Posted in metal | music on December 15, 2010

by BBG

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Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!

Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...

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Favorite LPs of 2010

20) 20Unearthly Trance - V
Unearthly Trance do their best to incite blunt-force trauma by way of doom riff on V, and the results are staggering.

19) 19Black Breath - Heavy Breathing
The fury of hardcore meets the death-n-roll of mid-period Entombed on this scorcher. And the band's live show is every bit as fun.

18) 18Kill The Client - Set For Extinction
The obliterating and unrelenting crusty-grind from this Texas foursome manages to improve upon the 2009 fave Cleptocracy.

17) 17Integrity - The Blackest Curse
Twenty-plus years later, Integrity is still one of the most influential and brutal bands in hardcore. Another impressive effort from Dwid Hellion & co.

16) 16Castevet - Mounds of Ash
Melding hardcore, post punk, prog, and a mass of other influences into their blackened aesthetic, Castevet's Mounds of Ash yields complex and truly unique songwriting.

15) 15Extortion - Loose Screws
I'm breaking my own rules by putting this 10" on this list (my list of favorite 7"s, EPs, etc is below) but Loose Screws is twelve whizzing bullets of Aussie fast-core that impacts like a buckshot.

14) 14Coffinworm - When All Became None
One of my favorite debuts of the year, and a filth-ridden sludge/doom masterpiece. Here's to more evil genius in the near future.

13) 13Hail Of Bullets - On Divine Winds
Another battering ram of an LP from Martin Van Druunen and co, and an excellent follow-up to my 2009 fave of old-school death metal.

12) 12Horseback - The Invisible Mountain
Horseback is like a blackened ambient soundtrack to the old west, employing bluesy riffs, repetition and influences like Om, Earth, and Can. The Invisible Mountain's fourth and final track, "Hatecloud Dissolving into Nothing", shows that Horseback can do beauty with the same finesse.

11) 11Immolation - Majesty & Decay
More sick Robert Vigna riffs mean more neck aches from bangover. Yet another excellent LP courtesy of these NYDM veterans.

10) 10Bastard Priest - Under The Hammer of Destruction
With equal parts Discharge and Dismember, these Swedes have unleashed a record that recalls both the roots of death metal and its influences.

9) 9Year of No Light - Ausserwelt
While Nord was on my short list of favorite records of 2007, France's Year of No Light have bested it with their latest instrumental effort. Their new approach conjures soaring post-rock highs and lows that plummet with metallic sovereignty.

8) 8Ludicra - The Tenant
Ludicra made one helluva LP with 2006's excellent Fex Urbis Lex Orbis, but they are truly at their best with The Tenant. Brutal yet melodic black metal at its best.

7) 7Triptykon - Epistera Daimones
Tom Warrior's latest release mirrors his last with the long-running and highly influential Celtic Frost. More gothic songwriting and heavier-than-thou riffing that fulfills another chapter in an already storied career.

6) 6Salome - Terminal
Though Terminal hasn't quite harnessed the awesome power that is the Salome live show, it gets incredibly close. Rife with tension and incredible riffing, the LP proves that this is one of the most important bands in doom today.

5) 5Inquisition - Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
Inquisition saved all of the complexity for the album title. Instead of over the top guitar wizardry, Inquisition opt for no-frills black metal with crystal clear production, fantastic riffs, and impeccably maniacal songwriting.

4) 4The Body - All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood
It takes a fair amount of cojones to conjure a record like All The Waters. The Providence duo has crafted a curious oddity and one of the most punishing doom releases of the year using orchestral strings, strange samples and even a choir.

3) 3Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
It took me a little bit to come around, but Marrow of The Spirit is definitely every bit as good as you've heard. This ambitious excursion of post-rock, folk, ambient, and black metal is both poignant and masterful.

2) 2Deathspell Omega - Paracletus
Paracletus is the greatest kind of record, the type that yields different results through repeated listening. Evil, intelligent, and genre-defying black metal.

1) 1Thou - Summit
Thou embodies Eyehategod's gloomy hatred, Mogwai's introspection and Fugazi in DIY approach and philosophy. Summit, easily their greatest achievement, shows these young lads maturing from their crusty punk roots to a legitimate force. Summit is a daring, reflective & explosive effort.

And...

