BEST OF 2My year in review radio special with a ton of music from 2012 premiered on Q104.3 NYC show 12/28. Here is my personal list of my favorite albums of 2012. Lot’s of great new music in 2012 and was tough to narrow down, but this is what truly made my ears the most excited the last 12 months:


An incredible, relentless, pounding thrash metal album that may be my favorite from this highly underrated band since Taking Over. Overkill have made a string of solid albums lately, but this is just next level. It is uncompromising speed metal at it’s finest. Production and mix are incredible, the riffing just builds and builds, great songs, great playing. The total package. If you are looking for a new but old school thrash sounding album this is it. Get a neck brace because it kicks your ass from top to bottom. Instant metal classic.


aerosmithanotherdimensioncover4002: AEROSMITH – MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION

I hear much about the amount of ballads on this album, but nobody says it also has 15 songs on the standard edition. So even if you take out 4 ballads it’s still 11 rocking tunes. It is not a perfect album, but it is damn good. The production is warm and not over compressed. You hear everything. All the band members (still original) write and contribute. Many different sides and stuff that hints at classic Aerosmith. “Street Jesus”, “Luv XXX”, “Beautiful”, “Out Go The Lights”, “Oh Yeah”, all just vintage sounding Aerosmith. Having seen three live shows so far on the tour, the band STILL gets it done on stage too. Great accomplishment for a band at this stage in their career and after waiting so long for it they delivered.amazon



I loved the last Slash album, and my favorite songs were the ones with Myles Kennedy singing. So I was thrilled that the live band he had on that tour now is a real band and has made a full cohesive album of brilliant hard rock. “Anastasia” an instant classic on this one. To me this is Slash’s best work top to bottom since Appetite and the band is great live. Hope they build a great catalog with this group.amazon




Outside of Tattoo this is classic kick ass VH! Why 4-5 songs from this album were not blasting out of every radio station over the Summer escapes me. Not a huge fan of the mix at times, but the material and Eddie are ripping! Who knows what the future holds but this is classic sounding old VH. “As Is” among my favorites.amazon




Best Manson album in a long time top to bottom. He and Twiggy created some catchy hook filled tunes as well as the usual level of Manson weirdness and always great production and sounds.amazon





Another great album from the relaunched Accept with singer Mark Tornillo. Not as strong top to bottom as Blood Of The Nations but damn close. This band is now firmly re established and Wolf Hoffman has to be one of the most underrated players in metal ever.amazon




Is it over? Who knows for sure. But three amazing albums in this bands history at an amazing pace is pretty impressive, so I hope not. Like all three BCC albums top playing and incredible singing from Glenn Hughes. Like all 3 I wish the mix was a little brighter and dynamic at times, but this is pretty much live and in your face classic sounding rock that just happens to be from a new band. The title track and “This Is Your Time” some of my favorites.amazon



Pumping heavy rock that never lets up. Great songs, vocals, production and hooks. Can’t help but to move to this album and its energy.amazon




61Dwg0a9MRL._SL500_AA300_9: TREMONTI – ALL I WAS

Great debut album from Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. Very metal at times, much will be made of his guitar playing, and rightfully so, but it’s the songs I love. The playing on the whole album is crushing and I truly like the way he delivers the songs as a singer. Great live too!amazon



410jplpqVoL._SL500_AA300_10: RUSH – CLOCKWORK ANGELS

Only reason not higher is because my two favorite songs on this album (Caravan and BU2B) actually were released a couple years ago. But I love that Rush is back to heavy guitar rock again and in your face power trio hard rock with little if any keys and synth. The nod to the old school on “Headlong Flight” is awesome. Wish the album was not so compressed and more dynamic sounding at times in the mix, but love the heaviness being back. Oh, and the R&R Hall just woke up after ignoring them 15 years. There is hope!amazon



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  • Jim on

    I agree with others that this list is just Eddie’s friends. It can’t be taken seriously. Fozzy? Warrant?? And Eddie I know you are all about the classics, but come on man, at least pick ONE modern band!

    • Eddie on

      So I should just pick one new band even if I don’t feel it for the sake of looking hip and cool? Never was me and never will be. I like what I like and if a new band deserved to be on MY list they would! All friends? Could not be more wrong but I guess that’s convenient when you don’t agree

  • Mack on

    Why is Soundgarden not even mentioned ? It is incredible! By far best album of the year in my opinion. Slash’s album is a great pick- great band. I saw them at The Paramount in Huntington Long Island last summer they were great.
    Please have Soundgarden and STP on TMS! Enough of the retreaded guests.

    • Eddie on

      Because it’s my opinion and although I like the band I did not love the album!

  • Oscar on

    Good list Eddie, in mine the first three are backwards haha. First Slash’s, Aero, than Overkill and what about BCC? 3 albums in short time and I read that Glenn Hughes is back on the studio or something that he just start working on new music. Amazing! I really like your list the only thing I don’t like is Marilyn Manson, I have there Rockaholic. Guess I’m more old school oriented. Love TMS would like to see BCC go there. Greetings from Latino America.

  • Rich on

    Eddie, Would love to hear your thoughts on why you think Monster from KISS is weak or not good? I’m not saying you should have included it in your top 10 but interested in your thoughts. What do you think is the best song? Weakest song? Overall thoughts from a music standpoint? This has nothing to do with your opinion of Tommy and Eric and the makeup. Personally, I’ve been jamming on the album. Look forward to hearing ffrom you.

    • Eddie on

      Hell, Long Way and Freak are good songs, but in my opinion there are some really corny bad songs on the album, Paul’s voice is not what it once was, and they continue to force themselves to try and sound like the old band when 50% of it is not. That’s my honest opinion, it is not a great album, but in Kiss world EVERY album is the best one, until the next one…

    • Rich on

      Fair enough. Long Way Down is my favorite tune on the album. Long time KISS fan here like yourself. I like the fact that no two KISS albums are exactly alike. Many are similiar or could be considered “sister” albums but each album to me has some unique quality about it. Obviously I like some better than others. Hopefully as time passes they will find a nice signature sound for this lineup. Really appreciate your thoughts. Just know there are true diehard, yet rational KISS fans out here. The KISS fan base is like no other. The arguments/discussions I get into sometimes with other fans and friends are just ridiculous. Everyone is so passionate about the band one way or another. But yet that’s one reason that has made this band so special to so many people for so many years.

      Again, thanks for your thoughts. I hope someday whatever differences exist between you and Gene/Paul can be worked out. I would love for them to be guests on TMS, as you would as well, I’m sure.
      Take Care

  • David on

    My favorite of 2012 was “carved into Stone” by New York’s very own PRONG. This band is sadely underrated. I Suggest any no-nonsense metal fan should give it a listen.

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