The Best Hard Rock Album

  • Clutch - Psychic Warfare
  • Europe - War Of Kings
  • Ghost - Meliora
  • Jess And The Ancient Ones - Psychedelic Second Coming: The Aquarius Tapes
  • Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors
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    Clutch - Psychic Warfare

    Clutch are back with Psychic Warfare, another rollicking affair continuing the stripped-down path of Earth Rocker. Didn't take X-Ray Visions to predict this would make the MSAs. Nor that two things Metal Storm Towers also would go for are Firebirds & Energy Weapons. If you have more sense than a bag of hammers you'll be sure to give this a listen.

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    Europe - War Of Kings

    No, it's not 'the final countdown' for Europe, a band which has been around longer than some of us are alive, but rather a renewal of sorts. War Of Kings sounds heavier and a bit more technical than their couple prior releases. One thing is for sure, the production is top notch this time around. Fans of old school metal will definitely dig this one.

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    Ghost - Meliora

    Ghost have improved with each album, introducing denser atmospheres and more adventurous melodies every time they emerge from the studio. Meliora preserves their authentic mystique, while opening up into still catchier choruses and bigger grooves. Papa Emeritus III's calm and unmistakable intonations lead the service, while heavier and more prominent guitars drag it deeper into the underworld. There's a lot of novelty to Ghost, but the music is for real.

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    Jess And The Ancient Ones - Psychedelic Second Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

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    The title of the album is apt, for Jess And The Ancient Ones keep the traditions of psychedelic rock very much alive. While it remains for the listener to decide whether it's a masterpiece album as the name might suggest, they do know how to go about writing songs with a clear direction and focus, without getting sidetracked or lost along the way.

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    Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors

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    With Crooked Doors, Royal Thunder delivered a very emotional album to say the least. To quote our reviewer: "…this amazing blues/rock/groove concoction is summed up in one word: intimate."; and truer words were never spoken. While quite different from their 2012 debut album, fans of the band will fall in love with their newest release in no time.

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    Write-in votes

    Baroness - Purple
    Eclipse - Armagedonize
    Ecstatic Vision - Sonic Praise
    Entwine - Chaotic Nation
    Graveyard - Innocence & Decadence
    Halestorm - Into The Wild Life
    Hardcore Superstar - HCSS
    Honeymoon Disease - The Transcendence
    Horisont - Odyssey
    Kiske/Somerville - City Of Heroes
    Martina Edoff - Unity
    Mondo Drag - Mondo Drag
    Muse - Drones
    Pop Evil - Up
    Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz
    Saxon - Battering Ram
    Scorpions - Return To Forever
    Shinedown - Threat To Survival
    Shiraz Lane - Be The Slave Or Be The Change
    The Winery Dogs - Hot Streak
    Thunder - Wonder Days
    Tremonti - Cauterize
    W.A.S.P. - Golgotha
    Whitesnake - The Purple Album
    Wild Throne - Harvest Of Darkness
    Year Of The Goat - The Unspeakable
    Yuri Gagarin - At The Center Of All Infinity