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Metal Music Archives
The Best of the Decade: 2010s
Welcome to the Metal Music Archives Best of the Decade 2010s presentation! This one has been a long time in the making, now in June 2020 we finally present what our community has voted in as the last decade's best albums. We find ourselves in strange unprecedented times going into this decade with the current world situation and we hope you all have been staying safe. While we still have to endure lockdowns across the globe, consider taking the opportunity to explore the list. 
The Best of the Rest

=97

130 Points

Soilwork

The Living Infinite

Melodic Death Metal

2013

=97

130 Points

Seventh Wonder

The Great Escape

Progressive Metal

2010

=97

130 Points

Revocation

Great is Our Sin

Technical Thrash Metal

2016





=97

130 Points

Paysage D'Hiver

Das Tor

Atmospheric Black Metal

2013

=97

130 Points

Disperse

Foreword

Progressive Metal

2017

=97

130 Points

Devin Townsend

Empath

Progressive Metal

2019





=97

130 Points

Dealer

Soul Burn

Nu Metal

2019

=97

130 Points

Colonel Petrov's Good Judgement

Among Servants

Progressive Metal

2018

#96

132 Points

Ihsahn

After

Progressive Metal

2010





=90

135 Points

Watchtower

Concepts in Mathematics: Book 1

Technical Thrash Metal

2016

=90

135 Points

Trees of Eternity

Hour of the Nightingale

Doom Metal

2016

=90

135 Points

Sumerlands

Sumerlands

Heavy Metal

2016





=90

135 Points

Seventh Dimension

The Corrupted Lullaby

Progressive Metal

2018

=90

135 Points

Macabre

Grim Scary Tales

Death Metal

2011

=90

135 Points

Anciients

Heart of Oak

Progressive Metal

2013





#89

139 Points

Haken

Visions

Progressive Metal

2011

=86

138 Points

Overkill

The Electric Age

Thrash Metal

2012

=86

138 Points

Sacred Reich

Awakening

Thrash Metal

2019





=86

138 Points

Falconer

Black Moon Rising

Power Metal

2014

=81

140 Points

Terrorizer

Hordes of Zombies

Deathgrind

2012

Best Grindcore Album of the 2010s

=81

140 Points

Polkadot Cadaver

Get Possessed

Avant-Garde Metal

2017





=81

140 Points

Old Man Gloom

The Ape of God (II)

