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The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011.

Best Metal Album of 2010

As mentioned, many of the bigger releases of 2010 failed to have the impact that was expected, and this left our voting completely fragmented this year, and with something less than a consensus for the first time ever in the "Best Metal Album" category. There really were a lot of fantastic albums in 2010, but none that I would see as a sure winner. In the end, one band garnered two #1 votes from our staff and narrowly escaped with the honor of "Best Metal Album of 2010":

Kataklysm's "Heaven's Venom"

We've never had this category decided by any less than 4 or 5 people agreeing on the same band, so this pick may seem controversial. But it's hard to argue that Kataklysm hasn't been growing in popularity over the past few years or that "Heaven's Venom" (reviewed here) is not their best album to date. It is perhaps one of the best melodic death metal albums this decade, capturing the brutality of death metal with some fantastic melodic lead work.

Both Triptykon's "Eparistera Daimones" (reviewed here) and Dawnbringer's "Nucleus" were just a point below Kataklysm's "Heaven's Venom." The other albums that got multiple nominations but fewer points included Kamelot's "Poetry for the Poisoned" (reviewed here), Melechesh's "Epigenesis" (reviewed here), Iron Maiden's "Final Frontier" (reviewed here), Dark Tranquillity's "We Are the Void" (also voted "Most Anticipated" last year and reviewed here), Nevermore's "The Obsidian Conspiracy" (reviewed here), Enslaved's "Axioma Ethica Odini" (reviewd here), and Deftones' "Diamond Eyes." That's a lot of bands with very little consensus, with nearly 60 different releases nominated for this category this year.

Best Metal DVD of 2010

The category of "Best Metal DVD" is typically a hard one to reach consensus on, since most of us have less time for watching DVDs than for listening to music. But unlike the "Best Metal Album" category, we had the strongest consensus ever in this category this year in choosing the winner:

Opeth's "In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall"

Opeth is clearly a favorite amongst a wide segment of metalheads and "In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall" garnered votes from six of our staffers. Down's "Diary of a Mad Band" earned a distant second place, with other DVD (or Blu-Ray) videos that earned multiple nods including Black Sabbath's "Classic Albums Paranoid" (reviewed here), "The Big Four Live From Sofia, Bulgaria," Megadeth's "Rust In Peace Live," Meshuggah's "Alive," Amorphis' "Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years" and Behemoth's "Evangelia Heretika" (reviewed here). Those all sound like some killer DVDs that I wouldn't mind seeing.

Best Metal Newcomer of 2010

Like every year, there were a good number of newcomers to the metal scene in 2010. Moreso than in previous years, however, 2010 had some new projects formed by veterans of other bands that made the biggest splash. When it comes to getting a consensus on votes, these bands hold a clear advantage over the other lesser known bands. That paid off for this year's winner, who has been making waves with a Texan take on thrash:

Warbeast

Featuring Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt, as well as Scott Shelby and Rick Perry from Dallas thrash band Gammacide, and with the support of Phillip Anselmo's Housecore Records, we expect to see great things from Warbeast in the coming years. You can read our review of "Krush The Enemy" here.

Other bands featuring veteran metallers that shared a decisive advantage in the voting were Charred Walls of the Damned, featuring drummer Richard Christy (Iced Earth, Death, etc.), Triptykon, featuring Tom G Warrior or Celtic Frost fame, and super group The Damned Things, who got more votes than anyone else but was lower on their list of picks. The few other new bands who managed to get multiple nods were Ghost (Sweden), Solution .45, and Cerebellion.

Best Live Act of 2010

"Best Live Act" is always hard to gain a consensus on, as the field of bands to vote on is even wider than other categories, but total shows attended are typically less than albums listened to. Additionally, there is often added diversity to voting on this category due to differences in regional lineups. This year, out of over 40 bands nominated in this category, only one band got multiple nominations to earn the title of "Best Live Act Of 2010":

Between The Buried And Me

In my experience, Between the Buried and Me's live show surpasses the band's studio albums. The group's music is much more than the sum of its parts and the label of progressive hardcore/metalcore doesn't do the band justice. If you like progressive metal, you should make a point to see Between the Buried and Me live, even if you're not particularly a fan of hardcore/metalcore.

