Chris Galea
Important releases in 2009
Artillery – “When Death Comes”

Believer – “Gabriel” Exivious – “Exivious”

Heaven & Hell – “The Devil You Know”

Helix – “Vagabond Bones”

Kreator – “Hordes Of Chaos”

Magnum – “Into The Valley Of The Moonking”

Megadeth – “Endgame”

Nomad Son – “First Light”

Seventh Angel – “The Dust Of Years”

Shadow Gallery – “Digital Ghosts”

Slayer – “World Painted Blood”

Woe Of Tyrants – “Kingdom Of Might”

Best band webpage
Memento Nostri: www.mementonostri.com (for the design). Metal Travel Guide: www.metaltravelguide.com (for the utility). Metalz Videos: video.metalz.info/bands (for the content).
Live show 2009
Robi Lakatos, with the London Symphony Orchestra, at the ‘Barbican’, London – 4th June. Anvil at the ‘Underworld’, London – 11th June. Abigail’s Mercy at the ‘Bridgehouse 2’ – 1st September. Textures at the ‘Underworld’ – 1st October.
Best visual releases
“Full Metal Village” (dir. Sung Hyung Cho) “The Story Of Anvil” (dir. Sacha Gervasi)
Newcomer 2009
Exivious Kobra & The Lotus Nomad Son The Green River Project Toxik Society
Things you could have been without in 2009
– The passing away of a number of Metal musicians whose music I enjoyed, amongst them Midnight (Crimson Glory) and Mike Alexander (Evile). – Missing countless gigs and festivals (see ‘Things I could have been with in 2009’ below).
Things I could have been with in 2009
Money!
Wishes for 2009
– Gigs from: Stryper and Jeff Scott Soto (January), Pat Metheny, Europe, Diamond Head and Overkill (February), Kiss (May) and, pending official announcements, Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X and Rhapsody (Of Fire). – Wacken and Bloodstock festivals (August). – A holiday in a yet undiscovered tropical island.
Claus Melsen
Important releases in 2009
Paradox – Riot Squad Svölk – Svölk Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings Strings 24 – Strings 24 HateSphere – To the Nines Sworn Enemy – Total World Domination

…and probably some more, but at the moment I can’t remember…

Live show 2009
Svölk (and Hail!) at Voxhall, Aarhus Paradox, Pretty Maids, Tank and Vicious Rumors at Headbangers Open Air
Newcomer 2009
Svölk
Things you could have been without in 2009
One of my sons being ill with meningitis. (He’s well now). Not being able to find the right people for my band yet, in spite of dozens of rehearsals with different people….a whole f**kin’ year without a step forward. (Now we gotta kick a** and get the thing moving.) Fanatics of all kinds – you make the world a less nicer place to be – think for yourself for a change, and don’t impose the values of your religion in any form on others. Stress and hassle in my life…
Wishes for 2010
Making a new band work and playing live. Getting rid of most of the hassle and stress in my life. More time to write for the page. HOA this summer (Mekong Delta – that has got to be ultra-cool!).
Haydee G
Important releases in 2009
Stratovarius – Polaris Devin Townsend Project – Addicted! Adagio – Archangels in Black Death Angel – Sonic German Beatdown: Live in Germany Ex Deo – Romulus
Live show 2009
Stratovarius with Pagan’s Mind
Newcomer 2009
No idea…
Things you could have been without in 2009
Within Temptation – An Acoustic Night at the Theatre (Live Album), New Moon movie, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and Dragonball Evolution.
Wishes for 2010
Good releases from Sabaton and Freedom Call and the release of Wintersun’s ‘Time’.
Jørgen Ditlev
Important releases in 2009
Anvil – The Story of Anvil Artillery – When Death Comes Cage – Science of Annihilation Candlemass – Death Magic Doom Crescent Shield – The Stars of Never Seen Impellitteri – Wicked Maiden Mystic Prophecy – Fireangel Powerwolf – Bible of the Beast Sinister Realm – Sinister Realm Sonata Arctica – The Days of Grays
Live show 2009
Vicious Rumors & Nightshade at Headbangers Open Air.

Amon Amarth, Machine Head and Rage at Wacken.

Newcomer 2009
Sinister Realm
Things you could have been without in 2009
Motorhead.

Arsenal.

Wishes for 2010
Forbidden and Heathen at Wacken or Headbangers.

Great new albums from Forbidden, Heathen, Rage, Jag Panzer, Warmachine and Hades.

