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End of Year Lists: Anne Estellas Picks

Dec 29, 2018
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Anne Estella had to have a long hard think about her end of year lists and understandably so as there has been a lot of really great music released and a large number of great gigs too.

What do you think?

Top 5 live bands of 2018

1. RAVENEYE (The Deaf Institute)

2. TAX THE HEAT (Night People)

3. MASSIVE WAGONS (Rebellion)

4. BAD TOUCH (Manchester Academy 3)

5. MASON HILL (Rebellion)

Top 10 singles of 2018

1. All That Medicine – TAX THE HEAT

2. Bad Son – GORILLA RIOT

3. Fast Asleep – GREYBEARDS

4. China Plates – MASSIVE WAGONS

5. Worth Fighting For – STONE BROKEN

6. Stone Cold – HELL’S GAZELLES

7. Headspace – RYDER’S CREED

8. Skyman – BAD TOUCH

9. Thunder Child – THE BAD FLOWERS

10. The Young And The Reckless – THE NEW BREED

Top 10 albums of 2018

1. Change Your Position – TAX THE HEAT

2. For The Wilder Minds – GREYBEARDS

3. Full Nelson – MASSIVE WAGONS

4. Ain’t Always Easy – STONE BROKEN

5. Starting Gun – THE BAD FLOWERS

6. Shake A Leg – BAD TOUCH

7. Ryders Creed – RYDERS CREED

8. Murder And The Motive – THOSE DAMN CROWS

9. Passenger – FEDERAL CHARM

10. DeaDHead – THE ROCKET DOLLS

Top 10 EPs of 2018

1. American Honey Vol.1 – GORILLA RIOT

2. Take Your Medicine – HELL’S GAZELLES

3. Fresh Hell – VOODOO BLOOD

4. The Howling Tides – THE HOWLING TIDES

5. Masquerade – KIKAMORA

6. The Final EP – FLORENCE BLACK

7. Aftershock – MOUTH IN THE SOUTH

8. Echo Chambers – FRAGILE THINGS

9. Dancing For Money – MOLLY KARLOFF

10. Black Hole Syndrome – THE FULLBUG

Top 5 newcomers of 2018

CITY OF THIEVES

THE BRINK

TAKEAWAY THIEVES

SUPERSEED

STONE TRIGGER

ANNE ESTELLA

Freelance Rock Music Journalist
Writer and reviewer of gigs, albums, EPs, etc. Band interviews and promotion. I also write biographies for bands and artists.
I specialize in new music within the genres of Rock, Blues and Metal.

 grew up in NW London, in the shadow of Wembley Stadium. My Dad was a Clarinetist, my Grandmother a concert Pianist, and I started playing the flute at an early age, giving solo recitals as well as performing with other musicians by the time I reached my teens.
My classical upbringing was about to collide with a rebellious and irresistibly exciting new world when a classmate lent me G’n’R’s Appetite For Destruction, and my life changed forever…

By the start of the ’90s I’d become heavily influenced by the Glam Rock bands of LA, the UK’s Goth, Punk, Britrock and Metal scenes, as well as the Grunge music that was coming out of Seattle, and moved to Manchester in the mid-90s at the height of the ‘Madchester’ phenomenon. I did a literature-based Degree in Modern Languages and spent time living and studying in France and Spain, returning to gain employment as a Writer/Researcher with an international financial Publisher, where I spent (too) many years.

Uninspired by the world of corporate mergers and acquisitions, I changed direction to pursue my lifelong interest in dance and fitness and become a Personal Trainer. However, it wasn’t long before I had an epiphany and decided to combine my love of creative writing with my passion for live music, and have never looked back. As well as writing and reviewing I also conduct band interviews and have been involved in gig promotion, focusing on supporting new, up and coming bands. Appetite for Destruction remains my favourite album of all time.

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