Just a relentless album all the way through, both heavy, musical and melodic, the perfect blend in many ways of all his previous projects.
2) MAN MUST DIE: No Tolerance For Imperfection
This totally came out of left field, but the crazy blasting and perfectly tight riffs make this album my extreme metal pick of the year.
3) DREAM THEATER: Black Clouds & Silver Linings
This might have gotten the top spot, since the first and last song on the album are two of my new favorite Dream Theater songs. However, the rest of the album IMO is only soso, so I couldn't justify giving this the top spot.
4) DYING FETUS: Descend Into Depravity
This album captures the freshness of the first time I heard this fantastic band. A really well written album.
5) SUFFOCATION: Blood Oath
From the first bar of the first riff on the album, I just knew that Suffocation had made their best album since they reformed.
6) DIVINE HERESY: Bringer Of Plagues
Dino shows again that there is life after Fear Factory. Almost as good as their debut in terms of songs and performance.
7) NILE: Those Whom The Gods Detest
I still preferred Ithyphallic, but there's no denying that this is a solid Nile album. And I really love 'Utterances Of The Crawling Dead'.
8) DEVOURMENT: Unleash The Carnivore
This just kept creeping into my playlist, just one of the most punishing albums ever in terms of distortion and heaviness.
9) NAPALM DEATH: Time Waits For No Slave
While down at number 9, Napalm continues to impress with great album after great album.
10) THY ART IS MURDER: Infinite Death
I'm not entirely sure why, but this short 5 song blastathon just dominated my playlist earlier this year.

Honorable Mention:

OBITUARY: Darkest Day
Really great songs, the band outdoes themselves in coming up with really inventive riffs that are pure 100% Obituary.
BEHEMOTH: Evangelion
While not in my top10 bands, Behemoth has produced a lot of great albums, and this one in particular has some fantastic riffs, along with the usual high intensity performance.
DESPONDENCY: Revelation IV (Rise of The Nemesis)
Again, great riffs, and tons of heaviness to boot.
DAWN OF AZAZEL: Relentless
For the more thrashier among us, the album closer 'The Flames Of Failure' is one of my favorite songs of the year.


1) NILE: Those Whom The Gods Detest
3) SLAYER: World Painted Blood
4) DIVINE HERESY: Bringer Of Plagues
5) CANNIBAL CORPSE: Evisceration Plague
6) DYING FETUS: Descend Into Depravity
6) GOAT WHORE: Carving Out The Eyes Of God
8) MAN MUST DIE: No Tolerance For Imperfection
8) DEVILDRIVER: Pray For Villains
10) LAMB OF GOD: Wrath