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I'm starting this thread because I just can't get this Johnny Lima "Livin' Out Loud" CD out of my player. No, it's not stuck... it's just awesome! So far I've heard a lot of good albums this year, but that's the one that's rising above the pack for me so far. Really some phenomenal songwriting and a crystal clear production.

 

What have the rest of you heard that's starting out so far at the head of the pack?

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Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know, this will probably be the only 2009 release I`ll listen to :lol:

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So many great albums still to come this year that its hardly worth making a list yet, but the top runners for me are -

 

HH

 

Place Vendome / Heaven and Hell

 

Modern

 

Nural / Papa Roach

 

All 4 are excellent.

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Yeah, the Place Vendome is indeed very good, as is the Heaven & Hell and both will most likely be on my list at the end of the year. Maybe it was just that it's getting warmer, the sun came up and the Johnny Lima just really hit the spot. That guy can write some serious hooks!

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Yeah, the Place Vendome is indeed very good, as is the Heaven & Hell and both will most likely be on my list at the end of the year. Maybe it was just that it's getting warmer, the sun came up and the Johnny Lima just really hit the spot. That guy can write some serious hooks!

 

Another one to add to the ever expanding list.

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Yeah, the Place Vendome is indeed very good, as is the Heaven & Hell and both will most likely be on my list at the end of the year. Maybe it was just that it's getting warmer, the sun came up and the Johnny Lima just really hit the spot. That guy can write some serious hooks!

 

Another one to add to the ever expanding list.

I just wish I could apply "ever expanding" to my paycheck so I can keep up... :(

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My top 10 so far.

 

Saga - The Human Condition

Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know

Shakin' Street - 21st Century Love Channel

Balance - Equilibrium

Sunstorm - House Of Dreams

Place Vendome - Streets Of Fire

Free Spirit - Pale Sister Of Light

Saxon - Into The Labyrinth

FarCry - High Gear

Tinted Windows - S/T

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My faves so far...

 

Hot Leg – Red Light Fever

Chris Laney – Pure

Johnny Lima – Livin’ Out Loud <----- Great f'n stuff; been getting constant play since it arrived earlier this week

Covered Call – Money Never Sleeps

Papa Roach – Metamorphosis

FarCry – High Gear

Alias – Never Say Never

Holy Water – The Collected Sessions

The Trophy – The Gift of Life

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My faves so far...

 

Hot Leg – Red Light Fever

Chris Laney – Pure

Johnny Lima – Livin’ Out Loud <----- Great f'n stuff; been getting constant play since it arrived earlier this week

Covered Call – Money Never Sleeps

Papa Roach – Metamorphosis

FarCry – High Gear

Alias – Never Say Never

Holy Water – The Collected Sessions

The Trophy – The Gift of Life

Totally agree on the Lima, that list reminds me I've got to check out the Chris Laney.

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I haven't heard Jonny Lima yet,nor some of those bloody modern rock discs that are download only (bastards) - like Nural etc. The usual mix of MHR/Modern Rock/Metal/Deathcore-type stuff...

 

1. PLACE VENDOME - Streets of Fire

2. SUNSTORM - House of Dreams

3. OCEANO - Depths

4. FARCRY - High Gear

5. LAMB OF GOD - Wrath

6. CANNIBAL CORPSE - Evisceration Plague

7. SILVERSTEIN - A Shipwreck in the Sand

8. DAATH - The Concealers

9. ZAO - Awake

10.PAPA ROACH - Metamorphosis

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My faves so far...

 

Hot Leg – Red Light Fever

Chris Laney – Pure

Johnny Lima – Livin’ Out Loud <----- Great f'n stuff; been getting constant play since it arrived earlier this week

Covered Call – Money Never Sleeps

Papa Roach – Metamorphosis

FarCry – High Gear

Alias – Never Say Never

Holy Water – The Collected Sessions

The Trophy – The Gift of Life

Totally agree on the Lima, that list reminds me I've got to check out the Chris Laney.

 

The Chris Laney is good, but there is some definite filler.

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So far, very very roughly:

 

Bad Habit

Blackrain

Renegade Five

Sahara Rain

FarCry

Koritni

Covered Call - money never sleeps

Hot Leg

Solna

Freakshow

Revolution Renaissance Age Of Aquarius

AGE STEN NILSEN - Glamunition

Tall Stories

Herman Frank

Danger Avenue

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So far, very very roughly:

 

 

AGE STEN NILSEN - Glamunition

Tall Stories

 

Thought you hated both of those? :unsure:

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Um.....

 

Heaven & Hell - THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

 

Mainly because it's the only '09 release I've heard thus far this year.

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My top 10 so far.

 

Saga - The Human Condition

Heaven & Hell - The Devil You Know

Shakin' Street - 21st Century Love Channel

Balance - Equilibrium

Sunstorm - House Of Dreams

Place Vendome - Streets Of Fire

Free Spirit - Pale Sister Of Light

Saxon - Into The Labyrinth

FarCry - High Gear

Tinted Windows - S/T

 

Hey Jez whats Tinted Windows like, I haven't heard of that one...

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So far, very very roughly:

 

 

AGE STEN NILSEN - Glamunition

Tall Stories

 

Thought you hated both of those? :unsure:

 

hence theyre towards the bottom..

