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Check it out. This is where our Hard Music staff weigh in on what was great in 2010.
Top 5 Favorite Albums:

Fav indie band:
Fav live show:

[tell us what your favs were in the comments section below]

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Keven Crothers

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#1  the Rex Carroll Band – That Was Then This is Now

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#2  Sinbreed – When Worlds Collide

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#3  Reinxeed – Majestic

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#4  Darkwater – Where Stories End

Holy Blood
#5  Holy Blood – Shining Sun

Favorite Live Act – Grave Robber

Favorite Indie – Walk the Sky

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Chris Beck

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#1 Darkwater – Where Stories End

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#2 Reinxeed – Majestic

Holy Blood
#3 Holy Blood – Shining sun
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#4 HB – Paakallonpaikka

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#5 Mass – Sea of Black

Favorite Live Show – Stryper

I don’t really have a response for favorite unsigned band, as about everyone is signed to a small label.

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Chris Gatto

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1. Living Sacrifice- Infinite Order

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2. Saint- Hellblade

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3. Sinbreed- When Worlds Collide

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4. The Sacrificed- 2012

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5. Golden Resurrection- Glory to my King

Favorite Live Show: As I Lay Dying and Demon Hunter

Favorite Indie Artist: Krig

Loyd Harp

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    1. Krig – Narcissistic Mechanism

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    1. My Silent Wake/The Drowning – Black Lights and Silent Roads

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    1. Grave Forsaken – Fight to the Death

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    1. Wintersoul – Frozen Storm Apocalypse

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  1. Malchus – Didymos

Indie:

Sons of God – Hogtie’n the Devil

Live Show:

No metal bands play where I live unfortunately . . .

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Jeff McCormack

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1. Darkwater – Where Stories End
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2. Showdown – Blood in the Gears

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3. Place of Skulls – As a Dog Returns

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4. Innerwish – No Turning Back

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5. Saint – Hellblade

Indie band: Place of Skulls

Concert: As I Lay Dying – Demon Hunter – War of Ages tour

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Jonathan “Doc” Swank

Orphaned Land - The Never Ending ...

 

1. Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORwarrior

Coriolis - The Endless Funeral

2. Coriolis – The Endless Funeral

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3. Sinbreed – When Worlds Collide

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4. Living Sacrifice – The Infinite Order

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5. Darkwater – Where Stories End

Favorite Live Show: Megadeth “Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour”

Favorite indie/unsigned band: Souljourners (souljournersband.com)

Corey Erb

Corey Erb

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1) Greeley Estates – No Rain, No Rainbow
The Chariot - LongLive
2) The Chariot – Long Live
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3) Sleeping With Sirens – With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear
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4) As They Sleep – Dynasty
Mae-Evening
5) Mae – (e)vening

Favorite live show:
Mae at Eureka College 8.23.10

Favorite unsigned artist:
Lovedrug (they left their label and went independent, that count?)
lovedrugmusic.com

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Nick Cotrufo

The Chariot - LongLive
5. The Chariot – Long Live
Comeback Kid - Symptoms and Cures
4. Comeback Kid – Symptoms and Cures
Close Your Eyes - We Will Overcome
3. Close Your Eyes – We Will Overcome
Mychildren Mybride - lost boy
2. Mychildren Mybride – Lost Boy
For Today - Breaker
1. For Today – Breaker

FAV LIVE SHOW
The AK-47 tour with War of Ages, The Color Morale, The Great Commission, The Contortionist, and Legend. I saw them in Lynchburg, VA and THE COLOR MORALE played the best show.

FAVE INDIE BAND
http://www.myspace.com/thegunshowofficial

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Matt Leonard

TOP 5 ALBUMS
Norma Jean - Meridional
5. Norma Jean – Meridional
AsTheySleep+Dynasty
4. As They Sleep – Dynasty
For Today - Breaker
3. For Today – Breaker
War of Ages - Eternal
2. War of Ages – Eternal
As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise
1. As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

FAV. SHOW
The Chariot – Cornerstone

INDIE BAND
Written in Red
http://www.myspace.com/writteninredrawk

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Matt Conner

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1. Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz

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2. The Choir – Burning Like the Midnight Sun

Anberlin
3. Anberlin – Dark is the way…
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4. Robbie Seay Band – Miracle
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5. Gungor – Beautiful Things
Fav live show
Switchfoot
Fav indie/unsigned artist
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Doug Van Pelt

For Today - Breaker
For Today – Breaker
As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise
As I Lay Dying –The Powerless Rise
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Demon Hunter – The World Is A Thorn
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Seabird – Rocks Into Rivers
Anberlin
Anberlin – Dark is the Way, Light is a Place

Fav indie band: Bradley Hathaway
Fav live show: Flatfoot 56 at Cornerstone

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Tim Harris


TDWP
1. The Devil Wears Prada – Zombie EP

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2.  Impending Doom – There Will Be Violence
Comeback Kid - Symptoms and Cures
3. Comeback Kid – Symptoms And Cures
Anberlin
4.  Anberlin – Dark Is the Way, Light Is A Place
Underoath
5.  Underoath – Ø (Disambiguation)
Favorite live show
The Chariot
Favorite indie band
Lorna Shore
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Rob Shameless

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1. My Epic- Yet
livingsacrifice
2. Living Sacrifice- Infinite Order
Messengers Anthems EP (1)
3. Messengers- Anthems
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4. John Mark Mcmillian- The Medicine
PND
5. PND- Dirty Words
Fav live show: Take it Back Cstone Monday Night Solace Stage
Fav unsigned band: Carrying The Fire
http://stereokiller.com/carryingthefire

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Jason Irvin

Top 5 Albums:

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1) A Plea For Purging – The Marriage of Heaven & Hell

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2) Anberlin – Dark Is the Way, Light Is The Place

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3) As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

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4) Manafest – The Chase

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5) Tenth Avenue North – The Light Meets The Dark

Fav Live Show: A Plea For Purging – over 100 stage dives

Fav unsigned artist: Embers In Ashes
http://www.facebook.com/EmbersInAshes


Fav unsigned band- Carrying The Fire
Fav Show- Take It Back Cstone monday night solace stage