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#1 Post by Palantyre » 04 Dec 2010 02:19

Exactly what the title says. I know there's still a month to go, but I figured might as well get this going. Can always edit the list if something completely amazing comes out of the bushes. :P

I will go with my top 3.

1. Machinae Supremacy - A View From the End of the World
MaSu's impeccable sense of melody and immense energy give the band's music a truly unique sound that has made them, in my not-so-humble opinion, into one of the best bands in the world. I already loved their early free stuff years ago, and while their first commercial album was imo a slight step downward from that level, every album since has been better than the previous one. And AVFTEOTW continues that trend spectacularly, there's not one song on this album that isn't infused to the brim with amazing melodies and drive and emotion and fun. Not only does this piece get a shining #1 on this list, it's also pretty damn high on my Albums of the Decade list.
10-/10 (And the minus only comes from the fact that even at 13 songs and an intro of one, the album ends too damn soon.)

2. Wuthering Heights - Salt
Another album that's just a huge step upwards in quality, from an already pretty damn solid base. The first three songs are absolute killers, The Desperate Poet relying strongly on its clever and funny yet dramatic lyrics with a damn solid power metal piece as a base, The Mad Sailor being an uplifting (and also dramatic) somewhat folkier tune with an amazing chorus, and The Last Tribe (Mother Earth) a notably more melancholic song with a chorus no less brilliant as the previous song, as well as again wonderful lyrics. The rest of the album, while still really really good, sadly doesn't quite rise to the same level as the opening trio, with perhaps the exception of Weather the Storm. Also, Nils Patrik Johansson is a damn fantastic vocalist.
9+/10

3. Madgator - Madgator
This album came completely out of the blue for me, and I think not a whole lot of people this side of the atlantic know this Brazilian band.
The music is quite a bit further in prog metal territory than I'm usually into, but it doesn't matter because of the metric ass-ton of drive and groove it contains. In a true prog fashion, there aren't a whole lot of catchy choruses, but the sheer fluentness with which the songs roll forward more than makes up for that. I wish I knew what bands to compare this to, but I seriously don't know. Listen for yourselves if you like heavy metal with loads of good old-style grooviness. (as a sidenote, way to go Myspace for completely fucking up the band's previously awesome looking page with your new shitty layout.) Oh yeah, and these guys have a bloody good vocalist as well.
9-/10

An honorary mention goes to Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit because it's Agalloch and Agalloch are one of the best things in the history of forever, but I haven't listened to the album enough yet to say more than that it's definitely Agalloch and very good at that.
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#2 Post by MarchOfTime » 04 Dec 2010 03:38

1. Star One - Victims of the Modern Age
Honestly I couldn't dislike a single thing Arjen Lucassen does. His music should be put into history books its so damn good. I loved the style and sound of the first Star One album, and when I heard he was doing another Star One 8 years later and with THE SAME VOCALISTS I nearly shat myself. Even if you don't like the music, Star One has the best vocalist line up of any project EVER (Russell Allen being amazing at everything he does).
The songs so amazing, so powerful, and the minimoogs, synth and guitar all culminate to create a unique and enjoyable sound That cannot be described, only heard. Get the special edition 2cd, because the bonus songs are just as good, if not more diverse, than the main cd.
Recommended Tracks: Victim of the Modern Age, Down the Rabbit Hole/Digital Rain
Score: 11/10


2. Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time
I personally liked Twist in the myth. Sure, it sounded different, but mixed together with the whole BG discography, it mixes up the track diversity very well. At the Edge of Time, I feel, is the most diverse album on its own. The CD itself is truly a "best of", but with all new songs that represent different Eras of the band. There isn't a single song that's bad on the CD (Control is kind of a grower though), and like I said, the diversity from something like Sacred Worlds to War of Thrones to Tanelorn is awesome. Thoroughly enjoyable album with great work done by all the band members)
Recommended Tracks: Curse my Name, Voice in the Dark
Score: something like a 9.9 out of 10


3. Vanden Plas - The Seraphic Clockwork

Kinda came out of nowhere. I impulse-downloaded the album and listened to it for a month nonstop. Andy's voice and the "tone" of the music mix really well. A great concept album with some very memorable song instances and great production ( the whole album is fun to listen to)
Recommended Tracks: Holes in the Sky, Quicksilver
Score: 8/10


