Best of 2010 – Demonator

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

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It was a fantastic year for heavy metal, with practically nothing but fluctuation in my mood separating the top 5.  For my money, the best albums of 2010 were:

1. High on Fire – SNAKES FOR THE DIVINE

High on Fire

2. Monster Magnet – MASTERMIND

3. Melechesh – EMMISARIES

4. Immolation – MAJESTY & DECAY

5. Enslaved – AXIOMA ETHICA ODINI

6. Triptykon – EPARISTERA DIAMONES

7. 1349 – DEMONOIR

8. Dimmu Borgir – ABBRAHADABRA

9. Kylesa – SPIRAL SHADOWS

10. Madball – EMPIRE

11. Annotations of an Autopsy – THE REIGN OF DARKNESS

12. Deathspell Omega – PARACLETUS

13. Whitechapel – A NEW ERA OF CORRUPTION

14. Sick of it All – BASED ON A TRUE STORY

15. The Dillinger Escape Plan – OPTION PARALYSIS

16. Ion Dissonance – CURSED

17. Dark Fortress – YLEM

18. Kingdom of Sorrow – BEHIND THE BLACKEST TEARS

19. Hate – EREBOS

20. Nevermore – THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY

Best New Band

Triptykon

There’s absolutely no debate about this in my mind – Triptykon’s debut was absolutely phenomenal.

Best metal DVD / Blu-Ray

Sonisphere "The Big Four"

Discovery of 2010

The Anti-Christ Empyrium

A side-project boasting one half of the Akercocke membership.  Expect them to tear your ears asunder when their debut hits the streets in 2011.

Album disappointments of 2010

A few names spring to mind, but none proved a greater example of all sizzle, no steak than Cephalic Carnage’s latest joint, MISLED BY CERTAINTY.  Playing like a neutered version of former glories, it masked a distinct like of fire in their collective belly with experimentation, only for the result to sound lame.

Best concert attended in 2010

Monster Magnet and Seventh Void at the Electric Ballroom in London, though I have to admit that since the Astoria got torn down, I’ve noticed an increasingly slack attitude from promoters in the English capital that’s made me less inclined to attend gigs with the religious fervor I used to.

Greatest hopes for 2011

That the forthcoming albums by Deicide, Morbid Angel and Biohazard don’t end up in my "Biggest disappointments of 2011" list.

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