Part two of our albums of the year feature featuring Pendulum, Your Demise, The Damned Things and more…
The Rock Sound Top 75 Albums list starts getting warm (for the first portion of the rundown click here) as we head from 60 - 46, shall we begin...
60. Your Demise ‘The Kids We Used To Be’ (Visible Noise)
When Your Demise parted ways with George Noble they not only lost a frontman but a driving creative force; a person who pushed the metallic elements, infused their sound with heavy electronica and penned the lyrics to the incendiary crowd-pleaser ‘Burnt Tongues’. How would they respond on the band’s second album? Did the remaining members and new vocalist Ed McRae have anything that could compete with the back catalogue? The short answer is yes, and Your Demise calmly delivered a comeback record full of punked hooks, bounce and restless energy. Passion meets aggression done to distinction.
59. Astrohenge ‘Astrohenge’ (Eyesofsound)
London riff-monsters Astrohenge dished up a real aural delight with their self-titled debut. Melding monolithic stoner grooves with electronic tinkerings, this post-metal gem turned out to be a real treat.
58. Chickenhawk ‘Modern Bodies’ (Brew)
Listen hard because amid the deafening thrash punk and testosterone on display here, there’s some real precision. Chickenhawk have been unfairly overlooked next to contemporaries like Pulled Apart By Horses, but ‘Modern Bodies’ is a great debut of utter balls-to-the wall fury.
57. Pendulum ‘Immersion’ (Warners)
Do do dooo do do doooo, you know how it goes: Pendulum pissed off all their critics and delighted everyone else when they unleashed this drum and bass gem. Or as Rock Sound’s dad once said, “bass and drum”.
56. The Ocean ‘Heliocentric’ (Metal Blade)
The first of two full-lengths in one year, The Ocean are certainly prolific bastards. Opting for the lighthearted topic of Christianity through the ages, the post metal aceness on display here sees vocalist Loïc Rossetti steer the band into more ambient territory.
55. The Damned Things ‘Ironiclast’ (Mercury)
No one knew what to expect from this supergroup, but we liked what we heard so it’s on our list! Who knew Keith Buckley could sing? Who knew Joe Trohman was a riff master? This is an album full of pleasant surprises.
54. 36 Crazyfists ‘Collisions And Castaways’ (Roadrunner)
Always a solid, dependable band, ‘Collisions And Castaways’ sees 36CF raise their game, not just by filing their well-established sound down to a vicious point, but by finally giving voice to Brock Lindow’s personal struggles. Still, not exactly emo.
53. Les Savy Fav ‘Root For Ruin’ (wichita)
They’ve been in the game for years – the beards and creaky joints attest to that – but this is proof that you can be old, sing about girls and rock out and it’ll still sound awesome.
52. Envy ‘Recitation’ (Rock Action)
Equal parts beauty and violence, Envy’s post-rock skyscraping is oft imitated and never bettered. On this, their sixth album, they continue to strike that balance with effortless grace and more than a bit of heft.
51. Smoke Or Fire ‘The Speakeasy’ (Fat Wreck Chords)
We don’t get a great deal of exposure to Smoke Or Fire in the UK but, once again, these US melodic punk rockers deliver a record stuffed with intelligent lyricism, impassioned ire, and huge melodies.
50. Daughters ‘Daughters’ (Hydra Head)
Every adjective in the world isn’t enough to describe the Rhode Island noise-merchants’ seemingly final album – but know that there’s enough prog, dirge and blunt force colliding here to satiate you until whatever they get up to next.
49. Dinosaur Pile-Up ‘Growing Pains’ (Friends Vs Records)
Aping the best grunge aesthetics from the Melvins and Nirvana with choruses cut from the checked cloth of Weezer, ‘Growing Pains’ is an excuse to don the Dr. Martens and grow your hair. Are we happy about that? Is the Pope a Catholic?
48. Trash Talk ‘Eyes & Nines’ (Hassle)
Is an album as good as its guest spots? Probably not – even without stellar contributions from members of The Bronx and Bad Religion, ‘Eyes & Nines’ is hardcore at its jarring, abrasive and bloodthirsty best.
47. Open Hand ‘Honey’ (Anodyne)
Justin Isham may change band members more often than his underwear but when he does get his shit together the results are incredible. The long-awaited follow-up to 05’s ‘You And Me’ proved he can still deliver the goods.
46. Crippled Black Phoenix ‘I, Vigilante’ (Invada)
'I, Vigilante’ plunges into retrospective narrative misery one moment then covers Journey the next. Odd? Sure, but utterly original. CBP have come to prominence in their own right.
Part three coming tomorrow!