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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.
Majesty And Decay

One of the better Immolation records, seeing them live two weeks.
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.
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.

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

Gene Hoglan.
9Bad Religion
30 Years Live

My introduction to the band, a very solid live release.
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).
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.

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

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

Not gonna ever come out.

Will slay.
The Tomb Within

See 21
23 Radiohead
New Album
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