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Music Waves now offers you every month the monthly selection of the editors and the winners of March 2022 are..
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We repeated it to you last month, the first two TOP WAVES of the year 2022 were placed under the sign of the unexpected and glorious returns with those of Lalu, Scorpions, Steve Vai and Marillion to a lesser extent... the one of March will not derogate from this rule from now on: to wonder if this year 2022 post-pandemic simply which will be the one of the returns.

 For this selection of this TOP WAVES of March 2022, we find the come backs (so) of mastodons such as Tears for Fears (18 years since "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending"), Meshuggah (6 years of silence in spite of everything since "The Violent Sleep of Reason") without forgetting the last albums of Beth Hart, Bryan Adams and of course the long list of French representatives such as Animal Triste, Are We Lost? , Baptiste Brun, Carpenter Brut and many others.

But before rushing on this third TOP WAVES of the year, let's see if the official hexagonal ranking (source Snep) will confirm the good tendency seen last month.
The podium is totally turned upside down this month and we find - in the genres we are interested in - Placebo in second position with "Never Let Me Go". We have to go to the 30th place, to find "Mercury - Act 1" by Imagine Dragons which remains for its 29th week in the chart. We find at the 73rd position the new Ghost - "Impera"- which makes its entry in the ranking.
New entry also, the new Skip the Use - "Human Disorder"- is at the 87th position and precedes by one place, "Rock Believer" of Scorpions.
Much further down the ranking, we find Ko Ko Mo which appears at 150th position with "Need Some Mo".
The returning Tears for Fears appears at number 162 with "The Tipping Point".

And what about the physical albums ranking?
Placebo's "Never Let Me Go" takes the top spot.
"Rock Believer" by Scorpions is at 18th place just before "Impera" by Ghost
Skip the Use's "Human Disorder" comes in at number 25
"Mercury - Act 1" by Imagines Dragons is 29th
"Need Some Mo" by Ko Ko Mo is 48th
"The Tipping Point" by Tears for Fears is 51st
"Dread Reaver" by Abbath is 72nd
"War of the World part 2" by Michael Romeo is 84th
"The War of End All Wars" by Sabaton is 89th
"A Tribute to Led Zeppelin" by Beth Hart is 92nd
Marillion's "An Hour Before It's Dark" is 107th

Although the list is less eloquent than the one of last month, the tendency is clear, rock fans are still very attached to the object (generational question?) and this ranking of physical album sales proves it once again...




TOP WAVES GENERAL

We told you over and over again, this is the year of comebacks, so the winner of this month's votes is logically Tears for Fears.
"The Tipping Point" is the work of a band that has nothing left to prove or to demonstrate, except to please themselves and us. And in this sense, the objective is completely achieved, hoping that the happy ending professed 18 years ago is not for now" (Calgepo).

TEARS FOR FEARS The Tipping Point




The second place goes not to one, not to two but to three albums.

First of them, we find Carpenter Brut who comes back with the "second part of a trilogy conceived as the soundtrack of a good old slasher from the 80's"
"Carpenter Brut took a long time to concoct the second part of his horrific trilogy, but the wait is rewarded with this darkly opulent "Leather Terror" whose sequel (and ending) we now await with tenfold impatience, drooling." (Childeric Thor)

CARPENTER BRUT Leather Terror




Second to share the second place, the phenomenon Ghost which "completes its mue" started with "Prequelle" with "Impera".
With this new opus, Ghost "loses a big part of its identity" to become "a mainstream metal band that compromises its occult imagery in favor of a music made for stadiums. The mass seems well and truly said" (Newf)

GHOST Impera




The third band to reach this second place is "this steamroller of Dantesque riffs and abysmal darkness" that is Meshuggah which "with "Immutable", proves that it still remains this fascinating colossus with granite feet of extreme metal and leaves us flabbergasted by so much rage and despair" (Newf)

MESHUGGAH Immutable




The detailed ranking

TEARS FOR FEARS: The Tipping Point (Pop) 28
CARPENTER BRUT: Leather Terror (Others) 10
GHOST: Impera (Heavy Metal) 10
MESHUGGAH: Immutable (Others Extreme) 10
RONNIE ATKINS: Make It Count (Melodic Hard Rock) 6
MICHAEL ROMEO: War Of The Worlds, Part 2 (Melodic Metal) 5
PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS: Only Passing Through (Progressive Rock) 5
KILLING JOKE: Lord Of Chaos (Alternative Metal) 5
ARE WE LOST?: The New Mask Of Humanity (Progressive Metal) 5
BAPTISTE BRUN: Origin (Guitar Hero) 5
MERCURY CIRCLE: Killing Moons (Post Rock) 5
STENGAH: Soma Sema (Djent) 4
EDDIE VEDDER: Earthling (Rock) 4
IMMOLATION: Acts Of God (Death Metal) 4
SABATON: The War To End All Wars (Heavy Metal) 4
HAMMERFALL: Hammer Of Dawn (Melodic Metal) 3
LEE ABRAHAM: Only Human (Progressive Rock) 3
ANIMAL TRISTE: Night Of The Loving Dead (Rock) 3
FRED CHAPELLIER: Straight To The Point (Blues) 3
THE SONIC OVERLORDS: Last Days Of Babylon (Hard Rock) 3
VILDHJARTA: Måsstaden Under Vatten (Death Metal) 3
TANGERINE DREAM: Raum (Atmospheric Rock) 2
SLASH: 4 (Hard Rock) 2
GIANT: Shifting Time (A.O.R.) 1
EUPHRATES RIDE: Therapy (Alternative Rock) 1
WOODEN FIELDS: Wooden Fields (Hard Rock) 1


