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ARTICLE: Best of 2009 (dangerzone)

There were a ton of releases from veteran acts in 2009, to the point it could have been 1989 all over again. But that didn't necessarily mean they were all good. Unfortunately I wasn't able to hear the AOR albums which many of the readers here have enjoyed this year due to being in Iraq. What follows are my top albums of the year nonetheless..

The Songs
Sepultura 'A-Lex' - After falling into obscurity over the last decade Sepultura bounced back with their best album since 1991's 'Arise', marking a return to the traditional thrash they dispensed with so long ago. One of the heaviest thrash albums of the decade in my opinion.

Kiss 'Sonic Boom' - A classic comeback from the legendary rockers that ranks with their best work. Simple, hook-driven rock and roll, the way it should be.

Slayer 'World Painted Blood' - An excellent release from the thrash legends, with some easy classics in 'Unit 731', 'Snuff' and the vintage 'Psychopathy Red. They might be aging, but this album shows Slayer have lost nothing, making one time contemporaries like Megadeth look like Bon Jovi.

W.A.S.P. 'Babylon' - Turning back the years and paying no attention to any trend or fashion, Blackie Lawless produced an album up there with his 80's best maintaining his classic sound, resulting in one of the year's best metal albums.

Balance 'Equilibrium' - This might not have been the blockbuster people expected, but this was a great comeback after so many years, showing Balance had lost none of their penchant for classic AOR.

U.D.O. 'Dominator' - Another sturdy release from Udo and his gang, tried and true heavy metal with a real classic in 'Speed Demon'.

Obituary 'Darkest Days' - This is one of the better Obituary albums simply because it's faster than many of their tedious slower efforts of previous years. This album shows Obituary are still one of the best death metal bands out there.

Cannibal Corpse 'Evisceration Plague' - The veteran death metal legends conjured up another brutal album, not as gory as previous efforts, but still faster than ever and a technical masterpiece.

Raven 'Walk Through Fire' - Not their best by a long shot, but still far better than 1999's 'One For All', displaying more traditional sounds from the NWOBHM legends.

In Summary
The year produced some abysmal efforts from Heaven and Hell, Bon Jovi, Saxon, Megadeth and UFO among others, all of which can be easily dismissed. Other terrible albums that I crossed paths with involved Lita Ford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Great White and Steel Panther. Here's hoping 2010 has more highlights than lowlights like these.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on January 07 2010 01:38:04
I got "Sonic Boom" for Christmas and much to my surprise- I like it! And the perks, a Kiss Klassics bonus cd and live dvd! If this is what it takes to sell a new cd, I'm all for it! "Russian Roulette" and "Danger Us" are my faves so far. The last two songs aren't bad either. I haven't heard "A-Lex" yet but liked the new Slayer. I saw WASP back in the day with Kiss.
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