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My Top 15 best of 1999 (in alphabetical order)

Anathema - Judgement
Angel Dust - Bleed
Buckcherry - Buckcherry
Burning Rain - Burning Rain
Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory
Dreamscape - Very
Evergrey - Solitude Dominance Tragedy
The Flower Kings - Flower Power
Fu Manchu - King Of The Road
Sammy Hagar - Red Voodoo
Megadeth - Risk
Royal Hunt - Fear
(Jimi Jamison's) Survivor - Empires
Ten - Spellbound
Vanden Plas - Far Off Grace


Highlights include my favourite Ten album, and in my opinion their last great album before they started to become stale and cheesy (and before Gary Hughes started sounding bored and monotonous). "Risk" was the last Megadeth album that I enjoyed, and also quite a polarising album amongst fans. Fu Manchu released my favourite album of theirs, similarly Royal Hunt with new singer John West.

A couple of great debut albums from Buckcherry and Burning Rain also came out this year, whilst Dream Theater released arguably their most ambitious album, and one of the real highlights of their catalogue. Also noteworthy is Angel Dust's "Bleed", a stunningly heavy yet melodic power metal album, and the first of a pair of masterworks from them.

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Hmm. I think I'd go with Conny Bloom. I've probably listened to that album more than the rest. By now, it should be no secret I'm a massive Electric Boys fanboy, so it makes sense. Also love that John Elefante album, though. And Mourning Widows are awesome, too.


Pretty Maids - Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing

John Elefante - Defying Gravity

Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory

Mourning Widows - Mourning Widows

Conny Bloom - Psychonaut

Edguy - Theater of Salvation

In Mynd - Veins

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At Vance-No Escape

Bob Catley-Legends

Casanova-Heroes

Commandment-Engraved in Stone

Doomsword-S/t

Gothic Knights-Kingdom of The Knights

Grave Digger-Excalibur

Jaded Heart-IV

Metropolis-The Power of The Night

Millenium-Angelfire

Narnia-Long Live The King

Newman-One Step Closer

Praying Mantis-Demorabilia

Pretty Maids-Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing

Rage-Ghosts

Riot-Sons of Society

Royal Hunt-Fear

Skyclad-Vintage Whine

Twisted Tower Dire-The Curse of Twisted Tower

Virgin Steele-The House of Atreus: Act I

Vinnie Moore-The Maze

Yngwie-Alchemy







Worth Mentioning


Artension-Forces of Nature

Bonfire-Fuel to The Flames

Concerto Moon-Rain Forest

Defyance-Time Lost

Domine-Dragonlord

Dungeon-Resurrection

Shortino-Booked, Toured,...Released!

Steel Attack-Where Mankind Fails

Ten-Spellbound

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3 will shine in 1999

 

Steelhouse Lane

Metropolis

Millenium

 

All 3 are essential

 

 

 

I concur with 2 of them!

 

 

What on earth do you not like about Steelhouse Lane??

 

Up to K so far:

 

1 . Attraction - Get Up N' Shake - 93
2 . Casanova - Heroes - 87
3 . Jaded Heart - IV - 86
4 . TNT - Transistor - 85
5 . Emerald Rain - Age Of Innocence - 85
6 . Crystal Ball - In The Beginning… - 82
7 . Def Leppard - Euphoria - 78
8 . Dante Fox - The Fire Within - 77
9 . James Christian - Rude Awakening - 76
10 . Damned Nation - Road Of Desire - 75
11 . Dokken - Erase The Slate - 74
12 . Great White - Can't Get There From Here - 74
13 . Atello - The Big Payoff - 74
14 . Bonfire - Fuel To The Flames - 73
15 . Casanova - Sway - 73
16 . Danny Danzi - Somewhere Lost In Time - 73
17 . Jesse's Powertrip - Not So Innocent - 73
18 . Vincent Kyle - A Night Like This - 73
19 . The Katies - The Katies - 72
20 . Guild Of Ages - Vox Dominatas - 72
21 . Liar - While The City Sleeps - 71
22 . Robin McAuley - Business As Usual - 71
23 . Allied Forces - R. U. Wilde - 71
24 . New American Shame - New American Shame - 71
25 . Harlan Cage - Forbidden Colours - 70
26 . Bad Moon Rising - Flames On The Moon - 70
27 . Zyris - Zyris - 68
28 . Departure - Open Your Mind - 65
29 . Donots - Better Days Not Included - 64
30 . Asylum Suite - Asylum Suite - 64
31 . Alliance - Missing Pieces - 63
32 . Frontears - Pull Push Power - 63
33 . Any Day Now - Millenium - 63
34 . Innuendo - Three - 62
35 . Gotthard - Open - 62
36 . The Ataris - Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits - 61
37 . Crown Of Thorns - Breakthrough - 60
38 . Funny Money - Back Again - 60
39 . Utopian Babies - Nothing In Moderation - 58
40 . Great King Rat - Out Of The Can - 55
41 . Conny Bloom - Psychonaut - 52
42 . The Ataris - Blues Skies, Broken Hearts… Next 12 Exits - 48
43 . Billy Talent - - 35
44 . 7 Wishes - ...When Rock'n Roll Turns To Buzinez.. - 30
45 . Aggressive Nature - Storm Coming - 30
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3 will shine in 1999

