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KNAC.COM's Top Ten Albums of 2005

By Newsferatu, Writer
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 @ 12:57 AM


From DJ's, Writers and Contrib

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Crazy Craig, “Super Rock Sunday” Host

1. Candlemass - Candlemass (Nuclear Blast)
2. Doomriders - Black Thunder (Deathwish)
3. Ramesses - The Tomb (Invada)
4. YOB - The Illusion of Motion -The Unreal Never Lived 9Metal Blade)
5. Fireball Ministry - Our Rock is Not Their Rock (Liquor and Poker)
6. Hermano - Dare I Say (Meteor City)
7. Superheavygoatass - 60,000 Years (Arclight)
8. High on Fire - Blessed Black Wings (Relapse)
9. Fight Paris - Paradise Found (Trustkill)
10.The Agony Scene - The Darkest Red (Roadrunner)

Mick Stingley, NYC Correspondent

Tied for first place:
1) Ministry - Rantology (Sanctuary)
I’m incredibly biased about my selections for #1 (and if you pick up this CD you’ll know why). Remixed, redux, live and raw- Ministry celebrates 25 years of industrial, rock and anarchy by revisiting its past and offering a brief glimpse into the future with one new track. Some people mellow with age, but it’s a sure bet that Al Jourgensen won’t be pulling a Rod Stewart anytime soon, thank God.
1) Sentenced - The Funeral Album (Century Media)
The end of the road for the Finnish goth-metal outfit, and what a way to go. If you like The Cult and Type O Negative –and just got turned on to H.I.M,- you’ll find any Sentenced disc a welcome addition to your collection. They called it quits on October 1, 2005 and left behind an incredible legacy of sullen, mournful rock. The band is dead and gone, but it’s never too late to get into them. Start here then pick up “The Cold White Light” and “Crimson.”
2) Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil (Warner)
This is the band I would be in if I was twenty-something and had a band. Rawk!
3) Danko Jones - We Sweat Blood (Razor & Tie)
It seems that “I Love Living In the City” is one of the most frequently played songs on my iPod. Maybe I just like the Fear-meets-Minor Threat feel, but that song, as well as a slew of others, is nothing but rock. This guy is nuts and it helps to see him live to understand, but this cd rules.
4) Jizzy Pearl - Vegas Must Die (Shrapnel)
Yes, THAT Jizzy Pearl. He puts out a straight-up dynamite rock record that’s one of the best things he’s ever done… and STILL people bitch because he’s not Stephen Pearcy. There’s no justice. Put on your black tank top and check it out. (“Look At You Now” rocks.)
5) Black Label Society - Mafia (Artemis)
Zakk might actually be outdoing David Lee Roth and Paul Stanley for quotable quotes on stage and off, but he remains an incredible talent. His tribute to Dimebag, “In This River” is the macho rock/metalhead equivalent of a chick-flick tearjerker. You see that video? No, it ain’t Ozzy or Pride & Glory, but I mean, wow. Pass the Kleenex. Thank God for the ATHF DVD… “Yo, is the milkshake here? The beating I’m about to put on him is gonna be indescribable…” Fire it up, indeed.
6) Fear Factory - Transgression (Calvin)
Brutal. Too many covers, but still maintains the trademark FF sound, which can be glorious and is always unrelenting. Killer stuff.
7) Beautiful Creatures - Deuce (Spitfire)
Been too long, they never had a chance, Warner shoulda kept ‘em… go rock LA-style and “Light my cigarette…”
8) Towers of London - Fuck It Up (TVT)
I was going to put this first, because this was, truly, my favorite song of the summer. It’s only a single, available on import. Trashy, sleazy glam-punk, the damn record doesn’t even come out until 2006, but if you listen to it ten times, that’s kinda like one album. People seem to either love or hate this band, but I think it’s clear where I stand…
9) Arch Enemy - Doomsday Machine (Century Media)
This cd rocks, but every time I listen to “Nemesis,” I hear this: “Hallo, mein sexy Mickschen! Ich habe an Sie je gedacht, da wir gesprochen haben. Ich Traum von Ihnen die ganze Zeit. Ich werde nach New York City bewegen, mit Ihnen zu sein, und ich kann nicht warten, Sie zu sehen. Vielen Dank für die schwarze Vinylbeutekurzhose, Welchen ich für Sie tragen werde, wenn ich Sie sehe. Ich liebe, liebe, liebe Sie und ich will Sie glücklich in so vielen Wegen machen. Bald Mick, sehr bald werden wir zusammen sein…Ihr liebend Angela.”
Tied for Last:
10) Corrosion of Conformity - In the Arms of God (Sanctuary)
Too rock to write about sober. Awesome, though. Fuckin’ awesome, man.
10) Fireball Ministry -<>i>Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (Liquor & Poker)
“Hi. We haven’t listened to anything since 1975. These are our guitars, and we play them through those Marshalls over there. Hey, you wanna do a shot with us before we start? Yeah, man… it’s all about the big, fat chords and the leads and the fuckin’ rock, dude. Fuck yeah.”