There's no doubt many bands put on great performances last year, especially with the raved about Big Four shows in Europe. However, it seems that there simply were not many of our staff going to the same shows all year long.

Most Anticipated Release of 2011

2011 looks to be a solid year for heavy metal. New releases are expected from big names like Motorhead, Testament, and Lamb of God. Releases from metal stalwarts such as Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Deicide, and Unearth are surely highly anticipated as well. And for progressive metal fans, 2011 appears nothing short of a wet dream, with Opeth, Steven Wilson, the collaboration of Wilson and Akerfeldt, Dream Theater, Between The Buried and Me, and even the lesser known Obscura planning to come out with new albums in addition to Tommy Giles' (Between the Buried and Me) new solo effort that has already dropped (reviewed here). But perhaps all those choices left progressive metal fans split just enough for another popular band to steal the "Most Anticipated Release of 2011" and score a huge upset:

Children of Bodom - "Relentess, Reckless, Forever"

Scoring a narrow win over Opeth's planned new studio album shows that, despite its detractors and lukewarm reception to the last couple of albums, Children of Bodom is still hugely popular and people are looking forward to the next album. But will that carry over to "Best Metal Album of 2011" recognition? It hasn't happened yet.

Opeth came in a close second place, with Steven Wilson's second solo outing, Dream Theater's first release without Mike Portnoy, Deicide's "To Hell With God," Lazarus A.D.'s "Black Rivers Flow" (reviewed here), Amon Amarth's "Surtur Rising," Obscura's "Omnivium," The Human Abstract's "Digital Veil," and Korpiklaani's "Ukon Wacka" (reviewed here) all getting multiple mentions.

In Conclusion...

Despite some lackluster big name releases, 2010 seems like a good year in metal in retrospect. It should be interesting to see if the thrash revival trend continues to grow in 2011 or overstays its welcome, and if this "djent" trend becomes something more than an obscure term used to make cheesy band names.

As per tradition, we'll share with you the complete list of "Best Metal Newcomer" nominees, to give you a good place to start for investigating new bands and discovering new metal music.

Aeternam
Allegaeon
Amaranthe
Arcane Grail
Arkhum
Arma Gathas
Barnburner
Barren Earth
Blood Revolt
Cerebellion
Charred Walls of the Damned
Diamond Plate
Enthrope
Ghost (Swe)
Grey
Haarp
Haggatha
Holy Grail
Kvelertak
Midnight Odyssey
Pallbearer
Return To Earth
Sleepbringer
Solution .45
The Contortionist
The Damned Things
The Man-Eating Tree
Triptykon
Warbeast
White Wizzard
Witchsorrow

No doubt there are others worth checking out, but these were our staff picks, limited to five bands per person. Feel free to share your suggestions, thoughts, and comments below.

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

I do wish Triptykon had won best album but a few surprising choices here. Nice one.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 12:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. EsotericSurgery writes:

Really suprised Bodom prevailed over Opeth (love both bands but knowing the staff here I expected Opeth for sure)...and was definately suprised BTBAM won the best live band. I've never seen them live so that makes me very inclined to catch them if they come near me. Nice one folks!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

Most anticipated?
Dare I throw out Amon's Liar In Wait?
It's about the only thing I was looking forward to so far.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 1:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

LMAO! Great, now my stunt double gets best metal newcomer!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 1:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BrianMN writes:

TOTALLY forgot about the new one from Septic. :)

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Rychemn writes:

Not too bad DB.......and thanks for a list of other up and coming bands, I will be busy for the next few days enjoying some good old headbanging new material.....\M/..\M/.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. R Tenney writes:

mmm.. .okay. I would have put Triptykon at the top of the heap closely followed by Enslaveds new one. Everything Enslaved touches is hold IMHO! No love for Overkill High on Fire? Mm okay the most surprising releases were Overkills and Accepts new ones! Best new band was Howl IMHO. See em live. Just me being parochial as a fellow New Englander.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. FRESH FIST IN BLINDGREEDS FUCKIN BACK writes:

