2022 Best of Metal: #19 Ty Tabor-Shades

Release date: 1/27/2022

Origin: Kansas City, MO

Personnel: Ty Tabor-everything

Slot this one into a “don’t judge an album by it’s cover” category. Woof. That is some bad album art.

If you’re clued into underground metal, you probably know Ty Tabor as the longstanding guitarist of King’s X. What you may not know is that Tabor has an extensive solo catalog. If you’re a fan of the King’s X songs where Ty is the lead vocalist, you’ll be a big fan of his solo stuff. What you’re getting here is much like a harder edge Beatles sound. Look, I’m a super fan of this dude. He is probably my favorite guitarist of all time. He has that perfect balance of feel and virtuosity. When he rips into a lead, it sounds like no one else. So many times he will hit a note and it will just make goosebumps break out on my arms. Dude is just a special talent that is seriously underappreciated. This isn’t the heaviest of albums, but it is chock full of some very catchy melodies.

4 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

19. Ty Tabor-Shades
20. Lamb of God-Omens

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