|Weak presence of
but acceptable for a vast majority of listeners
|| A true
heavyweight, sensible ears keep away!
What a nice surprise, that gem by the Norwegian metal veterans! After a 8-year absence, the band is back with a new album, and its first single is a bomb! Not the most complex and elaborated track in their career, but clearly the most catchy, with a little (relatively) pop side that melts marvelously in their symphonic black metal. It is a fair payback for them, whose only entry in their career in my annual chart was a #33 in 2010 for Gateways, which I alwasy regretted because it was definitely worth a top 10... but not a #1 neither, which they manage to achieve this year!
Extremely catchy, so, but also an extremely solid production with a flawless sonority, and even good lyrics, which my favorite excerpt would be: "We are the current sum of all the ages, leaving a trail of burnt pages". I've always known that it would be in my top 10 at the end of the year, but it took several months before I really realize that this was my #1. While my interest for other "top 10" songs was reducing, my interest for Interdimensional Summit has always remained constant if not even superior, from the first time I listened to it on March 6th until the very end of the year.
It is a 4th straight year that my #1 comes from a Scandinavian band! Would could have guessed that, after 3 consecutive years (2012-2014) of U.S. reign.
Unique! That does not resemble the other songs I know
from Parkway Drive, and resemble even less any songs by
other bands. Detached from their usual metalcore, it
dictates its own genre of metal. They made a big hit with
the song, and also the memorable music video, so simple
and so striking all at once. Result: one month at #1 of
satellite radio station Liquid Metal (on Sirius XM) and a
#2 in Powhertz' annual personal chart! Winston McCall's
voice reaches highly surprising heights in there, becoming
even more guttural than Rammstein's Till Lindemann. The
introduction's melody, the superb arrangements, the
emotion, the development towards a great peak of
intensity, the almost shocking finale are all other
elements that make it an unavoidable of metal in 2018. I
listened to it all year long, since its release in March,
and I never got bored of it. A solid #2, and the only
other track that I seriously considered for my #1.
Slightly disappointed the first time I listened to it. It
was obviously not the first time that I was wondering why
Ghost is generally considered a metal band, but I found
that this song in particuler was falling into a pop sound,
or rather an "80's rock" sound, showing much less
personality than what they used us to. Add to that the
singer who executes dance choreographies in the music
video, and we are more than ever wondering where has that
doom metal band gone! It was also the 1st single
from Ghost with its new musicians (singer Tobias Forge had
fired all of his 4 musicians at the end of 2016), and I
found not fully convincing that performance by the new
musicians, unlike Forge's voices that I found were worked
on harder than ever, letting me under the impression that
Ghost is really the solo project of one star character and
that musicians are secondary in the project. Which is sad
for a rock and/or metal band.
||What it is
The only other song, with Interdimensional Summit, that I noted as an "A" in my notes. Noted "B+" the first time I heard it on January 26th, and upgraded to "A" 3 weeks later, because my feelings for the song had become strong enough for me to start seeing as a candidate for #1. Finally, that honeymoon lasted only 2 more months, and I listened to it much less often the rest of the year, unlike others like Interdimensional Summit or Wishing Wells that maintained a more stable level. Of course, that doesn't mean I no longer like it! I still think that this is a very solid production, with a modern sound, emotion, and a good vocal performance by Jonathan Davis. I love so much the part of the choruses where he sings: "But IIII will embrace who I really am" !
The song's got a mixed reception. I think that people were not ready to hear a Jonathan Davis product that doesn't sound like Korn. No, it clearly isn't Korn! We can't find the signature bass of Fieldy, not the Korn guitars (the guitar is actually pretty boring! It looks like the guitar of an insipid rock ballad of the '80!), we don't find much of Korn into it except the singer. And so what? If it was Korn, he would have kept it for the next Korn album in 2019! He wanted to show us something different, and it is good nonetheless. Long life to the legend, Jonathan Davis!
Extremely strong for an album's THIRD single! Much closer
to their usual style than Wishing Wells, therefore
much less unique, it is simply the best of its kind!
