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mastodon421
12-10-2010, 09:59 AM
Over the next few weeks, I will be doing my year-end list. In this thread I will be doing the following.
1.Best Albums Covers of 2010
2.EP's
3.Best Live Performances
4.Rank every record I heard this year.

I will post the albums covers today at some point and hopefully tommorow, rank the 4 EP's I heard this year. Monday or Tuesday I start the full album countdown and somepoint I will post the best live shows and other shit. Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

mastodon421
12-10-2010, 01:00 PM
Here my picks for the Top 5 Best Album Covers


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5.As I Lay Dying-The Powerless Rise
Jake Bannon did the cover for this and I always like his stuff, this is no exception.

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4.Howl-Full Of Hell
This is just one bad-ass cover plain and simple, the artwork is really interesting and strikes you right off the bat.

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3.Carnifex-Hell Chose Me
This cover is easily the best thing about the album. This cover embodies the title and it's really an evil and awesome cover. Too bad a shit album got such an awesome cover.

http://cdn.everyjoe.com/files/2009/12/Overkill_Ironbound_2010.jpg
2.Overkill-Ironbound
Overkill has a history of killer album covers, but I think takes the cake. They one of the coolest logos in all of metal and it's on full display here.

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1.Intronaut-Valley Of Smoke
This cover is equal parts awesome and pretty. A truely gorgeous cover that is just a great piece of art.

mastodon421
12-11-2010, 04:23 PM
It's time for my EP rankings. I heard 4 this year and I liked all of them actually. Without further ado, here they are.

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4.The Devil Wears Prada-Zombie EP

Like I have mentioned before, The Devil Wears Prada is one of my guilty pleasures. After their so-so last effort With Roots Above and Branches Below, I had pretty much written them off as a band. Zombie EP came as a surprise for sure. It's a lot heavier and faster than any of their previous stuff. I like the overall direction this record takes and if they drop their horrid clean vocals, I think I would like their stuff alot more. Zombie EP is a pretty good effort that is the best material The Devil Wears Prada has released since their debut.
Standout Tracks
1.Revive
2.Escape
3.Anatomy

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3.Chiddy Bang-The Preview

Chiddy Bang is one of the most promising young rap acts around. They sample the likes of MGMT and Passion Pit with their beats and add some creative spins on them. Lead Rapper Chiddy has pretty damn good lyrics and a great flow. With exception of opening track, "The Good Life", which is a dud, The Preview is a solid debut EP and shows the potential that Chiddy Bang has.
Standout Tracks
1.All Things Go
2.Here We Go
3.Opposite Of Adults

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2.Atmosphere-To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy:The Atmosphere EP's

Atmosphere's double EP features 11 tracks, so it really feels like a full length. As usual, the beats are top notch. Ant's arsenal of unique and killer beats is not going to run out any time soon. Slug's rhymes are as candid and smart as ever. Atmosphere steps to the plate yet again and releases another great piece of music.
Standout Tracks
1.Shotgun
2.Hope
3.Freefallin'

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1.Fleshgod Apocalypse-Mafia

One of the best discoveries of 2010 for me was Fleshgod Apocalypse. Their brand of brutal tech-death is just astonshing. The drumming is inhuman, the guitarwork is fast and prescise and the vocals are brutal. The 4 original tracks and their excellent cover of "Blinded By Fear" by At The Gates are all punshing and wonderful pieces of death metal. This band just really,really impressed me and fans of tech-death should check this band out ASAP. Mafia is a thunderous spectacle that takes the crown of EP of the year for me.
Standout Tracks
1.Thru Our Scars
2.Conspiracy Of Silence
3.Blinded By Fear

Natrlhi
12-11-2010, 08:41 PM
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Dude - you missed some damn good EP's this year. Plus, MotA should be on your list for the album cover category as well. Tsk, tsk. :nonono: ;)

mastodon421
12-12-2010, 06:22 AM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_z_Lsw8er_mo/TEjfO5uLp3I/AAAAAAAAA8c/OuaM5R3VZLA/s1600/filth+rations.jpghttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8N-4vHUiQ64/TJk9rE4d-oI/AAAAAAAAD-8/iMndaJzXteI/s400/f.jpghttp://www.crawdaddy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Songs_For_Singles_-_Torche.png
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Dude - you missed some damn good EP's this year. Plus, MotA should be on your list for the album cover category as well. Tsk, tsk. :nonono: ;)

I'm not really into Cynic or Autopsy, i've given them a few chances, but I just can't get into them. Torche was one of the records I didn't get a chance to listen to this year that I had an intrest in. I have never listened to Mouth Of The Architect or Triptykon before. I am just starting to get into black metal, so I will check Triptykon eventually, I want to explore some more black metal before I check out Triptykon.

daimonos
12-12-2010, 08:29 AM
I want to explore some more black metal before I check out Triptykon.

Triptykon isn't much of a "black metal" band persay, more like a "doom band with traditional black metal influences". You would probably like Triptykon more than most black metal you would 'explore'.

jhdeity
12-12-2010, 01:01 PM
Yeah nat's picks are all top notch EP's. I do like Atmosphere though...

jhdeity
12-12-2010, 03:18 PM
Triptykon isn't much of a "black metal" band persay, more like a "doom band with traditional black metal influences". You would probably like Triptykon more than most black metal you would 'explore'.

well said

mastodon421
12-13-2010, 02:02 PM
Today I am commencing my list of full-lengths. Starting with a thud with albums 57-55.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/48/RecoveryCoverOfficial.jpg

57.Eminem-Recovery
Eminem's descent to complete shit is complete with Recovery. I didn't hate his last release, Relapse, but it was highly flawed. Recovery's biggest issue is that it's way too mainstream. Eminem no longer cares about smart lyrics, he only cares about radio hits. Shitty guest artists like Rihanna and Pink only bring the album even further down. Recovery is an absolute pile of dog shit that Eminem should be ashamed of.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Bi0Jk4jI8Gs/S3EZcx-ge0I/AAAAAAAAA5U/dix50AAmTGY/s320/Canifex_Hell+Chose+Me.jpg

56.Carnifex-Hell Chose Me
I've never really been a fan of Carnifex and Hell Chose Me didn't really do anything to change that. It's really boring and just about every song sounds exactly the same. Outside of the awesome cover, there isn't much to like here.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_IndQc--_HHU/TJ9du4iTjQI/AAAAAAAAAzw/OlNB52RW-qA/s1600/bmth.jpg

55.Bring Me The Horizon-There Is A Hell,Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret
Bring Me The Horizon's new record is a bit different from their past material and has 2 songs that I actually like. Outside of those 2 tracks, it's an emo-filled piece of shit. "Crucify Me", "Don't Go" and "It Never Ends" are way too ambitious for BMTH and end up being just as bad as their earlier material. This might be the best record BMTH has ever done, but it still fucking sucks.
Standout Tracks
1.Home Sweet Hole
2.The Fox and The Wolf

jhdeity
12-13-2010, 02:10 PM
The 1st time I listened to new Eminem I said to my friend I like the entire cd except the idiotic Rihanna song. I'm not a big rap fan by any means but the lyrics on this album are clever as shit. I still like So Bad, Cinderella Man and a few others. I think it's worlds better than his last cd because of the lyrics alone.

Totally agree on the other 2

mastodon421
12-14-2010, 01:38 PM
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54.Godsmack-The Oracle
I knew The Oracle was doomed when I heard lead single "Cryin Like A Bitch". "Cryin Like A Bitch" is the worst track Godsmack has ever made. The whole record doesn't really get much better. It's pretty much just an awful version of their earlier stuff.
Standout Track
1.Love-Hate -Sex- Pain (the only good track here)

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53.Iron Maiden-The Final Frontier
I know i'm going to catch some heat for this one. Iron Maiden is and will always be one of my favorite bands, but The Final Frontier sucks. I have never been big on their reunion-era stuff and The Final Frontier continues that trend.Bruce sounds strained and weak throughout the entire record. In addition to Bruce's weak vocals, the songs drag on and feel a lot longer than they actually are. "The Man Who Would Be King", "El Dorado" and "Coming Home" are the worst tracks with Bruce on it. There are a couple of decent tracks, but mainly it's full of duds. Personally, I think this the worst Maiden record with Bruce on it.
Standout Tracks
1.Starblind
2.The Final Frontier

