The final seven nominees for Hard Rock Album of the Year for 2010
- Apocalyptica - 7th Symphony
- Children 18:3 - Rains a Comin
- Demon Hunter - The World is a Thorn
- Disciple - Horseshoes and Handgrenades
- Flyleaf -Memento Mori
- Haste The Day - Attack of the Wolf King
- The Showdown - Blood in the Gears
And the winner of the Best Hard Rock Album of the Year for 2010 is:
Disciple - Horseshoes and Handgrenades
To quote the band "Go ahead, put a target on my forehead. You can fire but you got no bullets." In the end the showdown wasn't much of a battle, and the wolf king, meow. Sorry, I couldn't resist. It's just that this is a very strong work, top to bottom. There are very few albums without one mediocre song, and this is one of them. I reviewed both Disciple and The Showdown when their releases came out in the late summer and fall, and I stand by the reviews, but Disciple in the end prevailed. It may have been nice to give Haste The Day the award as a send off, since they are calling it quits, but the awards aren't just to be nice, and since I was not aware of their work before this year, a Lifetime Achievement Award wasn't in the realm of possibility.
Only Rock remains to be awarded in the Album of the Year Category, and then the General Field awards begin. Who will be the best rock band out there. Will newcomer Evolett take home the prize on their first try, will veteran Toby Mac, or even techno rockers Satellites and Sirens. We shall find out, in a mere fifteen minutes. Keep it locked here, as we continue.