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Best New Rock Albums of 2014 Part 1
I have not written a hub in about 2 years, so I hope some of you music lovers find this useful and entertaining. I write about some of the best bands who has released new material this year including, but not limited to:
- Judas Priest
- Linkin Park
- Fiver Finger Death Punch
Nickelback - No Fixed Address
Ok, I am a HUGE Nickelback fan and every one of their albums. This is the first release since Chad Kroeger and teen sensation Avril Lavigne tied the knot as a lot of the material sounds like a cross between the two. Nickelback seems to have taken a bit of a pop flavor with No Fixed Address, so it had to grow on me a bit, but after about three listens to the full album, it has become a regular part of my jogging playlist. I think she appears on some of the songs too. The newest famous Canadian married couple has really influence this album.
Now, if you are looking for the classic Nickelback sound like the hits "How You Remind Me", "Photograph" and "Too Bad", you don't get it from this album. Nickelback has a new album, but I still give this album 8 out of 10 stars. They STILL rock!
Nickelback - Edge Of A Revolution
Seether - Isolate and Medicate
I have been a long time fan of Seether. This new album also needs time to grow on me as the first couple of songs slow down the album, but from the fourth track, the album starts to pick up. I must admit that I like Seether's earlier material better like songs including Fake It, Fine Again, Broken and Breakdown. One of my favorite songs off this album is called Weak, so check it out.
Seether - Words As Weapons
Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls
Judas Priest has been my favorite metal band since high school and of most of their albums. After releasing the concept album Nostradamus, I was not sure what to think and after guitarist K.K. Downing left the band, I thought they were finished, but Redeemer of Souls has changed all that. This album ROCKS!
I did not think they could do it, but their live shows are still awesome and until lead singer Rob Halford quits the band, I will always be a fan. Every song on this album is good!
Check out Redeemer of Souls, Dragonaut, March of the Damned and Crossfire. If you are familiar with the real Judas Priest classics like Living After Midnight, Breaking The Law and You Got Another Thing Coming, these songs definitely measure up to the same quality!
Foofighters - Sonic Highway
David Grohl and the Foofighters have a nice album here. I had to listen a few times before I got used to the sound as I am used to the old material, but this albums has grown on me each time I listened. Most of the songs are pretty good.
My favorite songs on this album are Something For Nothing (love the video), In The Clear, Feast and the Famine, I Am A River.
Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side Of Hell Part 2
All of this band's albums are great, but you need to be into some of that gutteral vocal metal. If you want a great ballad, check out their single Battle Born (I have included a video below). Out of all the younger metal bands, this is the fastest growing band along with the likes of Seether, Shinedown and Avenge Sevenfold.
The Wrong Side Of Hell Part 2 is just as good as the album that put them on the map (American Capitalist).
If you want to know how classy this metal band is and you have never heard of them before, they do a great cover of Bad Company's "Bad Company".
Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
Linkin Park seems to have gotten a little heavier on this album, but it will take me some time to get used to it. I do enjoy the video for Until It's Gone. Lead Singer Chester Bennington sings about the same as he does on other Linkin Park albums, so I would like to see him do more screaming since the songs call for it.