HOW COME AX7 DIDN'T GET BEST ALBUM, AND ANY OTHER AWARD THEY DEFINETLY FALL INTO I'M SURPRISED EVERYONE TALKS SH IT ABOUT THEM BEING INCLUDED ON THIS SITE BUT YET NO AWARDS OR AT LEAST NO PROPS FOR M SHADOWS AMAZING VOCALS ON ALL THERE ALBUMS

R.I.P THE REV
NP ICP UNDER THE MOON

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 1:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. hellrat writes:

ha! sh!tfist doesnt ONLY listen to bat cvntry...it also listens to clowns :)

though i do think the lil' Vaggiefolds deserve a type of "imposter award"

Most Shamelessly Despicable Pseudo Metal Bubblegum Charade of All Time

Fronted by one of the worst 'vocalists' in the history of pop music

on a serious note: Warrior Tom's new record over the others! \m/

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 2:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. wakaka writes:

@8 because avenged sevenfold sucks. end of story

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 2:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. R Tenney writes:

Fresh Fist you just got out of class and your back on your mums computer eh? Go away f***o! Yes HR Tom G released a record worthy of the Celtic canon! Also missed a few records that came out in late 10. Kylesa and the mighty Hail of Bullets! Anyways...NP circle of the Tyrants. Celtic Frost!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 2:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. CorpusUpir writes:

Post 8 = BOOO!!! Wicked choices have to pick up Kataklysm's new one now for sure. Still think Amon Amarth wins for most anticipated though.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 2:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Blindgreed1 writes:

"NP ICP UNDER THE MOON"


BWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Say no more stinkyfistfvck.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 2:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. heavy1 writes:

Does AX7 have to come up in every f***ing discussion?!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 2:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cynic writes:

Good win for Warbeast, and a good list of newcomer bands - check them out people.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ZMA writes:

Would've been awesome if Straight Line Stitch was in the anticipated album category. Their new album sounds like it's gonna rain fire over a lot of other bands.
I think Kataklysm was a good choice for best album. I saw them at Ozzfest back in August and they were the best band on second stage. Their sound was perfect, the setlist was great, and they play great. Loved the live show. Plus the new album is off the hook. Kataklysm's still got it.
I'm glad that Solution .45 was part of the new bands category even though they didn't win. Although if they had won it would've been worth it. Their debut album is amazing, and Christian Alvestem is a monster on vocals. Multi-talented that man is. All and all the choices weren't bad though.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Psyclops writes:

Blindgreed1 - Who is your stunt double?

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 4:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. R Tenney writes:

Fresh Fist no retort? I take it mum got home from her job at Burger King. My heart goes out to her trying to raise u kids without a pops in the house. No wonder your so p***ed kid. Pops with that Psuedo back injury collecting 650 bucks a month SSI and addicted to the pills. I feel your anger kiddo! NP paper gangster: Blood for Blood!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. shno writes:

#8 is a very successful troll apparently...oh well, A7X isn't worth a breath from my body. Moving on...

I love the picks. I agree, Triptykon had the best of the year IMHO, but Kataklysm had a phenomenal release, so no hard feelings here. Haven't seen BTBAM yet, but they are coming to town with The Ocean soon, so I'm excited to see what all the talk is about.

Also very happy to see Ghost and Allegaeon on the newcomers list. I loved both of their new releases. Great stuff all around.

Kudos on another amazing list. Here's to 2011 being just as metal.

NP: "Scavenger of Human Sorrow" - Death

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 4:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Blindgreed1 writes:

Psyclops: The front man from Warbeast.

shno: His post will be gone by tomorrow...

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Blihndghreeeed11111 writes:

A7X SHOULDVE WON EVEYRTHING

RIP THE REV

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Psyclops writes:

Blindgreed1: Hmm, that's interesting... because I am the frontman for Warbeast and Rigor Mortis. I've been singing in bands since 1981 and our debut Rigor Mortis album came out in 1988. Little did I know I was the stunt double for a band I never heard of that formed in the 2000's and a singer I didn't even know existed until right now. I still learn something new every day. Do I need to get some tall boots and a kilt now so I do you justice as your stunt double?

