Androidvirus’s top 5 metal albums of 2010 ( a year end review)
by, 12-31-2010 at 06:21 PM (2912 Views)
Another year has past and a slew of new music hit the scene in 2010. We saw many triumphant returns to the metal scene that renewed our faith in Metal. Surprisingly some of the best albums that hit the scene this year were not necessarily from the new school, but the old school veterans . It would be nearly impossible to pin down a review for every metal album that came out in 2010.(over 650 in all). This is Androidvirus’s top 5 metal albums of 2010. You may agree, you may disagree however this list is based upon my personal listening pleasures. I hope you like the list . Enjoy!
Danzig : Deth Red Saboath
2010 saw the return of the Horror music Pioneer AKA as Glen Danzig. He needs no Introduction. After a six year hiatus Danzig returns with a haunting/retro sounding release that rivals the bands previous releases of Danzig 1-4. According to Wikipedia Deth Red Saboath marked Danzig’s highest-charting album since 1994’s Danzig 4. Rightfully so . With a great back up band not seen since the likes of the original classic line up, how could he loose? With Danzig’s current line up he has managed to capture that black magic that made “Danzig” legendary in its own right. With Tommy Victor from Prong on guitar. Johnny Kelly from Type O Nevative on drums and Evil Elvis himself on Bass. Now forget get this protools digital crap. Danzig wanted an organic sound, with a bigger and thicker bass. So he used old school 70’s amps . Which is why is sounds so fucking cool. Go get it . It’s the best shit since Danzig 4… This should have been titled Danzig 5.
High On Fire : Snakes for the Divine
Oakland California’s own High on Fire followed up 2007’s Death is this Communion with Snakes for the Divine. A title inspired by the biblical story that Adams first wife was Lilith an Alien Reptilian and not Eve!! Are you getting stoned just listening to this story? No wonder these guys are classified under “stoner metal”. Themes aside High on Fire’s latest release tore my fucking face off. Lead/rhythm guitar player,vocalist Matt Pike plays double duty along with Jeff Matz on bass and completed by Des Kensel on drums. This trio of metal beasts will tear you a new one. Songs like “ Frost Hammer” and “ Bastard Samurai” are dealt with guttural vocals ripping drums and heavy bass. These fuckers make enough noise that would make Lemmy proud. Take a bong rip sit back and enjoy.
Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Once again the year of the Tiger saw the return of another horror rock legend Rob Zombie. Mr. Zombie has brought us 11 tracks to be held in companion with 1998's Hellbilly deluxe. A deluxe edition was later released containing 4 bonus tracks. Rob Zombie has been quoted as saying he was “done” with music after his Sinister Urge release back in 2001. He was sick and tired of being in bands where nobody was getting along. However since his collaboration with Marilyn Manson alumni John 5. Fresh off directing H2 Rob jumped back in the studio with guitarist John 5 whom he cowrote Educated Horses and Hellbilly Deluxe 2 with. Zombie seems to be having fun again and it shows. His current release is a nod to the fun times that only would be completed with a stripper and a shot of Cuervo. Zombie doesn't’t skimp on sampling the 70’s drive trash as well . Most prevalently heard in the track “Sick Bubblegum” which contains a sample from the 70’s biker exploitation film “Werewolves on Wheels”. Overall it’s a fun release that plays on the sick, fun trashiness that lives inside you. “ We all know how we’re gonna die baby …we’re gonna crash and burn”.
Deftones: Diamond Eyes
Recorded in late 2009 and released in May 2010 . Diamond eyes needed to be reworked and rescheduled due to bassist Chi Cheng entering a coma after an auto accident in 2008. Former quicksand bass player Sergio Vega picked the bass duties after. Diamond eyes is an ethereal release that demonstrates the bands progression and at the same time still holds strong to its roots. Songs such as Sextape, Beauty School and 976-Evil are songs you can bone your girl slowly to. Other tracks like Diamond Eyes and Royal and something you can see yourself fucking it up in a pit to as well. Its an all around solid release that was long overdue. Pick it up it will wanna make you fuck or fight.
Fear Factory: Mechanize
Industrial/ Thrash veterans Fear Factory return with there most blistering and important release since 1998's Obsolete. This is quite possibly is my favorite Fear Factory release to date. Not to mention of 2010. Don't get me wrong FF have had 3 releases since Obsolete and all have there moments. However with founding member guitarist Dino Cazares not rejoining the band after a 2002 break up, there was somthing missing. With Dino back in the fold and the legendary Gene Hogland on the drums they are unstoppable. They once again demonstrate that are the architechts of melodic/heavy vocals ( A style I personally think Burton C Bell invented) , machine gun like double bass attacks and Death metal laden guitar riffs. Music aside, lyrically Mechanize evokes emotions and rage that accompany corrupt government, the 911 attacks and assisted suicide. Fear Factory's lyrics have always had a setting of a futuristic world run by machines or the corrupt. This is a very socially aware, mature album that shows the bands growth. It will make you question yourself, your government and your God. In an almost PSA at the beginning of the bands "Fear Campaign" video an ominous statement reads:
"It was not necessary to camouflage the insanity of the world of today within a science fiction setting. The world today had become the world that writers predicted long ago. The controlling authorities are constantly, and successfully, through misinformation and distraction.
Fear is bondage, Fear is Slavery, Fear is Hell, Fear is control.
Powerful shit my friends. Happy New Year!!