The Best Hard Rock Album

1.  Alter Bridge - Fortress 255
2.  Clutch - Earth Rocker 178
3.  Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork 173
4.  Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark 67
5.  Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues 62
6.  Jess And The Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat 37
7.  Audrey Horne - Youngblood 29
8.  Scorpion Child - Scorpion Child 26
9.  Airbourne - Black Dog Barking (write-in vote) 11
10.  Valient Thorr - Our Own Masters 9
  Vidunder - Vidunder 9
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Alter Bridge - Fortress

Alter Bridge's musical style has slowly evolved from the post-grunge beginnings to Fortress, which can almost be defined as a metal release. This is not a common tactic for such a famous and "mainstream" group - it usually happens the contrary, but the band has completed this change masterfully. Fortress, though remaining 100% an Alter Bridge record, is the band's most progressive album to date, another expression of the talent that has allowed these guys to emerge. All the band trademarks, brought to another level of heaviness, make this album a serious candidate for our Hard Rock Album of the Year.

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Audrey Horne - Youngblood

If you like your hard rock to do nothing but rock hard, these guys have some classics-inspired tunes for you. Rock is better when it gets straight down to the point and Audrey Horne know that.

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Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark

The Eldritch Dark is a folky ride into the dank depths of Witchwood, in which particularly ceremonious sounds of hard rock and touches of doom can be heard. Full of flute and lyrical folklore, this is a psychedelically gleeful addition to the band's repertoire which will be sure to delight fans as much as passersby to their doomy style of heavy psych.

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Clutch - Earth Rocker

Maryland's finest go once more unto the breach with their 7,494th studio album. Earth Rocker is a DC Sound Attack, featuring a bunch of songs heavy on crucial velocity. The Wolfman and Cyborg Bette both kindly request you check this one out. MWHAAHHAHAHAHhAHAAHHAAHGHGH!

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Jess And The Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat

One single-class song, one Shocking Blue cover and a monumental 15 minute epic later, Finnish psychedelic rock collective Jess And The Ancient Ones are back in the Metal Storm Awards for the second year in a row. You think this EP is not enough? Have a listen and judge yourself. We think it's a worthy nomination once again.

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Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

A reviewer at some hipster rag named after throwing cutlery or something said that one of the better tracks on this "imagines how Zeppelin would have turned out if they had survived disco." And that's apt for a lot of the album, give or take the Zeppelin bit. It sounds like the tune imaginings of some or other rock hero from the late '70s, but his imaginings after getting smacked by a bass and entering a never-ending coma. It's hard-hitting rock and roll coming from an inescapable dream space.

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Scorpion Child - Scorpion Child

If you're part of the new elite that caught Clutch's Earth Rocker Tour last year, you might've seen these guys kick off the show in a neck-wrecking fury. If not, lol, you suck, but at least the dusty, sweaty energy these Texans have on stage was captured well on this album here.

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Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues

After twenty plus years in the biz, one would think that this "supergroup" around master shredder Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) would take it easy with their new release titled Earth Blues. Well, not so much! Groovy is the word of the day. If the Seventies hold a special place in your heart, you can't afford to miss this album.

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Valient Thorr - Our Own Masters

The Thorriors are back in a righteous blaze of stonerrific hard rock glory. It's a crowd pleaser, with no strings attached, so call off the dogs and party on!

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Vidunder - Vidunder

Being a current day Swedish hard rock band with a look and sound like they were plucked right out of the '70s and teleported to modern day, it is easy to make comparisons between Vidunder's retro bluesy hard rock and the music of their peers such as Graveyard and Witchcraft. You won't find anything new here, but complaining about a retro band's unoriginality is like disliking a periodical drama because of its lack of special effects. It may not be a cutting edge, genre-bending album but it never set out to be that in the first place. Vidunder know exactly what style of music they want to play, and they do it extremely well.

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