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12.22.09 Top Ten Metal Albums 200906.28.08 Top 10 80s Metal Records

Top Ten Metal Albums 2009

2009 was a great year to be a metalhead. As the decade drew to a close it was - perhaps fittingly - a year of remarkable comebacks, seeing some of the most important bands of the last 20+ years releasing their strongest material in ages. Here's to hoping that 2009 has been a rebirth for some of these bands, who will now be refreshed and primed to carry the metal banner into the 2010's.

A stellar return to form for the once-toted "state of the art speed metal band". A model of eye-bulging consistency and heavy metal clout, Mustaine and co demonstrate how modern metal should be done on this incredible album. Killer riffs, mind blowing solos, pissed off attitude and massive hooks make this THE metal album of 2009.
Pray for Villains

One of the hardest working bands in metal have spent the last seven years trying to prove themselves and shed the ghosts of Dez Fafara's past. On Pray for Villains, we hear the sound ofthe band hitting their stride at last, presenting a delectable melting pot of the group's collective songwriting and instrumental talents. Hooky without compromising on pulverising brutality, this is DD's essential release.

The Polish masters of blackened death return with their magnum opus, an earth-shattering realisation of vocalist Nergal's conviction and vision. On this album, he bellows from the bottom of his lungs like a demented preacher on a mountaintop (or street corner) over the top of some of the most crushing death metal thunder you're likely to hear this year.
4Lamb of God

One of the tightest live acts on the circuit, Lamb of God serve up riff after finger-twisting riff to delight (and frustrate!) any aspiring metal guitarist. Randy's Blythe's vocals are better than ever, the brutal cherry on top of an album that is surely the soundtrack to smashing down your house with a hammer. Or your neighbour's.
Liebe ist fur alle da

Don't be fooled by lead single "Pussy" - this is a remarkably musically accomplished album which simply begs for repeated listens. You'll be yakking along in German in no time at all.
World Painted Blood

F**cking slaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyeeeuurrghhhhh!!! Nah, but this album will kill your goldfish and rape your sister. If you didn't like 'em before, it's not going to change your mind, but for the rest of us - turn it up really f**king loud and enjoy the timeless matching of Tom Araya's rapid syllable vocals and King/Hanneman's neck snapping riffs.
All Shall Fall

Proving just how they have remained consistently popular alongside their second-wave contemporaries, Immortal return with an album that positively sprays from your speakers and envelopes you in the freezing rain and darkness of Norway. Features Abbath's signature riffs so awesome and unique that you have to rewind mid-song to listen to them again.
8Heaven and Hell
The Devil You Know

These very, very old men prove their salt (as if they needed to...) by creating one of the heaviest albums of the year. A doom masterpiece, it combines guitarist Tony Iommi's life-affirming riffs with those golden pipes of one of metal's great voices, Ronnie James Dio. You know you want it. Worship at the altar of metal, mortal.
9Alice in Chains
Black Gives Way to Blue

The very definition of a grower. Each listen yields further secrets as these ingeniously crafted songs worm their way into your subconscious. More than a fitting tribute to Layne Staley, this is AIC's rebirth.
10Dream Theater
Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Their strongest work since the seminal "Scenes from a memory" album. Improved songwriting means this 75-minute opus never drags, and opener 'A Nightmare to Remember' is sixteen minutes of absolute prog-metal bliss, featuring moments of utmost brutality amongst refrains of sheer beauty.
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