Top 5 Rock & Metal Releases July 22, 2022

This week was packed with tons of epic rock records. You might notice that I use the term “modern” to describe many of the releases. I use “modern” because I’m not sure how else to describe the type of hard rock that comes out nowadays. To explain, much of modern hard rock pulls from a variety of genres such as the electronic production and catchiness of pop and the breakdowns of hardcore to name just a couple of facets. It’s definitely not the same hard rock of the 70s, 80s, or 90s, yet it’s not heavy enough to be what I would consider metal. It’s a weird conglomeration of so many things yet it’s still unmistakably rock.

With that out of the way, I have narrowed down my favorite 5 albums released between July 16-22 and have included some honorable mentions that are also worth a listen. I don’t recommend anything that I think isn’t worth your time.

Top 5:
Fame On Fire – ‘Welcome To The Chaos’ [modern hard rock]
Fight the Fade – ‘APOPHYSITIS’ [modern hard rock]
Glass Tides – ‘Wake Me Up’ [modern hard rock/punk/post hardcore]
Moonshade – ‘As We Set The Skies Ablaze’ [symphonic death metal]
Patient Sixty-Seven – ‘Wishful Thinking’ [metalcore]

Honorable Mentions:
Anthony Green & The High and Driving Band – ‘Boom. Done.’ [alt rock]
Faraday – ‘How to Be Human’ [modern hard rock/alt rock]
Grayscale – ‘Antumbra’ EP [pop punk acoustic remix]
Head With Wings – ‘Comfort in Illusion Expanded Edition’ [progressive post rock]
Kutless – ‘Twenty’ EP [post grunge/hard rock]
Onyria – ‘Feed The Monster’ [hard rock]
Palisades – ‘Reaching Hypercritical’ [modern hard rock]
Source Of Rage – ‘Witness The Mess’ [thrash/groove metal]
The Villa – ‘Savior Self’ EP [modern hard rock]
Villain Of The Story – ‘Divided’ [modern hard rock/metalcore]
Vukovi – ‘I EXIST’ EP [alt rock]
Wake – ‘Thought Form Descent’ [blackened death metal/grindcore]
Waves in Autumn – ‘Totem’ EP [metalcore]

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