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Erich’s Best of 2010
1. Crazy Lixx – NEW RELIGION
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
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
Best Concert I Attended In 2010
The American Carnage Tour (Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax), Hard Rock Live October 2nd, Orlando Florida.
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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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
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
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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German thrash metal masters DESTRUCTION will be returning to North America in support of their new studio album, Day Of Reckoning, due out in the U.S. and Canada on March 8th, 2011 and on February 18th in Europe. Special guests on the tour are Australia’s Destroyer 666.
DESTRUCTION bassist & vocalist Schmier shares the following on the upcoming trek:
“It feels fantastic to return to North American shores for the first time after our return to Nuclear Blast with a new album as brutal as Day Of Reckoning on our backs. This is the strongest material we have written since [2001’s] The Antichrist and we are burning to present these shredding songs and introduce our new 6.6 foot tall drum animal VAAVER live! Of course, all the DESTRUCTION classics will be there; we know what our faithful fans want and we will serve them well! You will feel the force of the strongest line-up we have ever had. Experience the true power and the rigorous precision of German Thrash Metal live this spring! Can’t fuckin’ wait!”
Confirmed dates for the “North American Reckoning 2011” tour are as follows:
04/27/11 STUDIO SEVEN SEATTLE, WA
05/03/11 ORIENTAL THEATER DENVER, CO
05/05/11 REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB CHICAGO, IL
05/07/11 HARPO’S DETROIT, MI
05/09/11 FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES MONTREAL, ONTARIO, CANADA
05/10/11 BOURBON STREET BALTIMORE, MD
05/11/11 B.B. KING’S NEW YORK, NY
05/13/11 JAXX WEST SPRINGFIELD, VA
05/17/11 MUG SHOTS AUSTIN, TX
05/20/11 GALAXY THEATRE SANTA ANA, CA
05/21/11 THE KEY CLUB LOS ANGELES, CA
Additional dates will be announced soon.
“The Price,” a new song from Day Of Reckoning, has been posted on the band’s MySpace page. States Schmier: “This song expresses the spirit of Day Of Reckoning at its best: faster, more raw, and tighter. One of my favorite tracks on the album because you can feel the fire and the joy of playing! The band feels the old-school aggression again and this song is like a rocket: UN-FUCKIN-STOPPABLE!”
View a video trailer for the new release here.
Day Of Reckoning is the follow-up album to 2008’s D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
Visit DESTRUCTION online at www.DESTRUCTION.de, www.myspace.com/OFFICIALDESTRUCTION, and twitter.com/DESTRUCTION.
DESTRUCTION ANNOUNCE 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
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The Swedish hellfire horde DEMONICAL have issued the following statement:
We are proud to announce the “Death Infernal Tour 2011” , a crusade running from May 3d to 21st with targets in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
Our allies in Swedish FERAL and UK-based GILLA BRUJA will join the trek hence creating a lethal unity of pure death metal.
In August we will support our devil comrades NUNSLAUGHTER at the “Hell Over Europe Tour”, a massacre desecrating selected clubs and festivals in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.
Further info and details tba soon. Pre-posters enclosed as attachements.
DEMONICAL are confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, 18 – 20 August 2011.
DEMONICAL @ the net : www.demonical.net
DEMONICAL @ MySpace : www.myspace.com/thedemonicalhorde
DEMONICAL @ YouTube : www.youtube.com/Demonicalofficial
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’“Ad Mortem” streaming online, Full-length out next month
TEXAS – Lone Star brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand new track from the forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt, on the band’s official MySpace page, entitled, “Ad Mortem”. Head over to: http://www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys, to hear the first song to be revealed from The Famine’s sophomore Solid State Records effort, which is slated to hit stores on February 15th.
A mobile-web-accessible YouTube audio stream of “Ad Mortem” is also available on the official The Famine YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfpRCLM_Zz8.
