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Music Waves now offers you every month the editor's monthly selection and the winners of December 2020 are...
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2021 has just come to an end and it's a few days after the New Year's Eve log that the editorial staff of Music Waves has worked to concoct the last TOP WAVES of the year.

A TOP WAVES like all the ones that preceded it in this year once again tormented by the health crisis. A selection once again extremely heterogeneous between more "mainstream" artists like Biffy Clyro, Ray Wilson, the supporters of a modern progressive with Cynic, blues like Natalia M. King and more metal bands like Bullet for my Valentine, Rhapsody of Fire, Swallow the Sun or Volbeat.

But before rushing on this last TOP WAVES of the year, let's have a look at the official French ranking (source Snep).
As last month, it is still Orelsan who dominates this ranking with "Civilisation". He precedes "Jefe' by Ninho and "Nonante-cinq" by Angèle.
You have to look a little further in the ranking to find signs of artists followed in your webzine and especially at the 34th place to find "Mercury - Act 1" by Imagine Dragons. The last Sting "Bridge" is at 42nd place... ahead of "The Lockdown Sessions" by Elton John at 47th place. Small surprise, the new Neil Young & Crazy Horse "Barn" appears at 76th position.
In the resistance department, we have to go to the bottom of the ranking -at the 113th and 199th place- to find the hard rock legends with "Senjutsu" by Iron Maiden for its fifteenth week in the top and "Power Up" by AC/DC for its twentieth week...
So we shouldn't despair... Indeed, if hard rock is not at the top of the national charts, it still has a place of choice in the heart of the French public!


TOP WAVES - MAIN 

And for this last TOP of the year, it is Swallow the Sun which wins the prize with its last album "Moonflowers".

"Swallow The Sun continues on the path taken by "When a Shadow is Forced Into the Light" with its blinding beauty and heartbreaking pain", (Loloceltic)

SWALLOW THE SUN Moonflowers




Immediately after, we find Biffy Clyro who returns with "The Myth of the Happily Ever After" just one year after the release of their eighth album "A Celebration Of Endings".
"In "The Myth of the Happily Ever After", the trio tried to find a freshness and spontaneity that they considered less present in their last works. To do this, they drew on their artistic roots for a taste of the cutting edge and recorded the album as it was being written [...] without, however, denying the entire approach taken in recent years."
The result is an album "that reconnects with a fervor that we haven't heard at this level for a decade" (Nuno777)

BIFFY CLYRO The Myth Of The Happily Ever After




And it's Ross Jennings, better known for being the singer of Haken, who completes this last podium of the TOP WAVES of 2021 with his first solo album.
Like other artists, the singer took advantage of the confinement to compose his first solo album and "rather than releasing an umpteenth progressive metal record and thus repeating his work with Haken and Novena, the frontman chooses to pay tribute to other styles of music that have forged his identity". Thus, "A Shadow Of My Future Self" is a very diversified album where the artist shows a real versatility, excelling in all the registers" essentially pop but also funk, folk even jazz... (Darialys)

ROSS JENNINGS A Shadow Of My Future Self




The detailed ranking

SWALLOW THE SUN: Moonflowers (Doom) 19
BIFFY CLYRO: The Myth Of The Happily Ever After (Alternative Rock) 18
ROSS JENNINGS: A Shadow Of My Future Self (Rock) 16
MONNAIE DE SINGE: The Story Of Rose Ola Seks (Progressive Rock) 14
VOLBEAT: Servant Of The Mind (Heavy Metal) 10
NESTOR: Kids In A Ghost Town (Hard Rock) 8
RHAPSODY OF FIRE: Glory For Salvation (Melodic Metal) 8
TITAN: Palingenesia (Heavy Metal) 7
RAY WILSON: The Weight Of Man (Pop) 6
SYNDONE: Kama Sutra (Progressive Rock) 5
WAYWARD SONS: Even Up The Score (Hard Rock) 5
STYX: Crash Of The Crown (Rock) 5
NATALIA M. KING: Woman Mind Of My Own (Blues) 5
MINISTRY: Moral Hygiene (Industrial Metal) 5
HOUSTON: Iv (A.O.R.) 3
CYNIC: Ascension Codes (Progressive Metal) 3
DEATH DECLINE: The Silent Path (Death Metal) 3
EVERY HOUR KILLS: Vacua (Djent) 3
RIDE THE TIGER: Freedom Is Always Right Where You Are (Pop) 3
THE OMEGA STREAM: Dystopia (Metalcore) 3
PARADOX: Heresy Ii - End Of A Legend (Thrash) 1
HATE: Rugia (Death Metal) 1
BRU VINTAGE MACHINE: Flamingo Road (Rock) 1
CLINT SLATE & IONA JAMES: Chapter 2: The Doubter's Dance (Pop) 1


TOP WAVES - METAL

Without surprise, the last TOP METAL is dominated by Swallow the Sun who precedes the Norwegians of Volbeat.

