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2021 D&L Q1 Top 10 Rock Albums


Rock is also being well represented so far this year. Still not quite at the same volume of releases as its more aggressive counterparts, but quite varied stylistically. Europe continues to fly the hard rock flag high. The obvious 1980s influences still have an immense impact on the genre, and not only on the veterans, but encouragingly so on the new talent! Please support the acts you love! They need us during these trying times. I know I'm not alone looking ahead at a not too distant future, when we will be able to cheer these bands live once again!


The following are the 10 rock albums released in the first quarter of 2021, that made the biggest impression on me. I've deliberately omitted including any prog ( progressive rock) releases on this list. The Q1 Top 10 Prog Albums will be published separately due to the lush landscape of 2021 studio releases in the progressive rock genre. (Ordered based on release date.)



SERGEANT STEEL

Truck Tales

Austria


Released on January 22, 2021

Melodic/hard rock

Studio album #4




Spotify




W.E.T.

Retransmission

Sweden


Released on January 22, 2021

Melodic/hard rock

Studio album #4




Spotify




WIG WAM

Never Say Die

Norway


Released on January 22, 2021

Melodic/hard rock

Studio album #5




Spotify




ART OF ILLUSION

X Marks the Spot

Sweden


Released on January 29, 2021

Melodic hard rock, AOR

Debut album




Spotify

(Not available in the US)



BLACK DIAMONDS

No-Tell Hotel

Switzerland


Released on March 12, 2021

Hard rock

Studio album #4




Spotify




THUNDER

All The Right Noises

UK


Released on March 12, 2021

Melodic/hard rock

Studio album #13




Spotify




SUNSTORM

Afterlife

Italy


Released on March 12, 2021

Hard rock

Studio album #6




Spotify




CHEZ KANE

Chez Kane

UK


Released on March 12, 2021

Hard rock, glam metal

Debut album




Spotify




WINDING ROAD

Winding Road

Sweden


Released on March 26, 2021

Melodic hard rock. AOR

Debut album




Spotify




THE L.A. MAYBE

Dirty Damn Tricks

US


Released on March 26, 2021

Hard rock

Debut album




Spotify





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