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Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016

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By Andy Cheung

 

1 – DEATH ANGEL – The Evil Divide

I haven’t stopped listening to this album since it came in May.  The Evil Divide is thrash metal at its finest, and one of the band’s albums since releasing Act III in 1990.  The guitar work is phenomenal, the rhythm section is heavy and grooves, and Rob Cavestany’s vocals soar and growl…providing the emotions portrayed in each song.

 

 

2 – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate

The fathers of metalcore impress once again with their release of Incarnate.  Jesse Leach’s passionate lyrical musings and delivery are top-notch, with his clean vocals and death growls throughout the album.  The Killswitch recognizable sound is there with Adam D’s and Joel Stroetzel’s guitar mastery, rounded out with bassist Mike D’Antonio and Justin Foley’s pounding rhythm section.  Incarnate is a great album released by a great band.

 

 

3 – ANTHRAX – For All Kings

This member of “The Big Four” released one hell of an album this year.  For All Kings might very well be one of Anthrax’s best releases to date.  The album is heavy and polished, something to be expected from veterans of the thrash metal scene.  Joey Belladonna sounds just as good now as he did back when the band first started 35 years ago, as does Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante.  Jonathon Donais (ex Shadows Fall) is a great addition to the classic lineup of a classic thrash metal band.

 

 

4 – GOJIRA – Magma

These environmentalist metallers from France released their 6th album this year.  The band has always made their own rules (as far as sound goes), and Magma is no different.  It’s atmospheric at times, brutally heavy at other times.  One of Gojira’s best releases to date.

 

 

5 – TWELVE FOOT NINJA – Outlier

Another album that I have not stopped listening to is Twelve Foot Ninja’s Outlier.  This album is so eclectic and unique – heavy with a mixture of djent, folk, and jazz – that dissecting each song would take years to do.  Their musical compositions have impressed me and made me an instant fan.

 

 

6 – AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking

Brutal and melodic, two reasons why Jomsviking is one of the best releases of 2016.  Their 10th studio album is the band’s first concept album, and probably one of their strongest to date.  This melodic death metal band takes the Viking/Norse mythology and dials it up a notch.  Raise your horns!

 

 

7 – OPETH – Sorceress

Metal fans will always gripe about Opeth’s change in direction from death metal to progressive rock/melodic metal, but at the end of the day, the band’s 12th studio album is a great one.  Sorceress is chock-full of imagery, ranging in sound from folky prog-rock, to bluesy to heavy.  The album is an overall excellent addition for all progressive metal fans.

 

 

8 – KATATONIA – The Fall of Hearts

In the realm of emotional metal, there is none better than Sweden’s Katatonia.  Each song on The Fall of Hearts drips with passion and emotion as the band laments on love and loss, while backed with beautiful, haunting melodies and gorgeous music.

 

 

9 – LACUNA COIL – Delirium

“The House of Shame” was the first single I listened to when the album was first released in May.  From the eerie intro, to the death metal growl of Andrea Ferro, and the operatic voice of Cristina Scabbia, I knew right away that this was going to be one of their best albums yet.  The rest of the album is just as heavy and dark (even more than their previous releases).

 

 

10 – SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – World Gone Mad

Classic crossover hardcore/metal band from Venice Beach, CA, Suicidal Tendencies released a highly-anticipated album this year.  The addition of Dave Lomabardo on drums is awesome!  The classic Suicidal sound is there, with Mike Muir’s vocals, the funky bass and heavy guitars are all accented with the ex-Slayer’s pounding drumming.

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/28/16: All About The Ladies

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 7/28/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs.   On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.

July’s theme is “All About The Ladies,” featuring hard rock / metal songs with girl’s names in the title.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Hard Rock Music Time Machine can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
 

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

L.A. GUNS – “The Ballad Of Jayne” (1989)

Listening to this somber power ballad by L.A. Guns, you would think that the song is about the loss of someone close, but it is actually about the death of actress, Jayne Mansfield, who died more than two decades before the song was released.

There is poetic beauty to this melancholic ode to a familiar stranger.  In many ways, we never really know the person behind their celebrity persona, but it doesn’t stop us from feeling that there is a connection in some way, especially when we are moved by their talent.

July is always a bittersweet month for me.  “The Ballad Of Jayne” perfectly captures the bittersweet emotions that I feel at the crossroads of a painful loss and a feeling of love that goes beyond words.
 