Kelley Simms
Important releases in 2009
Slayer – World Painted Blood Savage Messiah – Insurrection Rising Trans Siberian Orchestra – Night Castle Manimal – The Darkest Room Saxon – Into the Labyrinth Vendetta – Heretic Nation Mastodon – CrackThe Skye
Live show 2009
Trans Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 26, 2009, Allstate Arena-Chicago, Illinois.
Newcomer 2009
City Of Fire
Things you could have been without in 2009
Limp Bizkit reunion.
Wishes for 2010
The Cavalera’s reunite with Sepultura.
Kenn Jensen
Important releases in 2009
Transatlantic – The Whirlwind Redemption – Snowfall on Judgement Day Porcupine Tree – The Incident Riverside – Anno Domini High Definition Katatonia – Night is the New Day
Live show 2009
Nothing stood out…
Newcomer 2009
Free Spirit Hourglass Darkology Missing Tide
Things you could have been without in 2009
Losing my job!
Wishes for 2010
I wish the best for my favourite teams: Manchester United and San Francisco 49ers. Great new albums from Evergrey, Heathen, Jag Panzer, Nevermore, Opeth, Pain of Salvation and Symphony X. Getting a new and interesting job, and preferably fast!
Laurence Y.M.
Important releases in 2009
Madder Mortem’s Eight Ways, can’t come of much else right now. A lot of releases, but they may not have made that much of an impact on me…
Live show 2009
Hm… Madder Mortem’s show at Southern Discomfort was grand; Opeth at Kick in March before that really impressed me.
Newcomer 2009
Havent noticed any to fall in love with
Things you could have been without in 2009
Rushing and giving myself too little time / energy to do music and art
Wishes for 2010
That I find enthusiasm and commitment to Music again Peace and Love to everybody; I’m still shocked about how mean people manage to be with each other, from the earliest hours of the day. People, keep it simple! Get down to Earth! Be tolerant!
Maria D.S.
Important releases in 2009
Kreator “Hordes of Chaos” Evile “Infected Nations” Slayer “World Painted Blood” Hirax “El Rostro De La Muerte” Grave Digger “Ballads of a Hangman” Crystal Viper “Metal Nation” Wolf “Ravenous” Artillery “When Death Comes” Megadeth “Endgame”
Live show 2009
Grave Digger & Sodom at Sofia, February 2009
Newcomer 2009
Cauldron
Things you could have been without in 2009
The last show of Running Wild at W:O:A.
Wishes for 2010
Next album from my band Rampart and more speed heavy metal! To “Power of Metal” gang I wish good health, lots of future success and creative inspiration and to all visitors of “Power of Metal” – a New Year full of good music
Martin Mathiasen
Important releases in 2009
1  – Be’lakor – Stone’s Reach 2  – Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot 3  – Clutch – Strange Cousins from the West 4  – Cult – Love (Omnibus Edition) 5  – Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings 6  – Kalisia – Cybion 7  – Katatonia – Night is the New Day 8  – Mastodon – Crack the Skye 9  – Nile – Those Whom the Gods Detest 10 – Redemption – Snowfall on Judgement Day
Live show 2009
The Cult – Love Live World Tour (Koncerthuset)/Progressive Nation 2009 (DreamTheater, Opeth, Bigelf, Unexpect)
Newcomer 2009
Chickenfoot (not the most original band on this planet, but definitely one of this year’s guilty pleasures)
Things you could have been without in 2009
Missing the Porcupine Tree/Katatonia concert and the Chickenfoot concert.
Wishes for 2010
That the return of Jorn Lande to Masterplan will turn out to be the best thing since sliced bread. That the new Blindstone album “Rise Above” will live up to my high expectations. That I will be find more time to listen to and write about music. That my company will continue to keep me busy and a marked improvement of the real estate market so I can my bloody house sold…
Peter Laursen
Important releases in 2009
KISS – Sonic BoomAce Frehley – AnomalyHighlord – the Death of the ArtistsBad Habit – Above and BeyondKreator – Hordes of ChaosRazor of Occam – Homage to Martyr’sEvil Masquerade – Fade to BlackBlack Messiah – First War of the WorldArtillery – When Death ComesU.D.O. – DominatorNarnia – Course of a GenerationMegadeth – EndgameDark Moor – AutumnalEnsiferum – From AfarSlayer – World Painted BloodStratovarius – Polaris
Live show 2009
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Newcomer 2009
Missing Tide
Things you could have been without in 2009
 – You don’t wanna know!
Wishes for 2010
– More metal.
Reinier de Vries
Important releases in 2009
1. Cage – Science of Annihilation 2. Cirrha Niva – For Moments Never Done 3. Shadow Gallery – Digital Ghosts 4. Warbringer – Walking into Nightmares 5. Crimson Cult – Crimson Cult 6. Scar Symmetry – Dark Matter Dimensions 7. Redemption – Snowfall on Judgement Day 8. Pathosray – Sunless Skies 9. Epica – Design Your Universe 10. Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings 11. Be ‘Lakor – Stone’s Reach 12. Futures End – Memoirs of a Broken Man 13. Kalisia – Cybion 14. Darzamat – Solfernus Path 15. Asphyx – Death…….. The Brutal Way

