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Music Waves offers you every month the monthly selection of the editors and the winners of the summer 2022 are...
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Six months of the year 2022 have already passed and here we are with the TOP WAVES of July 2022, a year placed as you know now under the sign of the returns...

But first, let's have a look at the official French ranking (SNEP). You have to go very far to find a rock representative with "Zeit" by Rammstein which is now at the 60th place. "Unlimited Love" by Red Hot Chili Peppers is 81st. "Raw" by ZZ Top is at number 102. "A Light for Attracting Attention" by The Smile which ranks 132nd and... that's it.



TOP WAVES - GENERAL

The winner of this July edition is neither more nor less than Seventh Wonder.

"Seventh Wonder is not far from having found the perfect balance between technique and melody, while remaining faithful to the progressive power metal that characterizes it. That's rare enough to be worth looking at with great attention." (Newf)

SEVENTH WONDER The Testament




Second of the ranking, Arch Enemy who, "with "Deceivers", confirms its recent achievements and shows a face both powerful and seductive. Despite the passing of time, the band raises the bar even higher and we can only salute the achievement." (Noise)

ARCH ENEMY Deceivers




The podium is completed by Gräce who proves to be an "excellent summer surprise", "Hope" gives the chance to discover a new talented Spanish combo. Those who are not averse to mixtures of genres will know how to venture towards this O.V.N.I. and will not regret it." (Lynott)

GRÄCE Hope



The General Ranking

SEVENTH WONDER: The Testament (Progressive Metal) 17
ARCH ENEMY: Deceivers (Death Metal) 12
GRÄCE: Hope (Melodic Hard Rock) 10
ALAN PARSONS: From The New World (Progressive Rock) 8
RECKLESS LOVE: Turborider (Melodic Hard Rock) 8
STERPI: Algorithmic Love (Rock) 7
HASSE FRÖBERG & MUSICAL COMPANION: We Are The Truth (Progressive Rock) 6
OCEANS OF SLUMBER: Starlight And Ash (Atmospheric Metal) 5
OPAL INSIGHT: Heir To Anger (Death Metal) 5
FAUN: Pagan (Pagan/Viking Metal) 5
KAZ HAWKINS: My Life And I (Blues) 5
JOURNEY: Freedom (A.O.R.) 3
HEIDRA: To Hell Or Kingdom Come (Death Metal) 3
ALESTORM: Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum (Heavy Metal) 3
CELESTE: Assassine(s) (Hardcore) 3
MIKAEL AKERFELDT: Clark (Rock) 2
SUNSTORM: Brothers In Arms (Melodic Hard Rock) 2
WOLF: Shadowland (Heavy Metal) 1
NEAL BLACK & THE HEALERS: Wherever The Road Takes Me (Blues) 1
SINNER: Brotherhood (Hard Rock) 1
JORN LANDE: Over The Horizon Radar (Heavy Metal) 1


TOP WAVES - METAL

Without surprise, the first two places are logically taken by the last Seventh Wonder and Arch Enemy.
It remains to determine the last place that goes to two bands.

The first of them is Faun's "Pagan", "a refreshing and saving album [...]. In unison with a shadowy and bewitching folklore, woody and dreamy, the Germans deliver their best album to date alongside "Midgard" with which it shares the same poetic and secular strength." (Childeric Thor)

FAUN Pagan




Third place is shared with "Over the Horizon" by Jorn Lande.
"Jorn Lande is back in form with this "Over the Horizon Radar", which is both a surprise and a good news. We have here once again proof that the most unlikely revivals can happen and surprisingly put back in the saddle some fading idols." (Lynott)

JORN LANDE Over The Horizon Radar




The Metal Ranking

SEVENTH WONDER: The Testament (Progressive Metal) 28
ARCH ENEMY: Deceivers (Death Metal) 18
FAUN: Pagan (Pagan/Viking Metal) 8
JORN LANDE: Over The Horizon Radar (Heavy Metal) 8
WOLF: Shadowland (Heavy Metal) 6
OCEANS OF SLUMBER: Starlight And Ash (Atmospheric Metal) 6
ALESTORM: Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum (Heavy Metal) 6
OPAL INSIGHT: Heir To Anger (Death Metal) 5
HEIDRA: To Hell Or Kingdom Come (Death Metal) 4
DEAD VENUS: Flowers & Pain (Alternative Metal) 4
CELESTE: Assassine(s) (Hardcore) 3
DESTRUCTION: Diabolical (Thrash) 1
DRAVEN: Abyssal Arcana (Others Extreme) 1
NIGHT DEMON: Year Of The Demon (Heavy Metal) 1



TOP WAVES - ROCK

The first place goes without surprise to Gräce.

The second place goes to Alan Parsons and his new album "From The New World".
After "The Secret", Alan Parsons' "new album, "From the New World" proves to be more coherent than its predecessor, but the lack of epic breath and some additional developments penalizes it on the long run." (TonyB)

ALAN PARSONS From The New World




And finally, the last place goes to Reckless Love.
"With "Turborider", Reckless Love crushes all the competition in terms of party rock by having successfully taken the risk of integrating synthetic elements in a way as massive as unstoppable." (Loloceltic)

RECKLESS LOVE Turborider




The Rock Ranking

GRÄCE: Hope (Melodic Hard Rock) 15
ALAN PARSONS: From The New World (Progressive Rock) 10
RECKLESS LOVE: Turborider (Melodic Hard Rock) 10
STERPI: Algorithmic Love (Rock) 9
JOURNEY: Freedom (A.O.R.) 8
SUNSTORM: Brothers In Arms (Melodic Hard Rock) 7
SINNER: Brotherhood (Hard Rock) 6
HASSE FRÖBERG & MUSICAL COMPANION: We Are The Truth (Progressive Rock) 6
MIKAEL AKERFELDT: Clark (Rock) 6
KAZ HAWKINS: My Life And I (Blues) 5
RADIOACTIVE: X.x.x. (Melodic Hard Rock) 3
TED NUGENT: Detroit Muscle (Hard Rock) 2
NEAL BLACK & THE HEALERS: Wherever The Road Takes Me (Blues) 2
KARL SANDERS: Saurian Apocalypse (Others) 1



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