Diana DeVille, Rock Goddess

1) Supagroup - Rules (Foodchain)
2) Glenn Hughes - Soul Mover (Sanctuary)
3) Mother Pearl - Broken Thorny Crown (Unsigned)
4) Europe - Start From the Dark (Sanctuary)
5) Joe Lynn Turner - The Usual Suspects (Frontiers)
6) Ministry - Rantology (Sanctuary)
7) Brides of Destruction - Runaway Brides (Shrapnel)
8) Deep Purple - Rapture of the Deep (Eagle)
9) Iron Maiden - Death on the Road (Sanctuary)
10) Judas Priest - Angel of Retribution (Epic)

Brian Davis, Contributor

01.) Biomechanical The Empires Of The Worlds (Earache)
02.) Opeth Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
03.) Old Man's Child Vermin (Century Media)
04.) Hypocrisy Virus (Nuclear Blast)
05.) Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh (Century Media)
06.) Clutch Robot Hive/Exodus (DRT)
07.) Dew-Scented Issue VI (Nuclear Blast)
08.) Darkane Layers Of Lies (Nuclear Blast)
09.) The Duskfall A Lifetime Supply Of Guilt (Nuclear Blast)
10.) Carnival In Coal Collection Prestige (Earache)

DJ Will "The Vault Keeper"

1) Kreator Enemy Of God (SPV)
2) Candlemass Candlemass (Nuclear Blast)
3) Exodus Shovel Headed Kill Machine (Nuclear Blast)
4) Judas Priest Angel Of Retribution (Sony)
5) Grave Digger The Last Supper (Nuclear Blast)
6) COC In The Arms Of God (Sanctuary)
7) Nevermore This Godless Endeavor(Century Media)
8) Primal FearSeven Seals(Nuclear Blast)
9) Opeth Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
10) Ruffians There & Back(OSM)

Junkman, Air Personality

01.) Exodus Shovel Headed Kill Machine (Nuclear Blast)
02.) Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine (Century Media)
03.) Judas Priest Angel of Retribution (Sony)
04.) System of a Down Mezmerize/Hypnotize (Sony)
05.) Buckcherry 15 (Universal)
06.) Dream Theater Octavarium (Atlantic)
07.) Bruce Dickinson Tyranny of Souls (Sanctuary)
08.) Brand New Sin Recipe for Disaster (Century Media)
09.) Black Label Society Mafia (Artemis)
10.) Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists (Reprise/WEA)

Charlie Steffens, aka Gnarly Charlie, Staff Photographer/Writer

01.) Corrosion of Conformity In the Arms of God (Sanctuary)
02.) Judas Priest Angel or Retribution (Sony)
03.) Iommi Fused (Sanctuary)
04.) Fear Factory Transgression (Calvin)
05.) Primal Fear Seven Seals (Nuclear Blast)
06.) As I Lay Dying Shadows are Security (Metal Blade)
07.) Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine (Century Media)
08.) Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze (Interscope)
09.) Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet? (Universal)
10.) Nevermore This Godless Endeavor (Century Media)

Bullwhip, Air Personality

01.) Judas Priest Angel Of Retribution (Sony)
02.) Bruce Dickinson Tyranny of Souls (Sanctuary)
03.) Hammerfall Chapter V (NBA)
04.) Black Label Society Mafia (Artemis)
05.) Primal Fear Seven Seals (Nuclear Blast)
06.) Iommi Fused (Sactuary)
07.) Dio Evil Or Divine (Spitfire)
08.) UFO Showtime (Steamhammer)
09.)Deep Purple Rapture of the Deep (Eagle)
10.) Glenn Hughes Soul Mover (Sanctuary)