Atmospheric Sludge Metal

2014

=81

140 Points

Instanzia

Ghosts

Power Metal

2010

=81

140 Points

Flaming Row

Mirage: A Portrayal of Figures

Progressive Metal

2014





#80

142 Points

Unleash the Archers

Time Stands Still

Power Metal

2015

=78

143 Points

Mgła

Exercises in Futility

Black Metal

2015

=78

143 Points

Converge

All We Love We Leave Behind

Metalcore

2012

Best Metalcore Album of the 2010s





=71

145 Points

Symphony X

Underworld

Progressive Metal

2015

=71

145 Points

Sabaton

Heroes

Power Metal

2014

=71

145 Points

Korn

The Nothing

Nu Metal

2019





=71

145 Points

Klone

Le Grand Voyage

Metal Related

2019

=71

145 Points

Killing Joke

Pylon

Industrial Metal

2015

Best Industrial Metal Album of the 2010s

=71

145 Points

Burzum

Belus

Atmospheric Black Metal

2010





=71

145 Points

Alien Weaponry

Thrash Metal

2018

#70

149 Points

Pryapisme

Hyperblast Super Collider

Avant-Garde Metal

2013

=60

150 Points

Seventh Wonder

Tiara

Progressive Metal

2018





=60

150 Points

Saffire

For the Greater Good

Progressive Metal

2015

=60

150 Points

Possessed

Revelations of Oblivion

Death Metal

2019

=60

150 Points

Ningen Isu

Mandoro

Doom Metal

2013





=60

150 Points

Lord Mantis

Pervertor

Sludge Metal

2012

=60

150 Points

Immolation

Atonement

Death Metal

2017

=60

150 Points

Devilskin

We Rise

Groove Metal

2014

Best Groove Metal Album of the 2010s





=60

150 Points

Chevelle

The North Corridor

Alternative Metal

2016

Best Alternative Metal Album of the 2010s

=60

150 Points

Black Breath

Slaves Beyond Death

Death Metal

2015

=60

150 Points

Aquilus

Griseus

Symphonic Black Metal

2011





#59

152 Points

Dark Forest

Dawn of Infinity

Heavy Metal

2011

=57

154 Points

Eternity's End

Unyielding

Power Metal

2018

=57

154 Points

Sleep

The Sciences

Stoner Metal

2018

Best Stoner Metal Album of the 2010s





#56

155 Points

Metallica

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Heavy Metal

2016

#55

158 Points

Carcass

Surgical Steel

Melodic Death Metal

2013

=53

159 Points

Fates Warning

Darkness in a Different Light

Progressive Metal

2013





=53

159 Points

Arch / Matheos

Winter Ethereal

Progressive Metal

2019

#52

168 Points

Anubis Gate

Anubis Gate

Progressive Metal

2011

#51

172 Points

Blind Guardian

Beyond the Red Mirror

Power Metal

2015




The Top 50

=48

178 Points

Trophallaxy

Resilience

Power Metal

2013


Although they may not thank us to say it, Trophallaxy, of Switzerland, may just be one of biggest cases of what could have been in the 2010s. That's thanks to this album, Resilience, which possesses a rather unique power metal sound that blends progressive composition with some symphonic aspects and a mix of clean singing and extreme vocals straight out of death metal. It's often the case with power or progressive metal acts who choose to growl that the influence comes more in the form of the screams of melodic death metal and not the real deep grunts of the genre, but that's not the case here. It's a masterpiece of a power metal release. But it's also a sad tale, as the band decided to abandon this sound afterwards, changed their name to Dysrider and produced a much less interesting symphonic death metal album and as of 2016 are completely defunct. 



=48

178 Points

Shining

Blackjazz

Avant-Garde Metal

2010


Not the Swedish black metal act, but a Norwegian act that originally played jazz, but then metalled it all up. Blackjazz, perhaps somewhat inaptly titled due to it's existence in the avant-garde/progressive/industrial metal territory rather than the black metal of the better known Shining, has become the group's best known release and is certainly the entry point that newcomers will want to take when exploring the group. Sadly their last couple of releases haven't been so well received and marked a new change in direction away from the experimental metal sounds they've become known for. 




=48

178 Points

Blind Guardian

At the Edge of Time

Power Metal

2010


Blind Guardian: Germany's power metal kings that in the 2010s have nothing left to prove and they probably know it. Never the most prolific band when it comes to have often they turn out a new release, the last decade gave us two new Blind Guardian albums and the long talked about orchestral album, which they released under the name Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra. 2010's At the Edge of Time was the first of the two main Blind Guardian releases of the 2010s. I suspect many felt it a close call between this one and 2015's Beyond the Red Mirror, but At the Edge of Time has won out, with the other album not too far on its heels at #51.




#47

185 Points

Beyond Creation

Earthborn Evolution

Technical Death Metal

2014


A progressive/technical death metal tour de force, Canada's Beyond Creation, were noted at the start of their career for including in their line up then former Augury bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe in their line-up. Lapointe was know for adding his fretless bass sounds to the tech death genre already and his presence in a new such band gave many a reason to be excited. There's just something so fucking good about a fretless bass in tech death metal. And Beyond Creation didn't disappoint, releasing three sensational albums in the genre in the 2010s, although Lapointe had moved on by the time of the third. It's his final outing with the band that makes MMA's Best of the Dacade list and it's not hard to hear why. 




#46

186 Points

Blood Ceremony

Lord of Misrule

Heavy Psych

2016


One of the most popular heavy rock bands on MMA, Blood Ceremony have pretty much left all trace of doom metal behind by the time of the fourth album Lord of Misrule. Anyone care? Thought not. Lord of Misrule is still the band's most recent offering as of June 2020 but we hope we'll be seeing a follow-up soon.