21) Kylesa - Spiral Shadow
22) Withered - Dualitas
23) Diocletian - War of All Against All
24) Locrian - The Crystal World
25) Electric Wizard - Black Masses
26) The Secret - Solve et Coagula
27) Vasaeleth - Crypt-Born & Tethered To Ruin
28) Christian Mistress - Agony & Opium
29) High On Fire - Snakes For The Divine
30) Torche - Songs For Singles

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Honorable Mention
Cough - Ritual Abuse
Watain - Lawless Darkness
Starkweather - This Sheltering Night
Pollution - Smut 12"
Defeatist - Sixth Extinction

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Weedeater at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Weedeater

Favorite EPs, 7", Mini-LPs
1) Innumerable Forms - Dark Worship 7"
2) Men's Interest - More War 7"
3) Grave Miasma - Realm of Evoked Doom EP
4) Autopsy - The Tomb Within EP
5) The Austerity Program - Apostates & Backsliders Will Burn EP
6) Altar of Plagues - Tides EP
7) Fuck The Facts - Unnamed EP
8) Jex Thoth - Witness EP
9) Nails - Unsilent Death
10) Veins - S/T 7"

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Favorite non-metal (not in order)
Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Roc Marciano - Marcberg
Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent
Grinderman - Grinderman 2
Tamaryn - The Waves
Zola Jesus - Stridulum EP
Ty Segall - Melted
Dax Riggs - Say Goodnight To The World
Blessure Grave - Judged By Twelve, Carried By Six
Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle
Weekend - Sports

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Eyehategod at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)
Eyehategod

Favorite Shows of 2010
* Swans, Baby Dee, Ben Frost at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Sleep, Doomriders, Unearthly Trance at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* ATP New York 2010
* Unsane, Made Out of Babies, United Nations at Union Pool
* Fuck The Facts, Magrudergrind, Defeatist & Attake at Cake Shop
* Floor, Unearthly Trance, Javelina, Hot Graves at Europa
* Watain, Goatwhore at Santos Party House
* Converge, Black Breath, Lewd Acts & Touche Amore at Santos Party House
* Weedeater, Black Tusk, Gates of Slumber, Struck By Lightning at The Studio at Webster Hall
* Wormrot, Defeatist, Psychic Limb, Mutant Supremacy, Curandera at Acheron
* Monarch & Bloody Panda shows with Evoken at Union Pool, and Tinsel Teeth at Cake Shop

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Floor at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)
Floor

2011 Most Anticipated Releases (In Alphabetical Order)
The Atlas Moth
Autopsy
Bastard Priest
Batillus
Converge
Corrupted
Crowbar
Dark Castle
Death Breath
Disma
Evoken
Exhumed
Grayceon
Hour of 13
Hull
Krallice
Loss
Psychic Limb
Pulling Teeth
Rwake
Today Is The Day
Tombs
Trap Them
Victims
Virus
Weedeater
Wormrot

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Watain at Santos Party House (more)
Watain

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Stay tuned for Best-of lists from a slew of my favorite bands!--

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Comments (71)

Psychic Limb - Queens is going to smash 2011

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Posted by shitcametalking | December 15, 2010 4:23 PM

No Rosetta?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 4:32 PM

MEHtal.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 4:39 PM

That Thou record was the biggest letdown of 2010. They're trying way too hard on that one.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 4:45 PM

Ah metal, the WWE of music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 4:46 PM

4:46...wouldnt that be hiphop?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 4:51 PM

Great list

Posted by Sanskar | December 15, 2010 4:52 PM

it's hilarious how you guys cater so blatantly to one specific, hipper-than-though niche of metal.

some great albums on this list, deathspell omega, immolation, etc, but it looks like a metal list written by someone who started to listen to this type of music when pitchfork started reviewing isis and mastodon.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 4:55 PM

Surprised the new Ramesses isn't on here. Much better than the new Electric Wiz IMHO.

Posted by terrasaw | December 15, 2010 4:57 PM

4:46 so that would make indie rock the, what? Barney and Friends of music?

Also I'm sorry but Spiral Shadow kicked the ass of most of this stuff. This list is trying way too hard to be obscure!

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 5:01 PM

I thought Thou was OK, but they were one of the most disappointing live bands I've seen in a long time.

