I’ve been writing regularly for Zoiks! for roughly four years. This will be my fourth best of list. 2012 has hands down been my favorite year for music since I’ve been contributing to Zoiks!. Through out the year I kept coming across new favorite albums. I’ve had a really hard time organizing my top ten, so here's my best effort.
10. Call Me No One – "Last Parade"
Clint Lowery (Sevendust) is one of my favorite modern day guitarists and Morgan Rose (Sevendust) is one of my favorite modern day rock drummers. So naturally I was really intrigued by their side project Call Me No One. What they came up with was very much not a Sevendust sounding record. It has more of a Nine Inch Nails meets Foo Fighters feel to it. Clint sings and plays guitar. Clint show’s why Sevendust missed him so much while he was gone. "Last Parade" is an album that I keep coming back to, it’s a great album.
9. Eye Empire – "Impact"
Eye Empire is I guess a super group made up of guys who’ve had moderate success in the music industry…needless to say, they’ve been around the block. I always wonder how creative people handle the business side of creativity and Eye Empire has made the business side creative. They’ve built this small but loyal following by releasing limited edition albums or eps for their die hard fans. Those limited editions received a national release with "Impact." In terms the best value for your buck you can’t go wrong with "Impact," it features nineteen songs, with each song as strong as the next.
8. Tremonti – "All I Was"
7. P!nk – "The Truth About Love"
6. Adrenaline Mob – "Omerta"
5. Rush - "Clockwork Angels"
4. In This Moment – "Blood"
3. Slash – “Apocalyptic Love”
2. Halestorm – “The Strange Case Of…”
1. Flying Colors – “Flying Colors”
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