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2017 Annual Review

The Rock Man's Annual Review

Top 5 Albums of the Year (2017):

1. Alice Cooper Paranormal
2. Nickelback Feed The Machine
3. Night Ranger Don't Let Up
4. Kobra And The Lotus Prevail I
5. Styx – The Mission

Honourable Mentions:

Adrenaline Rush Sole Survivor

Mr. Big – Defying Gravity

Cheap Trick We’re All Alright!


Best Song of 2017:

Kobra And The Lotus – You Don't Know

Best Concert/Event of 2017:

Guns N' Roses @ the MCG & Alice Cooper @ Rod Laver Arena

Best Music Video of 2017:

Sadly, the art of music videos is not what it used to be

Best New Talent of 2017:

Bigfoot (These guys have the potential to be superstars in the future)

Best Cover Art of 2017:

Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter

Biggest News Story of 2017:

Sadly, the passing of so many talented rock musicians:

Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

Tom Petty

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)


What Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2018?

New albums by Judas Priest/Whitesnake/Stryper/Ozzy Osbourne and so many more.

Hopefully Metallica can find some time to tour Oz again.

Continuing to hold on to false hope that Van Halen will do something.

More classic quotes from Gene Simmons.



Juliano Mallon's Annual Review

Top 5 Albums of the Year (2017):


1. Harem Scarem - United

2. Tokyo Motor Fist – Tokyo Motor Fist

3. Newman - Aerial

4. Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice

5. H.E.A.T. - Into The Great Unknown


Honourable Mentions:

Brother Firetribe - Sunbound

Code Red - Incendiary

Midnite CityMidnite City


Best Song of 2017:

This is hard to do, but I’d go with Harem Scarem - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow


Best Concert/Event of 2017:

Def Leppard live in Rock In Rio


Best Music Video of 2017:

Didn’t see anything worth being pointed as “best”. Again.


Best New Talent of 2017:

RIAN: these Swede’s deserve any AOR/Melodic Rock’s enthusiasts’ attention. Their debut album Out Of The Darkness is one of the best surprises of 2017.


Best Cover Art of 2017:

The artwork from NEWMAN’s Aerial is absolutely beautiful.

Biggest News Story of 2017:

JOURNEY and STEVE PERRY sharing stage at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.

Was there anything bigger than that?


What Are You Most Looking Forward To In 2018?

The upcoming album from FIND ME (which is done and delivered to Frontiers since October)

The yet-to-be-named project with STEVE OVERLAND (FM) together ROBERT SÄLL and HERMAN FURIN (Work Of Art) and NALLE PAHLSSON (Therion/Treat/Last Autumn’s Dream)

The new WHITESNAKE album (sheer curiosity, nothing more)

The TOTO box set with their whole discography carefully remastered and, of course, the band’s new album to be released sometime by the end of 2018.

Dave Smiles' Annual Review

Top 5 Albums of the Year (2017):

1. Santa Cruz – Bad Blood Rising

2. Eclipse - Monumentum

3. H.E.A.T – Into The Great Unknown

4. Black Country Communion - BBCIV

5. Alice Cooper - Paranormal


Best Song of 2017:

Eclipse – Never Look Back


Best Concert/Event of 2017:

Guns N' Roses @ the MCG

Best Music Video of 2017:

Santa Cruz Young Blood Rising


Best Cover Art of 2017:

Alice Cooper Paranormal

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

New music from Guns N Roses