Posts Tagged ‘Best of 2010’

Best of 2010 – Aaron Yurkiewicz

January 5th, 2010

Top 20

1. Black Country Communion – BLACK COUNTRY

There’s a reason why Glenn Hughes was one of Ronnie James Dio’s favorite singers – the guy is amazing. I knew from the first spin of this album that 2010 wasn’t going to get any better.  Heavy, bluesy, emotive, and original, I’ll still be listening to BLACK COUNTRY well into 2011.


There were some great doom albums in 2010, but RITUAL ABUSE was above and beyond the best.  Gut wrenchingly heavy, Cough accomplished more in five tracks than some bands do their entire careers.


4. Intronaut – VALLEY OF SMOKE



7. Misery Index – HEIRS TO THIEVERY

8. Broughton’s Rules – BOUNTY HUNTER 1853

9. Kingcrow – PHLEGETHON



12. Electric Wizard – BLACK MASSES


14. Kylesa – SPIRAL SHADOW

15. Flotsam & Jetsam – THE COLD

16. Monster Magnet – MASTERMIND

17. Zoroaster – MATADOR

18. Cathedral – THE GUESSING GAME

19. Annihilator – ANNIHILATOR

20. Armored Saint – LA RAZA

Best New Band: Ghost

Ghost reminds me of why I fell in love with metal in the first place.  These spooky Swedes get it; I hope the rest of the world catches on.

Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray:

Fuck the Facts – DISGORGE MEXICO – The DVD

The live portion of the DVD puts other concert films to shame, and the art house film attached to it disturbs you in the way that extreme music is supposed to.  Fuck the Facts are the definition of DIY; you need to know this band.

Discovery of 2010:

That the underground is indeed alive and well.  A lot of the bigger releases of this year left me feeling rather “meh,” but the sheer volume of indie/self released material that I heard in 2010 more than made up for it.  Some of it was certainly better than others, but you can’t ignore the kind of passion and motivation that only metal inspires.  Proof positive that metal does indeed rule.

Best Concert Attended: CYNIC

Getting to see Cynic perform FOCUS in its entirety easily makes this my favorite show of 2010.  Getting to see them perform the majority of TRACED IN AIR at the end of the FOCUS set easily makes this one of my top 5 shows of all time.  Getting to see Paul Masvidal reprimand a douchebag frat boy in an Affliction t-shirt in front of the entire audience?  Priceless.

Biggest Album Disappointments:

Atheist – JUPITER

I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this album.  Is it terrible, no, but if the name on the cover wasn’t associated with albums like PIECE OF TIME or UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE, would anyone care?  Sometimes it’s better to leave the past in the past…

Greatest Hopes for 2011:

1) The return of CROWBAR!!!!  February 2nd can’t happen fast enough.

2) New albums from Obscura, Pestilence, and Origin will get the taste of JUPITER out of my mouth.

3) The possibility of a new Saint Vitus album.  Please guys, make this happen.

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Best of 2010 – Arto Lehtinen

January 3rd, 2010

Top 20

1. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

After the demise of the mighty Celtic Frost, Mr T.G. Warrior went on and formed Triptykon. The band’s debut album Eparistera Daimones presents the pure hate and anger of Mr. Warrior from beginning to end. The songs are massive, heavy, and above all depressive crowning all the Daimones experience.

2. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

Hail Of Bullets visited the Finnish metal fest Jalometalli Festival up in Oulu. The five piece’s delivery was a bone and crushing experience. It was therefore more than logical to expect more war based death metal from these Dutch warriors. On Divine Winds is another piece of brutal death metal art which will be remembered for years to come.

3. Immolation – Majesty and Decay

The legendary NY death metallers combo have always released outstanding great outputs since the demo days. No compromises, no sell out, no gothic keyboards or other added tricks. Just pure death metal in the old school mindest. Excellent!

4. Overkill – Ironbound

5. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow

6. Atheist – Jupiter

7. Halford – Made of Metal

8. Melechesh – The Epigenesis

9. Watain – Lawless Darkness

10. Forbidden – Omega Wave

11. Accept – Blood of the Nations

12. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

13. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier

14. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution

15. Rotting Christ – Aealo

16. Hour of Penance – Paradogma

17. Soulfly – Omen

18. Grand Magus – Hammer Of The North

19. Ufomammut – Eve

20. Spiritual Beggars –Return To Zero

Best New Band

Ghost – Opus Eponymous

The Swedish band GHOST came as a huge surprise with their grim and occult image reminding slightly of the mighty Mercyful Fate. Ghost’s occult metal with old heavy metal influences gives real chilling  shivers. Above all, the band’s vocalist’s outlook is quite creepy.

Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray

Heaven And Hell – Live at Wacken

Does this need any explaination? Well Heaven And Hell was absolutely great when playing in Helsinki in the old ice hall and a week later at Sweden Rock. The Wacken show is basically the same as was seen at Sweden Rock. Ronnie James Dio’s premature move to the end of the rainbow increases the value and respect toward the last Heaven And Hell shows. This is the best concert you could of attended in 2010!

Best Live Show

Carcass at Jalometalli in Oulu. The band sounded tight and clear and above all murderous.

Album disappointments of 2010

1. The latest Iron Maiden output “The Final Frontier” didn’t convince me at all.

2. The newest Ozzy Osbourne Scream. I still prefer the 80’s albums.

Greatest hopes for 2011

Seriously I rather not predict anything as the year 2010 was already a full of setbacks and unwanted pieces of news and major disappointments from the world of heavy metal.

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