*In my best Top of the Pops voice*
IN AT NUMBER 5:
Don Broco - Priorities: As I said in my review, this band are more British than Fish and Chips - and that is entirely a good thing! Their début album has its bad points, but there is enough catchy choruses to put it in the list. One listen to this album and you will be hooked on these guys. They are the future of British rock.
IN AT NUMBER 4:
We Are Fiction - One For Sorrow: This album had to make it onto my list. Another début album that completely blew me away with how mature it sounded. We Are Fiction have made such a big impression on me as a band that I can only see them getting better and better. The combination of shouty vocals and pitch perfect singing, has never sounded better.
Korn - The Paradigm Shift: I love this album for two main reasons. It is completely old-school Korn, with the crazy hooks and the catchy choruses. While at the same time it manages to bring in the new sound that Korn have started, with the electronics that are the musical equivalent to Marmite. Luckily, I love it not hate it. Everything about this album oozes classic Korn, then the middle eight kicks in and the beat drops and all hell breaks loose. It takes three of my favorite Korn albums and combines them into one of the best albums of the year.
Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King: I wasn't expecting great things from this album. The band have had such a terrible run of things, what with their drummer dying half way through the production of their last album, that I thought they were done as a band. Little did I know that Hail To The King would be the album that pushed Avenged Sevenfold into the next rung of rock n' roll greatness, as this is the first album that told me they could be one of the greatest American rock bands of all time. A big statement I know, but with this album they showed such a huge level of maturity and admiration for their craft, that a spot on the rock n' roll hall of fame is a given.
AND THE WINNER IS...
LetLive - The Blackest Beautiful: This album is quite possibly my favourite album of all time. Any other year and Avenged Sevenfold would have topped this list. But my god, this album is so utterly fantastic that if it wasn't number 1, I would be doing an injustice to all who like rock music. It brings in the best about the music I love; combining the passion of punk music, the energy of metal, and the catchy chorus that rock music can do so well this album is perfection. Listening to each and every song on this album, it is clear that the songs mean so much to the band; the endearment that is shown throughout this album is something that I truly respect and love. It carries on where LetLive left off with their first album and turns them into a whole new beast - because it is better by such a silly level.