Extremely catchy chorus with excellent lyrics when we
understand the inspiration and state of mind that led them
to that result. "Prey, we are all prey for the sorrow"
is epic, and the puns between "prey" and "pray" add to the
interest. Nice finale, too. Certainly in my top 3 while
writing these lines, but its late release as a single
(September) make it complicated to make it pass ahead of
two songs that have been so strong in the rest of the
YOU BETTER PRAYYYYY!!! :-)
||Red Cold River
Disturbing! Not amongst the best tracks of the year on a technical plan (although I love the choruses' pretty special drum beat), but definitely amongst the most loaded with emotion. An absolute must-see with the disturbing music video, which helps to understand the meaning of the song. Once we've understood that, all the lyrics, and most importantly those from the choruses, become shocking. Add to that all of Benjamin's voice plays, sometimes dismal, sometimes screaming pain, and I am on the verge of tears! It's been several years since a song made me that effect. My personal favorite in the career of this huge American band? I think so!
Death from Above
What an epic bass riff! I would go as far as saying that it is amongst the best in the history of rock! And the song is not only the story of a riff; they've put up something intesting around that riff. The fast part before the last chorus, and the comeback for the last chorus are great entertainment! That track sound extremely big, for a simple duo of a singer-drummer and a bassist. An underrated Canadian art work.
Speaking of an underrated Canadian art work! The veteran Quebecker band signs one of its great performances, and the music video has a hard time reaching 17,000 views on YouTube! That is so unfair! If they were managed by a big metal label such as Nuclear Blast or Napalm, that track would certainly be a worldwide success in the metal world. I listened to it all year long, from January 15th. Intense and meticulously polished, it made me buy the album, Children of the Void (from which Tyrants is only the 3rd single!), and I encourage you to do the same to support that superb independant band that only gets a small fraction of the attention it reserves: https://karkaosofficial.bandcamp.com/album/children-of-the-void.
||Are you Ready
One of the rare very good songs of the 2nd half of the
year! What most marked me, even more than the guitar that
I like, are the lyrics (and David Draiman singing them!).
They are good from the beginning to the end, but there is
one sentence from the choruses that I particularly love: "They
aren’t ready for you to be turned into someone who
cannot be preyed upon". It masterly culminates in
the last chorus when it turns to: "Let me know you’re
ready to be turned into someone/people who cannot be
preyed upon". Another excerpt that I particularly
like, in the first verse: "Take
those mental shackles off and throw them away. You’ve got to get them out of your
||Over and Over and Over
Very stirring! Amongst my favorites in Jack White's solo career. It seemed to me like it had everything to be a great commercial hit, but the results have been disappointing on that level.
Not very complicated, but powered by a heavy, efficient and catchy riff. What a bomb effect at 3:09 when we come back from the softer part of the song!
||Lying in State
To rank amongst the best in the career of this legendary thrash metal band! Yes, I dare going that far! I did not say THE best, we could name some exceptions (such as the legendary Symphony of Destruction), but definitely within the "crème". Not only very well executed, it is very intelligent, with lyrics that make you wonder. It sets the tone right from the start, the very first lyrics being: "What we are witnessing is the decline of Western civilization. Crushing our potential and piling it on, how history will portray us?".
WARNING: Do not, absolutely not, watch this video with children! It is very violent and very disturbing!
Les Trois Accords
Simple and so nice! In an interview on the radio, singer Simon Proulx explained that the Trois Accords' songs are often misunderstood, so he wanted to come up with a first single that's simple and going straight to the goal; this song tells only one thing: the guy loves to dance! He goes on by saying that even Corinne doesn't do anything in there, she's just listening the guy who dances! :D So entertaining, as ever. And watch out, because it is far from being my favorite song from the new album, lyrically and musically (even though I much liked the little bass intro). More singles will certainly follow and might get a higher ranking in 2019! Les Trois Accords, my favorite French-language band of all time, are back on top!