 

Steelhouse Lane

Metropolis

Millenium

 

All 3 are essential

 

 

 

I concur with 2 of them!

 

 

What on earth do you not like about Steelhouse Lane??

 

Up to K so far:

 

1 . Attraction - Get Up N' Shake - 93
2 . Casanova - Heroes - 87
3 . Jaded Heart - IV - 86
4 . TNT - Transistor - 85
5 . Emerald Rain - Age Of Innocence - 85
6 . Crystal Ball - In The Beginning… - 82
7 . Def Leppard - Euphoria - 78
8 . Dante Fox - The Fire Within - 77
9 . James Christian - Rude Awakening - 76
10 . Damned Nation - Road Of Desire - 75
11 . Dokken - Erase The Slate - 74
12 . Great White - Can't Get There From Here - 74
13 . Atello - The Big Payoff - 74
14 . Bonfire - Fuel To The Flames - 73
15 . Casanova - Sway - 73
16 . Danny Danzi - Somewhere Lost In Time - 73
17 . Jesse's Powertrip - Not So Innocent - 73
18 . Vincent Kyle - A Night Like This - 73
19 . The Katies - The Katies - 72
20 . Guild Of Ages - Vox Dominatas - 72
21 . Liar - While The City Sleeps - 71
22 . Robin McAuley - Business As Usual - 71
23 . Allied Forces - R. U. Wilde - 71
24 . New American Shame - New American Shame - 71
25 . Harlan Cage - Forbidden Colours - 70
26 . Bad Moon Rising - Flames On The Moon - 70
27 . Zyris - Zyris - 68
28 . Departure - Open Your Mind - 65
29 . Donots - Better Days Not Included - 64
30 . Asylum Suite - Asylum Suite - 64
31 . Alliance - Missing Pieces - 63
32 . Frontears - Pull Push Power - 63
33 . Any Day Now - Millenium - 63
34 . Innuendo - Three - 62
35 . Gotthard - Open - 62
36 . The Ataris - Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits - 61
37 . Crown Of Thorns - Breakthrough - 60
38 . Funny Money - Back Again - 60
39 . Utopian Babies - Nothing In Moderation - 58
40 . Great King Rat - Out Of The Can - 55
41 . Conny Bloom - Psychonaut - 52
42 . The Ataris - Blues Skies, Broken Hearts… Next 12 Exits - 48
43 . Billy Talent - - 35
44 . 7 Wishes - ...When Rock'n Roll Turns To Buzinez.. - 30
45 . Aggressive Nature - Storm Coming - 30

 

 

I never listened to it. And seeing your list, I forgot to write down Jaded Heart!

 

 

Edit: Seven Seas rules majorly the empty space, like quantum fluctuations!

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Geoff, these are "Best" album lists (i.e. favourites)... Wouldn't it be better to scan through your collection and list the best ones, rather than an incomplete list of everything you've rated? Particularly as the ratings get lower meaning they aren't the best ones.

I figure it helps provide context by indicating preferences in comparison to others, rather than having omissions because you don't own them, but if your list is incomplete because you haven't rated everything (only up to the letter "K"?), then there may be some great stuff missing simply for that reason.

