2014 Album Rankings

[Note: Ratings are a reflection of my willingness to add an album to my personal collection and not necessarily of an album’s quality. Albums in bold are part of my physical collection.]

***** 10 *****

1) Lonely The Brave – The Day’s War
2) Anberlin – Lowborn
3) Twin Atlantic – Great Divide
4) Big Wreck – Ghosts
5) The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell

***** 9 *****

6) The Tea Party – The Ocean At The End
7) Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie

8) Maverick – Quid Pro Quo
9) The Glorious Sons – The Union
10) 21Octayne – Into The Open
11) You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth
12) The Wind + The Wave – From The Wreckage
13) Band Of Horses – Acoustic At The Ryman
14) The Trews – The Trews
15) Emerson Hart – Beauty In Disrepair
16) In This Moment – Black Widow

17) Captain Black Beard – Before Plastic
18) Dum Dum Girls – Too True
19) Little Eye – Fighting The Future
20) Unisonic – Light Of Dawn
21) Anubis Gate – Horizons
22) Evergrey – Hymns For The Broken

***** 8 *****

23) H.E.A.T – Tearing Down The Walls
24) Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
25) Ace Frehley – Space Invader
26) Royal Blood – Royal Blood
27) Panic Room – Incarnate
28) Fractures – Fractures
29) Judah & The Lion – Kids These Days
30) Cage The Gods – Badlands
31) Sanctuary – The Year The Sun Died
32) The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
33) Judas Priest – Redeamer Of Souls
34) “Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun
35) Brimstone Coven – Brimstone Coven
36) Starset – Transmissions
37) The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – 4
38) Black Trip – Goin’ Under
39) Hey Vanity – Blindfolds
40) Cold War Kids – Hold My Home
41) Hozier – Hozier
42) Iced Earth – Plagues Of Babylon
43) Linkin Park – The Hunting Party
44) Rich Robinson – The Ceaseless Light
45) Billy Idol – Kings & Queens Of The Underground
46) Young The Giant – Mind Over Matter
47) Hurtsmile – Retrogrenade
48) Dynazty – Renatus

***** 7 *****

49) Strand Of Oaks – Heal
50) Nasty Habit – Desperate Times, Desperate Measures [EP]
51) Coldplay – Ghost Stories
52) Reverand And The Makers – Thirty Two
53) Pixies – Indie Cindy
54) Crazy Lixx – Crazy Lixx
55) Chasing Verity – No Back Up Plan [EP]
56) One Bad Son – Black Buffalo
57) The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
58) Guano Apes – Offline
59) Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach
60) X Ambassadors – The Reason [EP]
61) Opeth – Pale Communion
62) Aeon Zen – Ephemera
63) HammerFall – (r)Evolution
64) Framing Hanley – The Sum Of Who We Are
65) L.R.S. – Down To The Core
66) Pink Floyd – The Endless River
67) Zodiac – Sonic Child
68) Red Dragon Cartel – Red Dragon Cartel
69) Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Phosphorescent Harvest
70) Toseland – Renegade
71) American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade
72) Howling Bells – Heartstrings
73) Chevelle – La Gárgola
74) Fight The Fade – Second Horizon
75) Neon Trees – Pop Psychology
76) Big Head Todd And The Monsters – Black Beehive
77) Lenny Kravitz – Strut
78) Night Ranger – High Road
79) Spiders – Shake Electric
80) Adrenaline Mob – Men Of Honor
81) Rise Against – The Black Market
82) Winger – Better Days Comin’
83) Triosphere – The Heart Of The Matter
84) Rebellious Spirit – Obsession
85) Edguy – Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown
86) Kissin’ Dynamite – Megalomania
87) Motion Device – Welcome To The Rock Revolution [EP]
88) Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
89) SoulHealer – Bear The Cross
90) Thomsen – Unbroken
91) Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
92) Dragonforce – Maximum Overload
93) Sevendust – Time Travelers & Bonfires

***** 6 *****

94) Hearts Like Lions – These Hands [EP]
95) Rubicon Cross – Rubicon Cross
96) Pavic – Is War The Answer?
97) Vandenberg’s MoonKings – MoonKings
98) Threshold – For The Journey
99) The Civil Wars – Between The Bars [EP]
100) Passenger – Whispers
101) Outloud – Let’s Get Serious
102) Theory Of A Deadman – Savages
103) Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
104) Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War
105) Kongos – Lunatic
106) Switchfoot – Fading West
107) Kyng – Burn The Serum
108) Work Of Art – Framework
109) Midnight Cinema – Lightning In A Bottle
110) Flying Colors – Second Nature
111) Blues Pills – Blues Pills
112) Echo Crush – En Masse [EP]
113) Nickelback – No Fixed Address
114) Relentless Flood – The Time Is Now
115) Highway Saints – Highway Saints
116) Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were
117) California Breed – California Breed
118) Royal Bliss – Chasing The Sun
119) Mr. Big – …The Stories We Could Tell
120) Teramaze – Esoteric Symbolism
121) Audrey Horne – Pure Heavy
122) U2 – Songs Of Innocence
123) Young Rising Sons – Young Rising Sons [EP]
124) Maroon 5 – V
125) Spoon – They Want My Soul
126) Gamma Ray – Empire Of The Undead
127) This Will Destroy You – Another Language
128) Bailey – Long Way Down
129) Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell
130) Hell In The Club – Devil On My Shoulder
131) Rated X – Rated X
132) Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion
133) Ron Keel – Metal Cowboy
134) The Civil Wars – Live At Eddie’s Attic
135) Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
136) Flyleaf – Between The Stars
137) Sixx:A.M. – Modern Vintage
138) Tesla – Simplicity
139) Godsmack – 1000HP