Posted by Hank | December 15, 2010 5:02 PM

I thought for sure the black chickpeas would be on here. That album shreds! Especially that one tune "welcome to the tahini dome" and "napkin necessity" !!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 5:04 PM

446:and what exactly is indie rock? Or do douchebags in animal suits have a higher artistic meaning?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 5:12 PM

Pretty damn good list actually

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 5:29 PM

The Roller. 2011

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 5:31 PM

Hey that's a pretty badass list, not sure where the hipster/pitchfork comments are coming from. You think the pitchfork crowd listens to Immolation, Inquisition, Vasaeleth or Coffinworm? Most of these albums just fucking slay. If you're going to disagree with a list that at least, unlike a lot of others, looks like its author put some thought into it, at least provide some alternatives. I'm sure a lot of people would be happy to check them out.

Back to the list... I wasn't sold on Thou at first, but eventually it hit me, this album is really good. Props for Year of no Light as well.

And tell me the omission of Primordial in your 2011 expectations is only, well, an omission?

Posted by sickofmotion | December 15, 2010 5:34 PM

i like sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 5:44 PM

4:55, I'd love to see your list. Blind Guardian at #1 perhaps?

Posted by JT | December 15, 2010 5:45 PM

Agreed on the new Ramesses. That album is killer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 6:29 PM

No love for Enslaved? Axioma Ethica Odini was one of the best metal albums of 2010.

Posted by Mighty Trust Krusher | December 15, 2010 7:24 PM

Veins! Good call.

Also: KEN Mode for 2011!!!

Posted by TRL_Anna | December 15, 2010 7:59 PM

Want to learn how Pitchfork.com writes all this witty articles and reviews. Heres the book you need

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x447/nowakmark/pitchfork.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 8:45 PM

Ufomammut had one of the best records of the year. Below the radar, Wounded Kings & Dopefight (Both UK) had really good releases this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 10:22 PM

I dunno, lots of too-downtempo and/or corpsepaint for me on this list. The Body's record was really interesting though, for sure.

Pretty sure all the following came out this year, and I loved 'em all:

enabler
murder construct
nails
dillinger escape plan

No?

Posted by bitchfork.com | December 15, 2010 10:49 PM

Ah metal. The perfect soundtrack for drawing wizards, dragons and pentagrams on the cover of your pre-algebra notebook.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 10:56 PM

^10:56 then why are you reading this hater

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 10:57 PM

Dispirit ruled

Posted by Breakfast Sandwiches | December 15, 2010 11:26 PM

and still...harvey milk continues its reign as the most under-appreciated.
the new record slays.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2010 11:36 PM

THOU

Now that is a #1
Well Done BBG

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 12:08 AM

Mammoth Grinder

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 12:13 AM

Questioner belongs on here, if anybody had heard it.

http://www.vision-audio.com/questioner.zip

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 1:14 AM

Kyuss is really the only band that belongs on this list. FUCK ALL THE REST

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 2:02 AM

THOU - Summit

Definitely # 1
There's no denying that their talent is welling to the surface as the lava that precedes the eruption. Blast away young men, blast away.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 2:25 AM

Summit is definitely my metal album of the year. Nice list.

Posted by Jacob | December 16, 2010 2:40 AM

I agree with a non e mus
Best spent bucks of 2010 = Summit

Posted by JG | December 16, 2010 2:50 AM

Hamsoaker and Apocalypse of the Mystic Macaroon Afterbirth rules!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 2:55 AM

favorite hummus topping?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 3:40 AM

5:45

Shining - Blackjazz, Nachtmystium, Dillinger, Slough Feg, Deathspell Omega, Immolation, Decrepit Birth, Barren Earth, Torche, Enslaved, Kvelertak, Uffomammut, Periphery, Cloudkicker, Negura Bunget, Mekong Delta, Forbidden, and yes, the new Blind Guardian was a great return to form.

believe it or not, metal started off with singers actually singing, not just screaming and growling, not sure if you're aware of that.

Seems like Brooklyn Vegan not only hates clean singing, but also loathes complex playing and technicality, so I guess everything that has any hint of a prog vibe is passe and stale too, but running sabbath rip-off riffs into the ground is awesome, as long as the dudes have vintage amps and beards.

