On his blog on MySpace, Dream Theater drummer and all around music head Mike Portnoy has unveiled his list of the Top 10 Albums of the Decade, and the choices don't surprise as much as they intrigue:
1. Muse - Absolution
2. Bigelf - Cheat The Gallows
3. Opeth - Blackwater Park *
4. Spock's Beard - Snow
5. The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
6. Endochine - Day Two
7. Beardfish - Sleeping In Traffic Pts 1&2
8. Metallica - Death Magnetic
9. Lamb Of God - Ashes Of The Wake
10. Peter Gabriel - Up
Says Portnoy, "A special mention must be made declaring Opeth as my "Band of the Decade" as I could have easily listed Deliverance, Damnation, Ghost Reveries and Watershed all in my top 10 as well, but I had a self-imposed rule of only one album per band."
Expanding on his favorite albums of the '00s, Portnoy also includes the next 10 on his list:
11. Between The Buried & Me - Colors
12. Machine Head - The Blackening
13. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
14. Slipknot - Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses
15. Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane
16. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
17. King Crimson - The Power To Believe
18. Weezer - Green Album
19. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
20. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
As well as his favorite songs:
1. Opeth - "The Baying Of The Hounds"
2. Spock's Beard - "The Great Nothing"
3. Beck - "Lonesome Tears"
4. The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize?"
5. Sixx AM - "Accidents Can Happen"
6. Keane - "Bedshaped"
7. Mastodon - "Capillarian Crest"
8. Muse - "Stockholm Syndrome"
9. Dillinger Escape Plan - "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things"
10. Bigelf - "Counting Sheep"
Not forgetting 2009, Portnoy changes his focus to the year at hand, and calls out the likes of Alice in Chains, labelmates Megadeth, Devin Townsend in his list. Honorable mentions include Lazarus A.D., Baroness, Riverside and his number one of 2009: Big Elf.
For more Top 10's from Portnoy, including his picks for films and TV shows, check out the famed percussionist's blog right here.