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Albums of 2015: 10-1

The countdown continues with the Top 10 Albums of 2015…

 

 10) Tremonti – Cauterize

Genre: Hard Rock/Metal

One Line Summary: Released from the shackles of Alter Bridge the Mark Tremoni show kicks the ass of anthemic hard rock and speeds further into the thrash zone than ever before, stopping only to showcase his burgeoning vocal talents and guitar virtuoso chops.

Top Track: Cauterize - Title track sets the attack tone to 11 for the whole album with an apocalyptic inducing thrash monster with an epic chorus.

Watch: Another Heart

 

9) Trucker Diablo – Rise Above The Noise

Genre: Hard Rock

One Line Summary: Beer swilling, fist pumping, havoc wrecking hard rock with a significant eye on catchy melodies, headbanging rhythmn guitars and chorus’ you can really sing your heart out to.

Top Track: We Stand Strong –  Energy, crunching Gibson Les Pauls and a superb propulsive chorus which deserves to have the volume up and windows down.

Watch: We Stand Strong

8) Strung Out  – Transmission.Alpha.Delta

Genre: Punk

One Line Summary: Blink and you’ll miss the awesome intertwining guitar melodies among the restless drumming, insistent vocals and frenetic tempo’s of these mosh pit anthems.

Top Track: The Animal And The Machine –  Exhilarating and action packed punk noise.

Watch: Modern Drugs

7) The Darkness – Last Of Our Kind

Genre: Rock

One Line Summary: The East Anglian heirs to the mighty throne of rock prove they are still a force to be reckoned with, featuring big riff monsters, lighter waving singalongs, glam pyrotechnics and Hawkins unmistakable falsetto howls.

Top Track: Open Fire – Whilst pilfering from The Cults guitar effect pedal board, this tune shows a revitalised band hitting all the right notes.

Watch: Open Fire

 

6) Ash – Kablammo

Genre: Rock

One Line Summary: Ash return triumphantly after no full length LP for 8 years with their trademark fun filled blasts of energetic pop rock which can still inspire the most raucous air guitaring, booming sing-a-longs and fuzzy heart-swell.

Top Track: Cocoon – Simple, fun, energetic, upbeat, infectious = Ash on top form

Watch: Cocoon

 

5) Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You

Genre: Pop Punk

One Line Summary: These Welshmen show the Americans how to produce crisp pop punk anthems which are bursting with melodies, driving power chords, breakneck drumming and super catchy vocal hooks.

Top Track: Gold Steps – Bouncing but chunky interlocking guitar riffs with rapid-fire but immensely enjoyable vocal dynamism on this pogo party starter.

Watch: Can’t Kick Up The Roots

 

4) Tracer – Water For Thirsty Dogs

Genre: Hard Rock

One Line Summary: Post-Grunge Stoner-esque hard rock is the staple diet of this truly wrecking ball of an album with a strong vocal heart line and thumping guitar hooks bringing the fuel for your destruction.

Top Track: We’re Only Animals – Borrowing a QOTSA vibe to produce a pile driving riff which propels this track to soaring heights.

Watch: Astronaut/Juggernaut

 

3) Brawlers – Romantic Errors Of Our Youth

Genre: Punk

One Line Summary: Debut album from Leeds punk rockers is a total triumph of mixing melodic power chord riffs and uber-infectious relate-able lyrics chorus’s using their sublime craft for producing under 3 minute blasts of simple but effective anthems for modern day everybody’s.

Top Track: Annabel – A few chord changes, a few minutes, a few nifty vocal hooks and a whole lot of energetic punk rock! (FYI – video is a corker)

Watch: Annabel

 

2) Hardcore Superstar – HCSS

Genre: Hard Rock

One Line Summary: The HCSS brand of Scandinavian punky hard rock which not only contains infectious tunes and gargantuan riffs, but add variety with smart use of effects, slow/fast tempo’s, guest vocalists and soft/loud adrenaline power-ups.

