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12.31.10 20 Most Insane Hard/metal/death/crust C12.31.10 Top 10 2010 Progressive Metal Eps

20 Most Insane Hard/metal/death/crust Core Albums Of 2010

My personal list of the heaviest, most original and talented bands making heavy music. 2010 was an incredible year for music, these are the standouts.
20From Tomorrow
The Fear of Forever


Relentless screaming and a penetrating double-kick are the dominant forces on this album, with atmospherics and a vocalist with excellent range.
19Defiler
Pangaea


Heavy and no-nonsense deathcore done right, Defiler down tune and crush you with pummeling waves of distortion.
18Thou
Summit


Desolate and dark, Thou take you out of comfort to a cold, evil place, and smother you with black ash.
17Erra
Andromeda


Seven tracks of energy-infused metal, with a unique sound that separates them from similar acts.
16Shadow Of The Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus


Crushing and technical deathcore backed with fierce percussion, SOTC demonstrate finely tuned brutality.
15Year of No Light
Ausserwelt


Vast and ever-expanding, YONL build a world, then drape it in fog and foliage. Visions of cathedrals overgrown with vines and old gigantic machines making heavy low noises permeate this album.
14The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events


Tech grind done with a flair of experimentalist overtures, and this release showcases how much you can deviate from core music with segments of soaring expanse mired in the chaos of insanity.
13 Bring Me The Horizon
There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It.


Much hated and loved, BMTH divides fans of heavy music, but I have to say this one surprised me, and was not a disappointment. Killer breakdowns, excellent riffing, and the production could not have been better. Turn it on, throw yourself at the walls.
12Constants
If Tomorrow The War


Thick and laden with noise, the beauty of this album lies in its inner-work, and through the pounding percussion and choir singing, this is sludge-rock done well.
11Intronaut
Valley of Smoke


Expertly crafted, sublime in its complexity, yet very listenable; Valley of Smoke is a journey fraught with danger and discovery.
10As We Draw
Lines Breaking Circles


After a few listens, this album really comes to life. Under the excellent drum vocal work, there is a thin, and gorgeous unwavering line of beauty and calmness apparent in all tracks. This is the new standard of post-metal, layered and more rewarding with each listen.
9Cloudkicker
Beacons


Incredible expanses are described to your ears through the tumultuous and constantly shifting rhythms, and indeed this album hits its strides easily and takes you with it to muted and calm lows with dizzying and spiraling heights.
8The Contortionist
Exoplanet


This album marks the arrival of "cosmic metal", which hearkens to visions of planets collapsing, suns colliding and the creation of black holes via stars going supernova. While based on traditional metal songwriting, this album has many gigantic and spacious moments.
7Rosetta
A Determinism of Morality


Abandoned toxic wastelands, towering and ruined buildings, mankind in decline; Rosetta describe this to you with a jarring yet soothing soundtrack of soaring and somber melodies and crushing percussion.
6Kylesa
Spiral Shadow


Following Static Tensions with a more interesting album was difficult to imagine, but Kylesa deftly performs this task, using incredible transitions, dark and brooding segments, and if course the combination of sludge metal with Laura Pleasants beautiful singing.
5The Ocean
Anthropocentric


I am a late-comer to "The Ocean", yet this album completely grabbed me. Anthropocentric kept my interest with stellar songwriting, heavy and adept instrumentation, and above all, distaste for a cold and unfeeling universe.
4Journal
Unlorja


In my mind, Journal is the forefront of musical talent, in creating some of the most unique and insane arrangements, and songs so complex they require a map and a degree in advanced mathematics to decipher.
3Deathspell Omega
Paracletus


What else can you say about this album? I had to re-write my whole list to encompass this brilliant demonstration of metal, which is a near-perfect execution.
2After The Burial
In Dreams


Most awaited metal album of the year for many, and for a reason. Literally perfect instrumentation, screaming, song structure, and just the cohesion of everything flowing together, these guys have become the new standard for progressive metal.
1Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession


What else could it be? After hearing the EP these talented Italians made, I was anxious for the full length. Dense as a 30 million ton avalanche, and as gorgeous as the sun shining between the snow drifts, this album is a culmination of how heavy yet well written and original hardcore music can be. Punishing and insane waves of brutality, piano interludes, beautiful and harsh vocals trading off and an instrumental track that lends itself to classical music mixed with post-rock, this album is the high point of music in 2010.To convert someone to this band, play Glances II at a very high volume, and watch as they are changed.
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