As the year draws to a close, the editors at Heavy Metal Tribune bring you the top 10 picks of the year. Feel free to debate about the albums posted, and stay tuned for the rest of the week as we reveal the top album of the year on 31st December 2010!
10. Exodus – Exhibit B: The Human Condition [Thrash Metal]
Having performed in Singapore recently, the addiction is still there for Exodus. With concepts revolving war, death and politics, this is one of the best albums Exodus has put out in recent years.
9. Sargeist – Let the Devil In [Black Metal]
A truly impressive album from the dark side of Finnish black metal. Featuring members of Behexen and Horna.
8. Krieg – The Isolationist [Black Meta]
You will not get tired from listening to this, no matter how many times you listen to this. Another impressive album from Krieg.
7. Amorphis – Forging the Land of Thousand Lakes [Death/Progressive Metal]
A 3 disc set, featuring a 20 year documentary of Amorphis. Essential for all serious Amorphis collectors!
6. Setherial – Ekpyrosis [Black Metal]
Relentless blast beats and hellish guitar riffs, with chilling atmosphere. Second album to feature vocalist Infaustus.
5. Watain – Lawless Darkness [Black Metal]
Lawless Darkness carries on with Watain’s streak as one of the top black metal bands around. Though Sworn to the Dark was a better album, this is highly recommended for fans of Watain. - Clarence (OC ov Assault)
|Hong Rui’s picks|
10. Prosanctus Inferi – Pandemonic Ululations of Vesperic Palpitation [Black/Death Metal]
Dirty black/death metal in the veins of death metal legends Incantation, injected with influences from old school black metal. Featuring J. Kohn of Father Befouled, so you know what to expect.
9. The Royal Arch Blaspheme – The Royal Arch Blaspheme [Black Metal]
Punishing drumming, primitive riffs and torturous, guttural vocals blend together to give you the right mix of dirty and sick black metal. In the best possible way.
8. Atheist – Jupiter [Death Metal]
Cynics and sceptics can now shut up as Atheist presents yet another masterpiece, filled with insane technical riffs, showing Kelly Shaefer still has his chops.
7. Cemetery Urn – The Conquered are Burned [Death Metal]
Australian death metal horde reminding the masses again what it means to be “old school”.
6. Woe – Quietly, Undramatically [Black Metal]
Black metal with influences from all over the music spectrum. Nothing new, but well-executed nonetheless. Featuring Chris Grigg, current drummer for Krieg.
5. Jorn – Dio [Heavy/Power Metal]
Say what you want, but I’m a sucker for Jorn’s vocals. He does slaughter Dio’s vocals here but the instrumentals on this album more than makes up for it. RIP RJD. – Hong Rui
10. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy [Progressive Metal]
Nevermore has never released a bad album, not even a mediocre one. Period.
9. Rhapsody of Fire – The Frozen Tears of Angels [Power Metal]
This album continues the good ol’ fantasy power metal that Rhapsody, and subsequently Rhapsody in Fire, became famous for, and it just doesn’t stop.
8. Kamelot – Poetry for the Poisoned [Power Metal]
This album really shines for the incredible production effort put in. Lots of orchestral sounds with multi-vocals, guitars, and everything else chumming in, I need to give kudos to the engineers who made everything sound clear and sparkly.
7. Immolation – Majesty and Decay [Death Metal]
Immolation has a funny way of making progressive death sound remarkable simple and normal. Even though the complexity is evident, every song flows very well.
6. Watain – Lawless Darkness [Black Metal]
Continuing the tradition of releasing good black metal, this album will definitely not miss for fans of Watain.
5. Atheist – Jupiter [Death Metal]
18 years in the making, members of Atheist shows they have not lost a single shimmy in their music. Kelly Shaefer’s vocals does sound a little off but the guitar mastery of him and Chris baker more than makes up for it. Combining the insane complexity of Steve Flynn’s drumming, it is truly a legendary album. – JJ Yeo
10. Cradle of Filth – Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa [Gothic Metal]
9. Ihsahn – After [Progressive Metal]
8. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini [Viking Metal]
7. Aborym – Psychogrotesque [Black/Industrial Metal]
6. Alcest – Écailles de Lune [Black Metal/Shoegaze]
5. Watain – Lawless Darkness [Black Metal]
Stay tuned to Heavy Metal Tribune over the next few days as we reveal the top 4 albums of the year!