2022 has been quite an interesting year. At the beginning of the year, I was still living in Hawaii listening to my Bon Jovi albums in my room and as we near the end of the year, I’m currently in Florida finishing up my Disney College Program. I’ve been living in Florida since mid-March, so I’ve been here for nine months! A lot has happened during my Disney College Program and like I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, working for Disney isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Whenever things got tough or I was stressed out from work, I turned to music for comfort. And surprisingly, this was a good year for me to discover new bands, despite my regular CD player being back home in Hawaii.
On the plus side, I’ve expanded my musical horizons. On the downside, I’m going to go broke faster from buying CDs from these “new” bands I discovered. With all that said, here are my top five bands that I got into during 2022!
I would describe Lucifer as a girl version of early Black Sabbath. The band’s vocalist, Johanna Sadonis, has a great stage presence and her vocals are hauntingly beautiful (if that makes sense). Sadonis’ voice is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before, and that’s not a bad thing. The YouTube channel Sea of Tranquility got me into Lucifer. They were formed in 2014, which is awesome because it’s cool to see younger bands out there playing such dark and heavy music that sounds like it came from the 70s.
4. Black Sabbath
Technically, I got into Black Sabbath a year ago. But I never liked Ozzy Osbourne’s vocals and could never take the guy seriously. Yet, he’a the guy people think of when it comes to Black Sabbath. The thing is, Osbourne’s vocals were “interesting” and not easy to digest. That changed this past June/July, however, when I was going through personal stuff on the Disney College Program and decided to give Osbourne’s vocals another chance. I’m glad I did because Black Sabbath in the 70s had a whole different vibe with songs like “Supernaut,” “Snowblind,” “Hole in the Sky,” and “Thrill of It All.”
In May 2021, I bought four Saxon albums on CD, including Thunderbolt (2018) and Battering Ram (2015). Though I enjoyed the musicianship on those albums, I never played them as much as my AC/DC and Def Leppard albums. When I heard that the band was releasing a new studio album, Carpe Diem, in February 2022, I didn’t cave in and buy it until May of that year. I tried my hardest to give the album a fair chance and the more I listened to it, the more I discovered a love for Saxon’s post-2000s albums. Because I loved Carpe Diem so much, I went nuts and bought The Inner Sanctum (2007), Into the Labyrinth (2009), Call to Arms (2011), and Sacrifice (2013).
Don’t let the Night Songs (1986) album cover fool you! Cinderella was a freaking heavy hard rock/blues rock band. What really made them stand out, though, was the raspy vocals of Tom Keifer. His voice was similar to Brian Johnson’s voice, and AC/DC is one of my favorite bands, so that was a plus for me. I had a couple of their songs on my Spotify rock playlist before I started my Disney College Program, but I never dove into their catalog until I moved to Florida. Sea of Tranquility may or may not have had something to do with my sudden interest in Cinderella.
As mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been through a lot these past few months. As a result, I got into heavier music to let my anger out. Thrash metal was just what I needed and I decided to give Overkill another go, after tossing them aside a year prior because of their song “Goddamn Trouble.” Something just clicked the second time around and the intensity of their music drew me in. One time in mid-November, I was lying on my bed while listening to Overkill’s The Electric Age (2012) album, and I just felt so calm and relaxed. That’s a weird thing to say, but in case you couldn’t tell, I’m a weird person!
There you have it, people! Those are my top five bands I got into during 2022. I didn’t have enough bands to make a top 10 list, but my honorable mentions are Aerosmith, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Rival Sons. 2022 was a great year for music, so I’m excited to see what 2023 has in store for us. I’m not sure if my wallet is looking forward to the new year, but it’ll survive!
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