2018 Top Ten

The following are some of the albums I enjoyed listening to in 2018:

  1. The Senior Management – Heart and Soul – AOR meets country – yee haa! A killer combination to these ears.
  2. Dukes of the Orient – Dukes of the Orient – not exactly a new album as it took years to finally get completed and released. A must have for fans of John Payne fronted Asia.
  3. Praying Mantis – Gravity – One of the most consistent bands over the years who are always a joy to listen to
  4. Nightwish – Decades – A band that have crept up on me over the past year, possibly through youTube videos of their live performances with Floor as the vocalist. All three vocalist are featured here.
  5. W.E.T. – Earthrage – these guys always nail it. JSS is one of my favourite singers. Sometime it is just too perfect and seems like it lacks emotion and is off a factory production line. But take a break and listen afresh to be amazed all over again.
  6. Stryper – God Damn Evil – Sounding good on their latest album, despite the comical opening track. It doesn’t quite measure up to No More Hell To Pay, but that would be a difficult task in my estimation.
  7. Keldian – Darkness and Light – This was actually released in 2017, but it is one that I’ve been playing quite a lot this past year. A great combination of power metal, synths and melody.
  8. Mystery – Lies and Butterflies – Something to chill out to.
  9. Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough – Unashamedly retro sounding feel good music
  10. Subsignal – La Muerta – accessible progressive rock that just gets better with each listen. It probably deserves to be higher in the list, rather than squeezing in at number ten.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and wish you all the best for 2019. Hopefully 2019 will bring more great music to listen to!!!

Stryper – God Damn Evil

Stryper have a new album out called God Damn Evil. Since their re-emergence I have been quite a fan. No More Hell To Pay is one of my favourite albums. However, this new one isn’t quite doing it for me. They sound like a rather average metal band. Maybe more listening is required.