Here it is.. My top 10 albums of 2009. First of all, let it be known that I'm not exactly good at writing this kind of thing so i'm gonna keep it fairly short and sweet... So lets begin!! :D
10. Primal Fear
- 16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)
9. Elias Viljanen
- Black Sails at Midnight
5. Dream Theater
- Black Clouds & Silver Linings
- Archangels In Black
...and down to the final two. I had a really hard time choosing between these two albums as my album of the year. They are two of my favourite albums of not just this year, but of all time...
- Secretos Y Revelaciones
1. Sonata Arctica
- The Days of Grays
So that's my top 10 albums of 2009, overall it's been a great year for metal in my opinion, especially for Power/Prog metal. None of my choices for the top 10 were down to me struggling to think of 10 albums that I even liked from this year (which would have been the case in 2008 if I had written a top 10 journal), I love all of the albums in my list, right from 10th position to 1st.
...Even though Saratoga
settled for my 2nd place this year, Secretos Y Revelaciones
is probably my favourite Spanish language album of all time! I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves power metal with lightning fast guitar solos, powerful ballads and huge, catchy choruses! You don't even have to understand Spanish to love this album, although it helps if you do!! xD
On to Sonata Arctica
and their 'The Days of Grays
' album, this album has recieved a lot of criticism from a lot of their fans and it is quite a change in sound even from Unia
, but there's just something about the overall 'feel' of the album that just makes it that little bit more special than the others in my opinion.. I've been a fan of the band since early 2002 in between the release of Silence
and Winterheart's Guild
and I've loved all of their albums so far (although Reckoning Night
took a little while to open up to me), I think if someone had told me at the beginning of the year that Sonata would have a new album in September, I would have correctly guessed it would become my album of the year, not because of fanboy-ism or any of that crap but just because I genuinely love every album they've released so far!!
So that's my top album list of 2009, with 2010 hopefully seeing releases from some of my favourite bands such as Angra
, Symphony X
, Mägo de Oz
, Rhapsody of Fire
, Blind Guardian
, Freedom Call
, it seems that next year could be just as good for metal as this year, potentially even better!!...Until next time!