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1. Shinedown - Sound of Madness (Reissue)

2. My Darkest Days - self titled

3. Since October - Life/Scars/Apologies

4. Hinder - All American Nightmare

5. Bullet For My Valentine – Fever


Todd says: “Following up ‘Scream Aim Fire’ was not easy, but this Welsh band of rockers did it and came up spades. They made it cool to like metalcore and thrash metal with tracks such like ‘Fever’, ‘Your Betrayal’, and ‘Alone.’ Thank you BFMV for launching a new genre into the unsuspecting mainstream.”


6. All Ends - A Road To Depression

7. Black Veil Brides - We Stitch These Wounds

8. Jettblack - Get Your Hands Dirty


Todd says: “Finally new bands are learning to play their instruments again. Jettblack attacks with straight forward rock ‘n’ roll that makes the blood pump and the head bang. From openers ‘Slip It On’ and ‘Two Hot Girls’ and through the finale ‘Innocence Is Mine’ the band grabs you and takes you for a rocking ride that doesn’t let up.”


9. Slash - self titled

10. Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare


Todd says: “This talented “screamo” band was poised to rule the modern rock world when drummer Rev passed away. How do you continue on? You record the material written with that brother / band member and get his idol, Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theatre) to play the tracks. The result is hands down the finest piece of music the band put out to date. This album brought the genre to light and for A7X there is no looking back.”


11. Drowning Pool - self titled

12. Rock Sugar - Reimaginator

13. Apocalyptica - 7th Sympony

14. Circle II Circle - Consequence of Power

15. Sevendust - Cold Day Memory

16. Ratt – Infestation


Todd says: “Like I told Blotz earlier this year – ‘You took us back to our youth by putting out an album that could be dropped right between 'Out Of The Cellar' and 'Invasion Of Your Privacy.’ No lie here – this album belongs in 1985. Ratt gave us the ‘Best of Me’ and ‘Eat Me Alive’ this year. Hopefully there is more to come, as we would all love to go ‘Back For More’ classic Ratt.”


17. Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast

18. Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe II

19. Taddy Porter - self titled

20. Red Line Chemistry - Dying For A Living


21. Nelson - Lightning Strikes Twice


Todd says: "Most everybody’s guilty pleasure storms back with a vengeance and the sound that launched the Brothers Nelson into the spotlight in 1990. Two decades later, Gunnar and Matthew release the album that should have been the sophomore follow-up to After The Rain. This album takes you back to that time when things were simpler and music was fun.”


22. Death Angel - Relentless Retribution

23. Saving Abel - Miss America

24. Revamp - self titled

25. In This Moment - A Star Crossed Wasteland

THE ROCKPIT 2010 ROUNDUP - aaron delbono




1. Reckless Love – self titled


Aaron says “If you’re looking for an album with big choruses, big guitar and dripping sex appeal, you can’t go wrong with this gem out of Finland. Olli Herman (ex-Crashdiet) & Reckless Love is helping make rock & roll fun again with infectious anthems like “Born to Rock”, “Romance” and my personal fave, “Love Machine”.”


2. Rock Sugar - Reimaginator

3. Crazy Lixx - New Religion

4. Hardcore Superstar - Split Your Lip

5. Scorpions - Sting in the Tail

6. Crashdiet - Generation Wild

7. Accept - Blood of the Nations

8. Slash - self titled

9. Chris Laney - Only Come Out At Night

10. Ratt - Infestation


My top 5 gigs of 2010:


1. Michael Monroe - San Francisco, CA

2. Rock n America/GOE (Saturday) - Oklahoma City, OK

3. Green Day - Mountain View, CA

4. Kix - W. Hollywood, CA

5. Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience - San Francisco, CA

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


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