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I've already got a couple of decent lists, so not sure if it's too early yet but just thought I'd share anyway:

 

MHR:

 

1. Place Vendome - Streets of fire

2. Chris Laney - Pure

3. Sunstorm - House of dreams

4. Bad Habit - Above and beyond

5. Covered Call - Money never sleeps

6. Allied Nation -Touch n' Go

7. Renegade Five - Underground universe

8. Places of Power - Now is the hour

9. Alias - Never Say Never

10. TXS - Transmission X

 

11. Free Spirit - Pale sister of light

12. Coldspell - Infinite stargaze

13. Hardline - Leaving the end open

14. Sahara Rain - Sand in your hands

15. Great White - Rising

 

MHR2:

 

1. Fallbrooke - s/t

2. Papa Roach - Metamorphosis

3. Burn Halo -s/t

4. Halestorm- s/t

5. Silverstein - A shipwreck in the sand

6. A Day to Remember - Homesick

7. Ghosts of Gloria - Voices from the redroom

8. Down From Up - From ashes to empire

9. Bulletproof Messenger - Arm yourself

10. Sugar Red Drive -s/t

 

11. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Lonely road

12. New Found Glory - Not without a fight

13. Ten Second Epic - Hometown

14. Hoobastank - For(n)ever

15. Red - Innocence and Instinct

 

Of melodic rock, only the first 3 are really great... the rest just good to okay.

 

Of the modern rock, pretty damn strong top 10 already, I must admit.

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Steve Wilson 'Insurgentes'

My fave 09 release at the moment

(but I'm waiting for the Heaven & Hell 'The Devil You Know' album)

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My 3 faves have been:

 

PLACE VENDOME - Streets of Fire (the best thing this year by a mile)

LAMB OF GOD - Wrath

A DAY TO REMEMBER - Homesick

 

Not too much else has hit the spot, though I'm expecting the FarCry through my door any day now....

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I've already got a couple of decent lists, so not sure if it's too early yet but just thought I'd share anyway:

 

MHR:

 

1. Place Vendome - Streets of fire

2. Chris Laney - Pure

3. Sunstorm - House of dreams

4. Bad Habit - Above and beyond

5. Covered Call - Money never sleeps

6. Allied Nation -Touch n' Go

7. Renegade Five - Underground universe

8. Places of Power - Now is the hour

9. Alias - Never Say Never

10. TXS - Transmission X

 

11. Free Spirit - Pale sister of light

12. Coldspell - Infinite stargaze

13. Hardline - Leaving the end open

14. Sahara Rain - Sand in your hands

15. Great White - Rising

 

Seriously, the quality falls of a cliff after the top 3 - you ought to try soundbytes before you buy mate. :lol:

 

P.s. Surprised you like the PAPA ROACH disc as much, is very generic-sounding Hard Rock with only a couple of really strong tunes...

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It's 2009 already? Damn, and here I'm still writing "2007" on my checks. :blink:

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I haven't bought a 2009 release yet, well unless you count FarCry which hasn't been released yet.

 

PRIMAL FEAR's out in a couple of weeks, the soundclips are pretty impressive, & I reckon you'll love the new ANTHRAX too (killer stuff)....

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My 3 faves have been:

 

PLACE VENDOME - Streets of Fire (the best thing this year by a mile)

LAMB OF GOD - Wrath

A DAY TO REMEMBER - Homesick

 

Not too much else has hit the spot, though I'm expecting the FarCry through my door any day now....

Backed On The L.O.G. :tumbsup:

 

 

and the FryCry :tumbsup:

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(but I'm waiting for the Heaven & Hell 'The Devil You Know' album)

 

Absolutely mate :tumbsup:

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(but I'm waiting for the Heaven & Hell 'The Devil You Know' album)

 

Absolutely mate :tumbsup:

 

Not long now, 3 weeks or so!! :headbanger:

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(but I'm waiting for the Heaven & Hell 'The Devil You Know' album)

 

Absolutely mate :tumbsup:

 

Not long now, 3 weeks or so!! :headbanger:

 

Seen it on Playcom with dvd??