Not hating on any of these albums per se, I just think you need to mix it up a bit and stop being so narrow-minded, there's tons of metal out there that is great in every sub-genre. (other than deathcore, though, probably)

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 5:56 AM

The Megadeth/ Slayer/ Anthrax show? Danzig's Red Deth Sabaoth LP and his show at Nokia? I know these are older bands of metal's past and not the newer metal bands playing smaller shows and growing in popularity, but it would have been cool to see these classic bands at least mentioned here.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 8:03 AM

10:49 Great call on Unsilent Death by Nails. Best album of 2010!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 8:56 AM

I'm kind of interested to know how many Brooklyn Vegan'ers smoke marijuana? Be it whether on a regular or intermittent basis. Thanks for you answer. fyi: i'm not a narc

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 9:07 AM

That Danzig record sucked. That tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax produced 2 new mediocre releases from
Slayer and Megadeth.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 9:27 AM

good list, but i agree with terrasaw & anon... i just read a few lists that includes 'take the curse', strange thing, in some places prefer "details" more than brutality and passionate records...........

Posted by la lengua inc.® | December 16, 2010 9:30 AM

That Kylesa record sounds like nu metal to me. Tell me you can't imagine a WWE wrestler coming out to schlock like "Don't Look Back." Goofiest lyrics this side of Korn.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 9:38 AM

Paracletus is good, but it's no Kenôse.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 10:10 AM

some great shows on that list, but what about converge at santos in may?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 10:13 AM

^That was definitely an accidental omission. Added.

Posted by BBG | December 16, 2010 10:36 AM

Converge isnt metal, theyre a hardcore band. And before someone goes spouting some tech babble, just know youre wrong. Converge is all hardcore, their members run Deathwish and produce records for hardcore bands, and their music, no matter how technical it gets, is still hardcore.

Posted by GregBX | December 16, 2010 10:36 AM

No mention of the Gorguts/Portal/Krallice/Bloody Panda Show.... or the new Gorguts album?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 10:37 AM

Most anticipated 2011: DISFEAR

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 10:48 AM

So is the Tongue belongs on here if anybody has heard of them:


http://www.sendspace.com/file/gljow4

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 10:56 AM

Everyone chill out. Heavy music is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 11:02 AM

+1 on Dispirit! Though it's too bad the Howling Wind isn't on here, I'm glad Pollution got some props. V should be higher, as per usual. God damn you, Ryan Lipynsky! Oh, and good call on the Sleep and Converge shows. The Sleep shows, without a doubt, sliced a few dBs off my shitty hearing!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 12:34 PM

Converge in May was good, but I enjoyed the Europa show last year more.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 12:48 PM

anyone who says that the thou record was "a let down" is a fucking moron and needs new ears. go listen to good charlotte, fathead!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 1:47 PM

@ yesterday's 556 ....P4K, if my memory serves me correctly loved the Blackjazz and Nachtmystium albums, and has a high general opinion of Torche.

I like most of the albums you listed, but still think you criticizim is unfair.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 2:57 PM

No mention of the Gorguts/Portal/Krallice/Bloody Panda Show.... or the new Gorguts album?

REALLY!! C'mon BBG we had a blast at that show. A must add to the list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 3:10 PM

Show of the year was easily the FNM show on 7/2, beating the Kayo Dot Choirs show back in Feb.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 4:02 PM

Fuck converge

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2010 4:20 PM

^ No, they don't want to fuck you.

Name 3 bands that you dig 4:20.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2010 3:52 PM

All that noise and not one mention of the Scottish sludgelords Black Sun??

shame, shame.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2010 3:54 PM

"Name 3 bands that you dig 4:20."

you dig 4:20? What? Wait, who says "dig"?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2010 4:09 PM

hullmus

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2010 2:18 AM

Blackmus

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2010 3:31 AM

why the fuck did you thank 1000knives for ? He did some of the worst shows this year! there were so many other good bands out there you both could've booked! he likes fucking shit and you partnering with him makes you shit too!

Posted by xxxhatexxx | December 19, 2010 3:21 PM

Converge are the best band live!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2010 3:32 PM

at least you thought of Starkweather

Posted by kmfcm | December 27, 2010 10:55 PM

Great to see Year of No Light's Ausserwelt included in the favourite LPs of 2010. Totally underrated album that went under the radar.

Posted by Ryan | December 29, 2010 9:55 AM

I caught the swans show in brooklyn and it was def one of the best fucking shows of the year. great list.

Posted by Mark | January 6, 2011 12:14 PM

Converge are the best band live!

Posted by عقارات | January 15, 2011 2:59 PM

Clap Your Hands are actually supposed

Posted by بنت الطائفائف | January 28, 2011 5:35 AM

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