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    Official METAL Thread

    I will always be a metalhead. Truly, the music of the gods. I know i cannot be the only one here so i wanted to get a grasp on what kind of metal everybody likes. So just post your favorite Metal band of 2010. Any Great shows in 2010? Albums that splattered your brain matter on the wall? Any particularly brutal riffs or lyrics? Hopefully the community will be able to come to a consensus and we can declare the best metal of 2010!


    My nomination is the album Exoplanet by the the Contortionist.
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    I went to the Jagermeister concert not too long ago. It kicked all kinds of ***. Anthrax and Megadeth were my favorite of the 3 that played.
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    Overall my favorite band is Avenged Sevenfold. I have seen them in concert twice and it was absolutely amazing. Although Nightmare was not their best album and far from the best album of the year. But it was a really good album. I really off the top of my head can't think about the best album of the year. 2 very strong albums IMO would have to be the Dethklok-Dethalbum 2 and Atreyu-Congregation of the Damned. I'm with you though, metal head all the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    Overall my favorite band is Avenged Sevenfold. I have seen them in concert twice and it was absolutely amazing. Although Nightmare was not their best album and far from the best album of the year. But it was a really good album. I really off the top of my head can't think about the best album of the year. 2 very strong albums IMO would have to be the Dethklok-Dethalbum 2 and Atreyu-Congregation of the Damned. I'm with you though, metal head all the way.
    How do you like the new drummer? Arin Ilejay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btbam View Post
    How do you like the new drummer? Arin Ilejay.
    ****! Just broke the news to me tbh. I haven't heard anything about it. Last thing I heard was that Mike Portnoy was planning on staying on full time. I'll have to check out some videos later on him. I can't say that I have ever heard anything about him or Confide, his band. Have you? Thanks for update. I usually hear news like this from Octane on Sat radio but haven't heard a peep.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    ****! Just broke the news to me tbh. I haven't heard anything about it. Last thing I heard was that Mike Portnoy was planning on staying on full time. I'll have to check out some videos later on him. I can't say that I have ever heard anything about him or Confide, his band. Have you? Thanks for update. I usually hear news like this from Octane on Sat radio but haven't heard a peep.
    The Metal Gods have bestowed you with knowledge and you rejoiced. Portnoy was always just a temp drummer. It was rumored a while back he was permanent cus he left his band for whatever reason but A7X never intended him to be permanent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btbam View Post
    The Metal Gods have bestowed you with knowledge and you rejoiced. Portnoy was always just a temp drummer. It was rumored a while back he was permanent cus he left his band for whatever reason but A7X never intended him to be permanent.
    Yeah I kind of just assumed that since he left Dream Theater. I knew he came on as a temp but when he left DT it looked pretty concrete. Otherwise I have no doubt that Arin is good. Those guys are very talented and I don't think they would just go with anybody.




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    I also want to throw Devin Townsend in the ring. One of the most underrated musicians around. He had some popularity with SYL but his solo projects (Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project) never got much notoriety. He has 2 albums coming out in may this year he recorded back to back. One or both is a double if i'm not mistaken so we will have some fantastic metal this summer.

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    Gotta say, Metal wise, nothing caught my attention last year.

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    Portnoy left Dream Theater?


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    They didn't put anything out in 2010, but Between the Buried and Me is mostly what I've been listening to lately. Their 2009 album The Great Misdirect is probably my favorite album, followed by Colors. I just love their diverse sound, going from heavy as hell to soft and chill. I'm also a big fan of their odd time signatures/progressive style.

    If you're into sweet guitar stuff and a mix of jazzy stuff and metal, you should check out Animals as Leaders (if you haven't already). Came out in 09, though. It's an instrumental solo project by Tosin Abasi, who I believe is currently playing with Born of Osiris.

    As a matter of fact, most of the bands I listen to last put out stuff in 09 (BTBAM, Animals as Leaders, Lamb of God, August Burns Red). I can think of a few good albums from 2010. Parkway Drive - Deep Blue, As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise, The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis, Baroness - The Blue Record...

    I'm sure the new Protest the Hero album will be pretty good, but it doesn't come out for a few months. I'm not crazy about their vocals, but their music is sweet (similar to my feelings about The Human Abstract's album Nocturne).


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    Hmm, toughy.

    Avantasia's The Wicked Symphony & Angel Of Babylon were pretty good. Awesome cluster**** of guest musicians and vocalists with some memoriable tracks.

    Then there is Dream Evil - In the Night, which wasn't their best work but "The Ballad" is ****ing awesome!

    Blind Guardian - At The Edge of Time wasn't too bad either, not their best work but some wicked tracks from "Sacred Worlds" to "Wheel of Time", "Ride into Obsession" and "A Voice in the Dark".

    Kamelot's wasn't noticeable unfortunately :/
    Rhapsody of Fire's was your standard epic cheesiness..which you love and hate.\

    Now White Wizzards Over the Top was classic heavy metal ala Iron Maiden. No down tuning, high pitched screaming vocals. Highly underrated or known.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    Portnoy left Dream Theater?