#45

187 Points

Lovebites

Clockwork Immortality

Power Metal

2018


Clockwork Immortality, the second album by Japanese power metal act Lovebites, actually come in first in our 2018 vote for the year's best albums, but over time perceptions change, not necessarily meaning anyone around here regards in any less, but maybe they regard other things more, have discovered other releases previously missed or we just had different voters taking part. Regardless of reasoning, Clockwork Immortality still claims a very respectable place in our top 50 albums of the 2010s.




#44

192 Points

Eternity's End

The Fire Within

Power Metal

2016


What happens when you get a trio of guys, namely Christian Münzner, Hannes Grossmann & Linus Klausenitzer, who are best known for their death metal work and they decide to instead start a power metal band? The answer is of course Eternity's End and their debut album The Fire Within, which also sees them working with, for this debut only, vocalist Ian Parry, with the line-up completely by keyboardist Jimmy Pitts. Some line-up changes have since taken place in the band, which included a bassist change to the prolific Mike LePond (Symphony X), but the band is still going as strong as they started here. We're expecting more killer power metal tracks out of them in the 2020s.




#43

200 Points

Vektor

Outer Isolation

Technical Thrash Metal

2011


Vektor's Terminal Redux is one of the most talked about albums of the last decade, so it may came as a surprise that it is not featured in this list to many while the group's second album Outer Isolation is. Hopefully it will be more of a pleasant surprise to those viewing this presentation, because as we all know, popular doesn't always mean better. For those who want to know, Terminal Redux just missed out on the top 100 in a tied 105th place.




#42

201 Points

Hell

Curse & Chapter

Heavy Metal

2013


A resurrected band from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Hell returned to us in 2011 with Human Remains, then went on to release the even better Curse & Chapter a couple of years later. Unfortunately they since seem to have disbanded, at least informally, again. A shame that, as they released two of the best heavy metal albums of the 2010s.



=40

203 Points

Testament

Dark Roots of Earth

Thrash Metal

2012


Testament came back thrashing onto the metal scene with The Formation of Damnation, and Dark Roots of Earth shows them firmly among the leaders of the old thrash guard. Songs like Rise Up and Native Blood are among the band's modern best. Testament continues to be a thrash staple, and have already released their first album of the 2020s with Titans of Creation.



=40

203 Points

Obscura

Omnivium

Technical Death Metal

2011


Technical death metal act Obscura is one of those bands who can't hold a steady line-up but thanks to the leadership of Steffen Kummerer, they've turned out a line of excellent death metal albums in the last decade, with Omnivium being the one they're best known for. They've recently come around again to almost the same line-up as recorded this one, so things are looking really interesting for the band going into the 2020s.




#39

207 Points

Insomnium

Winter's Gate

Melodic Death Metal

2016


Winter's Gate is basically Insomnium's answer to Edge of Sanity's Crimson: a single forty minute track. While only released in 2016, it's quickly become one of the group's best known and recognisable releases and certainly is their most adventurous album to date. With their progressive influences in evidence, we could be hearing more sprawling epics from Insomnium in the 2020s.



#38

210 Points

Clutch

Earth Rocker

Stoner Rock

2013


Clutch is a band that's proven themselves to be one of those most consistent bands in hard rock, and their first step into the 2010's showed that the new decade would be no different. Earth Rocker crashes out of the gate with the intense energy of the opening title track and continues with other fan favourites like rapid Crucial Velocity, forceful Unto the Breach, and ridiculously fun Cyborg Bette. The only times they slow down is to bring a break of southern blues, with Gone Cold being among their best of such. 



#37

213 Points

Best Thrash Metal Album of the 2010s

Anthrax

Worship Music

Thrash Metal

2011


The Big 4 thrashers make a comeback with their first album since 2004 and more notably, the first album with Joey Belladonna on vocals since Persistence of Time in 1990. Saying it was long awaited doesn't even begin to cover this one. Luckily for fans they managed a follow-up to Worship Music in just five years this time around. Both albums have been well received. What will the 2020s bring from Anthrax?




#36

220 Points

Gorguts

Colored Sands

Technical Death Metal

2013


Most likely the Gorguts album that's now most well known after their famous Obscura (1998), Colored Sands has made it's mark continually felt here on MMA. It's still their most recent studio album, although the band has since released the Pleiades' Dust EP, consisting a single 33 minute track, also to acclaim. while they have relatively few releases since their 1991 debut, they sure make up for it in quality.

