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My Top 10 Of 2010 :]

because I saw Hawks do it and I like lists~ :]
1Agalloch
Marrow of the Spirit


Agalloch really perfected their formula in this one by amplifying all of their good aspects and adding new ones at the same time. The post-rock has broadened (with some songs even sounding like Godspeed You! Black Emperor), the black metal has become more prominent, the album has diversity which flows and fits together beautifully from the jarring Into The Painted Grey to the calm, post-rock sounding outro To Drown. Brilliance. :]
2 Anathema
We're Here Because We're Here


How Anathema came back and blew us all away with this one is something I'll be wondering for quite a while. It makes a bunch of their previous albums look like a joke. The mood here is more positive, but it still has the beauty of all the previous Anathema albums before it - but this time with consistency, the album flowing much better than their previous albums making it sound like a cohesive and complete album from start to finish. The best of their career. :]
3Rosetta
A Determinism of Morality


I didn't think I'd ever prefer a Rosetta album with the heaviness tuned out somewhat, but here it works beautifully. Imagine 7 massive monster tracks like on Wake/Lift but condensed, and that's what you have here. A wonderfully refreshing change from Rosetta, and probably their strongest album yet. It's nice that they've found a niche of their own. :]
4Year Of No Light
Ausserwelt


Though I wasn't keen on their debut, the dark brooding mix of post-metal and doom here is irresistible - 4 tracks that crush you whilst at the same time whisking you away to god knows where, a really enjoyable listen and definitely my favorite from this band without a doubt. :]
5A Forest of Stars
Opportunistic Thieves of Spring


This album is a beast. It's massive, flows wonderfully and most of all the songwriting here is superior to their older stuff (though some disagree, which is coo'). The orchestration used here really lifts this album above the rest of progressive black metal bands, and it's a shame this isn't better known and appreciated. :]
6Swans
My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky


I don't think anything really needs to be said. Swans returned and brought back a brilliant album, full of brooding and frightening pieces that I enjoy whole-heartedly. I like to think it's their most cohesive effort yet, all the tracks working wonderfully together and well organized - and to my pleasant surprise, Gira still has it. :]
7God Is An Astronaut
Age of the Fifth Sun


Though far from their best, Age of the Fifth Sun proves to be a competent album full of some of their best work. I would probably say it's their most consistent effort yet, and it's their first album I've listened to where some of the songs don't bore me or don't go down well with me - which is why it gets a place in this list. It's a shame that the great moments here aren't quite as great as their old stuff, though. But hell, a great effort. :]
8Alcest
Ecailles De Lune


This would be higher in the list if it wasn't for the second half of the album, because the first half is the best material Alcest has ever written. Ecailles de lune parts 1 and 2 would have made an amazing EP, maybe with the third track thrown in too. Really though, the first half alone makes this absolutely fantastic. :]
9Bongripper
Satan Worshipping Doom


I do love my doom, and this was probably my favorite doom album this year. I like how it dips into many places at once, like sometimes it actually sounds like black metal - and some drone moments too, along with the crushing Electric Wizard-like riffs that make this album stand on its own as the best doom album I've found. I prefer it to Black Masses, anyway. :]
10Thou
Summit


Some sludgy/doom like metal that more or less re-creates the vision of a world falling from over- industrialization and other bad things? Yeah, I can dig it. This is Thou's best album to date, pretty much everything here is done perfectly compared to their other stuff and as far as sludge/doom goes, this is probably some of the best I've heard in a long time. :]
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