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2012 is shaping up to be a monstrous metal and hard rock year.

The remarkable return of VAN HALEN tops my list of momentous moments so far with a chart debut at #2, super solid sales in the first two weeks, and more importantly a GREAT album. When an impressive release by LAMB OF GOD just misses my three must have albums of early 2012, it says a lot about the quality of hard rock and metal releases so far this year.

The most exciting releases may yet be coming with promising new albums coming from hard rock and metal legends BLACK SABBATH, KISS, AEROSMITHUFO, RUSH and SLAYER plus new releases coming from DRAGONFORCE, SLASH, TOOL THE CULTand SOUNDGARDEN.

Providing us plenty of headbangin’, hard-rocking mosh pit material.

The following three albums from the first two months of 2012 are my favorites. You won’t be disappointed if you spend some time with any or all of them.

They’ve sure brightened my world this long warm winter.

VAN HALEN A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH: An incredible return from one of the greatest hard rock artists of all-time. Can’t get enough of this album.

LACUNA COILDARK ADRENALINE: Being a recent, (the past year), LACUNA COIL convertee I wholeheartedly recommend this album. Heavy, diverse, and entertaining with outstanding vocal work by Cristina Scabbia and crunching guitar work by Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore  and Marco “Maus” Biazzi make this  disc a multiple spinner in my world.


CORROSION OF CONFORMITYCORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Long one of my favorite bands I wasn’t expecting much from this reformed trio. All of their best work had been done while Pepper Keenan was a member and the releases prior to his joining their outfit were my least favorite works.  This is an album the boys can be proud of. Way to prove me wrong gentlemen.



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