Shredification: Best Metal Albums of 2009

Merry Rotting Christmas, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to the year-end installment of this column. Though other, more industrious writers have cast their vision back across the decade to craft comprehensive lists of goodness, spanning all ten years, this morsel of prose will focus solely on the dying year. Some of 2009's best offerings have already been profiled in my two previous columns, so spots are reserved in my top ten for Baroness' Blue Album , Shrinebuilder's self-titled release, and Gama Bomb's Tales from the Grave in Space. The seven discs to follow round out a ten-spot of metal mastery. [...]

Shredification: Something Old, Something New, Something Brutal, Something Blue

Hails, and welcome to the inaugural post of my metal column for the plenipotentiary Bay Bridged. Tune in the second Sunday of every month for commentary, reviews, and news -- a scattershot attempt to update my loyal (and as-yet nonexistent) readers on the world of heavy metal, hardcore, and punk rock. The Old: Peter Tägtgren has been more active as a producer in the last decade or so, helming albums by Immortal, Dimmu Borgir and Children of Bodom. After the rise and undignified fall of the classic late-90's Swedish Melodic Death Metal sound (I'm looking at you, In Flames), his [...]

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