    Yeah he wanted an indefinate hiatus so the band said bye. They've announced they have a replacement but not who. I imagine that will come with the first studio update.

    As for the rest, I would also agree 2009 was a far stronger year for metal but i did like the new blind guardian, great power metal hehe

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    I was a bit shocked when Portnoy left. They have been together for a long time. It was a bit unexpected but I'm sure they will find a good replacement. That is if they haven't already.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    I was a bit shocked when Portnoy left. They have been together for a long time. It was a bit unexpected but I'm sure they will find a good replacement. That is if they haven't already.
    They have had a replacement for some time, they just haven't released the name yet. Its gonna be a bit odd, but portnoy had way too much control over the band. He decided the set list, was a primary producer, and a primary lyricist. I'd honestly look forward to allocating those duties to the rest of the band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btbam View Post
    They have had a replacement for some time, they just haven't released the name yet. Its gonna be a bit odd, but portnoy had way too much control over the band. He decided the set list, was a primary producer, and a primary lyricist. I'd honestly look forward to allocating those duties to the rest of the band.
    I don't know. I like members that have artistic control. Steve Harris does in Iron Maiden.

    I think Dream Theater will lose something without Portnoy.



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    My favorite one of 2010 is Abandon All Ships. Though to be honest they are post-hardcore. Still worth checking out. Also another good one would be Dimmu Borgir. All depending on how screamy you like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galvanise_ View Post
    I don't know. I like members that have artistic control. Steve Harris does in Iron Maiden.

    I think Dream Theater will lose something without Portnoy.
    I agree members should have control, but not a single member should monopolize control. I don't doubt that Jimmy Page as producer created the unique sound of Led, but there are other members in the band that deserve a greater say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btbam View Post
    I agree members should have control, but not a single member should monopolize control. I don't doubt that Jimmy Page as producer created the unique sound of Led, but there are other members in the band that deserve a greater say.
    I think the other members of Dream Theater did get a say. Everything is really varied and Petrucci is allowed to shred when and where he wants for example. Portnoy had a very good reason for controlling the setlists.

    Metal wasn't all that great for me in 2010. 2011 looks much better. New Arch Enemy album, new Nightwish Album, new Within Temptation album, new Opeth album etc.

    Currently listening to some Epica. Love their acoustic stuff.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Galvanise_ View Post
    I think the other members of Dream Theater did get a say. Everything is really varied and Petrucci is allowed to shred when and where he wants for example. Portnoy had a very good reason for controlling the setlists.

    Metal wasn't all that great for me in 2010. 2011 looks much better. New Arch Enemy album, new Nightwish Album, new Within Temptation album, new Opeth album etc.

    Currently listening to some Epica. Love their acoustic stuff.
    New Opeth will be awesome. +2 Devin Townsend albums, and quite possibly, new Tool, if they ever decide to do anything, its been rumored for 2 years now lol. I can do without nightwish, too cheesy, even for me. I think we will also see a Between the Buried and Me EP and possible a new cynic album. I know they were recording, not sure at what point in the process they are, but a 2011 release is reasonable
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    Suppose to see new Symphony X and Edguy album's out this year!

    I have a lot of faith in the Symphony X album to live up to the past ones, the Edguy worries be a bit. The'r last album, along with Avantasia a bit, strayed away from their roots a bit to much imo. A bit to rock poppy style. Be wicked for them to go back to Hellfire days and the like.

    Edit: Just checked some news and Ralf Sheepers (Primal Fear vocalist) is suppose to have his own solo album out this year with a ton of guests on it. Looking forward to it, he's got a wicked high pitch voice similar to The Rippers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galvanise_ View Post
    I think the other members of Dream Theater did get a say. Everything is really varied and Petrucci is allowed to shred when and where he wants for example. Portnoy had a very good reason for controlling the setlists.

    Metal wasn't all that great for me in 2010. 2011 looks much better. New Arch Enemy album, new Nightwish Album, new Within Temptation album, new Opeth album etc.

    Currently listening to some Epica. Love their acoustic stuff.
    Good to hear. I really like Within Temptation. Sharon can wail as well as good solid music.




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    Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare is good, probably not the best though. Just a solid album.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrannicide View Post
    Avantasia's The Wicked Symphony & Angel Of Babylon were pretty good. Awesome cluster**** of guest musicians and vocalists with some memoriable tracks.
    Found this guy's music a few weeks ago and I'm hooked completely, they're fantastic albums

    Just had a listen to The Contortionist, why do they have to scream? Oh why oh why? The music is amazing then they ruin it with incoherent garbage .



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    Quote Originally Posted by Xelis View Post
    Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare is good, probably not the best though. Just a solid album.


    Found this guy's music a few weeks ago and I'm hooked completely, they're fantastic albums

    Just had a listen to The Contortionist, why do they have to scream? Oh why oh why? The music is amazing then they ruin it with incoherent garbage .
    Haha it's not for everyone. Just be thankful, the singer they had 2 years ago was ghastly.

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    I like Disturbed's Asylum album. I admit that it had to grow on me though, but it only took a couple plays. I was able to catch the Rockstar Uproar Festival and that was amazing, A7X and Disturbed put on a hell of a show.
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