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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The Real Metal Countdown

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2007 at 4:20 PM

Who cares what MTV says. The real metal masters of 2006 were these vaguely effeminate guys.
If you didn't catch it this weekend, MTV2's Headbanger's Ball has officially jumped the shark. Once a reliable source for quality heavy metal videos, the show has now become just as suspect and corruptible as any other media outlet. The December 30 show featured a laughable countdown of the year's most (allegedly) popular metal videos. Landing way above real rippers like Lamb of God, two decidedly non-metal crews crashed the viewers' poll's top four: Japanese glam sissies Dir En Grey, and Powerman 5000, a hard-rock band led by Rob Zombie's kid brother and best known for appearing on Beverly Hills 90210. We're not saying that the vote was rigged, but we bet a few record-company interns had really tired thumbs by the time polls closed. For a reliable quantification of 2006's metal, we looked to Metal on Metal, which lights up the airwaves every Friday on Cleveland's WJCU 88.7 FM. Every year, the long-running showcase for all things truly hard & heavy turns to its listeners for a no-bullshit breakdown of the year's heaviest. These are guys who have (or once had) long hair, and who will rain holly hell on your ass if you say the wrong thing about Manowar. On December 29, the show gave a way more reliable look at the year that was. "I took votes [over] the past three weeks," says Bill Peters, who's been hosting the show since Metallica was good. "It's just the opinions of listeners to my program. Nothing scientific or anything, but it's cool to me to find out exactly what the metal fans are listening to." According to a poll of 836 Metal on Metal-heads, the top metal albums of 2006 are... 1. IRON MAIDEN, A Matter Of Life And Death (Sanctuary) 2. AMON AMARTH, With Oden On Our Side (Metal Blade) 3. WRETCH, Reborn (Auburn) 4. MOTORHEAD, Kiss Of Death (Sanctuary) 5. SLAYER, Christ Illusion (American) 6. WOLFMOTHER, Wolfmother (Modular/Interscope) 7. BEYOND FEAR, Beyond Fear (SPV) 8. I, Between Two Worlds (Nuclear Blast) 9. VOI VOD, Katorz (The End) 10. ENSLAVED, Ruun (Candlelight) 11. GIUNTINI PROJECT, III (Locomotive) 12. ASTRAL DOORS, Astralism (Locomotive) 13. DRAGONFORCE, Inhuman Rampage (Roadrunner) 14. WOLF, The Black Flame (Prosthetic) 15. HAMMERFALL, Threshold (Nuclear Blast) 16. DREAM EVIL, United (Century Media) 17. AXEL RUDI PELL, Mystica (SPV) 18. CRADLE OF FILTH, Thornography (Roadrunner) 19. MYSTIC PROPHECY, Savage Souls (Locomotive) 20. THE SWORD, Age Of Winters (Kemado) 21. METAL CHURCH, Light In The Dark (SPV) 22. BLIND GUARDIAN, A Twist In The Myth (Nuclear Blast) 23. JON OLIVA'S PAIN, Maniacal Renderings (Locomotive) 24. LAMB OF GOD, Sacrament (Epic) 25. SODOM, Sodom (SPV) Past Winners 2005 JUDAS PRIEST, Angel Of Retribution (Columbia) 2004 MEGADETH, The System Has Failed (Sanctuary) 2003 IRON MAIDEN, Dance Of Death (Columbia) 2002 MANOWAR, Warriors Of The World (Metal Blade) 2001 KREATOR, Violent Revolution (Steamhammer) 2000 ROB HALFORD, Resurrection (Metal-Is/Sanctuary) 1999 UNIDA, Coping With The Urban Coyote (Man's Ruin) 1998 MONSTER MAGNET, Powertrip (A&M) 1997 BRUCE DICKINSON, Accident Of Birth (CMC) 1996 PANTERA, The Great Southern Trendkill (EastWest) 1995 DOWN, Nola (EastWest) 1994 SLAYER, Divine Intervention (American) 1993 MERCYFUL FATE, In The Shadows (Metal Blade) 1992 PANTERA, Vulgar Display Of Power (EastWest) 1991 METALLICA, Metallica (Elektra) 1990 JUDAS PRIEST, Painkiller (Columbia) 1989 TESTAMENT, Practice What You Preach (Megaforce) 1988 METALLICA, ...And Justice For All (Elektra) 1987 ANTHRAX, Among The Living (Island) 1986 METALLICA, Master Of Puppets (Elektra) 1985 EXODUS, Bonded By Blood (Combat) 1984 MOTORHEAD, No Remorse (Mercury)

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