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Soundwave Brisbane 2014:

Missed Alter Bridge (only caught the last half of Blackbird & the last song Rise Today) but the band sounded tight, way better than when I saw them in 2012.

Richie Sambora was good, but he was shown up by Orianthi when it came to guitar playing, he was still great, but not as great as I was expecting. Richie managed to ruin Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil, to the point where I had no idea what the song was until the chorus. He played some Bon Jovi some solo stuff, was a good mix, he nailed the Bon Jovi stuff vocal wise and put Jon to shame really, and Orianthi sung Living On A Prayer which was just epic, her voice suits it. Saying that I was rather happy I got to see Orianthi tear it up live, the first chance i’ve really had to see her since I discovered her music a few years ago.

ImageOrianthi performing with Richie Sambora & his band.

The Living End, amazing as usual. I was pleased by the reception they got from the crowd, since they had been receiving a lot of hate online since they were announced. Was a good set from them, I was disappointed they didn’t take the chance to play Long Live The Weekend, would’ve been a good closer, not that West End Riot wasn’t a good choice, since it was. Also their version of Jailbreak was great. I think that’s three Soundwaves i’ve been to now that a band has covered AC/DC..

ImageThe Living End

Placebo were good, not a fan, but they were decent live. They were pretty non interactive with the crowd though, singer did a bit here & there but for the most they just played their songs and that was it.

A Day To Remember, were alright, they also have some interesting things for the crowd and such like getting someone to crowd surf and then get someone to crowd surf that person like a surfboard. Also sticking the singer in a giant blow up ball and chucking him into the crowd was cool. They also had rolls of dunny paper thrown into the crowd on their last song, hardcore bands I tell ya. They also tried to start a circle pit but failed I think haha.

ImageThe singer of A Day To Remember & his bubble

Alice In Chains, couldn’t hear DuVall’s vocals at all which was annoying to say the least, otherwise they seemed alright. The worst part however was the crowd especially those deciding to share bodily fluids like blood around the front so at that point I left and the fact people were shoving people for the hell of it like they were attempting to start fights..

Jimmy Eat World, they were alright. Don’t listen to them but they were enjoyable for the 20 or so minutes I watched them.

Green Day; they played 29 songs which included half of Dookie and about the same of American Idiot. They only played for 2 & a half hours so they left the stage at something like 9:35 so that was a kick in the teeth if you ask me since they could’ve played for the other 25 minutes. But you get that, they were good though saying that. They also haven’t changed the structure of their live show over the last 10 years, which isn’t a surprise but I didn’t really expect it to be same sorta thing. Though the t-shirt cannon was rad 😛 never seen a shirt launched 60+ metres in the air and about as far out haha. Also a few audience members got to participate in songs whether it was singing or like the chick who got to play Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover) and then got to keep the guitar (which looked like a Fender Telecaster) that was cool.

ImageTwo bands I wanted to see most I didn’t get to see that being Alter Bridge & Newsted (since they had last minute cancellation but oh well) I also wanted to see Bowling For Soup but I got lazy and decided not to, I probably should’ve gone, I tried to locate the signing tent to go meet them but I ran into my mates and got chatting with them instead lol.

It was no Soundwave 2013 or 2012.. I don’t think anything will top those two for me again unless Metallica headline again or Slipknot/Stone Sour play again..

I hope AJ follows through and ends up having Soundwave made into a 2 day festival in the near future.

So over all I had a good day, even my 12 dollar burger was edible, tasty and actually filling! and I would gladly do it all again next week if I could.

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Stone Sour: a cocktail featuring amaretto liqueur, orange juice and sweet & sour mix, or more commonly known as the heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, formed by Slipknot singer Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root.

I’ve been following Stone Sour since their return in 2002/2003 from their hiatus in 1997 when Corey & James joined Slipknot in 1997 & 1999. Stone Sour has been a big player in my life in shaping me to who I am, I have made some amazing friends via their music. Most recently & notably my friend Kat who is a great person and has been there for me during some tough times of late. Easily Stone Sour would be a top 5 band of mine along with Slipknot & Metallica, those three bands are responsible more than any other band I listen for me being me, I like to think.

