It’s been an adventurous year for metal in 2010 with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon pushing the boundaries of the metal scene with some fearless experimentation, and Parkway Drive cementing their name with the brutal assault that is Deep Blue. After a few years of listening to various genres regurgitate the same old sound, it’s been truly refreshing to once again be excited and blown away by what some of 2010’s finest have produced.
Steel cities finest, Bring Me The Horizon produced a record that was equally surprising as it was stunning. Open to any possibility, the experimentation on offer on There Is A Hell… sets this disc apart from anything else 2010 had to offer.
Parkway’s army marches on as Deep Blue showed off just how much talent these Aussie’s have. A thunderous assault on the eardrums with expected beat-downs, met with a melodic side that complements their sound perfectly.
BRUTAL! This is The Chariot back to their best, showing upstarts exactly how it’s done. Recorded live with a three take maximum, the intensity of their live show bursts out of Long Live. Phenomenal.
The first release with new vocalist Ed McRae, Your Demise raised the bar with their blend of hardcore, including clean vocals, bigger breakdowns and all-round brilliance, flying the flag for British hardcore.
ADTR continued to do things all their own way and there’s no reason to do it any differently. Catchy hardcore pop-punk with hooks that will have everyone bouncing and screaming along at shows. Not quite as heavy as Homesick, but just as well executed.
Business as usual for The Ghost Inside. Loud, brash hardcore that doesn’t stop for a breath. Returners is by no means a game changer, but it’s right up there with some of the best in its category.
Released way back in January, Technicolor set the tone, combining every genre under the sun and managing to make it work made me take notice of these guys. I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings them.
DSHS finally released album number two; fortunately it was more than worth the wait. They have such an air about their sound unlike anybody else. Drawn in from the first second, Blessed And Cursed is a raw yet beautiful listen.
This one had to be in the list as its release date timed perfectly with my summer, and you couldn’t ask for a better soundtrack. More catchy pop-punk with that hardcore edge had the sun shining all over it.
No beating around the bush where Cancer Bats are concerned; straight to the point and in your face. Another triumph following on from Hail Destroyer.