Al’s Top 10 Albums of 2022
By Alun Jones
A strong year for great music! It’s been a struggle this year to keep this down to just 10 albums, but here they are…
10. Brant Bjork – “Bougainvillea Suite”
A laidback, trippy journey through Brant Bjork’s sixties record collection. Ideal for summer evenings.
9. Captain Caravan/Kaiser – “Turned to Stone – Chapter 6”
Fantastic split album from Captain Caravan and Kaiser, which crept up on my unexpectedly and quickly became a favourite.
8. Earthless – “Night Parade of One Hundred Demons”
Outrageously good album created by amazing musicians, Earthless are nutritious energy for the ears, mind and soul.
7. Stoner – “Totally…”
It’s Brant Bjork again, here with Nick Oliveri in their stoner rock super group. Does exactly what you’d expect, and features one of the best album covers I’ve seen in a long while.
6. MWWB – “The Harvest”
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard don’t disappoint with this heavy yet progressive album, brimming with new ideas and sci-fi experimentation.
5. Nebula – “Transmissions from Mother Ship Earth”
Glorious heavy psych rock from Nebula, showcasing their savage riffs and outer space vibes.
4. Battalions – “King of a Dead World”
A monster of an album! Heavy, sludgey – that’s all you need to know. Brutal and brilliant! They’re from Hull!
3. Crobot – “Feel This”
The most exciting hard rock band around deliver another energetic slab of groovy rock’n’roll. Unmissable!
2. Clutch – “Sunrise on Slaughter Beach”
It’s Clutch, what can you say? Clutch are legendary and they always come up with the goods. This latest feels slightly darker than previous releases, but has all the required Clutchness necessary.
1. Sergeant Thunderhoof – “This Sceptred Veil”
A worthy triumph at the top of my 2022 chart. An album that has it all: heavy riffs, powerful playing, melody and invention – it’s an experience that the listener can truly immerse themselves in.
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