The Metal Excess Awards: 2010 Edition

I’m really surprised by how many albums I enjoyed this year. I have a pitiful memory so I had to go back through my blog to remind myself what came out this year but I was floored when my Top 10 list was changed to a Top 20 list, then to a Top 30 list! I knocked it back down to a Top 25 list to make it seem a tiny bit more exclusive.

If you haven’t checked out any of these 25 albums, I wholeheartedly recommend you do so. 2010 was an amazing year for rock & metal, much MUCH better than 2009. I don’t see how 2011 can compete!

I’ll keep it short and sweet with my awards. As always, check the links for full reviews.

Best Albums of 2010

1. Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
2. Buckcherry – All Night Long
3. Scorpions – Sting in the Tail
4. Halford – Made of Metal
5. Slash – s/t
6. Black Country Communion – s/t
7. Avantasia – Angel of Babylon
8. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony
9. Accept – Blood of the Nations
10. Hinder – All American Nightmare
11. Jettblack – Get Your Hands Dirty
12. Reckless Love – s/t
13. Bad City – Welcome to the Wasteland
14. Stone Temple Pilots – s/t
15. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
16. Krokus – Hoodoo
17. Helloween – 7 Sinners
18. Sister Sin – True Sound of the Underground
19. My Darkest Days – s/t
20. Stereoside – s/t
21. Y&T – Facemelter
22. Danko Jones – Below The Belt
23. Grave Digger – The Clans Will Rise Again
24. Jon Oliva’s Pain – Festival
25. Ratt – Infestation

Top Cover Albums

Seems like every year a few established artists like to cover a few *other* established artists, not to mention all those various tribute albums that small labels will slap together. Well, here’s my official ranking of the three cover albums I bothered to listen to this year. Luckily, all three albums were good fun and I think they all deserve another mention.

1. Jorn – Dio
2. Vince Neil – Tattoos & Tequila
3. Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz – My ReGeneration Vol. 1

Top Live Albums

Again, I don’t buy a lot of live albums, but here’s how I rank what I listened to this year.

1. Dio – Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
2. Heaven & Hell – Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell – Live In Europe
3. Megadeth – Rust In Peace Live
4. The Michael Schenker Group – The 30th Anniversary Concert: Live in Tokyo

Top EPs

1. Razorwyre – Coming Out
2. Skull Fist – Heavier Than Metal
3. DesDemon – The Awakening

Most Disappointing Albums

1. Ratt – Infestation
The album was good, don’t get me wrong. It landed at #25 on my Best Of list for Dio’s sake! But… most of the songs had trouble living up to the promise of “Eat Me Up Alive” and “Best Of Me”.

2. Armored Saint – La Raza
A bland album from a band that has done so much better. They seemed to be going through the motions (to which John Bush has basically admitted in regards to himself). Symbol of Salvation this ain’t.

3. White Wizzard – Over The Top
The High Speed GTO EP garnered this group a lot of hype and buzz. We all fell for it, I know reviews for this album have been positive and it’s not bad but I expected more. Hopefully a second album will get these guys where they need to be.

4. Raven – Walk Through Fire
The terrible cover art should’ve tipped me off that this album was nothing special.


Check out these other sites for even more lists and year-end awards:

All Metal Resource —

Bring Back Glam —

Hair Metal Mansion —

Hard Rock Hideout —

Hard Rock Nights —

Heavy Metal Addiction —

Heavy Metal Time Machine —

Imagine Echoes —

Layla’s Classic Rock —

The Metal Minute —

Metal Odyssey —

The Ripple Effect —


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  1. I also liked the new Avenged Sevenfold” album.

    But more that the new Y&T…I liked the Hinder “All American Nightmare”.

  2. I can’t argue with your #1 pick at all… it was my #1 at times too, you know how that goes! Great to see Jon Oliva’s Pain and Grave Digger in your list. Ouch… no likey Raven? Armored Saint? I really liked both albums. Raven just brought that raw, over the top/old school atmosphere and vibe with “Walk Through Fire”… then again, I’m devoutly old school. 😉

    Your lists are fantastic and you made it fun to visit your site in 2010… here’s to a 2011 that is gonna ROCK our heads off!

    – Stone

  3. Shocked by your pick of RATT as most disappointing. I would have put Halford there as it did not go over with me. the other one that everyone else loved but not me was Sister Sin. Just thought it was very average. I do have to thank you for turning me on to Bad City. Great CD and “Call Paul Stanley”is my song of the year. So damn catchy.

    • Happy to help! Bad City is great.

      I had really high expectations from Ratt. I love their first 5 albums but I thought this one really didn’t have many catchy songs.

      I initially was disappointed by Halford as well. He’s really all over the place with different styles of rock & metal but as you can tell, it grew on me.

  4. I liked Vince Neil’s “Tattoos & Tequila” as well… man, that is one cool “good times” party album! 🙂

  5. I can not believe HELLYEAH didn’t make the top 25. Do you not know of them?

    • I know of them and actually have heard good things about the album but I’ve never been interested enough to try them out.

      • please do check them out. I’d really appreciate hearing your thoughts. Give a listen to their self titled release. Then maybe their current release “Stampede”.

        I for one, like your list. As a matter of fact, I need to thank you for introducing me to Black Country Communion. I gave them a listen lastnight, I like em a lot. But based on your top 25, I think you are gonna like “HELLYEAH”. Can I get a hellyeah….lol

  6. I’ll add’em to my want list! Thanks! 🙂

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