4. Myrath - Desert Call
I love Symphony X, and Myrath started as an SX cover band. They soon began creating their own songs, with a mix of SX, Oriental, and Dream Theatre thrown in for good measure. The songs all have a crunchy guitar and memorable middle-eastern riffs and song-styles. Tempests of Sorrow got stuck in my head for a long, long time. Great singer and great album, especially considering its only their sophomore one.
Recommended Tracks: Forever and a Day, Tempests of Sorrow
Score: 7.5/10


5. Tie: Masterplan - Time to be King and Aeon Zen - The Face of the Unknown

Jorn Lande makes Masterplan awesome. The band really trives on his returning voice, and luckily the song structure is kept interesting and never dull.
Recommended Tracks: Fiddle of Time, Time to be King
Score: 7/10

Aeon Zen is one guy, yeah, and a couple guest singer of course. Rich Hinks creates a wonderful melodic blend of Dream Theatre and something like.....Spocks Beard. Now, I usually dont like the The lighter..... well the Spocks Beard/Transatlantic kinda prog, but Aeon Zen has some very good songs with a great mix of everything (the Heavy, the soft....). A few tracks are misses, but on the whole a great album
Recommended Tracks: Salvation, You're not Alone
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#3 Post by Andreas » 04 Dec 2010 12:11

Hmmm, I'll give it a try.

1. Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time
2. Orden Ogan - Easton Hope
3. Freedom Call - Legend of the Shadowking
4. Sabaton - Coat of Arms
5. Wuthering Heights - Salt
6. Rhapsody of Fire - The Cold Embrace of Fear
7. Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon
8. Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears of Angels
9. Sinbreed - When Worlds Collide
10. Thaurorod - Upon Haunted Battlefields

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#4 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 04 Dec 2010 12:41

Ah, it must be december then.

1 - Indica - A Way Away
Cannot praise this album high enough. My soundtrack of 2010.

2 - Amy Macdonald - A Curious Thing
Not as great as the first one, but amazing songwriting none the less.

3 - Manowar - Battle Hymns 2011
Great rerecording which rekindled my love for this classic album

4 - Celtic Woman - Songs From The Heart

Best celtic album of the year (with apologies to loreena)

5 - Jon Allan - Dead Man's Suit
Amazing piece of songwriting

6 - Johnny Cash - American 6
Dead or alive, the guy's a legend.

7 - Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky
Amazing like all the ones before it

8 - Gamma Ray - To The Metal
First enjoyable GR-album in years. The tracklist of the retailversion sucks, so I'm incorporating the promoversion.

9 - Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
Not their best, but not their worst either.

10 - De Dijk & Solomon Burke - Hold On Tight
A wonderful testament to the life of a great singer
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#5 Post by majesty » 04 Dec 2010 13:21

1. Blind Guardian - At The Edge of Time
2. Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony / Angel of Babylon
3. Masterplan - Time to be King
4. Russell Allen & Jorn Lande - The Showdown
5. Michael Kiske / Amanda Somerville
6. Blackmore´s Night - Autumn Sky
7. Gamma Ray - To The Metal
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#6 Post by Skyflat » 04 Dec 2010 14:30

1. Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time

2. Grave Digger - The Clans Will Rise Again

3. Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier

4. Sabaton - Coat of Arms

5. Arryan Path - Terra Incognita

6. Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears of Angels

7. Winter's Verge - Tales of Tragedy
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#7 Post by Andreas » 04 Dec 2010 14:55

Skyflat wrote:1. Blind Guardian - Frozen Tears of Angels
Did I miss something?

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#8 Post by rdyfrde » 04 Dec 2010 16:44

Fifteen because there are too many good albums this year for me 8)

1. Wizards - The Black Knight
2. Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age
3. David Garrett - Rock Symphonies
4. Avantasia - Angel of Babylon
5. Apocalyptica - 7th Symphony
6. Wicked Sensation - Crystallized
7. Powerglove - Saturday Morning Apocalypse
8. Revamp - Revamp
9. Hevisaurus - Hirmuliskojen Yö
10. Gamma Ray - To the Metal
11. Oulu All Star Band & J Ahola - Big Band Goes Heavy
12. Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony
13. Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time
14. Rhapsody - The Frozen Tears of the Angels
15. Kiske/Somerville - Kiske/Somerville
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#9 Post by Cash Bone » 04 Dec 2010 18:22

No particular order (too hard to decide):

Manticora - Safe
Blind Guardian - ATEOT
Neverland - Ophidia

Manticora must really have sucky promotion if they can't make it onto a list before the latest Iron Maiden or Gamma Ray.