It's been several years that repeat to anyone who wants to hear it: artists whose mother tongue is other than English (including the Quebeckers, Swedish and Norwegians) who gain from singer more often in their mother tongue, which would give more personality to their music and would help them stand out from the thousands of other rock/metal bands on the market. On this, I cite Rammstein as an example, which clearly sounds better when they sing in German than when they sing in English, or Quebecker metalcore band Obey the Brave whose best track is the one they did in French (or should I say in Quebecker "joual"). A young little trop from New Zealand, Alien Weaponry, got the message and launched in 2018 a first full-length album (but they've already had an EP in the past) mainly in maori language, including the single Kai Tangata, entirely in maori, which had a bomb effect! In the Spring, it dislodged Parkway Drive to spend one month at #1 of the weekly chart of satellite radio station Liquid Metal, and spent the whole rest of the year in this station's top 12!! It ended up at #3 of their "Devil's Dozen" for the whole year 2018, trailing only Power Trip and Parkway Drive (and it was honestly a big surprise for me; I was sure it would be their #1). The interesting music video, perfectly in line with the song's theme, has generated over 2 million views on YouTube, which is huge for a metal track in a language other than English. Although they openly say they are inspired by their idols Pantera, their material has clearly and unarguably its own personality, in part thanks to their singing in maori that works wonderfully in their music, and the traditional music instrument used in the introduction. Bravo! My only critic of the song is its length. In a more intense format of 5 to 6 minutes, it might have been able to get even closer to my top 10.
American band that I discovered this year thanks to satellite radio station Sirius XM Octane. A song that's not very complicated, but efficient! A nice, really heavy sound!
Clearly inferior to The Sin and the Sentence (my
#5 last year, and it would compete even more seriously for
the #1 if I had to do it again), but it is still very
strong! Again, some absolutely exceptional work from their
new drummer Alex Bent, and an euphoric part between 3:02
and 3:35. Melodious despite its heavyness.
||All Out Life
My friend Arash and I had the same first impression, and
that impression has never changed: it sounds like a
non-single song from album Iowa (2001), not bad at
all, not disappointing, but not impressive neither. As far
as I'm concerned, it definitely didn't made me the bomb
effect of The Negative One, first single of the
previous album, but I am aware that I do not represent the
norm since the latter is capping at 18 millions views on
YouTube, against more than 30M for All Out Life
while I'm writing these lines (and it continues to
increase rapidly). An INSTANT #1 on satellite radio
station Liquid Metal, that capped very low at #17 of the
Billboard's "mainstream rock songs" chart, though.
Clearly, it hits its target, if its target was a hardened
fan of particularly heavy metal, and not a "light metal"
public like Disturbed.
It will stop at #17 in my personal chart. It most likely
could have gained 2 more spots if it was released a little
earlier in the year, but it couldn't have beaten Kai
Tangata so a top 15 song at best, but clearly not a
top 10, which is a slight deception for some Slipknot. But
wait, the album is coming in 2019 and should feed us well!
WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND !!!
A cover of old hit Colony from Swedish band In
Flames by a new band from Spain! Without any doubt, the
first time that an artist from Spain makes its way into my
annual chart! It's an area of the world where there was
never been much metal or solid rock, but with
breakthroughs in neighbouring countries like Italy, we
have to expect that Spain progresses in that field.
Honestly, I grant low merit to SynlakrosS, because that
version doesn't bring much of anything new from the
original, and their original songs I listened to following
that have not convinced me at all. Normally, I certainly
would have wanted to penalize a bit that track for its
lack of novelty, but that will be my chance to compensate
for the In Flames' original version, which should have
qualified for my chart in 1999 but I didn't know it at
that time. I actually named it as a regret in my review of
2009, the year when I finally discovered Colony.
||J'ai Mangé Trop de Patates Frites
Bleu Jeans Bleu
Potatoes really have a special place in the heart of Quebec's artists! Les Patates from Mononc' Serge and his own cover by Mononc' Serge & Anonymus, Les Tites Patates from Stéphane "Stage" Lacroix, certainly more that I forget right now, and now this one by Bleu Jeans Bleu. I liked it very much and I've had its chorus stuck very often in my head! My favorite phrase from its lyrics : "Accroc comme un alcoolique à ces croustillants bâtonnets" (which I would translate to : "Addict like an alcoholic to those crispy rods".
