As tough as it was to pick out the top hard rock CD’s of 2009, it was an even tougher task was to pick the best of the decade. While the CD’s below may not be the best, they are my favorites of the last ten years. I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in the next decade!
Slash’s Snakepit – Ain’t Life Grand
To me, Ain’t Life Grand is Slash’s best work post Guns N’ Roses. I can’t figure out why this CD didn’t do better. Rod Jackson is a kick ass singer. I would love to see him get the nod as Velvet Revolver’s front man.
Halford – Resurrection
Resurrection was the return to heavy metal by Rob Halford. I had the pleasure of seeing the songs from this album performed live. I have played this one a tone over the last ten years. How could you not love a song with Halford and Bruce Dickinson on vocals (The One You Love To Hate)?
Beautiful Creatures – S/T
Hair metal was dead, so Joe LeSte reinvented himself in the band Beautiful Creatures. It didn’t hurt that DJ Ashba was playing guitar for him. This was a poorly promoted disc that should have done much better.
JORN – Worldchanger
The first time I heard Jorn Lande sing, I was blown away. Jorn has a voice that falls somewhere between Ronnie James Dio & David Coverdale. The guy can flat out sing. Worldchanger is still my defacto favorite from him. This is one of the few CD’s that I have given a perfect score.
Black Label Society – 1919 Eternal
After hearing 1919 Eternal the first time, I think Zakk Wylde was starting to surpass his boss Ozzy with better releases. 1919 Eternal is as intense as it is heavy.
Jaded Heart – The Journey Will Never End
Jaded Heart and Gotthard seemed to be two bands that were dishing out quality releases year after year in this decade. The Journey Never Ends is a great melodic rock album. Their cover of (don’t laugh) the Backstreet Boys “Larger Than Life” is great!
(This isn’t an official video, but it seems to fit the song.)
Lynch Pilson – Wicked Underground
Those of you longing for a return of George Lynch and Jeff Pilson to Dokken, don’t hold your breath. To hold you over, check out Lynch Pilson’s Wicked Underground. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Anthrax – We Have Come For You All
Nobody talks about the Antrhax Album We’ve Come For You All very much, but I dig this CD. This is the last disc to feature John Bush. There are also a couple of songs that Dimebag Darrell Abbott (R.I.P.) plays guitar on. Cool stuff!
Scorpions – Unbreakable
Just when I started to give up on the Scorpions, they do a 180, and put out another kickass rock record. After a couple of mellow releases, Unbreakable was a return to form for the Scorpions. I love this disc!
TNT – My Religion
Tony Harnell and company easily put out one of the best melodic rock CD’s of 2004. Great music and vocals to boot!
Gotthard – Lip Service
Gotthard’s Lip Service CD is such a fantastic album. It is a crying shame that few people (except us die hard fans) heard this in the United States. If you like bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, or Hardline, you need to pick this up now!!
Fozzy – All That Remains
Long before the Sirius / XM Radio merger, when the Boneyard was a cool station, the DJ’s were playing the crap out of Fozzy’s All That Remains. I honestly thought the band was a joke, until I heart the tunes on this CD. Chris Jericho can sing!
Black Stone Cherry – S/T
Southern hard rockers Black Stone Cherry are doing my home state proud with their debut CD. I have played this one to death over the last 3 years, and I still love it.
Buckcherry – 15
Comeback album of the year? “Crazy Bitch” might be the biggest Buckcherry song of all time. All in all, 15 is a great album.
Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
Compare them to AC/DC all you want, one thing is for certain, Airbourne delivers! Runnin’ Wild rocks hard from beginning to end. The band’s energetic live shows have helped them make fans all over the world. I can’t wait for their sophomore effort (coming in 2010).
Scorpions – Humanity Hour 1
The Scorpions picked up where they left off with Unbreakable. This CD somehow mixes the band’s classic sound with a modern take, and it works.
Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
I don’t think anyone expected Good To Be Bad to be as good as it was. David Coverdale proves that he still has some vocal chops. Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach are possibly Whitesnake’s best guitar tandem (and they have had some great ones). This album should have been the successor to the 1987 album.
Tesla – Forever More
Tesla has always put out quality music, but I was less than thrilled with their previous release Into the Now. Forever More was a return to form for Tesla, and is an album that is easily one of the band’s best to date.
Black Robot – S/T
What happens when the former members of Buckcherry form a new band? Black Robot happens, and it rocks. This is more of a classic rock CD, than a hard one, but I have enjoyed this one a great deal. Look for more great things from this band in 2010.
The Last Vegas – Whatever Gets You Off
My defacto favorite of 2009. Whatever Gets You Off is sleazy good fun. If you haven’t check these guys out yet, watch the videos below for a small taste. I can’t wait to see these guys play live next month!