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Cynic writes:

^^^ If that's true, then sh** let me say Rigor Mortis are one of the best things since sliced bread and I can't wait to hear the new album whenever it drops.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Blindgreed1 writes:

Psyclops: It's an inside joke amongst some regulars that frequent this board. No disrepect intended. We look alike is all. I've never worn a kilt on stage so i'm not sure where that shot came from, but i'm not gonna take it personally. We've been in the biz for about the same ammount of time pulling the same task.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blindgreed1 writes:

Psyclops: Also, congrats on the nod from the mighty MU. It's a hell of a lot more respectable than a Grammy in our circles. Cheers!!!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. j writes:

@psyclops... that is hilarious!! tall boots and a kilt.. but seriously dont do that to yourself, that would look stupid.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Trendkill91 writes:

Good list and good bands mentioned. Good on ya DB!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Psyclops writes:

Yeah dude, I was just having some fun... thought you might be talking about me. Cool to meet ya! The kilt thing wasn't a cheap shot, it just looked like one in your small avatar pic. Hails bro and thanks!

Thanks to you as well Cynic!

Bruce

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Blindgreed1 writes:

Psyclops: Perhaps I'll see you out on your tour? We'll have a few beers and fvck with everyone's head for a while (being unrelated twins and all). LMFAO!!! Congrats again.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Psyclops writes:

What would be even better is if we could setup a show together on one of our off dates. Or like on our way to Vancouver to start tour, or on our way home from Cali after the tour. That would really f*** with their heads... ha!

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. ZMA writes:

I love this thread.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Blindgreed1 writes:

LOFL! I'm down... Find me on facef*** and we'll take it from there. Just search my screen name.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Psyclops writes:

Blindgreed1: I found your band page and clicked Like. Do you have a personal page? Mine is under Bruce Corbitt...

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 6:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. deathbringer writes:

Welcome, Bruce. Nice to see you here, and congrats on the killer new band.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Natsquatch writes:

Who would've thunk that my post about the similarity on Blind's wall would lead to this? Haha. Horns up to you, Psyclops/Bruce. I'm definitely lookin' forward to seeing you guys at the Houston date of the Destruction/Heathen tour in a couple months.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Blindgreed1 writes:

I think I found you. Request sent...

Chris

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. travlow1 writes:

O.k. i have not said anything about this Fresh fisting on other queers. But seriously dude get a life and quit wasting our time and yourselfs time with A7X news updates. This site doesn't exactly cater to that band. (Still don't know why DeathBringer even post news about them). But i can't keep quite anymore. You are a waste of space on this site. Please go away. PLEASE. I can understand people liking what they like but don't threaten other people or make fun of there nationality because we don't like AX7. By the way Pinto Beans im glad you like metal being Hipanic. My wife is haf mexican and she's down with it to. Down both ways. Hahaha. Anyways i've rambled on enough. I like what i like including 80's glam, death, rock, heavy, speed, and anything that sounds good. Never country that is one music that can fall off the earth forever. Thank you for everyone's time. Keep rockin' and a rollin'

NP- Sweaty Nipples funky a$$ dave

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Cerebellion writes:

Great job on the list MetalUnderground.com! We are extremely honored to be included with such amazing bands listed. Keep up the great work and we appreciate all you do for the metal community.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 7:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. that list sucked writes:

I knew a bunch of nigel hipsters ran this site.sickest release of the year NEGURA BUNGET.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 8:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. METAL213 writes:

I completely disagree with just about every topic but that's just me. I think that Fear Factory easily had the best album of the year with Mechanize. I didn't get as many dvds this year as I usually do but c'mon The Big 4 dvd crushes anything out there. There was a lot of newcomers that I liked mainly Mutiny Within, Periphery as well. For me the most anticipated album for '11 is easily Machine Head's follow up to The Blackening (if it actually does come out this year). Also if System of a Down could put out a new album by year end, that would be great as well. I'm also really looking forward to hearing Joey Belladonna back on a new Anthrax album

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Cynic writes:

