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Best Of 2014 - 2015 Dangerzone



ARTIST: Best Of 2014
ALBUM: Dangerzone
YEAR: 2015

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Background
After listening to a record amount of new music in 2013 it seemed I definitely regressed in 2014, with only 20 albums from the year being recorded on a running list I kept. Quite sad in my opinion, as I preferred to live in the past and catch up with vintage material from the good old days. With constant moving for jobs, months long Army courses etc, sometimes music was often banished to the background, something I'm certain we can all relate to. Of the music I did listen to most of it I listened to a couple of times and never bothered with again, a trend which has been all too common recently. Therefore albums I reviewed positively (Winger, Uriah Heep, Ace Frehley) have not been touched since, which doesn't say much for them ultimately. The Ted Nugent album I praised must have been the result of alcohol inducement, as it really is a wretched affair, deserving of nothing but disdain. Here then is my best of 2014, the few and the proud indeed.

Body Count - Manslaughter
This is the best album from the one-time notorious metal outfit fronted by Ice-T and one I kept coming back to in 2014. Surprising for a band who've been around sporadically since 1991, with Ice-t having a better grasp on metal than most bands these days. Brutal, vicious and often hilarious, this was a real eye opener for a band I thought long gone.

Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls
Good comeback for the legends and one which grew on me after repeated listening. Not as heavy as past efforts, but made up for 'Nostradamus' and proved they still have true mastery of cornball metal maneuvers. If they'd produced the guitars a bit cleaner it would have rated even higher.

Quiet Riot - 10
This release from the reconstituted veterans was nowhere as bad as the cynics claimed, being a solid set of hard rock anthems, even if there were only six new songs, the rest Kevin DuBrow live cuts. Well worth anyone's time and as good as anything from their past.

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
Great return to form for the lads, with their best album in ages and far superior to 'Black Ice' anyway. Even without Malcolm Young the band excels, with their sleaziest anthems in a while and a series of classic riffs and lyrics that live up to the legend. 'Emission Control' in particular has to be one of their best tracks ever, with a riff that defies all logic.

Bullet - Storm Of Blades
After initially listening to Bullet's fifth album I was concerned it lacked the melody and heaviness of past classics. I was wrong naturally, it eventually clicked and once again the Swedish greats easily delivered the metal album of the year. Their formula never ceases to fail, with a working knowledge of delivering 80's metal that no other band comes close to. These guys are already legends.

Disappointments of 2014

Accept - Blind Rage
A total flop and an indication these guys are truly done. Their stale routine has never been as dull as this. The boring 'teutonic' sound grates on my nerves and as good as Mark Tornillo is on vocals, not even he can rescue this sinking ship.

Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
In a year devoid of thrash highlights this was a total failure, with not even the return of Steve Souza saving this worn out exercise in thrash banality. Unmelodic to the core and trying to return to their 80's roots, Exodus didn't come close. One thing I also can't understand is why every song has to be over five to six minutes. What ever happened to three minute simplicity? The same goes for Machine Head too.

Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain
While hardly Glory Daze material, Cannibal Corpse seem to have finally run out of ideas and have lapsed into death metal mediocrity. I guess after 25 years of going through the same routine any band would become stale and CC are no exception. Invariably the early Chris Barnes era will always be the blueprint. This album was easily dismissed after two listens, having heard the same album over and over.

Other Bombs
Obituary, Cavalera Conspiracy, Point Blank, Night Ranger, Overkill.


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#1 | gdazegod on January 24 2015 07:19:54
I will say I quite liked Night Ranger's High Road'. I did eventually get around to reviewing it here, months after it was released. I wouldn't know about too much else on Alun's list.. thrash metal never really appealed to me.. sorry to say..
#2 | englandashes on January 25 2015 01:08:49
Wow,1991 when i had bodycount blaring out of my ford cortina, who would had thought that he is a major actor in Law and Order. I didn't realise he was still releasing stuff, i am still interested, particularly because of my discovery of Stuck Mojo in 2014
#3 | gdazegod on January 25 2015 02:31:08
Stuck Mojo and Rich Ward were big news on this site back in 2000 and 2001. They were featured in one of very early pages on the old HEART of the ROCK website.
 
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