 
CRAAFT – “Jane” (1989)

For every Scorpions, Accept and Helloween, there are tons of German hard rock bands whose music goes undiscovered in America.  Craaft is one of those bands.  Though their sound was more aligned with American ‘80s hair metal bands, Craaft never made much of an impact outside of Germany, which is a shame.  Had they gotten the exposure that other similar bands received, who knows how big they could have gotten.  With “Jane,” the band showed that they could deliver a melodic power ballad as good as anyone else.  Crank it up, and imagine yourself swaying from side to side in an arena lit up by lighters as you take a nostalgic journey back in time.
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Rose Of Sharyn” (2004)

From their third studio album, The End of Heartache, “Rose of Sharyn” by Killswitch Engage is a heavy, hard-hitting, fast metalcore tune dripping with emotion.  The melancholic screams of Howard Jones are accented by the rest of the band’s fast playing.  Although the meaning of the song varies depending on the listener, the lyrical content is definitely one of loss and hope.  This song is a perfect example of why Killswitch Engage is one of the best metalcore bands around.

 

IRON MAIDEN – “Charlotte The Harlot” (1980)

One of the best classic Iron Maiden songs is “Charlotte the Harlot,” from their 1980 self-titled, debut album.  Written by Dave Murray, this song (and album) were performed by the original members of Iron Maiden:  Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Dennis Stratton, Clive Burr, and Paul Di’Anno.  Even though I am a huge fan of Bruce Dickinson, and the current incarnation of Iron Maiden, I have always been impressed with the vocals of Paul Di’Anno.  “Charlotte The Harlot” – which is part of a saga of songs – is about a prostitute named Charlotte.  It represents everything that Iron Maiden is known for…classic heavy metal at its finest!
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

QUEENSRYCHE – “Suite Sister Mary” (1988)

In 1988, Queensryche blew away the metal world with their third album, Operation Mindcrime, which continues to stand as one of the finest concept albums ever crafted.  Telling a twisted tale of madness and manipulation, the album is highlighted by this ten-minute epic track. Named for Mary, a prostitute turned nun (played by the talented Pamela Moore), it features some sweeping but melodic writing, and operatic lead vocals.

 

VOLBEAT – “Lola Montez” (2013)

“Feel the fire where she walks.”  Danish rockers Volbeat warned us of a femme fatale in this hit from their 2013 album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

FALL OUT BOY – “Roxanne” (2003)

Fast and badass, this remake of the Police’s timeless “Roxanne” – from Fall Out Boy’s 2003 release, Take This To Your Grave – has a lot of added power and a killer edge.  A metal/punk pace sets the tone, yet keeps the excellence of the original song intact.

 

SCORPIONS – “Loreli” (2010)

“Loreli” is a rueful, forlorn power ballad from the Scorpions off of their 2010 album, Sting In The Tail.  Klause Meine’s amazing voice has a haunting vibe to it, as he weaves the story through moving refrains and choruses.  This melodic track features the band’s classic sound, which has stood the test of time for more than 40 years.

 

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/30/16

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 6/30/16:  The Year – 2002

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs.   On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.

For this month’s theme, we take a journey back to the year 2002.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Hard Rock Music Time Machine can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.
 

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

Hard Rock Daddy was founded in March of 2013, but you might say that it was “born” in 2002 when I became a father for the first time, a bittersweet moment having lost my father the year before.  The songs that I’ve chosen this week bridge the gap between two years that brought both tragedy and a new outlook on life.  Both songs (which have specific meaning) were released in 2002, and each comes from an album that was released in 2001.

 

OZZY OSBOURNE – “Dreamer” (2002)

Ozzy Osbourne’s eighth studio album, Down To Earth, was released just a month after 9/11.  With the world still in shock and metal still far from the mainstream, this album is one that is under the radar to some degree. “Dreamer” – one of two singles from the album – is a song about Osbourne’s vision for a better world for his children where they were happy and safe.  The Prince Of Darkness refers to this song as his “Imagine” (John Lennon).

Bringing a child into a world that had lost all innocence for me was more than a little daunting.  Having experienced 9/11 in an up-close and visceral way, the thought of raising a child in a post-terrorist America nearly made me forgo the idea altogether.  Ultimately, the choice to proceed as planned ending up giving new meaning to a life that had been filled with confusion and loss.