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in my mind definitely one of the best so far in 2009:

 

HEART OF CYGNUS - Over Mountain, Under Hill :bowdown:

 

but some great stuff will be there in the upcoming weeks / month: DREAM THEATER, GOTTHARD, CAGE, MYSTIC PROPHECY... so the list will be filled for sure with some goodies...

 

btw, BLACK S.... ähm, HEAVEN & HELL rockzs

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It's already been a really solid year for rock and metal in my book!

A FEW of my favorite releases so far (in no particular order);

 

- Freakshow - "Freakshow"

- FarCry - "High Gear"

- Wildstreet - "Wildstreet"

- Place Vendome - "Streets Of Fire"

- Nasty Idols - "Boys Town"

- Chris Laney - "Pure"

- Great White - "Rising"

 

There are still a lot of others that I haven't heard yet and am really looking forward to!

I'm really looking forward to the new albums from Ratt & Lita Ford.... now I know Johnny Lima's new one is already out, but I haven't heard it YET.

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1. Heaven & Hell "The Devil You Know"

2. FarCry "High Gear"

3. The Answer "Everyday Demons"

4. Impellitteri "Wicked Maiden"

5. Helstar "King of Hell"

6. Saxon "Into the Labyrinth"

7. Great White "Rising"

8. Hammerfall "No Sacrifice, No Victory"

9. Charlemagne "Charlemagne"

10. Queensryche "American Soldier"

11. High Noon "No Turning Back"

12. Pistol Dawn "Conversation Piece"

13. Gynger Lynn "Gynger Lynn"

 

Two new ones that are kicking my butt:

 

Wildstreet "Wildstreet"

Johnny Lima "Livin Out Loud"

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Um.....

 

Heaven & Hell - THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

 

Mainly because it's the only '09 release I've heard thus far this year.

 

I believe you've heard the new Hammerfall, Impellitteri, Saxon, Helstar and Queensryche.

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Um.....

 

Heaven & Hell - THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

 

Mainly because it's the only '09 release I've heard thus far this year.

 

I believe you've heard the new Hammerfall, Impellitteri, Saxon, Helstar and Queensryche.

 

Um...oh yea, right. Forgot about HammerFall. :lol: I guess that means it made a real big impression on me huh?? :rofl2:

 

You got me on a technicality with Saxon and Helstar... they were '08 releases in Europe (tho they weren't released in the US till '09).

 

Haven't sampled Impellitteri (spelling?) yet and deliberately ignored the Queensryche after hearing the single/video... I'm simply not interested in that one...

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Oh yeah, gotta throw this one in there as well;

 

Sunstorm - "House of Dreams"

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Um.....

 

Heaven & Hell - THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

 

Mainly because it's the only '09 release I've heard thus far this year.

 

I believe you've heard the new Hammerfall, Impellitteri, Saxon, Helstar and Queensryche.

 

Um...oh yea, right. Forgot about HammerFall. :lol: I guess that means it made a real big impression on me huh?? :rofl2:

 

You got me on a technicality with Saxon and Helstar... they were '08 releases in Europe (tho they weren't released in the US till '09).

 

Haven't sampled Impellitteri (spelling?) yet and deliberately ignored the Queensryche after hearing the single/video... I'm simply not interested in that one...

 

The Hammerfall is solid but nothing near as exceptional as their first 3 or 4 discs.

Yeah the Saxon and Helstar came out in the US in 2009 and that's why I see them as 2009 releases and both are excellent as well. The Impellitteri rules too.

 

The Queensryche I'm not sure what to think about. I have it and I've only played all the way through twice.

There's some good moments and I appreciate what they were trying to do with the concept but as a "Queensryche" release it pales in comparison to the first 5 releases. The production is great though.

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I'm yet to hear Freakshow or 3 of the 4 Eonian discs (should be here this afternoon) and the list is only tentative due to my purchase of 66 CDs from Secondspin, which has really eaten into new release CD listening time. Anyway, as it stands at the moment:

 

My two top 10's are:

 

MHR1:

1. Place Vendome - Streets of fire

2. Farcry - High gear

3. Wildstreet - s/t

4. Chris Laney - Pure

5. Sunstorm - House of dreams

6. Bad Habit - Above and beyond

7. Covered Call - Money never sleeps

8. Johnny Lima - Living out loud

9. The Trophy - The gift of life

10. Allied Nation -Touch n' Go

 

MHR2:

1. Fallbrooke - s/t

2. Papa Roach - Metamorphosis

3. Halestorm- s/t

4. Silverstein - A shipwreck in the sand

5. Burn Halo -s/t

6. A Day to Remember - Homesick

7. Ghosts of Gloria - Voices from the redroom

8. Madina Lake - Attics to eden

9. Nural - Entitlement

10. Down From Up - From ashes to empire

 

I do want to make a not before Glen beats me to a pulp. Nural is one of the must-hear discs I need to spin a lot more to really decide it's place in this list. On the first few spins 'Up against' and the ballad were amazing, but still not completely sold on the rest. However, I do not take the kind of praise you've delivered lightly, so I really need to spin this again, soon, and often.

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