 



#35

229 Points

Ningen Isu

Burai Houjou

Heavy Metal

2014


A prolific Japanese act, Ningen Isu has drifted between a few genres in their time, but 2014's Burai Honjou (or 無頼豊饒) sees them primarily in their main heavy metal mode. A busy band in the last decade with six albums released and it doesn't seem like they're planning to slow down any time soon.




#34

232 Points

Judas Priest

Firepower

Heavy Metal

2018


Like many long running classic bands, Judas Priest has slowed their output somewhat by this point, with Firepower being the second of two albums released in the 2010s. And what an album it is. Perhaps like no other classic band before them, Judas Priest really captured the sound and energy of their glory days on this one. Firepower is firing on all cylinders!




#33

233 Points

Headspace

I Am Anonymous

Progressive Metal

2012


Headspace is one of those bands that isn't a supergroup, but kind of feels like they should be. Their vocalist is Damian Wilson, known for his multiple stints with Threshold and work with Arjen Anthony Lucassen and their keyboardist is Adam Wakeman, son of the legendary Rick. But that's where their prior claims to fame in the metal scene come to an end. And yet they released I Am Anonymous, which feels like it delivers all you'd expect an actual supergroup to put out and is one of the finest progressive metal releases of the 2010s. 




#32

236 Points

Blood Incantation

Hidden History of the Human Race

Death Metal

2019


A rather short but very sweet death metal release (well, as sweet as death metal can be anyway) Blood Incantation's Hidden History of the Human Race is arguably already an iconic album. We just wish there was a bit more of it. 




#31

252 Points

Hail Spirit Noir

Pneuma

Black Metal

2012


Hail Spirit Noir's debut album Pneuma is the start of something special. There have been other black metal bands to add psychedelic rock into their sound, but none who has done in so three as this Greek trio. Also showing a clear influence from retro progressive rock, Hail Spirit Noir started a unique legacy here.




#30

255 Points

Enslaved

E

Progressive Metal

2017


Enslaved's latest album, simply titled E, though written with a runic character that looks more like an M, continues with the extreme progressive metal style they've become perhaps best known for. The album saw a line-up change, as Herbrand Larsen has left the band which resulted in Håkon Vinje as the band's new keyboardist and clean vocalist, a role that in future will be shared with new drummer Iver Sandøy, who replaces Cato Bekkevold who makes a final appearance with Enslaved here on E. However with Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Arve Isdal still around we don't expect the changes will affect the prolific band much going into the 2020s, with a follow-up to E already inbound. 




=28

260 Points

Clutch

Psychic Warfare

Stoner Rock

2015


If Earth Rocker brought the band into the new decade with new intensity, Psychic Warfare solidifies it into one of the finest crafted hard rock albums. X-Ray Visions and Firebirds are the band at their most energetic, the southern hard rock foot stompers of A Quick Death in Texas and Your Love is Incarceration bring to mind 70's golden age ZZ Top, and the band's southern blues is at its absolute best in Our Lady of Electric Light and the finale of Son of Virginia. Talk about a modern classic. 




=28

260 Points

Spectral Voice

Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Death-Doom Metal

2017


Made up of much of the same line-up as Blood Incantation, Spectral Voice takes the death metal in the doom metal direction with this really evil sounding debut full-length. Which is to say it sounds bloody good!




#27

288 Points

Voivod

The Wake

Progressive Metal

2018


Canadian thrashers Voivod have gone through many evolution's over the years, always bringing their unique sci-fi sound to anything they do. The Wake continues the band's ability to combine dissonance with melody, and songs like Iconspiracy and Always Moving show that the band still stands strong as one of thrash metal's most unique bands.




#26

291 Points

Best Avant-Garde Metal Album of the 2010s

Unexpect

Fables of the Sleepless Empire

Avant-Garde Metal

2011


Fables of the Sleepless Empire has turned out to be the final album of avant-garde metal act Unexpect, as they disbanded in 2015, having already been on hiatus since 2013. But at least they went out with what many consider to be their defining release. 




