The first half of the year is gone, leaving behind good music in the whole spectrum covered by Noisefull. Rock, Metal and Alternative editors voted in secrecy and the results, without any editing, will be presented by our site in three lists.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are the best rock albums of the first half of 2015, in order of preference. In the top spot, lies our rock team's favorite album.
10. Seasick Steve - Sonic Soul Surfer
"George Carlin had said that white men can't play the blues because they hadn't lived them (the exact phrase was: 'What the fuck do the white people have to be blue about? The espresso machine is jammed?'). Seasick has been living -and mostly feeling- the blues. Sometimes he doesn't need more than one string to express himself."
Watch the video of "Roy's Gang".
9. Rishloo - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth
"A shuddering figment of the Mars Volta and A Perfect Circle madness."
Listen to "Landmines".
8. Tau Cross - Tau Cross
"It's punk, it's metal and it offers much more, from the melodic keyboards to its huge production."
Watch the video of "Lazarus".
7. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
"This singer from Chicago incorporates all the -cursed or not- folk heroes that are considered to be the genre's beacons. He stands beside them as equal. Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn, they all appear as his spiritual parents."
Watch the video of "Sweet Satisfaction".
6. Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire
“They turn rock into something dangerous just like Sonic Youth did 20 - 25 years ago. They turn noise and aggression into art. They are the heaviest band in rock and "Fantasy Empire" is their Holy Grail."
Listen to "The Metal East".
5. Danko Jones - Fire Music
"This crazy Canadian just used the basic elements of rock and roll into creating a little masterpiece. He proved that a guitar, a bass and a drum set can make a difference and that he is more matured than ever."
Watch the video of "Do You Wanna Rock".
4. Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors
"This is a trip to three decades of heavy rock. It's heavy and intense. The singer and the guitars create dark and atmospheric passages and magic overall."
Watch the video of "Time Machine".
3. The Parlor Mob - Cry Wolf
"The cynical side of the music industry took everything from Parlor Mob and made them start from zero point. They are still here and that's good news for rock music. These five top songs signify their triumphal return. We hope the world will be fairer to them."
Listen to "Dead Man".
2. Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The Roses
"Previous album's production of Zac Brown made them sound good for country lovers. Now Brendan O'Brien presents them to the pure rock audience, without altering much of the group's identity. If there is indeed a genre called southern rock, Blackberry Smoke are its spearhead."
Watch the video of "Too High".
1. Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase
"It's another masterpiece made of everlasting materials and the quality of a true artist. Steven Wilson will be considered one of the classics in the future."
Watch the video of "Perfect Life".
Copyedited by Antonis Moustakas
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