Best Albums of 2010 [American Aftermath]

I started this blog on September 1st of this year. Since then, I have reviewed 44 new albums and I have listened to roughly 100-110. I have heard some of the best music in many years come out in 2010. There were a few albums that I listened to that didn’t tweak my nips and a few that I just couldn’t get around to checking out. I do regret not having listened to these albums before posting my “Best of” list, but I set this deadline the day I started the blog.

First off, I’d like to point out that Captain Overboard–Radio Earth! released their debut album in October. It was an independent release, but it is definitely worth a listen. Check it out.

Now, like I said, there was a nauseating amount of albums that came out this year and no way for me to listen to all of them. Some of the main albums I regret either not getting to hear or not getting to hear in entirety are:

  • Dawnbringer – Nucleus
  • Withered – Dualitas
  • Melechesh – The Epigenesis
  • The Funeral Pyre – Vultures At Dawn
  • East of The Wall – Ressentiment
  • Agalloch – Marrow of The Spirit

Before narrowing my list down to 25, I was up in the 40s and 50s. As I said, there was so much good shit out this year, I really didn’t want to cut anything out.  But I had to, so I did. Some of the ones that almost made the list are:

  • The Rotted – Anarchogram EP
  • Gwar – Bloody Pit of Horror
  • Cephalic Carnage – Misled by Certainty
  • Landmine Marathon – Sovereign Descent
  • Murder Construct – Murder Construct EP

And now, for what you have all been waiting for, Ross Gnarly’s “Best of 2010” list is here. I have been working on this list since mid-October and it has been really hard to cut out albums to finish this list, but I did what I had to do.  Here it is (25-11)

25. Black Tusk – Taste The Sin
24. Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom
23. Salome – Terminal
22. Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
21. Defeatist – Sixth Extinction
20. Fleshwrought – Dementia/Dyslexia
19. Fuck The Facts – Unnamed EP
18. Phobia – Unrelenting EP
17. Kill The Client – Set For Extinction
16. Infernaeon – Genesis to Nemesis
15. As They Sleep – Dynasty
14. Charred Walls of the Damned – Charred Walls of the Damned
13. Autopsy – The Tomb Within EP
12. Mose Giganticus – Gift Horse
11. As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

10. Svart Crown – Witnessing The Fall
–Amazingly well done black/death that is sure to put poison in your veins. Read the review here.

9. Early Graves – Goner
–Punishing metalcore at it’s greatest. Mahk Daniels will be missed. His voice was one of the strongest, most passionate I’ve heard. Read the review here.

8. Kvelertak – Kvelertak
–Super catchy black n’ roll. Upon first hearing this, I didn’t know what to think about it. And now? All I can say is it is one of a kind. Fucking killer. Check it out. Read the review here.

7. Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
–Brutal neo-thrash that will stomp your ass with military boots. For fans of Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust. Love it. Read the review here.

6. Trap Them – Filth Rations EP
–Punishing. That’s it. Fucking punishing. Do it.

5. Cloudkicker – Beacons
–Some of the most amazing progressive instrumental metal I’ve ever heard. Ben Sharp is a master of crafts. This is like the Star Wars of progessive, one-man metal. It’s that epic. Read the review here.

4. Holy Grail – Crisis In Utopia
–Holy Grail are the epitome of neo-traditional heavy/speed metal. Amazing melody and some of the best vocals of all time. Great. Gnarly. Read the review here.

3. Dawn of Ashes – Genocide Chapters
–Evil-as-fuck. Death incarnate. Scary, brutal, melodic, scary. All these words make up just a hint of what Dawn of Ashes have to offer. Read the review here.

2. Coffinworm – When All Became None
–The best example of black/doom. Coffinworm were the the number one album on this list until recently. This album is an evil mass that shall reign in hell. Read the review here.


1. Nails – Unsilent Death

What can I say about Nails? Their musical style is one that should be, not looked up, but praised. They have every aspect of the crust/grind/death/hardcore spectrum in tact and it all gets worked into a raging beast that made it’s way to number one. Here is the review of “Unsilent Death”:

“Conform” contains some of the fastest, most brutal fucking grind I’ve heard in a good while. It soars by with lightning speed and tears ear drums and anything else in it’s path to shreds. The song leads right into the next, “Scum Will Rise” which responds with a more melodic approach to grinding. Fucking amazing track. With songs so short, it is hard for some to describe grindcore albums in more than a paragraph or two. I however wish to tell you the impact this album will have on you. Imagine taking your brains from your skull and putting them into a blender on frappe. You then freeze the remains into a large ice block, carry it into the backyard and smash it with a mallet. Yes. It is frozen-brain-shattering. Yes it is. “Your God” goes  back to the formula of “Conform” as being an insanely fast and heavy track. It does however manage to maintain melody throughout the entire 33 seconds. A nice drum roll introduces us to the groove-grinding of “Suffering Soul.” The chorus of this song rings out like an anthem for the depraved. The vocals are pure and simple. A gut-wrenching yell with tremendous emotion. Nice grooving guitar riff towards the end of the song in which the song as a whole hits the slow-down-button. Nice old school death metal riffing on the title track, “Unsilent Death.” This shows that this band has a very wide range influences that make this band rather hard to categorize. This whole song takes me back to the mid 1990s in death metal. Fucking “A.” A lot of feed back for what I would assume you would consider a breakdown. The song then returns to that fantastic groove. “Traitor” touches back on some previous songs (“Conform” and “Your God”) but with odd, varying timing. Grind one second and a chord-hanging doom riff. Very odd, but I love it. “I Will Not Follow” is as punishing as the rest of the album. Fast and furious yet filled with melody. Nice chugging guitar riffing. Nice doom-death riffing around the 1:00 mark. This band has an amazing sound that will definitely keep them going for many years to come. “No Servant” is another melo-grind face-smasher with a great guitar soloing. Oddly timed, but that’s the best kind. These guys are killing it. “Scapegoat” has some of the best guitar shredding on the album. It still has that old school death metal feel, especially around the 0:40 mark and leading all the way into “Depths” which marks the last track on the album. This is also the longest song on the album, maxing out at almost four minutes! The song doom/drones along at the beginning before bursting into another extraordinary death-groove shred-marathon. Another odd solo pops up at 1:36. This entire band is extremely tight while keeping the music superbly crusty and filthy. The song breaks down around the 2:05 mark and dooms it for a while. Nice pinch harmonics coming through very clear. This bands wide range of sound keeps me guessing what is around every turn. I never know what I am going to hear next: grindcore, death metal, doom, polka. Who knows?

