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Current Rotation 1/12/2012

I haven’t done one of these articles in a while. I’ve been to swamped with outside stuff that it’s been hard to get things done. Anyhow, here’s the latest batch of albums I’ve been listening to lately. It’s all over the place in terms of style. Fans of modern, hard rock, classic rock, instrumental, sludge and doom pay attention because you may like something here. Click the links on each section to go to a page where you can sample the band’s music and as always, click buy when you find something you like.

We all have those friends that are so picky about their music that they refuse to listen to and like anything that isn’t on the radio. Come on, you know it’s true. Well Ripple-Music have recently signed Irish hard rocking band Trucker Diablo. The album, The Devil Rhythm, is the perfect album to prove to those friends once and for all that good music does lie beyond what is available on the radio. The Devil Rhythm packs quite the hard rock punch full of heavy guitar riffs and aggressive vocals with a slight (and I mean slight) hint of progressive rock. Fine modern rock.

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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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