#25

300 Points

Ayreon

The Source

Progressive Metal

2017


The winner of the MMA 2017 vote, like many albums on this list The Source has dropped below some albums it previously beat, but we're not surprised to see it still ranking in the top 50 of the decade. The prolific Arjen Anthony Lucassen had to have a release in here somewhere didn't he? And there's no finer one from the 2010s than his ninth Ayreon opus, of course, another double album. Look at for next release Transitus later in 2020!




#24

304 Points

Voivod

Target Earth

Progressive Metal

2013


The first two Voivod albums released in the 2010s, 2013's Target Earth was considered to be a step back in the right direction after previous albums heavy metal/hard rock/alternative sounds weren't as well received by some fans, as this one was Voivod doing what they were more known for: prog/thrash metal. 




#23

305 Points

Best Metal Related Album of the 2010s

Opeth

Sorceress

Metal Related

2016


While not the full return to metal that many may have wanted, Sorceress certainly saw Opeth getting heavy again after the pure progressive rock outing that was Pale Communion. While many around here hold a high regard for Pale Communion, we are ultimately metalheads, so we approve of a heavier Opeth gracing are speakers again. 




#22

309 Points

Best Sludge Metal Album of the 2010s

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas

Mariner

Atmospheric Sludge Metal

2016


Cult of Luna are one of the premier sludge metal bands. For this album they decided to collaborate with female vocalist Julie Christmas, formerly of Battle of Mice, which added a new dimension to their sound and the result was Mariner, one of their best albums. 




#21

310 Points

Best Death Metal Album of the 2010s

Nile

What Should Not Be Unearthed

Technical Death Metal

2015


Death Metal has not fared too well in the MMA best of the decade list, but it should come as no surprise that Nile's What Should Not Be Unearthed is featured. The album marks an end of an era for the band, with the following departure of Dallas Toler-Wade from their ranks, but Karl Sanders and co. have already followed it up with a new line-up in Vile Nilotic Rites in 2019.




=19

314 Points

Fen

Epoch

Atmospheric Black Metal

2011


A big deal album on MMA since it's release, Fen's Epoch was their second album and they've been turning out excellent post-black metal releases for the rest of the 2010s, but perhaps none will be remembered as quite fondly as Epoch.




=19

314 Points

Avatarium

The Girl With the Raven Mask

Doom Metal

2015


Avatarium's second album The Girl With the Raven Mask may not be as crushingly heavy as their debut album, but it's not less impressive with it's retro psych and prog infused doom metal sound, which now includes some more upbeat material usually avoided by the sub-genre. 




#18

318 Points

Winterhorde

Maestro

Melodic Black Metal

2016


Winterhorde's third album Maestro sees them moving ever so slightly away from their black metal roots and becoming even more progressive than they were before, so it wouldn't surprise us if during the next decade we start mentioning them in the same breath as acts like Enslaved and early Opeth. 




#17

324 Points

Xandria

Neverworld's End

Power Metal

2012


Changing up their symphonic metal sound to include more power metal, resulting in fair comparisons to classic Nightwish, Neverworld's End was a game changer for Xandria. They proceeded to release another couple of successful albums in the 2010s.




#16

356 Points

Agalloch

Marrow of the Spirit

Atmospheric Black Metal

2010


Agalloch's fourth full-length release Marrow of the Spirit was the very first winner of an MMA Best of Year vote in 2010. Still remembered a decade later, some might call it a more accessible Agalloch record on account of it being easier to identify what it is compared to their earlier work that few seem to agree on what it actually is, but it's certainly also one of the most beloved.




#15

385 Points

Progenie Terrestre Pura

oltreLuna

Atmospheric Black Metal

2017


Progenie Terrestre Pura's debut album U.M.A. was a rather gentle sounding release even for atmospheric black metal. For second album olteLuna they've made their music a lot more aggressive and have included a whole host of unusual influences from dubstep to tribal ambient. 




#14

400 Points

Best Hard Rock Album of the 2010s

Blood Ceremony

The Eldritch Dark

Heavy Psych

2013

Blood Ceremony's third album and for many, their best. The doom metal sound of Living with the Ancients has largely been removed here, replaced by retro heavy psych with strong folk and prog elements that have become the Blood Ceremony sound. An amazing release that's it's very easy to play over and over again. 




