We'll call it 2010... A wealthy one!

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1. Jan. 2011, 10:38

So 2011 has approached and like every year a new wave of albums from our favorite and new-found artists/bands have hit our libraries. Personally, it hasn't been as much anticipated album releases since after 2007, due to various reasons such as financial ones. But either 2010 was the point of return for the bands make some noise in the studios again or I've just suddenly increased my exploration of music a lot further.

Below you'll see a list of album releases that I've personally anticipated and listened to, the first ones already mentioned in my previous blogs and the later ones being newly rated.

Released albums in 2010, previously mentioned
(with updated ratings)

Demon Hunter - The World Is A Thorn
Genre: ,
Personal rating: ***

Lostprophets - The Betrayed
Genre: ,
Personal rating: ***

Meshuggah - Alive
Genre: , ,
Personal rating: *****

Myrath - Desert Calls
Genre: with some oriental sound
Personal rating: ***½

Rage - Strings To A Web
Genre: , , ,
Personal rating: ***

Masterplan - Time To Be King
Genre: , with progressive influences
Personal rating: ****

Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here
Genre: ,
Personal rating: ****

Avantasia - Angel Of Babylon and The Wicked Symphony
Genre: power metal, ,
Personal rating: **½

Cynic - Re-Traced
Genre: progressive metal,
Personal rating: **½

The Ocean - Heliocentric
Genre: , progressive metal,
Personal rating: ****

The Reasoning - Adverse Camber
Genre: progressive rock
Personal rating: ***

Pain of Salvation - Road Salt One
Genre: progressive metal, progressive rock
Personal rating: ***

Triosphere - The Road Less Travelled
Genre: Heavy metal, progressive metal
Personal rating: ***

Ihsahn - After
Genre: Progressive metal,
Personal rating: ****

Aspera - Ripples
Genre: Progressive metal
Personal rating: ***

Periphery - Self-titled debut
Genre: Progressive metal,
Personal rating: ****½


New releases of this blog 2010

Allen-Lande - The Showdown
Genre: , hard rock
Personal rating: ***½

Star One - Second album
Genre: Sci-fi themed progressive metal,
Personal rating: ***½

Alter Bridge - Alter Bridge III
Genre: alternative metal, alternative rock
Personal rating: ****

Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns
Genre: alternative rock, , alternative metal (as if you've never heard of them...)
Personal rating: **½

This Will Destroy You - Moving On The Edges of Things EP
Genre: ,
Personal rating: ***

Tarja - What Lies Beneath
Genre:
Personal rating: *** (way better than her debut, I must say)

Therion - Sitra Ahra
Genre: symphonic metal, progressive metal, gothic metal
Personal rating: **

Kamelot - Poetry For The Poisoned
Genre: power metal, symphonic metal
Personal rating: **½

James Labrie - Static Impulse
Genre: progressive metal with occasional Gothenburg metal influences
Personal rating: ***½

Serj Tankian - Imperfect Harmonies
Genre: alternative metal, , , "electro-orchestral-jazz-rock"
Personal rating: **

Demians - Mute
Genre: atmospheric, modern progressive rock
Personal rating: ****

Equilibrium - Rekreatur
Genre:
Personal rating: ***½

Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy
Genre: alternative metal, hard rock, post-grunge?
Personal rating: ***

Oceansize - Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up
Genre: , progressive rock
Personal rating: ***½

Creation's End - A New Beginning
Genre: Progressive metal
Personal rating: ****

Sevendust - Splinter
Genre: Alternative metal
Personal rating: **½

Solution .45 - For Aeons Past
Genre:
Personal rating: ***½

The Algorithm - CRITICAL.ERROR
Genre: Technical metal with electronic (and drum and bass) elements
Personal rating: ****½

Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
Genre: Alternative metal, metalcore
Personal rating: ***

Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
Genre: Heavy Metal with progressive elements
Personal rating: ***½

Haken - Aquarius
Genre: Progressive metal, progressive rock
Personal rating: ****½

Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train - Round Trip
Genre: Acoustic rock
Personal rating: ***½

E.S. Posthumus - Makara
Genre: ,
Personal rating: ****

AGNOST DEI - take a look: 2010 A.D.
Genre: Progressive metal, cyber metal
Personal rating: ***½

Fat Mans War Face - Demo 2010
Genre:
Personal rating: ***½

Unsun - Clinic For Dolls
Genre: Melodic gothic metal
Personal rating: **

Helloween - 7 Sinners
Genre: Power metal, heavy metal
Personal rating: ***½

Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
Genre:
Personal rating: ****


This might be my last blog for this kind of rating setup, but who knows, maybe I'll go for this year's round as well. I hope you'll find my blog useful for your music exploration. Happy 2011!

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