2010 is almost over so that means it’s time for my year end awards! It’s been another awesome year for Hard Rock and Heavy metal and I have listened to more new albums, discovered more new bands and watched more new DVDs than any other year in Heavy Metal Addiction’s almost five year history! I have had more albums submitted for review this year than any other year as digital promos have taken over as the easiest way to get the word out as quickly as possible and I have done my part as a consumer and purchased plenty of new and old albums & DVDs from record stores, Ebay, online vendors and direct from bands and labels.

With all this music it’s been every hard to keep up so this has been the worst year for posting but I have made a serious push in November and December to listen to as many CDs, and watch as many DVDs, as possible to prepare for my year end lists. I have piles on my desk and boxes right next it chock full of CDs and DVDs released in 2010, as well as, albums I missed in 2009 so there’s a lot to write about and I will try and catch up on as many 2010 reviews as I can in early 2011. I have been re-listening to as many 2010 albums that I can so I can post my best and worst of 2010 lists, last year I did a Top 40 Best Of but this year I will pair it back down to a Top 30 again. I will post those picks along with my top 5 DVD picks, albums I missed in 2009 that could have made my best of 2009 list, and the last CD Scavenger Hunt of 2010…..a new feature will be The Top Miscellaneous Releases of 2010 and that will include any live albums, greatest hits packages, reissues, etc. that were released and need to be mentioned. I’ve got my sights set on 2011 and I expect and even bigger year in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal as I keep checking out new releases and catching up on things I missed from 2010!

Here is the schedule for the 2010 Awards Week:

Friday 12/24The final CD Scavenger Hunt of 2010

Saturday 12/25Albums I Missed in 2009

Sunday 12/26The Best Miscellaneous Releases of 2010

Monday 12/27The Top 5 DVDs of 2010

Tuesday 12/28The 5 Worst Albums of 2010

Wednesday 12/29The Top 30 Albums of 2010 (#21-#30)

Thursday 12/30The Top 30 Albums of 2010 (#11-#20)

Friday 12/31The Top 30 Albums of 2010 (#1-#10)

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For the last few years, a bunch of us bloggers/writers out there have linked our year end lists together and 2010 continues the tradition. The best thing about these lists is that there is always room for debate and there are always many albums some of us may have missed during the year. Please check out the websites below for more best of/worst of 2010 lists by some excellent writers with a serious passion for music. Some of the websites published their lists earlier in the month, some later and some as a month long daily post so check out the websites’ December 2010 archives for everyone’s picks. There may also be some lists that extend into January 2011 so bookmark these excellent websites and check them out daily for superb Hard Rock and Heavy Metal coverage.

All Metal Resourcehttp://allmetalresource.com/ 

Bring Back Glamhttp://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/

Hair Metal Mansionhttp://hairbangersradio.ning.com/

Hard Rock Hideouthttp://hardrockhideout.com/

Hard Rock Nightshttp://hardrocknights.com

Heavy Metal Addictionhttp://heavymetaladdiction.com/

Heavy Metal Time Machinehttp://metalmark.blogspot.com/

Imagine Echoeshttp://www.imagineechoes.com/

Layla’s Classic Rockhttp://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/

Metal Excesshttp://metalexcess.com/

The Metal Minutehttp://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/

Metal Odysseyhttp://metalodyssey.wordpress.com/

The Ripple Effecthttp://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/

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  1. Rene says:

    Hello Steve, it was nice to read your posts about the best of the year, disapoinments of the year, best dvd´s etc…Here is my 25 best albums and some other stuff from 2010. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
    1.WHITE WIZZARD:OVER THE TOP
    2.HALFORD:MADE OF METAL
    3.KORGULL THE EXTERMINATOR: WAR OF THE VOIVODES
    4.AXEL RUDI PELL:THE CREST
    5.HELLOWEEN:7 SINNERS
    6.NEVERMORE:THE OBLIVION CONSPIRACY
    7.VIRGIN STEELE:THE BLACK LIGHT BACCHANALIA
    8.CRAZY LIXX:NEW RELIGION
    9.HARDCORE SUPERSTAR:SPLIT YOUR LIP
    10.SODOM:IN WAR AND PIECES
    11.IRON MAIDEN:THE FINAL FRONTIER
    12.KROKUS:HOODOO
    13.RATT:INFESTATION
    14.OVERKILL:IRONBOUND
    15.ACCEPT:BLOOD OF THE NATIONS
    16.ANNIHILATOR:ANNIHILATOR
    17.ENFORCER:DIAMONDS
    18.BURZUM:BELUS
    19.CRASHDIET:GENERATION WILD
    20.GRAVE DIGGER:THE CLANS WILL RISE AGAIN
    21.EXCITER:DEATH BRIGADE
    22.RAGE:STRINGS TO A WEB
    23.CRUEL FORCE:THE RISE OF SATANIC MIGHT
    24.SCORPIONS:STING IN THE TAIL
    25.BLIND GUARDIAN:AT THE EDGE OF TIME

    BEST DEMOS+EPS FROM 2010
    1.VX:CONTRAATAQUE
    2.SKULL FIST:HEAVIER THAN METAL
    3.IRON CURTAIN:DIRTY&FAST
    4.DÜNEDAIN:BUSCANDO EL NORTE II
    5.DÜNEDAIN/ZENOBIA:UNIDOS POR EL METAL

    BEST LIVE ALBUMS FROM 2010:
    1.PRIMAL FEAR:LIVE IN THE USA
    2.THE BIG 4 con METALLICA, ANTHRAX, SLAYER y MEGADETH
    3.POKOLGEP:ÚJRATÖLTVE LIVE
    4.IMMORTAL:THE SEVENTH DATE OF BLASHYRKH
    5.HALFORD:LIVE IN ANAHEIM

    BEST TRIBUTE ALBUMS OF 2010:
    1.LUJURIA:LA LLAMA ETERNA
    2.JORN:DIO
    3.VINCE NEIL:TATTOOS&TEQUILA

    Decepointments of the year:
    PRETTY MAIDS:PANDEMONIUM
    KEEL: STREETS OF ROCK AND ROLL
    IRON KOBRA:IRON KOBRA BATTLESWORD
    CLOVEN HOOF:THRONE OF DAMNATION

  2. [...] in the shuffle. These two albums are so good I have no reservations that they would have made my 2010 Year End Awards had I gotten around to listen to [...]

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