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Top 100 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time

Posted in Top 10 on June 25, 2010 by gearsofrock
After polling the little demonic beings living within my thick fat hairy skull, an imperfect list of the Top 100 All-Time Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Bands was born. We hope you despise it.

Insincerely Yours,

The Management

P.S. When you are done vomiting blood all over the list, test your metal wits on the Sporcle quiz: “Gears of Rock Top 100”

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  1. Black Sabbath
  2. Metallica
  3. Iron Maiden
  4. Slayer
  5. AC/DC
  6. Judas Priest
  7. Motorhead
  8. Led Zeppelin
  9. Megadeth
  10. Pantera
  11. Ozzy Osbourne
  12. Kiss
  13. Aerosmith
  14. Motley Crue
  15. Anthrax
  16. Guns n’ Roses
  17. Alice Cooper
  18. Scorpions
  19. Queen
  20. Van Halen
  21. Def Leppard
  22. Alice in Chains
  23. Deep Purple
  24. White Zombie
  25. Venom
  26. Dio
  27. Rush
  28. Overkill
  29. Accept
  30. Mercyful Fate
  31. Cream
  32. Marilyn Manson
  33. Diamond Head
  34. Machine Head
  35. Thin Lizzy
  36. The Misfits
  37. W.A.S.P.
  38. Ted Nugent
  39. Ministry
  40. Poison
  41. Exodus
  42. Type-o-Negative
  43. Ratt
  44. Sepultura
  45. The Ramones
  46. Pearl Jam
  47. Journey
  48. Bon Jovi
  49. Dream Theater
  50. Twisted Sister
  51. Danzig
  52. Fear Factory
  53. Tesla
  54. Quiet Riot
  55. Soundgarden
  56. Metal Church
  57. Joe Satriani
  58. Steve Vai
  59. Sammy Hagar
  60. Kreator
  61. Lamb of God
  62. Testament
  63. Faith No More
  64. Cinderella
  65. Tool
  66. Corrosion of Conformity
  67. Saxon
  68. Mastodon
  69. Stone Temple Pilots
  70. Cannibal Corpse
  71. Skid Row
  72. Korn
  73. GWAR
  74. Helloween
  75. Suicidal Tendencies
  76. Hatebreed
  77. Armored Saint
  78. Down
  79. Rage Against The Machine
  80. Primus
  81. Whitesnake
  82. Life of Agony
  83. Vision of Disorder
  84. Slipknot
  85. Biohazard
  86. Warrant
  87. Queensryche
  88. Extreme
  89. Mr. Big
  90. Living Sacrifice
  91. Black Label Society
  92. Deftones
  93. Sick of It All
  94. Living Colour
  95. Sevendust
  96. Foo Fighters
  97. Lita Ford
  98. King’s X
  99. System of a Down
  100. Nirvana

Now that you have studied the list, test your memory with the “Gears of Rock Top 100” game at sporcle.com.

Top Ten Albums of 2010 [Mid-Year Edition]

Posted in Top 10 on June 20, 2010 by gearsofrock

We are now at the half way point of a great year for heavy music. The first 6 months of 2010 have given a great assortment of powerhouse releases. If the year was to end right this second, these are my picks for the Top 10 Albums of 2010.

1.  Overkill – Ironbound Legendary New Jersey metal mavens, Overkill, deliver an astonishing 15th studio album Ironbound, a delectable thrash frenzy that will kick your teeth through your ass. Overkill is solid, far too underrated, and always unfairly riding in the shadow of East Coast thrash colleague Anthrax. Ironbound is a 10-track blitzkrieg that displays not only the fury, but greater depth than 90% of all thrash and power metal acts out there today.

2.  Fear Factory – Mechanize Mechanize is the heaviest and most aggressive record from Fear Factory to date. Vocalist Burton C. Bell offers his ballsiest work ever while keeping his signature melodic grace in balance. The intense seven-string (or is he up to eight now?) rhythmic patterns of Cazares leave the listener with facial blisters and a battered-in skull—surely, you must have heard the first single “Powershifter” by now—exemplified on all ten tracks, but especially prominent on the opening title track, “Oxidizer,” and “Fear Campaign.”