^^Lol at hyping up Negura Bunget who will probably be riding the nigel hipster post-rock black metal wave all to metal blade. My picks were Slough Feg and Hooded Menace.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Rillennil writes:

#8, people are more apt to take you seriously when you don't post in all caps. Otherwise, you just look like (and from the actual content of the post, probably are) a dumb@ss.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 9:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. ThrashattheHeart writes:

Ok, Big Four Live in Bulgaria dosn;t win. Come on.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. IrishMetal writes:

Yo Cynic, thumbs up on the Slough Feg. I think it sounds very much like an old Iron Maiden album when I was listenin to both a while back, but never remembered to ask if anyone thought the same, and I can't remember whch album now :p

Negura Bunget was good, but they're essentially hipster black metal atm (which is f***in weird to think)

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45. deathbringer writes:

I must check out some Negura Bunget just to discover wtf "hipster black metal" is... :-)

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 9:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Cynic writes:

Haha - nah Negura Bunget are definitely a good band and sure as hell not hipsters, I just meant the "hipster metal" movement has moved on from The Sword and Wolfmother to atmospheric/folk/post-rock black metal Like WIITR and Agalloch. The difference is this time they like decent bands (zing!)

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 9:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. IrishMetal writes:

See, that's the problem DB, they are and they aren't at the same time. They're a good band, but every one of these musical elitist pricks who brag about the cost of their set-up (and how "everything", and I really do mean everything, is entry-level) seem to love them.

It really is a case of the fan base reflecting back on them. There's a lot of it happening recently with all the Post-Black metal and Shoegaze being mixed in.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 9:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Cynic writes:

Oh and definitely Irish, I'm a stall short of being a Slough Feg salesman haha.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. IrishMetal writes:

We think far too alike Cynic, I had those bands (excluding wolfmother) in my head as examples too :P

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 9:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. deathbringer writes:

Oh no, I was really digging the post-rock black metal of Fen, but it sounds like I'm in danger of becoming a hipster myself! The whole concept of hipsters in metal is funny to me, but I guess it could apply to anything.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. IrishMetal writes:

It's horrible. It really is a case of stop liking what I like.

They jump from genre to genre, act as if each is more superior than the previous, generally fag the scene up for a while, then move on, looking back and calling it all sh**.

What's even more galling is that with the internets being like they are, anyone can very quickly get right down into the obscure bands, and with a bit of 'advertising' on certain message boards, if the band is somewhat decent it can blow way out of proportion. One minute the band is known by no one, next its being shat on by all and sundry.

Sure, you don't really care about it until you actually meet someone who is like that. But when you do, you want to stab them in the face.

/rant

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 10:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. Cynic writes:

Haha, great minds Irish. I have a reoccurring nightmare about waking up in plaid and horned rim glasses.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 10:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. IrishMetal writes:

Speaking of nightmares, time for my first sleep in 2 days.

# Feb 23, 2011 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. hellrat writes:

well nighty-night Irish, sleep tight ;)

cause at 51, ya summed it up just right!

cheers \m/

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55. OlafBerzerker writes:

havent heard that kataklysm yet but i do own a copy or Rigor Mortis \m/

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56. Triforce writes:

With Septic Flesh, Testament, Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, Lamb of God, Between the Buried and Me, and Whispered all coming out with new content next year just off the top of my head, why is Children of Bodom most anticipated?

I guess people's opinions differ but... I mean come on.

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57. nightwatch1203 writes:

im really surprised disturbed didnt get nominated. asylum was one of their best efforts(if not the best) and definitely their most mature. and if deftones got through the gates with diamond eyes then disturbed definitely should have made it through.

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58. tallica_fan writes:

f*** me is that really the singer from rigor mortis/warbeast on this thread thats crazy!

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59. silvermountains writes:

Triptykon is an amazing band, expecally live. i saw them with 1349 here in the states, and Tom's art to put together songs is just outstanding. Another win for Warbeast, I see alot going for these guys. Krush The Enemy was a great release, and I was surprised to when I saw COB as most antic.. over Opeth too, I thought both the singles "Was It Worth It?" and "Ugly" wasn't the COB I started listening to, never the less, great reviews.