Not sure where I am going with this blog, apart from the fact I have been only listening to Stone Sour since I was able to finally see them at Soundwave last Saturday. It’s given me time to reflect how much the band has matured in the last 10 years since their debut self titled album came out. Back then, they were raw, pissed off and wanted to show everyone they were just that. The years to follow they found their sound & style and kept fine tuning it as each album came along. It’s obvious they never wanted to be the same from record to record unlike many bands have done because it’s a fail safe for them and they know it will always be a hit with their fans. But Stone Sour, nope, a mix of heavy, soft and in the middle is what they are and always will be. Some albums feature more heavy Come What(ever) May for example, whilst some feature softer songs like Audio Secrecy whilst still retaining that edge that makes them Stone Sour.

I always thought Audio Secrecy was one of my least favourite Stone Sour album and Come What(ever) May was my most favourite, it wasn’t until I had this discussion with a friend where she opened my eyes and I realised I don’t exactly have a favourite Stone Sour album, because I love them all despite they are all being different in some way from each other, which makes them unique and great. Especially House of Gold & Bones Part 1, I wasn’t in the right state of mind/place at the time when it came out so I never really gave it a proper listen. In fact I was probably in the worst place I had been in quite sometime when that came out back in October last year. Where I wasn’t into listening to much music, I pretty much stuck to listening to Slash, Alter Bridge & RUSH. Thankfully I made a great friend from the Stone Sour forums who helped me through it all.

Stone Sour, Soundwave Feb 23rd 2013

Stone Sour fans, some of them are amazing some of them, well I question if they’re actually fans given how much they bitch about the band. One thing that has always annoyed me about Stone Sour fans is the ones who say “Stone Sour sold out with this radio rock song” I would like to point out that Stone Sour never sold out, well in my opinion they never did since what I govern a sell out is making the same sounding record over and over again to guarantee sales, sure it works for some bands and you don’t want them to change, but for other bands, change is important, and with Stone Sour I think change is crucial. Who cares if the bands new single is a radio friendly song, their other previous singles from the album are definitely a lot heavier and ballsy.

I know I was probably one of those whiny fans at one point, but i’m not any more, i’ve grown up and realised what kind of band Stone Sour is. I don’t think they’re one to conform to what is wanted by the label or society, as much as it looks like it could be that sometimes, I am sure it is not. But also to those saying Stone Sour write radio friendly songs in terms for hits, where’s your logic behind that? Stone Sour has had on at least every album that has been a huge commercial success, whether that was Bother, Through Glass, Hesitate etc. They will always have that one song that will appeal to the masses that lets them discover the band. Which from a commercial standpoint is never a bad thing having more customers.

As I sit here writing this I have Audio Secrecy playing in the background, I decided to give House of Gold & Bones a rest for the moment since I was on my 63rd listen this morning since Soundwave, whoops. I think I know where this is going now, I just wanted to reflect on what Stone Sour means to me and what sort of impact they have had on me throughout my life. It’s been a positive influence, their music has been there through the lowest of lows for me and it’s made me feel not as alone as I would otherwise.

So to end this on a positive note, I just would like to thank those of my friends who I met thanks to Stone Sours music, you guys are truly some of the best people to grace this planet in terms of friends and being loyal to me.

Love you all.

My second time attending the Australian one day festival titled ‘Soundwave’ again I was setting off with my mate Mike. Unlike last year it was just Mike & I this time, no one else! Though I am hoping next year or the year following a dear friend of mine from England might be joining us for Soundwave! The traffic was non existent on the M1 northbound, couldn’t say the same for southbound, sucked to be anyone going south, ha!

So we got to Brisbane found the best parking EVER (5 dollars for 24 hours, BARGAIN!) and it was only a short walk from the showgrounds. We set off to the RNA Showgrounds in anticipation of not missing out on the first bands we want to see Anthrax for me and Dragonforce for Mike. So I made my way to Stage 1A where I planned to be all day, at first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in the pit or not, I soon decided that it wasn’t worth NOT being in the pit especially since it wasn’t that full yet and I had plenty of barrier access!

Anthrax!
ANTHRAX!