The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains, “’Ad Mortem’ is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity. We’ll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves.”
The track list for The Architects of Guilt is…1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth
Despite several unfortunate setbacks during the recording process, the finishing touches on the long awaited, The Architects of Guilt, were polished up this fall with the help of the renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof.
A behind-the-scenes video blog, filmed during the summer 2010 recording sessions as the band pieced together the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, The Raven and the Reaping (2008), can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tLNbQsuggk.
The Architects of Guilt can be pre-ordered now through the Solid State Records webstore at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCD95282, while a CD/t-shirt combo pre-order is available at: http://zambooie.com/solidstate/detail.tpl?sku=SSRCOMBO95282.
Stay tuned for more information on The Famine and The Architects of Guilt.
The Famine is…
Nick Nowell – vocals
Andrew Godwin – guitar
Mark Garza – drums
Jon Richardson – bass
The Famine online…
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DREAMING DEAD are proud to announce the addition of lead guitarist Stephanie Pickard. She and singer/guitarist Elizabeth Schall form the most shredding female guitar tandem in metal today.
Pickard studied with Bruce Bouillet and Paul Gilbert of legendary shred band RACER X. She became a Minarik Guitars endorsee at the age of 16. Schall is a Fernandes Guitars endorsee. She will perform at NAMM at the Fernandes Guitars booth on January 14 and 15.
A video of them playing together can be viewed here.
DREAMING DEAD have drawn comparisons to DEATH, DISSECTION, and OPETH. In April, the Los Angeles-based band will enter the studio to record their new album Midnightmares.
Tags: Dreaming Dead
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Happy New Year metal friends! This just in from the promoters of PARTY.SAN 2011:
AT THE GATES: Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES will play PARTY.SAN OA 2011! After two years of silence, the band recently decided to play a handful of well-chosen festivals and one of them will be PARTY.SAN OA in Schlotheim, Germany. With timeless recordings like The Red In The Sky Is Ours and Slaughter Of The Soul to their name, this is truly a special event not to be missed. Spread the word: AT THE GATES @ PSOA 2011! http://www.atthegates.se
MORGOTH: Ever since Century Media reissued MORGOTH‘s 1991 offering Cursed in 2006, in addition to the “Best Of” compilation release a year earlier, constant rumors have circulated about an actual MORGOTH return. Those rumors have finally come to fruition and the German death metal squadron will actively celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original release of Cursed by playing PARTY.SAN OA 2011 (among other carefully chosen summer festivals)! The setlist will mainly consist of songs from their pivotal debut as well as some cuts from the classic 1989/1990 EPs Resurrection Absurd and The Eternal Fall. The band’s lineup for these special shows is nearly confirmed and will include vocalist Marc Grewe, guitarists Harry Busse and Sebastian Swart, bassist Thilo Mellies as well as a great drummer, soon to be announced. Grewe comments: “Throughout the next months we will make sure to prepare a great show for us all to celebrate together in 2011. We seriously look forward to seeing old friends, peers and faithful supporters of the band again as well as playing to new audiences during the upcoming string of festival shows.” http://www.morgoth.eastpool.com/index.php
Also on the PARTY.SAN 2011 bill:
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– Ticket PSOA 2011 w/ out Shirt: 49,90€ + delivery
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ABOUT PARTY.SAN: PARTY.SAN is an annual metal festival founded in 1996 as an open air birthday party with several local bands. Due to troubles with the public order office the official open air, called Endsommer-Festival, had to be delayed from August to September. Nevertheless the first festival took place unofficially in August, thus there were two open air festivals that year. In the years to follow, festival was held the second weekend in August and has grown to accommodate more than 10,000 visitors and prides itself on showcasing extreme metal’s finest acts. PARTY.SAN 2011 will run from August 11 – 13, 2011 at Flugplatz Obermehler in Schlotheim, Germany.
For more info, visit: http://www.party-san.de
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This is Manowar’s only scheduled appearance in North America!
