Dec 182010

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

  26 Responses to “REVOLVER’S TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2010”

  1. Rob Zombie put out a new album this year? And it made a best of 2010 list? I thought he gave up music to do movies.

    My wife (who is a huge Zombie fan) will be highly pissed that I somehow managed to miss this news.


  2. And, I am not going to dignify that craptacular list with a response. Revolver just needs to be wiped from the face of the earth.

    Okay, I dignified their craptacular list with a response. But you get the drift.

  3. Oh come on now …Stone Sour?, Korn?….AVENGED SEVENFOLD IS THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR!?. You lie..I disbelieve this whole list, and replace it with my own reality

    • OK, ya got me. I made the whole thing up. They really picked DEFEATED SANITY for album of the year, followed by AUTOPSY, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, and NEGURA BUNGET.


  4. Remember kids, if it’s underground it can’t be any good.

    Cos if it were good it would sell as many records as Avenged Sevenfold.

    • Man, thanks for that reminder. I now realize that all the albums I liked this year are shit.

      • Yeah. You have awful taste. I always wait six months before buying any album, as it’s got to break at least 100,000 units sold before I’ll even consider it.

        Otherwise, how would I know it was any good???

        • You make a good point. I need to be more patient and wait for sales figures to help me determine what to like. I certainly wouldn’t want to be out of step with what most people like. I will begin destroying my CD collection tomorrow.

          • I’m getting old and not following things too closely anymore, but people have explained to me that the measure of how much an artist will sell is directly proportional to his or her airtime on Disney channels. So I think if you check your local listings you’ll get a good idea of what you should buy.

    ORDER OF THE BLACK? Now that’s
    just crazy…

  6. But thumbs up for the cover just
    awesome \m/

  7. It’s almost as if…yes, that’s exactly it! I’ve concluded that this collection is just a randomized list of one or two favorite bands from each writer at Revolver. It’s all over the map. And I’m not talking taste, some of the albums weren’t even considered good from their respective scenes. Example: Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis simply is no where near Ire Works…Ok, that is getting into taste, but I hope my point still came across.

    • I really had similar thoughts — the albums are just all over the place, both musically and certainly in terms of quality. Watain and Bison BC at the end of the list almost look like after-thought tag-ons to show that Revolver is hip. Or maybe those were just the randomized contributions from writer X. Sheesh.

  8. A couple of those are worthy of mention, but as with most lists (especially the ones that are more general and not genre-specific), it’s an underwhelming collection. Meh.

  9. Wow everyone who works at revolver should punch themselves in the face!!!!!!

  10. yea i would have to say damn im getting old(35) but once in a while a really good metal album comes along so if anyone reads this you should check ou THE CONTORTIONIST they had a new album come out last year called EXOPLANET! prolly one of the better heavy metal albums ive heard in a while so check it out!

  11. despite being a huge maiden fan, i still don’t think that the final frontier is worthy of the top 10

  12. i’m trying to find Accept, Black Country Communion, Blaze and Sodom on this list, oh wait, avenged is in THE DAMN FIST PLACE? better stop reading…

    no mention to the ilustration on the cover page that have “the rev” and no bonham anywhere

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