|Life's Good For Music|
My top 20 of 2010, sorry if i don't go into descriptive detail about why this album is my fav or w/e. Too lazy and thank Davis for convincing me to make this list in the first place.
Leave Everything Behind
Perfect blend of power metal, metalcore and soaring female vocals
Total Life Forever
After much deliberation I've decided to add Foals to the list, even though a month ago i thought this was one of the worse albums of 2010. Thanks to Daveyboy and MutatedFreek i finally saw the light concerning this particular album and while I'm not jizzing over this like most, I can definitely get a boner when I hear 'Spanish Sahara'
|18||Birds Of Tokyo|
Birds Of Tokyo
Karnivool is still superior to this 'side project' of Ian Kenny's
Fuck The Fall
Feeding the Wolves
The Last Stand
Terakai are a five piece Metalcore act from Reading, UK. Formed in 2009, Terakai recently released their long awaited debut EP 'The Last Stand'
So whats the album like, well along with a lot of the others in this exciting new wave of metal from the UK Terakai have their roots in the metal of the past 30 years and blended it with some of the American hardcore sounds and a touch of the old euro-metal for good measure. The result is a treat for the ears. You get tracks like 'Divinity Restored' that kicks off like a classic Converge track, all growled shouty vocals and sledgehammer riffage then out of nowhere bursts into a breath takingly beautiful twin guitar section that wouldn't be out of place on a later Thin Lizzy album.
|11||Pierce The Veil |
Considering Oceana's relatively short existence, it's difficult to forget just how far they've come. 2008's The Tide left little to no impression, making it another rather forgettable addition to the homogenized roster of Rise Records. So when 2009 brought their monstrous sophomore effort, Birth.Eater, there was a general sense of amazement that a band could make such a powerful, mature transition, especially given today's scene climate. While many fans of their debut effort were taken aback by the maturity and aggressive subtlety on display, Birth.Eater garnered quite a bit of critical praise, and opened up a much larger spectrum of listeners. After a brief break-up that seems to have played out more like a complete strip down of their sound, Oceana is back with what I consider their most ambitious and obviously devisive effort to date.
With a new voice and their third full length album, Chiodos have produced their most exceptional body of work, proving to the world that the only thing holding them back was Craig Owens.
For the sputnikers who aren't familiar with Dagoba; they are a French metalband who play modern thrash metal with some industrial elements. These industrial elements have found a bigger and brighter spot on this album. They use them in an excellent way to give the album a certain atmosphere that brings the travels over the big oceans (the theme of the album) across.
Love that shit!
Prog metal that veers towards the mellow and melodic, Nature / Existence comes packing a punch during the aggressive riffing of "Rude Awakening" and choppy instrumental "Bonfires" in particular. To single out one or two songs does the rest a disservice as there is a strong coherence about the whole piece, despite the varied styles of the vocalists, but the aching melancholia of "Winds of Dread" is a real highlight that springs to life with the sax solo and conveys an atmosphere of loss and despair. Elsewhere, the shimmering vibe of "Leaf Motif" blends lush vocals, ambient keys and a stirring melody against a backdrop of industrial riffs.
On the evidence of their first effort, Echoes clearly have the potential to evolve into something special. Innovative, sophisticated and inspired, this is one band that should be on the radar of prog fans old and new.
|5||The Sorrow |
Despite what most people say(Bloc) The Sorrow's fourth album is by far their best.
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Just listen to '7 Shots' and 'A New Day' and you'll see the light.
It's subtle and beautiful, a couple months ago this was easily my aoty. 'Lower still' is still my soty
Close call between this and Shout It Out. Sadly the Hanson trio are masters of their craft where Parades is new to the scene. Still an amazing debut and displays the potential these chaps possess(Pretty sure theres a chick or two as well.)
Shout It Out
It was a close call, but there is something in the dynamics of Hanson's sound which gives them the edge over Parades for Album of the Year...