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Rock Picks of the Week: Taylor/Grohl/Nielsen/Reeder, Tremonti, Krokus, Black Veil Brides, Pinnick/Gales/Pridgen, Art Of Dying, Otherwise

by on Jan.25, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Taylor/Grohl/Nielsen/Reeder, Tremonti, Krokus, Black Veil Brides, Pinnick/Gales/Pridgen, Art Of Dying, Otherwise

First up this week in Rock picks is the next release from Dave Grohl's upcoming 'Sound City: Real To Reel' soundtrack. Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Scott Reeder (Kyuss) collaborate on 'From Can To Can't.' Heavy, yet radio friendly, the track is sure to help the reach of the 'Sound City' movie and soundtrack.

Taylor, Nielsen and Reeder performed the track with Grohl as part the Sound City Players on January 18th in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. Others who were a part of the concert surrounding the movie premiere event included Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffe, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Chris Goss of Masters Of Reality, drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear and violinist Jessy Greene. Another sold-out performance by the Sound City Players will happen Jan. 31st at the Hollywood Palladium, with Rick Nielsen a part of it, but Taylor won't be able to make that show. Screenings across the country of the movie will also happen on Jan. 31st.

Grohl was inspired to make the documentary last year after buying Sound City's custom-built Neve 8028 recording console, considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment.

The movie will be available for download purchase on Feb. 1st.

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The new Tremonti track 'Wish You Well' from one of the best metal albums released in 2012 ('All I Was') is up next and the video is some visual art in itself. It includes a guitar playing young boy on a rooftop, having been led there by a mystery man. The man travels from house to house trying to find the young boy later in the clip and at the end of the video he arrives at the boy's door knocking, at an apartment number 12. Let's hope we see another video clip and single from the album so we can find out what's in apartment 12.

Tremonti will be touring Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the U.K., before starting a U.S. tour on Feb. 21 in Potiac, Michigan.

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Krokus is back with a new album 'Dirty Dynamite,' slated for release on February 22nd, and the title track is in this week's Rock Picks.

For almost 40 years now Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world and received gold and platinum record awards. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan and China.

But it hasn't all been one long "high": death, sickness and internal strife have pushed the band to the brink of collapse. The story of Krokus is like no other. Dotted with highs and lows, sell-out stadium concerts and sweaty club gigs, these five musketeers of rock have outlasted trends and survived treacherous US managers, tough splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, awful fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies and double-dealing advisors.

Today they are back in their classic line-up -- Marc Storace, Chris von Rohr, Fernando von Arb, Mark Kohler, and Mandy Meyer -- and are stronger than ever on their new album 'Dirty Dynamite'. Guest musician Kosta Zafiriou plays drums on the entire album. The band spent a whole two years working on the new album under the watchful eye of bassist and original founder Chris Von Rohr. "We didn't spend all that time on golf courses or tennis courts. No, we just wanted to make the best album yet, the magnum opus of the new Krokus era" says the hit producer. Guitarist Mark Kohler has this to add, "This is not just another Krokus album. I think we have definitely passed another rock milestone with this record."

To reach this goal, no expense was spared. The band booked into the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Krokus went back to their roots, back to where it all began with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Free, the Who and the Bluesbreakers. Back to where the band headlined concerts in the Hammersmith Odeon, celebrating their first international success. "The atmosphere there is very special and we wanted to make the most of that," says vocalist Marc Storace. Guitarist Fernando Von Arb is quick to add, "With Dirty Dynamite we have recorded the urgently needed dirty kind of rock that no one plays in this country."

'Dirty Dynamite' track listing:
1. Hallelujah Rock'n'Roll
2. Go Baby Go
3. Rattlesnake Rumble
4. Dirty Dynamite
5. Let The Good Times Roll
6. Help
7. Better Than Sex
8. Dog Song
9. Yellow Mary
10. Bailout Blues
11. Live Ma Life
12. Hardrocking Man

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Black Veil Brides are back with their new album, 'Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones,' which recently debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 charts. The band continues to have one of the most dedicated fan bases in rock and they are delivering to that base once again. 'In The End' is the first track and video from the album, which was produced by John Feldmann (Papa Roach, The Used, Atreyu).