Jeff Kerby, Writer

01.) Alice Cooper Dirty Diamonds (New West)
02.) L.A. Guns Tales From The Strip (Schrapnel)
03.) Corrosion of Conformity In The Arms of God(Sanctuary)
04.) Judas Priest Angel of Retribution (Sanctuary)
05.) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Howl (Red Int/Red Ink)
06.) Clutch Robot Hive/Exodus (Rte/Drt)
07.) Nashville Pussy Get Some! (Spitfire)
08.) Bruce Dickinson Tyranny of Souls (Sanctuary)
09.) Beautiful Creatures Deuce (Spitifre)
10.) Fireball Ministry Our Rock Is Not Their Rock (Liquor And Poker)

Philthy Phil, 8-foot Tall Viking

01.) Opeth Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
02.) Bruce Dickinson Tyranny of Souls (Sanctuary)
03.) Nevermore This Godless Endeavor (Century Media)
04.) Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet? (Universal)
05.) Judas Priest Angel of Retribution (Sony)
06.) Dark Tranquillity Character (Century Media)
07.) Shadow Gallery Room V (Inside Out)
08.) Kamelot The Black Halo (Noise)
09.) Dream Theater Octavarium (Atlantic)
10.) Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine (Century Media)

Drewcifer, The Vault

01.) Candlemass Candlemass (Nuclear Blast)
02.) Grand Magos Wolf’s Rturn (Candlelight)
03.) Melvins with Jello Biaffra Sieg Howdy! (Ipecac)
04.) Slough Feg Atavism (Cruz Del Sur)
05.) Early Man Closing In (Matador)
06.) Clutch Robot Hive-Exodus (DRT)
07.) Confessor Unravelled (Season Of Mist)
08.) Brand New Sin Recipe for Disaster (Century Media)
09.) Soilwork Stabbing the Drama (Nuclear Blast)
10.) Deceased As The Weird Travel On (Thrash)

Ally McSqueal, DJ Chick

01.) The Click Five Greetings From Imrie House (Lava)
Go ahead and hate me. I love power pop! And these guys are really good musicians and songwriters.
02.) Fall Out Boy From Under The Cork Tree (Island)
Don’t knock em, the cd rocks, no ballads, just rock and energy. My kinda music!
03.) Garbage Bleed Like Me (ALMO)
My Wisconsin buddies deliver once again. “Bad Boyfriend” kick ass song. Long live Spooner!
04.) Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business (A&M)
Hey, I’m a chick and I like to dance, this cd is hot! They sample stuff so subtly, I wish all hop-hop people would take notes.
05.) Def Leppard Rock Of Ages The Definitive Collection (Universal Catalog)
The liner notes rule as much as the music. I listened to this cd on many road trips this summer. Rock Brigade!
06.) Sentenced The Funeral Album (Century Media)
All the songs we play from this cd on KNAC.COM are awesome!
07.) Supagroup Rules (Food Chain)
When will the world catch up with the ultra coolness of Supagroup? They rule, no pun intended.
08.) The Darkness One Way Ticket To Hell And Back (Atlantic)
This band is exactly what the world needs. They are funny and campy but they rock! I saw them live once and I kept thinking how Thin Lizzy like they were. Justin the singer is the savior of rock! WWJD, what would Justin do?
09.)Ft Minor Album Title (WB)
The Linkin Park kid goes hip-hop and friggin rocks the mic. Rap with lyrics that don’t suck, who knew it was possible?
10.) A Tie: Foo Fighters In Your Honor (RCA) and Lisa Marie Presley Now What (Capitol)
I love Dave Grohl, he is such a great song writer. And The King’s daughter has Johnny Ramone and Ramones cover on her cd, she rocks. I met her this year too, she’s about 5 foot 2 and she was very cool.

Dennis the Menace, Air Personality

01.) Thrice Vheissu (Island)
02.) Finch Say Hello to Sunshine (Drive-Thru)
03.) Foo Fighters In Your Honor (RCA)
04.) The Deadly The Wolves are Here Again (Pluto)
05.) NIN With Teeth (Interscope)
06.) Black Rebel Motorcylce Club Howl (RCA)
07.) Against Me Searching for Former Clarity (Fat Wreck Chords)
08.) Queens of the Stone Age Lullabys to Paralyze (Interscope)
09.) Deathcab for Cutie Plans (Sub Pop)
10.) Jackson Browne Acoustic Vol. 1 (Inside Recordings)


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