My first band for the day and a band I have been wanting to see live for years now! Their set was pretty short only 45 minutes, which meant they only had time for about 5 or 7 songs 😦 and most of the material came from Among The Living, I was hoping more from Spreading The Disease and Worship Music (their latest album) they also threw in their cover of AC/DC’s T.N.T which was a really awesome cover, just a shame the crowd wasn’t that enthusiastic. My only issue with Anthrax’s set was Joey’s microphone was pretty damn quiet compared to everyone else, also fill in guitarist Jon Donais from Shadows Fall lead was almost unheard in the mix, which was a disappointment. Jon Dette (former Slayer drummer) was filling in for Charlie Benante who sadly had to sit out due to personal reasons, but he stepped up and did an amazing job.

Anthrax’s set as follows (from memory)
Caught in a Mosh
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
Antisocial
Indians
Hymn 1 (played over PA)
In the End
T.N.T.
I Am the Law

It was a pretty good set, but I wasn’t that familiar/a fan of most songs they played. I wanted to hear more from the new album and some from Spreading The Disease.

Stone Sour!
STONE SOUR!

I’ve been a fan of this band since they reformed back in 2002/2003 and have wanted to see them live ever since, and yesterday was my chance I wasn’t going to let that slip through my fingers! I was in the same spot where I was for Anthrax, right on the barrier stage right (left of the stage if you’re looking at it) or Josh Rands side if you’ve been to a Stone Sour show before. I was pumped to see them, probably more excited for them than I was Metallica. The set opened with Gone Sovereign and into Absolute Zero the two opening tracks off their new album House of Gold & Bones Part 1. So much energy from Corey, he also sounded PHENOMENAL! Everytime I see him his voice has gotten better, I thought he couldn’t top it with Slipknot last year with his vocals, but I was wrong! His voice is like a fine wine gets better with age.

The band went onto play Mission Statement followed by two new songs, then the obligatory playing of Through Glass which actually brought a tear to my eye and reminded me of those amazing friends I have met thanks to Stone Sour, it was beautiful. It was at that point where Josh attempted to throw a pick to me and the girl next to me, but landed short next to the security guard who wasn’t exactly helpful (he redeemed himself later that night though by giving me a Metallica beach ball) he threw the picks deeper into the crowd. Oh well!

The band closed on their highly energetic song 30-30/150 which in a sense means a lot to me, since I had printed on the back of my year 12 jersey in high school. Over all it was an amazing set, I just wish they had a 90 minute set or something. Given the band A Perfect Circle were dead boring and did not fit being on Soundwave. As usual Corey was great with the crowd, he’s a real character live. He’s fun and knows how to interact with a crowd. This picture here is possibly my favourite that I took all day, and it just so happens to be of Corey Taylor throwing water at me.

Corey Taylor

It’s just an awesome action shot of Corey, one that I am quite proud of.

The setlist for their 45 minute set was as follows, some stuff maybe out of order though.

Gone Sovereign
Absolute Zero
Mission Statement
A Rumor of Skin
RU486
Through Glass
Reborn
Say You’ll Haunt Me
30/30-150

Slayer
SLAYER!

It was time for the band I was rather sceptical to see after the weeks events with drummer Dave Lombardo. So I wasn’t going to go to their stage and lose my awesome Metallica spot. I was genuinely excited to see Slayer, but I had been feeling it less and less as the day progressed. Not that Jon Dette who replaced Dave isn’t a bad drummer, he’s actually quite great was just the fact it was Tom & Kerry being the only 2 original members in Slayer at the moment which was a real let down, since Kerry is dead on stage and Tom, whilst he is awesome it’s obvious he’s been feeling it less and less these days. Where as Jeff & Dave always came off as the life of the band and with them both not present it sucks. Though Gary Holt (Exodus) and Jon Dette (former Slayer) were great live.

Slayer opened with Disciple, fucking killer. Jon’s double kicks were powerful, so much so it actually hurt. They played all their hits, which was cool. The crowd seemed to love them. I seemed to ruin a blokes day who was handing out the wrist bands telling him that Dave wasn’t present, sorry dude!