In addition to performing Manowar classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011. The album will be available in stores in the US and Canada starting February 1st, 2011 but it’s already available in CD, MP3 and Limited Edition Picture Disc at The Kingdom Of Steel: www.thekingdomofsteel.com
After 6 years, the wait for true metal in America is over!
This show in Cleveland will also feature HolyHell as very special guests.
Tickets go on sale January 7, 2011, details to follow soon.
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Montreal’s NEURAXIS have launched the first track from their upcoming album, “Asylon,” which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. Check out the track, “Asylum,” now, at Prosthetic Records’ webstore, where the official pre-order is now running. ( http://store.prostheticrecords.com/)
“Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, “The Thin Line Between,” as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more.
NEURAXIS will support death metal masters Deicide in February and March and legendary extreme metal act, Sepultura in April and May.
See NEURAXIS on the following dates:
2/5 Drummondville, QC @ Drummondville Metalfest/ Salle Gaston Mandeville
2/10 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Mavericks #
2/11 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s #
2/12 Cleveland, OH – Pirate’s Cove #
2/13 Nashville, TN – The Muse #
2/15 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
2/16 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *
2/17 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 *
2/18 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero *
2/19 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall *
2/20 Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
2/21 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre *
2/22 Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec *
2/23 Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus *
2/24 London, ONT – Music Hall *
2/25 Toronto, ONT – Opera House *
2/26 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club *
2/27 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s *
2/28 Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall *
3/1 Tulsa, OK – Marquee *
3/2 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater *
3/4 Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
3/5 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
3/7 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon *
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club *
3/9/ San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
3/10 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse *
3/11 Amirillo, TX – The War Legion Underground #
3/12 Ft Worth, TX – Rail Club #
3/13 Houston, TX – Numbers #
3/15 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug #
3/16 Nashville, TN – The Muse(2nd show) #
3/17 Newport News, VA – Budda’s Place #
3/18 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill #
3/19 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s #
4/18 Toronto, ON – Opera House $
4/19 Quebec , QC – Imperial $
4/20 Montreal, QC – Club Soda $
4/21 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks $
4/22 Worcester, MA – Palladium $
4/23 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom $
4/24 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero $
4/25 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater $
4/26 Charlotte, NC – The Tremont Hall $
4/27 Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone $
4/28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room $
4/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade $
5/01 Tyler, TX – Clicks $
5/02 Houston, TX – Scout Bar $
5/03 Dallas, TX – Trees $
5/04 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory $
5/05 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s $
5/06 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater $
5/07 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse $
5/08 Tuscson, AZ – Club DV8 $
5/09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues $
5/10 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory $
5/11 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom $
5/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater $
5/13 Seattle, WA – El Corazon $
5/14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory $
5/16 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater $
5/17 Wichita, KS – The OZ Café $
5/18 St Paul, MN – Station 4 $
5/19 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club $
5/20 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s $
5/21 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall $
5/22 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s $
5/23 Louisville, KY – Expo Five $
5/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave $
5/26 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo $
5/27 Regina, SK – The Exchange $
5/28 Calgary, AB – Dickens $
5/29 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room $
5/30 Prince George, BC – Third $
5/31 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater $
# w/ Blackguard
* w/ Deicide, Belphegor, Pathology, Blackguard
$ w/ Sepultura, Belphegor, Hate, Keep Of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood
The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.
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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!
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2010 HIGHS AND LOWS – BRAT
TOP 20 ALBUMS
I’d have to say 2010 has been the hardest year to complile a Top 20. There was a plethora of super albums released this year and so many great ones have missed out on being immortalised on these pages.
