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Best Of - 2017 Gdazegod

ARTICLE: Best Of 2017, Gdazegod
YEAR: 2017


We have crossed over into 2018, and I'm not sure about how I'm feeling for the year ahead. Call it a mash-up of optimism and pessimism. As Eric wrote in his wrap-up piece, Geo Politics has consumed the world for the most part, so too the outing of Hollywood notables right across that spectrum including directors and actors. I wrote about that topic in a forum piece a couple of weeks back. I think 2018 will see more revelations come out like cockroaches out of the dark. And as also mentioned in a forum piece, my gut instinct tells me that this 'outing' exercise will also cross into the world of rock n roll. So for all those naughty musicians who did despicable things decades ago, nothing is ever really forgotten.

Also following Eric's article, I too have to bemoan the passing of several music notables during 2017. I'm thinking it wasn't quite as bad as 2016, but still, names that were once synonomous in the 80's can all be read about on our Obituraries Forum page. R.I.P to all you memorable men and women of the rock music industry.

The Best And Not So Best
Musically in 2017, the issue I had throughout the year was the sheer volume of music being created, and less time to write about it. It wasn't helped when we (should I say.. 'I') made the move to shift virtual houses for the GDM website, which was a spectular disaster on the first front, followed by a stunning return to form in the second round. We were inconvenienced for several weeks while this transition was happening, and I thank you for your patience as we worked through it. But still, there were many releases out there.

We can't write about them all, but what I will say for 2018, I would like to move away from the so-called 'generic' releases in our favourite sub-genre, and write about albums that are less mainstream. In this regard, I would love some assistance in pointing out some of these 'not-so-mainstream' albums. A good example was the Phil Lanzon album 'If You Think I'm Crazy', which not many other websites have covered, and was given a big push on GDM thanks to Carl Noonan. Thanks Carl. This is the sort of area I want to move into. Other sources include self-released albums highlighted through channels such as Facebook, Bandcamp, YouTube (especially heavy metal bands) etc. So expect to see less of Frontiers stuff from me in 2018.

Also, some of you may have noticed a recent assault on writing about older albums, which of course is the Glory Daze mantra. Expect this to increase significantly in 2018, as many of you are highly attracted to older releases rather than the modern stuff. That's a fair call. So the intention is to 'backfill' album reviews where there are gaps in the discography. Acts like the Alan Parsons Project is a good example, but there are dozens of others too.

Onto my Best Of and not so Best Of for 2017. I won't get into too much detail, as overall, I thought the year in summary was pretty weak to be honest.

The Good List
I did enjoy Night Flight Orchestra's 'Amber Galactic', which did earn a 100% from yours truly. Tokyo Motor Fist was an enjoyable set for mine, though some of you complained about the production. The songs though, were pretty good. Erik Maartenson continues to deliver hard-hitting melodic rock with his band Eclipse. I thought 'Momentum' was pretty decent (it got a 100% rating too), though I will admit this band is more popular over at than at GDM. Kivel Records Romeo Riot, Frontiers pairing Lionville, One Desire, plus the AOR Heaven pairing of Stormburst and Wildness were all regular albums on my playlist for an extended period during the year.

The Not so Good List
I'd have to add: Autograph, Quiet Riot, World Trade and the weak Boulevard albums. For those that were truly bad, I didn't bother reviewing them in 2017, so the faceless shall remain the nameless.

Heavy Metal
On the pure heavy metal front, I totally got into bands like Finns Battle Beast, Swedes Lancer and Coldspell, Japan's Anthem, Argentinians Helker, Canadians Kobra And The Lotus and Striker and a new band for me, German 80's outcasts Stallion, who released 'From The Dead' a few months back, for which I am only getting into at this late stage. Sons Of Apollo was another new band to strike a chord with me. I look forward to their career taking off. The recent Madam X was also a stirring return to form. Despite the ravages of time, the heavy metal genre is as strong as ever, thank the Lord! There is a deep repository of artists just waiting to be explored within this sub-genre, and that remains a focus for GDM into 2018.

Southern Rock
Another unexplored region of rock music space is the Southern Rock genre. We have some good sources of info for some utterly unknown bands, which we will feature in 2018. Watch out for a surge of activity on this front. These include rare older stuff, plus some newer material. Believe it, the genre is still alive and well, though totally unloved.

In Summary
We've found that the 'Essential Series' that some of us have written, have proven to be a very popular addition in 2017. We'll continue to write some more words of wisdom in the various genres of rock that is GDM's bread and butter.

To wrap up, on the website side of things, GDM currently operates on version 7.02 of the PHP-Fusion platform. It is a bit long in the tooth, so we will eventually move over to version 9.0, once the beta testing period is complete. I have a test site already set up for GDM, and I am working through some testing of my own. I will keep everyone up to date as we push into the new year.

Thanks for your continued support.


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#1 | Explorer on January 14 2018 09:58:03
A good read as always George. As for the Essential Series articles, these are great to both read and write and I`ll be looking to do a few more this coming year.
#2 | melodiapositiva on January 14 2018 15:55:25
Happy to hear you will review more older stuff ,i think that´s the real difference from this web to many others ,Glorydaze is the best guide to discover old music with people who really love it.
As usual only a few albums from this year have make some impact on me ;Phil lanzon is the best without doubt ,The night flight orchestra was great ,Styx new album was good enough ,the last H.e.a.t album,Pinnacle point or the Steve walsh one have good songs.
And not much more ,i still can´t hear a complete Frontiers album ,a few songs from here ,a few from there but then all starts to sounds the same Sad

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