Dec 192010

Last Friday, we invited our readers to share with us your lists of the best metal you heard in 2010 — and this post is the place where you can do it.

To remind you what we said on Friday, there really aren’t any rules here. Your list doesn’t  have to be a “Top 10” or a “Top 20” list, or any specific number. It could be a Top 2 list. And it doesn’t have to be a cross-genre list, i.e., the best of all metal you’ve heard this year.  It could be the best hardcore albums you heard, or the best black metal, or the best folk metal, or the best reggae metal, or the best rap metal — except we’re still joking about the rap metal.

Basically, your list can be anything you’re comfortable sharing with us and your fellow readers. You never know. Your list might turn someone else on to music they will come to love and otherwise might have missed. Besides, since NCS is too lazy to publish its own “Best Albums” list, we need someone else to do it for us.

So, let us hear from you. Put your lists in the comments to this post so we can collect them all in one place. If you don’t have a list ready yet, no sweat, because you can come back to this post whenever you like and add your list later — or comment on the lists others have posted.

Now, here’s a preview of what we’ve got planned for you this week, which we might as well call LISTMANIA WEEK, because that’s almost all we’ll be doing — giving you lists by a variety of guest contributors of the best and/or the most listenable metal of 2010. (more after the jump . . .)

Between now and Friday, we’ll be publishing guest posts (at least one and sometimes two per day) from musicians and metal bloggers providing their lists of the best metal they heard this year and accompanying observations about the music. We’ve already seen most of them, and we can promise they’ll be worth your time. We also expect they’ll provoke some lively discussion in the comments.

In a few hours, we’ll be starting LISTMANIA WEEK with the first of a four-part post by our UK contributor Andy Synn.

We’ll also intersperse these guest contributions with some of our own regular features.

There you have it. Now, let us have it. Your lists, that is.

20 Responses to “THE BEST OF 2010: NCS READER LISTS”

  1. Korgan Bloodaxe says:

    Top 10:

    1 Watain – Lawless Darkness
    2 Weapon – From the Devil’s Tomb
    3 Thulcandra – Fallen Angel’s Dominion
    4 Nightbringer – Apocalypse Sun
    5 Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
    6 Odem Arcarum – Outrageous Reverie above the Erosion of Barren Earth
    7 Negura Bunget – Maiestrit
    8 Ondskapt – Arisen from the Ashes
    9 Imperium Dekadenz – Procella Vadens
    10 Kalmah – 12 Gauge

    • Korgan Bloodaxe says:

      Honorable mentions go to Sargeist, Nevermore, Martriden, Ihsahn and a number of other bands I can’t recall right now.

    • Islander says:

      As I said before when I first saw your list, I’m a big fan of every one of these albums that I know — which makes me eager to hear the others. As you know, I’ve already sampled Weapon, which was a great find. Now I need to hear Nightbringer and Ondskapt.

  2. SurgicalBrute says:

    Top 20:

    Grave Ritual – Euphoric Hymns From the Altar of Death
    Brutally Deceased – Dead Lovers’ Guide
    Horrendous – Sweet Blasphemies demo
    Weapon – From the Devil’s Tomb
    Hellish Crossfire – Bloodrust Scythe
    Gjenferdsel – Varde
    Grave Miasma – Realm of Evoked Doom EP
    Encoffination – Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh
    Hail of Bullets – On Divine Winds
    Beyond Hell – The Sleeper Awakens
    Byfrost – Black Earth
    Burial Invocation – Rituals of the Grotesque EP
    Cemetery Urn – The Conquered are Burned
    Hooded Menace – Never Cross the Dead
    Interment – Into the Crypts of Blasphemy
    King of Asgard – Fi’mbulvintr
    Mandatory – Adrift Beyond
    The Wakedead Gathering – Tenements Of Ephemera
    Winterfylleth – The Mercian Sphere
    Vasaeleth – Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin

    There’s a lot of Death Metal on this list

    • Islander says:

      I have a feeling this is my kind of list, based on the albums I know — Weapon, Hail of Bullets, Byfrost, Cemetery Urn, Interment, King of Asgard, Winterfylleth. Very cool to see all those names; makes me hungry to hear the rest some day.

