Best albums of 2010

Notice I didn’t put top 10 or really give a number even. . there were literally too many albums that came out this year. Some great, some not so great, some mind-blowing and still some that were just complete crap. I am only gonna list the ones I thought were Great and/or Mind-Blowing. My apologies to any albums that didn’t make it on here, I am sorry I am just one person. . while I still have the rest of my crew, I will have them create one soon but this is just me, Nick speaking. Oh and these are in no way in any order like I said its not a top 1o with the first one being the best, just albums I happened to enjoy this year.

  1. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
  2. The Deftones – Diamond Eyes
  3. Korn – Korn III: Remember Who You Are
  4. Rotting Christ – Aealo
  5. Salem – Playing God and Other Short Stories
  6. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events
  7. WhiteChapel – Era of a New Corruption
  8. Conducting From the Grave – Revenants
  9. Landmine Marathon – Sovereign Descent
  10. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy
  11. Raunchy – A Discord Electric
  12. Barren Earth – Curse of the Red River
  13. God Dethroned – Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
  14. Witchery – Witchkrieg
  15. Upon A Burning Body – The World is Ours
  16. Through the Eyes of the Dead – Skepsis
  17. Tesseract – Concealing Fate EP
  18. Taproot – Plead the Fifth
  19. Soilwork – The Panic Broadcast
  20. Sigh – Scenes From Hell
  21. Return to Earth – Automata
  22. The Pineapple Thief – Something Here is Missing
  23. Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR
  24. The Ocean – Heliocentric & Anthropocentric
  25. Misery Index – Heirs to Thievery
  26. Melechesh – The Epigenesis
  27. Kylesa – Spiral Shadows
  28. M.A.N. – Massive Audio Nerve
  29. Leng Tch’e – Hypomanic
  30. Iron Thrones – The Wretched Sun
  31. Hour of Penance – Paradogma
  32. Hate – Erebos
  33. Goat the Head – Doppelgangers
  34. Fleshgod Apocalypse – Mafia EP
  35. Fear Factory – Mechanize
  36. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
  37. Eluveitie – Everything Remains (As It Never Was)’
  38. Dirty Little Rabbits – Dirty Little Rabbits
  39. Diluvian – Epidemic
  40. Diabolic – Excisions of Exorcisms
  41. Demians – Mute
  42. Deivos – Gospel of Maggots
  43. Decrepit Birth – Polarity
  44. The Contortionist – Exoplanet
  45. Burning the Masses – Offspring of Time
  46. The Breathing Process – Odyssey (Un)dead
  47. Black Sun Aeon – Routa
  48. Beneath the Massacre – Maree Noire
  49. Atheist – Jupiter
  50. As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise
  51. Arsis – Starve For The Devil
  52. Arkaik – Reflections Within Dissonance
  53. Amorphis – Magic and Mayhem: Tales From The Early Years
  54. All That Remains – For We Are Many
  55. After the Burial – In Dreams
  56. Aeon – Path of Fire
  57. Aborted – Coronary Reconstruction
  58. Abigail Williams – In The Absence of Light
  59. The Absence – Enemy Unbound
  60. Combichrist – Making Monsters
  61. How To Destroy Angels – How To Destroy Angels
  62. Howl – Full of Hell
  63. Kamelot – Poetry For The Poisoned
  64. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
  65. Ihsahn – After
  66. Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe II
  67. Finntroll – Nifelvind
  68. Kalmah – 12 Gauge
  69. Dew Scented – Invocation
  70. Far – At Night We Live
  71. Shining – Blackjazz
  72. Therion – Sitra Ahra
  73. Midlake – The Courage of Others
  74. Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
  75. Pain of Salvation – Road Salt one
  76. Rhapsody of Fire – Frozen Tears of Angels
  77. Jorn – Dio
  78. Avantasia – Wicked Symphony & Angel of Babylon
  79. Jon Oliva’s Pain – Festival
  80. Watain – Lawless Darkness
  81. Blind Guardian – At The Edge of Time & A Voice in the Dark
  82. Charred Walls of the Damned – S/T
  83. Accept – Blood of the Nations
  84. Grave Digger – The Clans Will Rise Again
  85. Intronaut – Valley of Smoke
  86. James LaBrie – Static Impulse
  87. Kiuas – Lustdriven
  88. Alcest – Ecailles de Lune
  89. Keep of Kalessian – Reptillian
  90. Pretty Maids – Pandemonium
  91. Grave – Burial Ground
  92. Grand Magus – Hammer of the North
  93. Drudkh – Handful of Stars
  94. Unsun – Clinic for Dolls
  95. Samael – Antigod EP
  96. Devil Sold His Soul – Blessed & Cursed
  97. Vanden Plas – The Seraphic Clockwork
  98. Lantlôs – .Neon
  99. Solar Fields – Origin #01
  100. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra
  101. October Tide – A Thin Shell
  102. Spiritual Beggars – Return to Zero
  103. Lyzanxia – Locust
  104. The Vision Bleak – Set Sail to Mystery
  105. Belenos – Yen Sonn Gardis
  106. Faanefjell – Trollmarsj
  107. Nyseius – Militiae
  108. Rossomahaar – Reign of Terror
  109. Scorngrain – Utopia, Paranoia, Perversions
  110. Ghost – Opus Eponymous
  111. Teeth of the Sea – Your Mercury
  112. Wolfmare – Hand of Glory
  113. Vulture Industries – The Malefactor Bloody Register
  114. Folkearth – Viking Anthem
  115. Hymir – Nyctophobia
  116. Immaculate – Atheist Crusade
  117. Overkill – Ironbound
  118. Haken – Aquarius