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#10 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 04 Dec 2010 18:46

Promotion is not the problem, it's their singer who sucks.
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#11 Post by Dentarthurdent » 04 Dec 2010 19:04

1. Blind Guardian - TSWoT
2. Accept - Blood of the Nations
3. Rage - Strings to a Web
4. Grave Digger - The Clans Will Rise Again
5. Sinbreed - Worlds Collide
6. Witchburner - Demons
7. van Canto - Tribe of Force


However, there are a few albums I have to get into still (Helloween, Slechtvalk, Sodom) and there's also the new Tankard-album still coming up.

Was, album-wise, a pretty good year though.
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#12 Post by Bender B. Rodriguez » 04 Dec 2010 19:51

1.Cephalic Carnage - Misled by certainty
2.Across Tundras - Old World Wanderer
3.Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy
4.Electric Wizard - Black Masses
5.Misery Index - Heirs to Thievery
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#13 Post by Skyflat » 05 Dec 2010 02:42

Andreas wrote:
Skyflat wrote:1. Blind Guardian - Frozen Tears of Angels
Did I miss something?
Oops!! Sorry!! I mean At The Edge of Time!!
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#14 Post by Desert_Storm » 05 Dec 2010 15:29

I think I actually didn't listen to more 2010 albums than the new bg and the new amy macdonalds... of which none would have made it into my 09 top list ;)
but I gotta re-check again, maybe I forgot something.
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#15 Post by Cash Bone » 05 Dec 2010 16:52

The Rider Of Rohan wrote:Promotion is not the problem, it's their singer who sucks.
If you had said the exact opposite I would have agreed wholeheartedly

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#16 Post by Feanor » 05 Dec 2010 18:11

1. Blind Guardian - At The Edge of Time
Got to say I was bit worried about what direction they will go after trying out like everything in all previous albums. But when it came out it was no doubt - they proved again why they are the best band...

2. Skyforger - Kurbads
A local folk/pagan metal band in my country. Skyforger does not release albums offten - its about quality over quantity. There had been no full length albums from them for past 7 years, but it was worth waiting. I received the new album as a present for my birthday, just few days after the release. And 2 days after I was in presentation gig, which was awesome.

3. Rhapsody - The Frozen Tears of the Angels
Surely not their best album, but it is a sign of the return of Rhapsody, who had been quiet for some time. For this reason it has high importance to me.

4. Sabaton - Coat of Arms
And album which seems average at first but grows on you in time. Was also the reason why Sabaton came near my location to represent it. So I must say thanks to the album for the chance to see them

5. Therion - Sitra Ahra
Also, if Therion had not been comming here during the tour, I probably would not have looked much into this album. Its actually pretty decent no matter what some old Therion fans might say. Several tunes from it going into my player's daily playlist.

6. Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon
I am uncertain about my opinion of this album. It has songs that seem more than fine for me, and some that seem very cheesy as well. But I must place it here for giving me one of the biggest surprises of the year - I never expected Avantasia to release so much new material at once.

7. Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
An album that gives nothing more and nothing less than you expect from Iron Maiden. They experiement with new things but they are not going to abandon their style. Overall nice experience, and is good to receive new stuff from them even 30 years after the first albums.

8. Gamma Ray -To The Metal
A new nice album keeping the style and level of Gamma Ray. Have not listened much though.

9. Eluveitie - Everything Remains As It Never Was
It's Eluveitie :D always nice to listen

I wont speak of other of the albums that came out this year cause I have not listened them enough to make a reasonable opinion. But overall this has been very good year in terms of new music.
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#17 Post by t.a.j. » 05 Dec 2010 19:23

This album was so far above that rest, that it deserves a single mention:

1. Atlantean Kodex - The Golden Bough
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#18 Post by Lord Borbak » 06 Dec 2010 02:19

Nachtmystium - Black Meddle pt 2 : Addict
As with part 1 Assassin, it sounds like Pink Floyd going 'Black Metal' with a slight "punk-ish" vibe.

Sodom - In War & Pieces
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Motörhead - The World is Yours
IT'S FUCKING MOTÖRHEAD YOU WIMPS!!!