Turbowolf feat. Sebastien Graigner
Should I take Ontarian signer Sebastien Grainger more seriously than I think? Everything's great for him this year with 2 entries in my personal top 20, at #7 with his band Death From Above and here at #20 with a collaboration on the Turbowolf song. A kind of Corey Taylor! :-) Regardless, we're talking here about a very good and energetic track and a great dynamic between two singers. A 4th song from this band in my chart over the last 4 years, which is two in 2015, one in 2017, and this one.
Follow the Cipher
Very good track from a new (another one!) Swedish metal band. Not saying that their formula is unique, it gives them a fairly unique sound: the guitars are essentially used to follow the drums to make an extremely powerful rythmic background, while the melody is mostly served by electronic sounds and the voices. I very much liked this track, that I've listened to all year long. It doesn't miss my top 20 by much!
Scars on Broadway
|This song would not really be at System of a
Down's level, or at least not at a System of a Down radio
single level, but we well recognize SOAD's composer
throughout this composition. The return of Scars on Broadway
(let's recall it, born from System of a Down's long term
hiatus) coincides with the public unveiling, in 2018, of the
problems at the heart of the mythic Armenian-American band
that still aren't on the way to be settled after all these
years, and let very few hope for a new album from them. For
all those years, the author-composer-singer-guitarist Daron
Malakian has been writing some material for System of a
Down, and I feel that he started to let a part of those
ideas slip into his other project, Scars on Broadway, maybe
in part to put some pressure on his co-singer (the SOAD
singer that really has talent) Serj Tankian. Well, since we
shall not expect some new System of a Down in a near future,
we have this Malakian track meanwhile, and it's much better
The Smashing Pumpkins
Great comeback of guitarist James Iha after an 18-year
leave, and comeback of the Pumpkins' "mojo" after two low
energy albums. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not! Anyhow, Solara
clearly doesn't list alongside the band's jewels that we
will recall until the end of times (such as Today,
Disarm, Bullet with Butterfly Wings, 1979,
Zero, Ava Adore, The End is the
Beginning is the End, The Everlasting Gaze,
Tarantula, etc.), but it is definitely band worthy
and I was very happy to reconnect with the "real"
Alice in Chains
Second single from album Rainier Fog, I
unambiguously preferred it over the first one, even if
it's a "poppier" rock. It has more soul, more reasons to
be. It is the work of William DuVall, who wrote it while
thinking about his grandmother who died at the venerable
age of 105 during the album recording, as well as Chris
Cornell, grunge icon who was a friend of the band. Very
nice result, according to me accessible to any rock fan,
no matter if he likes grunge or not.
||Tattooed in Reverse
The first time I heard it, I would have never thought it
could climb that high. Less rock and a little more "rap"
than Manson's average, I found it a little savorless at
first, but it slowly unveiled its very catchy side and a
pretty unique side that made it progress in my esteem.
||Lord of Flies
Discovered on YouTube after discovering It Follows
on the radio. It left me a very good impression, even it I
continued to slightly prefer the song that made me
discover the band.
|I had never managed to hook on the work of the
Polish metal veterans, but I instantly hooked on God=Dog
right from the first time I heard it on August 3rd! Why? I
don't know, because it is not that much different from the
band's previous radio singles, actually. One thing's for
sure, it is a good track that well deserved its #7 on the
annual chart of satellite radio station Liquid Metal.
||Head Like a Haunted House
Queens of the Stone Age
By far my favorite single from the album so far. Very
energetic, and the catchiest thing Josh Homme's goup has
done in a very long time.
The new album's first single, Narcissist
disappointed me. The second, Outsider, has
marvelously saved this off. A good track of big fat metal
from the excellent Quebecker quartet.
I clearly liked it less that the first single What it
is, but it's another very good song in the same
style (which, let's recall it, is not Korn's style!!).
Three Days Grace
I didn't like its chorus at first. When it was released
in July, I did not really expect it to end up in my annual
chart. I ended up ceding around Fall, first completely
charmed by the introduction, and finally, eventually
charmed by the chorus too! Now, I say it's a must of 2018!
