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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Three more new arrivals come the latest update to my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  It’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock alternacrap removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
The Violence – Rise Against, Song #3 – Stone Sour, Out Of My Hands – Chrysalis

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Monster – Starset, Pure Evil- Like A Storm, Die Tryin’ – Kaleido

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen adds including the aforementioned trio of new singles , brand new music from Fozzy, new Warrant, new Mark Slaughter, and more.    You can find it at this link 

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2015 Albums of the Year

Sometimes things are predictable, the journey leads you to the destination you expected all along.  Other times when you arrive you end up discovering something that you didn’t anticipate.

The path to my fifth annual albums list had elements of both.

On the one hand the eventual top two albums felt like contenders for such heights upon my very first listen to them months ago.  That’s fairly typical for me, I may not be able to describe what my top album will sound like beforehand but I seem to know it right away when I hear it.  This is the third straight year that has been the case.

On the other hand one of the recurring themes throughout 2015 were the strong showings for established groups, particularly in the active rock niche and in terms of radio airplay.  The year felt at times dominated by groups with a long run of past success.  That’s likely why I was more than a little surprised to reach the end of this process with a list that was over two-thirds composed of artists that had never before made one of my year-end album lists.   That’s not entirely uncommon as the lists go, album cycles and even with a five year history of the list, there aren’t always multiple opportunities for someone to have appeared (for example, this was the first Disturbed album released since I started doing this).  It was still surprising to me given the way 2015 had felt as it played out from day to day.

The outcome also likely highlights my growing sense of disconnect between what radio plays and what is actually good, or what I choose to hear … but that really wasn’t much of a revelation, that’s more like a recurring theme.

As always, I point you toward the description of the list as originally described back in 2011.
“It’s a lot like my college football Top 25, there’s no one absolute factor that puts one entry ahead of another.  I’m not putting artistic merit ahead of fun or chart/sales success in front of my own enjoyment.  And, as always, I apologize in advance for any errors of omission.”

This year’s process was even more exhaustive and extensive than last year with just over 250 albums heard & re-heard, scored & re-scored, ranked & re-ranked.   That isn’t simply a number either, it’s an indication of another of my common themes: the sheer volume of material being released today is astounding, something I believe contributes to the challenges faced by artists, especially new artists, in ever achieving anything that resembles critical mass.  There’s only one pizza, whether it’s a 12″ or a 16″ or a 24″ super deluxe thick stuffed crust, sooner or later if you slice that pie enough times the pieces are too small to be filling.

One other change this year deserves explanation.   The list has expanded to 30 for the ultimately simple reason that I could not find any comfort at all in separating #25 from #30.   I’ve dealt with “ties” or “virtually identical overall impression” every year, but never with this big a group for the final spot(s) that I considered so evenly matched.  Try not to think of it as a cop out — again this year I could have easily expanded the list to 50 or more — just think of it as a good-faith effort to give artists recognition that I feel they well and truly earned.

Also, please be sure to check  my comments that follow the official posting of the Top 25 Albums (and the top 15 EP’s),  there are additional albums worthy of recognition that are included in various sub-categories/genres, including some very honorable mentions for various reasons.

And with all of that now said, I proudly give you Jon’s Three Cents Top 30 Albums of 2015

30) Poynte – Discreet Enemy
29) Reverance – Gods Of War
28) Ugly Kid Joe – Uglier Than They Used To Be
27) Adakain – Never Coming Home
26) Red Sun Rising – Polyester Zeal
25) Stellar Revival – Love, Lust,and Bad Company
24) Queensryche – Condition Human
23) Stryper – Fallen
22) Wilson – Right To Rise
21) Disturbed – Immortalized
20) Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.
19) The Wild – GxDxWxB
18) I Prevail – Heart vs Mind
17) Bullet For My Valentine – Venom (Deluxe Edition)
16) Sunflower Dead – It’s Time To Get Weird
15) Hinder – When The Smoke Clears
14) Eclipse – Armageddonize
13) Tremonti – Cauterize
12) Red Sky Mary – River Child
11) Level 10 – Chapter 1
10) The Bloodline – We Are One
9) Sons Of Texas – Baptized In The Rio Grande
8) Fall To June – Fall To June
7) Like A Storm – Awaken The Fire
6) Bridge To Grace – Origins
5) Saint Asonia – Saint Asonia
4) Longreef – Battle Plan
3) First Decree – This Is Our Rise
2) Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six (Deluxe Edition)
1) Trivium – Silence In The Snow

Jon’s Three Cents Top 15 EPs of 2015
15) Dharmata – Cycles
14) Bad Seed Rising – A Place Called Home
13) Soulswitch – RegeneratE
12) Mach22 – Like My Chances
11) Any Given Sin – Forbidden
10) Empire Of Fools – Devil Inside
9) Brother Grey – Eternal
8) Outlaws & Moonshine – 1919
7) Revolve – The Road To Here
6) Sonic X – Fall From Grace
5) Voodoo Vegas – Hypnotize
4) Andrew Watt – Ghost In My Head
3) Everlit – Renovate
2) Stone Sour – Meanwhile In Burbank
1) From Ashes To New – Downfall

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs join my weekly  Spotify Top 40 this week as we see one fast riser, a couple of promising new tracks and one making a return trip.