Electric Wizard - Black Masses
IT'S ELECTRIC FUCKING WIZARD YOU WIMPS!!!

Grinderman - 2
Second album from Nick Cave's side project. Excellent Bluesy garage Rock

That's pretty much the only albums I've cared about this year.

Honorable mention : Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave. It was good, but it's the weakest entry in his American Recordings series.
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#19 Post by Orodaran » 06 Dec 2010 23:59

The podium!!!

1) Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony / Angel of Babylon

Well, I thought to separate them at first, but then I decided I wanted to reward as a whole the effort went into these albums. The Wicked Symphony alone would have won anyway - the first 6 songs are the most impressive line of awesome songs one after the other, but the whole album is stellar anyway. Angel of Babylon is a bit inferior, and it has the worst song off the 3 Avantasia records (Alone I Remember), but put together these two albums make for 2 hours of enjoyable, amazing, enticing and at times breahtaking music. Way to go Tobi!!!

2) Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time

Well, it's not because we're on a Blind Guardian board - I actually think the album is THAT good. Only with the combo Valkyries / Control the Divine they lose me a little tiny bit, but the rest, is just simply awesome. The epic grandeur of Sacred Worlds and Wheel of Time, the mood of the ballads, the sheer brutal power in Tanelorn, A Voice in the Dark and Ride into Obsession... amazing album and possibly the best since Nightfall!!!

3) Therion - Sitra Ahra

Another great album from the master of symphonic orchestral gothic whatever metal. The first half of the album is bloody awesome (Land of Caanan and Kings of Edom!!! and Hellequin, oh my that song is a treat live), and the rest is quite good as well. Takes some time to sink in but when it does, it's well worth it!



And now, in an order that is somehow vague because you can't really classify such diverse records and styles properly....

4) Elvenking - Red Silent Tides

I was thinking to put this 3rd, a very solid and excellent album from these italian guys. Ok, it's not what they did in the past, but each time I listen to this record I'm in a great mood and all the songs are good, so I don't have anything to complain about.

5) Rage - Strings to a Web

Year after year here they are churning out one good album after the other! The Empty Hollow suite is a masterpiece, and there are many, many great heavy songs in the record as well. One of their best recent albums for sure.

6) Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier

Well, here they are. In the end and in the long run I've come to like and enjoy the new album. It does not come anywhere close to Dance of Death, but as its own it grows and grows until you finally like it and enjoy it. I still think that if the next album will be better than this, I will forget about this in a second.

7) Virgin Steele - The Black Light Bacchanalia

Another grower in the long distance, this album is interesting me more and more, and I still haven't understood it properly. A solid release but too long and drawn out, gone are the days of the brutal power of The House of Atreus. A mix of the best songs of this and the previous one (Visions of Eden) would have been a masterpiece worth to stand in line with the Atreus and the Marriage records.

8) Folkstone - Damnati ad Metalla

Great second album of this folk metal band that sings in italian and is excellent live!!

9) Eluveitie - Everything Remains as it Never Was

For me not liking growled vocals, enjoying this album quite much is a success :wink: nice album with many great songs, great for summer and nature.

10) Kamelot - Poetry for the Poisoned

Another album that turns out better than what the first listenings seemed to indicate. Still, the central part of the record kills the quality level... but some great songs are on here too. Oh, and the cover is just awesome, if only the album had been THAT good.
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#20 Post by Gandalf de Grijze » 09 Dec 2010 19:24

Ok, after checking which albums were actually released this year I managed to come up with 9 titles that I´ve heard. Out of these there is only one disappointment really, and that is the new Kamelot album. I´ll try to make a list with motivations and outstanding songs.

1- Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
A pure masterpiece, very varied. The only (slight) downside is that I prefer the single version of War of the Thrones. Most impressive songs for me include Sacred Worlds, Wheel Of Time, Road Of No Release and Curse My Name

2- Avantasia - Angel Of Babylon
As Oro I was doubting to put the two together to give praise to the work in total, but to me AoB is by far the better of the two. I love the variety of this album, just like with BG. Impressed not only by great vocalists (Jon Oliva, Russel Allen and the unknown talent Cloudy Yang) but also some amazing songsDeath Is Just A Feeling, Symphony of Life and the great bluesy Alone I Remember

3- Pure Reason Revolution - Hammer And Anvil
A Big surprise for me, with a capital B. I wasn't sure which way this band would go after hearing a few samples, but they managed to amaze me with an amazing mixture of progressive rock/metal and elements of Dance/Trance music. Especially the opener Fight Fire and the close Armistice

4- Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul II
Great album from the polish mastermind Mariusz Duda, the second part of a haunting trip between dying and death. No particular highlights, just an allout great album.