 

Is there a couple of versions to be made available?

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(but I'm waiting for the Heaven & Hell 'The Devil You Know' album)

 

Absolutely mate :tumbsup:

 

Not long now, 3 weeks or so!! :headbanger:

 

Seen it on Playcom with dvd??

 

Is there a couple of versions to be made available?

 

I presume the ltd edition + DVD and regular versions. For £9 you can't go wrong.

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(but I'm waiting for the Heaven & Hell 'The Devil You Know' album)

 

Absolutely mate :tumbsup:

 

Not long now, 3 weeks or so!! :headbanger:

 

Seen it on Playcom with dvd??

 

Is there a couple of versions to be made available?

 

I presume the ltd edition + DVD and regular versions. For £9 you can't go wrong.

 

Bargain, roll on end of April :tumbsup:

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Seriously, the quality falls of a cliff after the top 3 - you ought to try soundbytes before you buy mate. :lol:

 

P.s. Surprised you like the PAPA ROACH disc as much, is very generic-sounding Hard Rock with only a couple of really strong tunes...

Yeah, I do like the Covered Call disc and the Bad Habit one is good, but I don't expect them to be in my top 20 by year's end, and if they are it'll be a very, very poor year for melodic rock. As you say, aside from the top 3 it's pretty much a ghost town.

 

As for Papa Roach, absolutely love that disc. Sure, it's not the commercial / melodic rock bliss of 'Paramour Sessions', but I still really love this brand of in-your-face hard rock. Everytime I put the disc on I have to slip the volume up several notches because it just rips my face apart. I really genuinely dig every song and sure, I would have loved some tracks like 'Forever', 'What do you do?' and 'Reckless'... but I honestly can't fault what did make it onto the CD.

 

The modern list will change around a bit, but I expect Papa Roach to stay very high this year.

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7. Renegade Five - Underground universe

11. Free Spirit - Pale sister of light

 

Renegade Five is well down... thought you loved that?

 

Hows the Free Spirit?

Renegade Five are fine. After a few spins, though, they just sound like every other Finnish band (I don't care if they're not Finnish) and only that one song I really, really love stood out for me. It's a good disc, though.

 

Free Spirit is 100% thru and thru a by-the-numbers Finnish disc. If you're in the mood, it's fine. Again, I know they're not Finnish but they may as well be. It kind of bores me, though it is a good, strong and solid disc.

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I haven't bought a 2009 release yet, well unless you count FarCry which hasn't been released yet.

 

PRIMAL FEAR's out in a couple of weeks, the soundclips are pretty impressive, & I reckon you'll love the new ANTHRAX too (killer stuff)....

 

I'll get both of those and the new Heaven&Hell and I still need to get the new Hammerfall.

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Way too early to tell yet, but judging by what I already have bought and what is coming in, it's gonna be another tough year to choose.

 

A few choice picks this year so far.

 

Saxon - Into The Labyrinth

Heaven's Basement - EP.

Robbie Valentine - Androgenius

Sturm Und Drang - Rock 'n' Roll Children

Places Of Power - Now Is The Hour

Free Spirit - Pale Sister Of Light

Jeff Scott Soto - Beautiful Mess

Allied Nation - Touch And Go

Balance - Equilibrium

Place Vendome - Streets Of Fire

Renegade Five - Undergrounded Universe

Coldspell - Infinite Stargaze

Eye - 2 Hearts

Bad Habit - Above And Beyond

Hot Leg - Red Light Fever

 

 

Plus after hearIng the full discs, these are guaranteed top 10 places, and on the way as we speak.

 

Saga - The Human Condition

Shakin' Street - 21st Century Love Channel

Rydell & Quick - R.O.C.K.O.H.O.L.I.C

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Because I like to be a pain:

 

Sturm Und Drang - Rock 'n' Roll Children is a (very fine) 2008 release. Remove immediately!

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Because I like to be a pain:

 

Sturm Und Drang - Rock 'n' Roll Children is a (very fine) 2008 release. Remove immediately!

 

The Full International release I believe is January 2009, so there it shall stay. ;)

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