BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BRIAN RONALD’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

#10. No Hot Ashes – No Hot Ashes

Alright I’ll admit it, despite 35 years’ experience I had never heard of NHA before. What a brilliant mix of Hard Rock, Soft and Melodic rock with both a classic and modern sound. Maybe one of my most played CD’s of the year. It seems I like it more with each spin. I read that this was a reunion tour, but I sure hope they stick around and put out more fabulous CD’s like this!

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#09. Airrace – Untold Stories

Ok so 34 years after the classic Shaft of Light, with basically a totally different band, Airrace have put together an amazing CD. While there were some obvious gems – “Running Out of Time” and “New Skin“, as examples, the rest got better with each listen. Really love this CD.

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#08. Grand Design – Viva La Paradise

Here’s another great entry from Pelle Saether and company. This their fourth solid release CD in 9 years and has transformed them from an early Def Leppard clone (which was a great thing by the way) to a band with a real identity of their own. No fillers here either, just consistent sing out loud harmonies from start to finish.

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#07. Striker – Play to Win

Wait, what, another Canadian band in my Top 10? Yes, this hard rocking album has it all as well. Great vocals and harmonies, rocking tunes and blistering guitar solos – some of the best I’ve heard this year. The song “Head First” is a candidate for my song of the year. DON’T miss this CD!

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#06. Primal Fear – Apocalypse

These German metal rockers continue to blow me away release after release. It took a few spins but man what a gem. Ralf’s voice has never been better. Just check out “Supernova“, “Eye of the Storm” and “My War is Over“. Brilliant stuff! Oh by the way, this rating is for the deluxe version with the 3 bonus tracks, which are superb!

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#05. Voodoo Circle – Raised on Rock

Wow, who would’ve thought that the loss of one of my favourite singers David Readman would be so transparent? Herbie Langhans does a brilliant replacement job here. This album took a bit of heat as being too much of a Whitesnake 1987 copycat – well that is one of the reasons I love it. Who wouldn’t want to hear something in the vein of that gem? Nuff said!

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#04. Treat – Tunguska

To be honest this one slipped through the cracks on my first pass, but man I’m glad I gave it another shot. What a fabulous collection of tunes. These guys have jumped to the top of the heap in my mind. This makes 3 great CD’s since their return in 2010.

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#03. Dee Snider – For the Love of Metal

Ok, so I’ll admit that I was caught way off guard by this album. Dee has made one of the heaviest, greatest metal albums of the year. I mean heavy! A real collection of short anthem rockers here. This is a CD that I played possibly 2-3 times in a row. That never happens. “Before the Storm” is another contender for my song of the year! But 9 short songs Dee, really?

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#02. Three Days Grace – Outsider

It’s been a while since I had a Canadian entry in my top 10. I’ve always like 3DG but this one caught me off guard. This is an absolutely killer CD with no fillers. The Mountain, Infra-Red, The New Real are top notch! Cheers to the Great White North!

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#01. Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things

A long anticipated release that is worth every second. Heavy, melodic, new, classic – it has it all right here. The song “My Midnight Things” is brilliant as is the haunting second version. I just wish they would’ve toured to support this beauty! I hope we don’t have to wait so long for the next release.

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The Honourable Ten

Nordic Union – Second Coming

Riot V – Armor of Light

Shinedown – Attention Attention

Prayer – Silent Soldiers

Audrey Horne – Blackout

Deadline – Nothing Beside Remains

Halycon Way – Bloody But Unbowed

Gus G – Fearless

Snakes in Paradise – Step into the Light

The Lazys – Tropical Hazards

Too Good Not To Be Missed!!

Brian Ronald

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