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Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

They’re incredibly loud, have real presence, but somehow NYC’s Unearthly Trance manage to float beneath radars. The longtime sludgy, blackened doom power trio’s back with their appropriately titled fifth album V. It follows 2008’s Electrocution (and pairs well with 2006’s Trident). As with most things vocalist/guitarist Ryan Lipynsky touches (see Pollution, Villains, and especially USBM… More »

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

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