mk’s 2014 Non-Metal Top 10

3. Wolfmother – New Crown

Who knows what Stockdale was up to with his ‘I’m going my own way’ solo announcement. Perhaps he realised the cash-cow he had under the Wolfmother name. In any case, it didn’t take long for a Wolfmother release. On that, lets be honest this is what you would expect from a Wolfmother release, although perhaps a little more 70’s laden guitar sound. His vox is quite similar. All up a good listen that shouldn’t disappoint fans.

2. Shihad – FVEY

A tough choice for 1st v 2nd. This could easily be number one. Am continually impressed at each record these guys put out. Very little in the way of a stock sound (but you can tell it’s Shihad if that makes sense). So then you need to make a different sound interesting still to the fans, and these guys keep doing it time after time.

1. Chevelle – La Gárgola

Thankfully a return to form – the abrasive, in your face sound telling you they aren’t happy with the world and they have something to say about it. Their ‘slower’ songs while I appreciate the need to calm things down every now and then, I don’t particular appreciate. Thankfully this record isn’t soaked with them, nor that very commercial sound they had on their last record.

Non-Metal – Honourable Mentions

Black Label Society – Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

I’ll start by saying I am disappointed this didn’t make my non-metal top10 list when each year I struggle to get 10 records together. In all honesty I think this is a step backwards on previous releases. So why is it in my Honourable Mentions? Because I can’t let go M’Kay!!!

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

I get very nervous when I read song titles that end in ‘Feat ’. This aligns with today’s pop stars that can’t write or sing a song on their own so they pay someone else to ‘Feat’ in their song. Like ‘Dr Dre feat Snoop Doggy position dog or whatever he is called these days’. In any case, I digress – the story behind this record is quite honourable of Grohl. He’s pulled in musicians from every location visited and used inspiration from these locations in writing the record. Question is – does it make a good record? I hate to say it, but like every record they have released over the past 10 years (4 of them), it’s not in the dishonourable bucket – it just is what I’d call safe music for the die-hard fans. It’s not ground breaking and it’s not catchy. It’s STOCK!!

Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars

I won’t be rude – this gets an honourable as it isn’t all that bad. Call this a victory to you Guitarzan – I finally have listed a JC record in my top10 list. It’s un-offensive, smart in his lyrics – a poet indeed.

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