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60. RTB writes:

Btbam best live band...wow, couldnt disagree more..
Oh well
post 12 Lol
bg, the fanbase continues to grow..your approaching mickey ds stature of a billion...haha...yes im jealous

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61. R Tenney writes:

Is there a particular hipster look? Is it that guy at the local record store with gucci horned rims and full sleeves that scoffs at my purchases and makes unwanted suggestions to what I should be listening to? Help me out. I'm confused to who or what this hipster guy is. NP Ambassador of Pain Kataklysm

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62. No1 writes:

I think that there should have been a biggest comeback catageory, the winner should have been Burzum's album belus. Varg spent 16 years in prison befor being realesed earlyer this year.

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63. gripper writes:

while i think Kataklysm "Heaven's Venom" is a good choice for album of 2010 (at least they're Metal)
they are not in my top 5
1. Nachtmystium - "Addicts: Black Meddle Part II"
2. Tryptykon - "Eparistera Daimones"
3. Cough - "Ritual Abuse"
4. Sabaton - "Coat of Arms"
5. Son of Aurelius - "The Farthest Reaches"
i thought that Slough Feg "The Animal Spirits" was a better album than Dawnbringer "Nucleus"
High on Fire "Snakes for the Divine", The Sword "Warp Riders", and Mose Giganticus "Gift Horse" deserve some mention for good efforts on the Hipster/Beard Metal front
in mainstream hard rock, i agree with nightwatch Disturbed "Asylum" is a much better album than Deftones "Diamond Eyes" also Robert Plant "Band of Joy" was an excellent hard rock album
i saw Megadeth, Mastadon, and BTBAM and its no contest
Megadeth was the best live act of 2010
most anticipated release of 2011 - Obscura "Omnivium"

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64. n0thinghead writes:

the human abstract's upcoming album is called "digital veil", NOT digital divide. besides that, great job guys. can't rlly argue about much of these winners and nominees. some nice picks.

as for the whole djent thing, as silly as it is, and tho it does have as much of an ocean full of bands that sound alike as much as metalcore, but i do prefer it over metalcore any day. but, of course, the good ones. i'm looking forward to djent being the next metalcore. it'll be cool to see bands like tesseract and vildhjarta get the recognition. i hope to see more technical or progressive "metalcore" get more spotlight like btbam, the human abstract, protest the hero, etc. and tech/prog deathcore bands like after the burial, veil of maya, the faceless, all shall perish, etc. also.

and i've just got to check out all of those live dvds. they sound awesome. especially meshuggah's. also, can't wait for mastodon's too.

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65. deathbringer writes:

Hey n0thinghead, damn, I saw the Human Abstract thing on the first cut and missed fixing it. Thanks for the heads up - fixed now.

I'm not sure how big the djent thing will get. The bands making a mockery out of it from the start with ridiculous names may kill it before it takes off. The trend still seems pretty early on though, so we'll see.

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66. n0thinghead writes:

no prob DB. sorry for being a little nit picking prick about it lol just wanted to make sure ur facts are 100% accurate as they usually are.

djent is still fairly young since most of it's bands are still just one man projects, and nothing more than demos and EPs, besides that occassional metalcore or deathcore band that just mixes it in with their sound. but most of the actual djent bands are coming out with their debuts this yr, that's why quite a few djent fans are calling 2011 the yr of djent. it is stupid that an entire genre has been (almost) established (at least based on) just by the sound of one accomplished band (meshuggah).

but, imo, when u find those few bands that are amazingly creative with their take on it, it's a breath of fresh air. vildhjarta being quite possibly one the most freshest. they're basiacally meshuggah with funky grooves. awesome. and tesseract is truly and simply, amazing music. almost magical. to me, those are the only real djent bands that will be the big names (possibly a part of a "big 4 of djent"? and along with periphery, but i just can't get into them due to the vox) animals as leaders is one of the best of the usual instrumental djent bands, along with maybe cloudkicker and chimp spanner. i just despise the meshuggah clones tho. uneven structures being the best example.

