5. Stone Sour - House of Gold & Bones Part 1
This year has been full of surprises for me. After Stone Sour last record 'Audio Secrecy' I thought they would continue on a more mellow path and have soft hard rock songs with a lot of ballads. But nope this album starts off strong like any good SS album should. Gone Sovereign is such a strong opener for this song and greatly transitions well into the following Absolute Zero which has a great chrous. After that the songs sound amazing with well done production. The Travelers song reminds me of sillyworld with amazing lyrics that I can relate to along with Taciturn which is the only ballad on the album. Overall, this is the best hard rock album of the year and I hope the second record sounds better than this because it is going to be hard to top this.
Gone Sovereign / Absolute Zero
The Travelers Pt. 1 & 2