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52.Rob Zombie-Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Rob Zombie is another one of my favorite artists that released a shitty record this year. My expectations wern't high at all after I heard "What?" and "Burn" last year. Most of this album just doesn't click. It tries to hard to be a carbon-copy of Hellbilly Deluxe then be a stand-alone album. The songs do translate well live, but on album, for the most part, the tracks are lackluster.
Standout Tracks
1.Jesus Frankenstein
2.Mars Needs Women

larvtard
12-14-2010, 01:46 PM
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54.Godsmack-The Oracle
I knew The Oracle was doomed when I heard lead single "Cryin Like A Bitch". "Cryin Like A Bitch" is the worst track Godsmack has ever made. The whole record doesn't really get much better. It's pretty much just an awful version of their earlier stuff.
Standout Track
1.Love-Hate -Sex- Pain (the only good track here)


you actually listened to the new Godsmack album? are you a fan of self-inflicted suffering, or something? :lol:

street_burial
12-14-2010, 01:46 PM
55.Bring Me The Horizon-There Is A Hell,Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret
Bring Me The Horizon's new record is a bit different from their past material and has 2 songs that I actually like. Outside of those 2 tracks, it's an emo-filled piece of shit. "Crucify Me", "Don't Go" and "It Never Ends" are way too ambitious for BMTH and end up being just as bad as their earlier material. This might be the best record BMTH has ever done, but it still fucking sucks.
Standout Tracks
1.Home Sweet Hole
2.The Fox and The Wolf

I mostly agree with that, But the song 'Fuck' is all around good for them, it was very surprising, they dont usually put clean vocals like they did with this album and i thought they pulled it off pretty well. and the lyrics for that song, other than the obvious "lets fuck", are fairly well thought out and put together. It's still bring me the horizon but it wasnt a terrible album

jhdeity
12-14-2010, 01:57 PM
you actually listened to the new Godsmack album? are you a fan of self-inflicted suffering, or something? :lol:

You forgot the dumbest song of 2010 that is actually on the bonus cd version. Whiskey Hangover. My IQ drops every time I hear that godawful song. They still play it on the radio around here and every time I ask myself WHY??????????

JLRedWing13
12-15-2010, 03:58 PM
The fact that Iron Maiden is grouped in the same post as Godsmack and Rob Zombie is just wrong.

JLRedWing13
12-15-2010, 03:59 PM
There are a couple of decent tracks, but mainly it's full of duds. Personally, I think this the worst Maiden record with Bruce on it.

Have you ever listened to No Prayer For The Dying or Fear of the Dark? You cannot tell me that there's not a song on TFF better than stuff like Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.

Indestructible
12-15-2010, 04:09 PM
[mastodon421] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/48/RecoveryCoverOfficial.jpg

57.Eminem-Recovery
Eminem's descent to complete shit is complete with Recovery. I didn't hate his last release, Relapse, but it was highly flawed. Recovery's biggest issue is that it's way too mainstream. Eminem no longer cares about smart lyrics, he only cares about radio hits. Shitty guest artists like Rihanna and Pink only bring the album even further down. Recovery is an absolute pile of dog shit that Eminem should be ashamed of.
Eminem needs to find a new thing to rap about. Him getting clean from drugs, his mother, his daughter(Well I understand if he raps about his daughter), his ex. We have heard it all before. I listened to this album it was alright, a few songs were fine, Cold Wind Blows and Not afraid I like. I actually like the song he did with Rihanna:eyes::eyes:. I do agree that this is mainstream and he is just going for radio hits now. Though Eminem has always been meanstream but his songs before relapse were actually good, real and better than all modern rap.

[55.Bring Me The Horizon-There Is A Hell,Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret
Bring Me The Horizon's new record is a bit different from their past material and has 2 songs that I actually like. Outside of those 2 tracks, it's an emo-filled piece of shit. "Crucify Me", "Don't Go" and "It Never Ends" are way too ambitious for BMTH and end up being just as bad as their earlier material. This might be the best record BMTH has ever done, but it still fucking sucks.
Standout Tracks
1.Home Sweet Hole
2.The Fox and The WolfBring me the Horizon is gross.

Indestructible
12-15-2010, 04:11 PM
You forgot the dumbest song of 2010 that is actually on the bonus cd version. Whiskey Hangover. My IQ drops every time I hear that godawful song. They still play it on the radio around here and every time I ask myself WHY??????????

Crying like a Bitch is dumber than Whiskey Hangover. Godsmack sucks now, not that they were that good before, but they did have some decent songs on the first 3 albums.

mastodon421
12-15-2010, 04:35 PM
Have you ever listened to No Prayer For The Dying or Fear of the Dark? You cannot tell me that there's not a song on TFF better than stuff like Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.

Yes I have, those aren't good records either. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter is the worst Maiden track with Bruce on it, so yes every song on The Final Frontier is better than it. I still think The Final Frontier is their worst album as a whole with Bruce on it. Don't get me wrong I am a huge Maiden fan, I just do not like their reunion-era stuff outside of Brave New World.

edit: I forgot to mention that i'm not doing a post tonight, Have to study for some finals.

Indestructible
12-15-2010, 04:55 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/86/The_Final_Frontier_cover.jpg
53.Iron Maiden-The Final Frontier
Bruce sounds strained and weak throughout the entire record

:confused::confused:

ShatteredFlame
12-15-2010, 05:46 PM
57.Eminem-Recovery
Eminem's descent to complete shit is complete with Recovery. I didn't hate his last release, Relapse, but it was highly flawed. Recovery's biggest issue is that it's way too mainstream. Eminem no longer cares about smart lyrics, he only cares about radio hits. Shitty guest artists like Rihanna and Pink only bring the album even further down. Recovery is an absolute pile of dog shit that Eminem should be ashamed of.

I'm gonna have to disagree with this. While highly overrated, Recovery was a pretty good album and a nice direction for Em to go in. The collabs with different producers instead of just using Dr. Dre was really refreshing and I think is a smart move to help him grow as an artist. The beats are generally a mixed bag though, some work and others don't but in the end it's all a matter of personal taste whether you enjoy the beats or not. I personally love the use of samples in this album. He completely trolled Lil Wayne on that track. The other pop artists on here are decent, though that Rihanna track got played out on the radio. In terms of lyricism he rarely talks about his own life, instead we get a lot of relationship type stuff but at least it's something different. The album does contain some tracks I am not too fond of but all in all its generally a good listen.

mastodon421
12-16-2010, 01:15 PM
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51.Bullet For My Valentine-Fever

I liked Bullet's first two records a decent amount, I have never been a big fan or anything like that. I checked out Fever and it's easily the worst record they have done. It has way too many clean vocals, which has never been Bullet's strong suit. Bullet always had a mainstream sound, this is just way too mainstream. There are still some good soloing and a couple of good riffs here and there, but for the most part it's a pretty tired effort.
Standout Tracks
1.The Last Fight
2.Alone

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50.Disturbed-Asylum

When I first heard this record I thought it was decent. Upon repeat listens, it really started to grate on me. It's such a repeative record. 75% of the songs sound exactly the same. I was already starting to fade out of Disturbed, Aslyum is the nail in the coffin. Worst record Disturbed has done.
Standout Tracks
1.My Child
2.Aslyum
3.The Animal

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49.Avenged Sevenfold-Nightmare

Nightmare must have been a difficult record to make. I respect Avenged Sevenfold for making this record after the loss of The Rev. Sadly, Nightmare isn't good. The albums gets way too bogged down with slow songs. Avenged Sevenfold can't play slow stuff. These tracks are completely lame and really drag the album down. Another factor that is underwhelming is how underused Mike Portnoy is. When you have a drummer like Mike Portnoy on a record, the drumming shouldn't be so subpar. Horrible use of such a great talent. What saved this album from being lower is the fact that the songs that are good are really good. It's a shame that the record in The Rev's memory isn't a good one.
Standout Tracks
1.God Hates Us
2.Buried Alive
3.Natural Born Killer

mastodon421
12-16-2010, 02:44 PM
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48.Black Tusk-Taste The Sin

Black Tusk had been getting a lot of hype, being a huge sludge fan, I checked them out. There is nothing really wrong with Taste The Sin, it's just that nothing really stands out. Black Tusk is pretty much a poor man's Baroness or Kylesa. There are some solid riffs and nice grooves, but for the most part it's just a subpar sludge record that isn't anything special.
Standout Tracks
1.Unleash The Wrath
2.Snake Charmer
3.The Takeoff

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47.Mutiny Within-Mutiny Within

Mutiny Within has gotten bunch of attention this year. They are the new tour whores. Their debut full-length is pretty average stuff. They have some talent and solid guitarwork. What takes away from this band for me is the vocals. Chris Clancy has a decent voice, it's just that sometime there is a way too much of a power-metal vibe to it. Not really enough here for me to call it a good record.
Standout Tracks
1.Years Of Affliction
2.Suffocate
3.Awake

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46.Exodus-Exhibit B: The Human Condition

