This year for me has been pretty decent, lots of releases I've enjoyed quite a lot. Here's my top 10 albums this year and a few EPs at the end which I feel also deserve a mention.
Number 10 :-
SOUNDGARDEN - KING ANIMAL
A very worthy comeback since their last album if you ask me. Soundgarden are a band I have missed out on for many years and a good friend of mine introducing them to me properly is one of the best things to ever happen to me musically. I do feel that this album isn't as good as I'd hoped as the first three tracks are the ones that get me going most. However, it is still very enjoyable to listen to and I hope these guys carry on for many more years ahead.
Number 9 :-
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY - APOCALYPTIC LOVE
A brilliant follow up to Slash's debut album, using Myles Kennedy as the main vocalist was definitely the right thing to do. A very catchy album and very good to listen to when you're trying to chill out or something. Don't really know much else to say about it really, I just enjoy listening to it.
Number 8 :-
SYLOSIS - MONOLITH
Didn't live up to the album beforehand but nevertheless this album is pretty amazing. Definitely for those who are into the technical side of metal which is heavy as hell. Real admiration for this band having the lead guitarist also the vocalist, I hope to see them live at some point.
Number 7 :-
LAMB OF GOD - RESOLUTION
Although I think the album cover is very bitmapped and cheap looking I enjoy this album a lot. The sludgey starter gets you very into the mood and then when it carries on to the lamb of god we all love and know there is just nothing to dislike. If you haven't heard this one yet, I recommend you do. Now.
Number 6 :-
ROYAL REPUBLIC - SAVE THE NATION
Brilliant band that deserves so much more attention. Their music is so fun and upbeat you just want to go crazy to it. At first I wasn't fond on this album at all, but I've listened to it over many times now and I now prefer it to their previous release. It has a more serious tone than their last (but not too serious!) and I feel the production on this one sounds better as it feels more raw rather than over produced.
Number 5 :-
RUSH - CLOCKWORK ANGELS
Been waiting a long time for Rush to make another release and they absolutely nailed it. They've never lost it through their career and I seriously can't wait to see them next year. It's safe to say they're a perfect band and anyone who hasn't listened to anything by them yet desperately needs to. There is a nice mix of soft and heavy on this album which Rush are masters of both.
Number 4 :-
HIGH ON FIRE - DE VERMIS MYSTERIIS
This band are very new to me but this album is easily one of my favourites of this year. The raw sludgey stoner tone is brilliant and the riffs just make you want to wet yourself. You have to admire what they're doing, especially due to the fact they're only a three piece. One of my favourite things about the album is the fact one of the songs has a dual between guitar solo and bass solo.
Number 3 :-
MACHINE HEAD - MACHINE FUCKING HEAD LIVE
Surprised at how amazing this live album turned out. Hearing all my favorite machine head songs this way was just mind blowing. Most of the songs were taken from the show local to me too, which due to laziness I unfortunately didn't attend. All machine head fans should get themselves a copy of this, it's definitely worth it!
Number 2 :-
STONE SOUR - HOUSE OF GOLD AND BONES PT. 1
I've only heard this album all the way through a few times, simply because I loved it so much the first time I went and asked to get it for christmas. To me it sounded like the best material Stone Sour have released to date! It's a shame about Shawn leaving so suddenly and quietly considering he was a founding member but I guess they'll still manage. Really looking forward to hearing part 2 next year, especially if it's to these standards.
NUMBER 1 :-
TREMONTI - ALL I WAS
Without a doubt my favorite album of this year. I absolutely love this perfect mix of bad-ass thrash/speed metal combined with the good old hard rock sound in some areas. Mark is definitely one of my favorite guitarists of all time and this also proves what an amazing singer he turns out to be also! Everything about this album for me is perfect and I really want to hear the b-sides that didn't make it onto the album sometime soon. I did manage to see them live in October, one of the best shows I've seen to date.
Here are a few EP's that I feel are worthy of a mention that came out this year.
DOWN - THE PURPLE EP
Althought I feel Down could have done this a bit better, it doesn't matter so much considering it's part 1 of 4. They have stuck to their true sabbath sounding sound which is what makes them awesome.
REVOCATION - TERATOGENESIS
Revocation are a fine band with very talented musicians and the best thing about this EP was it was free on release! Nothing here would disappoint a thrash/death fan so I advise you go try see if it's still free so you can listen too!