Yes, those alternative rock veterans are still there and
still produce good songs! Somewhat offset guitar riff (not
as much as their old hit Nice to Know you) and
very original way to express what they want to say: "You're
a song I never wanna hear again".
Not liked at first sight, but it made its way! It is true
that it's not the strongest chorus in their career, but
verses are very powerful with an interesting guitar riff,
and singer Brent Smith delivers one his great performances
What, a mix of Emigrate (English-language project of
Rammstein lead guitarist, Richard Kruspe) and Billy
Talent?!? How can't this be in my annual chart?!?
Honestly, it is not a genious composition, it is even
rather simple, but what an energy liberated by this
delightful collaboration! I've always much liked the
energy of Ben, Billy Talent's singer. The addition of him
and their guitarist to support Richard really enhances the
experience, which is already interesting with the
illustrious character that is Kruspe, and his extremely
spectacular drummer Joe Letz (also drummer of Combichrist,
a band that I don't like at all).
Discovered in the last week of December, on its late
entry on Billboard charts, 6 months after the release of
the music video on YouTube! I therefore particularly take
into account, in this case, of the interest I shown for it
in January even if we were into 2019. An extremely
powerful grunge duo. We would get over it more easily if
they were 4 musicians to play that, but they really are
only two, and they developed their own techniques to sound
as "big" as possible with only two musicians! It is very
||When Legends Rise
This new single from the new album When Legends Rise
is hugely better than the first one, Bulletproof!
And nonetheless, it's the latter that had the most
success... Anyway, the title track is excellent, so much
that I'm trying to understand how it could have missed by
top 30! Good song and very beautiful lyrics: "When
ashes fall, legends rise".
Wow! A true little masterpiece! There is no doubt left,
it is a very good thing for me that the three Cellar
Darling founders parted ways with Eluveitie to form this
new band! Anna and her group clearly demonstrate that they
aim high. One of the rare development tracks (not too
verse-chorus-verse) this year.
Still not enough to make me forget the track that made me
discover this Swedish band in 2014, Drop Dead Cynical,
but this has the potential to become my second favorite in
their career. For no good reason, I discovered it in
September but I started to regularly listen to it only in
December, which doesn't help it in this chart. No
surprise, it perfectly fits in their usual style, but it
has a little particular touch, certainly related to
Elize's singing performance.
||Roll me Under
Stone Temple Pilots
I clearly preferred this second single over the first
one, released last year, Meadow. The new singer,
Jeff Gutt, and the musicians fit very well together!
||Hole in your Heart
Everything, everything this British duo touches is good!
It is not their best, and it's still a very solid #40!
||Take you with me
Another very well-made composition from music prodigy
Mark Tremonti! It's about all I have to say...
Very good track, very well built, just like what Mastodon
used us to... Its only default is to not being catchy; I
never have Clandestiny in my head, but I always
have a good time while listening to it.
||The One You Know
Alice in Chains
I was very disappointed by this first single of album Rainier
Fog, hugely inferior to the first single of any of
their previous albums (Hollow, A Looking in
View, Grind, Would?, We Die
Young). The music is really too simplistic and only
relies on the powerful effect of distortion, clearly not a
song they could have played at their mythic unplugged
concert. But at the end of the day, the two singers'
voices in harmony ensure a sure interest, and the overall
package remains pretty enjoyable to listen to.
I was far from expecting new material from this major
band of the '90s this year! And even farther from
expecting that it would be interesting, because we're
going to speak frankly, this band was no longer very
interesting after their album Secret Samadhi
(1997). A good song that did not get the attention it
Some rather classic rock n' roll, but very energetic and
very stirring. Impossible to stand still while listening
De loin celle que j'ai la moins aimée parmi les trois
extraits radio de l'album Reverence en 2018 (je ne
comprends d'ailleurs absolument pas qu'elle fut la plus
populaire), la plus facile et la plus prévisible, mais
c'est encore une bonne chanson méritant amplement de
figurer dans mon top 50 ! Mélodieux et accessible malgré
le chant très crié.
