I was asked to come up with my top five favorite records of 2010 by the good ‘ol Portland Mercury. While it may seem like a relativley simple task considering the amount of music that is released each year, for someone like me that primarily listens to metal, such a task is a bit daunting.
Time Warrior, one of my metal brethren, put it best when I asked him to jog my memory. He could only think of two or three and said, “It’s difficult because we live in the past.”
It’s so very true. For many metal fans, listening to and purchasing modern metal releases is a distant second to revisiting old gems and finding long lost records. Thats not to say that modern metal is not good. There are plenty of bands redefining genre lines and broadening metal’s spectrum, but there’s something about the birth of a genre. Those first sprouts of the metal family tree have the raw energy and life that the new branches could never have.
Born too late, I guess. Here is the list I was able to create:
MY TOP FIVE RECORDS OF 2010:
1. The Devil’s Blood “The Time Of No Time Evermore”
2. Wolvserpent “Blood Seed”
3. Scorpions “Sting In The Tail”
4. Watain “Lawless Darkness”
5. Excruciator “By The Gates Of Flesh” EP