Missing songs this week:
Rock Or Bust – AC/DC,  Do You Wanna Rock – Danko Jones, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys,   I Blame You – XFactor1

New to the Spotify list this week:
Coming For You – The Offspring, Coming For The Throne – Otherwise, Karma – Charm City Devils, Angel -Theory Of A Deadman

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Mr. MTV – Nothing More, An Island – Chevelle, Savages – Theory Of A Deadman, Blood Stained Revolution – Saving Abel

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s new music from Periphery, the lastest from Flyleaf, a movie soundtrack contribution from Stone Sour as they cover a Metal Church tune  and much more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

An even busier week than the past few, with six songs entering my top 40, six songs leaving and now four songs that should be included still missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
House Of The Rising Sun – Five Finger Death Punch, One Pill – Flash Lightnin,  Hungry – Three Years Hollow,  Soul To Preach To – Fuel

New to the Spotify list this week
I’m Glad You’re Dead – Bobaflex,  Just A Ride – The Virginmarys, This Pain – Righteous Vendetta, The Fold – Bridge To Grace,  So Far Away – Red, Sick Charade – The Letter Black (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Tired –  Stone Sour, Mz. Hyde – Halestorm, Infected – Eyes Set To Kill, The Burden Of Being Wonderful – Steel Panther, Cry Sister – Royal Bliss, You Are Not – Young Guns

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  more than a dozen new songs added this week including the first single from Kyng’s forthcoming new album, the latest from Saliva, a smokin’ track from Anti-Mortem, one from We As Human, the debut of (Adrian) Vandenberg’s MoonKings and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A third straight week with four songs in, four songs out, and still an unusually high number of five songs that should be included still missing from Spotify (but not the same 5 as the week before)

Missing songs this week:
One Pill – Flash Lightnin,  Into My Arms – Embers In Ashes, Hungry – Three Years Hollow,  House Of The Rising Sun – Five Finger Death Punch, Soul To Preach To – Fuel

New to the Spotify list this week
Break Down The Walls – Asking Alexandria, Would You Still Be There – Of Mice & Men,
Cry – The Used, The Burden Of Being Wonderful – Steel Panther

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
So Far Away – Red, Spore – Queensryche, Adrenaline – Shinedown,  Break The World – Nine Lashes

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  nearly a dozen new songs added this week including the just-released new video from Georgia’s own Brother Grey, the next single from Newsted, the latest from Scorpion Child, some Dory Drive, a new one from Christian artist Rhett Walker Band and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A second straight busy week, with another four songs in, four songs out, and an unusually high number of five songs that should be included still missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
Would You Still Be There – Of Mice & Men, One Pill – Flash Lightnin, Break Down The Walls – Asking Alexandria, Into My Arms – Embers In Ashes, Hungry – Three Years Hollow

New to the Spotify list this week
Take Out The Gunman – Chevelle, Old Train – Monster Truck, Dancing With The Moonlight – Scorpions, So Far Away – Red (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
The Fold – Bridge To Grace, Gunfight – Sick Puppies, Sick Charade – The Letter Black, Crying Shame – Motorhead

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  nearly a dozen new songs added this week including the aforementioned single from Monster Truck, brand new music from a hot new band from Chile called Agents, new Fuel, music from a pair of Christian rockers Relentless Flood & Decyfer Down and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A busy week, with four songs in, four songs out, and an unusually high number of five songs that should be included currently missing from Spotify.


Missing songs this week:
False Alarm – Smile Empty Soul, One Pill – Flash Lightnin, Break Down The Walls – Asking Alexandria, Into My Arms – Embers In Ashes, Hungry – Three Years Hollow

New to the Spotify list this week
Times Are Hard – Redlight King, The Fold – Bridge To Grace, Torn To Pieces – Pop Evil,
My Dying Time –
Black Label Society

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
So Far Away – Red, Mystify – Saving Abel, The Lion – Monster Truck, Battle Born – 5FDP

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  over a half dozen new songs added this week including the aforementioned single from Redlight King, brand new music from Chevelle, a nice acoustic song from the Scorpions, a great song from Syn City Cowboys and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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