1. Cain’s Offering – GATHER THE FAITHFUL
The album that the fans of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius have been waiting (for over half a decade) for those bands to make. This new Finnish supergroup easily vaults into the #1 spot.
2. Steel Panther – FEEL THE STEEL
The filthiest, most clever and perhaps best metal parody ever. The hype is deserved. Extremely well executed and delivered to the target audience.
3. Candlemass – DEATH MAGIC DOOM
4. Samael – ABOVE
5. Kiss – SONIC BOOM
6. Sonata Arctica – THE DAYS OF GRAYS
7. Dream Theater – BLACK CLOUDS AND SILVER LININGS
8. Macbeth – GOTTESKRIEGER
9. Derek Sherinian – MOLECULAR HEINOSITY
10. W.A.S.P. – BABYLON
11. Hammerfall – NO SACRIFICE, NO VICTORY
12. Mantic Ritual – EXECUTIONER
13. House Of Lords – CARTESIAN DREAMS
14. Alestorm – BLACK SAILS AT MIDNIGHT
15. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – AGORAPOCALYPSE
16. Meanstreak – METAL SLAVE
17. Stratovarius – POLARIS
18. Spheric Universe Experience – UNREAL
19. Nazxul – ICONOCLAST
20. Revocation – EXISTENCE IS FUTILE
Best New Band
This young band from Calgary is blessed with a singer who is a dead ringer for Geoff Tate circa 1984. Already signed to Steel Legacy I predict big things for these talented Power Metal hopefuls.
Best DVD of 2009
Edguy-Fucking With F**e-Live. Good show, 4 videos, and a nice documentary too.
Disappointments for 2009
1. Running Wild
They called it quits and scuttled their own ship. One of my favorites have walked the plank into Davy Jones locker. Damn shame.
2. Children Of Bodom – Skeletons In The Closet
Poorly executed on so many levels. To get all the tunes the fans have to buy three different versions. Gamma Ray called their collection the same title a few years ago. Most of the cover tunes are available elsewhere and they still haven’t included all their cover tunes. Good idea, poorly done.
3. Judas Priest – A Touch Of Evil – Live
A weak and unnecessary live album billed as all new, rare material but in reality most of the songs are available on other live albums or DVD’s. The poorest of all their live albums to date.
4. Anvil (twice!)
The Story of Anvil (the movie) doesn’t get nominated for Best Documentary category by The Academy. Would have been the perfect end to the Cinderella story.
Anvil’s new studio album delayed. Juggernaut of Justice was announced over two years ago and was pushed back while Anvil does the American talk-show circuit. They need to get off the late-night TV shows for house-wives, stop milking it and go back to what they do best, kicking ass!
5. Lazy / unproductive / preoccupied bands
Many bands announced delays to new material this year. It’s been over 5 years since the following bands have had a new studio album. They are all active bands, touring, song-writing, and recording. Many of them have announced new albums years ago. In some cases (Ozzy!) have the albums already done for years. Aerosmith, Angra, Anthrax, Angel Dust, Agent Steel, Blind Guardian, Cathedral, COC, Dio, David Lee Roth, Flotsam & Jetsam, Fates Warning, L.A. Guns, Lullacry, Mortician, Nevermore, Ozzy, Poison, Skid Row, Steel Prophet, Type O Negative, Van Halen, Virgin Steele. Get to work!
Greatest Hopes for 2010
New Iron Maiden
New Rhapsody EvilG’s hope for 2009 didn’t come true, but 2010 is the year!
W.A.S.P. Blackie finally decides to release the mountain of archived footage (and the long-lost Japanese only video collection) in a cool historical 3+ DVD set and Blackie finishes his autobiography he has been rumoured to have been working on for years.
Accept reunion takes the world by storm followed by world tour.