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67. R Tenney writes:

Hey NHead dumb question but how do u pronounce djent? And why an exclusive sub genre name for it. Saw Animals as Leaders btw at Summer Slaughter and was impressed by musicianship but I thought lack of Vocals hurt overall presentation live. Even asked Tobin why no vocals. And he told me he considered the project to be just friends jamming.

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68. ZMA writes:

I love Meshuggah their newest album was great.
Why does it seem like you need 8 string guitars to play Djent? Because Meshuggah and Animals As Leaders use 8 string guitars, which ups the heaviness massively. I'd never be able to play 8 string. 7 string or downtuned 6 string all the way man. But that's just my choice.

But yea I've always thought of Meshuggah as a thrash, death metal band. All of the sudden I'm hearing the name Djent being used to describe them. I'd love to know how that name came about. I prefer just regular death metal, deathcore, thrash, metalcore myself although I must say I do like the Djent sound.

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69. grim_frost writes:

kataklysm
not a good winner

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70. R Tenney writes:

@69 while I wouldn't have put the latest Kataklysm record at the top of the heap I think it was far better than the one prior Prevail. I'm curious to know who u would of placed in top spot.

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71. that list suck writes:

Haha,calling negura bunget,wittr,and agalloch hipster metal is f***in retarded.f***in nigel hipsters.

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72. That's list sucked writes:

Haha Djent that's total hipster sh@t.

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73. R Tenney writes:

I'm still waiting for correct pronounciations of the words DJENT @Kvelertak. don't tell me to sound it out. Some silent letters ther? Remember I'm from New Hampshire ! Help please! Fresh Fist ?NP Hail of Bullets : Full Scale War.

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74. hellrat writes:

big R, i believe the pronunciation is "duh-junt" or maybe thats too groovy, so "deh-jent, deh-jent"....

when i first read the term i though it was short for 'Degenerate' :)

but alas, its a guitar signature descriptive

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75. FRESH FIST IN YOUR FACE writes:

^^^IM GOING WITH WHAT HE'S SAYING. SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. WISH I COULD HELP MORE.


NP-METALLICA- SANITARIUM

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76. ZMA writes:

I thought it was Dee-Jent. Like you said the letter D and then jent......yea you get it. But I don't know exactly.

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77. xFiruath writes:

I think what I've learned from this thread is that the term "hipster" means "Something I want to call you but don't want you to call me, even though we both think the other is a hipster for the same reasons." :)

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78. R Tenney writes:

Thanks HR. I think Duh Jent works. So many sub genres. Confusing to some one old school what's wrong with just heavy as f*** skull bashing riffs. All these fancy names. I'm a little out of touch I admit. Any takers on Kvelertak? What is that? Heard they're awesome but I wish I could pronounce them. Thanks for trying fresh kid. Like your ammended list. Good stuff. Oh well. NP The Exorcist : Possessed!!!

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79. n0thinghead writes:

ALL of anyone's questions can be answered at got-djent . com 's 'About' pg.

rat's pronunciation is correct to many, but some pronounce it simply "jent" saying that the 'd' is silent, or, tmu, some europeans even pronounce it with the way their pronounce the "dj" (pronouncing "sh" with the tongue stuck a little higher to the palet).

as for it's origin (also on the got-djent website), it's also tmu that it's simply just the sound the guitar (typically 7- or 8-strings) makes. so basically a ridiculous genre as be created out of the sound of guitar strings lmao

tho i do like it, it's rlly just a technique or way of playing more than a genre, but u know how the splinternet is =\

if interested in any djent music/bands, just refer to my previous post naming some with a bit of details or, of course, just explore the site i've mentioned here. nuff said.

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80. hellrat writes:

ya dude, i have no idea what any of that sh!t is supposed to mean either....i just like what music i like, whatever the fvck anyone wants to label it as....

though i have no clue as to which bands are, the fact that there is a 'genre' called 'duh-jent' just makes me fvckin smile :)

and i also think xF is a hipster ;)

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81. Cynic writes:

Eh? Like nothinghead says it would definitely be pronounced like "jent" except with a harder j - hence the d.