Top Track: The Ocean – A quaint ringing of guitars opens out into a furious and addictive guitar melody scaled-back for the verses to allow the Janes Addiction style vocals shine through.

Watch: Touch The Sky

 

1) Crobot – Something Supernatural

Genre: Hard Rock

One Line Summary: Stunning album of how to turn a blues melodies into thunderbolts tossed down by the gods themselves, bursting with power, funk, head pounding grooves, screaming wah-wahs, stratospheric vocals, awesome guitar sounds and so many more superlatives on the truly awesome album of top quality rifftastic rock and roll! Disclaimer: Whilst originally released in late 2014 this full moon edition came out in 2015, so there…plus, it’s too good to overlook.

Top Track: The Skull Of Geronimo – Simply the biggest blues riff of the year with the most epic sound driving forward on this murky but euphoric head thumping anthem of towering crescendo’s, all hail the “The Skull Of Geronimoooooooooooooo….”!

Watch: Nowhere To Hide

 

Albums of 2015: 25-11

Despite the lack of posts in 2015 and a total number of gig outings which can be counted on a single hand, doesn’t mean that DoesItRock HQ has been idle. As in previous years this countdown is not one going to be a list for those who critique (for a living), neither for those who champion quiet innovation over earsplitting anthemic qualities. So here’s the rundown of those monstrous albums which rocked planet Earth in 2015 with raw energy, massive power and more riff per song than anywhere else (…probably)

Scroll down for part one of 2015’s DoesItRock.net Album of the Year countdown: 25-10.

 

 25) Screaming Eagles – Stand Up And Be Counted

 

Genre: Hard Rock

One Line Summary: Debut packed full of fist pumping, perfectly polished bluesy driving anthems from this classic rock inspired Northern Irish foursome.

Top Track: Ready For The Fall - The epitome of a foot to the floor hard rock highway anthem.

Watch: Ready For The Fall (Live)

 

24) Kyshera – Circle

Genre: Alternative Rock

One Line Summary: Muscular riffing and electro effect infused tunes led by a stunningly dynamic vocalist displaying a huge amount of potential and variety within the bounds of arena ready rock.

Top Track: Napoleon – The crushing opening riff gives way to a number of nifty guitar sub-melodies all driven by those enigmatic and captivating vocals, whilst even managing to throw in some galactic effects too for good measure.

Watch: Break This

 

23) Turnstile – Nonstop Feeling

Genre: Hardcore Punk

One Line Summary: Anger and ferocity channeled through metallic walls of guitar, bringing back the full force of Rage Against The Machine for the 21st Century punk generation.

Top Track: Drop – Frenetic opening onslaught of drums and vicious vocals take a backseat to that mammoth Morello-esque riff for a headline grabbing 1 min 47 secs.

Watch: Drop

 

22) High On Fire – Luminiferous

Genre: Stoner Metal

One Line Summary: A stampede of furious gargantuan Stoner Riffs sent howling from the depths of the Earth to wipe out all that dare stand it their way!

Top Track: The Black Plot – A deep pummeling  intro builds to a stinging crescendo of galloping guitars which let rip for a non stop ride of snarling speed metal.

Watch: Slave To The Hive

 

21) Gunship – Gunship

Genre: Synthwave

One Line Summary: The neon lights are flashing and synth sounds are ringing for this 80’s loving electro band (of Fightstar members) making hugely enjoyable soundscapes of dreamy futuristic ‘Blade Runner’ pop.

Top Track: Fly For Your Life – A pulsating synth backdrop and retro gaming vibes are brought to life with a brilliantly catchy chorus and a truly stunning video to complete the package (see below)!

Watch: Fly For Your Life

 

20) Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz

Genre: Glam Metal

One Line Summary: Scandinavian glam can rarely be considered heavy, but this combination of thunderous metal riffs, synth driven pop melodies and the most awesome guitar solos of 2015 is to hard beat.

Top Track: Bonafide Heroes – Heavy guitars, glittering gang vocals, a soaring chorus, slick production, a thumping riff, a stonking solo, bursting energy … all present and correct!