 

Live show 2009
Waldrock – June 12th an 13th – Dragonforce, Epica and Legion of the Damned Romein Leeuwarden –  November 4th  – Scar Symmetry
Newcomer 2009
Crimson Cult Darzamat Be ‘Lakor Future’s End
Things you could have been without in 2009
Gallstones! The death of Michael Jackson because of the adoration afterwards as if he was God. The panic from the Dutch Government because of the Mexican flu. The interference of the Government with the things in life that give people pleasure; such as: drinking, smoking and eating meat. If people want to die young, let them!
Wishes for 2010
I hope that the moral decline will stop. Due to Government money made programs such as ‘spuiten en slikken’ (‘inject and swallow’) and of course the crap on the internet, the youth of today things it is normal that you get fucked by 2 stoned guys in 2 holes at the same time at the age of fourteen.

Still hoping for a medicine to cure every form of cancer.

A healthy year for all.

Steen Schön
Important releases in 2009
Mastodon – Crack the Skye Isis – Wavering Radiant < Code> – Resplendent Grotesque Riverside – Anno Domini High Definition Wolf – Ravenous Obscura – Comogenesis O.S.I. – Blood Baroness – Blue Record Candlemass – Death Magic Doom Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings Amorphis – Skyforger Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade Rudra – Brahmavidya: Transcendental I Saxon – Into the Labyrith Illdisposed – To Those Who Walk Behind Us Artillery – When Death Comes Megadeth – Endgame Heaven And Hell – The Devil You Know Månegarm – Nattväsen Napalm Death – Time Waits for no Slave
Best band webpage
I have no idea :-S
Live show 2008
Deep Purple in KB Hallen Copenhagen Jethro Tull at Amager Bio
Best visual releases
Nothing really made a great impression.
Newcomer 2009
Obscura
Things you could have been without in 2009
Loosing my mariage Loosing my job Loosing my home Less time together with my son Getting Ill so I missed Wacken Open Air after having paid for the ticket and time off.
Wishes for 2009
That it will be a little better than 2009. But above all I will strive to commit even more time to music both metal and other stuff, live and on the stereo!
Thomas Nielsen
Important releases in 2009
Slayer – World Painted Blood More so than its predecessor, WPB encompasses what it Slayer for me. More South of Heaven, I suppose.
The Devil’s Blood – The Time of No Time Evermore Imagine the album that inspired Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and a bunch of other big names. That album is finally here. Only…forty odd years too late…go figure.
Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know The Master of the Dark riffs is back. This is classic metal par excellence.
Paradise Lost – Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us It brought a tear to my eye when I listened to this album the first time. A masterpiece.
Illdisposed – To Those Who Walk Behind Us My favourite Danish groove-death squad returns with an album that holds more guitar melody than we’ve heard for a while from Illdisposed. Nice one, lads.
Dawn of Demise – Lacerated Getting ready for the next proper release, this EP was a perfect bait. Deadly stuff.
Megadeth – Endgame Hell, yeah! Mustaine – you’ve still got it!
HateSphere – To The Nines Pepe proved that he didn’t need Bredahl and the rest of the deserting crew to slay. New line-up, new singer, new strength.
My Dying Bride – For the Lies I Sire My favourite doom band returns – gloomy and dark as you’d want it.
Live show 2009
Heaven & Hell at Wacken Open Air – mind-numbingly professional. Beautiful, beautiful experience.
Newcomer 2009
Decayor, a doom metal band from Ireland, impressed me some time ago with their self-released ‘Recurring Times of Grief’.
Things you could have been without in 2009
An institution and legend dies. RIP John Peel! Lacuna Coil putting out a surprisingly disappointing album as did Ministry and RevCo with their remix albums. Religion…just…keep it out of my sight, already!
Wishes for 2010
Clash of the Titans 2010 – put those egos aside and get on with it, Lars, Dave and Kerry! Peace and love and happiness stuff and all that.
Tye Brown
Important releases in 2009
Porcupine Tree – The Incident Crash Street Kids – Transatlantic Suicide Stryper – Murder By Pride Steel Panther – Feel The Steel Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know Nomads Son – First Light Count Raven – Mammons War Kiss – Sonic Boom Megadeth – End Game
Live show 2009
Alice Cooper – This kicked major ass fucking awesome concert. Megadeth, Mortal Sin & Kreator
Newcomer 2009
Crash Street Kids Darkology Sons Of Seasons Argus The Last Vegas Covered Call
Things you could have been without in 2009
Facebook Ronnie James DIO getting sick
Wishes for 2010
Ronnie James DIO to be 100% healthy. More metal. For Overkill to come to Australia for their 25th Anniversary