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Music Waves offers you every month the monthly selection of the staff and the winners of February 2022 are...
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 As for the first TOP WAVES of the year 2022 with the unexpected albums of Lalu, Steve Vai and Jethro Tull, the one of February is also (and maybe even more) under the sign of the comebacks.

How can it be otherwise when we notice that in the selection of this TOP WAVES of February 2022, we find the last albums of the spearheads of the hard rock scene that are Scorpions or Saxon but also the one of the neo-prog scene Marillion without forgetting the last releases of KornAmorphis or Star One...

But before rushing on this second TOP WAVES of the year, let's have a look on the official French ranking (source Snep).
 Contrary to the other months, no need to go in the depths of this ranking to find signs of artists reviewed in your webzine but besides Scorpions which arrived directly at the second place, it is another comeback which is honored in 10th position with "The Tipping Point" of Tears for Fears.
"Mercury - Act 1" by Imagine Dragons, meanwhile, holds the spot at number 30.
After that, it's a surprisingly long (everything is relative) list of good surprises with first, at number 36, "A Tribute to Led Zeppelin" by our friend Beth Hart
Slash and his "4" also appear in this ranking at 123rd position.
You do not dream, we also find "Hammer of Dawn" of Hammerfall which lands in 127th place.
And it is not finished, it is an umpteenth return that interests us in 168th position, that of Midnight Oil which "Resist".

In short, contrary to what we predicted, we only had to wait one little month for the deal to change with the "rock" colors... which is particularly heartwarming!



TOP WAVES - GENERAL

Contrary to what the official French ranking might suggest, Scorpions has been snatched the first place by the new Marillion.

But is it really a surprise from a site like Music Waves? Knowing that "with "An Hour Before It's Dark", Marillion delivers a readable album, very fluid, while keeping its strong emotional DNA accentuated by the subject of the album. By its apparent simplicity, its general balance and its restraint, it becomes one of Marillion's most touching albums"
(Calgepo)

MARILLION An Hour Before It's Dark




Therefore, the second place logically goes to Scorpions who signs with "Rock Believer" "an incredible return to business, one of the most successful in a long time, in the form of best of its golden age and without doubt its best album since "Crazy World".  "A record that will undoubtedly be one of the great surprises of the year. The German legend finds a tone worthy of his golden age and finally excites us again."
(Noise)

SCORPIONS Rock Believer




To complete this podium, we find Voivod who "surpasses themselves once again and offers a fascinating "Synchro Anarchy", a journey in a universe apart where the technique is put at the service of the songs.
With "Synchro Anarchy", Voivod shows itself at the top of its art. Once again, far from the sterile and fleeting fashions, it shows an enormous strength for a music that takes to the guts as few bands can do it" (Noise)

VOIVOD Synchro Anarchy



The detailed ranking

MARILLION: An Hour Before It's Dark (Progressive Rock) 24
SCORPIONS: Rock Believer (Hard Rock) 20
VOIVOD: Synchro Anarchy (Thrash) 11
SWALLOW THE SUN: 20 Years Of Gloom, Beauty And Despair – Live In Helsinki (Doom) 10
JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE: Miles From Nowhere (Progressive Rock) 9
D'VIRGILIO, MORSE & JENNINGS: Troika (Pop) 8
AMORPHIS: Halo (Melodic Metal) 6
LORDI: Lordiversity (Heavy Metal) 6
OBSCURA: A Valediction (Death Metal) 5
BATTLE BEAST: Circus Of Doom (Heavy Metal) 5
THE FERRYMEN: One More River To Cross (Melodic Metal) 5
THUMOS: The Republic (Doom) 5
KORN: Requiem (Neo/Nu Metal) 4
OSCIL: First Step On My Moon (Rock) 4
SAXON: Carpe Diem (Heavy Metal) 3
FRED BARRETO GROUP: Moving On (Rock) 3
SERIOUS BLACK: Vengeance Is Mine (Melodic Metal) 3
CARCASS: Torn Arteries (Death Metal) 3
DEGREED: Are You Ready (Melodic Hard Rock) 3
TALC: Talc2 (Progressive Rock) 3
ERIC GALES: Crown (Rock) 2
EXODUS: Persona Non Grata (Thrash) 1
TEN: Here Be Monsters (Melodic Hard Rock) 1



TOP WAVES - METAL

Without any surprise (this time), the TOP WAVES METAL goes to Voivod, which is ahead of the latest Star One and Amorphis by a short time.

