Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2010

Whether you're a forty something lifelong metal fan, or a teenager just discovering it, there seemed to be an endless parade of worthwhile albums to pick through. Being that we're days away from the end of the year, Ultimate-Guitar decided to compile our favorite metal albums of the last 12 months.

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Despite what some of the naysayers might tell you, 2010 has been a superb year for heavy music. Whether you're a forty something lifelong metal fan, or a teenager just discovering it, there seemed to be an endless parade of worthwhile albums to pick through. Being that we're days away from the end of the year, Ultimate-Guitar decided to compile our favorite metal albums of the last 12 months. We all know how polarizing these things can be, but we've done our best to represent the scene's various flavors and subgenres. While we know our choices won't satisfy many of you, we welcome your opinions. So without further adieux, here's our Top 10 Metal Albums of 2010 list!

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The Final Frontier


Iron Maiden


Released: August 16
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: EMI
Five decades into their career, and Iron Maiden still managed to make one of the most celebrated metal albums of the year. While many of their New Wave of British Heavy Metal peers have either broken up or have largely been ignored by the general public, Steve Harris and the boys still command arena-sized audiences throughout the world. It's easy to do that when you release an album like The Final Frontier.' Clocking in at over 76 minutes, the 10 song collection finds Maiden firing on all cylinders. Not only does the album soar with top-notch songwriting and Bruce Dickinson's acrobatic vocals, they also feature white hot solos from the three-headed guitar beast of Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers. Songs like The Alchemist and Mother of Mercy could have easily been on any of the group's golden era records from the 80s, but that doesn't make them sound dated -- Kevin Shirley's muscular production insures that. The fact that this band isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame already proves how little respect heavy metal still gets in 2010.
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After


Ihsahn


Released: January 25, 2010
Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Candlelight Records
Formerly of Norwegian black metal superstars Emperor, Vegard Sverre Tveitan aka Ihsahn is no stranger to these best of lists. Way back in January, the guitarist/vocalist came back with After,' his third and most engaging solo album yet. Ihsahn's explorative nature knows no bounds this time out. Everything from 70s progressive rock-kissed guitar parts to John Zorn informed jazz sections are explored on the album. Not content with the limitations of the basic guitar-bass-drums-vocal setup, the Norwegian even brings in a musician named Jorgen Munkeby to play saxophone. Ihsahn also invited Lars K. Norberg to the sessions, and he lends his impeccable fretless bass playing is the ideal complement to former Spiral Architect drummer Asgeir Mickelson's fluid footwork. Most of After' doesn't fall into the black metal category, but its no-less impactful. The closest you could compare the music to would probably be Opeth. Like them, Ihsahn fully understands the potency of what the right dynamics in a track can do. Go ahead and fire up the song Undercurrent and you'll hear what we're talking about. The cut goes through a battery of emotions, starting with a blizzard of distorted guitars, flowing into quiet verse, and then concluding with a saxophone-led coda. Ihsahn is one of the most gifted people you'll find in the metal community, and if After' is any indication of the caliber of work he can still crank out, we're all in for several years of ass kickings.
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Diamond Eyes


Deftones


Released: May 4, 2010
Genre: Alternative metal, Experimental rock
Label: Maverick/WBR
Diamond Eyes' is the music comeback of the year. Not to say that Deftones' (2003) and Saturday Night Wrist' (2006) were huge letdowns, but they certainly didn't deliver on the promise of 2000's band watermark, White Pony' opus. But from the opening crunch of its title track, you sensed that Diamond Eyes' might be a different kind of animal. As soon as the track gets going, Stephen Carpenter's one-of-a-kind blend of shoegaze atmospherics and Helmet-like guitar riffing flows through your speakers like skyscraper sized ocean waves. While he's never delivered a weak take throughout the group's discography, his performance on the title cut comes off like some kind of declaration of intent. For the remainder of the 10 songs on the album, Carpenter and his co-conspirators never relent. Chino Moreno offers up one dazzling vocal after the other, especially on the ethereal showstopper Beauty School. We could go on and on about Diamond Eyes' and its abundant merits, but if there's one thing to take away from the album is how fantastic the guitars are. Whether it's the more nuanced stuff or the monolithic riff frenzies on Diamond Eyes,' the guitars always rise to the occasion. Carpenter is one of rock's most underrated musicians and if anyone has some kind of issue with that statement, they need to check this record out immediately.
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Marrow Of The Spirit


