For the first time, the annual Bring Back Glam! “best of” list was compiled as a team effort instead of just based on my opinion. Since 2010 saw the addition of two writers to this site - Christian Graus and Brian Carvell - it's only fitting they get to weigh in with their favorites of the year.
Please note, this list is not all Glam. It's just rock, heavily weighted toward metal bands in general. There was simply too much good Metal in 2010 to restrict this list to only Glam.
So here's the list:
10. 'The Heart' by Jimmy Gnecco – selected by Brian Carvell
09. 'The Final Frontier' by Iron Maiden – selected by Christian Graus
08. 'Blood of the Nations' by Accept – selected by Christian Graus
What does Christian say about Blood of the Nations? This:
“This whole album is classic metal... where real song writing happens instead of just layer after layer of super heavy riffs and growly vocals, as is so common nowadays. Accept have shown they have a lot of good music still in them. If you love traditional heavy metal, then you need this CD, and you should also check out their live show, which is killer."
07. 'Slash' by Slash (and friends) – selected by Christian Graus and Allyson Crawford
06. 'My Darkest Days' by My Darkest Days – selected by Allyson Crawford
05. 'Sting in the Tail' by Scorpions – selected by Allyson Crawford
04. 'Fever' by Bullet For My Valentine – selected by Allyson Crawford
03. 'Infestation' by RATT – selected by Brian Carvell and Allyson Crawford
02. 'Cold Day Memory' by Sevendust – selected by Brian Carvell and Allyson Crawford
What does Brian say about Cold Day Memory? This:
"The collective mind of Sevendust has the ability think in time signatures and syncopation that is far and away ahead of their peers, and this album is pinnacle-to-date of their ability to deliver amazing songs. Cold Day Memory is, by far, the strongest effort to date from a tragically under-appreciated band that consistently excels, both in the studio and as a live act."
01. 'Nightmare' by Avenged Sevenfold – selected by Christian Graus and Allyson Crawford
So how did I determine Avenged Sevenfold deserved the top spot? Easy. There are three albums on this list I personally returned to over and over: My Darkest Days, Cold Day Memory and Nightmare. It was nearly a toss-up for me when it came to Sevendust and Avenged Sevenfold: both bands put on great live shows and Sevendust's live show was my single favorite memory from this year's Shiprocked cruise. That said, the loss of A7X drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was just too big to ignore. Avenged Sevenfold is simply an amazing metal band. For those that disagree or say they are “kiddie metal” - you're not paying attention. Their songs are technically amazing and the talent undeniable. The guitar solos are something straight out of the 1980s – true talent. While so many modern bands eschew guitar solos, Avenged Sevenfold embraces them. On Nightmare, the listener travels on a roller-coaster of emotions on the dark side of life. While the future of Avenged Sevenfold is in question – the band doesn't have a permanent drummer at this point – one thing is for certain: the band has arrived. Give them some due.
What are your favorite albums of 2010?
In case you are wondering, my favorite song of the year is "Porn Star Dancing" from My Darkest Days. It's just too fun to ignore!
Want more "best of" lists? Check out the fine blogs below. All will be revealing their picks for the best of 2010 within the next few days!
All Metal Resource http://allmetalresource.com/
Hair Metal Mansion http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
Hard Rock Hideout http://hardrockhideout.com/
Heavy Metal Addiction http://heavymetaladdiction.com
Heavy Metal Time Machine http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Imagine Echoes http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Metal Excess http://metalexcess.com/
Metal Odyssey http://metalodyssey.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Hard Rock Nights http://hardrocknights.com/
Layla's Classic Rock http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
The Metal Minute http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/