Cancer Bats, The Chariot, Bullet For My Valentine and Kids In Glass Houses all feature in today’s sample of the RS Top 75 Albums of 2010!
The second to last part of our Top 75 Albums of the year is below. If you've missed the first, second and third installments of our annual rundown then click here, here or here to get up to speed. With that information absorbed let's continue our ascent to the summit!
30. Rinoa ‘An Age Among Them’ (Eyesofsound) Rinoa are all about the sweeping post-rock, crammed with so much attention to detail that it makes it a bitter pill to swallow knowing the band have split. Weaving screams and thundering guitars into a delicious debut, the Essex quintet deliver on every level.
29. Cancer Bats ‘Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones’ (Hassle) Almost achieving the impossible by outdoing the heaviness of 08’s ‘Hail Destroyer’, the Toronto hardcore heroes take their mixture of hardcore, rock ‘n’ roll and straight-up brutality further still, while keeping their energy and groove intact.
28. Bullet for My Valentine ‘Fever’ (Sony) The fanfare made by BFMV prior to the release of ‘Fever’ may have been even more deafening than usual, but for good reason: it emphatically seals their status as the arena-straddling stars they’d always set out to be.
27. Stone Sour ‘Audio Secrecy’ (Roadrunner) It was eight years ago that Stone Sour released their self-titled debut and the follow-up came in 2006, so it’s only natural that ‘Audio Secrecy’ had a lot of expectation riding on it. Noticeably more mellow than previous albums, the third full-length from Corey Taylor and Jim Root is a soulful hard rock album that cements Stone Sour’s position as scene veterans. Tracks like ‘Say You’ll Haunt Me’ tick all the right boxes in terms of emotional ballads, while offset by faster, more aggressive tracks like ‘Unfinished’. Having already carved a niche in their hard rock corner, this time Stone Sour are out for blood.
26. Rolo Tomassi ‘Cosmology’ (Hassle) You know you’ve found something special when the best moments on an album are the bits where the band sound nothing like you expect; Rolo’s grand statement (so far…) is as surprising as it is powerful.
25. Kids In Glass Houses ‘Dirt’ (Roadrunner) These Welsh pop-punksters went to number one on the UK Rock Chart with single ‘Matters At All’, proving ‘Dirt’ did something very right. Maybe it’s the sumptuous sugar-sweetened post-hardcore, the appearance from Frankie ‘The Saturdays’ Sandford, or Aled’s silky hair?
24. Norma Jean ‘Meridional’ (Razor & Tie) It’s highly likely to average the largest number of solos, riffs and breakdowns per minute – but ‘Meridional’’s anthemic choruses remain the means of grounding the chaos that’s characteristic of the Georgia group’s identity.
23. The Chariot ‘Long Live’ (Good Fight) A symphony of brutality, the Georgian pioneers’ fourth album is the sound of a band in love with music but determined to render it in the harshest tones possible. Vicious.
19. Off With Their Heads ‘In Desolation’ (Epitaph) No album in 2010 offers more anthemic, gruff punk rock bang for your buck than ‘In Desolation’. Their debut for Epitaph, with this second album the Minneapolis mob up both the production and songwriting ante.
18. High on Fire ‘Snakes For The Divine’ (E1) While vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike’s growls are still a defining presence in their sound, the Californian trio shun a more-of-the-same approach by expanding their stoner-rock influences to accommodate classic old-school metal tricks.
17. The Unwinding Hours ‘The Unwinding Hours’ (Chemikal Underground) After the untimely demise of their former band (and firm Rock Sound favourites) Aereogramme, vocalist Craig B and guitarist Iain Cook eventually reunited and returned with their new project which picked up where the mighty ‘Gramme left off. Combining beautiful ethereal melodies with Craig’s unique, often heartbreaking vocals, their debut album was a glorious piece of work that was described in Rock Sound’s review (issue 132) as a “devastatingly brilliant listen”. If tracks like ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alone’ or ‘Peaceful Liquid Shell’ don’t make your knees quiver and eyes well up then you’re probably dead. We can only hope there’s plenty more where this came from as we eagerly await their follow-up.
16. Kvelertak ‘Kvelertak’ (Indie Recordings) Ever wondered what Nordic black metal crossed with Turbonegro and the Foo Fighters would sound like? No? You should have – as Kvelertak demonstrate, it’s probably the most rock ‘n’ roll thing you’ll hear this year.
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