Metal: Year in Review 2010

Metal: Year in Review 2010
5. Daughters (Hydra Head)
Piercing storms of guitar crackling with manic aggression comprise the swirling core of Daughters' inventive onslaught. Crushing drum barrages drop into deep nasty grooves to support vocals eschewing guttural throat shredding in favour of a wildly effective chanted shout informed by beat poet inflection. The hooky riffs and bouncy beats provide a great counterpoint to the vicious maelstrom cloaking the production, also serving as a window into the madness for listeners intimidated by some of the band's more drastic tendencies. Full of swagger and relentlessly innovative without sacrificing clarity, Daughters is one of the most exciting listens of the year.
Scott A. Gray