In true metal fashion, here’s my long winded poorly done albums of the year! We’ll start with the honorable mentions and count down from there and lead in to the special “non-metal” section. Get ready for my unrestrained and chaotic cluster fuck of stuff you should hear.

Honorable mentions:

Decimation – Anthems of an Empyreal Dominion

Cerebral Bore – Maniacal Miscreation

Human Filleted – Blunt Force Embludgeonment

Cease of Breeding – Sounds of DisembowelmentParasitic Extirpation – Casketless

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Mafia

Immolation – Majesty and Decay

Inherit Disease – Visceral Transcendence

Goretrade – Mistaken Conception

Age of Taurus – In the Days of the Taurean Empire…

Formless – 2010 Demo

The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza – Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events

Katalepsy – Your Fear Is Our Inhabitance

Cerebral Effusion – Impulsive Psychopathic Acts

Sinister – Legacy of Ashes

Pathology – Legacy of the Ancients

Short Bus Pile Up – Repulsive Display of Human Upholstery

Vomtious – Surgical Abominations of Disfigurement

Incantation – Scapegoat

Wormed – Quasineutrality

High on Fire – Snakes for the Divine

Autopsy – The Tomb Within

Spiritual Beggars – Return to Zero

Hooded Menace – Never Cross the Dead

Dodsengel – Mirium Occultum

Mormânt de Snagov – Rise from the Void

Ihsahn – After

Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

Judgement Day – Peacocks/Pink Monsters

The Abominable Iron Sloth – The Id Will Overcome

Sarcolytic – Thee Arcane Progeny

Winterfylleth – The Mercian Sphere

Pensées Nocturnes – Grotesque

Top Albums:

28. Hour of 13 – The Ritualist

27. Lair of the Minotaur – Evil Power

26. Gallowbraid – Ashen Eidolon

25. Blut Aus Nord – What Once Was… Liber I

24. Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit

23. Hail of Bullets – On Divine Winds

22. Dawnbringer – Nucleus

21. Burzum – Belus

20. Internment – Into the Crypts of Blasphemy

19. Brutally Deceased – Dead Lovers’ Guid

18. Solefald – Norrøn Livskunst

17. Acid Witch – Stoned

16. Arckanum – Sviga Lae

15. The Meads of Asphodel – The Murder of Jesus the Jew

14. Weapon – From the Devil’s Tomb

13. The Lord Weird Slough Feg – The Animal Spirits

12. Darkthrone – Circle the Wagons

11. Black Witchery – Inferno of Sacred Destruction

10.Cauchemar – La Vierge Noire

Ah, the top 10. The very best of the very best. This one opens up with a trad heavy metal album but with a twist. The vocalist has boobs, and she knows French. Crazy, right?

9.Witchsorrow – Witchsorrow

Another rifftastic and heavy trad doom album, but this time they actually are from England!

8. Züül – Out of Time

Züül bring the trad riffs, and plenty of them. This album will get you headbanging at full power before you even realize it.

7. Briton Rites – For Mircalla

As their name suggests, this album keeps doom alive in true heavy English style.

6. Ghost – Opus Eponymous

This album came out of nowhere. I had their Demo and the Elisabeth single, but when I finally got my hands on this full length I was blown away. They understand their cheese but they work it so well.

5. Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm

Inquisition continue their reign of gr1m kvltness . This album has more black metal riffage than the untrve can handle.


4. Boris – BXI

Boris are another one of my all time favorites. This time, they team up with well known vocalist Ian Astbury to create a straight forward heavy rockin’ album.

3. Defeated Sanity – Chapters of Repugnance

Possibly the most brutal album in existence. This is the future of brutal death.

2. Electric Wizard – Black Masses

As one of my favorite bands, Electric Wizard have always brought the riffs and the engulfing albums. This album is no exception. They delve further into the occult influenced psychedelia and create a perfect unintoxicated trip.

1. Bongripper – Satan Worshipping Doom

This album snuck into my #1 spot maybe a week ago after I had expected Chapters of Repugnance or Black Masses to hold this down for sure. These guys are just so good at heavy doom riffs that I couldn’t be stopped. In usual Bongripper fashion, it contains many atmospheric and experimental qualities even for being their attempt at a more straight forward doom release.

Non-Metal (only for the trve)

20. She & Him – Volume Two

19. Excision – Shambhala Mix 2010

18. John Zorn – The Goddess (Music for the Ancient of Days)

17. Truth – Puppets

16. Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit

15. Integrity – The Blackest Curse

14. Human Demise – The Odditorium

13. Snowing – I Could Do Whatever I Wanted if I Wanted

12. Alcoholic Faith Mission – Let This Be The Last Night We Care

11. Kaki King – Junior

10. IROTTO+ & Shelling – Before Time Melts

9. Primus – June 2010 Rehearsal

8. Deftones – Diamond Eyes

7. Michael Formanek – The Rub and Spare Chang

6. Malory – Pearl Diver

5. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green – Apex

A traditional jazz release based on the incredible talent and writing ability of Rudresh and Bunky on the alto sax, with a killer backing band to keep the chops and grooves fresh as can be.

4. Punch – Push Pull

If you don’t know Punch, you don’t know powerviolence.

3. Masakari – The Profit Feeds

This album is original crust punk aggression, it doesn’t let up until the last song which puts the pressure down in an emotional way.

2. NAILS – Unsilent Death

Pure, angry, relentless, and crusty hardcore.

1. Christian McBride – Kind of Brown

Topping my non metal list off, is the new effort from renown jazz bassist Christian McBride. This guy has been everywhere, from Herbie Hancock to Chick Corea. His grooves are unstoppable on this monster of a bass album.

That was my year in review. Have fun folks.

-MW

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