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As we're into Q2 of 2013, what are your faves of the year so far?

 

For me:

 

W.E.T. - Rise Up

The Poodles - Tour de Force

Amaranthe - The Nexus

Saffire - From Ashes to Fire

Pretty Maids - Motherland

A Life Divided - The Great Escape

John Elefante - On My Way to the Sun

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PC69 - Cerimonial

I know this is a mixed bag for some. For me it is very good, top to bottom. Where it lands at the end of 2013 though, I don't know.

 

Nasty Bulletz - Right Time To Rock You

'Cause this is my fav style, sleazy hard rock.

 

De La Cruz - Street Level

Just plan "FUN"!

 

Crashdiet - Savage Playground

Yes it is a fav of mine. If it had the production I would say it would be a top 3. But since it does not have the production it will drop somewhere in the top 15-20.

 

Honorable Mention:

Shakra - Powerplay

Yeah, could use a bit more punch, but it's still very good.

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Beats me. I've only gotten three 2013 releases thus far this year, one of which is merely a reissue of old stuff (Dust's Hard Attack/Dust)... and the other two (Anthrax's Anthems and Beatallica's Abbey Load) are good but nothin that blew my socks off.

 

There's a whole laundry list of other crap I wanna get but don't have the funds at the moment... f*ckin' economy. :cussing:

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Serenity - War of Ages

Æther Realm - One Chosen by the Gods

Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle

W.E.T. - Rise Up

Gloryhammer - Tales From the Kingdom of Fife

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Steve Lukather - Transition

Pretty Maids - Motherland

Lifesigns - S/T

Lordi - To Beast Or Not to Beast

FM - Rockville /II

Orianthi - Heaven In This Hell

Saxon - Sacrifices

Summers - 364

Von Hertzen Bros. - Nine Lives

Vega - What The Hell

Stala & So. - Play Another Ground

Dan Reed - Signal Fire

A Life Divided - The Great Escape

W.E.T. - Rise Up

Heartbreak Radio - On Air

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Quite a few on my want list that I haven't picked up yet, but out of what I do have:

 

Krokus - Dirty Dynamite

Pretty Maids - Motherland

Pink Cream 69 - Ceremonial

Helloween - Straight Out of Hell

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W.E.T.

Santa Cruz

De La Cruz

Pretty Maids

The Wild Lies

Redrum

Crashdiet

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Steve Lukather - Transition

Pretty Maids - Motherland

Lifesigns - S/T

Lordi - To Beast Or Not to Beast

FM - Rockville /II

Orianthi - Heaven In This Hell

Saxon - Sacrifices

Summers - 364

Von Hertzen Bros. - Nine Lives

Vega - What The Hell

Stala & So. - Play Another Ground

Dan Reed - Signal Fire

A Life Divided - The Great Escape

W.E.T. - Rise Up

Heartbreak Radio - On Air

 

What's that ORIANTHI disc like? I liked her other album a lot...

 

 

My faves are:-

 

W.E.T - Rise Up

PRETTY MAIDS - Motherland

FALL OUT BOY - Save Rock & Roll

VEGA - What the Hell (though it's still weaker than I'd hoped)

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Steve Lukather - Transition

Pretty Maids - Motherland

Lifesigns - S/T

Lordi - To Beast Or Not to Beast

FM - Rockville /II

Orianthi - Heaven In This Hell

Saxon - Sacrifices

Summers - 364

Von Hertzen Bros. - Nine Lives

Vega - What The Hell

Stala & So. - Play Another Ground

Dan Reed - Signal Fire

A Life Divided - The Great Escape

W.E.T. - Rise Up

Heartbreak Radio - On Air

 

What's that ORIANTHI disc like? I liked her other album a lot...

 

 

 

Yeah it's a goodie. Very varied musically, but some great tunes.

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In my opinion there has been a whole bunch of dross so far in 2013 with several releases falling way short of expectation....esp in the AOR department & modern rock.

 

Struggling to put a top 10 together but there are some cracking albums in this lot - in no order

 

WET

Pretty Maids

De La Cruz

Santa Cruz

Crashdiet

Tainted Nation

Heavens Basement

Hardcore Superstar

Vega

 

 

Really hoping that there are some albums still to come which will challenge these - thinking Work Of Art, Brother Firetribe, Night Ranger, Reckless Love, Edens Curse, Skillet, Degreed etc

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So far this year 2013 has been sort of a let down. Some really good titles but nothing that has blown me away.

 

My faves are pretty the same as everyone elses.

 

The biggest suprise so far is that the Vega got on my nerves and I don't listen to it anymore and the one disc that I thought would get on my nerves because of the accented vocals but has turned out to be a really good one is the Diamond Dawn.

 

Either the W.E.T. or Pretty Maids are my faves so far.

 

I'm hoping the second half of 2013 blows me away.

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So far this year 2013 has been sort of a let down. Some really good titles but nothing that has blown me away.

 

My faves are pretty the same as everyone elses.

 

The biggest suprise so far is that the Vega got on my nerves and I don't listen to it anymore and the one disc that I thought would get on my nerves because of the accented vocals but has turned out to be a really good one is the Diamond Dawn.

 

Either the W.E.T. or Pretty Maids are my faves so far.

 

I'm hoping the second half of 2013 blows me away.

 

Ouch, that Diamond Dawn is weak imo...........