Agalloch


Released: November 23, 2010
Genre: Black metal, doom metal, folk metal
Label: Profound Lore Records
If you've been keeping up with the other year-end lists this year, you've definitely seen Marrow of the Spirit' mentioned already. The fourth album from Portland, Oregon's Agalloch, is one of those rare cases where the reality matches the hype. No other black metal album in 2010 came close to its brilliance. Yes folks, it's that good. Lead by vocalist/guitarist John Haughm, Agalloch had already been on the radar of many metal journalists and musicians by the time Marrow of the Spirit' hit stores. Some might label the combo as thinking man's black metal, but that would be a disservice to Agalloch. There's no reason why their output shouldn't resonate with a wider audience. A song like Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires alone features a variety of styles that can appeal to fans of anything from speedy black and trad-metal to sparse post-rock. The iTunes way of picking out a track here and a track there, won't do this time out. Marrow of the Spirit' is a journey and the kind of album that should be listened to as an entire piece. Signed to a small indie label called Profound Lore, you might have some trouble finding the CD in your local shop. But do whatever you have to do to find this one folks, it's well worth the hassle.
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Ironbound


Overkill


Released: January 29, 2010
Genre: Thrash metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Perhaps the most consistent thrash band in history, Overkill returned in 2010 with a bastard of an album! The recipe might have been familiar, but its results have rarely been this powerful. On Ironbound,' guitarists Derek Tailer and Dave Linsk volley one meaty riff after the other, revealing a punk/hardcore undercurrent throughout the parts. D.D. Verni's bass guitar tone is still one of the most distinct in the business, with a rattle that cuts through the mix. But what is Overkill without the banshee wail of Bobby Blitz Ellsworth? No reason to worry he's in top form again and his work on the album is up there with what he did on classic Overkill releases like Under the Influence' and The Years of Decay.' As a matter of fact, Ironbound' carries the same f*ck you attitude as those records. There's nothing fancy about what Overkill does on Ironbound,' but while they refrain on the tech stuff, they make up for it in good ol' songwriting chops. Why fix what isn't broken?
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Periphery


Periphery


Released: April 20, 2010
Genre: Progressive/ Experimental Metal
Label: Sumerian Records
A lot of our casual readers might not be acquainted with this band's music yet, but many members of the Ultimate-Guitar community have already become believers. Periphery might have been formed five years ago, but it took them till this year to finally get their debut album out. To say that the American group loves their guitars would be an understatement. Yes, Periphery features THREE guitarists in their ranks! While this could be perceived as some type of publicity gimmick, the band swiftly silences our doubts with opening number, Insomnia. Imagine Cynic, Meshuggah, and Saosin, all writing a tune together and you'd be close to what Periphery pulls off in less than five minutes. The rest of the album doesn't let up, as Periphery unloads a never-ending flurry of mathy riffs and off kilter time signatures. The brainchild of guitarist/composer Misha Bulb Mansoor, Periphery has the bite of modern metal, but frontman Spencer Sotelo weaves in melodic vocal lines throughout the course of the album. Come to think of it, as complicated as most of Periphery' is, it's still a catchy listen. That's one of the most important facets of what these guys do the melody within the chaos. Other artists are attempting this kind of kitchen sink songwriting approach, but they don't have someone with the smarts of Mansoor putting it all together. With this album, he's shown us that he's a force to be reckoned with.
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Snakes For The Divine