  3. Vinter says:

    hmm im not going to make a top X, ill just list the 2010 albums/eps/demos i liked in no particular order.

    Nachtmystium – Addicts Black Meddle II
    Ihsahn – After
    Archspire – All Shall Align [EP]
    Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
    Radiance – The Burning Sun
    Alkahest – Demo
    1349 – Demonoir
    Alcest – Écailles de Lune
    Rings of Saturn – Embryonic Anomaly
    Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones/Shatter [EP]
    Drudkh – Handful of Stars
    Atheist – Jupiter
    Watain – Lawless Darkness
    Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
    Winterfylleth – The Mercian Sphere
    Celeste – Morte(s) Nee(s)
    Lantlôs – .Neon ( probably my favorite album of the year! )
    Soilwork – The Panic Broadcast
    Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
    Decrepit Birth – Polarity
    Woe – Quietly, Undramatically
    Les Discrets – Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
    Anathema – We are here because we are here
    Forest Silence – Winter Ritual
    Heretoir/Thränenkind Split – Wiedersehen – unsere Hoffnung
    The Last Days – When the Tomorrow is a Grey day
    Unleashed – As Yggdrasil Trembles

    • Islander says:

      More proof of what a strong year 2010 has been for break-out black metal, and of the stylistic variety with which the genre is filled.

    • .jh says:

      Just discovered “Celeste” (thanks to Anders) this weekend, I’ve only had time to give it the briefest of listens, but so far sounds quite interesting. Occupying some space between black metal and post-rock. Their whole discography is available for free from the record company: (warning page will start streaming music automatically)

  4. ibc99 says:

    Living Sacrifice-The Infinite Order
    Carnifex-Hell Chose Me
    I Declare War-Malevolence
    Impending Doom-There Will Be Violence
    The Acacia Strain-Wormwood
    Whitechapel-A New Era of Corruption
    Tony Danza….-Danza 3…
    The Contortionist-Exoplanet
    Stick to Your Guns-The Hope Division
    Deftones-Diamond Eyes
    Intronaut-Valley of Smoke
    Within the Ruins-Invade
    Fear Factory-Mechanize
    Norma Jean-Meridional
    Monument to Thieves- ST

  5. Jaimehere says:

    I will just edit my 1st post on the other news post to make it full of metal bands

    Top 10 albums of 2010

    1. Kvelertak – Kvelertak
    2. Periphery – Periphery (Instrumental)
    3. As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise
    4. Hour Of Penance – Paradogma
    5. First Blood – Silence Is Betrayal
    6. Immersed – In The Ire Of Creation
    7. The Contortionist – Exoplanet
    8. Veil Of Maya – [id]
    9. Fleshwrought – Dementia / Dyslexia
    10. Son Of Aurelius – The Farthest Reaches

    Top 5 Eps of 2010

    1. Tesseract – Concealing Fate
    2. Elitist – Caves
    3. Centuries Apart – Malachi
    4. Structures – All Of The Above
    5. Volumes – The Concept Of Dreaming

  6. CarlSk says:

    1. Kvelertak / Kvelertak
    2. Cloudkicker / Beacons
    3. Keep Of Kalessin / Reptilian
    4. Ghost / Opus Eponymous
    5. Radiance / The Burning Sun
    6. Exodus / Exhibit B: The Human Condition
    7. Periphery / Periphery
    8. Forbidden / Omega Wave
    9. Watain / Lawless Darkness
    10. Hail Of Bullets / On Divine Winds
    11. Solution .45 / For Aeons Past
    12. Barren Earth / Curse Of The Red River
    13. Doomshine / The Piper At The Gates Of Doom
    14. Soilwork / The Panic Broadcast
    15. Triptykon / Epistaria Diamones
    16. Enslaved / Axioma Ethica Odini
    17. Iron Thrones / The Wretched Sun
    18. In Vain / Mantra
    19. Wretched / Beyond The Gate
    20. In Mourning / Monolith

    • Islander says:

      Yet again, a list that makes me think I ought to listen to everything on it that I don’t know, based on the inclusion of all the albums I do know and think are among the year’s best. The ones I haven’t heard that now go on my list: Doomshine, Iron Thrones, In Vain, Triptykon (I need to give this band a second chance). All the others: aces.