The latter come back with "Servant of the Mind" in which "they find a convincing metal while keeping a certain talent for unstoppable melodies." (Noise)

VOLBEAT Servant Of The Mind




And it's the returners of Titan -who released only one eponymous album in 1986- who complete the metal podium of our ranking.

"Without doing injustice to Vulcan and Sortilège, Titan signs the most successful comeback of these last years since it evolves in a surprising way and offers us an album among the best heavy production of these last months." (ProgRacer)

TITAN Palingenesia




The detailed ranking

SWALLOW THE SUN: Moonflowers (Doom) 26
VOLBEAT: Servant Of The Mind (Heavy Metal) 21
TITAN: Palingenesia (Heavy Metal) 16
CYNIC: Ascension Codes (Progressive Metal) 12
RHAPSODY OF FIRE: Glory For Salvation (Melodic Metal) 9
THE OMEGA STREAM: Dystopia (Metalcore) 8
MINISTRY: Moral Hygiene (Industrial Metal) 5
EVERY HOUR KILLS: Vacua (Djent) 5
ANDREW W.K.: God Is Partying (Alternative Metal) 4
BLACK HELLEBORE: Disorder (Progressive Metal) 4
ARION: Vultures Die Alone (Melodic Metal) 3
DEATH DECLINE: The Silent Path (Death Metal) 3
HATE: Rugia (Death Metal) 3
GUS G.: Quantum Leap (Guitar Hero) 2
BLOOD RED THRONE: Imperial Congregation (Death Metal) 1
ADX: Etranges Visions (Heavy Metal) 1
PARADOX: Heresy Ii - End Of A Legend (Thrash) 1
STAHLMANN: Quarz (Industrial Metal) 1
VISAVIS: Great ! (Heavy Metal) 1


TOP WAVES - ROCK

The last TOP ROCK of the year also respects the general classification, that is to say that behind Biffy Clyro which crushes the debates we find two albums which share the second one in this case the first solo album of Ross Jennings and the new Monnaie de Singe.

"After a fifth album alerting us to the climatic emergency, unfortunately always as topical, the Aurillac-based band Monnaie de Singe offers us a real auditory treat, one that offers its listeners many listenings with renewed pleasure each time. With "The Story of Rose Ola Seks", Monnaie de Singe has taken a new step that propels the band very high in the progressive galaxy" (Tonyb)

MONNAIE DE SINGE The Story Of Rose Ola Seks




The detailed ranking

BIFFY CLYRO: The Myth Of The Happily Ever After (Alternative Rock) 27
ROSS JENNINGS: A Shadow Of My Future Self (Rock) 19
MONNAIE DE SINGE: The Story Of Rose Ola Seks (Progressive Rock) 19
STYX: Crash Of The Crown (Rock) 12
NESTOR: Kids In A Ghost Town (Hard Rock) 11
WAYWARD SONS: Even Up The Score (Hard Rock) 9
HOUSTON: Iv (A.O.R.) 8
RAY WILSON: The Weight Of Man (Pop) 7
NATALIA M. KING: Woman Mind Of My Own (Blues) 7
SYNDONE: Kama Sutra (Progressive Rock) 6
RIDE THE TIGER: Freedom Is Always Right Where You Are (Pop) 5
ABBYGAIL: Still Burning... (Hard Rock) 5
CLINT SLATE & IONA JAMES: Chapter 2: The Doubter's Dance (Pop) 3
DANIELE DEL MONACO: The Zone (Autres) 3
ALCATRAZZ: V (Hard Rock) 1
BRU VINTAGE MACHINE: Flamingo Road (Rock) 1
UNITED GUITARS: Vol. 3 (Rock) 1



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