=12

405 Points

Enslaved

RIITIIR

Progressive Metal

2012


Firmly in (extreme) progressive metal territory by this point following their black and viking metal days, Enslaved's RIIRIIR has continually gone down as one of their finest releases. A new release, Utgard, is currently inbound, but like many things in the world right now, has been pushed back from its originally planned release date because of Covid-19.




=12

405 Points

Spectral Lore

III

Atmospheric Black Metal

2014


A sprawling double album of atmospheric black metal mixed with dark folk and ambient music, III, which by the way is actually the fourth album of Spectral Lore, can be a hard one to digest, but it certainly rewards those who dig into it. As things stand in June 2020, III remains the most recent Spectral Lore album, but the solo act has hardly been idle, with a number of EP's and splits released since. The most recent outing is the split/collaboration with Mare Cognitum Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine in early 2020, which could easily serve as a full album for either act if their material was separated. 




#11

408 Points

Lascaille's Shroud

The Roads Leading North

Progressive Metal

2016


US progressive death metal solo act Lascaille's Shroud is no stranger to being adventurous, as The Roads Leading North was actually his second double album in a row. Although a DIY act, the level of professionalism in the act is to be commended. It's very hard to be believe that no record label has secured a deal with Lascaille's Shroud yet to get physical editions of the albums out there more, as all that exist so far have been crowd-funded. Also the guy's name is Brett Windnagle, which may just be the most metal sounding name ever. 




#10

451 Points

Mare Cognitum

Phobos Monolith

Atmospheric Black Metal

2014


With Phobos Monlith, solo artist Mare Cognitum really established itself as one of black metal's most relevant acts in the 2010s. The act is also noted for it's relationship with Spectral Lore, having also made two split/collaborations with the fellow solo project, the most recent of which was released in early 2020 and already stands as the black metal release to beat for the rest of the decade to follow.




=8

474 Points

Threshold

Legends of the Shires

Progressive Metal

2017


Reunited with vocalist Glynn Morgan with the first time since their second album Psychedelicatessen all the way back in 1994, following Damian Wilson's most recent exit from their ranks, Threshold went and delivered a double concept album that, three years after release, continues to impress and has always exceeded expectations. Based on its strengths we're hoping to hear more from this line-up of Threshold in the 2020s.




=8

474 Points

Best Symphonic Metal Album of the 2010s

Epica

The Holographic Principle

Symphonic Metal

2016


Many of us here on MMA consider Epica to be a cut above most symphonic metal acts. There is good reason for this, as this is a band that goes above and beyond with their craft, taking their sound to places that most ares of their genre seem to actively avoid. For many, The Holographic Principle marks the band's most accomplished release to date and that's saying something, as they have several to pick from. 




#7

476 Points

Haken

The Mountain

Progressive Metal

2013


Somewhat divisive here on MMA when they first appeared on the scene with Aquarius, the album which may be the subject of the most controversial review ever posted to the site, Haken has nevertheless made many waves in both the metal and the prog scenes and many point to their third release The Mountain as their finest work, so it's not really surprise that these results reflect that. A strong act across the five studio albums released in the 2010s, Haken have been noted for their ability to craft albums that aren't carbon copies of their last one each time. Latest release Virus, perhaps inaptly titled considering the current world situation, is about to drop. Here's hoping it's the beginning of another great run of albums from them in the 2020s. 




#6

481 Points

Winterhorde

Underwatermoon

Melodic Black Metal

2010


Israel's Winterhorde have proved not once, but twice in the 2010s that their brand of progressive melodic black metal is something special. Underwatermoon is their second of three albums and the first to adopt the more progressive sound. While many may have liked there to have been more than two Winterhorde albums released in the last decade, they sure made up for the lack of quantity with such a high level of quality and Underwatermoon currently stands for many as the group's best release. 




#5

493 Points

Best Black Metal Album of the 2010s

Hail Spirit Noir

Mayhem in Blue

Black Metal

2016


The third of three albums released by Hail Spirit Noir in their first decade of existence and it goes more lengths to cement their reputation as one the most interesting, not just black metal acts, but all metal acts to emerge in the 2010s. Following Mayhem in Blue the band has changed their style away from black metal, with latest album Eden in Reverse released in the first half of 2020, but they show that they can change it up and still be distinctly Hail Spirit Noir. We expect to continue being impressed by them in the years to come. 