Black Veil Brides are now headliners all over the world, with band currently on the first leg of 'The Church Of The Wild Ones' world tour. The U.S. dates wrap up in San Francisco on March 8th.

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The new power trio Pinnick Gales Pridgen is up next with their new track 'Hang On, Big Brother. The song comes off the band's self-titled debut album, which will be released on February 12th.

It's often been said that three-piece bands are the most expressive and most balanced musical units known to the rock world. CREAM, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, RUSH, THE POLICE, PRIMUS... These legendary acts struck upon the correct ratio of musicianship and progressive songwriting by exploring uncharted musical territories while highlighting the individual talents within their collective ranks.

Now Magna Carta Records unveils PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN, a visionary power trio (emphasis on power) and a supergroup to boot, which is sure to take its rightful place in rock's hallowed halls.

Composed of bassist/vocalist Doug "dUg" Pinnick of the progressive metal band KING'S X, southpaw blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales (LAURYN HILL) and ambitious ambidextrous drummer and former THE MARS VOLTA member Thomas Pridgen, PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN unites three versatile artists, who demand, as much as share, the musical spotlight.

On the band's debut, each member of PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN infuses the material with his own set of musical influences, transforming his individual instrument into a lead instrument. The absolutely slamming musicianship frames the recognizable melodies of these songs and catapults the music into the realms of psychedelic blues, hard rock, and progressive soul/R&B.

"This record is three guys, with music in us, who said, 'Let's go for it,'" says Pinnick. "It was built upon raw energy."

Produced by Mike Varney, PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN's debut contains all the stinging bite and all-out sonic boom of KING'S X, THE MARS VOLTA and the ERIC GALES BAND. In addition, fans of artists as far ranging as Jimi Hendrix, CREAM, LIVING COLOUR, Stevie Ray Vaughan, TOOL, THE WHO, Stevie Wonder and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT might find something meaningful in these meaty, extended tracks.

PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN show some of their influences with their brilliant version of seminal power trio CREAM's "Sunshine Of Your Love". Pinnick says, "Our version has a different vibe: it's tuned down, real low."

"I think the record has a combination of all of the good things about our playing," says Pridgen.

"This is just colossal," Gales concludes. "This is just some slammin' [stuff]. When you put a project out like this, man, people will want to hear that [material] live. I know I would."

"Pinnick Gales Pridgen" track listing:

1. Collateral Damage
2. Angels And Aliens
3. For Jasmine
4. Hang On, Big Brother
5. Wishing Well
6. Hate Crime
7. Lascivious
8. Black Jeans
9. Sunshine Of Your Love
10. Been So High (The Only Place To Go Is Down)
11. Me And You
12. The Greatest Love
13. Frightening

PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN is:
- Doug "dUg" Pinnick (KING'S X) - Bass and Vocals
- Eric Gales (ERIC GALES BAND, LAURYN HILL) - Guitar and Vocals
- Thomas Pridgen (THE MARS VOLTA) – Drums

For track samples and more info on the band  go to: http://www.magnacarta.net/home5.html

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Art of Dying have released another track from their successful 'Vices and Virtues' album. 'Raining' follows 'Die Trying,' 'Get Thru This' and 'Sorry' from the band. 'Raining' features former Three Days Grace vocalist Adam Gontier, and the band has dedicated the release to Gontier and his former group.

Art of Dying recently released discussed the reasons behind the dedication to Gontier and all of Three Days Grace:

"In light of Adam’s departure from the band last week, we are dedicating this lyric video to Adam, Brad, Neil, Barry and all of the Three Days Grace fans around the world. They have moved us with their music and we wish all of them the best on their new musical path’s and life journeys.

