APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2010

December is here, so it is time for us, the APESHIT goons, to share with you our list of metal albums that made an impression on us in 2010. Meaningful and meaningless, but sharing is caring. Bang your head and enjoy!
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ACCEPT to Headline ProgPower USA XI; Full Lineup Announced

The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA has been finalized, and will feature the recently reformed ACCEPT as the headliner.

The two-day fest, which includes an additional two days of pre-fest shows for a total of four days of metal, takes place this September in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are still available but approximately only 300 remain. Buy tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?&q=ProgPower

9/08/2010 ProgPower USA XI Mid-Week Mayhem
ROSS THE BOSS (New York) – “A Night of Manowar Classics” with Scott Columbus
VANGOUGH (Oklahoma)
SEVEN KINGDOMS (Florida)

9/09/2010 ProgPower USA XI Kick-Off
ACCEPT (Germany) 10:45 – close
LEPROUS (Norway) 9:15 – 10:15
BOREALIS (Canada) 8:00 – 8:45
SIX MINUTE CENTURY (Texas, USA) 6:45 – 7:30

9/10/2010 ProgPower USA Day 1
KAMELOT (US/Norway)
NOCTURNAL RITES (Sweden)
TURISAS (Finland)
TYR (Faroe Islands)
SEVENTH WONDER (Sweden)
LEAVES’ EYES (Norway/Germany)
ILLUSION SUITE (Norway)

9/11/2010 ProgPower USA Day 2
HAMMERFALL (Sweden)
TAROT (Finland)
DELIAN (The Netherlands)
DGM (Italy)
OCEANS OF SADNESS (Belgium)
STORMWARRIOR (Germany)
PARADOX (Germany)

More info on the official ProgPower website, and you can also follow them on Twitter @progpowerusa.

LORDI – The Arockalypse

Dressed like GWAR, but equipped with massive balls-to-the-wall rock ‘n roll, Finland’s LORDI claim to bring those very “balls” back to rock. “Bringing Back the Balls to Rock,” off LORDI‘s latest album, The Arockalypse, makes that claim both lyrically and musically with big riffs, big beats, and a big chorus. Fortunately, rock has never actually lost its balls, but these monsters of rock certainly rock out as if rock has long been without said balls…all while keeping it fun and un-serious. In fact, it’s that very attitude that makes The Arockalypse an enjoyable affair. With cheeky songs like “Who’s Your Daddy?,” “Good to Be Bad,” and “Hard Rock Hallelujah,” you know you’re in for a fun ride. The Finns recall 70′s and 80′s hard rock (think KISS, Alice Cooper) with minimal amounts of cheese, but plenty of nostalgia. They even enlist some hard rock veterans (Dee Snider, Udo Dirkschneider, Bruce Kulick, and Jay Jay French) to join their monster mashing affair. The Arockalypse rocks…just don’t take LORDI too seriously. (The End Records)