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The Music God’s Best of 2016 Rock Top 20

It’s time for list #4: The Rock Top 20. This is where I list all the rock stuff. Still to come are the Modern Rock/Punk Top 20, The Metal Top 30 and The Hard Rock Top 30.

I think this category is pretty self-explanatory. It’s the stuff that you’d on mainstream rock radio, except this list will be mostly bands that Clear Channel wouldn’t give the time of day too, because you wouldn’t want them to actually play GOOD stuff.

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The Music God’s Best of 2016 The ep’s Top 10

And the countdown’s continue! This time it’s with list #3, The ep’s. Now, on a normal year, this would even be a category that I’d do as I don’t get that many of these. As the business model of the music industry continues to change, more and more artists are going to this format. It’s much more cost effective and the band can focus on writing a few really GREAT songs as opposed to a whole record that might not have the same impact.

The criteria for these was anything that was LESS than 8 songs was considered an e.p. and added to this list instead of the other long form lists. So, with that in mind…

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The Music God’s Best of 2015: Hard Rock Top 20

So, we’ve counted them all down san this one, the Grand Daddy of them all! Five years ago, I started these lists with ONE list, a top 10 list that combined both the Hard Rock and Metal stuff. It was a debacle to say the least. I’ve streamlined the process since then and expanded it to include more lists as to give some breathing room.

At the end of the day though, this is the one that started them all. This has been a VERY busy year in the hard rock world and it took me a good week or more to put the initial list of “potentials” together. That list started with 40 or so names. I then parred that down to 20 names and 5 honorable mentions.

Let’s start with the Honorable Mentions:

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The Music God’s Best of 2015 Modern Rock Top 20

Well, here we are at list #5. It’s time to count down the Top 20 Modern Rock CD’s of the year 2015. I know that most people don’t really use the term Modern Rock that much, but I do. I use it for those bands that are heavy…but not necessarily in the metal or hard rock vein.

There’s a whole host of bands that fall into the category, in my opinion. I think it’s a term that should be used much more instead of some of the other more silly and lazy terms thrown around like post-hardcore, stoner rock, math rock, etc. What the hell IS math rock, anyhow? Did The Count from Sesame Street suddenly form a rock band?

Anyhow, let’s get to it.

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The Prime Eights – So You Say You Want An Evolution… REVIEW

Let’s start with a little history of who The Prime Eights are. Before The Prime Eights, John Stone and Mike King were part of a hip hop collective named Abstrakt Intellekt. AI made quite a name for themselves in the industry by both touring with and recording with some serious heavyweights in the industry. Just like life though, music is constantly evolving and that is what happened here. Enter The Prime Eights, the new look of Hip Hop mixed with funk, jazz, and razor sharp lyricism that could only come from someone growing up in the Motor City.

So, let’s get to the music and see what we have here:

1) Preambulo: A short intro/interlude that sets you up nicely for the funk that is coming next.

2) I Rock: A booming track with some nice funk guitar and bass laid over it. The song evokes a sound that is a perfect balance between old school Kid Rock and Beastie Boys.

3) Black Magic: “I want to write my name across your heart with a fat, black, magic marker…” Some very nice jazz guitar laid across another fat, booming bass track. The guys deftly trade lyrics back and forth with a style that makes you think of some old school Heavy D acrobatics.

4) Fame:  Tracks starts with some tasty Spanish style guitar over another slammin’ bass track. Once again, the guys effortlessly trade lyrics while telling you the story of what fame can do to you. A story I would guess the guys have learned the hard way.

5) Asterisk: “Half of you don’t even know the half of this…I’m exceptional, mark it with an Asterisk.” Another track where the rest of the band really shines. Huge live bass track with some funky keys and guitar.

6) Consumar: The CD closes out with a mostly instrumental track that finds the guys in quasi-“Maggot Brain” mode. This track has Eddie Hampton and Bootsy Collins written all over it. (spoiler alert: stay tuned after the music ends for a surprise track…a really awesome Detroit style take on the Beastie Boys “So What You Want”)

CONCLUSION: What you get here is a funky as hell tour-de-force of old school style lyricism laced with some new school style funk, jazz, and rock. This is a 5 piece BAND that happens to have two very special rappers leading them. They’ve taken the groundwork laid by Kid, Rock, The Beastie Boys, Heavy D, and the rest of the masters and flipped it Detroit Style. This is a great introduction for the full length CD that they guys are currently recording. It wets the appetite and makes you hungry to see what comes next. Bottom line, this is the kind of music where you crank the windows down, turn up the volume, and just CRUUIIISSSEEEEE!

SCORE: 9 out of 10

STANDOUT TRACKS: I Rock, Black Magic, Asterisk