Exhibit B was one of the biggest letdowns of the year for me. I was really excited for this record going into the year. The main issue I had with it was the songs were too damn long. I have no issue with long songs, it's just the ones on Exhibit B aren't really intresting. There are few bright spots ("Hammer and Life" is fucking awesome.) This whole album is pretty much full of filler, I really expected better from Exodus.
Standout Tracks
1.Hammer and Life
2.A Perpetual State Of Indifference
3.Downfall

Indestructible
12-16-2010, 05:11 PM
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46.Exodus-Exhibit B: The Human Condition

Exhibit B was one of the biggest letdowns of the year for me. I was really excited for this record going into the year. The main issue I had with it was the songs were too damn long. I have no issue with long songs, it's just the ones on Exhibit B aren't really intresting. There are few bright spots ("Hammer and Life" is fucking awesome.) This whole album is pretty much full of filler, I really expected better from Exodus.
Standout Tracks
1.Hammer and Life
2.A Perpetual State Of Indifference
3.Downfall

I like this album.

mastodon421
12-17-2010, 10:39 AM
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45.Fear Factory-Mechanize

There's nothing glaringly wrong with Mechanize, it's just a really subpar album. Every track is just average, nothing horrible, but nothing good either. I really don't understand all the praise for this record. To each his own, but I found Mechanize to be the most mediocre record of 2010.
Standout Tracks
Insert any track, they are all on the same level of mediocrity.

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44.Kylesa-Spiral Shadow

I was really looking forward to Spiral Shadow. Their previous release, Static Tensions, was a great record and one of the best of 2009. Sadly, Spiral Shadow doesn't really cut it. A good of majority of the tracks just didn't click with me(especially "Forsaken" and "To Forget"). I found it to be way too artsy at times and that the side of Kylesa I don't really enjoy. The tracks that do work well("Tired Climb","Crowded Road") are just as good as the stuff on Static Tensions. Spiral Shadow was the biggest dissapointment of 2010 for me. I hope Kylesa's next record goes back to a more sludgey sound.

Standout Tracks
1.Tired Climb
2.Crowded Road
3.Spiral Shadow

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43.The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza-Danza III:The Series Of Unfortunate Events

This record is pretty chaotic. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza is best in small doses. Their sound does become grating after a while, mainly because of the sloppy production and muddy vocals. The main reason this record is pretty decent is the guitarwork. Josh Travis is one hell of a player and he fits Danza's style perfectly. I think if Danza workedout some of the kinks with production and songwriting(mainly with the weak breakdowns that aren't needed that most of their songs have), we could be looking at a very good band. A flawed, but solid effort.
Standout Tracks
1.There's A Time and A Place For Everything
2.Vicki Mayhem
3.A Trail Of Tears

larvtard
12-17-2010, 01:35 PM
This is so depressing... :( We've only been reading about shitty albums these past few days.

I understand the need to have an epic countdown-sort of thing, but you should just start at your least favorite favorite album or something, then list the albums you didn't like in one post. I dunno, it makes more sense to me than ranking every single album you listened to this year.

mastodon421
12-17-2010, 02:50 PM
This is so depressing... :( We've only been reading about shitty albums these past few days.

I understand the need to have an epic countdown-sort of thing, but you should just start at your least favorite favorite album or something, then list the albums you didn't like in one post. I dunno, it makes more sense to me than ranking every single album you listened to this year.

Sorry bro, I'm getting there. I like to talk about each album, list my thoughts. The good albums are coming up soon.

jhdeity
12-17-2010, 04:34 PM
I've been wondering what people who bash Mechanize are thinking. What were they expecting? If they were never fans of Demanufacture and other great FF albums I might understand. Maybe I was just so happy to have a new Fear Factory album but that album is Top 10 all day to me.

Christploitation is unlike any Fear Factory song ever written. Powershifter sounds like it could be on Demanufacture to me. I could go down the list but it is what it is. At least you had it over Maiden...

Natrlhi
12-17-2010, 11:08 PM
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48.Black Tusk-Taste The Sin

Black Tusk had been getting a lot of hype, being a huge sludge fan, I checked them out. There is nothing really wrong with Taste The Sin, it's just that nothing really stands out. Black Tusk is pretty much a poor man's Baroness or Kylesa. There are some solid riffs and nice grooves, but for the most part it's just a subpar sludge record that isn't anything special.
Standout Tracks
1.Unleash The Wrath
2.Snake Charmer
3.The Takeoff

http://www.hellbound.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Kylesa-Spiral-Shadow-300x300.jpg
44.Kylesa-Spiral Shadow

I was really looking forward to Spiral Shadow. Their previous release, Static Tensions, was a great record and one of the best of 2009. Sadly, Spiral Shadow doesn't really cut it. A good of majority of the tracks just didn't click with me(especially "Forsaken" and "To Forget"). I found it to be way too artsy at times and that the side of Kylesa I don't really enjoy. The tracks that do work well("Tired Climb","Crowded Road") are just as good as the stuff on Static Tensions. Spiral Shadow was the biggest dissapointment of 2010 for me. I hope Kylesa's next record goes back to a more sludgey sound.

Standout Tracks
1.Tired Climb
2.Crowded Road
3.Spiral ShadowI liked both of these albums a lot - especially Kylesa. I will submit that I thought Spiral Shadow was a huge step backwards for Kylesa at first, but on further listens I realized that it was a very good album and that they were pushing themselves further creatively, so of course it didn't sound like Static Tensions, because it was in fact an effort to improve or build upon that sound. I still enjoy Static Tensions more overall, but Spiral Shadow is my second favorite Kylesa album, and that's saying a lot as I'm a big fan of theirs these days.

By the way, Black Tusk and Kylesa are both from the same (Savannah, GA) metal scene , and they know each other very well. Black Tusk is also friends with Baroness, and their album cover is yet another piece of awesome by John Baizley, so the fact that you compared Black Tusk to these bands is either a really big coincidence, a reflection that you have a really good ear for music, or just a confirmation that you already knew this. ;)

mastodon421
12-18-2010, 05:16 AM
I liked both of these albums a lot - especially Kylesa. I will submit that I thought Spiral Shadow was a huge step backwards for Kylesa at first, but on further listens I realized that it was a very good album and that they were pushing themselves further creatively, so of course it didn't sound like Static Tensions, because it was in fact an effort to improve or build upon that sound. I still enjoy Static Tensions more overall, but Spiral Shadow is my second favorite Kylesa album, and that's saying a lot as I'm a big fan of theirs these days.

By the way, Black Tusk and Kylesa are both from the same (Savannah, GA) metal scene , and they know each other very well. Black Tusk is also friends with Baroness, and their album cover is yet another piece of awesome by John Baizley, so the fact that you compared Black Tusk to these bands is either a really big coincidence, a reflection that you have a really good ear for music, or just a confirmation that you already knew this. ;)

I actually had no idea Black Tusk was from Savannah, it makes a lot of sense now. So apparently I have a good ear for music;)

ShatteredFlame
12-18-2010, 07:16 AM
I don't get why people were expecting so much from the new Kylesa considering they just pumped out an album last year.

I wasn't expecting as good of a record as Static Tensions. But I was expecting a straight forward release, with maybe an experimental take upon their sound. Besides some unnecessary mainstream feeling chorus lines, Spiral Shadow was exactly that. The only thing shitty about Kylesa is that they are practically THE hipster metal band now, I'm stating to miss the DIY feeling of the first 3 albums.

jhdeity
12-18-2010, 09:08 AM
I don't get why people were expecting so much from the new Kylesa considering they just pumped out an album last year.

I wasn't expecting as good of a record as Static Tensions. But I was expecting a straight forward release, with maybe an experimental take upon their sound. Besides some unnecessary mainstream feeling chorus lines, Spiral Shadow was exactly that. The only thing shitty about Kylesa is that they are practically THE hipster metal band now, I'm stating to miss the DIY feeling of the first 3 albums.

