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Top 20 of 2011 – Bill’s Picks

Well it’s that time of year again. Time to name my favorite albums of 2011. 2011 brought us a lot of good stuff by a lot of great bands. 2011 also brought on a lot of surprises from bands that were really unknown until their material was released or well afterwards. Bandcamp played a huge role in music discovery for me. It turned out hundreds of great albums not only released in 2011 but in years past as well. This list, my favorites as well as honorable mentions, is no way a complete list of what was released this year. There is just to much out there that I don’t either have time to get to, never heard of or won’t discover until well after this year is completely over. I know there’s going to be a few surprises. Let it be known that I listened to a LOT of new albums this year and picking my top 20 out of the hundreds was very hard to do.

20. The Sade – Damned Love – (review) I really didn’t know what to expect when this one came across my desk but I needed to check it out. And check it out I did. I was pretty damn impressed that I listened to the album at least 10 times in a row. In my review I stated “The majority of the album is all alchchol fueled hard rock. Throughout my listening of the album I couldn’t help but think that this is what Social Distortion may sound like if they were more rooted in 70′s hard rock as opposed to their punk roots.” Granted it’s been a few months since I’ve listened to it, it still has a strong spot in my top 20.

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Review – Rival Sons – Pressure & Time

Classic Rock Magazine has been praising Rival Sons for quite some time now. Rightfully so, this band kicks some major ass. Pressure & Time, the band’s 2nd full length will be released to the masses soon. Get ready, it’s about to hit hard like a storm.

The opening track, “All Over The Road” opens with some fast paced, 70’s based retro rock. “Young Love” is, at times, sounds like a mix between an Aerosmith and Doors tune. It’s outgoing and engaging. “Pressure & Time” has a nice funky vibe to it featuring plenty of bass and loud vocals and some great guitar solos. “Only One” is a mellower and powerful tune. It’s got everything, powerful vocals, great guitar and drumming and features an organ too. “Get Mine” sounds like a classic blues rock tune.”Burn Down Los Angeles” is a bass and guitar heavy number with some great lead and (more…)


Review – Rival Sons – Rival Sons EP

Rival Sons is back. Their 2009 full length Before The Fire was a favorite find last year and with this recently released self titled EP, they continue their hard rocking ways.

In a good way, this EP is like an extension of Before The Fire. It’s an extra 6 songs and 28 minutes if listened back to back. It is a true masterpiece within itself. “Get Whats Coming” starts it off then rolls into the heavy hitting “Torture.” “Radio” roars at you in the same vein as “Tell Me Something”. “Sacred Tongue” slows down the pace a bit much like “The Man Who Wasn’t There”. “Sleepwalker” picks it back up and then the bluesy closer “Soul” brings it to a nice and easy stop. (more…)


Review – Rival Sons – Before The Fire

I’d like to thank The Soda Shop follower Jim P. For turning me onto this next band. Without him I doubt I would have run across Rival Sons. Rival Sons is a four piece band hailing from southern California. They play an awesome brand of late 70’s classic/hard rock. Think early Aerosmith. Vocalist Jay Buchanan even sounds a bit like Steven Tyler. While the comparisons are there, this band is not an Aerosmith tribute band.

The opening track “Tell Me Something” reminds me a bit of “Walk The Line.” More so in the way the song is structured and not so much as the way the song sounds. “Memphis Sun” is a big blues rock sounding song that gets pretty epic as it continues. It’s easily my favorite track on the album. The fourth track, “Angel” is just as great and epic. “Pocket of Stones” will rock your ears out til it bleeds. With track 6, “The Man Who Wasn’t There” the band band brings it down a few notches. The song is a much slower in both tone and tempo. “On My Way” is another bluesy track with that mixes the speed and is an epic song that wouldn’t surprise me if it wounded up on a movie soundtrack. The album ends with “Nanda-Nandana” which is a faster and upbeat tune and incorporates some different styles and sounds.

This album really took me by surprise. I’ve listened to it at least 10 times in the last 3 days. I’m currently listening to it as I write up this review. The album is for just about everyone. Whether you like old school 70’s, classic rock, hard rock and/or southern rock or bands like Aerosmith, Night Horse, Dirty Sweet or even Graveyard , you’ll like this. The album was released last year directly through the band. Check out what they have to offer on their sites.Leave your comments below, let us know what you think.

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