1. Sabaton – Coat of Arms
2. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail
3. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony
4. Firewind – Days Of Defiance
5. Crazy Lixx – New Religion
6. Keep of Kalessin – Reptilian
7. Blind Guardian – At The Edge Of Time
8. Masterplan –Time To Be King
9. Poisonblack – Of Rust and Bones
10. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy
11. Kiuas – Lustdriven
12. Treat – Coup De Grace
13. Ghost Machinery – Out For Blood
14. Apocalyptica – 7th Symphony
15. Rage – Strings To A Web
16. Helloween – 7 Sinners
17. Kissin’ Dynamite – Addicted To Metal
18. HB – Pääkallonpaikka
19. Angra – Aqua
20. Drigva Ð”Ñ€Ñ‹Ð³Ð²Ð° – Ð¡Ñ‹Ð½ ÐœÐ°Ð³ÑƒÑ‚Ð½Ð°Ð³Ð° Ð Ð¾Ð´Ð°
BEST NEW BAND
BEST GOTH ALBUM
1. The Murder Of My Sweet – Divinity
2. Darkseed – Poison Awaits
GREATEST HOPES FOR 2011
1. Not to lose anymore legends under tragic circumstances.
2. Soundwave festival grounds to be logically organised instead of the mess they presented in 2010.
3. A full length release from Russian power metal band CATHARSIS. This year’s EP release, Ð˜Ð½Ð¾Ð¹, was brilliant.
4. Getting out of Australia to soak up some ‘kulcha’.
DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2010
1. Missing the 2010 festival season in the Northern hemisphere.
2. What was MICHAEL KISKE thinking?!?!?
3. TARJA TURUNEN’s What Lies Beneath
4. The Myspace mess
BEST LIVE SHOWS OF 2010
1. Screamfest: EDGUY, SONATA ARCTICA, ENSIFERUM, VANISHING POINT, BLACK MAJESTY. What a way to start 2010!
2. TURISAS, The Factory, Sydney
3. ALESTORM, Gaelic Theatre, Sydney
4. STRYPER, The Metro Theatre, Sydney – Michael Sweet’s still got it!
HIGHLIGHT OF 2010
The plethora of excellent album releases. Compiling my top 20 this year was extremely difficult.
TRAGEDIES OF 2010
RIP Ronnie James Dio
RIP Peter Steele
RIP Steve Lee
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In a year end message from Swedish black metal legion, WATAIN: “North and South America have now been left in ashes, and with that the Lawless Darkness Tour 2010 is over. Hail to those who made it possible, and those who made it even more triumphant; North: Watain Disciples USA, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, Decibel Magazine, Liz and Dave at Earsplit, Jimmy and the Duff’s crew, Josh at Dean Guitars, Engl Amps, Black Witchery, Negative Plane, Averse Sefira, Hod. South: Arma Productions, Hells Angels Antofagasta, Careloco and The Chilean Watain Militia, Kythrone, the mighty Mortuary Drape, the Tumba crew, and all those whose presence strengthened us along the long and winding road through hell and back. You know who you are. A special mention to S.L of The Devil’s Blood who took on the lead guitar duties in North America; hail brother! Finally, a thunderous salute to our iron crew, without whom none of this would have been possible.
To view a clip from Swedish TV (with English subtitles) about WATAIN‘s appearance at the Sweden Rock festival in June earlier this year, point your browser HERE. The concert was aired on the Swedish national radio program P3-Live on Thursday December 23rd.
And it is that time of the year again, when the media compile their lists and distribute awards. WATAIN has received the following awards and nominations for 2010:
#1 Album Of The Year – Close Up Magazine
#1 Album Of The Year – Sweden Rock Magazine
#1 Band Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#1 Personality Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#2 Album Of The Year – Decibel Magazine
WATAIN have also been nominated for:
“Hardrock” Category of the Swedish Grammy Awards
“Hardrock” Category of the P3 Gold Awards
“Nordic Album 2010” of the Nordic Music Price Awards In light of all this, we would like you to contemplate upon the following lines:
“It is the magic combination of fierceness and beauty that makes the Wolf an exception even in nature. Revered outlaws, feared in their bestial nature, yet also objects of fascination and curiosity, of naturally inhabited and unreachable grace, that men love to hate, and hate to love. But regardless of what judgement the vox populi might pass on the nighttime predators, they remain just that; a rare breed of hunters; alone, aside, untamed, always hungry…”
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Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have uploaded the eighth video installment of a series featuring behind-the-scenes footage from their recent South American tour. Watch the video clip here.