The thing I was sorely unimpressed with Slayer was Toms vocals were soft and Gary’s leads were not mixed into both channels making it look like his guitar was turned right down. We finally heard him on the left side of the arena during their 3 encore songs. But other than that all you could hear was Kerry King which was pretty boring, might I say..

Slayers set was something a bit like this, there’s either something missing or it’s out of order.

Disciple
Die by the Sword
War Ensemble
Chemical Warfare
Altar of Sacrifice
Jesus Saves
Mandatory Suicide
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
Angel of Death
South of Heaven
Raining Blood

Then it was a painstakingly long wait for Metallica had to put up with some band I had never heard of “A Perfect Circle” who were dead boring and had no idea how to interact with the crowd or themselves. The singer also looked like he was coked out of his mind. Linkin Park then came on afterwards, they’re okay, but i’m not a huge fan of them they have a few alright songs.

METALLICA!

It was now time for the biggest band in the world, that’s right the band 50,000 odd people came to see, Metallica. The band opened with Hit The Lights which sent the crowd INSANE, myself included. They then went into Master of Puppets, possibly their best song ever written. They ran through a few older songs from Justice & Puppets before playing something a little newer Fuel, when James sung the line “Gimme Fuel, Gimme Fire, Gimme That Which I desire” the entire back of the stage lit up in flames from the pyro. You could feel the heat 30 odd metres away at the barrier, it was something. Cyanide followed Fuel, it was also the only song off Death Magnetic they played which sucked cause I like a few other songs off that and the EP as well. During Cyanide the camera guy who was positioned front of the stage went down along the barrier 3 or 4 times during the song, broad coast everyone who came into view up on the massive screen at the back of the stage, of course I got a bit of screen time which ended up being texted by a bunch of mates who were also there saying they saw me. There’s also a blurry as fuck picture circulating facebook!

After Cyanide it was some older tunes then intermission, which was followed by a short videoclip and then the gun fire started.. Yep, it was the intro to One. The whole stage was lit up with all sorts pyrotechnics from small charges, all the way upto fireworks lighting up the sky, it was spectacular. As the smoke cleared James entered and started playing the opening riff to One. The band powered through another 4 songs before ending on Enter Sandman which ended in James on the stage floor with the cameraman zooming into his guitar pick which had a special design for the Australian tour, which consisted of an Australian flag one side with Metallica 2013 and the other side a map of Australia with Australia in the Metallica font with a Kangaroo with a skull and horns.

After that the band left the stage, only to have AC/DC’s ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ play over the PA whilst the band went to prepare for their encore of three songs. Their encore consisted of Creeping Death, Battery & Seek & Destroy. The final song of the night Seek & Destroy was energetic as all hell, during the set the Metallica crew threw Metallica branded beach balls into the crowd and more descended from the top of the stage! It was truly a great way to end the night. After the show was over, that wasn’t it, the band came back out with plastic cups full of guitar picks for us! And Lars have out a dozen or so drum sticks. It was really awesome to see a band of their stature put so much effort into giving back to their fans.

Metallica’s set as taken from Metallica.com was as follows.

Hit the Lights
Master of Puppets
The Shortest Straw
Harvester of Sorrow
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Fuel
Cyanide
Sad but True
Fade to Black
…And Justice for All
One
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Blackened
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

Encore:
Creeping Death
Battery
Seek & Destroy

After that we made the timely walk back to the car to head home. It was great cause all we had to do was get in the car and drive out. No waiting around for an hour to pay for parking, downside no talking to cute girls, but we all have to make sacrifices. So we hit the highway and went south first stopping at Yatala for food, but it was too packed with people from Soundwave so we thought fuck that! and decided on Coomera about 10-15 minutes down the road. Which was a smart move there was next to no one there at all! We got some “food” and then went on our merry way at this point it was 1am and we were both buggered, it was a long day and we just wanted sleep. I got home around 1:45am and promptly passed out after texting a friend to let her know I was home safe.

And what I scored from Metallica/my ticket/time table/wrist band for the day.

Stuff!

