I’ve heard most of the top 20 (everything except Darkthrone and Harvey Milk, both of whom I can’t stand). It’s pretty solid, for the most part.
I don’t disagree with 20-16…though I don’t really “get” The Body or Locrian. Castevet seems solid, but Ghost should be much higher, if one assumes it really is metal. Whatever genre that band inhabits, the music is good (despite the very poppy leanings on pretty much every track besides “Con Clavi Con Dio” and the two instrumentals).
15-11…already noted my dislike for a couple of these…Lantlos and Watain are solid. Triptykon, to me, is worthy of being in the top five.
I have more bones to pick with the top ten, I think. I like Burzum. Horseback, on the other hand, bores the hell out of me. And Kylesa’s “Spiral Shadow” is one of the most disappointing albums of 2010, not one of the best. Drudkh and Inquisition are good, and Dawnbringer is pretty solid. Not sure I’d have “Nucleus” in my top 10, but it’d be in my top 20 (if I could find 20 good releases).
Ludicra is the best release of 2010. Nothing against Deathspell Omega; “Paracletus” is solid. But Ludicra absolutely slays Thou and Agalloch. Heck, I’d put “In Stable” and “Clean White Void” up against any track from any other release on here, and I’m betting Ludicra’s tracks kill the competition.
If I was going to make a top 10…I’d have some trouble. I know I’d start out with Ludicra, Triptykon, and Yakuza. After that, it gets sticky.
I would have mentioned Earthride and Intronaut somewhere. Probably both Honorable Mentions, really…but they still warrant some mention.
I haven’t heard most of these; the ones I have heard either didn’t make an impact on me (Unearthly Trance) or I flat out disliked them (Kylesa). Nothing really stuck out as being “brilliant” in the same way that Burnt By The Sun was last year. They didn’t exactly reinvent anything with “Heart of Darkness”, but it was awesome from front to back and played better than their previous release (no mean feat there).