The story behind the recording: As many of you know Cale and Adam are cousins, and grew up together in Ontario. Adam was kind enough to sing the second verse and do some harmonies with us in the studio. It’s been such an honour having Adam on our record and learning from his unique style and benevolent nature.

In a solo posting at the band’s Facebook page, Art of Dying frontman Jonny Hetherington added, “You created powerful music that inspired us in so many ways. Wishing you the best on all of your musical paths and life’s journeys.”

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After the success of the track 'Soldiers,' Las Vegas rockers Otherwise, featuring singer Adrian and his brother guitarist Ryan Patrick, along with guitarist Vassilios Metropoulous, bassist Flavio Ivan and drummer Corky Gainsford have another solid track getting airplay from their latest album 'True Love Never Dies.' 'I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)' continues it's accent up the charts, and looks to surpass the chart position of 'Soldiers.' A new video for 'I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)' has been released and it initially features a man in the desert near a lone leafless tree. He starts thumbing through photos of he and his ex, looking back on the good times he had. He then attaches the pictures to the tree with a clothespin on the branches. Those good times don't last, his girl was cheating and the video and track show him moving on from his past.

Otherwise toured through much of 2012, and continue on the road in 2013, as they are the opening act for Stone Sour and Papa Roach on their current North American tour.

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Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players rock Sundance Film Festival (video)

by on Jan.19, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players rock Sundance Film Festival (video)

Last night (Jan. 18) in Park City, Utah, Dave Grohl's Sound City Players made their debut at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the festivities surrounding the premiere of Grohl's new 'Sound City: Real To Reel' documentary. Guest performers at last night's over three-hour long sold out concert included Grohl's Foo Fighter bandmates Nate Mandel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins, along with Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality), Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine), Lee Ving (Fear), Rick Springfield, Alain Johannes (Them Crooked Vultures, Eleven), Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers), and Jessy Greene (The Jayhawks).

The documentary is all about the history of Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, where so many classic albums were recorded. 'Sound City: Real To Reel' will be available in theaters, on DVD and on demand starting February 1st. The accompanying soundtrack album will be released on March 12th. A second sold-out Sound City Players show will take place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on January 31st. The show that night will feature Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, John Fogerty, members of Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Cheap Trick, Rage Against the Machine, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

That same night the movie will premiere in Los Angeles' Cinerama Dome and in 44 other cities around the U.S.

Rollingstone.com reports that in Park City, Springfield put air-guitar heroes to shame on "I've Done Everything for You," "Jessie’s Girl" and his new song with Grohl, "The Man That Never Was." Fogerty knocked out a fierce "Born on the Bayou," "Bad Moon Rising," "Proud Mary" and "Fortunate Son" with Grohl and Nicks wooed with a new song written with Grohl, "You Can't Fix This" – based on a poem she wrote after her godson’s overdose – and the Sundance-appropriate "snow covered hills" of "Landslide."

Here's the video of the show that has been posted so far:






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Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players announce Los Angeles concert, new track featuring Corey Taylor and Rick Nielsen released

by on Jan.16, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players announce Los Angeles concert, new track featuring Corey Taylor and Rick Nielsen released

A new track from the 'Sound City' movie soundtrack from Dave Grohl has been released. Check out 'From Can To Can’t,' featuring Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Scott Reeder (Kyuss) below. The 'Sound City' documentary is all about the history of the legendary Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, CA. The movie features many of the artist’s who have recorded there with stories about the legendary albums created there. Many of the biggest names in music including Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Santana, Cheap Trick, Dio, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica have all recorded there.


Grohl first recorded at Sound City in 1991 while a member of Nirvana and he purchased the studio’s Neve 8028 console last year. Built in 1972, the console is widely considered to be the crown jewel of recording equipment, and is the very console used to record many of these legendary albums.

