When it comes to the December issue of your favourite magazines you'll notice that they all have "Best Albums of 2007" plastered across the front covers. It strikes us that to publish this list in December you need to have them compiled in November, so really it's the 'best albums of the first 10 or 11 months of 2007'. What would happen if someone was to release something as ground breaking as Reign In Blood or Master Of Puppets or Appetite For Destruction in mid December I ask you? OK, ok, we know that most record companies wont put an album out then because of the Christmas charts being flooded with greatest hits packages intended as stocking fillers but we at Grindaar are patient people, we don't see the need to rush.
So we've taken our time, waited until January and compiled our own list of our favourite albums of 2007. Of course we don't have access to every single metal album released in the last year the same way the professional critics do, but as always, we believe that we represent the feelings and opinions of your average rock/metal fan. So take a look, and let us know if you agree or disagree or what your top 10 would be.
Our Top Albums of 2007:
1. Machine Head - The Blackening
2. Turbonegro - Retox
3. Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead
4. Rush - Snakes and Arrows
5. McQueen - Break The Silence
6. Bad Religion - New Maps Of Hell
7. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
8. Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold
9. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
10. Paradise Lost - In Reqiuem
11. Priestess - Hello Master
12. Ministry - The Last Sucker
13. WASP - Dominator
14. Megadeth - United Abominations
15. Alter Bridge - Blackbird
16. Monster Magnet - 4-Way Diablo
17. Agnostic Front - Warriors
18. Symphony X - Paradise Lost
19. Down - Over The Under
20. Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest Of Times
Machine Head returned with a fantastic album, following on from their impressive (and back on form) Through the Ashes of Empires, and showed us that they can still do great things. Not that they walked away with it, it was a close fought battle for the top positions, with Turbonegro, Serj Tankian and Rush all in contention for the top spot. With old names, new names and some regulars making a showing, overall, 2007 was a pretty good year.
Cheers and here's to a headbanging 2008!