By JAY ROBERTS
It’s been another fun-filled year for me as The Cassette Chronicles series continued along its merry way in 2019. I got to spotlight some of my favorite bands and albums of all-time, hit the milestone of 100 articles and saw one of the articles from years past get an extra day in the sun when the band spotlighted it earlier this year as part of the 30th anniversary of its release. (Thanks to Leatherwolf!)
I love getting to write about albums from Queensryche, Savatage, and Def Leppard, there’s no doubt about that. But this year, I got to discover a lot of new music that I’d either barely heard of or had never heard of at all. Those albums were usually quite a joy for me to have “newly” discovered after all this time.
In deference to that, I decided to change up my year-end recap article for 2019. I love Operation: mindcrime, Pyromania, Hi Infidelity and all the other well-known albums I wrote about this year but let’s face it, they don’t need my help to be remembered or sought out by new audiences. So instead, I’m going to give the spotlight once again to albums that I hadn’t listened to before this year. While there are still 10 in the list, they are not in any particular order this time around.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this year of The Cassette Chronicles, whether you’ve agreed or been annoyed by the opinions I’ve expressed and I look forward to bringing you more spotlighted albums in 2020! Thanks for reading everyone!
Click on the title of the cassette to read the review.
#1 – TYKETTO – DON’T COME EASY
#2 – JULLIET – JULLIET
#3 – HOUSE OF LORDS – DEMONS DOWN
#4 – BATON ROUGE – SHAKE YOUR SOUL
#5 – COMPANY OF WOLVES – COMPANY OF WOLVES
#6 – BAD ENGLISH – BACKLASH
#7 – KEEL – KEEL
KEEL – (TIE) THE FINAL FRONTIER
#8 – DANGER DANGER – DANGER DANGER
#9 – SARAYA – SARAYA
#10 – ROUGHHOUSE – ROUGHHOUSE