ALBUMS OF 2010: Matt Jones’ (Martyr Defiled) top 15!

Nottingham’s Martyr Defiled released their debut full-length ‘Collusion’ in September this year, and it’s an absolute stormer. We thought that so much so that it made it into our site’s official top 15 albums of the year, and we also thought we’d ask vocalist Matt Jones to share with us what music has made his 2010 so brilliant:

15.) Parkway Drive – Deep Blue

Release Date: June 28th, 2010
Label: Epitaph
Website: www.parkwaydriverock.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/parkwaydrive

Our Rating:

Matt’s reasons:
I never really took the time to take this album in as I got to the Parkway Drive hype a little late, but you can’t miss the unbelievable power and strength of the band’s songwriting. Again, too formulated to go any higher in the list, but you can’t beat them at what they do.

Read our full review of the album here!

14.) Architects – Hollow Crown (re-release)

Release Date: August 16th, 2010
Label: Century Media
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/architectsuk

Our Rating:

Matt’s reasons:
Perfect album, one of the best released this year, but the disappointment of their latest releases drags it down to the bottom of my list. I wanted to hear a little more tech on this album than they did, but I think stripping their sound down to pure fury makes for one of the best UK releases in decades.

Read our full review of the album here!

13.) Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Release Date: November 22nd, 2010
Label: Universal Island
Website: www.mypinkfriday.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/nickiminaj

Our Rating:
Unforunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
It’s only been out about a week but I’m already falling in love with the album, and I think it’s a really good platform for Nicki Minaj to jump into the world spotlight. She’s already a massive deal in the US, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re all following suit.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

12.) More Than Life – Love Let Me Go

Release Date: March 23rd, 2010
Label: Day By Day Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/morethanlifehardcore

Our Rating:
Unforunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
Again, more of the same from a band that have a awesome formula, but their downfall is sticking to it a little too much. I’m a massive fan of the music and I honestly love More Than Life, but it seems to go by so quickly. The songs blend into one another, and it just feels like they didn’t spend enough time creating the album.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

11.) Skepta – Been There Done That

Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Label: All Around The World
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/skepta

Our Rating:
Unforunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
Technically a mixtape, still some of the freshest bars in grime. My only gripe with the CD is that, being a mixtape, Skepta has obviously put some tracks on there that wouldn’t really be good enough for an album, which in my opinion kills the vibe now and again.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

10.) JME – Blam!

Release Date: October 4th, 2010
Label: Boy Better Know
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/jmeserious

Our Rating:
Unforunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
Grime is a very underrated art, and JME manages to spit both fire and intelligence into his songs, something that not many MCs manage to do. Would have been higher in the list but again it drags towards the end, and JME‘s concepts seem to wear thin after 8 songs, let alone 13.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

09.) Devil Sold His Soul – Blessed & Cursed

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

Our Rating:

Matt’s reasons:
More of the same from the champions of the UK prog scene. The only reason that I haven’t put them up higher the list is that I feel the album tends to drag a little bit towards the end. Still brilliant stuff though.

Read our full review of the album here!

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:

Matt’s reasons:
Such a brilliant follow up to ‘Suicide Season’. Jona makes the album flow so well as a whole, and the guest vocalists really add to every track they’re featured on. I cannot stop listening to this CD.

Read our full review of the album here!

07.) King Conquer – America’s Most Haunted

Release Date: November 23rd, 2010
Label: Mediaskare
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/kingconquer

Our Rating:
Unfortunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
Horrible, intense and brutal. Bludgeoning breaks and neck snapping chunky riffs blend together seamlessly with NYC hardcore sections to make deathcore that is truely the best of both; proper death metal and proper hardcore. The best ‘core album of the year, no doubt.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

06.) Brutality Will Prevail – The Root Of All Evil

Release Date: October 4th, 2010
Label: Holy Roar
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/brutalitywillprevail

Our Rating:
Unfortunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
Brutality Will Prevail are without a doubt the best hardcore band in the world right now. ‘Forgotten Soul’ was amazing, and ‘The Root Of All Evil’ shows that Brutality Will Prevail aren’t just a one trick pony. There is a something for everyone on this CD, going from a brilliant post-blues tune in ‘Rot Away’ to hardcore anthems with ‘Lost & Alone’, and all the way back to pure doom in ‘Life’. Perfect.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

05.) Plan B – The Defamation Of Strickland Banks

Release Date: April 12th, 2010
Label: Atlantic
Website: www.time4planb.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/time4planb

Our Rating:
Unfortunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
Plan B has made the most original sound in pop music since Joy Division, and a cracking album from start to finish. The concept takes the listener through a range of emotions through the CD, and Plan B‘s mix of singing and spitting adds enough variety to make 16 tracks not drag.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

04.) 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:

Matt’s reasons:
The best pop-punk album I have ever heard, and by far the most promising band in the music world. Mike Duce‘s brilliant lyrics mixed with uplifting choruses, catchy guitars and intricate drum sections combine to polish off a well rounded début effort.

Read our full review of the album here!

03.) Rinoa – An Age Among Them

Release Date: March 15th, 2010
Label: Eyes Of Sound
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/rinoauk

Our Rating:
Unfortunately wasn’t covered by DEAD PRESS!.

Matt’s reasons:
Mature is not a word usually given to a band’s debut (and sadly, final) album, but Rinoa have managed to pull together an album that is both beautiful and hard hitting in equal measures, creating the strongest first album I have ever heard. In fact, to judge this album purely as a debut undermines the sheer brilliance behind it. As a whole, the album comes together as an emotional journey and it takes you somewhere, just as every good album should.

As we didn’t cover this release, there is no DEAD PRESS! review of this record to be read.

02.) The Acacia Strain – Wormwood

Release Date: July 20th, 2010
Label: Prosthetic Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theacaciastrain

Our Rating:

Matt’s reasons:
I think this is more a bridge album stylistically between ‘Angry Mob Justice’ and ‘Continent’, and exactly what I wanted to hear. The down-tuned drone and odd tempos throughout the whole album keep you on edge, and make the listening experience as intense as it should be from The Acacia Strain.

Read our full review of the album here!

01.) Deftones – Diamond Eyes

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

Our Rating:

Matt’s reasons:
Stunning return to form, their best album since the self-titled and the supporting tour was immense. The whole album feels intensely well planned out and pans out so well. Stand-out tracks ‘Rocket Skates’ and ‘Diamond Eyes’ will be bangers for years to come.

Read our full review of the album here!

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