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Editor Ken’s Top 10 of 2018

Editor Ken’s Top 10 of 2018

2018 was certainly the year of the comeback, when legendary bands such as Judas PriestMichael Schenker Fest, The Guess Who, Nazareth, and Uriah Heep would return to present some of the most compelling music of their careers. Bulletboys would kick it into the stratosphere with From Out Of The Skies while The English Beat would present Here We Go Love onto a Trumpian world nearly 30 years in the making.  The sole new band to be on the Top Ten list this year is L.A.’s own Teenage Wrist, whose Chrome Neon Jesus channels a staggering amalgamation of shoegaze and grunge.

The Highwire Daze Top 10 EP list features multiples artists who released more than one EP this year, including William Ryan Key formerly of Yellowcard, DIY recordings from The Ready Set, and the blissful pop rocking reveries of Dreamers.  And if there’s too much pop on the list this year, the punk gaze Tennis System unleashed a little P A I N onto the masses and Letum Ascensus pummeled and devastate with their Wasteland Chronicles death metal manifesto.

And so here are Editor Ken’s selections for The Highwire Daze Top 10 Albums and EP’s of 2018.  Read on…

Editor Ken’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

Knights Call by Axel Rudi Pell (Steamhammer / SPV Records)

The adventurers found within Knights Call are musicians reveling in their finest hour, with Axel Rudi Pell at the forefront, delivering inspiring guitar interludes that set the imagination in flight. Vocalist Johnny Gioeli displays a magnetic amount of passion, adding his own thunderous magic and mystique into the proceedings. Ferdy Doernberg thrills the senses with his astounding keyboard work while bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Bobby Rondinelli make for an unequivocally spellbinding rhythm section. Knights Call is a victorious auditory extravaganza for all!  Top tracks include Long Live Rock, The Wild And The Young, and Tower Of Babel.

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From Out Of The Skies by Bulletboys (Frontiers Music Srl)

The Bulletboys has never neatly fit into the hair metal genre – beyond their Smooth Up On Ya / Hard As A Rock anthems, there has always been a whole lot more going on within the hearts and minds of this compelling outfit. First and foremost is vocalist Marq Torien, a massively talented front man, always delivering a song in nothing short of an epic way. Their previous Elefante collection presented the Bulletboys in a brave new renaissance, with songs that were both blistering and empowering. And now with From Out Of The Skies, the Bulletboys leap into the stratosphere – and the results are nothing short of mesmerizing.   One of the most fully realized and inspiring albums of the year.

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Here We Go Love by The English Beat (Here We Go Records)

It’s been over 30 years since the last iconic recordings of the legendary English Beat. Here We Go Love has been a lo