Metallica; a Thrash Metal band formed in Los Angeles circa 1981, they were amongst the Glam & Hair bands that were largely present at the time in the LA music scene. They some how managed to stay above the ocean of hair spray, spandex, leather, high heels & make up with their heavy, gritty, fast paced, mean sounding music.

They’re one of four big bands that came from the United States are are governed as The Big Four of Thrash Metal, the others being; Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax. Metallica being the largest of the four followed by Slayer then Megadeth and in last place sadly Anthrax, who I think as a live band are the best of the four, especially when fronted by the all amazing & talented Joey Belladonna on vocals.

Back to Metallica, by 1983 Metallica had already been through two band members bassist Ron McGoveney had come and gone & lead guitarist Dave Mustaine has been booted out for his alcoholism and general attitude to the band. Which was the best thing to ever have happened to Dave because it gave him the fuel needed to start Megadeth, which in itself is a rather respectable band, even if Dave is not when he opens his mouth and it is not on stage during a song.

By then Metallica consisted of James Hetfield on lead vocals & guitar, Lars Ulrich on drums, Cliff Burton on bass & Kirk Hammet on lead guitar. This line up formed the band for their first three releases, Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning & my personal favourite Master of Puppets. Then rolled around the European Master of Puppets tour in 1986 where a tragic accident in Sweden left Cliff Burton dead at the age of 24. Metallica was now with out a bass player and had to abandon their European fans mid tour. It wasn’t looking good for them, but they weren’t going to throw in the towel there. They held extensive auditions for a new bass player and finally they settled on Jason Newstead, who was a huge Metallica fan also, so he went from looking up from the crowd in his home town on year at a Metallica show to looking down on the crowd all within the space of a year.

The band released an EP with Jason, then a full studio album, their fourth effort titled “…And Justice For All” it was Metallica’s first album to debut in the top 10 and it was proving things were only going to get better and bigger for them from here on in. That proved so with them being nominated for a Grammy and most likely to win, although they did not, they lost out to Jetro Tull.

The 90’s rolled around and Metallica teamed up with the famous music producer Bob Rock, who was known for working with bands like Motley Crue, Aerosmith & Bon Jovi. He was brought in after James Hetfield loved his production work on Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood album. Whilst still hating Motley Crue, because they were seen as rivals. Metallica being the bad boys of Metal & Motley Crue the bad boys of Sunset Strip & Rock N’ Roll in general.

Bob came in to help the band for their new album simply titled ‘Metallica’ or ‘The Black Album’ as it is more commonly called due to it’s black album with nothing more than Metallica in the top left and the bands snake logo bottom right in a dark grey. The Black Album is considered to be where Metallica sold out. This is where I beg to differ that Metallica never sold out. They simply expanded their horizons musically, they brought in someone who knew what he was doing and how to help the band define their sound on each song and get them to try different things. Bob Rock also made James take singing lessons which James believes saved his voice.

I see why some say Metallica sold out because they changed but, to me it’s the total opposite, they gambled by changing their musical direction, it gave them the chance to reach a wider audience. It would make more sense to say a band like Slayer, AC/DC or Motorhead are sell outs because they make the same sounding album every cycle. It’s a safe bet for sales and fan retention, I get that also, they want to stay relevant in their genre with their fans, not gamble and potentially lose their fan base & their status. But this change worked for Metallica, they became bigger than ever, possibly the largest in their entire career today.

The Black Album flew off shelves and recently it was titled in the USA as the best selling album of the Soundscan era (1991 to present day), surpassing Shania Twains 1997 album. It sold in excess of 20 million albums in the USA, and continues to sell about another million units per year world wide, and world wide it has sold over 30 million units.

Bob Rock worked wonders with Metallica so much so they kept him around until 2003. Between 1990 & 2003 the band released Load & ReLoad, Garage, Inc., which was all covers from various influences to Metallica over the years, especially Motorhead, 3 of their songs feature on the double album. They also recorded a live album the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which was Jason Newsteads last recorded work with the band. Then in 2003 Metallica released their most controversial album to date titled “St. Anger”

St. Anger, it was the last Metallica album to be produced by Bob Rock it also took the band 2 years to record the album. It’s most known for it’s lack of guitar solo’s (there is not a single one on the album) and Lars Ulrichs infamous tin can snare, which he has received all kinds of backlash, but he simply just laughs at it these days and pokes fun at it. Whilst the album debuted at number 1, it was not a fan favourite. Though it is a favourite of mine. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s a good thrash metal album!