Autre bonne pièce de ce trio métal néo-zélandais que nous
avons découvert cette année. Définitivement moins unique
que Kai Tangata, mais toute aussi pertinente. De
l'anglais est mélangé au maori ici, contrairement à leur
grand succès qui était entièrement en maori.
||Letting you Go
Bullet for my Valentine
Ces vétérans de métal anglais ont lancé cette année ce
morceau qu'ils disent les avoir amené sur de tout nouveaux
territoires musicalement et au niveau des paroles. Cette
déclaration me semble un peu exagérée, mais peu importe,
c'est une bonne chanson. Refrain accrocheur avec un chant
||Can't Deny Me
Une nouvelle chanson, mais pas de nouvel album ! De toute
évidence, le légendaire groupe de Seattle, qui a démontré
depuis longtemps être un groupe engagé, ne pouvait
attendre le nouvel album pour dénoncer Donald Trump ! Elle
a divisé le public, mais personnellement elle ne
m'offusque pas. Il est évident par contre qu'il s'agit,
musicalement, d'une pièce simple, un peu faible, du moins
une grande sous-utilisation des grands musiciens que sont
La petite ballade rock de Trivium ! Mais quand même, une
bonne ballade rock ! Je préfère de loin celle-ci à Until
the World Goes Cold (2015), qui fut pourtant
beaucoup plus populaire.
||The Truth is Dead
Mark Morton feat. Randy Blythe & Alissa White-Gluz
Un vrai gros poids lourd ! Le guitariste de Lamb of God
se lance en solo, et invite des chanteurs parmi les plus
brutaux, en l'occurrence son acolyte de Lamb of God et
l'élégante bête canadienne d'Arch Enemy (et anciennement
The Agonist). Résultat très divertissant, probablement
désavantagé par sa sortie très tardive dans l'année (13
décembre sur YouTube, et moi je l'ai entendue pour la 1ere
fois le 18 déc.).
10 ans après leur dernier album et 12 après leur plus grand succès en carrière (Steady, as she Goes), l'autre groupe de Jack White revient avec une nouvelle chanson. Elle ne passera pas à l'histoire, mais elle est très bien. Chose certaine, elle ne me déçoit pas du tout.
||Dance of the Lotus
The Joy Formidable
Psychédélique et audacieuse, cette nouvelle chanson du vétéran groupe alternatif anglais ne laisse pas indifférent.
Pas un nouvel extrait de leur dernier album The Stage, mais une chanson écrite pour un jeu vidéo. Cette composition n'est pas tout à fait au niveau auquel ils nous ont habitués, mais on y reconnait quand même bien notre A7X qu'on aime.
The Dead Daisies
Hard rock on-ne-peut-plus classique, mais moyennement accrocheur, et traitant d'un sujet pertinent.
Premier extrait officiel du groupe auquel le guitariste Tom Searle, décédé du cancer en 2016, n'a pu participer (techniquement, Doomsday est paru après sa mort, mais Tom avait eu le temps de travailler dessus avant sa mort). Honnêtement, je n'y vois pas de grande différence. Je pense que le groupe anglais va se remettre de cette perte, aussi dure fut-elle pour eux et leurs proches.
||The Time is Now
Une autre chanson engagée ! Beau refrain.
||Life to Fix
The Record Company
Belle petite chanson rock accrocheuse, sans prétention.
||Sleep Walking Elite
Ce n'est pas pour rien qu'elle est le premier extrait d'un album de "b-sides" et raretés et non un extrait d'un album régulier; il lui manque le côté accrocheur (et un vidéoclip !) qui ont permis à bien des chansons du trio américain de se tailler une place de choix dans mon top 20 annuel dans le passé. Ça demeure tout de même divertissant à écouter, comme presque tout ce que Chevelle rend public.
|Premier extrait du nouvel album de ce
super-groupe fondé en 2016 par Frédéric Leclercq
(DragonForce) et incluant le batteur vedette Joey Jordison
(Slipknot, Scar the Martyr, Vimic). Étonnamment accrocheur
pour une pièce aussi death métal ! Je pense qu'ils seraient
capables d'encore plus, mais je suis somme toute satisfait.
|Les vieux routiers québécois démontrent qu'ils
sont toujours pertinents en cette 37e année de carrière !