3.  Soulfly – Omen The Brazilian god of doom brings the shit on Soulfly’s latest righteous masterpiece, Omen.  Max Cavalera’s guerrilla army of guitar hero Marc Rizzo, bassist Bobby Burns, drummer Joe Nunez, and producer Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head/ex-Soulfly guitarist) attacks mercilessly with 11 brutal cuts of earth pounding grooves and virtuosic riffs. Omen’s energy is relentless from the opening assault of “Bloodbath & Beyond” to the closing spiritual instrumental onslaught of “Soulfly VII” Everything in between is fierce and aggressive, and includes dashes of tribalism that never ceases to devastate.

4.  Charred Walls of the Damned – Charred Walls of the Damned The sound produced by Charred Walls of the Damned features an exceptional understanding of the classical methodology of heavy metal. By combining and highlighting the best components of thrash, power, and progressive this quasi-supergroup delivers a punishing assortment of songs, such as “Blood on Wood” and the opening track and first single “Ghost Town.” Leading this effort is the percussive talent of Howard Stern personality Richard Christy, providing the band with an ever-important strong backbone. Not to say the vocals of the legendary Tim “Ripper” Owens are second-rate in Charred Walls of the Damned; his operatic range is an absolute necessity and priceless asset to the group.

5.  Coheed and Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow Year of the Black Rainbow prominently features impressive rhythmic patterns, striking lead guitars, and tantalizing lyrical melodies.  Together the ingredients form a vicious concoction of heavy ear candy…Coheed is one of the few bands capable of saving mainstream hard rock from the one-dimensional Nickelbacks and Linkin Parks that have dominated mainstream charts for the last ten years. Year of the Black Rainbow is an A+ musical effort that goes unmatched by 99% of the rock albums released these days.  Album highlights include the single “Here We Are Juggernaut,” “In The Flame of Error,” “World of Lines,” “This Shattered Symphony,” and “The Broken.”

6. Exodus – Exhibit B: The Human Condition Vocalist Rob Dukes really comes into his own here, reverberating with a harsh and menacing tone that sits squarely between former singer’s Steve Souza and Paul Baloff while the rhythm section pound out a flurry of the blistering and brutal tempos that Exodus helped to spawn nearly 30 years ago (“Burn, Hollywood, Burn”). Chock full of neck-snapping fretwork, jackhammer rhythms, and dizzying thrash metal expedience, the latest affair from Exodus portrays what the epitome of thrash metal excellence sounds like and is a must-listen disc for any self-respecting headbanger.

7.  Ratt – Infestation With hard rock vibes reminiscent of the Out of the Cellar days, Stephen Pearcy and company invoke the spirit of ’76 Aerosmith. Pearcy’s voice soars on all 11 tracks of Infestation; at 50 years old, he has not lost much of anything.  He belts out anthemic melodies and infectious choral lines as if it is still 1984…For the masses that still yearn for blazing riffs, thunderous drums, melodramatic lead guitars, and heavy fist pumping then this record will be a treasured delight. These fundamental and core ingredients converge, forming an undeniable and timeless sense of Sunset Strip debauchery.

8.  Airbourne – No Guts No Glory If you dug the tunes from Runnin’ Wild then you will love the latest from Airbourne. AC/DC modeled guitar riffs are combined with stomp rock beats to ensure a head banging good time. However, in order to truly appreciate this band, you must take in one of their live shows. The band’s recorded material consists of great stuff, but like any AC/DC album, can easily be played out

9.  Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Heavy metal icon Rob Zombie delivers his fourth solo effort, and first with Roadrunner Records, Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls, and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool. While having its ups and downs, the sequel to his 1998 masterpiece retains much of the ghoulish ambiance and spookshow aura that has catapulted him into a rock and roll legend. The best all-around tracks are “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” and the opener “Jesus Frankenstein.” “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” features an incendiary groove and beat, along with strong lyrical content, while “Jesus Frankenstein” demonstrates the growth of the band’s compositional skills. Compared to the previous album openers “Superbeast,” “Demon Speeding,” and “American Witch,” “Frankenstein” contains less of a straightforward and hard-charging assault, and opts for more musical depth with exciting and explosive changes.