High On Fire


Released: February 23, 2010
Genre: Stoner Metal, Heavy Metal, Sludge Metal
Mining from greats like Motorhead and Black Sabbath for inspiration, High on Fire clearly know what kind of band they are and know how to work off their strengths. Over ten years into their career, the power trio unleashed Snakes for the Divine,' their greatest recorded effort yet. Brimming with molten-hot guitars, massive drums, and authoritative vocals, the album found its way into many of your personal music libraries in 2010.
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Paracletus


Deathspell Omega


Released: November 9, 2010
Genre: Black metal
Genre: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
In terms of their expansive recorded output, France's Deathspell Omega has never disappointed. Even with that in mind, we weren't expecting Paracletus' to be as sensational as it is. The culmination in a trilogy of albums, its Deathspell Omega's most accomplished work. The band might have streamlined some of its more avant-garde impulses, but the wild spirit that has always guided their material is still alive and strong on Paracletus.' This title might not be for Ultimate-Guitars readers that only dig straight-forward metal, but if you have left-of-center listening habits, you'll be rewarded by this one.
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Option Paralysis


Dillinger Escape Plan


Released: March 23, 2010
Genre: Mathcore, avant-garde metal
Genre: Season of Mist
Without Dillinger Escape Plan, half of the so-called metalcore bands out there wouldn't even exist. The New Jersey stalwarts weren't the first band to marry the technicality of death metal with the in-your-face attitude of hardcore, but they definitely have been the most influential. We all know the scene they helped birthed is packed with an army of horrible bands, but don't hold that against DEP. The NJ quintet has never looked backwards. Each new album they've released has been rife with adventurous songwriting and style shifts that lesser artists couldn't even dream of taking on. Option Paralysis' is another gem in Dillinger's crown. On it, DEP revisit the turbulent nature of their early recordings, with spastic guitar workouts, shouted vocals, and imaginative tempo changes. But not the entire album follows that path. There's a song called Widower that has vocalist Greg Puciato crooning over a piano melody, while other sections on the album showcase the band's penchant for industrial rock. All in all, DEP don't divert too far from their blueprint on Option Paralysis,' but that doesn't mean it's still not one of the most vital albums of the year.
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[Id]


Veil Of Maya


Released: April 6, 2010
Genre: Deathcore, technical death metal
Genre: Sumerian
Staying on the technical side of the spectrum, we arrive at [Id],' the third studio album from Veil of Maya. Although it doesn't even reach the thirty minute mark, [Id]' is a whirlwind of incendiary arrangements and throat-scraping vocals. Since they keep their songs shorter than most of the other groups in the technical metal scene do, Veil of Maya never loses the listener's attention. After a few spins, you'll even find yourself humming along to some of the riffs. Part of a scene which many metalheads call Sumeriancore (after all the bands on signed to the Sumerian record label), VoM aren't reinventing the wheel here, but we'll be damned if they aren't one of the best acts performing progressive death metal. By Carlos Ramirez Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2010

