2012 was a great year for music, especially for the bands that defined the genres of music they helped shape. So here’s my top 10 albums of 2012!

10. ¡Uno! – Green Day.
¡Uno! Now most of my friends know I use to be a massive Green Day fan, I eventually grew out of them in a sense, especially when 21st Century Breakdown was released, I did not like that album one little. I learnt not too long before the release of ¡Uno! that Green Day was doing a 3 album release this year, so I thought I’d check it out, thinking it might bring me back as a fan. For their modern sound it’s pretty good, it’s definitely my choice out of the three releases from them. It’s earned it’s place at number 10 on my list.

 

9. Music From Another Dimension! – Aerosmith
Music From Another Dimension Aerosmith, they have been a staple band to Rock N’ Roll since 1970, they have released some classic songs like Walk This Way, Dream On & Sweet Emotion. They’re back with their 15th album, which is mile ahead of their previous releases. In my opinion, their best since Permanent Vacation. I was cautious with this release given they were once again working with outside writers. I was quite impressed with what they released, especially after hearing the first single Legendary Child. It’s a solid release from a band who should never had a crap release in the first place.

 
8. A Different Kind Of Truth – Van Halen
A Different Kind Of Truth Van Halen’s first studio effort in close to 15 years and their first in over 20 with David Lee Roth! It was great to see DLR back at the front of Van Halen, after all it’s what made Van Halen, Van Halen apart from Eddie’s guitar playing, was Dave’s voice & showmanship. I was glad they released this album, since it has possibly one of my favourite rock songs of all times on it, Blood and Fire. It proved even without Michael Anthony on backing vocals & bass the band could still power on. I also think that Wolfgang Van Halen, is quite an acceptable replacement, that kid can play bass like no one’s business!

 
7. House Of Gold & Bones Part 1 – Stone Sour
House of Gold & Bones Part 1Stone Sour, i’ve loved this band since their self titled release in 2003. What wasn’t to love from that release, it was heavy & angry. It appealed to the teenager in me! Also it had swearing, I liked swearing. This is Stone Sours 4th studio release and is part of a 2 album release. It’s a concept album, no doubt about that, it tells a story. I’m pretty impressed with it, I’ve listened to it a lot of often than I did with Audio Secrecy, which is weird considering I loved Audio Secrecy. As much as the band changes from release to release, they still seem to keep some of that original charm that made me love them.

 
6. Last Of A Dyin’ Breed – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Last Of A Dyin' BreedLynyrd Skynyrd, one of the few bands to lose a lead singer and manage to carry on and keep building a fan base. I’ve not been the biggest Skynyrd fan, I do like their staple songs, Tuesday’s Gone, Freebird, Sweet Home Alabama etc.. But this album really struck a note with me. From hearing the title track of the album I was hooked. I didn’t think Skynyrd would be a band I would ever get into properly, but weirder things have happened with me & my taste in music. As I said up there, 2012 is for sure the year for those who helped define & shaped Rock N’ Roll & their respective genres.

 
5. La Futura – ZZ Top
La FuturaThe little band from Texas as they’re sometimes referred to. Billy & Dusty both look like they could be part of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang with those beards. I was really impressed with this album, it was more of the ZZ Top I know than what they have put out in the past, spanning from new wave to dance rock (KISS anyone?) but this time it’s more the blues/rock groove of where they started. It’s definitely one of my more favourite releases from ZZ Top and of bands this year.

 
 
4. Clockwork Angels – RUSH
Clockwork AngelsThey were a band I only started listening to in the last few years, it’s something I sorely regret, since this trio can not put out a dud album. With Geddy Lee’s vocals & amazing bass skills, Neil Pearts drumming & song writing & Alex Lifeson’s guitar playing it’s a recipe for success. Clockwork Angels is the bands 19th release.. As usual they nail the whole concept album and telling a story. It also features in a few songs a full string section, which compliments the songs rather nicely. I would never have thought at the start of the year I would be placing this album so high up, but I have.

 
3. spook & Destroy EP – Wednesday 13
Spook & Destroy EPI know, I know it’s an EP (extended play) but I had to mention it, it’s a great 8 track EP by Wednesday, even if 3 are old songs redone and 3 are remixes with 2 brand new songs! It’s Wednesday 13, I don’t care i’ve supported his solo career where ever possible. I own all his solo releases, I don’t pirate his work, I attend his shows where I can, I also buy his merch! The two new songs remind of Wednesday 13 (yes I am still sour about Skeletons because it was too personal) Halloween 13-13 has a great tune to it, for some reason I just really like it.

 
 
2. All I Was – Tremonti
TremontiMark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and sadly of Creed fame more so. He’s a phenomenal guitarist and to a lesser degree song writer, though he’s still pretty good at that. I wasn’t sure what to make of this project of his, but I thought i’d check it out anyway and for a debut album it’s solid. I hope he puts out more badass metal tunes like this. Also he has a pretty damn good singing voice. It wasn’t until recently I noticed he shared vocal duties on “Words Darker Than Their Wings” with Myles on ABIII.5. Over all it’s a great album and well worthy of my #2 spot. But I kind of have a soft spot for Mark and his work especially with Alter Bridge.
 
1. Apocalyptic Love – Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Apocalyptic LoveTo anyone that knows me this should not be a surprise, given my love I have for this album, Slash & Myles Kennedy. It’s just the greatest rock album of the last 15 years or there abouts, maybe longer. I know a lot of people hate this album and call Slash a sell out for it, I don’t understand why. It’s a Rock N’ Roll album, it’s Slash, one of the more dedicated and better guitar players out there still doing what he loves. Slash has already stated he’s working on his next release with his current line up. I can’t wait for it, if it’s half as good as Apocalyptic Love then it will be awesome. it has also some great songs like Bad Rain, Apocalyptic Love, One Last Thrill & Anastasia (a real personal favourite)

Looking back whilst there were not many releases I got this year, there were still some amazing releases! Notably those I mentioned here. Even if most were from bands & artists before my time, it goes to show they haven’t gone out of style/lost it with old age.

This is my last post for 2012, see you all in the new year or something to that effect!

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