This album is kinda worth mentioning, but didn’t really belong with these other albums. . . The Hooded Priest – Devil Worship Reckoning. . It just has an interesting feel to it when you are listening to it.

I think we all agree there was a LOT of metal that came out this year. . there are many that I left off the list, some that I never even got a chance to listen to yet, and some still that I never even heard of. We here at Damnation try to do our best to hear as much as possible to get the word out especially for some lesser known bands. . .but if you like to see everything here is the entire list.

Hopefully you found out about albums you didn’t know existed or maybe bands you were unaware of. . either way I think I made a descent dent in that list. Enjoy!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sean says:

    It seems you ignored power/prog metal for the most part…you guys are fags. Go try these: Charred Walls of the Damned, Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia, Masterplan, Haken, Aspera, Angra, James Labrie, Star One, Revamp, Helloween, Firewind, Therion, Dream Evil, Iron Fire, Grave Digger, Accept, Overkill, Grand Magus, Spiritual Beggars, Pain of Salvation, Virgin Steele, Pathfinder, Galneryus, Allen/Lande, Gamma Ray, Manticora.


  2. Sean says:

    I got more…Sinbreed, Blind Guardian, Defeated Sanity, Cloverseeds, Creation’s End, Juvaliant, Hooded Menace, Pretty Maids, Vanden Plas, Anathema, Seventh Wonder, Kingcrow, Intronaut, Titan, Agolloch. I realize you have a disclaimer about not listing everything but I don’t care. I will let you know if you left off anything else that is clearly better than Korn when they come to me.


  3. damnationmag says:

    LOL Sean. . I was actually about to add a LOT of stuff cause I just realized I left some off. . . so we’ll see if what I add is to your liking.


  4. Sean says:

    Seems like there is some stuff I need to look into on there. I still think you should check out a lot of what I listed. Haken in particular, it’s what Dream Theater wished they sounded like at this point. Surprised Pretty Maids made your list, it’s a very cool album but very 80’s. That Ghost album is amazing, very B.O.C, it doesn’t come out in the states til January so I wasn’t sure if I should count it. We can easily agree that it’s been unfair for the budgets of metal fans this year. I will be holding off on my best of the year until March just to catch up on buying.


  5. damnationmag says:

    I remember you playing Pretty Maids for me one day and liking it. . and I am about to add Overkill, Haken and Immaculate


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