Lots of surprises for me, but a weaker year overall. Many great albums, few that blew me away. I actually listened to a lot of Kpop and Killing Joke this year, more than most of the stuff listed here. Anyway, top 25 is in order, the rest is stuff that I found enjoyable.
|1||Pure Reason Revolution|
What a surprise this year, love this record. Amplifier meets Steven Wilson
Apocalypse : Save Us
Really catchy record with tight songs, seeing them live was a bonus for me.
A grower, but rewarding nonetheless. Gavin's drumming is half of the record's charm.
Very strong record with lots of excellent moments.
Heal My Head
Another lovely surprise as I wasn't aware of these guys until now.
Same here, quite a haunting record.
Hypnotizing record, perhaps a bit too long yet very strong overall.
Much better than the previous LP, some excellent tunes on this one.
|9||Cult of Luna|
The Long Road North
Bodyjar keep going strong.
|11||Haircuts for Men|
With a clearer production, this could have been even better.
|13||Coheed and Cambria|
Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind
Polarizing, but the pop prog-ish direction brought some catchy stuff.
The middle section of this record is awesome.
A welcomed return to Latino inspired music.
|16||The Dear Hunter|
Interesting direction, sometimes it works wonders.
Heavy Rocks (2022)
Manic Boris return, does justice to the series.
Evidence of Immortality
Conan killing it as always.
Tim is still feeding on our tears.
Glad they are back, some strong grooves here.
This is still excellent, but perhaps less rewarding than the all-encompassing odysseys they released lately?
|22||Crippled Black Phoenix|
Too much, but has some awesome tracks.
Everything Was Beautiful
Honey Harper and the Infinite Sky
|27||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
I listened to this way more than I should have, I am a bit ashamed tbh.
Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers
The Other Side of Make-Believe
This grew on me lately.
|33||The Flower Kings|
By Royal Decree
Back In Black
We're Not Here To Be Loved
|39||The Brian Jonestown Massacre|
Fire Doesn't Grow on Trees
Sunrise On Slaughter Beach
|43||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
Return of the Dream Canteen
|44||The Mars Volta|
The Mars Volta
The Merciless Light
|46||William Basinski and Janek Schaefer|
“ . . . on reflection "
Al Beluti Daru
This is the Show
Quiet the Room
|52||Author and Punisher|
The Blue Dunes
Natural Brown Prom Queen
Painful Clown and Ninja Tiger
|61||The Black Keys|
Low Melodies About Chaos
I Never Die