Best of 2010 – Erich

January 5th, 2011
by EvilG

Erich’s Best of 2010

1. Crazy Lixx – NEW RELIGION

Crazy Lixx

I had never even heard of these guys, but this is the closest you can get in 2010 to a 1987 Def Leppard/Bon Jovi release without it being either of those bands themselves.  Crazy Lixx is from Sweden but this sounds like it is directly from the Sunset Strip. Every song is a riff inspired rocker complete with catchy choruses.

2. Reckless Love – SELF TITLED

From Finland, and again a band out of nowhere for me.  Really captures the retro sound, but with plenty of original flair.  Even has the sheen and polish of an 80’s era album.  A truly stunning and well-made album.

3. Ratt – INFESTATION

4. Accept – BLOOD OF THE NATIONS

5. Jon Oliva’s Pain – FESTIVAL

6. Circle II Circle – CONSEQUENCE OF POWER

7. Virgin Steele – THE BLACK LIGHT BACCHANALIA

8. Overkill – IRONBOUND

9. Triptykon – EPARISTERA DAIMONES

10. Death Angel –RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION

11. Charred Walls Of The Damned – SELF TITLED

12. Edenbridge – SOLITAIRE

13. Blind Guardian – AT THE EDGE OF TIME

14. Sons of Liberty – BRUSH-FIRES OF THE MIND

15. Iron Maiden – THE FINAL FRONTIER

16. Rage – STRINGS TO A WEB

17. Helloween – 7 SINNERS

18. Nevermore – THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY

19. Ace Frehley – ANOMALY

20. Sabaton – COAT OF ARMS

Best New Band

Reckless Love

Best DVD

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – ‘The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria’

Proof that time heals all wounds and a great show on top of that.

Discovery of 2010

Crazy Lixx

Best Concert I Attended In 2010

The American Carnage Tour (Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax), Hard Rock Live October 2nd, Orlando Florida.

Album Disappointments

Iron Maiden – THE FINAL FRONTIER

This album made my best of 2010 list, but I cannot help but be somewhat disappointed with the continued bloat and filler on Maiden’s last 3 albums.  The endless intros and boring outros have worn out their welcome.  I do not expect a return to 1983, but can Maiden ever write a hard hitting, direct, and compact song like “Flight Of Icarus” again?

Grave Digger – THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN

A predictable and uninspiring album from the grizzled ones. Clocking in at 53 minutes, it is a slog to make it all the way through.  While not horrible, it is clear that the band has almost run out of ideas.

Greatest Hope of 2011

That Lake of Tears releases their new album, which is planned for April 2011, on time.  It has been 6 years since BLACK BRICK ROAD and I am hoping for a great album.

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