I'll be first to admit I was hoping for Static Tensions II and wrote Spiral Shadow off after 2 listens. I'm just glad SS wasn't my 1st taste of Kylesa because it's not a good representation of who they are. Other than Back and Forth the entire 2nd half of this came off as filler to me at 1st listen. That being said I think some of these songs would be much better live. Hopefully I get to find out.

mastodon421
12-18-2010, 12:58 PM
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42.A Day To Remember-What Separates Me From You

A Day To Remember is another one of my guilty pleasures. On What Separates Me From You, they take their music in a more punk direction. For whatever reason, this album didn't click with me as much as their past material. I like the direction they took with records, it's still pretty fun and the hardcore elements are still present, but there are some real duds on this record. I still thought it was a decent record and you can see the growth ADTR has made.
Standout Tracks
1.Sticks and Bricks
2.You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic
3.The House That Doubt Built

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41.Demon Hunter-The World Is A Thorn

Demon Hunter's new effort is nothing revolutionary, but it's a solid piece of metalcore. What I like about Demon Hunter is the vocals. Ryan Clark's vocals really are the driving force behind the band. The World Is A Thorn is worth a listen for metalcore fans.
Standout Tracks
1.Collapsing
2.Fell Though As You Could
3.Descending Upon Us

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40.Miss May I-Monument

Miss May I has blown up in 2010 and rightfully so, Monument is a nice stepping stone of a record. Monument is a record were I liked every song, the thing is that few are above decent. Don't get wrong, when Miss May I hits their stride on tracks like "Creations" and "Relentless Chaos", it shows what this band is really made of. Miss May I has a lot of potential and they are a young band. I really look forward to their next release, this a band that could join the elite tier of metalcore acts.
Standout Tracks
1.Creations
2.Relentless Chaos
3.Gears

bezerker010
12-19-2010, 06:34 AM
Although I like Monument, I don't think it touches MMI's first release, Apologies. I thought Apologies was overall a lot better of an album. Monument just sounded generic to me and I got over listening to it after a few days.

mastodon421
12-20-2010, 06:19 AM
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39.Beneath The Sky-In Loving Memory

Beneath The Sky broke up briefly following their last record and I was surprised to find they got back together. This isn't as good as of a return as it should be. It stars off with all of its best tracks in a row. After hearing the first 3 tracks "Sorry I'm Lost", "Tears,Bones and Desire" and "Terror Starts At Home" I though I would love this record. The rest of the tracks are a steep decline after the excellent opners. Bottom Line, I still liked In Loving Memory, it just starts off really strong and loses momentum afterwards.

Standout Tracks
1.Tears,Bones, and Desire
2.Sorry I'm Lost
3.Terror Starts At Home

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38.Arsis-Starve For The Devil

Starve For The Devil was another record that really let me down. It's far from bad, it's just not up to the quailty of Arsis's other records. A big reason for that is the parody theme running through some of the tracks. I get that "Forced To Rock" and "Half Past Corpse O'Clock" are joke songs, they just aren't good songs. That being said there are still some killer tracks on here and James Malone's furious fretwork is still on display. A letdown, but still a pretty decent release.
Standout Tracks
1.A March For The Sick
2.Sable Rising
3.Beyond Forlon

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37.Nachtmystium-Addicts: Black Meddle Part 2

Nachtmystium is band that is beyond ambitious, they actually might be too ambitious. Their sound is completely hit or miss, when it hits on tracks like album standout "Nightfall", Nachtmystium shows off their mad genius. On misfires such as "Then Fires", which is a mess of a song, it shows off Nachtmystium's flaws with their trippy,strange black metal sound. Addicts shows moments of brilliance, but it's lack of coheison hurts it in the end.
Standout Tracks
1.Nightfall
2.No Funeral
3.Ruined Life Continum

mastodon421
12-21-2010, 08:52 AM
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36.Abigail Williams-In The Absence Of Light

Abigail Williams makes some nice changes on In The Absence Of Light. They drop the symphonic elements and go for a more straight-forward black metal sound. A lot better written than their past work and there are some pretty sick riffs this time around. Still a few issues with production and a couple of tedious tracks, but Abilgail Williams is a band on the rise.
Standout Tracks
1.In Death Comes Great Silence
2.Final Destiny Of The Gods
3.An Echo In Our Legends

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35.Korn-Korn III: Remember Who You Are

The album title is somewhat accurate, Korn does remember who they are... sort of. After their past 2 unholy awful records, Korn III is a refreshing record from them. At times, this record really captures the old Korn sound especially on album standouts like "The Past" and "Lead The Parade". That being said, this still isn't a great record. There is still some absolute dog shit tracks on this record. Korn III is a step in the right direction for Korn and hopefully their next release will continue this trend.
Standout Tracks
1.The Past
2.Lead The Parade
3.Never Around

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34.Cephalic Carnage-Misled By Certainty

Cephalic Carnage has always stood out to me as one of the best deathgrind bands around. Misled By Certainty might not be their finest work, but it still gets the job done. As usual, the 30 second grind spazouts are awesome. These tracks are absolute chaos and Cephalic Carnage is great at making them. Where is this album looses a bit of steam is with over-ambitious tracks such as "When I Arrive" and "Repangea", I don't really the experimentation on these tracks. Overall, another hyper-active, weed-filled good record from Cephalic Carnage.
Standout Tracks
1.Pure Horses
2.The Incorrigible Flame
3.Warbots A.M

Natrlhi
12-21-2010, 08:56 AM
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35.Korn-Korn III: Remember Who You Are

The album title is somewhat accurate, Korn does remember who they are... sort of. After their past 2 unholy awful records, Korn III is a refreshing record from them. At times, this record really captures the old Korn sound especially on album standouts like "The Past" and "Lead The Parade". That being said, this still isn't a great record. There is still some absolute dog shit tracks on this record. Korn III is a step in the right direction for Korn and hopefully their next release will continue this trend.
Standout Tracks
1.The Past
2.Lead The Parade
3.Never AroundYou have this ranked higher than Nachtmystium, Arsis, Kylesa and Black Tusk?

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street_burial
12-21-2010, 08:59 AM
36.Abigail Williams-In The Absence Of Light

Abigail Williams makes some nice changes on In The Absence Of Light. They drop the symphonic elements and go for a more straight-forward black metal sound. A lot better written than their past work and there are some pretty sick riffs this time around. Still a few issues with production and a couple of tedious tracks, but Abilgail Williams is a band on the rise.
Standout Tracks
1.In Death Comes Great Silence
2.Final Destiny Of The Gods
3.An Echo In Our Legends


i was somewhat disappointed with this album, i very much liked the symphonic sound they had on their first full-length album

jhdeity
12-21-2010, 11:27 AM
make that a triple facepalm for fear factory.

mastodon421
12-22-2010, 07:23 AM
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33.Dark Tranquillity-We Are The Void

We Are The Void has been one of the most debated albums of the year. Some say it's amazing, some say it's god awful, I share neither of these thoughts. I thought We Are The Void was a pretty good record. It's no Character, Fiction, or The Gallery, but it gets the job done.
Standout Tracks
1.In My Absence
2.Dream Oblivion
3.The Fatalist

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32.Cancer Bats-Bears,Mayors, Scraps and Bones

The thing I most enjoyed about Bears,Mayors, Scraps and Bones is their frantic brand of hardcore is really heavy on southern metal riffs. There are a lot of amazing riffs on this record. Why this record is not postioned higher is because after I saw them live in July, I lost a bit of respect for them. Their live show is pretty damn bad and it made me enjoy their music les. I still like this record, just not quite as much as I did when I first heard it.
Standout Tracks
1.Snake Mountain
2.Sleep This Away
3.Trust No One

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31.GWAR-Bloody Pit Of Horror

GWAR is back! I was kind of surprised to see them make anothe record so soon after releasing Lust In Space last year. Thakfully, Bloody Pit Of Horror was not rushed and it's the best and thrashiest GWAR record in a while. Bloody Pit Of Horror is GWAR at their usual, tongue in cheek best especially on tracks like "A Gathering Of Ghouls" and "Hail, Genocide!. Listening to this record reminds yet again how desperately I want to see GWAR live. Hopefully in 2011 I will get that to see them (finally).
Standout Tracks
1.A Gathering Of Ghouls
2.Hail, Genocide!
3.Beat You To Death

mastodon421
12-23-2010, 09:24 AM
Here is a recap of each show I went to this year. I will post my picks for top 10 performances later today.