For numerous reasons, Ozzy Osbourne has been a major part of my personal rock and roll journey, not the least of which is taking my son to see him perform live in concert (he was only 7 at the time).

It’s been nearly 15 years since “Dreamer” was released as a single.  To this day, it still conjures up bittersweet emotions.  In many ways, the song is even more relevant in today’s world of chaos than it was after 9/11.  The dream for a better world continues…
 

 
NICKELBACK – “Too Bad” (2002)

While Ozzy Osbourne’s Down To Earth was released a month after 9/11, Nickelback’s Silver Side Up was released on the same day as the most devastating act of terror on American soil.

“Too Bad” – the second single off of the album – was released in February of 2002, a time when the raw, painful emotions of 9/11 had started to turn to a numbing disbelief.  Although the song has an upbeat, melodic feel, the lyrics address a different kind of hopeless feeling brought on by more typical trials and tribulations of life.

The summer of 2009 was a time period where my family was dealing with our own trials and tribulations during a time of change.  One of the brightest spots of that summer, however, was taking my son to see Nickelback (his first concert) at my favorite venue in the world.

For some reason, this band is often times ridiculed, but they will always have special meaning to me.  For what it’s worth, they put on a hell of a show (albeit less kid-friendly than one would expect).
 

 

 

 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

OPETH “Master’s Apprentices” (2002)

I wasn’t sure if 2002 marked the decline or the continuation of Nu Metal, but I’m glad that some of my favorite metal bands were making great music back then.  Case in point: Opeth’s sixth studio album, Deliverance, and this monster of a song, “Master’s Apprentices.”  This song has everything!  Heavy, crunchy guitar chugs? Check.  Double-bass, thrash drumming? Check.  Death metal growls?  Check.  Odd-time signature?  Check.  For good measure, Mikael Akerfeldt even sings clean while the song winds down to a progressive jazzy feel before exploding back to the death metal frenzy.  Seeing Opeth play this song live is a treat and an experience all fans of metal should witness at some point.  And yes, I was one of headbanging fans singing along at their last show.

 

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Fixation On The Darkness” (2002)

In 2002, metalcore started coming into the mainstream after being underground for several years.  Being a fan of both the metal and hardcore genres, I was immediately interested in this new mixture (similar to the crossover bands back in the ‘80s).  One of the first metalcore bands to come out around this time was Massachusetts’s Killswitch Engage, with their second album, Alive or Just Breathing.  “Fixation on the Darkness” is chock full of heavy emotional grooves, sing-a-long choruses and a riff that makes you want to move.  This song is a perfect example of metalcore at its finest.  Fronted by Howard Jones (who replaced Jesse Leach after recording this album), this song will have you screaming along and/or breaking something.
 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

DARIO MOLLO & TONY MARTIN – “Poison Roses” (2002)

Italian guitarist Dario Mollo and ex-Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin teamed up in the late ‘90s to bring us a tour de force of melodic metal with The Cage.  The project was so well-received by fans that they teamed up a few years later for The Cage II, which included this reproachful masterpiece.  They would team up again ten years later, in 2012, for a third installment.  All three albums are highly recommended.

 

PRIMAL FEAR – “Silence” (2002)

Ralf Scheepers should have been the replacement for Rob Halford when Judas Priest parted ways with him in 1996.  Tim “Ripper” Owens is also an amazing singer, but Scheepers’s vocals were a perfect fit for Priest.  Instead, Scheepers would go on the following year to team up with bassist/vocalist Matt Sinner to found power metal giants Primal Fear, and never look back. This powerful selection comes from their 2002 album, Black Sun.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

DIO – “Along Comes A Spider” (2002)

2002 saw the ninth studio album from Dio, Killing the Dragon.  The dragon in this case was a symbol of technology.  Dio was concerned for its misuse to perpetrate injustice, and warned that it could keep people enslaved.  “Along Comes A Spider” warns not to let this sneak up on you if you only hear and don’t listen.  This was the first album with Doug Aldrich (Burning Rain, Whitesnake).  There are plenty of thick riffs, zesty licks and terrific solos throughout the song.  Mainstays Jimmy Bain (bass) and Simon Wright (drums) rounded out the lineup of the band on this underrated album (which was produced by RJD).