# Feb 24, 2011 @ 5:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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82. ReaperOfBodom writes:

To gripper: I definitely agree that nachtmystium's Addicts: Black Meddle Part II should have been number 1 with Ihsahn's After at a close second. Watain's Lawless Darkness at 3, Triptykon at 4 and Dark Funeral at number 5

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83. silvermountains writes:

personally I believe hipsters are the guys who think metalcore bands and "popular" groups like avenged sevenfold stuff like that, I'd consider those guys hipsters.

# Feb 24, 2011 @ 9:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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84. Triforce writes:

82: Didn't After come out in 2009?

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85. xFiruath writes:

Triforce: "After" came out in January of 2010, and in fact was my pick for #1 album of the year :)

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86. Nunya writes:

Can everyone please stop edging talking about a7x it's enough we all know half of u are metalcore only 3 year olds and half of you are bitter old men telling the 3 year holds to get their hoola hoopiey futuristic whipersnapery off your yards.
(P.S. How did dd not even get mentioned in anticipating for Beast! I guess it may have already come out when this was posted (havent checked the site in a while) but still Y DID NO ONE VOTE DEVILDRIVER!?!?!?)

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87. Cynic writes:

^^2011 is going to be a big year for big name releases - Morbid Angel, Cynic, Primordial and a ton more.

# Feb 24, 2011 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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88. deathbringer writes:

Nunya, "Beast" was nominated by one person, but we don't discuss every single nomination - only the ones that had multiple nominations. There's just too many for each category to discuss them all. Like I mentioned, we have around 60 releases total named in the Best Metal Album nominations.

And yeah, I had trouble narrowing down what I was looking forward to most in 2011. Does look to be a good year and my votes probably wouldn't even overlap with Cynic's :-)

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89. n0thinghead writes:

the human abstract's digital VEIL ( ;) @ DB ) is my most anticipated release for this yr. it's literally felt like it has taken yr.'s to come out. others have to agree with me!! c'mon!! classically composed metal!?!?! anyone?!?!

also vildhjarta's debut album has taken WAY too long. i'm starting to memorize their ep and instrumental demos.

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90. btbamfav20 writes:

Veil Of Maya - [ID] should have been in there someplace...

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91. Wyrd writes:

How is Cradle of Filth not in there???

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92. btbamfav20 writes:

because Cradle of Filths new sh** is pretty crappy compared to other works. AND this is metalUNDERGROUND, a great place to come for new bands and new music, not overrated CoF.

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93. n0thinghead writes:

bambam: VoM's latest was nice. they've grown a lot from just a self relased, to major debut, to now this awesome record. i predict the followup will be amazing.

# Feb 25, 2011 @ 11:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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94. deadstorm writes:

Pretty good list! BUT I have to agree with n0thinghead, I can wait to get my ears on Human Abstract's Digital Veil! After listening to Nocturne and Midheaven? Digital Veil can't go wrong!!
BUT! Arch Enemy's Khaos Legions will probably be better! It's been since 2007 since a new cd. They must have some pretty good stuff up their sleeve after all that time!

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95. Dasher10 writes:

To be fair, if I knew who System Divide were before now, I'd have voted for them.

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96. metal2death writes:

how was revocation not on this list at all? this world is a sad place

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97. NW_MetalHead writes:

I'd be curious to find out if anyone picked my favoirte album of last year, Witchery - Witchkrieg

# Feb 28, 2011 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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98. Just me writes:

You forgot BEST DISASTER Concert of 2010

TMT Metalfest...

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99. Derek writes:

A7X Is One Of The Most Amazing Bands Out Right Now. Whether You Guys Agree Or Not Its True. I Think Debuting At #1 On The Billboard Charts Kinda Means Your Good. Obviously People Are Buying The Cds.. They Actually Expand Their Music Out Into Different Styles. The Continue To Try New Thing Instead Of Making The Same Album over.. And Over. And Over.

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100. Eraserhead writes:

Well, Bodom being most anticipated is embarassing because that album is so bad that I'm embarassed that I even listen to metal. That award really should have gone to Opeth or BTBAM

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