***** 5 *****

140) Adrenaline Rush – Adrenaline Rush
141) Neal Schon – So U
142) Timo Tolkki’s Avalon – Angels Of The Apocalypse
143) Pretty Maids – Louder Than Ever
144) Within Temptation – Hydra
145) Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
146) Powerman 5000 – Builders Of The Future
147) Train – Bulletproof Picasso
148) Live – The Turn
149) Harem Scarem – Thirteen
150) Scarlet White – The Inbetween
151) Kix – Rock Your Face Off
152) The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
153) Saving Abel – Blood Stained Revolution
154) Phish – Fuego
155) Alestorm – Sunset On The Golden Age
156) Hellyeah – Blood For Blood
157) AdrianGale – Defiance
158) Meliah Rage – Warrior
159) Asia – Gravitas
160) Bush – Man On The Run
161) In Search Of Sun – The World Is Yours
162) KXM – KXM
163) Lynch Mob – Sun Red Sun
164) Seether – Isolate And Medicate
165) Angels Or Kings – King Of Nowhere
166) House Of X – House Of X
167) Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators – World On Fire

***** 4 *****

168) The Babys – I’ll Have Some Of That!
169) X-Drive – Get Your Rock On
170) Skid Row – Rise Of The Damnation Army: United World Rebellion Chapter Two [EP]
171) Nine Lashes – From Water To War
172) The Last Vegas – Sweet Salvation
173) Axel Rudi Pell – Into The Storm
174) MarysCreek – Incubic Twin [EP]
175) House Of Lords – Precious Metal
176) Vega – Stereo Messiah
177) Graffiti6 – The Bridge
178) Yes – Heaven & Earth
179) Vanity BLVD – Wicked Temptation
180) Dynamite – Blackout Station
181) Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock – Bridge The Gap
182) Steel Panther – All You Can Eat
183) Pinnick Gale Pridgen – PGP2
184) Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides
185) Moonshine – Moonshine
186) Crucified Barbara – In The Red
187) Sister Sin – Black Lotus
188) Otherwise – Peace At All Costs
189) Grand Design – Thrill Of The Night
190) The Empty Hearts – The Empty Hearts
191) Bullet – Storm Of Blades
192) Neonfly – Strangers In Paradise
193) Trapt – The Acoustic Collection
194) Little Foot Long Foot – Woman [EP]
195) Loverboy – Unfinished Business
196) Hard Riot – The Blackened Heart
197) Uriah Heep – Outside
198) Diamond Lane – Terrorizer
199) Revenge – Survival Instinct
200) Hessler – Ghost Dance [EP]
201) The Verve Pipe – Overboard
202) Black Aces – Hellbound [EP]
203) Avatar – Hail The Apocalypse
204) Michael Sweet – I’m Not Your Suicide
205) State Of Salazar – All The Way
206) Adelitas Way – Stuck
207) Smith & Myers – Acoustic Sessions Part 1 [EP]
208) Smith & Myers – Acoustic Sessions Part 2 [EP]
209) Behemoth – The Satanist
210) Man Made Machine – Undeniable [EP]
211) Brother Firetribe – Diamond In The Firepit
212) Dalton – Pit Stop
213) Prophets Of War – The Angel And The Hourglass
214) Arch Enemy – War Eternal

***** 3 *****

215) A Great Big World – Is There Anybody Out There?
216) Warner Drive – City Of Angels
217) Chicago – Now: Chicago XXXVI
218) Russell Allen * Jorn Lande – The Great Divide
219) Halocene – Make It Loud [EP]
220) Moonland – Moonland
221) Hydrogyn – Break The Chains [EP]
222) S.U.N. – Nomad [EP]
223) Sister – Disguised Vultures
224) AC Angry – Black Denim
225) Sons Of Revelry – Two Sides To Every Story [EP]
226) Sound Of Eternity – Visions & Dreams
227) Overland – Epic
228) Justin Furstenfeld – Songs From An Open Book
229) Lawless – R.I.S.E.
230) Langhoff – Safe Distance
231) Sonic Station – Next Stop
232) Black Metal Bicycle – Firebreather [EP]
233) The Radio Sun – Wrong Things Right
234) Seven – 7
235) Sakara – Beauty And Bravery
236) Queendom – Queendom
237) Diesel – Into The Fire
238) Party Animals – Light A Fan Cool

***** 2 *****

239) Enuff Z’Nuff – Covered In Gold
240) Alien – Eternity
241) Dirty Rockers – From Hell
242) Amaranthe – Massive Addictive
243) Rager Blaze – Rager Blaze
244) Rockstars On Mars – Rockstars On Mars
245) Berrgren Kerslake Band – The Sun Has Gone Hazy
246) Mick James – Mick James Is Dead
247) Colorstone – Steam
248) Rabid Bitch Of The North – Defending Two Castles [EP]

***** 1 *****

249) I Love Rich – Respect The Rich [EP]

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