Watch: My Remedy

 

19) Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses

Genre: Country/Blues

One Line Summary: Country infused southern rock strikes gold with a combo of bluesy swagger, country twang and genuinely captivating radio rock.

Top Track: Holding All The Roses – A barnstorming bluesy shuffle delivers the soundtrack to a full throttle drive through southern U.S. of A.

Watch: Rock & Roll Again (Live & Acoustic)

 

18) Turbowolf – Two Hands

Genre: Rock

One Line Summary: Party loving psych-hard rockers return with a rather kaleidoscopic trippy effort, but it’s still packed with plenty of blazing riffs, stomping rhythms and an ignited fuse ready to blow.

Top Track: Rabbits Foot – Tubthumping bass riffs, strutting vocals and massive fuzzy power chords that leave craters in their wake.

Watch: Rabbits Foot

 

17) Danko Jones – Fire Music

Genre: Hard Rock

One Line Summary: Danko takes a turn towards the dark side with this heavy heavy rock and roller, packed with shady lyrics and ferocious guitars proving there’s is plenty of bite left in the Jones beast.

Top Track: Gonna Be A Fight Tonight – A blitz of machine gun guitars played at breakneck speed, typifying the all out attack mindset.

Watch: Gonna Be A Fight Tonight

 

16) Coheed & Cambria – The Color Before The Sun

Genre: Rock/Prog

One Line Summary: Stepping out of the Armory wars bounds sees a return of accessible rock songs and personal emotive lyrics all with thier trademark intricate melodies and anti-generic ethos.

Top Track: Island – A powerful pop rocker with strong melodies, the likes of which had long since been forgotten in the C&C arsenal make a welcome return.

Watch: Island

 

15) Sorority Noise – Joy, Departed

Genre: Emo, Rock

One Line Summary: Alt rock from this Emo outfit blends triumphant outpouring of epic guitars with understated confessional lyrical delivery to create an enigmatic and dynamic debut album.

Top Track: Art School Wannabe - A bright and jaunty ditty is firmly at odds with the lyrical content, navigating the cheerful/sorrowful divide with ease.

Watch: Art School Wannabe (Live)

14) Alien Ant Farm – Always And Forever

 

Genre: Rock

One Line Summary: An overdue return for this US band proves they are not just great cover version merchants and that they are still going strong in creating anthemic but unique uptempo radio rockers.

Top Track: Homage - Truly stratospheric piano rock with superb lyrics littered with nods to their musical heroes of the past, deserves to be a mega-hit.

Watch: Let Em Know

 

13) We Are Harlot – We Are Harlot

 

Genre: Rock

One Line Summary: A high speed thrill ride of a record with a rock and roll heart pumping playful and exuberant classic rock, as viewed through a hard partying Motley Crue lens.

Top Track: Dancing On Nails - Strutting rock and roll good times with flaring guitar licks and a pulsating reckless energy.

Watch: Dancing On Nails

 

12) Muse – Drones

 

Genre: Prog Rock

One Line Summary: A concept album about war and ethics brings back the big riffing and more traditional muse songwriting constructs which have served them so well, very enjoyable as long as you start clear of the political messaging.

Top Track: Reapers - Warped electro whirlwinds, simple but effective blues runs and those unmistakable Bellamy falsettos are back in abundance.

Watch: Mercy

 

11) Four Year Strong – Four Year Strong

 

Genre: Pop Punk

One Line Summary: Commercialised melodic hardcore turned pop punk proves that you can have both technically intricate melodic interweaving (heavy-ish) guitar lines, a dialled in pop radar and an arsenal of huge choruses all within a great set of adrenaline pumping party tracks.

Top Track: Who Cares?- A cataclysm of relentless drumming, pummeling power chord strikes, melodic guitar lines and complex gang vocals all in a 2 minute fiery frenzy.

Watch: We All Float Down Here

Stay tuned for the top 10!