10. Dependency - Convicted
The debut release from this hardcore band, it's short (EP) and sweet, raw energy and passion. Favorite tracks are Ready For Conflict and Fragile.
9. Norma Jean - Meridional
This one has yet to be released as i write this, but i got an early copy so i could write a review for IVM. I'm not the biggest Norma Jean fan but this album is really good, some songs are chaotic and heavy, while others feature some melody to sing along with. my favorite Norma Jean release. Favorite tracks are Septentrional and High Noise Low Output.
8. Close Your Eyes - We Will Overcome
This one took me a minute to get into after i checked them out based on a "Sounds like Comeback Kid". they don't sound like CBK in my opinion, but it's still impressive melodic Christian hardcore. Check out 17:20 and Song For The Broken.
7. Blank Page Empire - Sinners, Thieves, and Beggars
This progressive-rock band from Minnesota blew me away with this record, their unsigned debut. Excellent vocals and a very dynamic sound makes this a fresh release for 2010. check out tracks The Blind That Lead the Blind and The Amazing Two-Headed Man.
6. As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise
This will end up being Album of the Year for a lot of people, and it is an impressive album. The music (metal/metalcore) on this album is probably their best effort to date, but i felt the lyrics were a little weak in relative to previous releases. Despite that its still an awesome album, i liked tracks The Plague and The Anodyne Sea.
5. Hundredth - When Will We Surrender
I held off checking these guys out because i didn't really like the name of the band, but after Jordan told me to take a listen i was impressed. Solid hardcore and great elements to each song that make the songs more memorable and dynamic than other hardcore bands.
4. The Ghost Inside - Returners
Oh man, i love this band, never heard of them before the 10 for $10 Tour last year and after that performance i was sold. I was just getting into their previous release when they dropped Returners, and man it's all good! Love the tracks Unspoken and The Conflict (w/ Tommy Green of Sleeping Giant).
3. Dave Barnes - What We Want We Get
Probably Dave's most accessible work yet, all of the songs are radio-friendly yet still feature the great songwriter vibe that Dave is known for. Someday people will discover Dave Barnes and be ticked that they hadn't discovered him earlier! Listen to Chameleon and God Gave Me You.
2. Robbie Seay Band - Miracle
Every album from Robbie Seay is excellent, his raspy vocals and so good and the laid-back vibe of his band is great to listen to. Miracles is solid front to back with worship tracks that you probably won't find in church on Sunday mornings, but you will be singing them everywhere else. great tracks are Crazy Love and Lament.
1. Haste the Day - Attack of the Wolf King
this will probably end up as my favorite album by HTD (so far). This album is full of energetic metalcore with great choruses, something Haste the Day have been doing well for quite a while now. This is my album of the year so far, i love it! Favorite tracks so far are Dogs Like Vultures and The Quiet Deadly Ticking.
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Call to Preserve - Life of Defiance
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