RUSHONROCK ROLL OF HONOUR 2016: CRITICS’ PICKS
2016 may have been one of the most chaotic years in modern history, between the loss of legends and political upheaval, but in amongst it all, this year has delivered some pretty great music! RUSHONROCK’s Adam Keys gives his top 10:
Good Friend – Ride The Storm
A battle cry in the face of over hyped pop punk, with big sounds, educated political lyrics, melodic riffs and hard hitting drums.
The Temperance Movement- White Bear
Filthy blues riffs, raspy Celtic vocals and brilliantly crafted lyrics. Blues rock at its finest!
Against Me – Shape Shift With Me
A ferocious, ballsy number from Laura Jane Grace and co, as she bares her soul to the world once again – deep, personal and real!
Brian Fallon – Painkillers
Better than Gaslight Anthem? Certainly very close. Think Nebraska era Springsteen with a rockier edge.
Skinny Lister – The Devil, The Heart and The Fight
Pour yourself a whiskey; crack up the volume and pogo the night away with this incredible faux Irish gang!
Esme Patterson – We Were Wild
A vocal range that is quite simply mesmerising, heavier guitars than ever before and an all-round great rock album – Esme has it all.
Alter Bridge – The Last Hero
Inspired by Miles Kennedy’s work with Slash, this one split the ranks with Alter Bridge fans, but was a real hit with RUSHONROCK!
Feeder – All Bright Electric
Take their back catalogue and put a psychedelic spin on it and you’ve got a beautifully mature album that broke the top ten, kicking the plastic pop around it in the teeth!
The Pretty Reckless- Who You Selling For?
It may have snuck under your radar, but this racing rock album is packed with big sounds, soft sounds, screaming vocals, whispering vocals and more!
Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis
This album sees a brilliant blend of their hard rock roots and the sing along approach that has taken Biffy from small venues, to a global conquering, mega band.
Northumbria University Journalism graduate, rock and roll enthusiast and co-editor of RUSHONROCK.com.