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Well after going through loads of playlists I finally maneged to compile a list of (bast off both DJ charts and CMJ charts) Surprisingly our top album this year was Dethklok The Dethalbum, It was on our racks for 3 mouths before our directors decided it was too mainstream for our station. Honestly though, if a band tops the CMJ load rock charts 4 weeks in a row, and has their own TV show, they don't need our support, so that has been omitted from this list.
A master piece, Dream Theater does it again, Dream Theater was the band who started the whole progressive metal movement back in the late 80's, yes they've been around that long. The most talented band probably ever, and this is their new album. Best songs include Prophets Of War, Forsaken, and Constant Motion. Dream Theater is number 1 on our top metal of 2007.
Just about the most epic album of the year, Iced Earth begins the something wicked saga originally introduced in their first album something wicked comes this way. The whole album is continues story about the Setians and their conflict with human kind. The story the story has many parallels to real history making it a chilling insightful story. Iced Earth has not lost their touch though this album still rocks out hard. Best track include Ten Thousand Strong, Setian Massacre, and Retribution Through The Ages.
Heaven and Hell, Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi, need I say more. It's any metal heads dream band, sure it's old school but it still heavy and amazing. Recorded at their concert in radio city (that sold out in minutes mind, Sabbath Fans will love. Best Tracks include The Mob Rules, Neon Knights, and Children of the Sea.
Melodic hardcore goodness, Kahn will seduce your mind with his powerful enchanting vocals, topped off by Tohmas's sweeping arpagio and power choards on the guitar will give you physiological orgasm. Get ready to be blown away by this masterful montage of metal that breaks away form the traditional style. Best songs include The Human Stain, Ghost Opera, and Up Through The Ashes.
Hate Bush, Love Ministry, One of the most hard core Industrial/Death metal in the country. Whats better than music about government conspiracies, best ministry album yet. Best Tracks include Death & Destruction, Let's Go, and Roadhouse Blues.
As for 2008 Lizzy Borden currently holds position 1 with Appointment with Death but the years just started so who knows what will come up. We are expecting the new In Flames album soon and Iced Earth will releasing another album this summer (we'll see if it can compete with Framing Armageddon)
WUML broadcasts at 91.5 FM in Northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire as well as online at WUML.org. The Demon's Opera starts 10PM and goes till midnight. A podcast will also be available here after the show as well. For more information be sure to check out our show space page, and be sure to tune in.
Below a picture of Dream Theater's new album cover Systematic Chaos