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2010 Thus Far

2010 has been an excellent year thus far, here's my opinion on some new releases. If I missed anything, feel free to rec it.
1 Best
Of 2010


The ten best albums that came this year.
2The Tallest Man On Earth
The Wild Hunt


The only thing from '10 that I can see myself 5'ing.
3Immolation
Majesty And Decay


One of the better Immolation records, seeing them live two weeks.
4Eels
Tomorrow Morning


I had rather low expectations for this, as most of E's upbeat/happy stuff I don't like too much. Album is phenomenal, and certainly one of his best. Gonna see them three days before Immolation.
5The Sword
Warp Riders


I couldn't have cared less about the band two months ago. After hearing a couple songs, I wrote them off as a boring Black Sabbath-imitation with a weak vocalist and stupid Dungeons & Dragons lyrics. And yet, Warp Riders is surprisingly awesome, in between a 4 and 4.5 for me.
6Alcest
Ecailles De Lune


Tied with Warp Riders. The absolutely mystical, ethereal atmosphere on this is fantastic. If anyone could rec me something in this vein, I'd appreciate it immensely.
7Addaura
Addaura


Tied with Warp Riders and Ecailles. Incredible debut, one of the most promising atmospheric black metal bands to appear lately. Very interested to see what these guys will do next.
8Fear Factory
Mechanize


Gene Hoglan.
9Bad Religion
30 Years Live


My introduction to the band, a very solid live release.
10Sigh
Scenes From Hell


Very odd avant-garde black metal. One of the few times that I genuinely enjoy the orchestral arrangements in a black metal album.
11Iron Maiden
The Final Frontier


I was worried about this after El Dorado was released, as the song was a bit disappointing. Thankfully, the rest of the album is on par with any post-reunion Maiden.
12 Most Disappointing
And Worst of 2010


Whether it's because of high expectations or low quality, these albums really were underwhelming.
13Arcade Fire
The Suburbs


Contains some of the band's best songs, but so much of it is absolutely pointless. Far too long, and half of the songs are anything but interesting (Modern Man, I'm looking at you).
14Eels
End Times


A solid album, worthy of a 3-3.5, but E can do much better than this. The opener is one of his best, though.
15Brain Drill
Quantum Catastrophe


A perfect waste of time.
16As I Lay Dying
The Powerless Rise


Maybe my expectations were too high. As it stands, this album really isn't anything special.
17Burzum
Belus


Now that Varg is out of jail, he has access to regular instruments, so one could hope that he'd make something as good as, say, Filosofem. He didn't.
18 Most
Anticipated


Here's what I'm looking forward to. I'm expecting at least two of these to make my top ten when January comes.
19 Necrophagist
2010 album


I remember enjoying these guys a while ago, particularly Epitaph. This could be cool.
20 Wintersun
Time


Not gonna ever come out.
21Atheist
Jupiter


Will slay.
22Autopsy
The Tomb Within


See 21
23 Radiohead
New Album
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