10.  Bullet For My Valentine – Fever Well-orchestrated guitar riffs and diligently executed breakdowns don Bullet For My Valentine’s ferocious third album from Jive Records titled Fever. The album starts off with a rush of pure power and adrenaline due to tracks such as the earth pounding “Your Betrayal,” the title track, and “The Last Fight.”…Bullet For My Valentine continues to soar as one of metalcore’s most talented and thrashiest outfits.

Other notables from the first half of 2010 that didn’t quite make the cut include Deth Red Sabaoth from Danzig, Sting in the Tail from the Scorpions, Diamond Eyes from Deftones, and Scream from Ozzy Osbourne. Albums that did not even come close to making the list include the latest releases from Slash and the Stone Temple Pilots.

What are your picks for the best albums of 2010 thus far?

Year In Review: Top 10 Songs of 2009

Posted in Top 10 with tags on December 14, 2009 by gearsofrock

1.  “Head Crusher” Megadeth – Endgame: The first single from Megadeth’s recent release contains a devastating intro featuring Dave Mustaine thrashing on the low E string while Chris Broderick shreds the octave riff on the high e. The opening instrumental “Dialectic Chaos” contains some very similar thrash metal magic. “Head Crusher” is a punishing number and a great way to introduce the feel of Endgame to the masses.

2.  “Rite of Passage” Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings: There is no better lead guitar-drum combo in progressive heavy metal today than John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy. The drum production (0:38) on this track is the best that you will find from 2009. In addition to the production and triumphant riffs, the tune is marked with haunting licks (4:33) and an some 80’s thrash influence (4:56).

3.  “Death To All But Metal” Steel Panther – Feel The Steel: Whether Steel Panther is mocking metal or worshiping metal is irrelevant. This song is pure lyrical genius in a similar manner to early Eminem, except these guys can play instruments and play them just as well as any metal band out there. From the “Live Wire” inspired riff, to the shout outs to Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe, to the nasty and highly inappropriate shots at Kanye West and Madonna, it’s just brilliant.

4.  “Hate Worldwide” Slayer – World Painted Blood: This Slayer track proves to be the best fist throwing and hard stomping pit-pleaser of the year. Check out the nasty breakdown points for more info. What makes “Hate Worldwide” so great is how it alternates between aggressive speed riffs and its powerful groove. It is real difficult to not enjoy this one especially with the brutal guitar work from Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman.

5.  “Bible Black” Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know: Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio delivers this evil gem in a purely sinister manner, that is an instant classic, and melts your face with its gloomy rhetoric and riffs of impending doom…like I said purely sinister. The opening acoustic guitars with the melodic lead set the tone perfectly for the heaviness that soon kicks in, and kicks your ass.

6.  “Heaven is Gone” Seventh Void – Heaven is Gone: Earlier this year, Big Vin Records released this hard and heavy riff-fueled tune by Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly from Type-o-Negative, aka Seventh Void. One of the best features of this band is that the dark sound is a little rough around the edges, which means there is no useless over-production here. A very refreshing release that did not receive nearly enough credit this year.

7.  “Check My Brain” Alice in Chains – Black Turns To Blue: Seattle rock pioneers Alice in Chains came back with their first studio album in 14 years and since the death of frontman Layne Staley in 2002. This track demonstrates everything we would expect from AIC: Sludgy riffs from Jerry Cantrell and very dark vocal harmonies. I must admit, this was a pleasant surprise this year.