Between The Buried and Me
Scale The Summit 8/10
The Devin Townsend Project 8.5/10
Cynic 5/10
Between The Buried and Me 10/10

Killswitch Engage
Dark Tranquillity 8.5/10
The Devil Wears Prada 6/10
Killswitch Engage 9/10

NEMHF
Acaro 8/10
Lecherous Nocturne 7/10
Malefice 5/10
Arsonists Get All The Girls 8/10
Gaza 8.5/10
The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza 5/10
Through The Eyes Of The Dead 7/10
Holy Grail 4/10
Cattle Decapitation 8.5/10
Skeletonwitch 9/10
Municipal Waste 8.5/10
Eleveitie 8.5/10
Whitechapel 6/10
Job For A Cowboy 8.5/10
Amon Amarth 9/10

Warped Tour
The Dillinger Escape Plan 9/10
Bring Me The Horizon 1.5/10
Every Time I Die 8.5/10
Whitechapel 7/10
Parkway Drive 8/10
Artist Vs Poet 1/10
Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band 2.5/10
Sparks The Rescue 3.5/10
Alkaline Trio 7.5/10
Suicide Silence 6.5/10
Andrew W.K 9.5/10

The Cool Tour
War Of Ages 8/10
Cancer Bats 3/10
Architects 0.5/10
The Acacia Strain 8.5/10
Bless The Fall 6/10
Between The Buried and Me 9/10
Underoath 2/10
As I Lay Dying 9.5/10

Mayhem Fest
In This Moment 3/10
Stemm 6.5/10
Norma Jean 3/10
Shadows Fall 7.5/10
Winds Of Plague 8/10
Chimaira 8.5/10
Atreyu 4/10
Hatebreed 9.5/10
3 Inches Of Blood 9/10
Lamb Of God 9/10
Avenged Sevenfold 8/10
Rob Zombie 10/10
Korn 9.5/10

Summer Slaughter
Vital Remains 8.5/10
Animals As Leaders 8/10
Thick As Blood 5/10
Decrepit Birth 7.5/10
Cephalic Carnage 8/10
Veil Of Maya 7.5/10
The Red Chord 9/10
All Shall Perish 8.5/10
The Faceless 9/10

BlackDiamondSkye
Mastodon 9.5/10
Deftones 8/10
Alice In Chains 9.5/10

Rock and Shock
Conducting From The Grave 7.5/10
Molotov Solution 6.5/10
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza 6.5/10
Decrepit Birth 8/10
Through The Eyes Of The Dead 8/10
Dawn Of Ashes 3/10
Fleshgod Apocalypse 8.5/10
The Faceless 9/10
Suicide Silence 4/10
Suffocation 9/10

The AP Tour
Emarosa 1/10
August Burns Red 8/10
Bring Me The Horizon 2.5/10

street_burial
12-23-2010, 09:43 AM
Cynic 5/10
Arsonists Get All The Girls 8/10
Cattle Decapitation 8.5/10
Skeletonwitch 9/10
Municipal Waste 8.5/10
Whitechapel 6/10
Architects 0.5/10
Underoath 2/10
Shadows Fall 7.5/10
Winds Of Plague 8/10
Decrepit Birth 7.5/10
Dawn Of Ashes 3/10
August Burns Red 8/10


What is this!? most of these should be 10's! EXPLAIN THIS!

idrinkwine732
12-23-2010, 11:00 AM
What is this!? most of these should be 10's! EXPLAIN THIS!

ohboy...

street_burial
12-23-2010, 12:43 PM
i am just causing trouble, but i do want to know why architects is so low. i thought they put on a good show

mastodon421
12-23-2010, 02:24 PM
The Architects are one of the worst live bands I have ever seen. All their songs sound exactly the same and they have zero stage presence.

On that note here are my picks for 10 best performances of the year.

10.The Dillinger Escape Plan(7/13)
This was my first time seeing Dillinger and everything I had imagined and then some. They are the single most energetic live band I have ever seen. They didn't pull any crazy shit like hanging from the ceiling or breathing fire, but their whirlwind energy and precision made this is one hell of a performance.

9.Suffocation(10/15)
I honestly don't think I will be able to use the word brutal to describe a performance ever again. Suffocation is the heaviest live band I have ever seen. Frank Mullen sounded fantastic and he is a really funny dude.

8.Skeletonwitch(4/24)
This was my first time seeing Skeletonwitch and I heard a ton of hype about their shows and they lived up to it. They teared through a half-hour set with pretty much no breaks. Near-perfect performance and the best of the day at the excellent New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

7.Hatebreed(7/27)
Jamey Jasta is one of the best frontmen in all of metal. This was my 2nd time seeing them and they were just as good the first time. Hatebreed's shows are intense and whole hell of a lot of fun.

6.Andrew W.K(7/13)
Prior to seeing Andrew W.K, I knew he was going to be fun, but I didn't imagine having that much fun. The entire crowd was having a blast and Andrew W.K is a constant ball of energy and an amazing performer.

5.As I Lay Dying(7/20)
As I Lay Dying is such a force to be reckoned with live. Their energy is through the roof and their songs just sound better live.

4.Korn(7/27)
Korn was one of the bands that got me into metal it was surreal feeling seeing them live. Jonathan Davis sounded awesome and the whole band played tight. I heard a lot of conflicting reports on their live shows, but I thought were fantastic.

3.Mastodon(9/22)
Hands down the best performance I have ever seen Mastodon play. After being dissapointed the first 2 times I saw Mastodon, they impressed me on thier headliner in May 09. This time out, they were fucking amazing. Brent was spot on (he had been the weak link the first 2 times I saw them) and I got chills during their set. The setlist was awesome and I never thought I would hear "Naked Burn" live, that was a pleasant surprise, as was "Blood and Thunder" as the closer.

2.Alice In Chains(9/22)
This was another band I had been dying to see live. Alice In Chains is one of my favorite bands of all time and they put on a wonderful show. Will DuVall sounded great. At times he sounded exactly like Layne Staley. Anybody who says Alice In Chains sucks with DuVall is crazy, he is a great replacement for Layne and seeing them live proves that point even further.

1.(tie) Between The Buried and Me(1/28)/Rob Zombie(7/27)
I really couldn't pick between the two. BTBAM's headlining set was awe-inspiring. One of the best performances I have ever seen in my entire in my life. Ditto for Zombie, he is such a spectacular showman and his theatrics are pretty much unmatched. He showed his hometown crowd why is he one of the best live acts on the planet.

Honorable Mentions:
The Faceless(10/15)
Amon Amarth(4/24)
3 Inches Of Blood(7/27)
The Red Chord(7/31)
Killswitch Engage(2/4)

idrinkwine732
12-23-2010, 02:38 PM
Did Frank talk about canned goods?

mastodon421
12-23-2010, 02:42 PM
Did Frank talk about canned goods?

No.

daimonos
12-23-2010, 02:47 PM
Did Frank talk about canned goods?

When I saw Suffocation back in January, Frank talked about loading up on guns and ammo for the apocalypse, how he wanted to party and smoke weed with aliens, as well as some other stuff I don't remember. Probably the funniest thing he said though was probably "Ya know what really fucking sucks? Having a 17 year old daughter. It makes me wanna tear my fucking face off." Goddamn, I wanna see them again so bad.

mastodon421
12-23-2010, 02:52 PM
When I saw Suffocation back in January, Frank talked about loading up on guns and ammo for the apocalypse, how he wanted to party and smoke weed with aliens, as well as some other stuff I don't remember. Probably the funniest thing he said though was probably "Ya know what really fucking sucks? Having a 17 year old daughter. It makes me wanna tear my fucking face off." Goddamn, I wanna see them again so bad.

That's really funny. The funniest thing Frank talked about was how he wouldn't have a sex with a robot.

idrinkwine732
12-23-2010, 02:52 PM
Here he went on a huge rant about the apocalypse and how when it's coming "BECAUSE IT'S COMING" everybody's going to be looking for canned goods. He paused for a moment and then yelled

"HANDS OFF OF MY FUCKING CANNED GOODS. THESE ARE MY CANNED GOODS."

I laughed so fucking hard.

mastodon421
12-23-2010, 03:19 PM
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30.Whitechapel-A New Era Of Corruption

Whitechapel doesn't really reinvent the wheel on A New Era Of Corruption, they are still a deathcore band. That being said there are a few surprises here such as sections of piano, acoustic guitar and even some solos! It's still has a good amount of breakdowns and Phil Bozeman's trademark bark. Overall, it's a good release and an overall tighter record than "This Is Exile".
Standout Tracks
1.Single File To Dehumanization
2.Reprogrammed To Hate
3.Prayer Of Mockery

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29.Parkway Drive-Deep Blue

Parkway Drive is consistently pretty good and Deep Blue continues that trend. Deep Blue has a solid amount of catchy riffs, nice solos and Winston McCall's chaotic vocals. Parkway Drive is still in the middle of the metalcore heap, they are a good, but not great band. If they advance their sound and stray a little from their roots, they could have an excellent record in their future.
Standout Tracks
1.Sleepwalker
2.Home Is For The Heartless
3.Deadweight

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28.Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers-Mojo

Tom Petty is back on his game with Mojo. It's a very bluesy record and it's a nice touch to Petty's sound. This record would be higher, but the tracks the misfire, blow it hard. Tracks like "Lover's Touch" and "Don't Pull Me Over" are really,really bad. Thankfully, The tracks that are good here, are really damn good. "I Should Have Known It", "First Flash Of Freedom" and "The Trip To Pirates Cove" are some of Petty's best songs ever. Mojo is a fine record and I like Petty's take on the Blues.
Standout Tracks
1.I Should Have Known It
2.First Flash Of Freedom
3.The Trip To Pirates Cove

mastodon421
12-24-2010, 09:00 AM
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27.After The Burial-In Dreams

