Top 20 of 2010
1. Sin City Sinners – Exile On Freemont Street
2. Black Label Society – Order Of The Black
3. Danko Jones – Below The Belt
4. Bobnoxious – Cocktales
5. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail
6. Kottak – Rock and Roll Forever
7. Airbourne – No Guts, No Glory
8. Blackwood Creek
9. Ratt – Infestation
10. Accept – Blood of Nations
11. Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe
12. Danzig – Deth Red Sabboth
13. Slash – ST
14. Nail – Power and Greed
15. Black Country Communion
16. Murderdolls – Women and Children Last
17. Ozzy – Scream
18. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
19. Keel – Streets Of Rock and Roll
20. Stone Sour – Audio Secrecy
Top (Let’s Get Rocked) Releases
1. Mudmen – Another Day
2. Rex Goudie – One Hundred Pages Later
3. Hank III – Rebel Within
4. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
5. The Creepshow – They All Fall Down
6. Robert Plant – Band of Joy
7. Neil Young – Le Noise
Best New Band
Sin City Sinners
This band features Canadian Todd Kerns (Age of Electric/Slash) on vocals and Ex-Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat.
Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray
Alice Cooper – Theatre of Death (BD)
An Alice show is always a good time and this Blu-Ray proves it for those that have never had the fortune of witnessing a Cooper show in person. The quality and performance are second to none making this the video release of the year.
Discovery of 2010
Metal-wise I never discovered anything ‘New’ but listened to allot of Zakk Wylde/Black Label Society as well as Down and Pantera. My ‘New’ discovery was Danko Jones. He’s been around for awhile and I’ve heard the name but this past summer I heard his music for the first time while driving around London, Ont in a “Rock You” Jetta.
Best concert attended in 2010
Saw several excellent shows this past year but the Scorpions/Cinderella one in Toronto was the best.
As usual Cinderella were spot on and put on a fantastic set. Scorpions were just phenomenal. These guys are going out on top, hands down. Klaus, Matthias and Rudolph were amazing. Kottak stole the show though. He was a monster on the drums and his stage presence and audience interaction couldn’t have been better. Despite Kottak stealing the show the only thing that could have possibly made it better for the final tour was to have Herman Ze German make an appearance on Drums and Francis Buchholz on Bass for nostalgic reasons.
Runner’s up include:
Bret Michaels in a small banquet room of a casino that held 675 people. I spent the majority of the show on stage making for one awesome and memorable show.
BLS – First time seeing Zakk live. Fucking killer show.
Helix - Back to Back shows with the classic 80’s line-up . Friday night in a club and the next night at an outdoor festival.
Worst Concert: Iron Maiden w/ Dream Theater
While DT may be technically amazing their live show and stage presence sucks the big one. LaBrie would sing a few lines then disappear behind the stack of Marshall’s. The only redeeming factor was Portnoy’s drumming. He is amazing, enjoyable to watch and interacted with the crowd.
Maiden were amazing BUT chose to play mostly newer material. This was disappointing as a fan who never got to see them live before until this tour.
ALBUM disappointments of 2010
Vince Neil – Tattoos and Tequila
The title track got our hopes up for a killer album from Vince BUT he chose to do 1 new song, a Motley leftover (which is also a great song) and the rest are cover songs. Thanks for coming out Vince.
Greatest hopes for 2011
All things Motorhead; The new album to kick our ass and the Lemmy movie to do the same. I also have hopes for them to come back to Eastern Canada which is highly unlikely and it’s just as unlikely that we’ll get a show/tour with Wurzel and Philthy back on stage with Lemmy. One can only hope which is what this category is all about.
Looking forward to Zakk Wylde’s book “Bringing Metal To The Children”
Also looking forward to the new discs from Sixx:AM and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander Once again…I hope for new material from Razor and Monster Voodoo Machine.
Best Covers Album
Joe Elliott’s Down ‘n’ Outz – My Regeneration
Best Live Album
Down – Diary Of A Mad Band.
Casablanca – Kings, Queens and Guillotenes
Former Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie’s newest band. This EP heralded the greatest single “Downtown” of the year.
Best “Best Of”, Greatest Hits, Re-Recorded Hits….
This would have to go to one of my all-time favorite bands; Helix. They just released SMASH HITS…UNPLUGGED. Recorded in studio they re-worked some classic songs and did them acoustically with some different instrumentation as well.
Ozzy’s I AM OZZY and Bobby Blotzer’s TALES OF A RATT (Tie). Ozzy’s book was incredible from start to finish yet Blotzer’s was slightly more interesting. After reading both you come realize both were majorly fucked up but Bobby tries to be the nice guy but comes off as an asshole. I have just started Vince’s book so that one wasn’t in the running. Other books of enjoyment were THE LAST LIVING SLUT by Roxana Shiraz and Steve Seabury’s MOSH POTATOES. The latter being a Heavy Metal cookbook. Beers Up!