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Dec 12th 2020

There you go: the proof that Green VET professionals may have eyes and ears for art! This is a December special from our dear colleague, Charlie (UK), a big fan of good music. Enjoy it! 

2020 – a year that we will never forget but mostly for the wrong reasons. However, it’s been great year for Album releases. All hail those who post them on YouTube, and more so those who then buy a copy rather than ‘steal’. Personal Discovery of the Year, Shakra from Switzerland. Mad World is their 14th release, I’ve yet to hear a duff one amongst them.

Special Mentions to the triumphant return to recording of Blue Oyster Cult, Massive Wagons for keeping rock on mainstream radio in the UK and AC/DC for an album against the odds and those that keep the labels, magazines and web sites for rock alive and kicking.

Top 50 Albums of 2020 – An Aural Lifeline

  • (50) Wig Wam – Never Say Die (D)
  • (49) Five Finger Death Punch – F8 (US)
  • (48) Deep Purple – Whoosh! (UK)
  • (47) Waiting for Monday – Waiting for Monday (US)
  • (46) High Spirits – Hard to Stop (US)
  • (45) Wolf – Feeding the Machine (S)
  • (44) Lionville – Magic is Alive (I)
  • (43) Tuple – Wooden Box (Fin)
  • (42) Blackwater Conspiracy – Two Tails and the Dirty Truth of Love and Revolution (UK)
  • (41) Grand Design – V (S)
  • (40) Glacier – The Passing of Time (US)
  • (39) Magnum The Serpent Rises (UK)
  • (38) Vega – Grit Your Teeth (UK)
  • (37) Mean Streak – Eye of the Storm (S)
  • (36) Revolution Saints – Rise (US)
  • (35) Storm Force – Age of Fear (Can)
  • (34) Crown of Glory – Ad Infinitum (CH)
  • (33) Stardust – Heading for a Heartbreak (H)
  • (32) Those Damn Crows – Point of No Return (UK)
  • (31) The Ferrymen – A New Evil (EU)
  • (30) Girish and the Chronicles – Rock the Highway (Ind)
  • (29) Bandolier Kings – Welcome to the Zoom Club (US)
  • (28) Bloody Heels – Ignition (LV)
  • (27) Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – We’re the Bastards (UK)
  • (26) Khymera – Master of Illusions (EU)
  • (25) Brother Firetribe – Feel the Burn (Fin)
  • (24) Axel Rudi Pell – Sign of the Times (D)
  • (23) FM – Synchronized (UK)
  • (22) Bonfire – Fistful of Fire (D)
  • (21) Black Stone Cherry – The Human Condition (US)
  • (20) One Desire – Midnight Empire (Fin)
  • (19) Primal Fear – Metal Commando (D)
  • (18) Passion – Passion (UK)
  • (17) Tokyo Motor Fist – Lions (US)
  • (16) Onslaught – Generation Antichrist (UK)
  • (15) Bad Touch – Touch the Sky (Norfolk!)
  • (14) Arctic Rain – The One (S)
  • (13) Collateral – Collateral (UK)
  • (12) Perfect Plan – Time for a Miracle (S)
  • (11) Armored Saint – Punching the Sky (US)
  • (10) Harem Scarem – Change the World (Can)
  • (9)Shakra – Mad World (CH)
  • (8) Testament – Titans of Creation (US)
  • (7) Black Swan – Shake the World (US)
  • (6) H.E.A.T. – ll (S)
  • (5) Cadillac 3 – Country Fuzz (US)

The Top 4 get a Flag. The UK and Germany have had their moments, but these deserve the Podium places.

  • (4) The Ragged Saints – Sonic Playground
  • (3) Jason Aldean – 9
  • (2) Blue Oyster Cult – The Symbol Remains
  • (1) Wildness – Ultimate Demise

The vast majority of the above can be listened to in polite company with possible exception of Onslaught which would benefit from a set of headphones and significant volume.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we hope you discover something of interest from the list above.

 

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Charlie (UK) 🙂

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