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    kill it
    dude the classical influences in most european metal guitarists is obvious to anyone that owns ears. alexi laiho of cob, malmsteen, gus g of firewind, and Muhammed Suicmez of necrophagist. zakk wylde was at one point very influenced by country guitarist albert lee. dimebag darrell rip cited billy gibbons of zz top as an influence. every solo in every meshuggah song sounds influenced by fusion legend allan holdsworth. that's a few examples there are many more. whether you like these artists or not they are great players with some non-metal influences.
    The Wildchild
    I don't believe that we should place musicians on pedestals and blindly follow anything that they say. I know metal musicians with absolute shite taste in metal, one of which is Robb Flynn of Machine Head.
    The Wildchild
    Well I can't really take you seriously if you don't know what you're talking about, can I? You can't just say "best metal musicians" without giving some examples.
    The Wildchild
    Okay first of all, unimaginative minor scale workouts =/= real classical influence. That would be like saying you're influenced by 21st century classical because you use chromatic scales. They may be great players, but that doesn't mean they write good metal, because they really don't. Show me a Holdsworth track which sounds like a Meshuggah solo.
    DimebagZappa
    The Wildchild wrote: Open-mindedness is the death of true intelligence.
    Really? At this point Im leaning to agree with you on a7x being hard rock with metal influences (except god hates us). BUT, by that logic what you know to be true must be true. So when ppl thought the world was flat and an open minded person thought otherwise 'true intelligence' failed? That is a joke of a comment. Everybody just stop learning now, everything you dont know yet is wrong! Must we also classify CoB as screaming hair metal? Or Rebel vs Rebel as hard country? Btw pls stop saying 'dear'. Even if you mean well it seems patronizing.
    The Wildchild
    DimebagZappa wrote: Really? At this point Im leaning to agree with you on a7x being hard rock with metal influences (except god hates us). BUT, by that logic what you know to be true must be true. So when ppl thought the world was flat and an open minded person thought otherwise 'true intelligence' failed? That is a joke of a comment. Everybody just stop learning now, everything you dont know yet is wrong! Must we also classify CoB as screaming hair metal? Or Rebel vs Rebel as hard country? Btw pls stop saying 'dear'. Even if you mean well it seems patronizing.
    This is what I meant by it:
    The Wildchild wrote: I think it's better to reject shit than to swallow it for the sake of acceptance or "open-mindedness".
    Maybe if you actually read it you wouldn't have made such a ponce out of yourself, dear.
    mysticguitar77
    The classical influence on Malmsteen is obvious, there's no denying that. However, Malmsteen can't write a song to save his life, a great guitar player don't get me wrong, he's one of the best guitar players of the modern era, but his songwriting ability is really subpar IMO, especially compared to fellow guitarists like Tosin Abasi, Jeff Loomis, and Paul Gilbert.
    kill it
    dude are you for real. "who are these best metal musicians you speak of?" sounds like you're from the roman empire or something. do the research yourself cro-magnon.
    mysticguitar77
    The Wildchild wrote: Well, to outright call it wrong would be a practice of idiocy on your part because frankly, I know more about metal than you do, hun. Please learn2metal bro. Why I even argue with metal tourists baffles me, aside from the fact that it gives me insight on how entry-level denizens' minds work.
    Perfect example of a metal elitist right here. Get your head out of the bubble it's living in. Like what you like, listen to what you want to listen to, but don't piss on everyone else because you think they are lower than you. I'm seriously beginning to wonder who's worse: the hard-headed metalhead or the clueless teenage listeners nowadays. I'm beginning to lean towards the metalheads. At least we know the teenagers still have time to grow up, but most metalheads already have.
    The Wildchild
    I reckon it would be hard to piss on someone who's on a higher platform. I think it's better to reject shit than to swallow it for the sake of acceptance or "open-mindedness".
    kill it
    wildchild, i listen to plenty of metal. i was simply pointing out that some metal listeners are very narrow minded. the best metal musicians listen to many styles of music because they are 'music' fans, metal just happens to be their favorite form of music. also without innovative and open minded individuals you probably wouldn't have an electric guitar or distortion pedal.