TOP WAVES METAL MARS 2022

When reading the general TOP WAVES, we could have thought that Ghost and Meshuggah would share the honors of this metal ranking.

Finally, no! To the general surprise, it is Sabaton which inherits the first place and this even if the group "does not renew itself very much, its texts remind us that the peace is quite ephemeral sound very current in this troubled period".
Indeed, "despite a redundant side, "The War To End All Wars" is a success for Sabaton thanks to strong titles. The band also reminds us that it's never pointless to look at history as humanity seems condemned to repeat the same mistakes forever." (Noise)

SABATON The War To End All Wars




The second place goes more logically to Ghost in front of Meshu... Baptiste Brun !

"After the definitive stop of Stolen Memories, the guitarist said to himself that it was the moment or never to record this "Origin" which was particularly close to his heart" to record this "Origin", album "built around the number 8 which, in the Chinese culture, is associated with prosperity. So let's wish Baptiste Brun a musical prosperity at least with this beautiful album" (Newf)

BAPTISTE BRUN Origin




The detailed ranking

SABATON: The War To End All Wars (Heavy Metal) 18
GHOST: Impera (Heavy Metal) 14
BAPTISTE BRUN: Origin (Guitar Hero) 12
MESHUGGAH: Immutable (Others Extreme) 11
IMMOLATION: Acts Of God (Death Metal) 7
KILLING JOKE: Lord Of Chaos (Alternative Metal) 6
HAMMERFALL: Hammer Of Dawn (Melodic Metal) 6
ARE WE LOST?: The New Mask Of Humanity (Progressive Metal) 6
MICHAEL ROMEO: War Of The Worlds, Part 2 (Melodic Metal) 6
STARER: The What It Is To Be (Black Metal) 5
HOPES OF FREEDOM: Light, Fire & Iron (Melodic Metal) 5
CRYSTAL THRONE: Crystal Throne (Heavy Metal) 4
STENGAH: Soma Sema (Djent) 4
VILDHJARTA: Måsstaden Under Vatten (Death Metal) 3
BORNHOLM: Apotheosis (Black Metal) 1


TOP WAVES ROCK MARS 2022

On the contrary of the metal ranking, the TOP WAVES rock ranking does not reserve any surprise. Tears for Fears crushes the ranking before Carpenter Brut. But what about the third place?

Here again, it goes to two artists. The first of them Pattern-Seeking Animals.
And if "after a third album, it seems difficult for the band to reinvent itself, "Only Passing Through" is a more heterogeneous album in terms of writing quality compared to its predecessors with some successful tracks that ensure the essential and arouse interest for the continuation" (Darialys)

PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS Only Passing Through




Second of them, the "phenomenon" Ronnie Atkins. For more than forty years, the Pretty Maids singer "has been punctuating our lives with often colorful opuses. Once again he delivers with this "Make It Count" a remarkable album exceeding even in quality its predecessor." (Lynott)

RONNIE ATKINS Make It Count




The detailed ranking

TEARS FOR FEARS: The Tipping Point (Pop) 42
CARPENTER BRUT: Leather Terror (Others) 13
PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS: Only Passing Through (Progressive Rock) 9
RONNIE ATKINS: Make It Count (Melodic Hard Rock) 9
SLASH: 4 (Hard Rock) 8
EDDIE VEDDER: Earthling (Rock) 6
FRED CHAPELLIER: Straight To The Point (Blues) 6
ANIMAL TRISTE: Night Of The Loving Dead (Rock) 6
MERCURY CIRCLE: Killing Moons (Post Rock) 5
GIANT: Shifting Time (A.O.R.) 5
LEE ABRAHAM: Only Human (Progressive Rock) 4
EUPHRATES RIDE: Therapy (Alternative Rock) 3
THE SONIC OVERLORDS: Last Days Of Babylon (Hard Rock) 3
TANGERINE DREAM: Raum (Atmospheric Rock) 2
WOODEN FIELDS: Wooden Fields (Hard Rock) 1
THE FLOWER KINGS: By Royal Decree (Progressive Rock) 1
KO KO MO: Need Some Mo (Rock) 1
MYOSIS: Pretty Girls Are Never Sad (Rock) 1



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