The latest issue of REVOLVER magazine arrived in the mail yesterday, because our subscription still hasn’t expired. Not likely we will renew it; the percentage of bands the magazine covers that we care about has been dropping steadily over time.
The current issue includes the magazine’s list of “THE 20 BEST ALBUMS OF ’10”. This list tends to confirm our dissatisfaction with REVOLVER’s drift.
On the one hand, Watain and Bison B.C. are actually on the list. On the other hand, they’re at the very bottom, eight and nine spots below — wait for it — Ozzy Osbourne‘s Scream. That makes us want to scream.
On the one hand, the list includes Deftones, Fear Factory, Triptykon, and Nachtmystium. We wouldn’t put those on our personal lists of Top 20 albums for the year, but that’s mainly a matter of taste. At least we can understand why those bands are appearing on lots of Best of 2010 lists we’ve seen, because the albums are good. On the other hand, Korn, Rob Zombie, and The Devil Wears Prada are also on the list.
And then there’s REVOLVER‘s choice for the album of the year. Well, see for yourselves. The whole list is after the jump. Feel free to agree or disagree (violently) in the comments.
1. Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare
2. Deftones, Diamond Eyes
3. Fear Factory, Mechanize
4. Triptykon, Eparistera Daimones
5. Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
6. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Option Paralysis
7. Iron Maiden, Final Frontier
8. Killing Joke, Absolute Dissent
9. Black Breath, Heavy Breathing
10. Nachtmystium, Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II
11. Ozzy Osbourne, Scream
12. Rob Zombie, Hellbilly Deluxe 2
13. High On Fire, Snakes For the Divine
14. Stone Sour, Audio Secrecy
15. The Devil Wears Prada, Zombie EP
16. Korn, Korn III: Remember Who You Are
17. Kingdom of Sorrow, Behind the Blackest Tears
18. Holy Grail, Crisis In Utopia
19. Watain, Lawless Darkness
20. Bison B.C., Dark Ages