    DimebagZappa
    The Wildchild wrote: DimebagZappa wrote: Really? At this point Im leaning to agree with you on a7x being hard rock with metal influences (except god hates us). BUT, by that logic what you know to be true must be true. So when ppl thought the world was flat and an open minded person thought otherwise 'true intelligence' failed? That is a joke of a comment. Everybody just stop learning now, everything you dont know yet is wrong! Must we also classify CoB as screaming hair metal? Or Rebel vs Rebel as hard country? Btw pls stop saying 'dear'. Even if you mean well it seems patronizing. This is what I meant by it: The Wildchild wrote: I think it's better to reject shit than to swallow it for the sake of acceptance or "open-mindedness". Maybe if you actually read it you wouldn't have made such a ponce out of yourself, dear.
    Ok that last spite 'dear' was funny. Made me laugh. You must accept the shit. You do not have to enjoy the shit, but rejecting it completely is just making you ignorant to the shit. Even the shittiest of shit has something to be learned in its nutty goodness.
    themetalpig
    To The Wildchild: Have you got the guts to post your top 10 metal of 2010? I'd like to see the list of someone who has the audacity to say Robb Flynn (or anyone for that matter) has poor taste. I seem to recall Machine Head playing live covers of Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath...gee what terrible taste! Take as long as you like, you'll prob need the time to sit down and disect the music to make sure it really is metal.
    themetalpig
    Everyone stop thinking and making decisions for yourself we have our saviour. Anytime you need an answer to ANYTHING in the whole universe please contact TheWildchild@oxygenthief.com.
    DimebagZappa
    Pantera is shit? You lost all and any credibility you ever will or may ever have had. You are the weakest link (dated, i know ) Goodbye.
    themetalpig
    The Wildchild : His taste in music, I mean. I assume you are changing your earlier post about Rob Flynn. Whether it's his taste in music or metal or rock or whatever is irrelevent. You are still shitting on someone else's personal tastes...there is no right or wrong when looking at anothers tastes in music...so stop laughing at others and have the guts to put your list up. Lets see yours!
    DimebagZappa
    c21vin wrote: Another list based on "opinion". And yet everyone still falls for it.
    We all know how polarizing these things can be, but weve done our best to represent the scenes various flavors and subgenres. While we know our choices wont satisfy many of you... Fell for what? Not reading the first paragraph?
    illuminatiano
    list is complete shite except for agalloch and deathspell omega. Periphery ? Veil of Maya ? Are you serious ? ugh.
    bcmc418
    How bout some actual good metal like A day to remember or The Devil wears Prada TDWP had an amazing ep come out in august (zombie ep) and it deserves to be in here ADTR just came out with What Separates me from You a couple weeks ago and it's pretty heavy If you don't know these bands check em out there amazing
    DimebagZappa
    Sorry no edit button. What exactly is a ponce dearie? We dont use such words round these parts, save describing ponce de leon. Seriously though, I thought about the a7x rock thing a fair bit, and you are correct. Other than fallen and trumpet albums and god hates us, theres really not anything 'metal' about them. So, kudos on that one.
    DimebagZappa
    bcmc418 wrote: How bout some actual good metal like A day to remember or The Devil wears Prada
    Hahahahahahahahaha. Wait, wait.... Hahahahahahahahahahaha.
    mysticguitar77
    Damnit! Sorry, I apologize if you are indeed a girl. I automatically think, especially on a site like this, that I'm always talking to a dude. All those "dears" are starting to make sense. When the hell have a ever heard a guy say "dear" unless it's to his wife when he wants to get some? Anyways, again, my bad.
    DimebagZappa
    mysticguitar77 wrote: He still is blatantly wrong that melody is the line between rock and metal.
    UG we need edit!!! I think shes a girl, just by the way she writes.
    saveme777