The film comes out on February 1, 2013 and the soundtrack will follow on March 12. 'Cut Me Some Slack,' the collaboration between the surviving members of Nirvana and Paul McCartney, which made it's debut at the 12.12.12. Concert for Sandy Relief, and was also performed on Saturday Night Live is also on the soundtrack. The album is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

Grohl's Sound City Players will be playing a gig as part of the upcoming premiere festivities of the 'Sound City' movie at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. on Jan. 18th. It's not going to end at one show however, as the Sound City Players have announced another live performance, this one at the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 31st. Tickets for that show went on-sale today at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Sound-City-Players-tickets/artist/1820220

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Dave Grohl’s Sound City All-Stars to debut at Sundance Film Festival (video)

by on Jan.11, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Dave Grohl’s Sound City All-Stars to debut at Sundance Film Festival (video)

In what is sure to be a magical night in Colorado, Dave Grohl and his Sound City Players will perform at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the 'Sound City' documentary premiere. The lineup is amazing with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and legends of punk, rock and pop.

The lineup for the show, taking place on January 18th, includes not only all of Grohl's fellow Foo Fighters members, but Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, John Fogerty, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Lee Ving of Fear, Rick Springfield, Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk, Chris Goss of Masters of Reality, Queen of the Stone Age's Alan Johannes, Rami Jaffe of the Wallflowers, and violinist Jesse Greene. All of the afformentioned artists have recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, which is what Grohl's documentary is all about.

There is no word on a set list or any subsequent shows, but rehearsals are ongoing and I can't wait to see what magic the gig will bring. The show is obviously the toughest ticket to get so far in 2013, so if you're going, post some video. I thank you in advance.

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Marshall of Rock Top 30 Albums of 2012

by on Jan.01, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS

Marshall of Rock Top 30 Albums of 2012

In a year of great classic, hard rock and heavy metal, it was tough to eliminate many worthy releases from the Marshall of Rock Top 30 albums of 2012, but after much deliberation, we have come up with what we think is a representation of quality rock for the year. See what you think:

30. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth

A fine return by the San Francisco bay area thrash giants. With guitar interaction between Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, definitive vocals from Chuck Billy, bass from Greg Christian, and a reunion with Gene Hoglan, who last played drums for the band on their 1997 album 'Demonic,' Testament have delivered an album that stands up to all of their past releases. "Dark Roots of Earth' debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200, which was the band's highest debut in their history.

29. ZZ Top - La Futura

The band's first new album in 9 years brings back some true Texas blues rock ZZ Top style. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard were itching to get this album out after production delays with Rick Rubin, so they four new tracks: 'I Gotsta Get Paid,' 'Chartreuse,' 'Consumption,' and 'Over You' in June of 2012 as an iTunes-only collection titled 'Texicali.' The band's 15th studio album is truly "the future" for ZZ Top. Good to have the boys back.

28. Aranda - Stop The World

The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma band's second album 'Stop The World' yielded three charting tracks, 'One More Lie', 'Undone' and 'Satisfied.' Dameon Aranda, Gabe Aranda, Mike Walker and B Webb have created a sound that is original and lasting. I expect more from this band in the future, and look for them to become a mainstay on the rock charts.

27. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last Of A Dyin' Breed

Lynyrd Skynyrd is on top of their game once again with their latest release, which is full of solid tracks. The 12th studio album from the band and first with bassist Johnny Colt (Black Crowes), also features additional guitar from the great John 5. Great songs like 'Homegrown,' 'Good Teacher, 'Ready To Fly,' and the title track, make this release a must for fans of southern rock and all rock fans in general.

26. Jack White - Blunderbuss

The always innovative and original Jack White has delivered an album that may very be his best work yet. His debut solo album was written, recorded and produced entirely by White in 2011. I appreciate everything White stands for, as he is a true music historian, has a plan for not only his Third Man Records, but everything he does musically. When promo copies of the album were distributed to reviewers and radio stations, they were sent as vinyl records to prevent leaks. A leader in today's world of music.

