ALBUMS OF 2010: DEAD PRESS! Top 15

2010 has brought us hundreds and hundreds of release; some amazing, and some terrible. It’s been hard, but we’ve managed to crack and narrow down what we feel have been the best 15 albums released over the past 12 months, from the big established acts to bands just getting their name out there. You may agree or disagree with some, and maybe even all of the albums and their positions on the chart, but everyone has their own opinion:

15.) Four Year Strong – Enemy Of The World

Release Date: March 9th, 2010
Label: Decaydance
Website: www.fouryearstrongmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/fouryearstrong

Our Rating:

The breakdown aplenty pop-punk group broke out big with third full-length ‘Enemy Of The World’, containing some of the bands biggest and catchiest tunes to date. It managed to land the band a spot on Slam Dunk Festival‘s main stage this year, playing just before their heroes in New Found Glory, and with this record created many great summer anthems.

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14.) The Word Alive – Deceiver

Release Date: August 30th, 2010
Label: Fearless Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thewordalive

Our Rating:

Originally formed by ex-blessthefall and current Escape The Fate vocalist Craig Mabbitt, no one was sure just how well newly recruited frontman Tyler “Telle” Smith would adapt into his new group for their debut full-length. It’s safe to say however that with ‘Deceiver’, The Word Alive exceeded all expecations, and created a ferocious and exciting record.

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13.) Lower Than Atlantis – Far Q

Release Date: March 29th, 2010
Label: A Wolf At Your Door Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/lowerthanatlantis

Our Rating:

Moving from a hardcore styled punk a much more mainstream alternative rock approach, Watford four-piece Lower Than Atlantis managed to create a record beyond their young years with ‘Far Q’. Tackling issues such as abandonment from fathers and illegal music sharing, Mike Duce‘s choice of lyrics aren’t to everyone’s taste, but at least they get straight to the point.

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12.) Chiodos – Illuminaudio

Release Date: October 5th, 2010
Label: Equal Vision
Website: www.chiodos.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/chiodos

Our Rating:

Since the departure of original vocalist Craig Owens, many Chiodos fans had written the band off certain that they’d never be half as good without the inspirational singer, but how wrong they were. Brandon Bolmer fit Owens‘ shoes more than well, and managed to keep the light alive in the post-hardcore sextet, ranging from the hard-hitting ‘Caves’ to the light-hearted ‘Notes In Constellations’.

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11.) Underoath – Ø (Disambiguation)

Release Date: November 9th, 2010
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Website: www.underoath777.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/underoath

Our Rating:

Once final founding member Aaron Gillespie left the group back in 2009, the future looked a bit uncertain for the Underoath camp. Many didn’t know what direction this would take the Christian faith influenced metalheads, and some even thought this would lead to their demise. Thankfully ‘Ø (Disambiguation)’ cements that the doubters couldn’t be much further from the truth.

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10.) Martyr Defiled – Collusion

Release Date: September 26th, 2010
Label: Siege Of Amidia Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/martyrdefiled

Our Rating:

The buzz for the band’s first full-length grew rapidly after their storming set at this year’s Ghostfest, and rightfully so. ‘Collusion’ sees the band growth and improvement from their 2009 EP ‘Ecophagy’, taking a mainly more politically driven force of anger for this 9-track, resulting a brutally bludgeoning record from the Nottingham-based death metal act.

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09.) We Are The In Crowd – Guaranteed To Disagree

Release Date: October 25th, 2010
Label: Hopeless Records
Website: www.wearetheincrowd.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wearetheincrowd

Our Rating:

The pop-punk and female front combo today always seems to spark comparisons to Paramore, however We Are The In Crowd are a great band in their own right. Tay Jardine and Jordan Ecke‘s back and forth vocals in some tracks adds a bit of life to a recently overgrowing scene, and the overall fun and upbeat pop-punk vibe will get you jumping around for hours.

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08.) Bring Me The Horizon – There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret.

Release Date: October 4th, 2010
Label: Visible Noise
Website: www.bringmethehorizon.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bmth

Our Rating:

2008’s ‘Suicide Season’ managed to shake off some of the haters that Bring Me The Horizon had heckling and mocking them since their inception, but those who still weren’t convinced about the quality of this band’s output were silenced with the release of this album. ‘There Is A Hell…’ saw a much more mature, developed and refreshing sound from the Sheffield 5-piece, and stands as their best album yet.

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07.) Pulled Apart By Horses – Pulled Apart By Horses

Release Date: June 21st, 2010
Label: Transgressive
Website: www.pulledapartbyhorses.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/pulledapartbyhorses

Our Rating:

Following support slots for huge names like GlassJaw and Muse, Leeds-grown Pulled Apart By Horses were an unlikely success story with the release of their debut self-titled record. With track titles like ‘I Punched A Lion In The Throat’ and ‘Back To The Fuck Yeah’, it’s obvious these four guys aren’t your average rock band, and that’s what makes them all the more enjoyable.

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06.) While She Sleeps – The North Stands For Nothing

Release Date: July 26th, 2010
Label: Small Town Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/whileshesleeps

Our Rating:

With their debut mini-album, While She Sleeps almost blew our minds wide open. The gritty yet tight title-track and the lovely subdrops in ‘Crows’ are just a few notable features on this record that leave us wanting more from the Sheffield boys. What’s more, if you think they sound mental on record, just wait ’til you see them recreate it live.

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05.) Emarosa – Emarosa

Release Date: June 29th, 2010
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/emarosa

Our Rating:

Cutting all the sometimes unnecessary length and unwanted meat from their previous album ‘Relativity’, Emarosa have really nailed their new style on the head through their new self-titled record. No mention of the band would be complete without a mention of the insatiable voice of Jonny Craig, who has never sounded so crisp and inspiring before.

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04.) Rolo Tomassi – Cosmology

Release Date: May 24th, 2010
Label: Hassle Records
Website: rolotomassi.tumblr.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/rolotomassi

Our Rating:

There’s a few things that are odd with Rolo Tomassi, things that really shouldn’t work but really do. One of which is the demonic screams that emit from the petite and innocent looking Eva Spence, and another is the meshed blend of different sounds, styles and time signatures right across the board. ‘Cosmology’ is a beast of record that holds no boundries, and it sounds incredible.

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03.) Pierce The Veil – Selfish Machines

Release Date: June 21st, 2010
Label: Equal Vision
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/piercetheveil

Our Rating:

Vic Fuentes‘ voice is definitely one that not everyone is bound to enjoy, but the relentless improvement of songwriting and guitar structures is simply undeniable, especially in the likes of opener ‘Besitos’. The guest appearance of A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon in ‘Caranephilia’ also adds that extra kick into an already awesome record.

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02.) Deftones – Diamond Eyes

Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Website: www.deftones.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/deftones

Our Rating:

Following the unfortunate car accident that left bassist Chi Cheng in a heavy coma, Sacramento’s Deftones looked like they were in a dark place they wouldn’t be able to get themselves out of. However, the band perservered, and after scrapping their original ‘Eros’ album they managed to produce one of the best records of their career from scratch.

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01.) Devil Sold His Soul – Blessed & Cursed

Release Date: July 12th, 2010
Label: Century Media
Website: www.devilsoldhisoul.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/devilsoldhissoul

Our Rating:

Still struggling to get themselves any further out of the underground scene, British ambient metal act Devil Sold His Soul managed to produce another brilliant album, ‘Blessed & Cursed’. Edward Gibbs‘ vocals are both intimidating and soulful, and the music carries you through what is almost an adventure of sorts. It’s beautiful, angry, soulful, inspiring, and ultimately just fantastic.

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Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989.

Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989.