When we sent out the rules for our Top 10s of 2010 content to our contributors, we kept it simple – pick 10 records that came out in 2010, put them in order of preference, and send their choices over to us. It called for some tough decisions, sure – with only 10 records to choose, everyone was forced to leave out at least one record they loved.
Everyone that is, except for Raziq Rauf, Thrash Hits’ Editor-in-Chief. Raz couldn’t make up his mind, so decided he was going to have three entries for the no.10 spot on his Top 10 list. Why? Because he’s the boss, that’s why.
10 (a). Motörhead – The Wörld Is Yours
It was a late entry but feature some of the best Motörhead songs for a while. Yes, it’s just another Motörhead album but it’s probably my favourite of my three 10th place records. Had I had it earlier in the year it may have even made Top 9!
10 (b). Alter Bridge – III
This is probably the listening habit I’ve got the most shit for the past few months but they really don’t sound like Creed any more. Honestly.
10 (c). Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
Yeah, it’s a bit proggy and it goes on a bit but I like that. Iron Maiden are still one of the best bands in the world and this album is different enough to really add to their back catalogue.
9. Comeback Kid – Symptoms + Cures
With Symptoms + Cures, the Canadians took the step up from being a pretty rocking band to being a pretty rocking band that has made an album which doesn’t get boring at all. It was a good move by them and I have appreciated it by placing them firmly in my Top 9.
8. High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine
That riff on the title track gets me going a bit. Some people saw how much when I saw them in a park in the summer.
7. Kvelertak – Kvelertak
These Norwegian crazies delivered my other favourite debut of the year. Dunno what else to say about it really.
Let’s watch that interview Raz did with Kvelertak instead:
6. Oceansize – Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
This year, these Manchester prog rockers released the finest album of their career in my opinion. Astoundingly heavy in places, their music is an emotional rollercoaster and the singer plays guitar on tour with Biffy Clyro. Dunno how relevant the last bit is really.
5. Rolo Tomassi – Cosmology
I can never say enough good things about how Rolo Tomassi have stretched UK hardcore. With every release, with every show they play, they have made people think about music and that is A Good Thing. It was always going to be tough to improve upon their debut, but they have done it. Better songs, more complex riffs and a general maturing of their talents. Bravo.
4. Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones
The only band I got in a moshpit for in 2010 – at the album launch show in an east London pub. If that doesn’t tell you how much I love this album then either you’re an idiot or I got elbowed in the face by a girl for absolutely no reason. I also scared a child at Reading Festival while I was singing along to this band. It was all worth it.
3. Chambers – Old Love
I discovered this band on the internet after Gallows played a gig in the singer’s basement. I downloaded their roughly recorded demo and then I fell in love. Chambers marry heavy-as-your-mum vocals with some magical rock ‘n’ roll guitar licks and even made me dance a bit. We might have to talk about this band in the past sense soon but Old Love will live on. Find it. Buy it. Seriously.
2. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
It’s better than White Pony. Suck on that and then let me tell you why. Yes, White Pony is the amazing album that made everyone take notice but Diamond Eyes is an album in the truest sense. You could name and sing along to (kind of) every song on White Pony but you won’t ever skip a track or rewind a moment of Diamond Eyes because it feels the most natural to just let the album continue. Also: it’s a bloody Deftones album!
And so to Raz’s album of the year….
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
This is my album of the year. It wasn’t a hard choice at all because for me, the best album of the year is not only stunning musically and just generally sounds amazing but it also is contemporaneous. It needs to be of the now. It needs to fucking reek of 2010 and the commentary within and the reasons behind Option Paralysis allow it to do exactly that. The fact that Dillinger back their amazing recorded output with a live show that was equally, if not even more compelling is just the sensory-oriented icing on their angry cake.
Right, that’s the individuals sorted, but we’ve still got the big one still to go – the Thrash Hits collaborative Top 20 Records of 2010. Brace yourselves for when it drops later today. As far as the rest of our Top 10 features from earlier this week go, here’s Tom Dare’s brutal Top 10, Hugh Platt’s Top 10 from earlier today, as well as part 1 and part 2 of all our other contributors’ choices.