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.:TOP 10 - 2010:.

2009 was a great year, 2010 was as well, especially when it comes to the non-extreme releases: Heavy , Power, Progressive. this also explains why this time more such albums made it into the list. That doesn't mean there weren't any worthy Extreme Metal releases. But it were - in my humble opinion - mainly underground and small(er) bands that provided the goods. The big names also put out good stuff, yet somehow not as attractive, solid, etc. as before or as those other bands. I'm talking about e.g. UNLEASHED, IMMOLATION, DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEATHEN, KATAKLYSM, ... I'm not mentioning Black Metal releases, since 1) this is not among my favourite genres, although I can of course appreciate it (a lot, depending on the band) and 2) I haven't heard or bought much or anything Black Metal last year. Like before, only full-length studio releases. No EPs, no live albums, no re-releases.

Best of 2010:

01) AVANTASIA - Angel Of Babylon / The Wicked Symphony (they belong together)
02) ORDEN OGAN - Easton Hope (review)
03) ANCIENT BARDS - The Alliance Of The Kings (review)
04) TRISTANIA - Rubicon (review)
05) VANDEN PLAS - The Seraphic Clockwork
06) PRETTY MAIDS - Pandemonium
07) HELSTAR - Glory Of Chaos (review)
08) MAGIC KINGDOM - Symphony Of War (review)
09) FATAL INJURY - The Dictatorship Of Blindness (review)
10) PERPETUUM - Gradual Decay Of Conscience (review)

Honourable mentions:

Of course there were also many contenders, but this is again limited to 10... This is sort of a back-up list for the above.

01) RHAPSODY OF FIRE - The Frozen Tears Of Angels
02) MACHINAE SUPREMACY - A View From The End Of The World
03) KALEDON - Chapter 6: The Last Night On The Battlefield (review)
04) AUVERNIA - Afraid Of Me (review)
05) SOULSPELL - Labyrinth Of Truths
06) CARACH ANGREN - Death Came Through A Phantom Ship (review)
07) CANOBLISS - Man Is The Enemy (review)
08) DARKWATER - Where Stories End
09) EXODUS - Exhibit B: The Human Condition
10) KALMAH - 12 Gauge

Worst/Least good albums:

Disappointing stuff (in alphabetical order), in my humble opinion, because of either production, compositions, ... This as well is a selection.

01) A. LOSTFIELD - Internal Affairs (review)
02) ASTRAL DOORS - Requiem Of Time
03) ATHORN - Phobia (review)
04) ATROCITY FEAT. YASMIN - After The Storm (review)
05) BIG BALL - Hotter Than Hell (review)
06) BLACK THOUGHTS BLEEDING - Stomachion (review)
07) CIRCLE II CIRCLE - Consequence Of Power (review)
08) DERDIAN - New Era Pt. 3 - The Apocalypse
09) DIVIDED MULTITUDE - Guardian Angel (review)
10) KICKHUNTER - All In (review)
11) NEVERLAND - Ophidia (review)
12) ROSS THE BOSS - Hailstorm (review)
13) SYMPHORCE - Unrestricted (review)
14) THE KANDIDATE - Until We Are Outnumbered (review)

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