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I'm just now starting my in-depth listening for the "Best of 2019" awards, listening through all the albums that I initially rated as 4.5/5 or 5/5, and starting to winnow down the field. I'm goin

Wow, I understand the issue with GoK vocalist, but, fekk it, it has a killer aftertaste!I've already sceduled to tattoo the Crazy Lixx artwork  of the 1st tee of the latest lp , minus the lettering(th

personally I'm looking forward to -   Lebrock, Nitrate, Work of Art, Eclipse, Reckless Love, Crashdiet, Revolution Saints, The Defiants, Degreed, One Desire, The Fell, Steel Panther  an

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2 hours ago, AlphaMale said:

Too early??

 

I don't think so, even though most of the potential standout releases are due out later in the year, it's always enjoyable to see what recent ones other people have enjoyed listening to.

From what I've heard so far this year my favorites are:

  1. Roulette - Now!
  2. Flotsam and Jetsam - The End of Chaos
  3. Rain or Shine - The Darkest Part of Me
  4. The End Machine - S/T
  5. Temple Balls - Untamed

I think for me the most notable releases have been the ones I've been disappointed with (Kane Roberts, Tora Tora, Tesla, and L.A. Guns) and although I don't consider any of those bad albums, I was expecting better having been a big fan of most of their prior releases. 

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3 hours ago, kourosofsteel3 said:

Dream Theater

Queensryche

Darkwater - Human

 

 

I enjoyed the new Queensryche also, just missed my early year top 5.  I haven't heard your other two selections just yet, but have read mostly positive comments about the new DT and I recall Darkwater's last album, Where Stories End, being a good one, so I'll plan on giving those two albums a listen soon

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Solid but pretty tame top five so far, but hopefully better to come. A lot of disappointments so far this year. This is the best so far, imo;

1    .    Find Me     -    Angels In Blue

2    .    Roulette     -    Now!

3    .    Toby Hitchcock     -    Reckoning

4    .    To the Rats and Wolves     -    Cheap Love

5    .    Michael Oakley     -    Introspect

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Yeah not much too shout about...yet,some really tasty releases to come though,so much to look forward to,for me so far...

Temple Balls - Untamed

Rain Or Shine - The Darkest Part Of Me

Cats In Space - Daytrip To Narnia

Find Me - Angels In Blue

also like most parts of Wild America - Gasoline,John Diva - Mama Said & Westbound - Volume 1

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My favorites are off the radar:

99 Crimes is pretty solid

Queensryche's The Verdict

Babylon Shakes

Hell's Addiction

Jetboy

Overkill

Find Me

The Treatment

 

Biggest Disappointments:

Tesla

Kane Roberts

The End Machine

Inglorious

Tora Tora

Blood Red Saints

Starbreaker

 

 

 

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Only one that really sticks out for m is Tesla.

Mike Tramp released his best album in years, but I need to give this more time

My daughters band, Greyview, released an EP, so I should probably include that.

The End Machine was good

Need to try The TReatment again but from memory it was very ACDC, so likely won't many any of my lists.

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Gathering Of Kings is very good
Find Me is nice
Temple Balls has some good songs
DeVicious is good
Queensryche is good

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Cats in Space

Find me

Dream theater

TOP 3 SO FAR

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I've heard plenty of good EPs disguised as albums ;)

The only album worth listening to so far this year is Cats in Space.

I predict big things though from May onwards -

Crazy Lixx
Lebrock
Work of Art
Eclipse
Reckless Love
First Signal
Crashdiet
Revolution Saints
The Defiants
Degreed
One Desire

and I'm lovin the sound of Cannonballz 

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On 4/12/2019 at 3:13 PM, Glen said:

I've heard plenty of good EPs disguised as albums ;)

The only album worth listening to so far this year is Cats in Space.

I predict big things though from May onwards -

Crazy Lixx
Lebrock
Work of Art
Eclipse
Reckless Love
First Signal
Crashdiet
Revolution Saints
The Defiants
Degreed
One Desire

and I'm lovin the sound of Cannonballz 

I didn't catch that right away. I thought, "EPs? Well, come on, tell us which ones." 

