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To get the ball rolling on our look back at the year, here are my favorite albums of the year (in no particular order):


“Option Paralysis”-The Dillinger Escape Plan
“Option Paralysis”was definitely my most anticipated album of the year. Having quickly become one of my favorites bands after hearing Miss Machine back in 2005 and being blown away by Ire Works, I had high hopes for “Option Paralysis”. My excitement and high expectations were rewarded with an instantly classic album that blew me away from the first moment I gave it a spin. I had this blaring from my laptop for weeks and weeks and still find something new to love about it with every listen. With such killer tracks as “Gold Teeth on a Bum”, “Farewell, Mona Lisa and “Widower”, this was an easy choice for my top ten albums of 2010.


“Stream Inwards”-Mar De Grises
I had never heard of Chilean doom metallers, Mard De Grises before this year. It was only while sitting on my throne and reading Terrorizer that I read an interview with them and saw a review of “StreamInwards” trhat my interest was piqued. Immediately after my session on the throne, I checked out Mar De Grises MySpace and was instantly blown away by their beautiful version of doom metal. The emotion in the music was incredible and the atmospheres created by the music were unlike anything I had heard before. It sounded like a movie soundtrack, so powerful was the music. Since then, I have checked out Mar De Grises great back catalogue, but its on “Stream Inwards” that all the pieces seem to have fallen into place for these guys. The track “Shining Human Skin” is my favorite metal song of the year and is sure to leave you gobsmacked by how powerful it is. Mard De Grises are definitely a band to watch in the future. I predict great things from them.


“After”-Ihsahn
I have always been intrigued by black metal but could never really call myself a fan of it. I had listened to Emperor before but just couldn’t get into them. I had listened to some of Ihsahn’s previous solo stuff, which I did prefer to the Emperor stuff, but I couldn’t say I was a huge fan of his. That was until I gave a listen to “After”. “After’s” ambitiousness really blew my mind. I mean,on how many metal albums are you gonna find a saxophone so heavily used?! If you like your metal challenging and interesting, then definitely give this a spin.


“Re-Traced”-Cynic
Probably my most listened to album of the year, “Re-Traced” was my soundtrack to the majority of my travels this year. I don’t know what it was but I always found that when I put on this album, I could just close my eyes and fade away into my thoughts. The songs are almost meditative and flow effortlessly into one another. If you need a good mellowing out, then close your eyes and play this album through from start to finish.


“Evil Power”-Lair Of The Minotaur
While the majority of my favorite albums this year seem to be almost artsy and avant garde, I still loves me a bit of meat and potatoes, heavy as fuck metal. And Lair Of The Minotaur deliver this in force on “Evil Power”. With riffs and breakdowns that are sure to have cause a healthy number of bloody noses and broken bones in pits throughout the year and some of the coolest and most violent videos of the year, “Evil Power” is a necessary soundtrack for anyone who needs to unleash their anger and kick the shit out of something!

There my picks for the moment. There’s plenty of other albums I enjoyed this year but it was these guys that really stood out for me. Below are those who caim close to making the list!

The Obsidian Conspiracy-Nevermore
Exhibit B: The Human Condition-Exodus
Misled By Certainty-Cephalic Carnage
The Ocean-Heliocentric
High on Fire-Snakes for The Divine

This year in metal has been one of my favorites. Not only were there some amazing albums released by both legendary acts (Atheist, Nevermore, Exodus) and the stars of the future (Melechesh, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mar De Grises), but we also got to see history in the making when the “Big 4″ took the stage together for the first time and the world finally got to see Metallica and Mustaine on stage together again. However,on a sadder note, we also said goodbye to a number of metal icons throughout the year; icons who will leave a void never to be filled.

For me personally, its been a great year in metal as I finally decided to do something useful and set up this blog, which allowed me to get more involved with the metal community and get in contact with some of my favorite bands. It also gave me the chance to help lesser known bands get some recognition. On top of all that, I got to see more gigs in 2010 than any other year and saw unbelievable performance by Mastodon, High on Fire, Prostitute Disfigurement, Toxocara, Isis, The Melvins and more.

Over the next few days, I will be looking back at the year in metal, giving my personal thoughts on what were the best and worst albums of the year, saying a final goodbye to those we lost and just any other thoughts on the year that may cross my mind. I’ll also be looking ahead to whats on the horizon for 2011. I hope you guys enjoy it and feel free to agree/argue with me on anything i say in the comments section!

While walking back from college yesterday, headphones in ears, listening to “Piece by Piece” by Slayer, I couldn’t help but think, “This song kicks so much ass!Why don’t they play it live more often??” This thought then spread and I began to think about how this song is never listed among Slayers “hits” and is rarely mentioned by fans and band alike. Then i got to thinking, what other songs from classic albums get overlooked? So here are my choice of awesome songs from awesome albums that deserve more credit:

“Piece By Piece”-Slayer, from “Reign In Blood”
The song that planted the seeds for this blog post. Following what is thought by many to be the most evil and vicious thrash song out there is no easy task. “Piece by Piece” however faces up to the task and picks up from where Angel of Death stopped kicking our heads in. Starting off with a headbang inducing riff before exploding into a thrash frenzy, “Piece by Piece” continues “Reign in Bloods” unrelenting attack on the listener. On top of all this, it delivers the classic lyric “Decapitated bodies found,on my wall your head!”

“The Thing That Should Not Be”-Metallica, from “Master Of Puppets”
Surely I can’t be the only one to hope that when James gives his obligatory, “Do you wanna hears something heavy?” line at every Metallica show, that the opening,acoustic notes of “The Thing That Should Not Be” ominously, seep from the arena speakers? This song is one of Metallica’s slowest and heaviest in their arsenal and the eerie Lovecraftian theme of it really differentiates it from their other, war themed tracks. That frantic, almost schizophrenic wah drenched solo is also a personal favorite of mine.

“Global Warming”- Gojira, from “From Mars to Sirius”
While almost every song on this album is a modern metal classic, it seems that its “Heaviest Matter in the Universe” and “Flying Whales” seem to be the most talked about and celebrated. However, whenever I give this album a spin, which when I first heard it was a least twice daily,I always started at the end and played the albums closer “Global Warming”. That pull off, tapping sounding riff just blows my mind and is easily one of my favorite riffs ever. The lyrics are also some of the few that I feel honestly add to the quality of the song(this is something, I feel, Gojira do better than the majority of other bands). A song of epic proportions that proves that the less is more approach can definitely pay off.

“Lashed To The Slave Stick”-Nile, from “Annihilation of The Wicked”
“Annihilation”is definitely among my top 5 death metal albums of all time. “Lashed to the Slave Stick” really stands out for me as it seems to be the most controlled and straight to the point song on the album, with a collection of riffs, each one more badass than the next, especially that tremolo picked riff in the middle.

“Dead As History”-The Dillinger Escape Plan, from “Ire Works”
The diehard Dillinger fans out there may hate my guts for this admission, but I would chose the bands emotional, slow building, dramatic songs such as “Milk Lizard”, “Widower” and “Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants” anyday over their insane, explosive material. One song in particular that springs to mind that I always have to have a spin of when listening to “Ire Works” is ” Dead As History”. The song is a perfect example of how Dillinger have an amazing talent to evoke real emotion in their music and every time this track plays, I can’t help but imagine some movie scene in which the main character is walking slowly through a crowded urban area, as rain pours down, on his way to killing those who have wronged him. Can’t think of an exact movie now, but a scene along those lines always comes into my head listening to this song!

So what songs do you guys think deserve more recognition than they get?Share em down belowin the comments!