Christmas has officially come and gone. So has Hanukkah. The presents have been opened and decorations likely have started being put away. Even despite that, Phil’s Picks still has some gifts of sorts for everyone out there in the form of some more year-ender lists. Considering that time is so tight, some of the lists, it turns out, might have to be ignored in favor of some others. One of the lists that definitely will not be ignored before the year lets out is that of the year’s top new rock records.
The titles included in this list are separate from the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums. Phil’s Picks has a list of those albums on the way. Before getting to that list though, the focus here will be on the year’s top new rock records. Topping the list of this year’s best new rock records from this critic is Deep Purple’s latest (and likely last) full-length studio recording InFinite. The album was just recently re-issued with the band’s latest live recording The inFinite Live Recordings Vol. 1 only months after the album’s original release. The record’s oftentimes blues-based rock arrangements show this band is at the top of its game, even as it seemingly winds down its life. The lyrical themes exhibited throughout the album are just as interesting as its musical arrangements. It is definitely a memorable recording that deserves every accolade.
Also on this critic’s list of the year’s top new rock albums is Foo Fighters’ latest effort Concrete and Gold. This record is more proof of the band’s willingness to try new things and grow on each album and the success that can and does come with that willingness to branch out, rather than churn out the same thing time and again. It’s just one more of the albums on the list this year. Also included in this year’s list are new albums from Scale The Summit, Prophets of Rage, John 5 & The Creatures and a number of others. As with every list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 best new albums in its category plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums. Now with all of that having been said, presented here is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Rock Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS
- Deep Purple — inFinite
- Foo Fighters — Concrete & Gold
- Prophets of Rage — Prophets of Rage
- John 5 & The Creatures — Season of the Witch
- Scale The Summit — In A World of Fear
- KXM — Scatterbrain
- Dishwalla — Juniper Road
- Fozzy — Judas
- Hell or Highwater — Vista
- Gary Numan — Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
- At The Wayside — The Breakdown and The Fall
- Leprous — Malina
- Royal Blood — How Did We Get So Dark?
- Warrant — Louder, Faster, Harder
- Horisont — About Time
That’s all for this list. It is not the last list, though. There are still lists for the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums, the year’s top new albums and select DVD/BD lists. As many lists as possible will be posted up from here on out, so stay tuned for all that and more.
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