So, we’re at the end of another year and we here at Bloody-Disgusting love sharing our favorites (and our most hated) of the past year with you. So, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite releases of the past year. Here’s the catch: I only used albums or songs from albums I reviewed in 2010. So, check after the jump for my “Best of 2010″!
Best “Get Me Pumped Up” Song
Soilwork – Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter
Runner up: Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy
The chorus for ‘Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter’ nearly got me pulled over for speeding. I think I topped out at 100mph on the freeway.
As for ‘The Obsidian Conspiracy’, try listening to the first 30 seconds and not getting pumped up. I dare you.
Best “Album To Get Busy To”
You all know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t, go ask mommy and daddy to tell you about the birds and the bees. These two albums side by side would probably cause my hips to break ::hint hint::
Song of the Year:
Karnivool – New Day
Quick disclaimer: I know that this album came out in 2009, but it only received a Stateside release in 2010, thereby allowing me to include it in this list.
This song exemplifies how to properly build up a song from beginning to end, passage to passage. Starting with guitars and vocals only, the song segues into a simple yet driving bass line with focused, rim-shot drums. Each transition afterwards is a logical step forward that plays perfectly to the previous passage. When Ian Kenny triumphantly cries, “I’ve been waiting my whole life!” at 6:50 never ceases to give me goosebumps. To get the full effect, you need to wear your best headphones or put this on a great sound system with the volume a few notches below the pain threshold. And last thing: don’t let anything interrupt this 8:21. This is a song that needs to be heard from beginning to end without pause.
Album of the Year:
This one is a little bit of a stretch as it’s technically not a full-length album. However, it’s also the most cohesive and well arranged album I’ve heard this year. Basically one long song, ‘Concealing Fate’ is an album that hasn’t left my car stereo since I got it.
2011 Most Anticipated Albums
TesseracT – One
The Haunted – Unseen
So, by now you probably realize how much I love TesseracT so instead I’ll explain that I LOVE The Haunted. ‘Versus’ took some time to grow on me but ‘The Dead Eye’ was a CD that I barely stopped listening to for six months after it’s release. So when a new The Haunted album is announced, my loins go aquiver and my blood starts pumping.