Category Archives: Features

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2016

Albums of the year lists usually come easy around here. Oh sure, there’s some always some debate, ‘hmm, should that be at 7 or 8’, but by the time December rolls around, it’s normally become pretty clear exactly who will make the cut. Not so in 2016. This year there could have been a Top 50. As terrible as the last 12 months seem […]

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HIGH FIDELITY #1- THRICE

At first the rumble was low- a hopeful rumour here, a one-off benefit show there. Then the noise built- there was a summer of sneaking onto festival bills and a photo of what looked decidedly like a recording studio. Now it’s confirmed– the hiatus is over, an album is due this year, Thrice are back. But before new Thrice finally […]

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2015

This year sure felt like it had a little more terribleness in it than the usual. Real life is a hell of a thing. The music though, the music didn’t let anybody down. As the increasingly fast passing of days denotes, it’s time for Moderate Rock’s albums of 2015. 11 because Spinal Tap: 11. No Devotion ‘Permanence’ 10. The Weeknd […]

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR- 2014

Maybe metal has lost its edge. Maybe I’m getting old* Whatever the reason, the all-out righteous anger and downtuned danger of previous year’s best-of lists has faded a tad here. Moderate Rock’s albums of 2014 in some kind of order. 11 because Spinal Tap: 11. Maybeshewill ‘Fair Youth’ 10. Bane ‘Don’t Wait Up’ 9. Run the Jewels ‘Run the Jewels […]

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