It’s that time of year again – 2010 is coming to a close, and we’re left looking back on what’s been another fantastic 12 months in the world of heavy music. Over the past few weeks, we’ve harassed our contributors into making some tough choices – no doubt shedding a few tears along the way – and whittling down 2010’s releases into their own personal Top 10 favourite records put out over the year gone by.
We like to keep our rules simple here at Thrash Hits, so as far as the Top 10s went, we only had 1 rule – the record had to have been released in 2010. Genre is irrelevant. Whether a record is “cool” is irrelevant. Just as with our reviews here at Thrash Hits, we haven’t censored or restricted our contributors in any way, shape or form – these are their personal choices, pure and simple.
Later on this week we’ll have in-depth Top 10s from our editorial team, Raziq Rauf and Hugh Platt, as well as our prolific review Tom Dare‘s kvlt-as-fuck Top 10, but for the time being, here’s the first batch of Top 10s from some of the people that have helped make Thrash Hits the site that it was during 2010.
Tomas Doyle is one of our writers – when he’s not galivanting around with supermodels (yes, seriously) he’s complaining about London and meeting us for clandestine burrito dinner dates. So hot!
1. Against Me! – White Crosses
Tomas Doyle says: “Following the relative disappointment of New Wave, Tom Gabel’s crew returned this year with a record which must surely silence their detractors. Wall to wall anthems, the biggest choruses the band have ever done (yes bigger than Sink Flordia, Sink) and a personal yet still political lyrical approach render this is a genuinely beautiful expression of modern punk. The bores will continue to bleat accusations of selling out and watering down but if that means we are left with tunes as catchy and affecting as ‘Because of the Shame’ and ‘Bamboo Bones’ then so be it! Frighteningly, you get the sense that Against Me! are capable of even greater heights on subsequent albums – for now though, this is an absolute, 24-carat, nailed on corker.”
2. Pianos Become the Teeth – Old Pride
3. Rinoa – An Age Among Them
4. The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza – Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events
5. Comeback Kid – Symptoms + Cures
6. Rolo Tomassi – Hysterics
7. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
8. The Amistad – Kept Under by a Generation of Ghosts
9. letlive. – Fake History
10. Drums of Death – Generation Hexed
Andy Parker is our man in Brighton, occasional photographer, and recently-recruited second guitarist for Here There Be Monsters. He’s pretty fucking ace, all told.
1. Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
Andy says: “A wild animal is caged inside Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones but at every turn shakes the bars trying to escape its recorded confines.‘Trust No One’ is my track of the year by far and acts as a perfect reference point to CB’s evolved sound. Middleton’s guitar style does show his mixed influences Zakk Wylde trying to fit into a squat show in 1986 Washington DC, and it pack one devastating punch after the next. Their song writing skills have progressed at an unheard of speed finally providing an album that is solid end to end and that’s why this is my top of 2010.”
2. Norma Jean – Meridional
3. Devil Sold His Soul – Blessed & Cursed
4. Bastions – Island Living
5. Rinoa – An Age Among Them
6. Comeback Kid – Symptoms + Cures
7. Trash Talk – Eyes & Nines
8. The Chariot – Long Live
9. Kerouac – Cold and Distant, Not Loving
10. Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
Amit Sharma is pretty much the most rock’n’roll man we know. He gets paid money to go to gigs, got mistaken for a rockstar by Corey Taylor backstage at Sonisphere this year, and wails a guitar better than anyone we know.
1. Motörhead – The Wörld Is Yours
Amit says: “By the time you are read this, the initial Classic Rock fanpack release of ‘The Wörld Is Yours’ by Motörhead will be due. At this point Im going to admit I’ve only heard the album once at it’s launch party in London, but this was no ordinary bullshit bash. Given Lemmy’s notorious relationship with stripclubs and booze, Stringfellows was chosen to be the venue for this monumentous occasion and the drinks were indeed on the house. As Raz so gently put it on the night, free booze + boobs = free boobze.
Now please do not assume for a second that Im easily bought by a healthy supply of alcohol and naked ladies, but in my honest opinion that night ‘The Wörld Is Yours’ sounded like the best album I’d heard all year. All the true flavours of Motörhead are there – it’s fast, filthy and loud – as one would expect from the world’s noisiest power trio. Let’s just hope it sounds as good on a Monday morning cycle to work in the rain.”
2. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
3. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
4. Iron Maiden – Final Frontier
5. Black Country Communion – Black Country
6. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
7. Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool
8. Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here
9. Watain – Lawless Darkness
10. Bring Me The Horizon – There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret
Mike Strata does not exist. Well, a Mike Strata exists – he’s something of an urban legend over on the Lambgoat messageboards. Our “Mike Strata” is a pseudonym that one of our talented writers uses when he pens reviews for us.
1. Bad Books – Bad Books
“Mike Strata” says: “No, it’s nothing to do with ‘thrash’ or ‘hits’, but this collaboration between Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine was a no brainer when it came to picking my favourite release of 2010. Whilst The quality of the output of both contributing parties may have at times been called into question, this collection of beautiful indie-pop/folk songs adds up to something much greater than the sum of its parts. Granted, it may not throw up too much in the way of curveballs, but if exquisitely crafted, heartfelt paeans to love and life in any way float your boat then this is a record not to be missed.”
2. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
3. Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
4. Bring Me The Horizon – There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret
5. Murder By Death – Good Morning Magpie
6. The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza – Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events
7. Anamanaguchi – Scott Pilgrim vs The World : The Game
8. Trash Talk – Eyes & Nines
9. Plan B – The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
10. Underoath – Ø (Disambiguation)
Come back tomorrow, where we’ll have Part 2 of our contributors’ Top 10s of 2010. Once we’ve published everyone’s choices, we’ll publish the big one – Thrash Hits collaborative Top 20 Records of 2010. You’ve been warned!