Top Albums of the Decade 2010-2019

Yeah, We Did It Too

As we discussed in 2019 closer Episode 405, we made “best of the decade” list too.  After collaborating on the 2010 picks (the podcast hadn’t started yet), we took the top 3 albums from each of our “Best of the Year” lists.  Since we didn’t want to repeat bands, we then together picked the best of the repeat offenders.  Next, we individually ranked the remaining albums before finally compiling them like we do the other “Best of the Year” lists.

Ya follow all that?  Good.

The result is solid, albeit a little odd. Remember, both of our likes, dislikes, preferences, tolerances, etc. have changed a lot over the years.  This list is reflective of the show throughout the years filtered through our current tastes, but maybe not really representative of either host individually, or as we maybe would retroactively rank albums (if we could).  So, while you could argue with us about glaring omissions and the such, don’t bother.  We did it this way to be fair to the recorded history of the show and, well – honestly – we didn’t have the time or willpower to start from scratch.  (That list would have been really weird!)

So, without further ado…

Top Albums of the Decade 2010-2019

  1. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (Metal Blade)
  2. Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph)
  3. Archspire – Relentless Mutation (Season of Mist)
  4. Deftones – Diamond Eyes (Reprise)
  5. Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Soilwork – The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast)
  7. Norma Jean – Meridional (Razor & Tie)
  8. Car Bomb – Meta 36
  9. Byzantine – The Cicada Tree (Metal Blade)
  10. Wormwitch – Strike Mortal Soil (Prosthetic)
  11. Machine Head – Unto The Locust (Roadruner)
  12. Infant Annihilator – The Battle of Yaldabaoth
  13. Greyhaven – Empty Black (Equal Vision)
  14. Kvelertak – Kvelertak (Indie)
  15. Revocation – The Outer Ones (Metal Blade)
  16. Misery Index – Heirs To Thievery (Relapse)
  17. Spirit Adrift – Divided By Darkness (20 Buck Spin)
  18. Amorphis – Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast)
  19. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars (eOne)
  20. TesseracT – One (Century Media)
  21. Katatonia – Dead End Kings (Peaceville)
  22. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind (Deathwish)
  23. Enabler – Fail to Feel Safe (Century Media)
  24. Flub – Flub (The Artisan Era)
  25. Black Map – …And We Explode (Minus Head)


  1. And since you have your list in this nice post, I conveniently have my top 20 albums of the decade ready to go:
    1. Ocean – Pelagial (2013)
    2. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (2015)
    3. Machine Head – Unto the Locust (2011)
    4. Nails – Abandon All Life (2013)
    5. Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience (2016)
    6. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I (2012)
    7. Pallbearer – Heartless (2017)
    8. Opeth – Pale Communion (2014)
    9. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars (2014)
    10. Between The Buried And Me – Coma Ecliptic (2015)
    11. Periphery III Select Difficulty (2016)
    12. Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls (2015)
    13. Khemmis – Hunted (2016)
    14. Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse (2013)
    15. Sleep – The Sciences (2018)
    16. Weekend Nachos – Apology (2016)
    17. Ghost – Prequelle (2018)
    18. Sabaton – Carolus Rex (2012)
    19. Tool – Fear Inoculum (2019)
    20. Deftones – Diamond Eyes (2010)

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