mk’s 2010 Non-Metal Debarcle

Why so, you might ask? Read below – no drum roll required this year

4. Filter – The Trouble With Angels

To me, this is a bit of a step backwards. Probably needs some more listens, but I thought 2008’s Anthems… was catchier.

3. Godsmack – The Oracle

Yeah OK, do you get the picture now about Non-Metal in 2010? Ordinarily this might stretch to make the cut, but again, there are some catchy tunes in here, despite the fact Sully is a boob!!

2. Alter Bridge – III

Have given this a number of listens and have to say the first half trundles along quite nicely until we run into a couple of fillers in my opinion towards the end. Still musically this hits all the right spots and Myles Kennedy and his new-found fame have not done themselves a disservice here.

1. Deftones – Diamond Eyes

OK, might be a stretch placing this to non-metal but we all know they have toned down the angry guitar considerably these days. Regardless, I’ll stick my neck out and say this was a pleasant surprise. Haven’t taken much notice of these guys over previous releases, but for some reason this has hit the right spot for me – just enough catchiness in the chorus added with elements of those angry guitars works well. They’ve leapfrogged Katatonia for the time being in my opinion.

Honourables

Not a chance seeing I couldn’t even find 10 in the first place.

Dishonourables

Slash – Slash

Slash plays on this does he? No really, does he? I didn’t mind it, and what a ‘Supergroup Slash, Grohl and Mckagen would make, but apart from this one track don’t hear any fire breathing solos from Slash.

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