#4

550 Points

Best Doom Metal Album of the 2010s

Avatarium

Avatarium

Doom Metal

2013


Originally a brainchild of Candlemass' Leif Edling, the self-titled debut album of Avatarium is pretty easy to describe how it sounds: heavy as hell guitars, topped of by beautiful female vocals that delivery lyrics that are actually really poetic. The opening Moonhorse is no better example of this. Avatarium have gone through some changes since, adding more psychedelic elements to their sound and have continued without Edling as a performing member (he still writes some of their material to this day though), and are still going strong as of 2019 with the release of their latest album The Fire I Long For. 




#3

625 Points

Best Power Metal Album of the 2010s

Lovebites

Awakening From Abyss

Power Metal

2017


While Lovebites second album Clockwork Immortality may not have fared so well in the Best of Decade than it did in its individual year vote, the group's debut album has a mirrored story: it has now become the highest voted album of 2017. Not bad for a power metal band that when they first appeared on the scene no one seemed to have any special expectations over. Lovebites prove that one should not judge the book by it's cover or associations of their scene. The music on Awakening From Abyss, which seems like it was most likely as much influenced by the harder hitting German power/speed metal scene as it was by fellow Japanese acts, speaks for itself and MMA is pleased to declare it the best power metal album of the 2010s.




#2

631 Points

Best Progressive Metal Album of the 2010s

Opeth

In Cauda Venenum

Progressive Metal

2019


The winner of the MMA 2019 Best Of vote, so it should come as no surprise that Opeth's latest release, the dual language In Cauda Venenum, is still making plenty of waves. Their most consistently metallic release for over a decade, there's no trace of their original pre-Heritage sound to be heard, but instead we have a progressive metal album which does exactly what a progressive metal album should do: it doesn't fall into any expected patterns of writing and is in no way predictable. It also contains plenty of progressive rock material that will appeal to fans of the band's more recent releases. We're sure that many still miss the old Opeth, but when they turn out albums this good, we're not sure why any still cares that they've changed.




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Best Album of the 2010s

Best Heavy Metal Album of the 2010s

Iron Maiden

The Book of Souls

Heavy Metal

2015


Iron Maiden's legacy as the band of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and as one of the greatest heavy metal acts of all time has long been set in stone. Yet rather than become complacent and merely turn out passable modern releases in their later years, Iron Maiden have remaining just as relevant through the 2010s as they were the the 1980s. Although the output of studio albums has slowed considerably since Brave New World in 2000, they've all been of a highly consistently quality, culminating in The Book of Souls, which has made claims to being one of the best Iron Maiden records ever produced. A double album, the first and only the band has done in the studio, the album also features the band's new longest track to date with Empire of the Clouds, which closes the album and has Bruce Dickinson playing piano on it for the first time in the band's career and with it, proving that even a band who've been going since 1975 can still break themselves some new ground.



MMA would like to give thanks to all voters for taking part in the best of decade vote.

Special thanks to Unitron for the Clutch, Testament and Voivod - The Wake album descriptions. 


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Fantastic job as always when you do these things Adam. Thumbs Up 

Whilst the big names are up there as expected it's good to see some lesser known bands getting some of the plaudits, high up on the list too.


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Great job, glad to see some of my favorites made it in the top 50 (Clutch, Anthrax, Ningen Isu, Shining). Here's to what music the 20's will bring.

Only personal complaint is I wish I wasn't the only one who listened to alt metal here.
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Great work Adam. Seriously. Quite a few best albums of the last decade I've never heard too.

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Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Great job, glad to see some of my favorites made it in the top 50 (Clutch, Anthrax, Ningen Isu, Shining). Here's to what music the 20's will bring.

Only personal complaint is I wish I wasn't the only one who listened to alt metal here.

I listen to a bit sometimes though more older stuff like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Faith No More. 
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Check off how many you've heard with this List Challenge: https://www.listchallenges.com/metal-music-archives-best-of-the-decade-2010s
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I had 46/103. I have quite a few of those other albums, but never got around to hearing them.