I must have missed the announcement of new Rev Saints. That's good news. 

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On 4/13/2019 at 8:13 AM, Glen said:

I've heard plenty of good EPs disguised as albums ;)

The only album worth listening to so far this year is Cats in Space.

I predict big things though from May onwards -

Crazy Lixx
Lebrock
Work of Art
Eclipse
Reckless Love
First Signal
Crashdiet
Revolution Saints
The Defiants
Degreed
One Desire

and I'm lovin the sound of Cannonballz 

I predict your prediction is correct. What a line up. 

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1.  Avantasia - Moonglow

2.  Battle Beast - No More Hollywood Endings

3.  Beast In Black - From Hell With Love

4.  Soilwork - Verkligheten

5.  Sevi - Follow Me

6.  Frozen Crown - Crowned In Frost

7.  Within Temptation - Resist

8.  Bloodbound - Rise Of The Dragon Empire

9.  Soen - Lotus

10. Evergrey - The Atlantic

11. The Treatment - Power Crazy

12. Cats In Space - Daytrip To Narnia

13. Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water

14. Rage Of Light - Imploder

15. Silver Bullet - Mooncult

16. Inglorious - Ride To Nowhere

17. In Flames - I, The Mask

18. Ex Libris - Ann - Chapter 2

19. Burning Rain - Face The Music

20. LA Guns - The Devil You Know

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24 minutes ago, tobi is an animal said:

13. Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water

 

lol. What's that doing in your list? Another irritating ex-rock artist doing some cliche all-the-rage light pop thing without even a hint of their former self. These types or artists are really annoying me. 

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17 hours ago, Geoff said:

lol. What's that doing in your list? Another irritating ex-rock artist doing some cliche all-the-rage light pop thing without even a hint of their former self. These types or artists are really annoying me. 

I like it. But I've never listened to her stuff before. 

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2 hours ago, PeterS said:

I like it. But I've never listened to her stuff before. 

Some of it's unexpectedly pretty decent. It's not metal, but it's nice pop rock. Actually has guitars n' drums n' stuff. Unlike whatever this new shit is. :(

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Cats In Space

Dream Theater

Within Temptation

Battle Beast

Beast In Black

Queensryche 

 

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12 hours ago, Jez said:

Cats In Space

Dream Theater

Within Temptation

Battle Beast

Beast In Black

Queensryche 

 

DT is good but unspectacular. Not a patch on Thresholds Legends imo.

Beast in Black has about 4 or 5 great songs but the rest are a bit meh .

 

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so far the top 5 now for me are Find Me, Toby Hitchcock, First Night, Roulette, and Beast In Black

the new DT is far from their peak, quite decent and good but not great enough for me, still struggling with Burning Rain, Tesla, Jetboy and Hardline, I reckon they will fall in the 75% range

the bad one is The End Machine, LA Guns, Kane Roberts

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On 4/12/2019 at 6:13 PM, Glen said:

I've heard plenty of good EPs disguised as albums ;)

The only album worth listening to so far this year is Cats in Space.

I predict big things though from May onwards -

Crazy Lixx
Lebrock
Work of Art
Eclipse
Reckless Love
First Signal
Crashdiet
Revolution Saints
The Defiants
Degreed
One Desire

and I'm lovin the sound of Cannonballz 

Add to that list
TMF
Whitesnake

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On 4/13/2019 at 3:43 AM, Glen said:

I've heard plenty of good EPs disguised as albums ;)

The only album worth listening to so far this year is Cats in Space.

I predict big things though from May onwards -

Crazy Lixx
Lebrock
Work of Art
Eclipse
Reckless Love
First Signal
Crashdiet
Revolution Saints
The Defiants
Degreed
One Desire

and I'm lovin the sound of Cannonballz 

Lebrock??...that's great news. Can't wait!

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