  7. byrd36 says:

    1.Son of Aurelius – The Farthest Reaches
    2.Ludicra – The Tenant
    3.Watain – Lawless Darkness
    4.Demonic Resurrection – The Return to Darkness
    5.Thou – Summit
    6.Ghost – Opus Eponymous
    7.Black Label Society – Order of the Black
    8.Hour of Penance – Paradogma
    9.Eluveitie – Everything Remains as it Never Was
    10.Carach Angren – Death Came Through a Phantom Ship

    • Islander says:

      Some great variety in this list — and this is the second list I’ve seen in the last 24 hours (the other one we’ll be posting tomorrow) that includes Carach Angren. Very interesting . . .

      • byrd36 says:

        I tried to include my favorite standouts in their respective genres as well as stuff that I’ve had a blast listening to this year. I’ll leave it to readers to ponder which ones are which 😉

  8. antichristhammerfist says:

    Top Metal Albums of 2010:

    Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm – Far and Away my #1

    Blasphemophagher – From Chaos, Obscurity and Desolation
    Bastard Priest – Under the Hammer of Destruction
    Vaseleth – Crypt Born and Tethered to Ruin – these 3 are pretty much all tied for the #2 spot

    Best of the Reast:

    Hail of Bullets – On Divine Winds – better than I first thought
    Electric Wizard – Black Masses – much better than I originally thought
    Briton Rites – For Mircalla – played it a lot this year clean vocals and all
    Force of Darkness – Darkness Revelation
    Brutally Deceased – Dead Lovers Guide
    Encoffination – Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh
    Decrepitaph – Beyond the Cursed Tombs
    Acid Witch – Stoned
    Denouncement Pyre – World Cremation
    The Royal Arch Blaspheme – S/T
    Devastator – Nocturnal Slut
    Diaboli – Invocation
    Angrepp – Warfare
    Vomitor – Devil’s Poison
    Grave Desecrator – Insult
    Setherial – Ekpyrosis
    Father Befouled – Morbid Destitution of Covenant
    Truppensturm – Salute to the Iron Emperors
    Black Witchery – Inferno of Sacred Destruction
    Witchrist – Beheaded Ouroboros
    Diocletian – War of All Against All
    Countess – Burning Scripture
    Ondskapt – Arisen From the Ashes
    Hellish Crossfire – Bloodrust Scythe
    Weapon – From the Devil’s Tomb
    Maniac Butcher – Masakr
    Otargos – No God No Satan
    Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

    Top EP’s demos and splits:

    Innumerable Forms – Dark Worship
    Horrendous – Sweet Blasphemies
    Hell Spirit/Nocturnal Graves split – The Gravespirit Sessions
    Burial Invocation – Rituals of the Grotesque
    Kerasphorous – Cloven Hoofs at the Holocaust Dawn
    Pseudogod – Triumphus Serpentis Magni
    Perversor – Demon Metal
    Miasmal – S/T

    • antichristhammerfist says:

      Can’t believe I left off Nocturnal Blood – Devastated Graves – The Morbid Celebration, it should be in the top 10 at least if not top 5

    • Islander says:

      Wow. Thanks for doing this. Second “best of” list I’ve seen today with Inquisition on it. Vaseleth is another band I’ve been meaning to check out. Time to do it. Same for Ondskapt and Setherial. But Blasphemographer, Bastard Priest, and Noctural Blood are all brand new names to me (as are most of your also-rans). I feel like I’ve been living under a rock.

    • SurgicalBrute says:

      Antichrist, you cheeseball, I cant believe you started posting over here. I also cant believe I left Innumerable Forms, Bastard Priest, and Miasmal off my list. I could probably double my original list at this point.

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