I can’t believe we are already to the last Friday of February. This year is already flying by. The good news is that it feels like the new releases come faster and faster. This month there are over 50 to go through and that should keep you busy for a while. There are three I’m interested in hearing and the are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear this week and let us know if we missed anything. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Scorpions – Rock Believer – (Vertigo Berlin / Universal Music): Our favorite German rock band is still going strong after around 50 years together. And these guys can still kick some major ass. I am really looking to hear this, but don’t expect a review for a very long time as I am saving it for the Scorpions Collection Review Series that will start later this year.
Corey Taylor – CMFB…Sides – (Roadrunner Records): The Slipnot frontman is at it again and as much as I love his CMFT album, I am eager to hear this one. I believe it is a covers album, but I am okay with it. And based on the cover, I think we will see a Kiss Cover on this thing.
2020 was probably the strangest year yet. With the Covid virus running rampant, many new releases were either postponed until late in the year or we never saw the release at all. There were a flurry of albums at the beginning of the year, then basically nothing for a few months until we got to the Fall and now there are too many to get through. But there were some great releases and I am sure I missed a number of great albums and if you look around the web, there will be tons of Top Album lists you can get a pretty good idea of what you should check out in case you missed any of these.
This list will be my favorite “Rock” albums of the year. All other types of music will be for another post tomorrow. I am going to leave this one to my favorite genre. It is a broad genre, but these are the albums that I consider to be ROCK!!
Also note, these are MY FAVORITES!! These are not the most popular or trendy albums. You won’t find the cool trendy bands, because they are usually here today gone tomorrow. These are the albums that I connected with during the year and I kept coming back to again and again. And without further adieu, here are the Top Rock Albums of 2020:
#10 – Storm Force – Age of Fear:
Thanks to some fellow bloggers in the name of LeBrain and SuperDekes, I was introduced to this Canadian band that unapologetically brought us a classic 80’s rock album full of songs that rocked you out and songs that were actually relevant to the events going on in the world which is amazing considering this song came out prior to the Covid shutdowns. I believe these guys can see the future and with music like this, I can see their future being very bright. You need to hear the songs “Breathe”, “Because of You” and “Dirty Vegas because once you do, you will be caught in the Storm!!
Welcome to October and this month starts off with a BANG!! There are so many releases this week and a ton I am interested in at the very least, hearing. October has a lot coming so this is only the beginning. Everyone that has been holding off due to Covid is finally being released. This week, I am sure there is something you will find that you like. I am going to highlight my choices in Blue. I want you to let me know what you want to hear and what I may have missed that is coming out. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Queen & Adam Lambert – Live Around the World – (Hollywood Records): This one is on order and I hope it will arrive sometime today as I am dying to hear this one. I took my daughter to see them on their most recent tour and since Adam sounded amazing, it will be nice to have an album with him on vocals.
Bon Jovi – 2020 – (Captain Kidd / Island Records): Am I excited about this one or what?? Actually, it is or what! I am not excited at all and do not have this on order. I am only interested in hearing it to confirm to myself that Bon Jovi is still not worth a damn anymore. Now, if I find the vinyl in the used section of my local store and less than $10…I might pick it up as the completist in me feels the need to do. I haven’t liked what I’ve heard so far so my hopes aren’t very high.
Slipknot is back with new music and new masks. So, what does that mean for you? I don’t have a clue. But for me, it means it is time to celebrate all things Slipknot. Their memes are so good, we are breaking it up in to two parts. Part 1 is this week and Part 2 you get next Tuesday. Even if you don’t know the band, you should be able to get most of these. They are too easy of a band not to poke fun of and why not…look at them!!
I know what you are asking…Why on Earth am I doing a Nickelback review??? I have asked myself that same question over and over again. But I do have a reason. I wanted to see if I could objectively review an album despite any prior biases I might have with the band. It was more of an experiment…a challenge.
Let me give you some history. I started out as a fan of Nickelback…I mean who didn’t back in the day. They wrote really catchy songs that got stuck in your head. Over time, that like became boredom as everything they ever did was the same old shit. No growth, no diversity. Then further on, they became a joke, a caricature of themselves.
Then they became down right irritating with stupid, worthless feuds such as the recent spat with Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor. Now I can’t even listen to Stone Sour’s album as a result. They both had albums coming out around the same time so the spat was probably planned for publicity that neither band really needed. It was so fucking stupid (excuse my language but it was).
That got me thinking even more (which is dangerous). Do I not like them anymore because of all the negativity that I have heard over the years or is it because they really aren’t that good. That thought intrigued me. So, I forced myself to try and wipe all that out of my head and do a solid review on this album as if it wasn’t Nickelback. As if I hadn’t heard of this band or had no idea who did the album. Did it work???