The Better Never Than Late ‘MelRock Best Album Of 2018’ Awards

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The Better Never Than Late ‘MelRock Best Album Of 2018’ Awards
 
1. Treat – Tunguska
Classic. Modern and contemporary, yet absolutely old-school in its melodic approach.
 
2. W.E.T – Earthrage
The combo of Soto/Martensson/Sall produced another extraordinary anthemic masterclass.
 
3. Shinedown – Attention Attention
They don’t do bad albums, but this still one of their best. Amazing emotional journey.
 
4. Perfect Plan – All Rise
The brightest newcomer of 2018 and a seriously stunning slice of Scandi melodic rock on their debut.
 
5. Halestorm – Vicious
Another glorious slice of female fronted hard rock.
 
6. Creye – Creye
Another bright Swedish newcomer. A pink and fluffy AOR dream.
 
7. State of Salazar – Superhero
Another unique and truly special “new old school” Scandi band. I love these guys.
 
8. Magnum – Lost on The Road to Eternity
My favourite “New Magnum” release since reforming. A little more uptempo and more keys.
 
9. Station – More Than The Moon
Consistent, memorable, anthemic and well produced. And American!
 
10. Snakes In Paradise – Step Into The Light
Another welcome return. Unique band with a unique sound.
 
11. Care Of Night – Love Equals War
Second album and more quality pure AOR for old-school fans.
 
12. Vega – Only Human
Always solid, always classy and still the holders of the British AOR crown.
 
13. Kenny Leckremo’s Spectra – Spectra
A little different than expected and quite laid back, but that voice and these songs, winner.
 
14. Dynazty – Firesign
Their heaviest yet. Kick ass anthemic European hard rock. Eclipse meets Masterplan.
 
15. Ted Poley – Modern Art
Ted switches up his 80s sound for a modern melodic rock masterpiece.
 
16. Groundbreaker – Groundbreaker
The second album featuring Robert Sall. This one with FM’s Steve Overland. Smooth as silk.
 
17. Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes The World Ain't Enough
The 70s meets today. Styx meets ELO. Brain food for melodic rock fans.
 
18. FM – Atomic Generation
Two from two for the master vocalist Steve Overland.
 
19. Ghost – Prequelle
A surprisingly melodic album for an artist that’s particularly ‘out there’.
 
20. Dallas – Dallas
The mix and sound unfortunately varied, but holy hell, the songs! 80s anthems galore.
 
21. 7th Heaven – Color In Motion
Their best album since vocalist Adam joined. A short 10 track statement – impossibly catchy as usual.
 
22. Age Sten Nilsen's Ammunition – Ammunition
Not quite as consistent as the debut, but Wig Wam meets Eclipse? Every day of the week please.
 
23. Core Leoni – Greatest Hits Part 1
Great songs from the Gotthard early days and some amazing vocals from Ronnie Romero.
 
24. Atlas – In Pursuit Of Memory
Production could have been better, but this classy debut mixes genres into something memorable.
 
25. Steve Perry – Traces
It should have been number one. It’s an almost album - almost suitable for any occasion. The voice is almost there, the songs were almost there, but the tempo was AWOL. Still…any Steve MF Perry is good SMFP to many and his legion of dedicated fans.
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