For our Top 10 of 2010 we have taken a look back through everything we have reviewed this year, from all of the Albums, EPs, Singles and live shows.

This is our Top 10:

1.  Amia Venera Landscape – Amia Venera Landscape EP

Discovering great new music is a passion here at TINAS Towers, we get endless amounts of EPs, albums and demos through the door and occasionally buried within them is a true gem. The “Amia Venera Landscape EP” from Italian outfit Amia Venera Landscape is one…

2.  Arch Enemy, Grand Magus, Malefice & Chthonic in Manchester

Originally, this gig was set for April of this year but due the volcanic eruption disrupting many events in March, the anticipated gig was postponed and rescheduled for November. Can they prove that the seven month wait was worth it for Manchester?

3.  Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones

Canadian hardcore punk scallywags Cancer Bats return with their eagerly awaited third album “Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones”. Their first two releases “Birthing the Giant” and “Hail Destroyer” were nothing short of monstrous, so “Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones” had a lot to live up…

4.  Chimp Spanner – At the Dream’s Edge

There are times in your life that will remain with you for the rest of your days, births, deaths, marriages, that moment behind the bike sheds with what’s-her-name and now for me I can add the first time that I heard Chimp Spanner, the new…

5.  Mastodon and Totimoshi at Rock City, Nottingham

I have seen hundreds of shows over the years but the intensity from the band was immense and the bombardment of the senses both aurally and visually made this one of the best shows I have ever seen, if not the best!

6.  Godsized – The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave EP

2010 appears to be a good year for Godsized, appearances at the Download Festival, the Bulldog Bash and an upcoming appearance at Mammothfest in September and a headline slot on the King Billy stage at The Big Finger Festival in October. Not to mention countless…

7.  Annihilator, Sworn Amongst and Svölk at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

A damp, chilly Wednesday night and the short hop to the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham was under-way for one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Thrash legends Annihilator were coming to town and despite having been around for years this was the first…

8.  Municipal Waste, Saviours & Ramming Speed at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

“Tuesday is the new Friday” proclaimed Peter Gallagher, Ramming Speed’s front-man, as the Boston grindcore thrashers took to the stage on a cold Tuesday night at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. And that was that, the onslaught began… no pausing for breath, a 30 minute…

9.  Alexisonfire, Chickenhawk and The Computers at Rock City, Nottingham

The end of the week had finally arrived, one which taken an age as we were really looking forward to Friday night’s show. The show in question was Alexisonfire at Rock City in Nottingham. Having been a huge fan of theirs since hearing a couple…

10.  Talanas – Reason & Abstract EP

I’m not a fan of cut and paste music by numbers or tick-box. Just because something has scorching vocals, powerful songwriting, great musicianship etc. etc. doesn’t automatically mean it’s great. However, with the debut EP from Talanas, I’m going to make an exception…

This year has been amazing for new music from all corners of the musical compass. The bar gets set higher and higher each year and this year was no exception. We have been privileged to hear many great albums and EPs as well as witnessing some mind blowing live shows. Here’s hoping that 2011 is just as fruitful…