Brian Ronald’s Top 10 CDs of 2016 for Decibel Geek
Decibel Geek photographer extraordinaire, Brian Ronald chimes in on the album race with Brian Ronald’s Top 10 CDs of 2016. For his list he compared a total of 149 releases to acheive these ten best.
It’s another top 10 again for these Swedish faves of mine. If not for this being a late release it could’ve climbed higher!
Pure melodic bliss! It’s been a loyal CD in the rotation since its release. Another Swedish gem that can’t be ignored!!
This is an outstanding first full-length CD from these Swedish rockers. It just kept growing and growing on me! Love it! Don’t go to the old lighthouse!!
Here’s another solid outing from Ralf and company. These guys again represent what true metal is all about! I hope the end is NOT near!
With Mark Fox back at the helm, Brian has returned to his “Shakra” comfort zone and it’s a real treat to my ears!
I’m usually a little leery to get attached to “project” bands as they always seem to leave you stranded after an album or two but I just can’t ignore this gem!! Brilliant stuff! Maybe it’s the Bonfire CD that I really wanted?
5th effort from these guys has it all. This has all the elements of perfection – pure heavy melodic rock and roll with huge solos, amazing vocals, and harmonies galore.
Heavy as hell! Steve shows he still has one of the best voices in rock! Well done. Did I mention heavy as hell?
My most played CD of 2016 – hands down! “Buddha Belly” might be the song of the year for me!!
This is truly a fabulous CD. Mr. Weir has officially returned this band to the frontline of rock. It’s their best CD since their desert island classic Spellbound. Mastered by Harry Hess!
Honourable Mentions – Too Good Not To Be Missed!!
Niterain – Vendetta
House of Shakira – Sour Grapes
Maverick – Big Red