Top 20 albums of 2019

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Well here we are, another year and another heaping pile of albums by new bands, old bands and everyone else in between. However, lets see what made my top 20 of the year! Now I know this year I have really slacked on getting reviews out which is why a lot of these albums I have not reviewed. That doesn’t mean I have been listening though and boy have I been listening this year. Lets see who made it!

 

                                              20. Fatal Curse: Breaking The Trance

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                                   19. Babylon Shakes: Exile to the Velveteen Lounge

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                                                             18. Enforcer: Zenith

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                                                      17. Tanith: In Another Time

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                                                    16. Crazy Lixx: Forever Wild

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                                                  15. Leathurbitch: Into The Night

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                                                  14. Tora Tora: Bastards of Beale

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                                                               13. Solicitor: S/T e.p

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                                                          12. Paladin: Ascension

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                                            11. Bewitcher: Under The Witching Cross

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                                                       10. Asomvel: World Shaker

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                                                      9. Duel: Valley Of Shadows

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                                                      8. War Cloud: State of Shock

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                                                        7. Spillage: Blood of Angels

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                                                   6. Diamond Head: Coffin Train

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                                                      5. Airbourne: Boneshaker

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                                                 4. The Rods: Brotherhood of Metal

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                                                 3. Toxic Holocaust: Primal Future

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                                                     2. Riot City: Burn The Night

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                                                                    1. Angel: Risen

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The return of Angel has kind of been happening for the past few years. However, with an official album under the name in years this one definitely spent the most time on my stereo the past few months. It also ranks as one of my favorite Angel releases with so many catchy and hook driven tracks.

 

Many notable inclusions this year were also:

Satan: Cruel Magic

Traveler: S/T

Treatment: Power Crazy

Fortune: II

and many many others, here’s to 2020 and a new decade of great music!

Headbanging Highlight of The Week: Night Flight Orchestra- Amber Galactic

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This weeks highlight is the third album from classic rock throwback group Night Flight Orchestra entitled “Amber Galactic” and was released May 19th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. This group harks back to the days of classic AOR and FM radio rock but with a few touches. The most interesting thing to me as well when I first heard this band was that they feature members of both Arch Enemy and Soilwork. I thought “How could these guys write classic rock just as good as modern day metal?”. Well after hearing this album I was pleasantly surprised.

The album opens with “Midnight Flyer” and right off the bat the production really catches you with very lush keyboards into a very high energy riff with lead singer Bjorn Strid who hits high soaring notes with ease. The more rocking songs such as this one and “Space Whisperer” have a very oldschool Graham Bonnet/ Alcatrazz feel to them and I even get a hint of Gillan as well. However, the album holds so much more with tracks like “Gemini” featuring a very catchy shimmering chorus soaked guitar riff, the funky disco-like “Domino”, and my favorite song being “Something Mysterious” which is so 80’s and so authentic it will be a song that sticks with me for a long long time. The album isn’t very heavy in terms of most of the artists I mention on here but every single song has monumental hooks. Even the more ballad songs with a more Journey feel such as “Josephine” or even the cheesy but catchy “Jennie” are just so fun and fresh to listen to. The album is really a feel good summer album that you have playing very loud driving through the hot summer heat and like I said before every song is a swing hit and this is easily going to make it not only on my top list of the year but way into the top 10’s as well. The band really nails that early 80’s/late 70’s sound here and if you are a fan of classic rock with big hooks , you are in for a very fun and powerful album. I also recommend looking up the bands previous two releases as well, they are definitely worth a listen!