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4.) Clutch- Earth Rocker



Now this....THIS is the Hard Rock Album of the Year, without question. Clutch never has let me down but they did put out some less than perfect albums over the past few years. I missed how Clutch wasn't heavy anymore, this album is Heavy As Hell and never lets go, even with the acoustic track Out Cold, its a nice break from the Pure Rock Fury (See what I did there?) If I was able to Earth Rocker would be my theme song for my radio show, because it so perfectly describes my show, and the Wolfman Kindly Requests... should be the closing track of every Clutch show in my humble opinion. This album is indeed a rocker and so damn perfect. For anyone who loves hard Rock and Bluesy Rock that Clutch is known for (which is not so much on this album) this is indeed the album for you. HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!!
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3.) Steven Wilson- The Raven Who Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)



Much like Protest the Hero this year, I didn't think Steven Wilson was going to rank very high for me. I love Steven Wilson to death, Porcupine Tree is one of my favorite bands of all time, and I interviewed him back in May (My first interview I did with my lovely girlfriend, Lynn), but his solo albums in the past did nothing for me, it wasn't until this third album where everything clicked. Don't get me wrong, it's Steven Wilson, so it is a very moody album, you gotta be in the right headspace for it, but it is the right kind of Progressive Rock this time around where it doesn't feel too long or boring, everything is just right, and I haven't felt that in Steven Wilson since Fear Of A Blank Planet. Kudos good sir! now keep up the great work in the years ahead until you bring Porcupine Tree back!
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2.) Witherscape- The Inheritance



Dan Swano is back making Progressive Death Metal, baby. I have been waiting for this day for so very long and it finally happened. And not only is it Progressive Death Metal, but its got Blues a little bit of Euro Dance Pop, Classical, and a very haunting story that brings it all together. Hearing Dan Swano doing is patented growls is something special to behold. Opeth may not be doing Progressive Death Metal anymore and if you missed what they did, check out Witherscape, you will not be disappointed by a long shot.
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1.) Dream Theater- Dream Theater



I have been hoping and praying and wishing and striving for Dream Theater to put out an album that I can listen to from start to finish without getting the sense that anything felt out of place, went on too long, boring or just plain sucked; since Train Of Thought that hasn't happened to me. It FINALLY happened with the newest self titled release. It is easily my favorite DT album since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and the music reflects that statement. every song fits, never feels too long or boring and it doesn't get old. It flows together naturally. It took 10 years for that to finally happen, and I say that with DT being my favorite band of all time. Thank you for finally bringing it back around this time Dream theater, I've missed you.......and for those complaining about the production, Black Flag put out some of the crappiest sounding albums to ever exist, yet they are one of the best Punk bands ever, its not the production, its the sound!
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So to recap in Countdown order...

50.) The Dear Hunter- Migrant
49.) Extol- Extol
48.) Bad Religion- True North
47.) Fractal Gates- Beyond the Self
46.) Blood of God- The Fall And Rise Of Man
45.) Amon Amarth- Deceiver of the Gods
44.) Dreamshade- The Gift Of Life
43.) Hypocrisy- End of Disclosure
42.) Anneke Van Giersbergen- Drive
41.) Omnium Gatherum- Beyond
40.) Amaranthe- The Nexus
39.) Alice In Chains- The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
38.) The Black Dahlia Murder- Everblack
37.) Fleshgod Apocalypse- Labyrinth
36.) Arsis- Unwelcome
35.) Germ- Grief
34.) Vaura- The Missing
33.) The Winery Dogs- The Winery Dogs
32.) Twilight Of the Gods- Fire on the Mountain
31.) Amorphis- Circle
30.) Tyr- Valkyrja
29.) Fates Warning- Darkness in a Different Light
28.) Orphaned Land- All Is One
27.) Scale the Summit- The Migration
26.) Revocation - Revocation
25.) James LaBrie- Impermanent Resonance
24.) Cloudkicker- Subsume
23.) Shaded Emnity- Forsaken and Forgotten
22.) For The Imperium- Hail The Monsters
21.) Killswitch Engage- Disarm The Descent
20.) Haken- The Mountain
19.) Shining- One One One
18.) Last Chance To Reason- Level 3
17.) Soilwork- The Living Infinite
16.) Alter Bridge- Fortress
15.) Kayo Dot- Hubardo
14.) Hail of Bullets- III: The Rommel Chronicles
13.) Agrypnie- Aetas Cineris
12.) Being- Anthropocene
11.) Mechina- Empyrean
10.) Leprous- Coal
9.) The Ocean- Pelagial
8.) Carcass- Surgical Steel
7.) Protest The Hero- Volition
6.) Deafheaven- Sunbather
5.) Vain- Ænigma
4.) Clutch- Earth Rocker
3.) Steven Wilson- The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)
2.) Witherscape- The Inheritance
1.) Dream Theater- Dream Theater
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Yay now 2 people have Dream Theater in their top 10!!!
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Wow, only 1 comment after finishing up, gotta admit that's disappointing.
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Wow, only 1 comment after finishing up, gotta admit that's disappointing.
Three things.
1) Patience.
2) Three of your top 10 are in mine as well. (Steven Wilson, Protest the Hero, Deafheaven)
3) I will be spending the rest of my break checking out ALL your top 50 that I have not checked out yet, and after that I will backtrack through the earlier albums

I trust your musical opinion for the most part.

Also anything blatantly jazzy this year?
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Three things.
1) Patience.
2) Three of your top 10 are in mine as well. (Steven Wilson, Protest the Hero, Deafheaven)
3) I will be spending the rest of my break checking out ALL your top 50 that I have not checked out yet, and after that I will backtrack through the earlier albums

I trust your musical opinion for the most part.

Also anything blatantly jazzy this year?
Exivious - Liminal
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4.) Clutch- Earth Rocker



Now this....THIS is the Hard Rock Album of the Year, without question. Clutch never has let me down but they did put out some less than perfect albums over the past few years. I missed how Clutch wasn't heavy anymore, this album is Heavy As Hell and never lets go, even with the acoustic track Out Cold, its a nice break from the Pure Rock Fury (See what I did there?) If I was able to Earth Rocker would be my theme song for my radio show, because it so perfectly describes my show, and the Wolfman Kindly Requests... should be the closing track of every Clutch show in my humble opinion. This album is indeed a rocker and so damn perfect. For anyone who loves hard Rock and Bluesy Rock that Clutch is known for (which is not so much on this album) this is indeed the album for you. HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!!
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