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Top Ten Albums of 2008

I present to you the ten best hard rock albums of 2008.

10. Jørn Lande – Lonely Are The Brave – Don’t tell me, you’ve never heard of him. He has one of the best voices in music and a long list of albums released. Give him a chance and you will likely become a fan.

9. Motörhead – Motörizer – It sounds like Motörhead of old…and that’s a good thing.

8. Yngwie Malmsteen – Perpetual Flame – With Ripper Owens on vocals, Yngwie delivers his best album in years. The song “Red Devil” may be the best he has ever written.

7. Tesla – Forever More – These guys don’t get enough love from rock fans. Vastly underrated band, and this album is a strong effort from beginning to end.

6. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy – It was worth the wait. Now that the luster has worn off a bit, it slipped from the #3 spot on my list, but it’s still high quality.

5. AC/DC – Black Ice – It sounds like AC/DC of old…and that’s a good thing.

4. Lynam – Tragic City SymphonyThese boys from Birmingham have a strong record with some Def Leppard-like hooks and sing-along choruses.

3. M.O.B – The Greatest Enemy – How in the world are these guys unsigned? Take note Mr. Record Company Executive, this is awesome rock.

2. Mötley Crüe – Saints Of Los Angeles – A strong comeback for the kings of the Hollywood strip.

1. Alice Cooper – Along Came A SpiderThis album is already on my top ten list for the decade, and it is very close to the top.

A couple of “honorable mentions” go out to Extreme and Uriah Heep, who released very strong albums in 2008. On Extreme’s Saudades de Rock, Gary Cherone shows his spectacular vocal range and Nuno Bettencourt is on top of his game with the guitar. Meanwhile, Uriah Heep produced a great progressive hard rock album, Wake The Sleeper, that would have probably made my top ten list any other year.

Several other hard rockers released material in 2008 with varying results. Metallica returned to its thrash roots on Death Magnetic, but the fire is not as hot as it once was. Sammy Hagar had a few rockers on Cosmic Universal Fashion, but there was also a lot of Jimmy Buffett-inspired music. The supergroup Saints Of The Underground featuring Jani Lane, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane, and Keri Kelli was good, but not quite super.

The dishonor of the worst album of 2008 goes to Def Leppard, who released Songs From The Sparkle Lounge in April. The hype-machine was in overdrive for this record, but the result was one of the worst albums ever made…regardless of genre. Yes, that’s right. The once mighty boys from Britain have made an album that is worse than anything (insert name of most hated “artist”) ever released.

Uriah Heep

A classic progressive hard rock band, Uriah Heep has released their first CD in ten years. It’s called Wake The Sleeper, and singer Bernie Shaw will be talking to me tomorrow about the CD and other Uriah Heep happenings. Got a question you want me to ask him? Go to the official Hard Rock Nights blog and leave your question in the comments section there! The interview will be recorded for a future segment on my radio show, Hard Rock Nights, which airs every Saturday night 9-11 pm eastern on classxradio.com!

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