Best Metal Albums of 2010
Tragedy in the metal community overshadowed a year rife with economic hardship and political instability. Three stars of the genre lost their lives prematurely in various ways: Metal legend Ronnie James Dio died from stomach cancer, Type O Negative icon Peter Steele died from heart failure, and Slipknot bassist and songwriter Paul Gray died from an overdose. But between the disasters, numerous bands released powerful and cathartic albums. Some reinvented themselves, others forged new ground. The best of the batch didn’t stem from one scene or one subgenre. In many cases, they weren’t even the bands that sold the most albums.