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2014 Annual Review

The Rock Man's Annual Review

Top 5 Albums of the Year (2014):


1. Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls

2. Billy Idol – Kings And Queens Of The Underground

3. Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell

4. Nickelback – No Fixed Address

5. Vanity BLVD – Wicked Temptation


Honourable Mentions:


Winger – Better Days Comin’

Adrenaline Rush – Adrenaline Rush

Mr. Big - …The Stories We Could Tell


Best Song of 2014:


I can honestly say that nothing stands out from the pack this year.


Best Concert/Event of 2014:


Sadly 2014 was a pretty lean year for concert going for me. Fortunately 2015 is looking very busy in deed.


Best Music Video of 2014:


Sebastian Bach – Taking Back Tomorrow


Best New Talent of 2014:


Adrenaline Rush


Best Cover Art of 2014:


Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life (Tribute Album)

Biggest News Story of 2014:


There are a couple worth mentioning here. Firstly anything which features the headline: “Gene Simmons says ….”. And secondly Malcolm Young leaving AC/DC due to poor health and the shock arrest of drummer Phil Rudd on murder plot charges.


What Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2015?:


One of the highlights for me in 2015 will be the Billy Idol/Cheap Trick Australian tour in March. Also a number of bands like Def Leppard, Halestorm, Whitesnake, The Darkness, Sweet And Lynch all have new material due at some point next year. And of course there are unconfirmed persistent rumours at the end of every year that Guns N’ Roses and Van Halen will release new albums in the year ahead. But I seriously wouldn’t hold my breathe.


Juliano Mallon's Annual Review

Top 5 Albums of the Year (2014):


1. Vega – Stereo Messiah

2. Seven – 7

3. Angels Or Kings – Kings Of Nowhere

4. Harem Scarem – Thirteen

5. Three Lions – Three Lions


Honourable Mentions:


House Of Lords – Precious Metal

Steve Overland – Epic

Crazy Lixx – Crazy Lixx


Best Song of 2014:


Paradise Inc. – Secrets


Best Concert/Event of 2014:


The KISS/Def Leppard tour



Best Music Video of 2014:


I have no freakin’ idea, mate... LOL


Best New Talent of 2014:


Angels Or Kings


Best Cover Art of 2014:


L.R.S. – Down To The Core

Biggest News Story of 2014:


The untimely passing of Jimi Jamison


What Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2015?:


The Revolution Saints debut album, for sure. Also, the upcoming album by Wigelius sounds promising. There are too many titles to come, but at the beginning of 2015, these two have my total attention.

Dave Smiles' Annual Review

Top 5 Albums of the Year (2014):


1. Slash – World On Fire

2. Blues Pills – Blues Pills

3. Edguy – Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown

4. Epica – The Quantum Enigma

5. The Treatment – Running With The Dogs


Honourable Mentions:


Vanishing Point – Distant Is The Sun

Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican


Best Song of 2014:


Epica - Reverence – Living In The Heart (from The Quantum Enigma)


Best Concert/Event of 2014:


Joe Satriani at the Palais (only went to one show this year. L )



Best Music Video of 2014:


Slash – World On Fire


Best New Talent of 2014:


Blues Pills / Crobot


Best Cover Art of 2014:


Steel Panther - All You Can Eat

Biggest News Story of 2014:


Phil Rudd being arrested for allegedly doing dirty deeds. Gene Simmons’ claiming Rock Is Dead.




What Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2015?:


New releases from … Nightwish, Massive, Metallica. Live shows from… Slash, Nightwish, Massive, Metallica, Judas Priest, Kiss / Def Leppard. More albums achieving Platinum status (2014 only had one). A steep decline in the popularity of talent shows. Sales of physical music (CD and vinyl) going back up. Reunion of the original line up of Guns N' Roses (I can dream).



Antony Scholefield's Annual Review

Top 5 Albums of the Year (2014):


1. Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

2. Sixx: AM - Modern Vintage

3. Vanity BLVD - Wicked Temptation

4. Slash - World On Fire

5. California Breed - California Breed


Honourable Mentions:


Heat - Labyrinth

Within Temptation - Hydra

Uriah Heep - The Outsider


Best Song of 2014:


Sixx: AM – Stars (from Modern Vintage)


Best Concert/Event of 2014:


Joe Satriani tour - I didn't get there but everyone says it was on-your-bucket-list level awesome.


Best Music Video of 2014:


The Pretty Reckless - Going to Hell


Best New Talent of 2014:


California Breed - especially guitarist Andrew Watt


Best Cover Art of 2014:


Seether - Isolate & Medicate

Biggest News Story of 2014:


Phil Rudd's arrest for conspiracy to murder - later dropped


What Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2015?:


Apparently there's going to be a new Black Sabbath album