Watch all “behind-the-scenes” video installments from SONATA’s South American tour on SONATATELEVISION here: www.youtube.com/SONATATELEVISION.
SONATA ARCTICA’s February 27, 2011 concert in Milan, Italy will be filmed for the band’s second live DVD, to be released in late 2011.
The Days Of Grays, SONATA ARCTICA’s latest studio album, debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist “Heatseekers” chart at #19 the week following its release. The album track “Flag In The Ground” can be purchased for Playstation 3 & XBOX 360 gaming systems via the RockBand music library by clicking here.
View SONATA ARCTICA’s video for “Flag In The Ground” here.
Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at www.SONATAARCTICA.info, www.myspace.com/SONATAARCTICA, www.facebook.com/SONATAARCTICA, and twitter.com/SONATAARCTICA.
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California Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are very happy to announce they will open for the legendary IRON MAIDEN on April 10th, 2011 at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.
Guitarist Gary Holt shares the exciting news:
“We had two shows left on the ‘Thrash Fest Tour,’ everybody was tired and burned out, and then I got word that EXODUS will open for the one-and-only IRON MAIDEN in Chile! Best news ever! Just unbelievable! There’s no one bigger than IRON MAIDEN in South America. I’ve seen the DVD footage of their shows down in that part of the world, and to actually get to open for them ANYWHERE is amazing! But down there? Absolutely spectacular! We’ll be playing Santiago with my heroes – a band whose songs we were covering at backyard parties – in front of 65,000 people! Suddenly we all got a big second wind! Stoked beyond belief is an understatement!”
Four months out, 22,000 tickets to this concert have already been sold. José Luis Corral, the event’s producer, states:
“We added EXODUS to expose the audience to something more extreme and also to have another classic name fundamental in the history of hard rock [on the bill] and very important for a generation of Chilean metalheads. I think it’s the first time they’ve played together.”
EXODUS recently returned from the highly successful “Thrash Fest Tour” in Europe with KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL and SUICIDAL ANGELS.
Visit EXODUS online at www.myspace.com/EXODUS, www.facebook.com/exodusattack, www.YouTube.com/exodus, and www.twitter.com/_exodus
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Best of 2010
As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!
The Top 30 Heavy Metal Albums of 2010
(Click the album cover to read our review.
If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)
1. Accept – Blood of the Nations
|Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:
"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."
BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!
2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time
Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.
3. Ratt– Infestation
Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!
4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
|Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!
5. Melechesh – The Epigenesis
Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.
6. Helloween – 7 Sinners
|Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.
7. OverKill – Ironbound
The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.
8. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy
Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.
9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms
|Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!
10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal
Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.
Number 11 to 20
Number 21 to 30
21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless
22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth
23. Black Label Society – Order of the Black
24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love
25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds
26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip
27. Forbidden – Omega Wave
28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos
29. Rage – Strings To A Web
30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power
Individual Staff Lists For 2010
Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.
Tags: Accept, AVANTASIA, Black Label Society, BLIND GUARDIAN, CRAZY LIXX, Danzig, Death Angel, DIMMU BORGIR, FORBIDDEN, HAIL OF BULLETS, HALFORD, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, HEATHEN, Helloween, High On Fire, IMMOLATION, Iron Maiden, KYLESA, MELECHESH, nevermore, overkill, Rage, Ratt, Reckless Love, Sabaton, SCORPIONS, TRIPTYKON, WUTHERING HEIGHTS
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