 

W.A.S.P – “Shadow Man” (2002)

In their 20th year together, Blackie Lawless’ W.A.S.P. cranked out their 10th album.  2002’s Dying For the World was Blackie’s dedication to the victims of 9/11.  The album was produced from start to finish in less than a year, which is uncharacteristic for Lawless who usually takes years to perfect an album.  The album’s lead song, “Shadow Man,” is a driving, mid-tempo track that features Lawless’ signature rasp and growl vocals and infectious rhythm, plus plenty of hot guitar licks throughout from guitarist Darrell Roberts.

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-4-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 6-4-16.

The 6-4-16 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 –  “I Bring The Weather With Me” – THE AMITY AFFLICTION

#14 –  “Lost And Alone” – FROM ASHES TO NEW

#13 –  “Generation Idiot” – NONPOINT

#12 –  “Dead And Gone” – TRIVIUM

#11 –  “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

#10 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#9 –   “Joyride” – CHEVELLE

# 8 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 7 –   “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 6 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 5 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 4 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 3 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 2 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 1 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 5-28-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 5-28-16.

The 5-28-16 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

NOTE:  There was no Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown during the week of 5/21/16.  It was pre-empted by coverage of the Rock On The Range festival.

 

#15 – “Generation Idiot” – NONPOINT

#14 –  “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#13 – “Take It All” – POP EVIL

#12 – “Avalanche” – BRING ME THE HORIZON

#11 –  “Chevelle” – JOYRIDE

#10 –  “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

#9 –    “Death Dance” – SEVENDUST

# 8 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 7 –   “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

# 6 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –   “Black Honey” – THRICE

# 4 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 3 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 2 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

# 1 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 5-14-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 5-14-16.

The 5-14-16 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Get High” – ROB ZOMBIE

#14 –  “Circles” – PIERCE THE VEIL

#13 – “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#12 – “Black Honey” – THRICE

#11 –  “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN 

#10 –  “Rise” – SIXX: A.M.

#9 –    “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 8 –   “Falling Apart” – PAPA ROACH

# 7 –   “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

# 6 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 5 –   “Emotionless” – RED SUN RISING

# 4 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 3 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 2 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

# 1 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 5-7-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 5-7-16.

The 5-7-16 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Black Honey” – THRICE

#14 –  “The Eagle Has Landed” – AVATAR

#13 – “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#12 – “Running With Giants” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#11 –  “Colourblind” – HANDS LIKE HOUSES 

#10 –  “Death Dance” – SEVENDUST

#9 –    “Defeated” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 8 –   “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

# 7 –   “Falling Apart” – PAPA ROACH

# 6 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

# 5 –   “Paranoia” – A DAY TO REMEMBER

# 4 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 3 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 2 –   “Emotionless” – RED SUN RISING

# 1 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/14/16

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/14/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      2. CANDLEBOX – Disappearing In Airports
      3. DEFTONES – Gore
      4. ACE FREHLEY – Origins Vol. 1
      5. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      6. TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION – Dark Side Of The Night
      7. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
      8. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      9. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      10. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
      11. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      12. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
      13. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      14. OTEP – Generation Doom
      15. ABORTED – Retrogore

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 4-30-16

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 4-30-16.

The 4-30-16 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.
 

#15 – “Aggressive” – BEARTOOTH

#14 –  “Dust” – TREMONTI

#13 – “Colourblind” – HANDS LIKE HOUSES

#12 – “Here I Am” – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

#11 –  “Asking For It” – SHINEDOWN

#10 –  “In Chains” – SHAMAN’S HARVEST

#9 –    “The Sound Of Silence” – DISTURBED

# 8 –   “Mayhem” – HALESTORM

# 7 –   “Falling Apart” – PAPA ROACH

# 6 –   “If I Were” – NOTHING MORE

# 5 –   “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – VOLBEAT

# 4 –   “Human” – HELLYEAH

# 3 –   “Hate By Design” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 

# 2 –   “My Nemesis” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

# 1 –   “Emotionless” – RED SUN RISING

 

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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/7/16

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/7/16.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. ACE FREHLEY – Origins Vol. 1
      2. DEFTONES – Gore
      3. DISTURBED – Immortalized
      4. OTEP – Generation Doom
      5. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six
      6. AMON AMARTH – Jomsviking
      7. METALLICA – Liberte Fgalite Fraternite Metallica!: Live At Le Bataclan Paris France
      8. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
      9. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival
      10. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – The Black
      11. MEGADETH – Dystopia
      12. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate
      13. 3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
      14. BLACK STONE CHERRY – Kentucky
      15. LITA FORD – Time Capsule

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