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  1. Two bands that started their recording career in 1974. In this case though it's the POINT albums we're looking at: POINT of Entry vs POINT of Know Return, which is your favourite of these, or which is the better of the two?
  2. https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-50-best-rock-albums-of-the-decade/5 1. Rush - Clockwork Angels (2012) For a band whose US album sales are right up there with the Beatles and the Stones, Rush keep a pretty low profile. But in just the past decade, their mainstream status has noticeably shifted. Having been deeply absorbed by popular culture, 50 years in, Rush have reaped the rewards for being themselves. And with this cultural rebirth, a creative one. 2007’s Snakes & Arrows was a convincing musical statement, with new producer Nick Raskulinecz encouraging the band to take chances and reconnect with their essence as a progressive rock band. And what better way to seal the deal than to follow that up with their first full concept album. Neil Peart’s story for Clockwork Angels percolated through many literary seams, notably steampunk. Filtered through the Victorian fiction of HG Wells and Jules Verne, this idea of ‘a future as seen from the past’, had been championed by writers including Peart’s friend, Kevin J Anderson. On Rush’s 20th album this was used, as the drummer put it, to “tell a story set in an alternate timeline, with alchemy, clockwork, and steampunkery”. So, we followed a character on a quest through an antique sci-fi world teeming with pirates, anarchists, explorers and carnival dwellers. It was a heady theme, and Rush cranked up their nonpareil power trio smarts to set it to some of their toughest music. Caravan set a swaggering, funky tone. ‘I can’t stop thinking big,’ sang Geddy Lee, establishing the character and the world ‘lit only by fire’. Alex Lifeson’s swathes of crunchy tone and a blues-drenched solo backed this up. Hewn from the type of riff Muse would kill for, BU2B set the story on a cosmological scale, its hard, hyperactive groove leading to the title track, which floated in on exotic tones and shimmering clean guitars before bursting into life. It was a thoroughly modern record but, as ever, Peart’s ear for the mythic added Xanadu-like grandeur to the music. Seven Cities Of Gold was inspired by tales of Spanish conquistadors, and it was a monolithic, shifting rocker that heralded the character’s entry into the belly of the beast, El Dorado. Blessed with beautiful clean lines and a refrain that ‘Sometimes you have to be wary of the miracle too good to be true’, The Wreckers was accessible, with a light, major-key simplicity (not bad for a song inspired by pirates who deliberately ran ships aground). Marvel at Clockwork Angels for one or all of its many levels: its literary depth and steampunk cool; its creators’ unity of purpose and preternatural musical sense; its lip-curling rock grooves and girthy production. In the blue sky of their creative Indian summer, and with a cultural tailwind behind them, Rush channelled the impulse that made them so special all along on a modern progressive album which sat right up there in their canon. Our score: 9/10 http://audioinkradio.com/2019/12/best-albums-decade-rock-metal-2010s/ 1. Judas Priest, “Redeemer of Souls” Judas Priest has been crafting towering metal music for nearly five decades, and they’re still putting out some of their best work. Of course, “Firepower” is an incredible record, but “Redeemer of Souls” has that old-school Priest vibe. “Redeemer of Souls,” which came out in 2014, showcases Rob Halford’s vocals, which are stronger than ever, and an incredible assault of instrumentals, including guitarist Richie Faulkner’s contributions for the first time. With the perfect mix of emotion and skill, “Redeemer of Souls” is a heroic cry to keep metal at the forefront of music, and for that, it’s Audio Ink’s top album of the decade.
  3. Today in rock history: on this date in 1974, British heavy metal band Judas Priest released its very first album, Rocka Rolla. Released to very little fanfare, the band had not yet found its footing and hadn’t developed into the leather-clad metal icons they’d later become. The record consists of some material that dates back to the days before the band had welcomed ferocious lead singer Rob Halford into the fold. Halford would lead the band to superstardom thanks to his soaring vocal abilities and his penchant for writing bone crushing metal anthems. The 1974 model of Judas Priest found the band delving more into blues-inspired hard rock and wearing clothing more associated with flower power hippies than leather gods. Although the album failed to make any waves on sales charts and it features no hit singles, it set the stage for its follow-up album, 1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny, the album on which the band started to carve out its sound and brought them a first taste of recognition as a heavy metal force to be reckoned with.
  4. Here's the comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTWlVL9aS6c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1D-a-vVYcw :hail:
  5. http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/metalformenfragadlight_638_0.jpg :haz: :haz: :haz:
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