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Best Of Decade 2000-2009 - 2010 Dangerzone

ARTICLE: Best Of Decade 2000-2009 (Dangerzone)

I'd be lying if I said finding ten albums to fill this list was easy; it wasn't. I ended up basing my choices on the albums I listened to most over the last ten years, ones that I still give a spin today. Often it seemed there were more bad albums than good ones during the decade, but perhaps my standards were too high from spending most of the decade listening to undiscovered AOR classics from the 70's and 80's. Nevertheless here are my picks from a mostly unmemorable decade.

The Albums

#10: Sepultura 'A-Lex' (2009)
One of the best thrash albums of the decade, with a sound reminiscent of the bands essential years of the 80's and early 90's. Faster and heavier than anything one time leader Max Cavalera has produced since leaving the band.

#9: Pantera 'Reinventing The Steel' (2000)

The last album of the bands career proved to be a metal classic, far outstripping the likes of 'Vulgar Display of Power' and 'The Great Southern Trendkill.' The death of Dimebag Darrell ensured there would never be a follow up.

#8: Rose Tattoo 'Pain' (2002)
A brutal return to form for the legendary Aussie rockers which was on par with their earlier albums. Working class hard rock has never sounded better, as proved by 'One More Drink With The Boys.'

#7: Quiet Riot 'Guilty Pleasures' (2001)
A hard rock special from the band, who were back to the form of 'Metal Health.' This was one of the best traditional hard rock albums of the decade and followed by the also excellent 'Rehab.' Kevin DuBrow cemented his legend here before sadly passing away in 2007.

#6: Slayer 'God Hates Us All' (2001)
This was a vicious return to form for Slayer, punctuated by scathing lyrics and riffs throughout. They haven't come close to topping it since and probably never will. This is thrash at its finest in the 2000's.

#5: Kiss 'Sonic Boom' (2009)
Unbelievable return for the legends, with a true hard rock album which showed when inspired Kiss is still capable of delivering. Perfect hooks and melody throughout, namely 'Danger Us', 'All For The Glory' and 'When The Lightning Strikes'.

#4: AC/DC 'Stiff Upper Lip' (2000)
A solid effort from the lads, with some of their best work in many a moon, including the title track, 'Meltdown', 'Come and Get It' and 'Can't Stand Still.' Enough all round quality here to shade 'Black Ice.'

#3: Status Quo 'In Search of the Fourth Chord' (2007)
It seemed unfathomable that decades after they had peaked, that the veteran rockers would deliver one of the best boogie albums of the decade. This returned the boys back to the glory days of the 70's proving they still had what it takes after so many pathetic albums

#2: Bullet 'Heading For the Top' (2006)
When it seemed metal was devoid of any new band remotely worth getting excited about, up showed Bullet. Their 2006 debut was the closest I've ever heard to capturing the classic sounds of Krokus, Accept, Saxon, Priest, AC/DC etc This album is so steeped in 80's values that it seems uncanny. The 2008 follow up 'Bite The Bullet' was equally as excellent, making Bullet the best new band of the decade for me. Bullet blew away all the pretenders who masquerade as traditional metal, with an album that would be a classic in any decade. It just doesn't get any better.

#1: Metalllica 'Death Magnetic' (2008)
Beginning with 2003's 'St Anger', Metallica proved they were still a thrash band at heart and confirmed it with this masterpiece. Shaming all their one time contemporaries, this was a return to the '..And Justice For All' days, but with elements of everything else mixed in. The riffs, soloing and frequent bursts of thrash topped even Slayer, resulting in one of the best metal albums of the decade.

In Summary
There were so many disappointments this decade that creating a list for those would be almost impossible, with so many to choose from. I'll never fully recover from Judas Priest's 'Nostradamus' atrocity and Iron Maiden were also a letdown. There were some good AOR albums, but none memorable enough to make any list here. Whether things improve or not is uncertain, but as long as there's another Bullet out there, there is still cause for hope.

