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Old 02-08-2011, 05:30 PM
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X-voltage's top albums of 2010

I was just looking at other people's 2010 list, so I decided to make one too (even though it's a little late). This list is of the bands I personally listen to, I'm not considering other bands' albums, since I haven't listened to them.

10. Hellyeah- Stampede: I don't think it's nearly as good as their debut, but still a decent album.
(6/10)

9. As I Lay Dying- The Powerless Rise: I love An Ocean Between Us, but this album did not live up to its predecessor. I still do enjoy it. The breakdown on Anodyne Sea is one of my favorites of all time.
(6.5/10)

8. All That Remains- For We Are Many: I love Fall of Ideals and This Darkened Heart and most of Overcome. This album has some great songs like For We Are Many, Some of the People All of the Time, and Dead Wrong but the I think it's their weakest effort of the last four albums.
(7/10)

7. Rob Zombie- Hellbilly Deluxe 2: When this album first came out, I loved it. I don't listen to it nearly as much as I used to. I've seen Rob Zombie live 3 times since this album has come out and he has been absolutely amazing each time. One of my favorite live acts. Love his movies too. There's a few songs off of this album that are great live (Sick Bubblegum with the giant balls flying around the crowd, Jesus Frankenstein, and What)
(7.5/10)

6. Disturbed- Asylum: I found this to be the typical Disturbed album. Don't get me wrong, I like Disturbed but I think most of their albums only produce about 5 maybe 6 good songs, and this album does just that. I saw them in Bloomington, Illinois this past January and they were great. New songs were awesome live. Standouts on album: Asylum, The Animal, Another Way to Die, My Child, Sacrifice.
(7.5/10)

5. Soilwork- The Panic Broadcast: I really enjoyed this album. Good to see Pete Wichers back. A lot of great songs including Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter, Two Lives Worth of Reckoning, The Thrill, Deliverance is Mine, and Enter Pavlov's Dog. I absolutely have loved the last three albums, and my favorite is by far Stabbing the Drama (one of my top 15 albums of all time).
(8/10)

4. Black Label Society- Order of the Black: Just a killer album. So many great songs including Crazy Horse, Parade of the Dead, Overlord, and Godspeed Hellbound. It's good to see BLS is back on track after their disappointing last album.
(8/10)

3. Chimaira- Coming Alive: My second favorite band behind Metallica. Just saw them this past December in Chicago. Awesome!!! I know this cd isn't a studio album, but it has sooooo many features. The live cd is great with a huge set (for Chimaira), it includes a dvd of the same concert, and about 5 or 6 extra hours of bonus features that are a MUST SEE, including the documentaries for Resurrection and The Infection.
(9.5/10)

2. Fear Factory- Mechanize: Probably my third or fourth favorite band of all time, and when this cd came out, I didn't stop listening to it for at least 4 months. I haven't decided if this or Demanufacture is my favorite Fear Factory album, but both are in my top 15 of all time. Each song is terrific and the fact that Dino is back is amazing. I can't believe they made such a great album late in their career (the situation reminds me of Machine Head's The Blackening).
(10/10)

1. Stone Sour- Audio Secrecy: I've been a Stone Sour fan for a long time, and I absolutely love their first two cd's. I believe this cd is a masterpiece and is in my top 10 of all time. I know it's not too metal, but I do consider it metal (even though it is probably their softest album). I hope this cd catches on down the road like GNR's Appetite for Destruction did. I think this is BY FAR Corey Taylor's best vocal album. Every song (including the bonus tracks which are a must buy because they may be the best 3 songs on the album) is amazing, and couldn't be written any better. Stone Sour said that this is the album they always wanted to make and this is how they wanted to sound, and I completely agree with them.
(10/10)
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:48 PM
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So you have 10 albums from last year?

I usually don't knock people's best of Lists, but if Stone Sour is your number one album...well whatever floats your boat I guess.
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One of the better best of 2010 lists ive seen.
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If you like going to the Attitude Bunny section of Hot Topic, this is a great list. Otherwise, no.
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Thank you Indestructible. I know it's a little mainstream, but that's what I think are the best 10 albums. And no, I didn't just buy 10 albums from 2010, these were just the best. Stone Sour's new cd just clicked with me. For some reason I love it, and there are a lot of heavy songs on the cd, take a listen. Also I've never been in hot topic
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Thank you Indestructible. I know it's a little mainstream, but that's what I think are the best 10 albums. And no, I didn't just buy 10 albums from 2010, these were just the best. Stone Sour's new cd just clicked with me. For some reason I love it, and there are a lot of heavy songs on the cd, take a listen. Also I've never been in hot topic
I know Stone Sour, I bought the album and reviewed it here. There are some good songs on there. But it's by no means a Metal album, and by no means album of the year. It's a good Hard Rock album, I'll gite it that, but that's all I'll give it.
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Thank you Indestructible. I know it's a little mainstream, but that's what I think are the best 10 albums. And no, I didn't just buy 10 albums from 2010, these were just the best. Stone Sour's new cd just clicked with me. For some reason I love it, and there are a lot of heavy songs on the cd, take a listen. Also I've never been in hot topic
Well I like mainstream. Why do I get the feeling people here hate bands just because they are mainstream?
Also with your lists most of bands are clean singers and the screamers you can understand what they are saying.I have also heard of every band on your list, some of the other best of 2010 lists have 40 bands that I have never heard of. I have no idea where some of you find the bands you do.
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Why do I get the feeling people here hate bands just because they are mainstream?
I really hope you're not including me apart of that.