Also, great job as always, Adam!
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Check off how many you've heard with this List Challenge: https://www.listchallenges.com/metal-music-archives-best-of-the-decade-2010s

60 for me. Tailed off towards the end of the list.
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25. Several I heard and never want to hear again.Wink My taste doesn't really align with many others on this site, but that's part of the reason I like it here. I get exposed to stuff I wouldn't otherwise consider.
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Got 37 on there.
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I haven’t had the chance to consider this and an away for a week now (only squirrelled away in a lodge with the missus) but there are lots of great albums out there which perhaps aren’t fro the most popular genres in MMA. I too was surprised to see Metallica and Megadeth no low. Lots of really strong hardcore based releases didn’t get a look in, including as Khaliq says, some really strong sludge. Some brilliant albums here though.
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One that surprises me in these results.

Fates Warning.

Theories of Flight won in 2016's vote.

How many points did it get in this vote?

Big fat 0.

What happened? You all go off it already?
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A slight fix to the presentation: one album that was additionally tied for #97 was accidentally left off. 
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great work, it looks awesome. 

I'm surprised at the number 1, but then again I've never understood the hype around The Book of Souls. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

One that surprises me in these results.

Fates Warning.

Theories of Flight won in 2016's vote.

How many points did it get in this vote?

Big fat 0.

What happened? You all go off it already?

That's a great album which I'd have certainly voted for in the 2016 poll I'm sure. It must have slipped my mind on the 2010's poll as it's an album that would beat at least some of the lower entries in my list. Can we do it again? Wink


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Very nice presentation.

Personally I'd have liked to see a bit less band repetition, but I can't say I'm disappointed by some of the acts who got in here more than once. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

One that surprises me in these results.

Fates Warning.

Theories of Flight won in 2016's vote.

How many points did it get in this vote?

Big fat 0.

What happened? You all go off it already?

Progarchives collabs have a smaller presence here now
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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

One that surprises me in these results.

Fates Warning.

Theories of Flight won in 2016's vote.

How many points did it get in this vote?

Big fat 0.

What happened? You all go off it already?

Progarchives collabs have a smaller presence here now

Most of the voters for FW in 2016 also took part in this. 
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Okay so if anyone is interested here's how the next lot of the chart plays out. Lots of ties down this far though.

#105: Atheist - Jupiter
=106: Vektor - Terminal Redux
=106: Wodensthrone - Curse
=108: Dream Theater - The Astonishing
=108: Earthside - A Dream in Static
=108: Eyeconoclast - Drones of the Awakening
=108: Hamferd - Tamsin Likam
=108: Myrath - Desert Call
=108: Porky Vagina - Astroschwein
=108: Sumac - The Deal
=108: Syk - I-Optikon
=116: Bezmir - Void
=116: Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crepuscule
=116: Freedom Call - Master of Light
=116: Helium Horse Fly - Helium Horse Fly
=116: Immolation - Majesty and Decay
=116: OSI - Fire Make Thunder
=116: Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
#123: Epica - The Quantum Enigma
=124: Alestorm - No Grave But the Sea
=124: AudioPlastik - In the Head of a Maniac
=124: Cauldron - New Gods
=124: Darkthrone - Circle the Wagons
=124: Deathspell Omega - Paracletus
=124: Obake - Obake
=124: The Night Flight Orchestra - Sometimes the World Ain't Enough
#131: Obituary - Obituary
=132: A.C.T. - Circus Pandemonium
=132: Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
=132: Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
=132: Exivious - Liminal
=132: Panzerballett - Breaking Brain
=132: Sabaton - The Great War
=132: Skull Fist - Head of the Pack
=132: The Dagger - The Dagger
=132: Wormrot - Voices
=141: Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day
=141: Paradise Lost - The Plague Within
=143: Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
=143: Wolfchant - Embraced by Fire
=145: Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether
=145: Megadeth - Dystopia
=147: Anubis Gate - Horizons
=147: Black Trip - Goin Under
=147: Chevelle - La Gargola
=147: Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us
=147: Freedom Call - M.E.T.A.L.
=147: Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu
=147: Pryapisme - Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium
=147: Riot V - Armor of Light
=147: Tribulation - The Children of the Night
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