    thrashmonkey wrote: Skillet_Panhead wrote: The Wildchild wrote: No, they are not metal. They are hard rock. Radio rock, even. They're metal. Example: "Buried Alive" just screams "classic Metallica ballad" in the way it's arranged. Not saying it's as good as one, but the influence there is obvious. that's exactly what i thought on listening to it. i thought, "theyre trying to do fade to black." however, i will weigh in on the metal/not metal subject about a7x. synester himself said in an interview with guitar world that they do not consider themselves to be a metal band anymore, more of a "metal-rock bridge band", in his words. that said, i like them, and even if they aren't a metal band, they're a damn good hard rock band.
    +1 This. I explained it too earlier. IF THE BAND MEMBERS PERSONALLY SAY THAT THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES A CERTAIN GENRE, THEN THEY ARE THAT CERTAIN GENRE..... it doesn't matter what their record labels say, or what music websites say, the final say comes down to the band themselves because THEY'RE the ones who make the music. All you fans who think A7X is metal, go to youtube and watch some interviews, or yet, watch their 2007 behind the scenes video "All Excess".
    The Wildchild
    kill it wrote: sorry deftones and dep aren't boring or predictable enough to be considered metal, or are they just doing something too unique for most metal fans to grasp. Let's face it, all the 'this isn't metal enough' crowd just want to hear a generic double kick pattern over a generic minor scale riff with generic cookie monster vocals.
    To pick an "unpredictable" or "innovative" band over a band that is consistent would be like picking a steaming turd with corn kernels over a crusty but still edible sandwich. Not all metal fits to your stereotype.
    The Wildchild
    1. It is an expression for rock music with an obvious pop inclination, such as A7x and 90s Metallica. 2. Metal sounding guitars alone don't necessarily make anything metal, see hardcore bands and A7x for reference. 3. You thought wrong.
    Soothsayer92
    WTF!? WHERE IS WHITECHAPEL!? NEW ERA OF CORRUPTION?! I KNOW WHITECHAPEL IS DEATHCORE, BUT IF THE CAN PUT DEFTONES ON HERE, THEN THEY CAN SURE AS HELL SQUEEZE IN WHITECHAPEL!!
    mysticguitar77
    The Wildchild wrote: 1. It is an expression for rock music with an obvious pop inclination, such as A7x and 90s Metallica.
    You still can't put a band in a make-believe genre. You can tag them with the expression that they are radio rock along with 90's Metallica, but really A7X is metal, just like 90's Metallica is metal in terms of genre labeling. Personally, I believe A7X is the bridge between hard rock and metal along with a band like Disturbed for instance. Disturbed and A7X are on the "bridge". That's the way I express it, like you express them as radio rock, but the official ruling is that both of these bands are metal.
    mysticguitar77
    It's not just guitar that you keep pointing at while ignoring the rest of the instruments. The entire approach of the band is metal. The drums, bass, lyrics, delivery, composition, writing, almost everything this band does screams metal. Yeah, they also key in on melody, songs the crowd can sing along to at shows, but there are a LOT of other metal bands that also have that same type of melody in their songs. 80's Metallica has this, Youthanasia-era Megadeth has this, Maiden has it, Disturbed (I hate to keep bringing them up, but Disturbed is always the band I compare A7X to) has it as well. The band drives at being metal, but yet at the same time they focus on melody and cleanliness which is often characteristics of hard rock which is another genre that is often misused. But, we're talking about genres here, not labels and I just do not see how anybody can call A7X strictly a hard rock band. Even A7X's solos, which I completely forgot to mention before, is another characteristic of metal. Not many hard rock bands have solos that are as evident and prominent as A7X's (minus Alter Bridge, they are one-of-a-kind). Even the lyrics and lyrical delivery are metal. Everything A7X does leans towards metal, the only thing pulling them towards rock are their melodies, but for me along with the overwhelming majority; that's not nearly enough to call them a hard rock band, not even close. Not to mention, this band once released two metalcore albums, not that they write that sort of music now, but it shows the direction that this band is pulling for: metal.
    The Wildchild
    I never said "radio rock" was a genre. Genres, while useful to some extent, are wildly inaccurate, as mere generalizations cannot appropriately pigeonhole every single band that exists. There is no "official ruling" (the mere claim that it exists is absurd). By process of analysis, we can conclude that Avenged is not actually metal (song structures follow conventional verse-chorus and other permutations, they utilize safe melodies, the riffs are generic rock fare, just with a metal guitar sound). If a metal guitar sound automatically makes music metal, then that would make some Beastie Boys songs metal, which would be absolutely preposterous.
