Metal for the 2010s

Top 100 Metal Albums of the 2010s

Following on from my last post about the Rate Your Music best metal albums of all time, I thought I’d focus on making things a bit more contemporary and relevant to today’s music scene. So I set the limits on the chart system to show me the best metal albums again, but this time from the 2010s, and have added all of these to my Spotify collection. Once again, the list is not set in stone, and will be likely to change a lot more due to its more up-to-date and current nature in comparison with a more ‘rigid’ all-time list. So here are the best 100 metal albums from the 2010s, as they were as of the writing of this post. No embedded or linked playlist this time, since these are now the entirety of my Spotify ‘Your Music’ collection, which at this time is not browsable by anyone else, but you can see the list over at Rate Your Music here.

  1. Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
  2. Vektor – Outer Isolation
  3. Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
  4. Gorguts – Colored Sands
  5. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
  6. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  7. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Blood Lust
  8. Blindead – Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
  9. Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
  10. Elder – Dead Roots Stirring
  11. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I
  12. Leprous – Bilateral
  13. Enslaved – RIITIIR
  14. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  15. Haken – Visions
  16. Alcest – Écailles de lune
  17. Thy Catafalque – Rengeteg
  18. Ihsahn – After
  19. Septicflesh – The Great Mass
  20. Gris – À l’âme enflammée, l’âme constellée…
  21. Moonsorrow – Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa
  22. Deftones – Koi no yokan
  23. Seventh  Wonder – The Great Escape
  24. Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance
  25. Accept – Blood of the Nations
  26. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
  27. Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar
  28. Avatarium – Avatarium
  29. Threshold – March of Progress
  30. Nails – Unsilent Death
  31. Haken – The Mountain
  32. Subrosa – More Constant Than the Gods
  33. Behemoth – The Satanist
  34. Cult of Luna – Vertikal
  35. Be’lakor – Of Breath and Bone
  36. Insomnium – One for Sorrow
  37. Overkill – Ironbound
  38. Woods of Desolation – Torn beyond Reason
  39. Primordial – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand
  40. Mgła – With Hearts Toward None
  41. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time
  42. Cattle Decapitation – Monolith of Inhumanity
  43. Leprous – Coal
  44. Saor – Aura
  45. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
  46. Àrsaidh – Roots
  47. Midnight – Satanic Royalty
  48. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
  49. Blood Ceremony – Living with the Ancients
  50. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
  51. Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence
  52. Murmuüre – Murmuüre
  53. Galneryus – Resurrection
  54. Carcass – Surgical Steel
  55. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
  56. Atoma – Skylight
  57. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
  58. Darkspace – Dark Space III I
  59. Dir en Grey – Arche
  60. Mastodon – The Hunter
  61. Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
  62. Immolation – Majesty and Decay
  63. Satan – Life Sentence
  64. Myrath – Tales of the Sands
  65. Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
  66. Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows
  67. Aquilus – Griseus
  68. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer
  69. Dordeduh – Dar de duh
  70. Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
  71. Star One – Victims of the Modern Age
  72. Enslaved – In Times
  73. Beyond Creation – The Aura
  74. Panopticon – Roads to the North
  75. Hell – Human Remains
  76. Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury
  77. The Ocean – Pelagial
  78. Todtgelichter – Angst
  79. Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction
  80. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
  81. Theocracy – As the World Bleeds
  82. Hell – Curse & Chapter
  83. Ancient Bards – Soulless Child
  84. Nails – Abandon All Life
  85. Symphony X – Iconoclast
  86. Year of No Light – Ausserwelt
  87. Ash Borer / Fell Voices – Ash Borer / Fell Voices
  88. Svartidauði – Flesh Cathedral
  89. Uneven Structure – Februus
  90. Arch / Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance
  91. Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All
  92. Cormorant – Dwellings
  93. Testament – Dark Roots of Earth
  94. Mors Principium Est – …And God Said Live
  95. Cult of Fire – मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
  96. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
  97. Dragonland – Under the Grey Banner
  98. Ufomammut – Eve
  99. Blindead – Absence
  100. Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

I hope you are turned on to some excellent releases through this list. There are a few that aren’t available on Spotify, but these are generally available with a quick search on Bandcamp or Youtube if you’re curious to check them out. Otherwise, the (nearly) full list of albums makes for a truly excellent, and contemporary, shuffled listening experience. Not to mention an excellent collage of album covers…


Album of the Day: Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum

A new heavy album every day

  • Artist: Deathspell Omega
  • Album: Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum
  • Year: 2007
  • Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
  • Genre: Black Metal

Domine, in pulverem mortis deduxisti me, PERINDE AC CADAVER!

Arguably one of the most important black metal releases in the genre’s somewhat checkered history, France’s mysterious Deathspell Omega took a genre essentially spearheaded by a group of bored Norwegian teenagers and transformed it to a near religious experience in terms of their intellectual explorations of existentialism and mythology through the medium. Progression was always a dirty word in black metal, the great irony being that a genre that was founded with the intention of breaking all of the rules somehow ended up becoming severely restricted inside a series of strict and seemingly self-imposed rules from both bands and fans alike (although I suspect the oftentimes elitist fanaticism of the latter has a lot to answer for here). But Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum, the final part of a trilogy exploring, in particular, the themes of French anthropologist and philosopher Georges Bataille (eroticism, sovereignty, and transgression), is too grand and eloquent in scope to be regarded simply as a progression. Instead, I’d be more inclined to label it a revolution in the genre – a game changer, if you will. Equal parts aggressive and ambient, as well as psychologically evocative throughout, I have no doubt it will be looked back upon as a massively significant release in heavy music in general, and a hugely reinvigorating one within black metal specifically. It confronts listeners not just with the expected cacophony and viciousness of the genre, but also, perhaps unexpectedly at first, encourages reflection on and exploration of far more profound motifs.