BravePicks 2018 – GRAHAM BONNET’S BAND’s Meanwhile, Back In The Garage #27
December 4, 2018, a year ago
Another gruelling year of heavy metal debauchery is almost over! Killing is our business ... and business is good! And this year the metal scene killed it with a myriad of heavy intrigue! So the votes are in and the compiling is complete! It's time to crown the winners and call out the the disappointments.
So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2018 each day in December! And our devout scribes killed it as well, putting their collective metal minds together to build the ultimate lists including individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY), Top 5 Brave Embarrassments (a fan favorite!), Top 3 Concerts, What/Who Needs To Stop In 2018? and Metal Predictions For 2019. All will be showcased come the New Year!
'Tis the season to commence the good, bad and ugly of 2018! On with the cream of this year's crop!
27) GRAHAM BONNET BAND – Meanwhile, Back In The Garage (Frontiers)
Graham Bonnet just keeps plugging away, not letting age slow him down in 2018 with the second release from the moniker Graham Bonnet Band. The former Rainbow, MSG, and so on and so on…singer is back with one his strongest releases and a marked improvement over the band’s debut.
Scribe Mark Gromen lays it out in his review saying, “From the opening title track, Bonnet pulls no punches, lyrically. Guess at his age (amazingly to be 71 by year's end), doesn't care about bruising egos. Said title cut takes a swipe at the mentality of young bands these days, in it for all the wrong reasons, as the keys and guitar trade leads. ‘Living In Suspicion’ talks about how fragmented the world/relationships are, without trust/love. Guitar driven ‘Incest Outcest USA’ is a provocative title, bemoaning the ideology of too many of my countrymen: ignorance begets ignorance. ‘America...Where Have You Gone’ turns its guns (pun intended) on the US deadly obsession with firearms, be it school violence, police shootings, etc. ‘Long Island Tea’ relates how Bonnet's opinion changed when he and his woman were the victims of racial discrimination, as whites trying to get a drink at a black bar.”
BravePicks 2018 Top 30
27) GRAHAM BONNET BAND - Meanwhile, Back In The Garage (Frontiers)
28) MONSTROSITY – The Passage Of Existence (Metal Blade)
29) GRUESOME – Twisted Prayers (Relapse)
30) DIMMU BORGIR - Eonian (Nuclear Blast)