Midlands Rocks’ Top 5 Albums 2011


Yep, its that time of year again where we ask the MR team to look back over the year and let us know what rocked their world!

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Jack Arkell
King Blues – Punk and Poetry
Cerebral Ballzy (Self-Titled)
Staind (Self-Titled)
Skindred – Union Black
Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

Midlands Album – Max Raptor – Portraits

Andy Boden
Gundogs – Little Deaths
Martyr De Mona – Martyr de Mona
M.A.D.I.S.O.N. – M.A.D.I.S.O.N.
October Sky – Hell Isn’t My Home
Tracer – Spaces In Between


Paul Broome
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Tom Waits – Bad As Me
The Duke Spirit – Bruiser
Mastodon – The Hunter

Favourite album by a Midlands band would be: ‘The Courage to Start Again’ by …And Stars Collide


Anaal Nathrakh – Passion
Hate Eternal – Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Mastodon – The Hunter
Byfrost – Of Death
Pombagira – Iconoclast Dream


Tosh Davies
Machine Head – Unto The Locust
The Haunted – Unseen
Anthrax – Worship Music
Mastodon – The Hunter
Devin Townsend – Deconstruction


Paul Davis
Michael Monroe- Sensory Overdrive
Black Spiders- Sons Of The North
Mr. Big- What If?
Horrible Crowes- Elsie
Rival Sons- Pressure And Time


Kimberley Easton
Royal Republic – We Are The Royal
Falling In Reverse – The Drug In Me Is You
Black Veil Brides – Set The World On Fire
Asking Alexandria – Reckless & Relentless
Limp Bizkit – Gold Cobra

Claire Frays
Machine Head – Unto The Locust
Sixx:AM – This Is Gonna Hurt
Rhapsody Of Fire – From Chaos To Eternity
Trivium – In Waves
Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist

Midlands Band: Akarusa Yami – Ouroboros


Tony Gaskin
Gundogs – Little Deaths
Black Spiders – Sons of the North
Skindred – Union Black
Martyr De Mona – Martyr De Mona
Dakesis – Trial By Fire

Lucy Gliddon
Hell – Human Remains
Onslaught – Sounds of Violence
Opeth – Heritage
Devin Townsend – Deconstruction
Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events


Jason Guest
Opeth – Heritage
Blut Aus Nord –777 Sect(s) & 777 – The Desanctification
Mastodon – The Hunter
Smohalla – Resilience
Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street

Favourite Midlands’ band: Anaal Nathrakh – Passion

Ian Harvey
FooFighters – Wasting Light
Black Country Communion – 2
Chickenfoot – III
Magnum – The Visitation
Vega – Kiss Of Life


Peter Keevil
Black Spiders – Sons Of The North
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time
The Answer – Revival
Gundogs – Little Deaths
Tracer – Spaces In Between

Honourable Midlands mention to Toxic Federation – Distance

Samantha Knight
SixxAm – This is Gonna Hurt
Revoker – Revenge For The Ruthless
Steel Panther – Balls Out
Sebastian Bach – Kicking and Screaming


Sean Larkin
Hell – Human Remains
Black Spiders – Sons of the North
Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Attica Rage – Road Dog
The Answer – Revival


Chris Maddocks
Mastodon – The Hunter
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Machine Head – Unto The Locust
Black Spiders – Sons of the North
Skindred – Union Black

Best Midlands based album – Hell – Human Remains

Sophie Maughan
Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions
Machine Head – Unto the Locust
Sylosis – Edge of the Earth
Burzum – Fallen
Within Temptation – The Unforgiving


Brian McGowan
Michael Monroe – Sensory Overdrive
After Hours – Against The Grain
Voices Of Extreme – Break The Silence
Reckless Love – Animal Attraction
Von Hertzen Brothers – Stars Aligned


Juanita McGowen
Lenny Kravitz – Black and White America
Noel Gallagher – High Flying Birds
Let England Shake – PJ Harvey
Black Veil Brides – Set the World on Fire (???)
Last Night on Earth – Noah and The Whale (although don’t like that one song that sounds like a mix of Kinks and Tom Petty…ARGH)


Carla Mundy
Twin Atlantic – Free
City & Colour – Little Hell
The Blackout – Hope
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
The Computers – This Is The Computers


Lisa Nash
Seether – Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray
Madina Lake – World War III
Switchfoot – Vice Verses
Cherry Suede – Cherry Suede
October Sky – Hell Isn’t My Home

My top Midlands band is easy – Raven Vandelle – with their RV8

Harry Paterson
Black Country Communion – BCC2
Within Temptation – Unforgiving
Machine Head – Unto The Locust
In Flames – The Sound of a Playground Fading
Mahler Jurowski & the LPO – Symphony no.2 ‘The Resurrection’

Best album by a Midlands band: Toxic Federation – Distance

Alexx Peace
Wednesday 13 – Calling All Corpses
Hell in the CLub – Let the Game Begin
Sixx AM – This is Gonna Hurt
Falling Red – Hasta La Victoria Siempre (an EP, I know)
Mr Big – What If


Dean Pedley
Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events
Whitesnake – Forevermore
Rival Sons- Pressure & Time
Chickenfoot – III
Opeth – Heritage
Mids Band – Hostile


Martin Platt
Opeth – Heritage
Skindred – Union Black,
Machine Head – Unto the Locust
Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
Asking Alexandria – Reckless & Relentless


Paul Quniton
Within Temptation, The Unforgiving
Dream Theater, A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Heather Findlay, The Phoenix Suite
Work Of Art, In Progress
Liam Davison, A Treasure of Well-Set Jewels

Best album by a Midlands band: unless you count Black Country Communion 2, Magnum’s The Visitation.

Ian Savage
Micheal Monroe – Sensory Overdrive
The Urban Voodoo Machine – In Black & Red
Tom Waits – Bad As Me
This Devastated Fan – Plot & Debauchary
Ginger – Potatoes and You


Rob Stanley
Virgil & The Accelerators – The Radium
The New Saints – Songs For The Black Hearted
The Grey Goose Blues Band – Beat The Devil Out of Me.
Imperial Vengeance – Black Heart of Empire
Seasick Steve – Can’t Teach An Old Dog

Most Disappointing CD of 2011 – BCC – BCC2 (dull dull dull dull overproduced pileof crap!)

Rich Ward
The Answer – Revival
Michael Schenker – Temple Of Rock
Saxon – Call To Arms
Motorhead – The World Is Yours
Raven Vandelle RV8 / St Jude –Diary Of A Soul Fiend

Best Midlands band album; Raven Vandelle RV8 (spinning as I type)

Shy – Shy
Newman – Under Southern Skies
Serpentine – Living & Dying In High Definition
Lionville – S/T
Chris Ousey – Rhyme & Reason

Shy are Brummies bar vocalist Lee Small who’s from the Black Country…