BEST OF 2009

January 5th, 2010
by EvilG

Best of 2009

As always, some restrictions are placed on our lists. The top albums are for releases from 2009 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2009, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. For best new band, the restriction is that the band’s debut full-length album (not including demos or EP’s) has to be a 2008 release. Below the list are links to each staff members personal best of lists which besides the top album contains such things as best new band, best DVD, disappointments of 2009, greatest hopes for 2010, and a new section for discovery of 2009.



The Top 20  Heavy Metal Albums of 2009

(click the album cover to read our review)

1. Heaven & Hell – THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

Heaven & Hell

An album seventeen years in the making, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW kick-started the working relationship between Messrs. Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice that many thought would never have recovered.  Not only did it recover but it gave all involved a chance to revisit the ultra-heavy sounds that made Black Sabbath Mk. II a viable recording entity on HEAVEN AND HELL, MOB RULES and DEHUMANIZER.  With age comes wisdom, as past differences have been settled—or at least set aside—paving the way for Tony Iommi’s bone-jarring riffs and the god-like vocals of Ronnie James Dio to form the unholy collaboration an entire generation has waited for on tracks like “Bible Black” and “Eating The Cannibals”.

2. Candlemass – DEATH MAGIC DOOM  

Candlemass - DEATH MAGIC DOOM

The masters of doom metal bring down the hammer with another crushing slab of bottom-heavy tunes.  KING OF THE GREY ISLANDS confirmed Robert Lowe was the right man to replace Messiah Marcolin but DEATH MAGIC DOOM was written for Lowe’s powerful voice and the result finds Candlemass rightfully keeping its spot atop the throne.

3. Megadeth – ENDGAME 

Megadeth - ENDGAME

Megadave and co. still have the fire and easily manage to capture the attention of the metal world. With ENDGAME the band explodes back with arguably their best album since RUST IN PEACE. Although not a full-on thrash metal album, there is slightly more thrash than there’s been in a while (This Day We Fight!) and of course the lead playing of both Dave and new guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-Jag Panzer) take things to a level of playing that is so awesome and tight that it could be called arrogant! The sound of the album is also fantastic, unlike the other of the big 4 who cracked into our top 10! Megadave has mentioned retirement in some recent news items, let’s hope it’s still many years away if this is the level of intensity and song-writing we can expect from Megadeth.

4. Slayer – WORLD PAINTED BLOOD

Slayer - WORLD PAINTED BLOOD

Even though this is one of Slayer’s worst sounding albums (the main problem being the ridiculous guitar sound) , the sub-par sound cannot detract from the awesomeness of the songs! A big part of the album’s strength is the diversity of the album’s material which is akin to such classics as SOUTH OF HEAVEN or SEASONS IN THE ABYSS.  Since Araya has been questioning how long they can maintain this level of intensity, we hope that they still have the energy and anger to continue for a while longer!

5. Dream Theater – BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS 

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Stretching the limits of their own progressive metal style, Dream Theater jams and noodles its way through six songs in 75 minutes on BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS.  Darker than previous efforts, the record comes off a high-and-low period—the success of the band’s Progressive Nation tour and the death of drummer Mike Portnoy’s father—allowing Dream Theater a unique creative palette through which to weave its lyrical and musical tapestries.

6.  Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

PRIMAL FEAR - 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead)

Primal Fear continue on a path of creating some of the finest, purest heavy metal out there. While people seem to spend more time online talking about the band’s obvious Judas Priest influence, what they many won’t acknowledge is that this band who are now in their prime, are releasing an album better than anything that their mentors have done in 20 years! The diversity on 16.6 is again a big part of the reason why it’s such a great album. With nods to their speedy near thrash-like NUCLEAR FIRE material to the more experimental and melodic moments of SEVEN SEALS, 16.6 is something fans of unabashed heavy metal will love.

7. Steel Panther – FEEL THE STEEL  

Steel Panther - FEEL THE STEEL

For those who never listened to popular metal in the 80′s (or went back to listen to much of it) you may not get all the in-jokes in the actual SOUND of this glam-METAL masterpiece. Most riffs play homage to bands like Van Halen, Extreme, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Poison, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, etc. The other side of the band, their vulgar sense of humor, speaks to a much wider audience. So even if you haven’t listened to metal in 20 years, or only had a passing interest in glam/hair metal of the 80′s, the levels of raunchiness you might recall from the excesses of the 80′s glamsters is amplified one hundred fold by the Steel Panther comedians making this a win in both humor and in the music departments.

8.  Alice In Chains – BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE

alice in chains

An album that many thought would never see the light of day following the death of singer Layne Staley.  BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE proved the naysayers wrong by combining the vocal harmonies of Jerry Cantrell with new vocalist William DuVall and crafting a truly modern-sounding Alice In Chains record fourteen years after the band’s last studio effort.

9. Amorphis – SKYFORGER

Amorphis

Tomi Joutsen is now three albums into his stint fronting the Finnish veterans but since joining the band, Amorphis has delivered some of its best material to date.  On SKYFORGER, the trend continues with lush melodies, vibrant riffs and Joutsen’s versatile death and clean vocal dynamic helping to convey the traditional folk tale-based lyrics the band is famous for.

10. Stratovarius – POLARIS

Stratovarius

In 2009, Stratovarius returned with a new album, new logo, and a new line-up…without band leader Timo Tolkki. In the past few years, Stratovarius primarily became fodder for the popular metal tabloids with former band mastermind and guitarist Timo Tolkki’s public mental breakdown. The big question mark left was not so much if Tolkki would continue to write good music, but what would happen to Stratovarius without his driving influence? With the launch of POLARIS, and it’s placement in our top 10 list, any doubts are laid to rest.

 

Number 11 to 20

11. Cain’s Offering – Gather the Faithful

Cains Offering
12. W.A.S.P. – Babylon WASP
13. Kreator – Hordes Of Chaos Kreator
14. Dark Moor – Autumnal Dark Moor
 15. KISS – Sonic Boom KISS
16. Asphyx – Death…The Brutal Way Asphyx
17. Lamb of God – Wrath Lamb of God
18. Týr – By The Light of the Northern Star TYR
19. Sacrifice – The Ones I Condemn

sacrifice
20. Absu – ST absu

 Individual Staff Lists For 2009

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of 2009, greatest hopes for 2010, and disappointments of 2009.

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