INFERNAEON Film New Video, Announce Member Change

INFERNAEON took some time off from preparing in the Floridian swampland for their upcoming tour with GWAR, to film a video for their cover of Metallica’s, “Creeping Death.” The video was directed by Jack Ass collaborator Mike “The King Of Rock N Roll Debauchery” Busey, at his compound in Florida, which was named by Playboy Magazine as “The Wildest House In America.” The video features appearances by GWAR frontman Orderus Urungus, who provided guest vocals on the track on the album, Penthouse Pet Jessica Walker, snakes, undead women, pyrotechnics and more!

The band has also announced former INTO ETERNITY drummer, Adam Sagan, has replaced Jeremie Kling, who has rejoined THE ABSENSE.

Front man Brian Werner commented on the member change; “We loved working with Jeramie; he is a great friend and an even better drummer. He was an integral part of the band for the last two years and we shared some great time together. We knew he wasn’t going to be around after the album was recorded but we still wanted him on the album because, in our opinion, he paid his dues touring with us for the last two years and he earned his spot on the album. The man has a family with kids and can’t make the sacrifices necessary to tour as much as we would need him to push this new album. We wish him nothing but the best of luck and we are all still the best of friends. We recruited Adam Sagan, who used to play for Into Eternity, and has been one of my closest personal friends going on thirteen years. He is an incredible drummer and even cooler person and is 100% dedicated to being a permanent member of this band and we couldn’t have asked for a better replacement!”

The band’s new album, “Genesis to Nemesis,” was released on August 26th, and they have been confirmed for the legendary GWAR’s entire “Bloody Tour of Horror,” this fall, from October 2nd thru December 6th.

The dates are:
10/2 Baltimore, MD – Sonar #
10/4 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue #
10/5 Knoxville, TN – Valarium #
10/7 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution #
10/8 Ybor City, FL – The Ritz Ybor #
10/9 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live #
10/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
10/11 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend #
10/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts #
10/13 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #
10/14 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory #
10/15 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights #
10/16 Worcester, MA- Rock and Shock, Palladium #
10/17 Montreal, QC – Theatre Telus #
10/19 Moncton, NB – Club Oxygen #
10/20 Halifax, NS – The New Place #
10/22 Quebec City, QB – Theatre Imperial #
10/23 Toronto, ON – Opera House #
10/24 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall #
10/26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues #
10/27 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall #
10/28 Sauget, IL – Pop’s #
10/29 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection #
10/30 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s #
10/31 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave #
11/02 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
11/03 Little Rock, AR – The Village #
11/04 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues #
11/05 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
11/08 Lawrence, KS- Granada #
11/09 Tulsa, OK- Cain’s Ballroom #
11/10 Lincoln, NE- Bourbon Theatre #
11/11 Englewood, CO- Gothic Theater #
11/12 Albuquerque, NM- Sunshine Theater #
11/13 Tucson, AZ- Rialto Theatre #
11/14 Tempe, AZ- Marquee Theatre #
11/15 San Diego, CA- House of Blues #
11/16 Hollywood, CA- House of Blues #
11/17 Ventura, CA- Majestic Ventura Theatre #
11/18 Chico, CA- Senator Theatre #
11/19 Reno, NV- Knitting Factory #
11/20 Bend, OR- Midtown Music Hall #
11/21 San Francisco, CA- Regency Ballroom#
11/22 Pomona, CA- The Glasshouse #
11/24 Magna, UT- The Great Salt Air #
11/26 Portland, OR- Roseland Theatre #
11/27 Spokane, WA- Knitting Factory #
11/28 Seattle, WA- Showbox SODO #
11/29 Vancouver, BC- Commodore Ballroom #
12/01 Edmonton, AB- Edmonton Events Centre #
12/02 Calgary, AB- MacEwan Hall Ballroom #
12/03 Regina, SK- Riddell Centre #
12/04 Winnipeg, MB- The Garrick Centre #
12/06 Minneapolis, MN- The Cabooze #
# w/ GWAR, The Casualties, Mobile Deathcamp

Blabbermouth said of the band, “INFERNAEON has found its place in the world of extreme metal and is reveling in it.” “Genesis to Nemesis” can still be ordered at Prosthetic’s WEB STOREor downloaded from Itunes HERE. The album, recorded with producer Brian Elliott at Mana Recording Studios (Goatwhore, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal) in St. Petersburg, Florida.