Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Top five hard rock albums of 2006

I write about both hard rock and heavy metal and there is a difference. I did my top five albums the other day and it was all metal and stoner rock, but that doesn't mean that there weren't some good hard rock releases this year. I didn't get to hear every hard rock release that I wanted to as Krokus, Rhinobucket and Zan Clan are all 2006 albums that I have yet to hear, but high hopes for. Anyway here are the top five that I did hear:

1)Sweet Cheater-Eatin' ain't cheatin'
Okay, this is remastered version of demos recorded between (I believe) 1989-1991. It does sound a lot like Kix and Ratt, but honestly better than any Kix album and better than several Ratt albums. Very tight and catchy and it got a lot of spins from me this year.

2)Demon Angels-Time of confusion
Whoa, this one came out at the end of the year, but it's a good for sure. Former MSG vocalist Robin McAuley partners with Italian guitarist Chris Falco to create a hugely solid hard rock effort sometimes boardering on metal.

3)Kidd Blue-Big Trouble
Yes, it's more old stuff as this is remastered demos recorded in the late 80's by San Jose/San Francisco based Kidd Blue. Certainly more hard rock than Sleeze or AOR, maybe a little like a cross between Hurricane and Firehouse.

The third album from these guys is their best to date. Very slick production and the band retains some of their Def Leppard sound, but adds more of a Faster Pussycat sound at times on this release. I still would like the hear these guys do more rockin songs though.

5)Miss Crazy
Sources are varied on rather this was 2005 or 2006, but I am going to take include it for this year. I hate to say that everyone here sounds like someone else, but they do. In this case it's early Cinderella as the vocals are very much like Tom Keifer's. This is a good debut and I hope to hear more from this band.

So there are my favorite hard rock albums of 2006.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the name of your blog. Very cool:)

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need to check some of these out. Very interesting.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

the lone beader-Welcome

T-bone-I thought that you were more a metal fan than a hard rock fan.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous T-_Bone said...

Yes, but as long as it is good, I am open to stuff of that genre (ie AC/DC, Rush, ZZ Top, etc.)

12:25 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home