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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2010

In 2010, the metal world honored the memory of Ronnie James Dio in the coolest possible way: by making it the best year for new music the genre saw in a very long time.

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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2007

2007 was one of the best years for metal in the 2010s. Like other watershed years -- 1983, 1984, and 1991-- it's partially a case of artists peaking at the same time. The year unleashed a wave of superb releases from January straight through November.

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Shining: Grindstone

On its fourth album, Norway's Shining obliterates the line between rock, jazz and classical composition and, in the process, creates one of the most compelling albums of the year.


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