April 22, 2024

10. Within Temptation: Bleed Out

For their eighth studio album, the group focused on singles rather than attempting to record an album in one fell swoop. As a result, the album spawned five singles.

Key TracksEntertain You, The PurgeShed My SkinDon’t Pray For Me and Ritual.

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Awsooooooooome! Masterpiece! Linda Morgan

I was 14 when I discovered this band, now I’m 31 and still listening! Love them! Mark Clinton

I’m 70. I love this band (my favorite); they show that today’s music is still fantastic. Lisa Stanley

Can’t believe they are still around after so long. Her (Sharon den Adel) voice is as powerful as ever. Rachael Bream

Within Temptation Bio

9. Greta Van Fleet: Starcatcher

“’Starcatcher’ is our perspective and sums up where we are as a group and individually as musicians,” stated guitarist Jake Kizska.

Key Tracks: Meeting The MasterSacred The Thread and Farewell For Now

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“Greta Van Fleet the best thing that could have happened to music in 20 years. I love your passion, creativity and message.” Marianne Jensen

Wow I’m impressed. You’ve found that creative vein and tapped into it. Stay right there boys.” Jon Clinton

Josh’s voice is an instrument unto itself. Best group to come along in a looooong time ! Epic music back.” Patty Rouse

Greta Van Fleet Bio

8. Butcher Babies: Eye For An Eye…/’Til The World’s Blind

The double set celebrates the tenth anniversary of Butcher Babies‘ debut, “Goliath,” released in ’13.  “Eye For An Eye…” and “…’Til The World’s Blind” are the band’s fourth and fifth albums.

Key Tracks: Beaver Cage, Red Thunder and the ballad Last December

“I love how it blends the Metal and dance elements and takes a few unexpected twists it might be my new favorite.” Sheryl McKenzie

“Best female screamers. Plus the instrumentals are paired up perfectly, one of the greatest bands these days.” Barb Allen

“Loved this band since I was 14, and still do.”  Cindy Skeers

Butcher Babies Bio

7. Staind: Confessions Of The Fallen

“There’s an electronic element that there wasn’t in any of our stuff before,” noted guitarist Mike Mushok of Staind’s first album in twelve years. “And it was something as simple as taking a guitar riff that I wrote and playing it on a synthesizer or breaking it up and making some cool sounds out of it.”

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Key Tracks: Lowest In Me, Here And Now, In This Condition and Cycle Of Hurting

How Aaron Lewis can go from a successful country career, back to his original style with Staind is incredible. They’re back heavier, and better than ever. Beau Long

Aaron’s vocals sound as supreme as they did back in the early 2000’s. Dave Fosket

It’s a pleasure to hear this voice and melodies. Welcome back Staind! Santo Peto

Staind Bio

6. Blink-182: One More Time

The band’s ninth album is the first album to feature the lineup of Tom DeLonge (guitar/vocals), Mark Hoppus (bass/vocals) and Travis Barker (drums) since 2011.

Key Tracks: title track, More Than You Know, and Dance With Me

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Man, the boys haven’t missed a beat. They made a Time Machine to our childhood.” Alex Fyre

This feels like I’m young again. How do they bottle this sound and nobody can recreate it? It’s amazing they’ve done it for so long. Untouchable.” Leslie Craig

“Tom’s voice sounds insanely good.” Paul Gunth

Blink-182 Bio

5. Queens Of The Stone Age: In Times New Roman

The album went to #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock, and Top Alternative charts. 

Key Tracks: Emotion SicknessPaper Machete and Carnaveyeur

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Vintage Queens meets modern Queens. Perfection” Mark Colby

“I wanted to say thank you QOTSA. Your music got me through so much shit that I don’t even want to think about what would have happened without it. Pam Hurd

“What a time to be alive, long live the Queens.” Ted Frawley

Queens Of The Stone Age Bio

4. Paramore: This Is Why

“(This album) summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last 3 or 4 years,” explained frontwoman Haley Williams of the band’s sixth album.

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Key Tracks: This Is Why and Running Out Of Time

“What a perfect blend of classic Paramore vocals with current Paramore style.” Sandra Weis

“I never heard Paramore before but now I am listening to all their songs and can’t stop!” Savannah Montgomery

“Leave it to Paramore to speak to all of us on such a personal level, once again.” Paige Shulte

Paramore Bio

3. Corey Taylor: CMF2

The Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman recorded the album with his solo band: Christian Martucci (guitar), Zach Throne (guitar) Eliot Lorango (bass) and Dustin Robert (drums). Taylor has said “CMF2” is “the best Rock album of this year and the next.”

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Key Tracks: “Talk Sick,” “Beyond,” “Post Traumatic Blues” and We Are The Rest

This is how GnR should sound nowadays! Fortunately we have Corey these days! Mr. Cool

71 yrs old still love this music keep it coming! Edith Murphy

I’m amazed with this guy’s range! To go from metal to Punk is awesome. Attitude 486

It just proves us how Corey would be a PERFECT fit for Velvet Revolver. Lucky us since he is still kicking ass with his solo stuff. Rafela Scoia

Corey Taylor Bio

2. Foo Fighters: But Here We Are

The band called it “a brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything the Foo Fighters have endured over the last year.”  One ordeal that the band faced was the passing of longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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Key Tracks: “Rescued,” which went to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, “The Teacher” and “Under You.”

“One of the most Foo-sounding albums ever. Just what we all needed: to be rescued by the Foo Fighters. Thank you, guys.” Wilo C.

“Guitar riffs. Drums fills. The lyrics. The tempo. The love. The band. The perfect moment. Just love every song on it. Thank you Foo Fighters.” Yvonne Gilbert

Foo Fighters Bio

1. Metallica: 72 Seasons

The band’s eleventh studio effort debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.  It also ruled the Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Album Sales and Vinyl Albums charts. The band is pictured above.

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Key Tracks: 72 SeasonsScreaming SuicideLux Æterna and If Darkness Had A Son

“40 years of Metallica and still rocking, glad to have been a part of it from the beginning.” Ken Roberts

“This album blows me away. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.” Metallica. Wow!” Dashin’ Dave

“I’m in shock. Always thought they were good at what they did, but nothing they’ve ever done before has hit me like this. Just floored.” Erik Dorman

Metallica Bio

Honorable Mention:

Buckcherry: Volume 10

Mammoth WVH: II

Rolling Stones – Hackney Diamonds

Smashing Pumpkins: Atum – Act Three

Nita Strauss: The Call Of The Void

Ten Best Rock Albums were selected based on lyrics, innovative compositions, a unique approach to the genre, production quality, and public opinion/popularity.

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