New Year! Here are the Still Got The Fever rock albums of the year.
1. ROYAL BLOOD : Royal Blood - Okay, so how the hell do they do that? Bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher out-muscle mighty Metallica.
2. FOO FIGHTERS : Sonic Highways - Dave Grohl & Co hit the road to record at a string of famous studios but the band’s strength is consistent at ever.
3. ANTI-MORTEM : New Southern - Oklahoma rockers give Metallica a run for their megabucks with relentless riffola that takes no prisoners.
4. PROSPERINA : Harness-Minus - Gethin Woolcock’s Welsh wonders barnstorm a sophomore set of densely layered guitar prog-rock and roll.
5. BLACK STONE CHERRY : Magic Mountain - Business as usual for the Kentucky festival favourites, who crank up the amps for a heavier set than last time.
6. THE ORWELLS : Disgraceland - Pop hooks meet swaggering sloppy rock and roll with more than a hint of The Raconteurs and The Faces.
7. BUSH : Man On The Run - They were bigger than Oasis in the US, and now Gavin Rossdale’s Brit grunge-rockers return to top form.
8. CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX : White Light Generator - Think Pink Floyd on steroids, soaring widescreen melody with prog-rock muscle. Do not miss them live.
9. PINK FLOYD : The Endless River - Rejigged Richard Wright rejects represent reclusive rockers’ reflective return. A fitting tribute and last hurrah.
10. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN : High Hopes - Rage Against The Machine axeman Tom Morello adds musical muscle to The Boss’s E Street shenanigans.