Très bon morceau de métal qui aurait sans doute mérité un
meilleur sort, mais que j'ai découvert trop tard (le 29
décembre, alors que le vidéoclip est sur YouTube depuis
juillet). À mon humble avis, le chanteur est le point faible
de cette pièce, qui est une bonne composition et une bonne
performance, notamment de Michel Langevin, seul membre sans
interruption depuis la fondation du groupe. Un illustre
personnage que tout Québécois devrait être en mesure de
reconnaître s'il le croisait dans la rue (mais je sais que
ce n'est pas le cas, malheureusement).
||The Better Me
The Joy Formidable
|Certainement plus tranquille que Dance of
the Lotus (que vous retrouviez au #53), mais elle a
aussi a un petit côté psychédélique qui la rend assez unique
et que je respecte beaucoup.
||Halo on Fire
|Je pensais bien qu'ils avaient fini de lancer
des extraits de leur album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
(2016), mais non ! Tout à coup en décembre, ils sortent Halo
on Fire comme 6e extrait de l'album, plus d'un an
après le 5e ! Je ne pense pas que ça aurait été mon choix,
étant convaincu qu'elle ne sonne pas comme un "single", mais
sans être accrocheuse, elle démontre quand même de
l'ambition. Elle développe un peu en-dehors du
"couplet-refrain-couplet", comme peu de chansons cette
||The King Welcomes you to Avatar
|Mon groupe fétiche des trois dernières années
tombe de haut ! Après avoir établi des records INCROYABLES
en décrochant mon #1 pendant 3 années consécutives, et
cumulant 6 chansons de top 10 en 2 ans, le seul extrait du
groupe suédois en 2018 se qualifie tout juste pour une place
dans mon décompte. Troisième extrait officiel de l'album Avatar
Country, il est loin d'être la 3e meilleure chanson de
l'album (Legend of the King et King's Harvest
étant meilleures), mais je comprends qu'elle se qualifie
beaucoup plus facilement comme extrait radio. Tout de même,
ce choix démontre à quel point Avatar Country, un
bon album, a beaucoup moins de profondeur que l'album
précédant, Feathers and Flesh. The King Welcomes
you [...] sonne comme du AC/DC, ce que j'aime beaucoup
moins que du vrai Avatar ! Quelques points positifs
néanmoins, et elle mérite quand même pleinement une petite
place dans mon décompte.
Motionless in White
Ça respecte leur style, mais dans une mouture un peu (trop) simpliste. Je ne pense pas que ce titre sortira le jour où j'aurai à faire un bilan de leur carrière, mais ça demeure relativement accrocheur et divertissant le temps que ça dure !
Three Days Grace
Sa qualité et son défaut sont de trop ressembler à Gemini Syndrome ! Agréable à écouter, même si ça ne passera pas à l'histoire.
J'ai été très déçu de ce premier extrait, mais heureusement, il fut suivi d'Outsider qui a nettement haussé le calibre ! En partant, il faut se dire que ce n'est pas normal qu'une pièce métal d'à peine plus de 2 minutes ne passe pas plus vite ! Je lui ai quand même gardé une place en fin de décompte, parce qu'elle a quand même au moins le mérite d'être mémorable, ce qui n'est pas le cas de la majorité des chansons que j'entends dans une année. Et aussi parce que j'aime supporter ce bon groupe Québécois !
||Defying the Sacred
|Pourquoi pas ? Évidemment très lourd et peu
mélodieux, mais certainement pas ennuyeux ! Une première
présence dans mon décompte personnel pour ces grands
vétérans du death métal des années '90.
|J'ai dû écouter cette chanson à peine deux
fois dans l'année, mais je l'ai choisie pour compléter ce
top 70 ! Parce qu'un top 69, ça ne se fait pas ! ;)
|Chansons notées, mais
|How Simple||Hop Along|
|The Line||Foo Fighters|
|Against the Wall||Seether|
|Listening for the Silence||P.O.D.|