This was a pretty long wait for this record, Thankfully it's worth it. After The Burial's mix of groove, technical and progessive sections make them stand out from the pack. New vocalist Anthony Notramaso I think is a better fit for the band than their previous vocalist. I would this record pretty much on par with Rareform, After The Burial is a pretty impressive young band that I think will keep getting better over time.
Standout Tracks
1.My Fraility
2.Your Troubles Will Cease and Fourtune Smiles Upon You
3.To Carry You Away

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26.Through The Eyes Of The Dead-Skepsis

Through The Eyes Of The Dead is a band that has been through a bunch of lineup changes. Despite all these changes, you wouldn't know it by listening to Skepsis. New vocalist Danny Rodriguez is a worthy replacement for Nate Johnson. Rodriguez's high pitched screams actually remind me of Trevor Strnad from Black Dahlia Murder. Through The Eyes Of The Dead makes another good record and they are absolutley more death metal than deathcore (there is still a core influence here for sure, it's just not that prominent).
Standout Tracks
1.Defaced Reality
2.Dementia
3.Perpeuital Defilement

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25.Deftones-Diamond Eyes

I was pretty much a complete non-fan of Deftones prior to Diamond Eyes. I only gave this record a chance because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews I heard for it. I am so glad that I gave it a shot. Diamond Eyes is easily the heaviest Deftones record to date. They really got over their experimental, artsy stage and just wanted to make a heavy record, It was great choice for them heavy works a lot better for them. These songs are all also catchy as all hell, especially "You've Seen The Butcher". Diamond Eyes made me a fan of Deftones.
Standout Tracks
1.You've Seen The Butcher
2.Royal
3.Diamond Eyes

mastodon421
12-26-2010, 09:29 AM
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24.Terror-Keepers Of The Faith

Keepers Of The Faith is the most accurate album title of the year, that's exactly what Terror does for the hardcore terror. Keepers Of The Faith is another great slab of hardcore from Terror. The riffs are fast and furious and the energy and passion of Scott Vogel is relentless. Terror is at the top of the modern hardcore heap and records like Keepers Of The Faith should make the founding fathers of hardcore proud.
Standout Tracks
1.Hell and Back
2.Your Enemies Are Mine
3.Shattered

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23.All That Remains-For We Are Many...

I seemed to be in the minority, but I actually liked For We Are Many... quite a bit. It's a blend of the melodic sound of Overcome with the intensity of their first two records. Oli Hebert can still shred with the best of them and Phil Labonte shows off a vast vocal range including some pretty awesome death growls and high-pitched shrieks. Sure, "Hold On" sucks, but the rest of the record is pretty fucking good.
Standout Tracks
1.Aggresive Opposition
2.From The Outside
3.For We Are Many

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22.Bison B.C-Dark Ages

Bison B.C is a band I heard a lot about prior to this year. I finally took the time to check them out and I am so glad that I did. Dark Ages is full of sludgey, thrashy goodness. The riffs are heavy,chunky,slick and memorable. I completely understand the Mastodon comparisons, I can hear in their sound for sure. They aren't quite on the level of Mastodon, but they still make some very good sludge metal.
Standout Tracks
1.Fear Cave
2.Melody, This Is For You
3.Stressed Elephant

mastodon421
12-28-2010, 09:59 AM
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21.Eluveitie-Everything Remains As It Never Was

I started to get into Eluveitie at the beginning of this year. What I dig about their sound is they are one of the best bands at blending folk with other influences, in this case melodic death metal. Eluveitie is one of the finest folk metal acts around and Everything Remains As It Never was is another great entry to the Eluveitie catalogue.
Standout Tracks
1.Kingdom Come Undone
2.(Do)Minion
3.Nil

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20.War Of Ages-Eternal

War Of Ages is a band to watch in the coming years. They really impressed me when I saw them back in July with As I Lay Dying, so I decided to check Eternal and I was pretty damn impressed. They are a metalcore band, but they a huge Sweedish melo-death and old-school hardcore influence that really makes them stand out from the pack. The whole record is packed with solid riffs, raw energy and great solos. "Collapse", the album's opener sets the tone for the whole record, heavy yet melodic, thrown in a awesome guitar solos and nice clean vocals. I can see War Of Ages blowing up in the next few years, and hopefully they do.
Standout Tracks
1.Collapse
2.Desire
3.My Resting Place

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19.Veil Of Maya-(id)

Veil Of Maya has always impressed me because of how much they break the deathcore mold. They still have breakdowns, but they are actually well placed in the songs and not overused. Their use of progessive, trippy and technical guitarwork is quite impressive. This albums maintains a brisk pace, but it fills its 30 minute run time with great musicianship and curveballs in the songwriting. (id) is their most mature and best work to date, Veil Of Maya is a great up and coming band that continues to impress me.
Standout Tracks
1.Mowgli
2.Namaste
3.The Higler

DethMaiden
12-28-2010, 11:26 AM
Nine straight bands I can't stand, I dunno if you can keep this momentum going breh. ;)

idrinkwine732
12-28-2010, 11:51 AM
When I saw Veil of Maya live, the singer had a voice that you just knew was not the same as his old voice. It pissed me off the entire show. I mean, I didn't like the tunes they were playing, but if he just spoke normally, I wouldn't have hated them.

Excited to see the rest though, dude, it's good to see the metal world from a different perspective.

mastodon421
12-28-2010, 11:52 AM
Well let's see If I can keep the streaking going Brad;)

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18.Black Breath-Heavy Breathing

This is one hell of a debut record. Black Breath's across the board influences and heavy and flat out evil sound really impressed me. This record rocks hard and I really can't wait to see what these guys do later in their career.
Standout Tracks
1.Eat The Witch
2.Children Of The Horn
3.Black Sin(Spit On The Cross)

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17.Vampire Weekend-Contra

Vampire Weekend is my indie douche rock band of choice. I find their sound to be really different and really enjoyable to listen to. Contra is a record that I didn't love at first, but on repeat listens it really stuck with me. Contra is catchy, artsy and great.
Standout Tracks
1.Cousins
2.Holiday
3.White Sky

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16.Annotations Of An Autopsy-II:The Reign Of Darkness

This was a record that I wouldn't have expected to even listen to this year. Prior to this record, I despised Annotations Of An Autopsy. They played a bree bree poop-laden brand of deathcore that was pretty much unmatched in the shit department. I heard this album in my friend's car and I couldn't even believe it was the same band. Their sound took a complete 180. The Reign Of Darkness is a really good death metal record. It's really heavy and has some fantastic riffs on it, Hopefully this sound sticks with them II: The Reign Of Darkness is by far the pleasant surprise of 2010.
Standout Tracks
1.Impale The Sun
2.Catastrophic Hybridization
3.In Snake I Bathe

treghet
12-28-2010, 12:09 PM
27.After The Burial-In Dreams

This was a pretty long wait for this record, Thankfully it's worth it. After The Burial's mix of groove, technical and progessive sections make them stand out from the pack. New vocalist Anthony Notramaso I think is a better fit for the band than their previous vocalist. I would this record pretty much on par with Rareform, After The Burial is a pretty impressive young band that I think will keep getting better over time.


I have to disagree with a lot of what you said. This album was a big disappointment to me. I wasn't expecting another Rareform, but this album has nearly lost all of their melodic sound, which is what made them stand out to begin with. The clean vocals ruin some of the songs and to me it feels like they're just trying to be Killswitch Engage now. That being said, there are a couple songs on the album I enjoy, but it's just nowhere near the quality of Rareform.

DethMaiden
12-28-2010, 01:49 PM
Well let's see If I can keep the streaking going Brad;)

So close, Black Breath is rad. :cool:

larvtard
12-28-2010, 01:57 PM
So close, Black Breath is rad. :cool:

yup that one seemed to come out of nowhere :lol: I love Heavy Breathing as well.

mankvill
12-28-2010, 02:18 PM
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17.Vampire Weekend-Contra

Vampire Weekend is my indie douche rock band of choice. I find their sound to be really different and really enjoyable to listen to. Contra is a record that I didn't love at first, but on repeat listens it really stuck with me. Contra is catchy, artsy and great.
Standout Tracks
1.Cousins
2.Holiday
3.White Sky

It's weird. All my hipster friends loved this band when they first came out, and now HATE them with a passion. I think they're hella catchy.

mastodon421
12-29-2010, 08:58 AM
I have to disagree with a lot of what you said. This album was a big disappointment to me. I wasn't expecting another Rareform, but this album has nearly lost all of their melodic sound, which is what made them stand out to begin with. The clean vocals ruin some of the songs and to me it feels like they're just trying to be Killswitch Engage now. That being said, there are a couple songs on the album I enjoy, but it's just nowhere near the quality of Rareform.