25. Overkill - The Electric Age

Band leaders and original members Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (vocals) and D.D. Verni (bass) have crafted an epic return to glory with The 16th studio album from the New Jersey thrash legends. 'The Electric Age' lives up to the epic releases in the 80's from the band and has brought them back to prominence in the metal world. Overkill will be touring in early 2013 with Testament and Flotsam and Jetsam, bringing more exposure to this release that really deserves it.

24. Europe - Bag Of Bones

A great album from a band that sounds better than in their 80's heyday. Vocalist Joey Tempest has described Europe's 9th studio album as "a hardcore classic rock record with the blues knocking on the door," and I'd have to agree. The album debuted at #2 in their native Sweden, where they were recently named the #3 all time favorite band. 'Bag Of Bones' has not yet garnered the attention it deserves in the U.S., but hopefully that will change in 2013. Kevin Shirley produced, mixed and engineered this great album, and he must be my producer of the year, as he has at least two other albums on my Top 30.

23. KISS - Monster

The 20th and latest KISS studio album delivers musically, with the production from Paul Stanley and guitar work from Tommy Thayer as standouts. The band used old analog equipment instead of digital recording gear while recording 'Monster.' Gene Simmons said about the recording of 'Monster': "Technology is a seductive bitch, she will seduce you. You press this button, you don't have to do anything. But analog is the love of your life. You can push real hard and it always gives back. For the new album, the actual recording process was 24-track tape and an old Trident board. And as many tubes as possible. You need tubes, electricity and thick wood to make that thick sound." We are glad they did, as this is the best KISS album in years.

22. Stone Sour - House of Gold & Bones Part 1

Corey Taylor delivers with Part 1 of the two part House of Gold & Bones. Stone Sour can ride the line of serious hard rock to lyrically touching mid tempo tracks and pull it off like no other band can. Part II will be out in 2013, and I'm sure that one of rock's men of the year will keep his band innovative, original and relevant.

21. Dead Sara - Dead Sara

A compelling and engaging debut from the Los Angeles based band. Vocalist Emily Armstrong and her bandmates show on this album that they are a force that will be recognized in the world of rock and won't be ignored.

20. The Treatment - This Might Hurt

The U.K. boys remind me of a young Def Leppard, with some AC/DC and UFO thrown in. With great tracks like 'The Doctor,' 'Nothing To Lose But Our Mind', 'Shake The Mountain' and more, this album rocks from start to finish. Coming off some U.S. exposure as the openers on 'The Tour' with KISS and Motley Crue, these guys are ready and willing to take their career to the next level, and I think they will.

19. Soundgarden - King Animal

One of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, Soundgarden broke up back in 1997, but reunited in 2010, making concert festival and some TV appearances, as well as releasing a special 7" on Black Friday Record Store Day. 2011 brought the live album 'Live On I-5', and that all let up to the recording and release of their 6th studio album in 2012. The album is heavy, the album is fast, the album is true Soundgarden music.

18. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu

Guitar great Gary Clark Jr. has released independent albums and E.P.'s before, but 2012 brought Clark's major label album debut, and a stunning piece of work it is. Clark's music has elements of blues, rock, funk, soul and country, and he says he is even influenced by jazz and hip hop. Already playing clubs in his hometown of Austin, Texas as a kid, he met promoter Clifford Antone, proprietor of the Austin music club Antone's. Antone's was the launching pad for fellow Texans Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan. That propelled him to eventually sharing the stage with music greats  B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top,  Doyle Bramhall II, Sheryl Crow and more. He has performed at the White House, and just last month was a part of the Rolling Stones New Jersey shows. The album is a true showcase of his talent and includes a version of the Jimi Hendrix classic 'Third Stone From The Sun'. Gary Clark Jr. is just starting his amazing ride to greatness.

