rock band.  11 . W.E.T. - Retransmission ; surprised to see this so high on the list too, but credit where it's due. It's consistent, solid stuff and I prefer to this to their recent output.  10 . Maverick - Ethereality ; another great release from one of, if not the best straight up hard rock band doing the rounds these days. Great stuff.  9 . Chez Kane - Chez Kane ; even better than Crazy Lixx themselves. Love this album, and it was a very pleasant surprise package.  8 . Nitrate - Renegade ; nothing spectacular, but the Midnite City b-sides shine through in another extremely enjoyable album.   7 . First & Forever - Let This Love Lie Dead ; super consistent modern rock release. Each song delivers the goods and this was a joy to listen to in 2022.  6 . At 1980 - Late Night Calls ; quality synthwave. Eclipsed by an exceptional release this year, but still a great album itself.  5 . Ronnie Atkins - One Shot ; one of my favourite artists of all time releases an album I'd always wanted to hear from him, with so many awesome melodic cuts. Ear candy.  4 . Midnite City - Itch You Can't Scratch ; an unstoppable force release another album full of melodic hard rock perfection, or close to it. 🙂 3 . The Motion Epic - Boardwalk Arcadia ; tossed off and turned a bit on whether I should put this year or in the EPs, but decided to leave it here for the 6 songs and 3 great instrumental cuts. Delicious, smooth snythwave which caressed the ears.   (and as good as all those albums are, I do have to admit that it was well and truly a two horse race for me this year, with two albums being a massive cut above the rest, in my opinion. Sad that one has to take second place as they're both albums of the year in most other years, but this is how the last two fell)- 2 . The Broken View - On The Mend ; dropped late in the year with a lot of hope and expectation in my small little brain, and this lived up to it all. Sensational, extremely emotive tunes with a whole handful of 10/10 perfect songs on display. Love this album, and it pains me to not have it in the top spot.  1 . LeBrock - Fuse ; ... but I just couldn't go past this. Ironically, this and TBV are extremely different albums, and maybe the order changes depending on the way I feel on a certain day, but every time one of these songs comes on my playlist it lifts me up and I just find the whole thing a battering of joy on my ears. Love everything about it. 
    • This project gives "Evidence One" a run for it's money.      
    • guys the whole album is just like this song, which for me is good, the album caught my ear by the lead off song, and they are all really memorable, I was just stoned and this one sounded fucking sweet, honestly if this was just a song off some album id never have bothered mentioning it, the fact the whole album sounds really pretty good is my sole intention for this thread, well and how fucking barbecued I am and how totally fucking rad these choruses on this album sound to thee trained and stiffly fucking baked out of their mind ears of mine, just those fucking gigantic phony as it gets, ran through every plug in on their DAW, 4 dudes cutting 100 sides of BGV's a piece, then just wasting them away, playing games on their daw where they just throw every BGT up in the air at once and let them land where they may, no wat im sayen n shit, just BGV's so absolutely over the fucking top, that they simply sound rad as fuck when your blistered in the brain, that's all, and check out track 6 on this disc as well, hang on I'll put it up guys, don't nobody even bat an eye, I'll take care of it uploading it then having to post it, im good but thanks for the offers, you guys are great. check that, you guys are amazing.
    • Yeah, this one is a little gem. I love Carsten Shulz. A definite hired gun with many projects under his belt, but I do find him to be hit and miss. When he hits though, it's great. "Evidence One" comes to mind. It's close, this isn't as good as those albums, but it's definitely one of his big hits.  You should check out "July Reign" Cody.  
    • Was listening to this today. Yeah, bit harsh for the most part, but I did like these two songs -    
    • Not condoning self harm, but if this Neil Young fuckwit is that precious, shouldn't he also remove himself from the same planet that Rogan occupies? Absolutely cannot stand cunts like that, and I have no idea who Neil Young is, but how pathetic can a human be? Surely a man of his vintage has more in his skull than what he's showing by this "stance." What a fucking maggot. 
    • Yeah, I'm not mad about it either, but I'm intrigued about how this went under the radar. Something about it seems so familiar, and I don't know how a Carsten Schulz release would go by unnoticed, but I can't find any record of me having ever heard this one. I'll check it out, but not sure based on that tune... 
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