    MegadethFan18
    The Wildchild wrote: GnR aren't the heaviest hard rock band and chugging riffs do not immediately make music metal (see tons of hardcore bands). A7x has more in common with radio rock 90s Metallica (which isn't metal at all) than they do with actual metal. They don't sound anything like Iron Maiden. Hard rock is a broad term and not all hard rock bands necessarily have to sound like each other. This nullifies your absurd assumption that I said that Aerosmith sound like Avenged. The point is, A7x is radio rock with metal sounding guitars. I don't have to draw a chart in crayon now, do I?
    1.Radio rock is not a genre if it is then so is TV Metal, Fridge Rock and Toaster Rap. 2.They have Metal guitars but aren't Metal? Think I'm going to need the crayon chart. 3. I always thought they did sound kind of Maideny, mainly the harmony guitar lines and super melodic vocals and solos.
    thrashmonkey
    and if UG is going to put a debut album on this list, Holy Grail's Crisis in Utopia would have been a much better candidate
    thrashmonkey
    Skillet_Panhead wrote: The Wildchild wrote: No, they are not metal. They are hard rock. Radio rock, even. They're metal. Example: "Buried Alive" just screams "classic Metallica ballad" in the way it's arranged. Not saying it's as good as one, but the influence there is obvious.
    that's exactly what i thought on listening to it. i thought, "theyre trying to do fade to black." however, i will weigh in on the metal/not metal subject about a7x. synester himself said in an interview with guitar world that they do not consider themselves to be a metal band anymore, more of a "metal-rock bridge band", in his words. that said, i like them, and even if they aren't a metal band, they're a damn good hard rock band.
    MegadethFan18
    The Wildchild wrote: No, they are not metal. They are hard rock. Radio rock, even.
    Don't remember Guns N Roses the heaviest "Hard Rock" band having chugging riffs like Avenged does. Avenged have more in common with bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden than they do with Hard Rock bands. Or is Metallica and Iron Maiden Hard Rock aswell now? Is the whole metal genre Hard Rock now? You basically just said Avenged sound the same as Aerosmith. proud of yourself?
    The Wildchild
    GnR aren't the heaviest hard rock band and chugging riffs do not immediately make music metal (see tons of hardcore bands). A7x has more in common with radio rock 90s Metallica (which isn't metal at all) than they do with actual metal. They don't sound anything like Iron Maiden. Hard rock is a broad term and not all hard rock bands necessarily have to sound like each other. This nullifies your absurd assumption that I said that Aerosmith sound like Avenged. The point is, A7x is radio rock with metal sounding guitars. I don't have to draw a chart in crayon now, do I?
    venom08
    liam_gal wrote: METAL IS DEAD! when are you going to get that! Everybody is paroding everybody. It's not even copying. It's a parody of what was metal
    Really?
    The Wildchild
    Maybe if you dug deeper into metal (more obscure heavy metal, like Manilla Road, or extreme metal, which would be even better) you'd know what I'm talking about. Instruments and timbre only contribute to the aesthetic aspect of a band's sound. The composition, which as I have pointed out follows traditional pop structure, isn't metal at all, thus making A7x not metal. I never said that A7x belonged to any genre (except hard rock, but that's a very broad term), I just said that they don't belong in metal because they are not metal and from the looks of it, will never be metal. Please understand where I'm getting at, it's kind of hard to come up with responses when you stray from the point. In other words, you're being a ponce.
    The Wildchild
    mysticguitar77 wrote: Yeah, they also key in on melody, songs the crowd can sing along to at shows, but there are a LOT of other metal bands that also have that same type of melody in their songs. 80's Metallica has this, Youthanasia-era Megadeth has this, Maiden has it, Disturbed (I hate to keep bringing them up, but Disturbed is always the band I compare A7X to) has it as well. The band drives at being metal, but yet at the same time they focus on melody and cleanliness which is often characteristics of hard rock which is another genre that is often misused.
    People sing along to Lady Gaga. Does that make her metal? Oh, and Disturbed aren't metal either. BOLDED PART: There you go. A7x aren't metal.