TOP CANADIAN ALBUMS OF 2010 – Individual Top 5s

ADRIEN BEGRAND

1. Weapon – From the Devil’s Tomb (Ajna Offensive)
2. Mares of Thrace – The Moulting (Arctodus)
3. Bison BC – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)
4. Blood Revolt – Indoctrine (Profound Lore)
5. Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast)
6. Neige et Noirceur – Les Seigneurie Des Loups (Sepulchral)
7. Evil Survives – Powerkiller (Heavy Artillery)
8. Ion Dissonance – Cursed (Century Media)
9. Scythia – Of War (self-released)
10. Divinity – The Singularity (Candlelight)

BILL ADAMS

1. The Flatliners – Cavalcade (Fat Wreck/Drive/Fontana North)
2. Baby Eagle – Dog Weather (You’ve Changed)
3. Hot Hot Heat – Future Breeds (Dine Alone)
4. The New Pornographers – Together (Last Gang)
5. The Creepshow – They All Fall Down (Stomp/Epitaph)

TATE BENGSTON

1. Blood Revolt – Indoctrine (Profound Lore)

KEITH CARMAN

1. RUSTED DAWN – The Black Tides Of War (Diminished Fifth)
2. BISON B.C. – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)
3. MARES OF THRACE – The Moulting (Arctodus)

JAY H. GORANIA

1. Ion Dissonance – Cursed (Century Media)

GRUESOME GREG

1. Keef – Stoned to Doom (PsycheDOOMelic)
2. Quest For Fire – Lights from Paradise (Tee Pee)
3. Mares of Thrace – The Moulting (Arctodus Records)

ALLAN GRUSIE

1. ANNIHILATOR – Annihilator (Earache)
2. PRIESTESS – Prior To The Fire (Indica)
3. BLACK MOUNTAIN – Wilderness Heart (Jagjaguwar)

KYLE HARCOTT

1. BLOOD REVOLT – Indoctrine (Profound Lore)
2. MARES OF THRACE – The Moulting (Arctodus)
3. MENDOZZA – Cabra Noche (Reverse)

ROB HUGHES

1. BLOOD REVOLT—Indoctrine (Profound Lore)
2. FUNERAL CIRCLE—Sinister Sacrilege (Miskatonic)*
3. MARES OF THRACE—The Moulting (Arctodus)
*Released very late in 2009, but a 2010 discovery for me.

JARED HYNES

1. ANNIHILATOR – Annihilator (Earache)

ROB KACHLUBA

1. Kataklsym- Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast)

SARAH KITTERINGHAM

1. WAKE- Surrounded by Human Filth (Hearing Aids)
2. MARES OF THRACE – The Moulting (Arctodus)
3. BISON B.C. – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)

MATT LEWIS

1. Ion Dissonance – Cursed (Century Media)
2. Neil Young – Le noise (Reprise)
3. Bison B.C – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)

ALBERT MANSOUR

1. KATAKLYSM – Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast)
2. WEAPON – from the Devil’s Tomb (Ajna Offensive)
3. FATALITY – Beers From The Grave (self-released)
4. BAPTIZED IN BLOOD – Baptized in Blood (Roadrunner Records)
5. KRITICOS – Dead Angels (self-released)

OLA MAZZUCA

1. KATAKLYSM – Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast)

METAL GEORGE PACHECO

1. BLOOD REVOLT – Indoctrine (Profound Lore)

SEAN PALMERSTON

1. Weapon – From the Devil’s Tomb (Ajna Offensive)
2. Blood Revolt – Indoctrine (Profound Lore)
3. Mares of Thrace – The Moulting (Arctodus)
4. Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast)
5. Bison BC – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)
6. Divinity – The Singularity (Candlelight USA)
7. Rusted Dawn – The Black tides Of War (Diminished Fifth)
8. Quest for Fire- Lights from Paradise (Tee Pee)
9. Striker – Eyes In The Night (Iron Kodex)
10. Danko Jones – Below The Belt (Aquarius)

JONATHAN SMITH

1. MARES OF THRACE – The Moulting (Arctodus)
2. NECRONOMICON – The Year Of The Witch (Napalm)
3. DIVINITY – The Singularity (Candlelight USA)

KEVIN STEWART-PANKO

1. (tie) WEAPON – from The Devil’s Tomb (Ajna Offensive)
1. (tie) ION DISSONANCE – Cursed (Century media)

RENEE TROTIER

1) Bison b.c. – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)
2) Barn Burner – Bangers (Metal Blade)
3) Divinity – The Singularity (Candlelight)

JASON WELLWOOD

1. MARES OF THRACE The Moulting (Arctodus)
2. ORCHID’S CURSE Voices: The Tales of Broken Men
3. STRIKER Eyes In The Night (Iron Kodex)
4. ANNIHILATOR Annihilator (Earache)
5. KATAKLYSM Heaven’s Venom (Nuclear Blast)
6. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Out of the Pit (Self Released)
7. SCYTHIA …Of War (Self Released)
8. DANKO JONES Below The Belt (Aquarius)
9. SKULL FIST Heavier Than Metal (Self Released)
10. TITAN’S EVE Divine Equal (Self Released)

LAURA WIEBE

1. Melissa Auf der Maur – Out of Our Minds (PHI/MAdM Music)
2. Mares Of Thrace – The Moulting (Arctodus)
3. Bison B.C. – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)

ADAM WILLS

1. MARES OF THRACE – The Moulting (Arctodus)
2. BLOOD REVOLT -Indoctrine (Profound Lore)
3. STRIKER – Eyes in The Night (Iron Kodex)

NATALIE ZED

1. VILIPEND – Plague Bearer (No List)
2. MARES OF THRACE – The Moulting (Arctodus)
3. BISON B.C. – Dark Ages (Metal Blade)

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  • haha – I thought that we were only supposed to list our *single* Top Canadian Album of the year. I guess I must have mis-read the instructions.

    Well, definitely add Weapon to my list. And probably the new Mitochondrion, although I have not yet heard it (it’s on order); I would be surprised if this album does not impress.

  • Kyle

    Damn, and I thought it was only a Top Three! Awesome picks out there!

    I just heard the RUSTED DAWN album for the first time tonight and if I’d just had a little more time with it, it totally would have made my list as well. I really need to pay more attention to metal CanCon, it seems.

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  • I totally forgot about the Melissa Auf Der Maur album… definitely a highlight of CanCon for me…

  • Yeah, what’s this Top 5 business? As you can see, most of us only submitted three, as per our editor’s instructions. 😛

    Add Mendozza to my Top 5, and Gypsy Chief Goliath, if we’re counting EPs.

    By the way, I’m pretty sure that Mendozza record was independent. I know their last one came out on Reversed, but there’s no mention of any label on my copy of Cabra Noche. Then again, I bought it directly from the band–maybe it was an early pre-released version???

    Peace,

    Greg