The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world






1) Exodus - Exhibit B : The Human Condition

2) Armored Saint - La Raza


Jeff Duncan of Armored Saint says "Making "La Raza" was a pleasure. It was different to make than previous Armored Saint records in that the songs were already written and arranged by Joey Vera and John Bush. I absolutely love the songs and they made for an awesome canvas for me to create guitar solos on. Once again I am privileged and proud to be a part of another powerful offering that continues to be the legacy of Armored Saint. Much love and thanks to all of the fans and support worldwide."

3) Holy Grail - Crisis In Utopia

4) Accept - Blood of the Nations

5) Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

6) High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine

7) Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

8) Slash - Slash

9) Overkill - Ironbound

10) Baptized In Blood - Baptized in Blood


11) The Sword - Warp Riders

12) Dew Scented - Invocation

13) Black Label Society - Order of the Black

14) Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier

15) Bullet for My Valentine - Fever


2010 Best Gigs


1) Machine Head / Devildriver - Metro City

2) Megadeth - Rust In Peace Live @ No Sleep Til Festival

3) Exodus - Amplifier Bar

4) Them Crooked Vultures - Challenge Stadium

5) Metallica / Lamb of God - Burswood Dome

6) Paul Dianno - Amplifier

7) Testament - Billboard Melbourne

8) Soundwave 2010 - Baroness / Trivium / Anvil / Anthrax / Clutch / *NOT* Faith No More

9) Bullet For My Valentine - Challenge Stadium

10) AC/DC - Subiaco Oval


2010 High Points


• Meeting thrash Guitar Legends Gary Holt and Dave Mustaine, and interviewing Chuck Billy
• Seeing three of the Big Four perform live ( all 4 if you include Slayer last year & next year ) and two of the “Next 4"
• Road trip to see Testament live in Melbourne
• Contributing slightly more to The Rockpit than 2009 and seeing the site grow
• Continued resurgence of Thrash Metal
• Staying alive


2010 Low Points


• Passing of Metal Legend Ronnie James Dio ( and Jimmy Sullivan of A7X late last year )
• Change of venue for Soundwave 2011
• Burswood Dome still a crap concert venue


2011 Anticipations


• New albums by Trivium, Black Tide, Machine Head and The Haunted
• Will the Big 4 play live in Australia ?
• Iron Maiden, Slash, QOTSA etc @ Soundwave
• More road trips
• Kyuss Lives!!
• The Rockpit Celebrity Wedding of the Year
• Death of Kyle Sandilands (hopefully)





1. Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier

2. Crashdiet - Generation Wild


David says “First album with vocalist Simon Cruz and hopefully not the last, Crashdiet have given us a mix of “Animalize” and “Slave to the Grind” and updated their sound for 2010. Songs like ‘Armageddon’, ‘Generation Wild’ and ‘Rebel’ will have you hooked in no time.”


3. Babyjane - Are You Listening

4. Slash - Slash

5. Murderdolls - Women and Children Last

6. Hardcore Superstar - Split Your Lip


David says “Hardcore Superstar don't disappoint us with this album, full of memorable hard and fast singalong choruses and a couple of great ballads. If you looking for an album to get you pumped for a night out look no further than songs like ‘Sadistic Girls’, ‘Split Your Lip’ and ‘Bully’.”


7. Crazy Lixx - New Religion

8. Armored Saint - La Raza

9. Vince Neil - Tattoos and Tequila

10. Black Label Society - Order of the Black




1. Sebastian Bach - Local 269, New York
2. Iron Maiden & Dream Theater - Molson Ampitheatre, Toronto
3. Anthrax - Soundwave Festival, Perth
4. Kiss - Molson Ampitheatre, Toronto
5. Aerosmith - Air Canada Centre, Toronto
6. Ace Frehley - Metros Fremantle, Perth
7. Rush - Air Canada Centre, Toronto
8. AC/DC, Aerosmith, Slash, Cinderella.. - Download Festival, Donington
9. Ozzy & Halford - Air Canada Centre, Toronto
10. Megadeth & Testament - Molson Ampitheatre, Toronto



- New KISS album and return to Australia
- Iron Maiden at Soundwave
- Hopefully some new music from Butler, Iommi and Appice
- New Sebastian Bach album




Murderdolls reunite and put out a killer album
The NWOSS (New Wave of Swedish Sleaze) continues to grow with great albums from Crashdiet, Hardcore Superstar and Crazy Lixx
Seeing Anthrax play their last "ever" show with John Bush




The end of a Dream Theater era, with Mike Portnoy calling quits
RIP to many great rockers in particular Ronnie James Dio and Peter Steele
Ace Frehley's embarrassing performance of New York Groove at New York Rangers home opener


Want more? You can read each of our contributor's personal favourite albums, highs and lows of 2010 and anticipations for 2011...


Read The Rockpit Contributor's 2010 Roundup here


Read Mark Rockpit's 2010 Roundup here


Read Shane Rockpit's 2010 Roundup here


Read Todd Rockpit and Aaron Delbono's 2010 Roundups here


Read Jo & TJ's 2010 Roundup here


Read Steve Warsap and Paul Haddlington's 2010 Roundups here