The Best Hard Rock Album

1.  Ghost - Meliora 450
2.  Clutch - Psychic Warfare 108
3.  Europe - War Of Kings 74
4.  Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors 66
5.  Jess And The Ancient Ones - Psychedelic Second Coming: The Aquarius Tapes 50
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807




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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