Time to continue our countdown! If you missed the first post, you can find it here
Onward! Here's #14-#9:
14. Marilyn Manson - Born Villain
Back to his roots. Marilyn Manson stated, before this album came out, that it would be “more metal” than his previous releases. He was right. There was just the right level of depth to his psychopathic tendencies, mixed with raw guitar, and of course there was that video (The “Born Villain” video directed by Shia Labouf) to make this the best Manson album since Holy Wood.
13. Papa Roach - The Connection
While some bands evolved their sound in 2012, some had to go the opposite direction. Papa Roach was a band at a crossroad: a new label, and a sound that had strayed far from their “Last Resort” days. But with The Connection, P Roach tore it down, and built it back up...and that made for a great album.
Singles like “Still Swinging” and “Where Did The Angels Go” showed us that Papa Roach still has something left in the tank, they just needed to some to rediscover that.
12. Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock & Roll
Queen will never exist again...but this is as close as we’ll get...and Foxy Shazam had one hell of a year...one simple lyric made that possible: “That’s the biggest black ass I’ve ever seen, and I like it...I like it”
Foxy Shazam has been one of the hardest working bands across the country for the last few years. Putting on high intensity shows, no matter how big or small the venue. They’ve created a large online following through their live shows and social networking. This year, they used all of the to blast us all across the face with The Church of Rock and Roll, and we loved every minute of it!
11. Avengers Soundtrack
Yeah, you can look at me sideways for putting a soundtrack on the list...but hear me out.
This soundtrack gave us some VERY good songs, from some BIG artists. For example Soundgarden’s “Live To Rise”, Shinedown’s “I’m Alive”, Scott Weiland’s “Breathe”, Papa Roach’s “Even If I Could”, and possibly the best of all Five Finger Death Punch covering Faith No More’s “From Out of Nowhere” (which was previously only available as a bonus on the deluxe British version of Way Of The Fist).
10. Coheed & Cambria - The Aftermath: Ascension
The word “expectations” will be thrown out a lot from this point forward. Being a Coheed fan, I had BIG expectations for The Aftermath...and they delivered; for me at least. I have talked to a lot of other fans of the group who felt that the album lacked direction, but I honestly can sit down with this one, and go front-to-back without hesitation.
Let’s hope that they left something for next year’s The Aftermath: Descension release
9. Jack White - Blunderbuss
Make your arguments that some of this album (“Love Interruption) isn’t “rock”, but this album is one of the top ten rock albums of the year. Jack White is one of the craziest geniuses that music has had the pleasure of welcoming in years. He is on the verge of becoming this generation's Frank Zappa.
With successful singles (mostly on Alternative radio stations) like “Sixteen Saltines”, “Freedom at 21”, and “I’m Shakin” this album was able to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in May.