A few years ago I stopped doing albums of the year lists and started doing “songs released that year lists”, along with the yearly playlist which Spotify generates for the songs I listened to in the year. These two lists (my lists and the Spotify list) are more precise for what is hot and what is cold in my life in 2019.
And those Spotify end of year lists always surprise me, because even though I didn’t think I listened to certain artists that many times, they still come up. Hey, who am I to argue with the AI counting and tracking my listening habits.
So here we go, here is the Part 1 list of my favourite songs, released this year (except for a few songs released last year that I really got into this year).
The whole playlist is here.
I Am Fuel
Sons Of War
The End Will Begin Again
From Days Of Jupiter
Yep, this album “Panoptical” came out last year, but I dug these songs so much that I kept listening to em this year as well.
And I have written about Days Of Jupiter before, another band from Sweden who is playing a brand of heavy rock which I like.
And I’m still confused as to why “New Awakening” their 2017 release is not on Spotify Australia.
Revolution In Black
We Are Here
Faith In Life
Homes In The Sky
Whats it To Ya!
Raise Our Voice
The World We Live In
From Free Spirits Rising
“Across the world we have grown up knowing, what it means to have terror touch our lives” …from “Raise Our Voice”.
“Our weapons are the way we choose to live, freedom of thought, freedom to love” …from “Raise Our Voice”.
From Australia, the themes of the songs got me interested and there is a lot of guitar in the songs and there is no album release, just a song a month and a very garage sound which reminds me of the 80s albums before MTV required each band to have polished harmony vocals and guitars all sounding sterile and the same.
“Promised Land” and “Faith In Life” deal with enjoying your only life, it’s here, it’s now and you are living in the promised land which you have created for yourself.
“I believe in, living the right way, I believe in, having a say” …from “Promised Land”
“We are here to right the wrongs, we are here to throw back the stones” …from “We Are Here”
“What’s It To Ya!”, “We Are Here”, “Raise Our Voice” and “Revolution In Black” are like the protest songs, about standing up for yourself and using your voice to speak up and try to make change happen.
“What’s It To Ya!” if I like my music loud, and “What’s it to Ya!” if I live my life proud”.
“The World We Live In” just sums up society, and how we like to fill our cups and look the other way.
“Freedom comes, when you have nothing left to lose” …from “Revolution In Black”
Crazy – Acoustic
How You Like Me Now
Hard And Loud
Light Of The Moon
Devil With Angel Eyes
From Royal Bliss
From the self-titled album.
The modern rock sound which combines elements of the 80’s with the Shinedown/Sixx AM style of rock chucked in, really hooked me in, and I became a fan instantly.
When I googled the band name, I found out they are from the US, have been around since 1997, had a major label deal once upon a time and that this self-titled album is number 10.
And the funniest part of their history is that, vocalist Neal Middleton audition for the second season of “The Voice”, but no judge turned their chairs, so he was eliminated. However the eventual winner of “The Voice”, a person the judges felt they needed to turn their chairs for, has more or less disappeared from the music scene, while Royal Bliss and Matt are still at it, releasing albums frequently.
You can’t keep a good rock and roller down. \::/
It came up on a release radar, and the “give it what you got” message with its arena rock chorus and hard rock guitar riffs got me interested.
So I looked em up and Blabbermouth tells me it’s a rock band on Frontiers featuring vocalist Chas West and guitarist/producer Roy Z. And I was interested because Roy Z did a few albums with Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford that I enjoyed.
The song “Never Surrender” is about going through struggles in life and never giving up on your dreams as the tough times can help you define your true character.
Bringin On The Heartbreak
From Matt Nathanson
Matt Nathanson released an acoustic Def Leppard covers album called “Pyromattia” last year. I saw it on a fellow bloggers EOY list for 2018 and I was interested. I checked it out and loved this cover version of one my favourite Def Leppard songs.
Stalfagel featuring Alissa White-Gluz
The Nurturing Glance
The Ageless Whisper
To me “Verkligheten” (the Swedish word for “Reality”) is Soilwork’s best album. A combination of their aggressive, abrasive and melodic sides. It’s a metal rock album.
Plus, I am a fan of the work that Bjorn Strid and guitarist David Andersson do with Soliwork and The Night Flight Orchestra.
Live Or Die
The album “The Great Divine” came out last year but I really got into these songs in 2019.
Again, it was an EOY list from a fellow blogger that got me interested to check out this release.
And “Live Or Die” with its Muse like vibe resonated straight away, especially that soaring Chorus vocal melody.
From Papa Roach
“Who Do You Trust?” is a weird album for me to digest.
It’s not one of my favourites from Papa Roach but it’s not a bad album either.
Just weird at this point in time and over the last few albums there has been a shift in the sound to the current popular rock train sound.
“The Atlantic” Album
What can I say?
Evergrey delivers. I have already written my review on this album here.
And Tom Englund is keeping himself busy with various projects, like his vocalist stint with Redemption and now a melancholy soundtrack like project called “Silent Skies”
Check out the song “Horizons”.
You will not be disappointed.
Part 2 coming up.