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I think Geoff started rating everything from A to Z and he's about to reach K, don't worry about it, there'll come a time where he'll update it again later and each year will consist of at least 150 albums :D

 

and btw, i'm quite sure for me DREAM THEATER will be in the top 5, and I guess STEELHOUSE LANE is pretty solid too. I think I missed ATTRACTION, so need to check that asap

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Yeah, I'll have complete lists one day but I like the contribute when I can, lol. Otherwise the threads would be pretty slim. ;)

 

And to be honest, on many of the lists I see what I assume are glaring omissions too and I hope that my moderately comprehensive lists, even if incomplete, give some people some cool recommendations, as seems to have already been the case with a couple of these threads already.

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I think Geoff started rating everything from A to Z and he's about to reach K, don't worry about it, there'll come a time where he'll update it again later and each year will consist of at least 150 albums :D

 

 

I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't for the fact that people re-quote the entire list when replying to a post, and again sometimes several more times.

 

Try scrolling down these threads on a mobile phone when you've got the same list of 150 items repeated many times, lol.

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I think Geoff started rating everything from A to Z and he's about to reach K, don't worry about it, there'll come a time where he'll update it again later and each year will consist of at least 150 albums :D

 

 

I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't for the fact that people re-quote the entire list when replying to a post, and again sometimes several more times.

 

Try scrolling down these threads on a mobile phone when you've got the same list of 150 items repeated many times, lol.

 

 

Hate the quoter, not the (original) poster. ;)

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I hoped I'd have complete lists by the end of this year, but it won't be for at least another year, I don't think. I have my CD collection split into a "HH style" melodic/glam/hard rock section, and a modern rock collection. Approx 1500 in total... approx. So far I've rated up to K n the melodic rock side, and none of the modern rock ones. Aside, from random discographies I've wanted to here and there, and also a heap of albums I listed on ebay last year.

 

A-K took from January to July although I've taken the last 2 and a 1/2 weeks off work for my new baby's introduction to the family. I would love to finish my CDs by about mid next year, but I kinda want to include all the worthwhile MP3s too, for those few great albums I couldn't get on CD (or CDR).

 

But yeah, I'd hope that by the end of next year I have some kind of worthwhile list.

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Kim Mitchell - Kimosabe

​Toto - Mindfields

Valensia/ Valentine - V

Nelson - Life

King Of Hearts - 1989

Saga - Full Circle

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Edge Of Forever

Steelhouse Lane - Slaves Of The New World

Def Leppard - Euphoria

Shotgun Symphony - Sea Of Desire

Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory

Metropolis - The Power Of The Night

Brett Walker - Lift Off

Hard Rain - When The Good Times Come

Ten - Spellbound

Newman - One Step Closer

Hobbit - Two Feet Tall

Santers - Top Secrecy

Adam Bomb - Get Animal 1

Glenn Hughes - The Way It Is

Saxon - Metalhead

Kick - Consider This

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Eh... I can't come to think about any really good album from this year. The year that the rock God forgot about. Pass.

 

I'm curious to know if you've not heard anything from, for instance, my list? Or the other lists? Good albums to be had if you dig not too deep at all.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Bonfire - Fuel To The Flames

Burning Rain - S/T

Casanova - Heroes

Damned Nation - Road of Desire

Dirty Deeds - Real World

Guild of Ages - Vox Dominatas

Hair of the Dog - Rise

In Flames - Colony

Jaded Heart - IV

Johnny Lima - Shine On

Robin McAuley - Business As Usual

Millenium - Angelfire

Newman - One Step Closer

Pretty Maids - Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing

The Promise - Humanfire

Shakra - Moving Force

Shylock - S/T

Shy - Let The Hammer Fall

Steelhouse Lane - Slaves To The New World

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  • 1 year later...

 

Who is the second band?

 

Never mind, Network

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Little OT: I see Jaded Heart on best of lists for this year. I'm really enjoying IV and Michael can flat out belt. Are there other albums worth checking out by them? IV their best?

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Little OT: I see Jaded Heart on best of lists for this year. I'm really enjoying IV and Michael can flat out belt. Are there other albums worth checking out by them? IV their best?

 

All the ones with Bormann are worth checking out. Their debut is probably (arguably) their second best. But 'The Journey Will Never End' and 'Trust' are great too. The 2nd album and 'Mystery Eyes' are solid. Their first album with the new vocalist was awesome too.

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