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8. Halestorm - A Strange Case of...
This album delivered the first #1 song from a female fronted rock band on the Active Rock charts. What more do you want?
Lzzy Hale and her brother Arejay have delivered again, and proved that Halestorm wasn’t a flash-in-the-pan 3 years ago. This duo will be a group to be reckoned with for years to come.
7. Slash - Apocalyptic Love
The point should be coming where Slash and Myles Kennedy just form a full-blown band. I know that’s pretty much what we have here, but they need to just embrace that concept. No more Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, let’s just call it what it is, The Real Guns ‘N Roses.
Listen to Apocalyptic Love and tell me that THIS isn’t what GNR should sound like today! Myles is what we all with Axl was, Slash still kills it, and their writing together has produced fantastic songs like “You’re A Lie”, “Standing In The Sun”, and (possibly the most GNR of them all)“One Last Thrill”. Let’s hope this is the start of something special.
6. Soundgarden - King Animal
Expectations are a hell of a thing. When one of the biggest bands of the 90s declares they’re going to put out their first new album in 16 years, you get excited. You start to think of how good it’s going to be. Then you hear it, and even though it’s good, it doesn’t live up to what you built in your head.
I don’t know if I need to say anymore about King Animal, I’m sure a lot of people felt the same way about it. The album is good, but and would have been fine if it was their ninth in a line of constant releases, it would have been tremendous. Hell, it’s still in the top 10 on the list right?
5. Three Days Grace - Transit of Venus
This year’s Charles Darwin award goes to Three Days Grace. Woah woah woah, not for an idiotic attempt at trying to be funny that leads to death, but for evolution.
Three Days Grace has been a band that has been on the cusp of doing something great since they came out almost a decade ago. They’ve come close in the past with single songs, but they’ve never put together a complete work at the level of Transit of Venus. For most of the last decade, it felt like 3DG would go into the studio with a mathematical formula for their music. This time, they went into it like science. They found new sounds, new approaches, and even though “Chalk Outline” will be one of their biggest hits ever, the song you can hear the most evolution on their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Give Into Me” where they not only channel The Gloved One, but they do a hell of a job recreating Slash’s sound.
That leaves 4...what 4 albums from 2012 haven't we talked about yet? What order will they be in?