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Not all of us here hate mainstream music, Current Mainstream music sucks for the most part. I'm not just talking Rock, I mean in General. Rap used to be cool, and there are some great artists still around but what's popular now...sucks! And that can be said of every major genre out there today.

Does every mainstream artist or band suck? Of course not. But the whole idea of becoming mainstream is to appeal to the "main Stream" of music listeners out there.

There in lies my problem with mainstream. I have much more respect for underground bands then I do top 40 bands. Why because those bands are writing real music, for themselves and the fans that care about them. Once you hit it big, every band will put out a song that tries to appeal to the grand audience. Not to say under the radar bands don't do that as well.

The goal of all musicians, sans Cloudkicker and others like him thinking wise, is to become a success and be able to live off making music. That is my eventual goal myself being a drummer.

Bringing myself into this again, my guitarist is a prime example of most mainstream musicians. He joined a band in August of last year *American Gothic*, that is now going to be going on tour with Marilyn Manson starting in April. In that fashion they wear eyeliner, scarves, makeup, etc. Do I enjoy that? No. Would I do that with my band with him, Shattered? Never! But then again, they play music that appeals to the Mainstream of Hard Rock and are an ideal band to go on tour with Manson. And even though American Gothic now has the potential to become a huge band in America, I honestly can't blame him for wanting to become a success. Shattered didn't make it yet, and hell maybe because of this tour, maybe Shattered can get some success out of it. Maybe, Maybe Not.

For myself, I guess I want to have my cake and eat it too. I want to play music I like to play and become a success. Is that to say that I would give that up to play in a Mainstream band where I could be a success the rest of my life? That is hard to say because When someone gets that offered, it's hard not to turn down playing for a living if that is your passion in life.

But I digress back to topic.

Getting back to how it is here. Most of us here, don't want to listen to what is cool at hot Topic, the half hour of videos on Headbangers ball, and what gives pre or early pubescent Teens on the Mayhem forums. Just because it's mainstream, it doesn't make it appealing. It's how the individual person feels. Face it Disturbed is not Metal. They are Hard Rock, simple as that. Is Metallica Metal? No fucking shit they are! Are they Mainstream. You bet you ass they are! Do they appeal to what the mainstream Rock kids like anymore? Not a chance! Metallica will get shit on for the rest of their career and well on after? Why? When you ask most people, it's because they tried to appeal to the mainstream...and it worked. Many fans feel let down, others embrace them and only listen to Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters. And others will listen to Metallica because they enjoy all of what they do.

It's not just bands that try to be mainstream and make it. Look at Celtic Frost. They tried it too. Do that many people care that they tried to go mainstream. No! Not to say their isn't some European Satanic guy out there living in mother's basement who still hates Celtic Frost for trying, but most Celtic Frost remember them for what they represent, being brutal and writing great songs.

But you also gotta understand that the mainstream media is not the only way to find great music. Right here I found some of my favorite bands, and one of my top 10 favorite bands of all time, Alcest. Is it mainstream radio worth, honestly any song off Souvenirs d'un autre monde should be. Will i9t ever? no. Because it's 4 years old now, it's not marketable to top 40 US radio due to it being in French, and Neige is not marketable to 13-19 year olds in high school that are on the football team or a pregnant teenage blonde who still wants to be the Cheerleader captain. But I'm ok with that. You can call it that "band in your back pocket" syndrome, but I call it enjoying good music because I consider it good.

What's the point of this whole rant? It's plain simple...

Metal fans, as a whole, like any music, want to listen to music they like and appeals to them. Sometimes it's on the radio, sometimes it stays in the underground. But the point is, either you like it or don't. There's good bands in the mainstream, just as much as there is good music in the underground. It just depends on how much time you are willing to look for it.

Rant over...and yes I can't sleep, that's why I wrote this.
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