17. Tremonti - All I Was

The first solo album from the Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist, it is what he wanted it to be - a pure metal album! Crunchy tracks, awesome riffs, and outstanding vocals from Tremonti himself. A must for all metal fans.

16. Pop Evil - War Of Angels

These Michigan rockers were a touring machine in 2012, playing many of the cuts from their fantastic album 'War Of Angels'. With four singles released from the record: 'Last Man Standing,' 'Monster You Made,' 'Bosses Daughter,' and 'Purple,' the band maximized the album's potential after delays caused by record company issues with Universal had kept it from it from it's initial release date. The guys moved onto a new label (eOne Music), who have backed the band and album to the fullest and the band is now primed to move into the future with even more success.

15. The Black Keys - El Camino

Akron, Ohio's Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney released their 7th studio album'El Camino' in December of 2011, and 2012 brought the brought massive sales and success for the release. They have etched out a dedicated and loyal following not only by their fans, but by critics, and it looks as though the Black Keys are going to be one of those bands that will be around in 10 to 15 years, as long as their material holds up. With #1 rock tracks 'Lonely Boy' and Gold On The Ceiling', as well as the top 5 cut 'Little Black Submarines,' it was hard to escape the band. 'El Camino' and 'Lonely Boy' were nominated in five categories for the 2013 Grammy Awards, where they are sure to win a few, if not all five they are nominated for.

14. Kill Devil Hill

Hard rock at it's best on the debut album from the band named after the small town of Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina. Drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg, bring the rock heavy and modern on a release that deserved more acclaim and recognition in the world of hard rock and metal. The band are planning their second release and I'm sure we'll see growth and more exposure for this great new hard rock band!

13. Heart - Fanatic

Ann & Nancy Wilson returned in 2012 with not only a box set 'Strange Euphoria,' but a fantastic album on new material called 'Fanatic.' Great songs, great hooks, and above all great guitar and vocals from the first ladies of rock. They are now Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, and are still putting out quality new music that will stand the test of time.

12. Halestorm - The Strange Case Of...

Halestorm put out an awesome album in 2012 that continued the growth and respect that the band have garnered from just about everyone in the hard rock world. Lzzy Hale is a dynamic frontwoman and musician, and will continue to lead Halestorm into the future as one of the great rock acts to be reckoned with.

11. Charm City Devils - SINS

Baltimore Maryland's own Charm City Devils released their 'SINS' album in January of 2012, and lead by singer/songwriter John Allen, the band crisscrossed the country, gaining new fans at every stop. Two singles have been released from the album so far, 'Man Of Constant Sorrow,' and the anthemic 'Unstoppable,' which is now a go to track at sports events nationwide. Hopefully Charm City Devils will release at least one more track from the album, as it is full of great tracks. I really like their brand of rock, and the fact that they are all about their fans. Congrats on a great 2012 to Charm City Devils!

10. Rush - Clockwork Angels

Rush returned with their highly anticipated album 'Clockwork Angels' in 2012, and it lived up to the expectations. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are the epitomy of rock musicianship and year after year. After initially releasing the album tracks 'Caravan'  and 'BU2B'  were to radio and for online digital purchase in June of 2010, and playing those tracks on the 'Time Machine' tour, the band finished up the album and have since released 'Headlong Flight' and 'The Wreckers' and subsequent singles. The album debuted at #1 in their home country of canada and at #2 in the U.S.

9. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Springsteen released his 17th studio album in March of 2012, and it came at a time we needed it most. An idealistic and angry album, it addresses enonomic injustice, the lack of accountability he sees in government, the 'American Dream' and includes the late E Street band member Clarence Clemons with saxophone solos on 'Land of Hope and Dreams'  and backing saxophone rhythms on the title track, which was originally written about the then-pending demolition of Giants Stadium in New Jersey from the stadium's point of view. Bruce is still bringing the protest message that is sorely needed from more musicians and artists.

8. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Toward The Daylight

An epic release from one of our generation's guitar virtuosos, it bleeds emotion and takes the listener on a fantastic musical journey. I really like Kevin Shirley's production work, who Bonamassa also worked with on the Black Country Communion album. A guitar masterpiece, that will be hard to top, but I know Joe will figure out how to do that.

7. Shinedown - Amaryllis

Shinedown had a lot to live up to after the success of their last album 'The Sound Of Madness' spawned 5 singles and spent an amazing 120 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, but it looks like they are doing it. 'Amaryllis' was released in March of 2012 and to date has yielded the hit tracks 'Bully,' 'Unity,' and 'Enemies.' The band may go five deep on the album, and if so, look for the title track and/or 'Miracle' to be the next singles.  In November of 2012 vocalist Brent Smith announced that the band had already completed their next album, so we may get to hear that before the end of 2013. In February, Shinedown will get back on the road with Three days Grace and P.O.D. for one dynamic triple bill. It looks like 2013 is going to be just as successful as 2012 was for Jacksonville, Florida's Shinedown!

6. Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension!

After some delay in the release date (originally in May) for 'Music From Another Dimension!', it was released this past November and peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts. While I am not a fan of all the tunes on the band's 15th studio album, there is enough of the old-school feel of early Aerosmith with production by Jack Douglas to satisfy. Expect more touring and tracks to be released in 2013.

5. Black Country Communion - Afterglow

Black Country Communion continue to crank out great rock in minimal time. When Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian come together in the studio with producer Kevin Shirley, there is a magic that is undeniable. Already the band's third studio album since their inception in 2009, we can hope it isn't their last. Glenn Hughes has continually talked of touring behind the releases, but with Joe Bonamassa's extensive spring/summer solo touring schedule every year and his reluctance to sacrifice that for BCC. Let's hope that all works itself out, and we get more great material and some touring from this fantastic rock band!

4. Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin releases a live album of their 2007 reunion show at the O2 Arena in London as part of the Ahmed Ertegun tribute, you know it has to be on my list. I just wish Robert Plant would re-consider never playing more shows as Led Zeppelin. I know he can't hit all the high notes like he once could, but I don't care, I want to see him share the stage with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones again. I guess this release will have to do.

3. Rival Sons - Head Down

The Long Beach, California based rockers return with their second album 'Head Down,' which continues the modern retro rocking vibe of their 'Pressure and Time' album. Already two singles in, the band continually sells out shows in Europe and hopefully 2013 will bring the band the level of success they deserve in their own country. One of my favorites, I just can't get enough of their music or their vibe.

2. Slash - Apocalyptic Love

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have firmy etched out their place in the world of rock. I knew by the collaborations on Slash's previous solo album that featured Myles on two cuts, that when it was announced that the 'Apocalyptic Love' album would feature Kennedy and the band, that it would kick ass. Upon first listen of my #1 track of the year 'You're A Lie,' it was obvious that this release would be special. I'm looking forward to more releases from Slash and his great bandmates!

1. Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth

A triumphant return to glory for most of the original lineup of Van Halen, with David Lee Roth's animated vocals, the Van Halen brothers contributing blistering guitar and drum work, and Wolfgang Van Halen more than holding his own on bass. I was like many others who wasn't completely feeling the first single 'Tattoo', but ironically it is probably the weakest track on the album, but it did go to #1 on the mainstream and classic rock charts. Standout tracks like 'Stay Frosty,' You and Your Blues,' 'China Town,' 'Bullethead,' and more, the album is worthy of #1 for 2012 on the Marshall of Rock Top 30 albums!!

Some albums that just missed my Top 30:
Joe Walsh - Analog Man
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
Linkin Park - Living Things
Lita Ford - Living Like a Runaway
Theory Of A Deadman - The Truth Is
L.A. Guns - Hollywood Forever
The Cult - Choice Of Weapon
Chevelle - Hats Off To The Bull
Adler - Back From The Dead
Papa Roach - Time For Annihilation

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