Concerning Arjen Anthony Lucassen's (other) project, Star One, which comes "after a disappointing Ayreonian "Transitus", "Revel in Time" is a return to more conventional but safer values. Without reaching the level of the major works of the Dutch giant, it remains a beautiful lesson of know-how, enamelled with very nice moments"
(Abaddon)

ARJEN ANTHONY LUCASSEN Star One - Revel In Time




Second ex-aequo, and even if "Amorphis doesn't show itself as exciting as with "Queen Of Time", returning to a more classic sound and letting itself go to some writing facilities [...] the charm still works perfectly: a transitional record, "Halo" has a lot of qualities to delight a large audience"
(Noise)


AMORPHIS Halo



The detailed Metal ranking

VOIVOD: Synchro Anarchy (Thrash) 14
AMORPHIS: Halo (Melodic Metal) 13
ARJEN ANTHONY LUCASSEN: Star One - Revel In Time (Melodic Metal) 13
SWALLOW THE SUN: 20 Years Of Gloom, Beauty And Despair – Live In Helsinki (Doom) 12
SAXON: Carpe Diem (Heavy Metal) 12
LORDI: Lordiversity (Heavy Metal) 11
KORN: Requiem (Neo/Nu Metal) 10
SERIOUS BLACK: Vengeance Is Mine (Melodic Metal) 7
OBSCURA: A Valediction (Death Metal) 6
BATTLE BEAST: Circus Of Doom (Heavy Metal) 6
THE FERRYMEN: One More River To Cross (Melodic Metal) 5
THUMOS: The Republic (Doom) 5
HANGMAN'S CHAIR: A Loner (Doom) 4
CARCASS: Torn Arteries (Death Metal) 3
EXODUS: Persona Non Grata (Thrash) 3
RITVA NERO: Immortal Tradition (Pagan/Viking Metal) 1



TOP WAVES - ROCK

Still without surprise, the two first places of the TOP WAVES ROCK are respectively for the last Marillion and Scorpions.

But who to complete this podium? It's not one but two bands that share this third place.

The first of them is "Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side [who] offers with "Miles From Nowhere" a most melodious and interesting neo progressive rock album."
(Corto 1809)

JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE Miles From Nowhere




And the second one is no more and no less than the super project D'Virgilio, Morse & Jennings composed of the ex-Spock's Beard and the singer of Haken.
"Inspired by folk-rock on which the trio constituted by D'Virgilio, Morse & Jennings regale us with their vocal harmonies", "Troika" is "a very pleasant album to listen to, filled to the brim with songs more melodious than the others, sometimes solar, sometimes melancholic [...] which only gives you one desire, to press again on the Play button"
(Corto 1809)

D'VIRGILIO, MORSE & JENNINGS Troika



The detailed ranking

MARILLION: An Hour Before It's Dark (Progressive Rock) 34
SCORPIONS: Rock Believer (Hard Rock) 30
JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE: Miles From Nowhere (Progressive Rock) 12
D'VIRGILIO, MORSE & JENNINGS: Troika (Pop) 12
KISSIN' DYNAMITE: Not The End Of The Road (Melodic Hard Rock) 9
OSCIL: First Step On My Moon (Rock) 8
ERIC GALES: Crown (Rock) 6
FRED BARRETO GROUP: Moving On (Rock) 5
TALC: Talc2 (Progressive Rock) 5
DEGREED: Are You Ready (Melodic Hard Rock) 5
TEN: Here Be Monsters (Melodic Hard Rock) 4
EDGE OF FOREVER: Seminole (Melodic Hard Rock) 3
GOV'T MULE: Heavy Load Blues (Blues) 2



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