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#1 | fenton on January 19 2015 05:53:53
Halfway through the decade, would any of you guys revise your best of last decade lists? Looking back do these still rank? I gotta say, for me, this list is missing St. Anger, Christ Illusion and Saxon's Lionheart in particular, a baffling slab of metal that I still can't quite process a decade on.
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 19 2015 17:08:05
I've found that my list is pretty similar, although I've added one that really grew on me since I heard it when it came out as well as added one that I found last year.
#3 | dangerzone on January 19 2015 19:51:50
I'll be honest more than half my choices were born out of desperation because I couldn't think of anything. If I did it again maybe three of these at the most. Status Quo? That album was ok, but I must have been really pushing it to include it here.
#4 | englandashes on January 20 2015 23:58:32
Yep, while i am more than happy with my list, all great albums, however have i really played any of those in the last 5 years? Well probably not, in fact some of them never, which is a shame, i think that has to do we me forever searching and spending time listening to albums that will not even reach the levels of those choices, but you never know, something may arrive tomorrow that we come close to those picks. Good question
#5 | fenton on January 28 2015 11:52:22
Does it strike anyone else as odd that there's no 'feel' to the decades anymore. As wretched as the 90s were at least there was ... something - shite, mainly, but palpable none the less. What happened? I can't tell the difference between this decade and the last. I mean, even in the top 40, can you tell the difference between something released today and something released ten years ago? And then look at the difference between just 1980 and 1982 - a country mile! If anyone can posit a theory I'm all ears because I can't work it out.
#6 | dangerzone on January 28 2015 14:09:14
I understand what you mean Fenton. In past decades music changed with the fashions of the time and you could place each other side by side. But since the start of this century everything's become bland, there's nothing identifiable about this decade or the previous one. Look how music changed from the 60's to the 80's in such a short time too. Maybe everything's been done now. There's no surprises about music anymore. Like you say, look at 1980 to 85 and look at 2010 to 2015. Big difference. Maybe people said this back then, I'm not sure. But despite the luxury of technology now, this is the blandest decade yet.
#7 | Eric on January 28 2015 17:32:06
Once you create lowest common denominator art, you can't go anywhere else or improve it. I don't think everything's been done, there are some great band/ artists doing new things but most don't have a machine behind them to get seen/ heard so what we are left with is banal because its force fed by companies who don't care, but this hasn't changed. The woman I'm with worked for a national record chain for 30 years. She told me (and has given me stunning examples) no one at the company from top down knew or cared about music, it was a product, nothing else. They might as well have been pitching razorblades or dishware.
#8 | Nick C on January 30 2015 05:38:58
I remember watching a program right back in the 80's that was bemoaning such lack of a new dominant genre (if that's the right word) that had arisen from or had attracted the youth of the day. He pointed to rock and roll (50's), beat (beatles e.t.c.) and psychedelia, Motown/soul (60's early 70's), heavy rock/prog, punk and disco (70's). I wasn't completely in agreement with what he said as in the U.K. the goth and new romantic scenes had exploded in the early 80's (maybe more of a U.K thing that though). Then about a year after the program rap exploded into the mainstream, followed closely to a lesser extent grunge in the early 90's....But since then I can't think of much apart from maybe the RandB thing which is going on - which is laughable in that it has nothing to do with randb and more to do with sanitised, washed out and overproduced funk/soul. Blandness is the norm in an attempt to appeal to everyone and maximise profits, but it's killing the major labels as they don't risk anything these days so they blame everything from file sharing to youtube. I have a quote I picked up somewhere I use as part of my profile over at HH it made me laugh but I thought it was true "Remember when ugly people used to play amazing music.Now we have pretty people playing god awful, sh*t sucking terrible music!". I have found some really cool new stuff but on smaller labels and fave at the moment is a band called Trojan Horse - World Turned Upside Down, I love the music but I was talking to the singer guitarist Nick (heh! not me not schitzo), and he is such a nice guy and yet on stage he turns into this lunatic. He lives the music, he becomes something else when he is on stage. All the blandos you get on TV and half the radio are exactly the same nicey, nicey on stage as well as off and when they try and be a bit rebellious like Bieber or Cyrus it comes across as calculated and a bit pathetic really. There is good stuff out there but like you say no really new "teen" culture as it were...yet! Grin
#9 | fenton on January 31 2015 03:19:32
You know, honestly, I actually think there's far more sinister motives for why music is so bland in recent years. Because, shouldn't the advent of file-sharing, youtube, etc have righted the music industry by itself. With nobody paying for music - I'd have thought there'd be no money in the mass-produced mainstream shit and the only way to earn a buck in music would be to actually have enough talent to play live. I mean, this shit doesn't sell anymore, does it? Are they (the industry) interested in something more than just money? Say, social engineering? A cursory glance at what youtube has to say about the music of Jay-z, Rihanna et al suggests there might be something more to it...
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