4- The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing
Nope, not a typo, but a tie with LS. A great atmospheric rock album, some heavier elements. In total style reminiscent of Porcupine Tree, but not exactly the same. Nothing At Best is a good first videoclip.

6- Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony
I find this possibly the least strong Avantasia album, average songwriting, and I was unimpressed in particular by the song with The Ripper Owens. Still a fairly strong album compared to other bands, with an amazing list of vocalists (some named for AoB)

7- De Dijk & Solomon Burke - Hold On Tight
I agree with Rider here, a great testament to a great singer. Very nice to hear some De Dijk songs in english: I Gotta Be With You, Seventh Heaven, Don't Despair and a nice closer with Enough Is Enough

8- Jon Oliva's Pain - Festival
An impressive musician, both in talent and person ;) but sadly his JOP band isn't nearly as awesome as the last Savatage albums. Though this album was definately not a disappointment.

9- Kamelot - Poetry For The Poisoned
As has been discussed on this forum before, the songwriting is just not up to par with their previous work. I dislike the multitude of vocal effects that Khan seems to be using more and more, and the choice to put the titletrack in 4 tracks on the album was especially poor in my opinion. Though the song itself is pretty good, together with Hunter's Season and The Zodiac
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#21 Post by Orodaran » 09 Dec 2010 20:50

Me silly, I forgot about Helloween's new album :shock:
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#22 Post by Andreas » 10 Dec 2010 19:10

I recently got the new Kiuas album, Lustdriven. It's pretty awesome, one of my favourites this year.

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#23 Post by Orodaran » 11 Dec 2010 14:17

Orodaran wrote:Me silly, I forgot about Helloween's new album :shock:
...and also James LaBrie's solo album!!!
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#24 Post by Bender B. Rodriguez » 19 Dec 2010 23:39

damn,forgot Across Tundras - Old world wanderer.awesome stoner/doom album
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#25 Post by adg211288 » 24 Dec 2010 15:12

My current top 10, which is still liable to change.

1. Star One - Victims of the Modern Age
I was expecting a solid album, but not this masterpiece. I think this is the best Arjen Lucassen album since Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle.

2. Haken - Aquarius
This was holding onto my number 1 slot for so long, but it couldn't defend against Star One. Great debut.

3. Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time
I know some didn't seem to like it but I thought it was their best since Imaginations (My favourite of the BG albums).

4. Wuthering Heights - Salt
I actually only recently got into these guys through a guy on my website, and they're already one of my favourite bands. Maybe its the way they play three of my favourite metal genres together - prog, power and folk.

5. Winterhorde - Underwatermoon
Some proggy black metal from these guys. It's their 2nd album, and easily my favourite extreme metal album from this year, not that there were that many.

6. Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
What I especially like about Maiden's latest is that they can still sound fresh without abandoning that classic Maiden vibe.

7. Fejd - Eifur
Second album from these guys, nice Nordic folk music.

8. Tarja - What Lies Beneath
Hands down the biggest surprise of 2010. I never saw something this good coming.

9. Panic Room - Satellite
I think this may have been released to the fanclub in 2009, but I guess it counts because it didn't see actual retail until this year. Great female voiced progressive rock.

10. Kiuas - Lustdriven
Shame that their singer's left them after this album, his performance here is nothing short of perfection.

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Re: So... Your Top X Albums of 2010?

#26 Post by Shadowed Mage » 02 Feb 2011 13:51

Sorry for bumping an older topic, but posting this list helps me deal with my insomnia.

I also see that I'm mentioning some albums that weren't mentioned in this topic, so pay attention!
Note: I went with a top 8/2 - my eight favourite metal releases, and two non-metal releases that I thought deserved some attention.

1. Slough Feg - The Animal Spirits
San Francisco Bay Area heavy metal band Slough Feg have released yet another great album with their 2010 release. In my opinion, the '70s rock and proto-metal influences of the band shine through on this album. Take a listen to the great instrumental track Materia Prima, the heavier (and rightly so) Heavyworlder, or the album closing Tactical Air War featuring Bobbie Wright of Brocas Helm.

2. Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time
I don't think I have to say anything about this one on this particular forum. :wink:

3. Seventh Wonder - The Great Escape
By far my favourite prog/power band, I leapt for joy when this Swedish group released their latest album. The 30-minute title track was the most impressive part of the album, with varying movements that play with your emotions and a very cathartic vocal performance by leadman Tommy Karevik.

4. Enforcer - Diamonds
This album sounds like it should have been released in 1984. Another Swedish group, Enforcer is effectively leading the way along in the resurgence of the NWOBHM sound (see other groups like White Wizzard whom I also mention in this post). Katana and Running for Menace routinely find their way to be playing in my head.
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5. Gallowbraid - Ashen Eidolon
Alright, so I've included an EP, and one from a one-man project as well - get over it. Some would probably say this is blatant Agalloch worship, being of the folk/black/doom mold, but I loved this release from the first moment I heard it. This is also hard to do concerning my tastes when it comes to things involving black metal, but the folky elements in the album just capture me in a way that some music never will.

6. Grand Magus - Hammer Of The North
On previous albums, Grand Magus may have straddled a somewhat ambiguous line somewhere between the likes of doom/stoner and straight up heavy metal, but Hammer Of The North is a riff-tastic, straight up traditional metal album. I personally get a serious "DAT RIFF" reaction whenever I listen to the title track. That, however, is just a stand out moment for me on what is a very solid release.

7. White Wizzard - Over The Top
A lot of what I would have to say about this album would just echo what I have already said about Enforcer entry above, so I won't bother repeating myself. Look up the music video for the title track and have a great laugh. Be sure to also check out the tracks Live Free or Die, Strike of the Viper, and Iron Goddess of Vengeance.

8. Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age
I love Ayreon, and I quite enjoyed the previous Star One release, so I had to check out this new album put together by the genius that is Arjen Lucassen. It has that unmistakable Arjen touch to it, but to be brutally honest I thought this album fell a little short of its potential making this number eight on my list. It still is a solid release, and I can find a fondness for tracks like 24 Hours, Earth That Was, and It's Alive, She's Alive, We're Alive.

Non-metal releases:
1. The Reign Of Kindo - This Is What Happens
I actually happened upon this group only just recently. However, I was completely blown away. This jazz-fusion/prog rock band from Buffalo is now easily one of my top non-metal favourite bands.
Just check out this recording: The Reign of Kindo - Thrill of the Fall
Of course, brownie points for their drummer having a Triforce shirt. :D

2.The Besnard Lakes - ... Are The Roaring Night
Being a proud Canadian, I had to include this shoegazey post-rock band from Montreal. I find it hard to say something to describe this band, so I'll just leave you with a YouTube link: The Besnard Lakes - And This Is What We Call Progress

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Re: So... Your Top X Albums of 2010?

#27 Post by Lord Borbak » 02 Feb 2011 18:45

Damn, I must add an album to my list. I only checked them out last week, but their album came out in 2010.

GHOST - Eponymous.

Insanely catchy old school occult/satanic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. Think Blue Oyster Cult mixed with some Mercyful Fate.
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Re: So... Your Top X Albums of 2010?

#28 Post by Dentarthurdent » 02 Feb 2011 20:46

I found that the White Wizzard-album got boring pretty fast and the sound was sonn going on my nerves as well... but a song at a time it's okay.
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Re: So... Your Top X Albums of 2010?

#29 Post by Andreas » 02 Feb 2011 23:09

I did some reconsidering, so:

1: Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time
2: Orden Ogan - Easton Hope
3: Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony/Angel of Babylon
4: Freedom Call - Legend of the Shadowking
5: Sabaton - Coat of Arms
6: Indica - A Way Away
7: Rhapsody of Fire - The Cold Embrace of Fear
8: Thaurorod - Upon Haunted Battlefields
9: Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears of Angels
10: Sinbreed - When Worlds Collide

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Re: So... Your Top X Albums of 2010?

#30 Post by West Virginia Mule » 10 Feb 2011 04:09

Iron Maiden
Dio at Donnington
Heaven & Hell - Neon Knights
Jorn - Dio
Halford
Grave Digger
Accept
Masterplan
Star One
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