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Album Of The Year

A wildly varied but extraordinarily strong line-up in this year's Album of The Year category. 

Some of rock's biggest acts have defied all the odds by releasing some of the best albums of their careers, while some newer acts proved that their is life in rock music after all.

Here's the list of nominees. Make sure that you vote for your favourite at the link below



ALICE COOPER - WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE

Alice's 26th studio album is a sequel to the brilliant 1975 album, Welcome To My Nightmare. Reuniting with the original album producer, Bob Ezrin, was a masterstroke as Alice put together his most focused, and most interesting album for 20 years.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - WRECKING BALL

Bruce gets angry on this collection of protest songs which bemoan the state of society. There are homages to Irish folk and bluegrass, with a couple of trademark Springsteen rock anthems thrown in along the way. The album also serves as a farewell to the late, great Clarence Clemons who appears on two songs.

HOWLIN' RAIN - THE RUSSIAN WILDS

Howlin Rain are a psych-rock band that live unashamedly in the past. Their third studio album is a remarkable record that recalls pretty much all of your favourite bands of the past 40 years without feeling like a parody or unoriginal.

JOE BONAMASSA - DRIVING TOWARDS THE DAYLIGHT

Joe's staggering workload over the past half decade hasn't impacted upon the quality of his output, and so his fourth studio album in four years is his bluesiest for the better part of a decade and includes a couple of the best songs that he has ever written.

TREMONTI - ALL I WAS

Stepping out from the shadow of Creed or Alter Bridge, guitarist Mark Tremonti has put together a blistering solo album that shows off both his prowess as a guitarist, a brilliant song writer and a really excellent frontman. Easily one of the finest hard rock albums of the year.

MASTODON - THE HUNTER

Metal's most ambitious and hard to define acts push the envelope once more for their most accessible and most impressive album to date. Gone are the epic prog tendencies, and in come concise hook laden hard rock songs which defy genre and have established Mastodon as one of the world's best hard rock outfits

OPETH - HERITAGE

The prog-metal legends dial back the metal a touch on their tenth studio album. This is melodically challenging prog rock at its finest - complex, beautiful and worth working at as it becomes more satisfying with every play.

RUSH - CLOCKWORK ANGELS

The band's first full concept album is already being ranked alongside their best work. It is a musically diverse and extremely impressive record for a band that is currently in its forty-third year. Melodically speaking this is probably the band's best album since the 80s, while the complexity of the playing and the quality of the songwriting is as good as ever.

SLASH - APOCALYPTIC LOVE

More focused than his solo debut, Slash's burgeoning musical partnership with Myles Kennedy yields big rewards on an album that is closer in feel to classic GNR than anything he has done since 1993.

THE UNION - SIREN'S SONG

The second album from Luke Morley and Peter Shoulder is harder and more complete than their debut. From heavy duty rock n roll to country rock swing via the blues and beautiful acoustic tracks this album is like taking a trip through the history of rock music

UFO - SEVEN DEADLY

Phil Mogg & co have put together their freshest sounding record in a decade. Seven Deadly find the band in fine voice and in fine songwriting form. At its best it ranks alongside their landmark work from the 70s and fans will treasure the fact that a band with a 40 year history can still cut it.

VAN HALEN - A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH

Against all odds Van Halen have patched up their differences and produced one of the best albums of their career. Once you get past the curveball first single that is 'Tattoo' this is the hardest rocking Van Halen since 1980, full of swagger and zeal with Eddie and Dave sounding as good as they ever have.