Critics gave it a negative view, but some also said if it wasn’t Metallica it would’ve made for a great debut garage thrash metal album. They’re right, if Metallica had not put it out, it would’ve been seen as a master piece. But it was Metallica and they were seen as a bunch of sellouts by 2003.

By then the band was on their third bass player who was ex bassist for Ozzy Osbournes band & Suicidal Tendencies, Robert Trujillo. An exceptional bass player, who has more style and sound like that of later Cliff Burton. Robert is a true fit for Metallica, not that Jason wasn’t a bad pick either.

in 2008 the band released Death Magnetic, with producer Rick Rubin who is known for working with Slayer, Slipknot, Beastie Boys, ZZ Top Aerosmith & The Red Hot Chilli Peppers! The band returned to long 9 minute songs, with guitar solo’s and regained some of their thrash credibility.

Over all I do not think Metallica sold out, they did what they had to, to either survive, adapt or to fuck with people because they’re Metallica, the biggest band in Metal.

Happy New Year people.

Not much is new with me so far, though I did get my new phone! Nothing fancy, tis only an iPhone 4, though, it’s quite awesome I must say. It does everything my old iPhone 3G couldn’t do, which was pretty much everything. Especially Twitter, it now launches Twitter instantly without crashing ten times in a row! I am happy with that, i’m more than happy because I love using Twitter.

Happy New Year

Speaking of Twitter I’ve just passed 19,000 tweets. In the last year i’ve gone from around 6,000 tweets to 19,000 which is amazing. A few times I hit the tweet limit for the day, oops. I just decided to see who my 19,000th tweet went to the girl I met at The Living End in Melbourne, Viola. Ha! At least it wasn’t wasted on some bullshit tweet!

What else… What else… New years resolution? Nah don’t have one, just goals I always have lying about that never seem to get met. Y’know find a job, for some reason the Gold Coast has plenty to spare yet no one wishes to hire you unless you have experience, well smartass how am I meant to get experience if I don’t have a job, answer me that! Other than that, live life to the fullest, etc etc.. Probably get in better shape somewhere along the way too.

I’d like to make more friends this year, especially those who will stick by me and not turn around and tell me to fuck off for no reason and leave me puzzled as to what just happened.

So far i’ve just spent the first week of 2013 playing games I bought in the Steam sales, hanging out with mates and watching Metalocalypse in my spare time. I went to Billy Hyde the other day with my mate Rhett, i’ve now seen what a 16,000 dollar guitar looks like. It wasn’t a Jimmy Page signature, no, it was something better than that, it was a signature guitar by a guitarist who could play, Ace Frehley. Former lead guitarist of KISS. Who was replaced by Tommy Thayer. I bet i’m going to make a lot of friends with that Jimmy Page remake, don’t believe me, go watch any live Led Zeppelin video from back in the day or even Celebration Day, Page butchered songs so often it wasn’t funny.

This year I also want to get back to playing my bass, I think I might purchase Rocksmith when I have the money to get me interested again. But before then I need to get new strings and the neck realigned, and there’s a problem, i’m not sure what strings I even want. I currently have Ernie Ball Hyper Slinky’s on it, but they aren’t exactly ideal for what I play… I’ve been thinking about a set of Steve Harris signatures, but again not sure if they’re ideal for what I play and how I play. I use a pick where Steve uses his fingers in a galloping motion.

Though i’ve been thinking about a set of Dave Ellefson (Megadeth bassist) signature strings.. He plays through the same brand of amp I own, and they sound pretty punchy coming from his Jackson basses. So I think they might be what I am after.

Not really much else to report on for the year so far. Though Duke Nukem Forever is an awesome game I must say, also i’m replaying Grand Theft Auto IV for about the 4th or 5th time. I’ve clocked something stupid 170+ hours according to Steam.

Oh well, that’s all from me. Time to watch more Metalocalypse!

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!