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Yazz_flute: Musical Highlights Of 2010

I've got a few hours to kill before tonight so i'm making rranother list. rThese are just a handful of my top musical rmoments of the ryear, listed ralphabetically.
1Amia Venera Landscape

That riff that kicks in at 2:54, it's fucking huge.
Thin Air

When the whole band comes together at the initial climax, about 1:44 in. Gorgeous.
The Wicked Symphony

Best chorus of 2010, no competition. I don't even give a damn about the rest of the album it's just not possible to listen to the chorus of this song and not feel like a fucking king.
4Avenged Sevenfold
Save Me

Outro: 9:22-10:56. It's strange that despite their general douchebaggery and trite lyricism that the end of Avenged Sevenfold's fifth album manages to work so well for me. Matt repeats one of the most cliche lyrics imaginable with "Tonight we all die young...etc." However, his delivery of these five words I'd state as the best vocal performance he's given, at least since Waking the Fallen. It's entirely empathetic to their situation. The rest of the band builds in intensity around him to compliment a fantastic denouement to an otherwise unspectacular album. A7X are like the old friend that I grew apart from because he became lame and annoying. This moment managed to remind me why I liked them so much in the first case when I was in middle school just discovering music. I'm proud of them for this one.
5The Contortionist

2:29-4:57. This might actually be THE moment of 2010 for me...and the album it appears upon, Exoplanet, didn't even manage to crack my top 30 albums of the year. For whatever reason, The Contortionist decided to throw in an awe- inspiring instrumental interlude in the middle of an other wise standard progressive-tinged deathcore song. It begins focalized on a singular clean guitar motif, before the band slowly conglomerates into one solid entity. As the distortion kicks in, the drums pick up in intensity and begin pounding out 16th notes on the double bassand the guitarists begin destroying the strings via tremelo-picking. Just as it's reached the apex of it's climax, a harmonized version of the opening motif appears. This is about as powerful as the climax in the middle of Yndi Halda's "Illuminate My Heart, My Darling." A Deathcore band covering massive post-rock? What the fuck. I just wish this were placed at the end of the album, or not smack in the middle of a deathcore song. Seeing as the band blows you away on only the second song of the album, the remaining 9 tracks are pretty average deathcore. Disappointing really, these guys have a world of potential.
Black Over Gold

When I first heard this song, I claimed it to be the most emotionally moving song I'd heard all year. Now on the final day of the year, I still back that claim. The climax beginning at 4:19 where the formerly subdued piece really begins to flex its muscles is gut-wrenching. It chokes me up at times, especially listened to with headphones.
7Fang Island
Welcome Wagon

While most seemed to pick Daisy or Davey Crockett as Fang Island's strongest track, something about Welcome Wagon stood out to me the most. The whole song is pretty much straight cuddles on toast but the real kicker is from 1:23 to the dual harmonies at the end. The next person you see? Give him a high-five.
The Purge

Right from the beginning The Purge comes in and rapes the motherfuck out of everything. It only gets worser(better) when that guitar solo rips in at 0:38.
9In Vain
Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter

The atmospheric piano/guitar solo interlude thing from 4:40-5:55. This was my SOTY for the first quarter of 2010. I'm having trouble putting this interlude in to words but I'd imagine that if heaven existed, this is what it would sound and feel like. It kinda transcends music. /hyperbole

Two moments here. The intro from 0:00-0:43 is pretty goddamn epic. I hate using that word to describe music but it sounds like the opening narrative to a fantasy video game (which the album is so mission accomplished). The bridge from 2:22-3:16 becomes the true highlight of the song though. It's the first instance on the album where the vocalist's clean singing is really put to use, and layered against the clusterfuck of off-kilter rhythmic meter behind him, it manages to work incredibly well. Never has mathcore been so catchy.
Bullets Are Blind

The prechrorus, 0:48-1:07. The motif appears three times in the song with altered lyrics each time. It's hard to listen to this and not want to smash trolls with Mjolnir.
Grand Battle

4:57-8:04. The nerd inside me absolutely salivates at this whole album. At the end of this manic "nintendocore" solo-project, Peet reflects on the previous 11 tracks with lyrical references to each of them (in the fashion of Dream Theater's Octavarium). It's a little long, but it's incredibly cathartic to listen to. At the end of Grand Battle, you feel like you just completely finished a difficult video game.
13More Than Life
Scarlet Skyline

Pretty much the whole song is heart-crushing but the lyric that sticks out to me the most has always been "Fading away with the scarlet skyline, pray for the sun, to set earlier, every fucking day." (3:07-3:17). You could really pick any moment from the song though, it's basically a four minute melodic-hardcore highlight.
14Mutiny Within

I'm gonna say this song's chorus is my second favorite I've heard all year. These guys are basically your standard melodic metal band except they manage to do it...better. This song is easily my favorite of theirs, and the chorus is about the catchiest fucking thing you'll hear all year this side of cheesy power metal. Would love to see if these guys could break their cliche habits a create something truly spectacular. Probably won't happen, but they have the potential to do so. Till then they're incredibly enjoyable regardless.
Sayer Of the Law

Asleep Next to Science was my album of the year, and i'm including two songs from the cd. The bridge from 3:05-4:04 is completely entrancing. And as with the rest of the album, the incredibly cryptic lyrics are fascinating.


13:10-13:40. The whole "I see light in your eyes part." Spencer wails the shit out of that.
18Sed Non Satiata
L'arrache C'ur

The climax at 5:46.
19The Tallest Man on Earth
King of Spain

Pick a moment, any moment. Perfect.
20Titus Andronicus
The Battle of Hampton Roads

I wasn't a huge fan of the whole album like the rest of sputnik, but 4:30-5:15 worth the price of the album itself. 5:20-6:50 is also a highlight, i'm sure you guys all know the lyrics. Still waiting for the rest of the album to hit me as a hard.
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