When I look back on this past year in music I took into consideration the albums I was looking forward to, the albums I didn’t see coming, and the songs that got stuck in my head all day. It’d really hard to do a retrospective but after serious consideration I finally got the the list right. Enjoy.
10. Gogol Bordello “Trans-Continental Hustle”
This gypsy-punk band delivered a solid album for their major label debut. A big concern of mine was would this album be too polished or would the band get too uptight about the sound they were delivering. But no, this album does not miss a beat in comparison to their discography. Catchy songs, well thought out lyrics and the same gypsy-punk music you’ve come to love…or hate.
9. Killing The Dream “Lucky Me”
Intense. That is the one word that comes to mind when I think about this record. The lyrics, the music and just the passion. The seven songs on this album were just enough but after every time I listened to this album I just wanted to hear more. The album is just as much aggressive as it is beautiful and in hardcore music that can be a hard thing to achieve sometimes, but this album pulled it off flawlessly.
8. Nightmares For A Week “Don’t Die”
I didn’t even know this album was coming out until about 2 weeks before it’s release. This album came out earlier this December and I haven’t stopped listening to it since I got my hands on it. There isn’t one boring moment on the entire album and not too mention it has some of the catchiest songs I have ever heard. Not only is the band named inspired by Jawbreaker but they almost pick up where Jawbreaker left off and this band is a much needed sound in music right now and I’m super happy to call it one of my favorites for 2010.
7. Integrity “The Blackest Curse”
Integrity has been a monster force in hardcore music for over twenty years now and after this album they show no signs of slowing down. The band has only gotten ripe with age and after listening to album I was impressed how Dwid Hellion still has a voice, because to me it sounds like he takes a knife down his throat and cuts up his vocal cords before singing. Still intense, still scary and still brutal.
6. Pianos Become The Teeth “Old Pride”
This was another band that took me by surprise this year who’s music I wasn’t too familiar with and after some hype and a few recommendations I decided to pick up their full length and needless to say I was knocked on my ass with the emotion that was put into this album. Since I picked it it up I’ve listened to the album at least once a week.
5. Deftones “Diamond Eyes”
I honestly didn’t believe this album was going to come out until the day I got it in my hands. I loved the mood this album put me in, it was the best soundtrack to when I was either frustrated or calm. Even though Chi didn’t perform on this album he was there in spirit and the Deftones pulled it off well and this is by far one of the best Deftones albums.
4. The Dillinger Escape Plan “Option Paralysis”
By far one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it definitely didn’t disappoint. After Ire Works I wasn’t too sure about the direction that The Dillinger Escape Plan would go in but after getting another new drummer and some time off they came back full force just as intense as they were before. Still technical, still dangerous and still awesome.
3. Ceremony “Rohnert Park”
Ceremony really stepped it up this record and I’m not saying their other albums weren’t good ’cause they were awesome. But this record stands out the most because of how they changed up their sound. Songs weren’t as fast as they have been known to be and the lyrics just got even smarter. Pretty much providing some of the best lines I’ve heard in a long time. The sound is still dirty, rough and just plain angry.
2. Envy “Recitation”
Nothing I say about this album will help you understand any better how incredible this album is. To put it simply the music and lyrics are just beautiful. It had been quite a few years since their previous release and they really made up for the wait. I honestly wouldn’t mind waiting ten years for a new album because of how fantastic this album is. All I can say is if you haven’t heard this album I really suggest you pick it up, sit back and enjoy.
1. Crime In Stereo “I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone”
This album came out pretty early in the year and to be honest I never stopped listening to it. Not one song on this album ever got old or boring. Even now I’m getting chills thinking about the first two songs. This album was Crime In Stereo’s last album and a couple months ago they played their last show. I feel not only is this album truly incredible I feel it really is a testament to their sound and they should be proud it is the last album they made together. Out of all the albums that I mentioned I couldn’t recommended this one any higher.
Girl Talk “All Day”
Throats “S/T” EP
Sleigh Bells “Treats”
Against Me! “White Crosses”
Comeback Kid “Symptoms + Cures”
With all that being said I wanna thank anyone who supports Bloody Disgusting in anyway and for reading our articles. 2010 was a fantastic year for me and I’m super fucking pumped to see what 2011 has in store. Be safe and Happy New Year’s! Cheers!