The clean vocals really didn't bother me too much. I perfer Rareform a bit over In Dreams, I do agree with you on the need for more progessive sections. That is a big reason that I got into them as well.

It's weird. All my hipster friends loved this band when they first came out, and now HATE them with a passion. I think they're hella catchy.

I completely agree, they are one of the catchiest bands around right now. Their music is a lot of fun to listen to. My indie-rock loving friends still love them actually, the band they flip-flopped on hard was Phoenix, who they now hate with a passion (Personally, I thought they always sucked, but maybe that's just me).

mastodon421
12-30-2010, 07:22 AM
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15.The Acacia Strain-Wormwood

I expect some shit for this pick. The Acacia Strain is a band that is just so far ahead of their peers in the deathcore genre, Wormwood is a prime example of that. This record is filled with crushing riffs and just flat out anger. The rage on is this record is raw and real. The tracks on the album compliment each other well, they are kinda similar yet different at the same time. Wormwood is the heaviest and best Acacia Strain record to date.
Standout Tracks
1.Jonestown
2.BTM FDR
3.Nightman

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14.Finntroll-Nifelvind

Finntroll is the best folk metal band around. Nifelvind is a hell of a lot of fun and it's insanely catchy. At the same time, it's also heavy and blends black/death metal into their folk sound, this makes for a very interesting take on folk metal. Nifelvind is the most pure fun record of 2010.
Standout Tracks
1.Solsagan
2.Under Bergens Rot
3.Ett Norkensdad

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13.Coheed and Cambria-Year Of The Black Rainbow

At first, I really wasn't that impressed with Year Of The Black Rainbow. I thought it was going to be their 2nd straight letdown (I liked No For Tommorow, but it did let me down quite a bit). Upon further listens, Year Of The Black Rainbow grew on me vastly. It takes Coheed's sound in a (slightly) different direction. It's their most melodic and diverse release to date. This is a great prog rock release and "Guns Of Summer" has become one of my new favorite Coheed tracks. Another wonderful release from Coheed and Cambria.
Standout Tracks
1.Guns Of Summer
2.When Skeletons Live
3.Here We Are Juggernaut

treghet
12-30-2010, 12:28 PM
Woo Finntroll! I thought Nifelvind was great too, but I know a lot of people can't stand them.

mastodon421
12-31-2010, 06:21 AM
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12.Unleashed-As Yggdrasil Trembles

As Yggdrasil Trembles is another excellent release from Unleashed. Their brand of viking death metal is always refreshing and bad-ass. Johnny Hedlund has one of the best death growls around, his vocals are completely vicious. As Yggdrasil Trembles is 13 tracks of remarkable death metal.
Standout Tracks
1.So It Begins
2.This Time We Fight
3.Return Fire

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11.Volbeat-Beyond Hell/Above Heaven

Volbeat continues to impress me, I just find their sound so unique and interesting. I mean how many bands are a combination of Metallica,Elvis,Slayer, Johnny Cash and Pantera? Beyond Hell/Above Heaven is their heaviest and most melodic effort. The contrast in style is amazing with tracks like "Who They Are" which is lead by a riff which sounds like South Of Heaven-era Slayer or "16 Dollars" which is a country-rock song that works just as well. There is also some really impressive guest artists on here including Barney Greenway from Napalm Death and Milie Petrorozza of Kreator. I think this takes the cake for the most underrated record of 2010, it's a hell of a record.
Standout Tracks
1.Who They Are
2.7 Shots
3.Being 1

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10.Son Of Aurelius-The Farthest Reaches

If you overlook the really awful cover (I understand the Greek mythology theme, but god damn you couldn't come up with a better cover), you will find some great progessive tech death. This band reminds a lot of The Faceless, who are one of my favorite bands. I slept on this record for a while, I wish I had listened to this sooner. A really impressive young band with a ton of potential.
Standout Tracks
1.Facing The Gorgon
2.Olympus Is Forgotten
3.Pandora's Burden

mastodon421
01-01-2011, 12:28 PM
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9.Howl-Full Of Hell

There must be something in the water in Rhode Island, that's the only explaination for how there is so many sick fucking riffs on this record. Howl's debut full length is one of the most impressive debut records I have ever heard. Their brand of sludgey doom is refreshing,heavy and riffy as hell. Howl sounds like a band that has 4 or 5 albums under their belt, with this only being their debut, I can't even imagine what their future records will sound like. Howl is the next amazing best of a sludge band.
Standout Tracks
1.Gods In Broken Men
2.Jezebel
3.You Jackals Beware

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8.Nas/Damain Marley-Distant Relatives

It ceases to amaze me how Nas is left out of just about every best rapper alive discussion. Unlike many of his peers in mainstream rap, he hasn't sold out and has made quality records throughout his career. Distant Relatives again shows why Nas is such a special artist. The beats are extremely creative with use of world music and unique instruments. Marley's presence adds a level of great depth, his reggage style complements Nas's rapping extremely well. I have a vast amount of respect for Nas, he is an excellent rapper that continues to challenge himself as an artist and rap with a purpose.
Standout Tracks
1.Land Of Promise
2.Count Your Blessings
3.Africa Must Wake Up

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7.Landmine Marathon-Sovereign Descent

Landmine Marathon is a band that makes classic death metal in the modern age. They sound like the wretched spawn of Bolt Thrower and Carcass. Grace Perry brings such an intensity and energy to this record. She is a complete madwomen vocalist and her vocals are pure fucking evil. Soverign Descent is also chock full of great riffs and thunderous drumming. This takes the sound on Rusted Eyes Awake and takes it to the next level. Landmine Marathon is one of the most impressive and underrated death metal/grind bands on the scene right now.
Standout Tracks
1.Shadows Fed To Tyrants
2.Cruel Policy
3.Rise With The Tide

mastodon421
01-03-2011, 09:46 AM
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6.The Sword-Warp Riders

The Sword had previous two records are both great, but Warp Riders takes it to the next level. Warp Riders is more of a straight rock n' roll record than their previous work, don't me wrong they still rock pretty fucking hard. There is a boatload of catchy riffs that are impossible to not head bang to ("Night City" wins my riff of the year award). Another big plus is the production. The production is much cleaner than it was on their two prior albums. Warp Riders is a modern take on 80's rock/metal that is a fresh take on a retro sound that just flat out destroys. The Sword's sound is equal parts early Sabbath,Kyuss,Thin Lizzy, and Mastodon. Warp Riders is one hell of a record.
Standout Tracks
1.Night City
2.The Warp Riders
3.Arrows In The Dark

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5.Overkill-Ironbound

As soon as "The Green and Black" kicks in, I knew I was in for a ride. Overkill has been one of the most consistent bands in thrash and they fly under the radar, which is a damn shame. Ironbound is one of the most impressive releases in their storied career. Blitz's vocals sound just like they did on their classic records. He is one of the most underrated vocalists in all of metal. The riffs and solos are mighty impressive as well. Next to Megadeth's Endgame, Ironbound is the best thrash release by an 80's thrash band in the 2000's. Hands down, best Overkill record since Horrorscope. A thrash marvel from the most underrated band in thrash.
Standout Tracks
1.The Green and Black
2.Ironbound
3.The Goal Is Your Soul



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4.IntrOnaut-Valley Of Smoke

Ever since I saw IntrOnaut open for Mastodon in May 2009, I have become a huge fan of their stuff. Valley Of Smoke is another amazing release from IntrOnaut. What makes this so impressive is how seemelessly they blend their heavy and progessive influences. The progessive sections are gorgeous, this is easily their most melodic effort to date, and it works to perfection.Their spectacular use of bass is another staggering element of this record, no band uses bass better than IntrOnaut. The clean vocals take a little bit of time to get used to, but they also work to perfection. IntrOnaut is one of the most inventive and unique bands in the scene right and Valley of Smoke is another gem of a release.
Standout Tracks
1.Elegy
2.Core Relations
3.Valley Of Smoke

mastodon421
01-03-2011, 06:55 PM
Before I reveal my top 3 tommorow, here are some other accolades

Riff Of The Year
The Sword "Night City"