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Pretty Maids - Motherland

Moritz - SOS

The Poodles - Tour de Force

Summers - 364

Redrum - Victims Of Our Circumstances

Rage Of Angels - Dreamworld

Voodoo Circle - More Than One Way Home

Shakra - Powerplay

Fair Warning - Sundancer

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So far this year 2013 has been sort of a let down. Some really good titles but nothing that has blown me away.

 

My faves are pretty the same as everyone elses.

 

The biggest suprise so far is that the Vega got on my nerves and I don't listen to it anymore and the one disc that I thought would get on my nerves because of the accented vocals but has turned out to be a really good one is the Diamond Dawn.

 

Either the W.E.T. or Pretty Maids are my faves so far.

 

I'm hoping the second half of 2013 blows me away.

 

Ouch, that Diamond Dawn is weak imo...........

 

Give it a chance, after 6 or 7 spins it started growing on me, sorta like Wigelius did last year. By no means is it the best of the year, but it's better than I thought it would be. I'll certainly buy the bands next release, unless they jump ship and go in a totally different direction.

 

I still think the best is yet to come, like you said new WOA, Brother Firetribe, Reckless Love and the Poodles should be frontrunners by the end of the year. Those are probably 4 of my top 10 bands at the moment, so I'm expecting big things.

 

Plus if Waltham ever release the online disc called Wicked Waltham, I'll be praising 2013 like I did 2008 through 2012.

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so far on my top 10

 

W.E.T - Rise Up

VEGA - What The Hell !

DIAMOND DAWN - Overdrive

EDGE - Heaven Knows

VOODOO CIRCLE - More Than One Way Home

SANTA CRUZ - Screaming For Adrenaline

STRYPER - Second Coming

AIRLESS - Changes

WILD ROSE - Dangerous

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@ Tim (2) - I had a feeling you'd be on board with me about the new Fallout Boy disc. Won't rule my list this year, but I like it - damn good CD.

@ Glen - so that Tainted Nation CD held up for you? I liked it initially a lot, but struggle through it now. I agree with you in general that it's been a slow start to the year. Barely anything is cracking 80% for me and I especially agree that modern rock is struggling to deliver.

 

My top 11 (11 as I need to include at least one modern rock disc, and a damn good one it is) as it is today:

 

1 . Vega - What The Hell

2 . W.E.T. - Rise Up

3 . Paris - Only One Life

4 . Wild Rose - Dangerous

5 . Pretty Maids - Motherland

6 . Bai Bang - All Around The World

7 . De La Cruz - Street Level

8 . Santa Cruz - Screaming For Adrenaline

9 . Hardcore Superstar - C'Mon Take On Me

10 . Summers - 364

11. Escape The Fate - Ungrateful

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Good to see someone else appreciating De La Cruz - still a killer disc for me.

 

Tainted Nation is probably worth 75-80% - gives you a clue as to where this year is at.

 

Fully expect some great albums in the second half tho :-)

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I certainly do hope the 2nd half of the year is better. I need at least a few albums to rate 90% or over, alongside Vega.

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no crashdiet goeff?

 

To be honest, mate, I actually haven't got around to reviewing that one yet this year. Just keep missing it. I did acknowledge it before I made the list, but the entire bottom half of that list is CDs I rated 81-82% and I really don't think that the Crashiet disc will crack the 80% mark, so I felt safe excluding it. I'll get to it this week and see how I go, though. I foresee a early to mid-70% rating.

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@ Tim (2) - I had a feeling you'd be on board with me about the new Fallout Boy disc. Won't rule my list this year, but I like it - damn good CD.

@ Glen - so that Tainted Nation CD held up for you? I liked it initially a lot, but struggle through it now. I agree with you in general that it's been a slow start to the year. Barely anything is cracking 80% for me and I especially agree that modern rock is struggling to deliver.

 

My top 11 (11 as I need to include at least one modern rock disc, and a damn good one it is) as it is today:

 

1 . Vega - What The Hell

2 . W.E.T. - Rise Up

3 . Paris - Only One Life

4 . Wild Rose - Dangerous

5 . Pretty Maids - Motherland

6 . Bai Bang - All Around The World

7 . De La Cruz - Street Level

8 . Santa Cruz - Screaming For Adrenaline

9 . Hardcore Superstar - C'Mon Take On Me

10 . Summers - 364

11. Escape The Fate - Ungrateful

 

What is this 'Summers' band ? modern rock stuff or MHR ?

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@ Tim (2) - I had a feeling you'd be on board with me about the new Fallout Boy disc. Won't rule my list this year, but I like it - damn good CD.

@ Glen - so that Tainted Nation CD held up for you? I liked it initially a lot, but struggle through it now. I agree with you in general that it's been a slow start to the year. Barely anything is cracking 80% for me and I especially agree that modern rock is struggling to deliver.

 

My top 11 (11 as I need to include at least one modern rock disc, and a damn good one it is) as it is today:

 

1 . Vega - What The Hell

2 . W.E.T. - Rise Up

3 . Paris - Only One Life

4 . Wild Rose - Dangerous

5 . Pretty Maids - Motherland

6 . Bai Bang - All Around The World

7 . De La Cruz - Street Level

8 . Santa Cruz - Screaming For Adrenaline

9 . Hardcore Superstar - C'Mon Take On Me

10 . Summers - 364

11. Escape The Fate - Ungrateful

 

What is this 'Summers' band ? modern rock stuff or MHR ?

 

About as un-modern as 'Hysteria.' They're a melodic rock band which borrow a lot from bands like Def Leppard. Nothing even remotely modern about them. ;)

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