Rock fans had a lot of reason this year to raise their horns. From January right up to this month, rock music fans received lots of strong new offerings this year. That includes both mainstream and independent acts. Buckcherry’s new album Warpaint, which came out early this year, proved to be everything that audiences have come to expect from the band. DuG Pinnick’s King’s X side band KXM also released a new record this year — Circle of Dolls — that was a step up from its predecessor. 80s rockers L.A. Guns even produced its own strong new effort in The Devil You Know while prog rock star Neil Morse’s Jesus Christ: The Exorcist developed its own fans, too. Between those albums and so many others, rock fans had a lot to be happy about. It made creating the list of this year’s top new rock records quite difficult to arrange.
This year’s list, like others from Phil’s Picks, features the Top 10 picks as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles. The list was compiled from consideration of the titles’ overall musical and lyrical content. That content taken into consideration made this list anything but easy. No offense was meant to any of the band featured on this list. With that in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Rock Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS
- Caleb Johnson — Born From Southern Ground
- Set It Off — Midnight
- Neal Morse — Jesus Christ; The Exorcist
- KXM — Circle of Dolls
- Buckcherry — Warpaint
- Collective Soul — Blood
- Aree & The Pure Hearts — Never Gonna Die
- The Sh-Booms — The Blurred Odyssey
- Lullwater — Voodoo
- The Magpie Salute — Highwater II
- Queensryche — The Verdict
- L.A. Guns — The Devil You Know
- Them Guns — From The Shadows
- Myrath — Shehili
- Stone Leaders — Stone Leaders
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