Top 5 Shows I Regret Missing In 2010
5.Darkest Hour/Veil Of Maya/Revocation:
4.The Black Dahlia Murder/Augury/Obscura
3.Megadeth/Slayer/Testament
2.NEMHF Day 1(Mastodon,BTBAM,Baroness,Doomriders,After The Burial,Howl, others)
1.Devildriver/Behemoth/Suffocation/Goatwhore

Most Underrated Records Of The Year
1.Landmine Marathon-Soverign Descent
2.Son Of Auerlius-The Farthest Reaches
3.Coheed and Cambria-Year Of The Black Rainbow

Most Overrated Records Of The Year
1.Fear Factory-Mechanize
2.Exodus-Exhibit B: The Human Condition

Pleasant Surprise Of The Year
Annotations Of An Autopsy- II: The Reign Of Darkness

Top 5 Bands I Discovered In 2010
1.Fleshgod Apocalypse
2.Howl
3.Son Of Auerlius
4.Black Breath
5.Touche Amore

Albums I Heard Bits and Pieces Of, but not enough to rank(* for the albums I plan to finish listening to in the near future)
Sick Of It All-Based on A True Story*
The Ocean-Heliocentric*
Stone Sour-Audio Secrecy
Heathen-Evolution Of Chaos
Oceano-Contagion(thanks to my gulliable ass for believing treghet:finger:)
Decrepit Birth-Polarity*
Chelsea Grin-Desolation Of Eden(I really wish my ears had been spared from this)
Kingdom Of Sorrow-Behind The Blackest Tears*
Periphery-Periphery*
Torche-Songs For Singles
Brain Drill-Quantum Catastrophe
Arcade Fire-The Suburbs*

Albums I didn't get the chance to check out that I plan to in the future
Watain-Lawless Darkness
The Red Shore-The Avarice Of Man
Conducting From The Grave-Revenants
Orbs-Asleep Next To Science
Cruel Hand-Lock and Key
Misery Index-Heirs To Thievery
The Damned Things-Ironiclast
Johnny Cash-American VI: Ain't No Grave
Triptykon-Eparistera Daimones
Trash Talk-Eyes and Nines
Barren Earth-Curse Of The Red River
The Absence-Enemy Unbound

mastodon421
01-06-2011, 07:29 AM
Alright, lets finish this up. Here's my top 3. Thanks to everyone that read this thread:horns:

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3.High On Fire-Snakes For The Divine

Matt Pike has done it again! High On Fire is one of the most consitently amazing bands in all of metal. All of their records are fucking killer and Snakes For The Divine is no exception. As usual, Matt Pike lays down spectacular riffs throughout this record. Snakes For The Divine is a complete onslaught of a record, High On Fire has struck gold yet again.
Standout Tracks
1.Fire, Flood and Plague
2.Ghost Neck
3.Frost Hammer

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2.As I Lay Dying-The Powerless Rise

As I Lay Dying has been rising up the metalcore ladder for a while now. With The Powerless Rise, they have solidfied themselves as one of the genre's kings. This takes the faster,more complex sound heard on their previous record, An Ocean Between Us, and takes it to the next level. The tracks are thrashier, heavier and at times, more melodic. Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso do a masterful job on the guitars overall, the riffs and solos are top-notch. Tim Lambesis is the single best vocalist in the genre. He has an extremely powerful and great scream. The Powerless Rise is the new genre standard, As I Lay Dying has pretty much blown their peers of the water. The best and most important metalcore since Killswitch Engage's End Of Heartache.
Standout Tracks
1.Without Conclusion
2.The Plague
3.Anger and Apathy

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1.The Dillinger Escape Plan-Option Paralysis

The Dillinger Escape Plan has always been I have admired and thorughly enjoyed due to their unique sound. All of their records have been fantastic, but Option Paralysis takes the cake, it's absolute genius. Dillinger's brand of genre-bending chaos is completely on display here. From the piano/jazz intro to "Widower" to the 2 minute spazz-outs such as "Endless Endings", Dillinger approachs each style with prescion and the songwriting on each track is different and excellent. Option Paralysis is a fucking experience and the ambition and creativity of The Dillinger Escape Plan never ceases to amaze me. Without a doubt, their best album and in my opinion, by the far the best album released in 2010.
Standout Tracks
1.Widower
2.Farewell, Mona Lisa
3.Room Full Of Eyes

Natrlhi
01-06-2011, 09:14 AM
12.Unleashed-As Yggdrasil Trembles

As Yggdrasil Trembles is another excellent release from Unleashed. Their brand of viking death metal is always refreshing and bad-ass. Johnny Hedlund has one of the best death growls around, his vocals are completely vicious. As Yggdrasil Trembles is 13 tracks of remarkable death metal.
Standout Tracks
1.So It Begins
2.This Time We Fight
3.Return Fire


9.Howl-Full Of Hell

There must be something in the water in Rhode Island, that's the only explaination for how there is so many sick fucking riffs on this record. Howl's debut full length is one of the most impressive debut records I have ever heard. Their brand of sludgey doom is refreshing,heavy and riffy as hell. Howl sounds like a band that has 4 or 5 albums under their belt, with this only being their debut, I can't even imagine what their future records will sound like. Howl is the next amazing best of a sludge band.
Standout Tracks
1.Gods In Broken Men
2.Jezebel
3.You Jackals Beware


7.Landmine Marathon-Sovereign Descent

Landmine Marathon is a band that makes classic death metal in the modern age. They sound like the wretched spawn of Bolt Thrower and Carcass. Grace Perry brings such an intensity and energy to this record. She is a complete madwomen vocalist and her vocals are pure fucking evil. Soverign Descent is also chock full of great riffs and thunderous drumming. This takes the sound on Rusted Eyes Awake and takes it to the next level. Landmine Marathon is one of the most impressive and underrated death metal/grind bands on the scene right now.
Standout Tracks
1.Shadows Fed To Tyrants
2.Cruel Policy
3.Rise With The Tide


6.The Sword-Warp Riders

The Sword had previous two records are both great, but Warp Riders takes it to the next level. Warp Riders is more of a straight rock n' roll record than their previous work, don't me wrong they still rock pretty fucking hard. There is a boatload of catchy riffs that are impossible to not head bang to ("Night City" wins my riff of the year award). Another big plus is the production. The production is much cleaner than it was on their two prior albums. Warp Riders is a modern take on 80's rock/metal that is a fresh take on a retro sound that just flat out destroys. The Sword's sound is equal parts early Sabbath,Kyuss,Thin Lizzy, and Mastodon. Warp Riders is one hell of a record.
Standout Tracks
1.Night City
2.The Warp Riders
3.Arrows In The Dark


4.IntrOnaut-Valley Of Smoke

Ever since I saw IntrOnaut open for Mastodon in May 2009, I have become a huge fan of their stuff. Valley Of Smoke is another amazing release from IntrOnaut. What makes this so impressive is how seemelessly they blend their heavy and progessive influences. The progessive sections are gorgeous, this is easily their most melodic effort to date, and it works to perfection.Their spectacular use of bass is another staggering element of this record, no band uses bass better than IntrOnaut. The clean vocals take a little bit of time to get used to, but they also work to perfection. IntrOnaut is one of the most inventive and unique bands in the scene right and Valley of Smoke is another gem of a release.
Standout Tracks
1.Elegy
2.Core Relations
3.Valley Of Smoke


3.High On Fire-Snakes For The Divine

Matt Pike has done it again! High On Fire is one of the most consitently amazing bands in all of metal. All of their records are fucking killer and Snakes For The Divine is no exception. As usual, Matt Pike lays down spectacular riffs throughout this record. Snakes For The Divine is a complete onslaught of a record, High On Fire has struck gold yet again.
Standout Tracks
1.Fire, Flood and Plague
2.Ghost Neck
3.Frost HammerI gotta say, man - you had some shit in your lower ranks that was so horrendous (to me), that I just didn't even want to comment on it - because what would be the point, right? At the risk of sounding condescending, though - which is not at all my intention - you've really redeemed yourself here with a few of these in my eyes.

TL;DR - You can come back into the circle again, but please stay fairly close to the outer edge, and I'll be watching you. ;)
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mastodon421
01-06-2011, 01:34 PM
I gotta say, man - you had some shit in your lower ranks that was so horrendous (to me), that I just didn't even want to comment on it - because what would be the point, right? At the risk of sounding condescending, though - which is not at all my intention - you've really redeemed yourself here with a few of these in my eyes.

TL;DR - You can come back in the circle again, but please stay fairly close to the outer edge, and I'll be watching you. ;)

Thanks Nat, my taste in metal is all over the place, I like just about everything. You and I do share some tastes on a good amount of bands and we completely disagree on others (that's actually the case with most of this board and myself). BTW, I'm glad I'm back in the circle;).