8.  “On and On” – The Answer – Demon Eyes: There are several good bands out there in, what I like to call, the “neo-classical hard rock” genre and one of the best ones is The Answer. “On and On” provides a hard edged rock and roll boogie that honors rock royalty, from Black Sabbath to Queen. Just a great feel-good track. If you enjoyed Airbourne’s album from last year then you will dig these guys too.

9.  “Whatever Gets You Off” – The Last Vegas – Whatever Gets You Off: “Whatever Gets You Off” works the same way as “On and On” above, except The Last Vegas has more of a trash and glam feel. This is another fine example of ne0-classical hard rock music done right. The key ingredients: sleazy lyrics and way, way over-the-top energy.

10.  “Babylon’s Burning” W.A.S.P. – Babylon: Blackie Lawless has shown that he can still put out great material. On this song you are dealt 5 minutes of classic 80’s sounding riffs with demonic gallops and “666” lyrical madness. This entire album was a late surprise from 2009.

Note: The 10 tracks above are based on pure opinion, obviously, and you probably completely disagree. These are tunes that have grown stronger with more listens as the year progressed. Basically, I have yet to grow tired of them. Comment below and let me know your favorite songs of 2009.

Top 7 Hot And Sexy Ladies Behind Heavy Metal

Posted in Top 10 on October 24, 2009 by gearsofrock

GOR Top 7 Metal GirlsWhen I decided to devote an entire post to the top 7 (I couldn’t think of 10) hottest girls, girlfriends, fiances, wives, and companions of heavy metal, I had only one thing in mind: generating thousands of additional stray and random hits on Google searches from people like you! So yes, I completely pimped out my wonderful, authoritative, and well-respected heavy metal review blog like a cheap groupie whore offering twofers and freebies to low level security personnel in the hopes of reaching Bret Michaels’ sweaty nut sack after a Poison show on a hot August night. I feel disgusting. No, I am disgusting. Anyways, here is the final result of this new Gears of Rock low:

#7 Fai McNasty (Mick Mars of Motley Crue) When I first heard of 25 year old McNasty with Mick Mars, I was worried. Seemed like the Zurich native was only looking to make a name for herself, setting Mars up for disappointment. Then again, Mick wouldn’t tolerate such nonsense.

Fai McNasty Photo

Hotness: 6     Coolness: 6      Heavy Metal: 7     Avg: 6.3

#6 Taya Parker (Bret Michaels of Poison) Rock of Love was dumb. Rock of Love Bus was dumber. We watched ’em all and we are now brain dead.

Taya Parker Photo

Hotness: 9     Coolness: 5     Heavy Metal: 7     Avg: 7

#5 Carmen Elektra (Rob Patterson of Otep) Ms. Elektra is certainly getting up there in age these days and has built quite a resume (from Prince to Rodman to Navarro) but is still composed of a high level of hotness that is also fueled by the rock attitude that she continues to embrace.

Carmen Elektra Photo

Hotness: 9     Coolness: 7     Heavy Metal: 6     Avg: 7.3

#4 Tera Patrick (Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard and The Spyderz) Evan Seinfeld wrote a few sick metal tunes for Biohazard in the 90’s, now he is married to one of the hottest and most talented chicks in the porno biz.

Tera Patrick Photo

Hotness: 8.5     Coolness: 8     Heavy Metal: 7     Avg: 7.8

#3 Kat Von D (Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue) Nikki Sixx is very bad ass and would only date a super bad ass gal. Kat Von D has been the epitome of hard rocker chick as we have seen on her reality show L.A. Ink. Whether you find her tattoos to be repulsive or a brilliant work of art, you can’t deny the fact that she rocks.

Kat Von D Photo

Hotness: 6     Coolness: 9     Heavy Metal: 9     Avg: 8

#2 Cristina Scabbia (Jim Root of Slipknot) Cristina “no damn h in it” Scabbia is not the hottest beauty on the planet. Instead, she is the hardest rocking woman in the universe. Even though Lacuna Coil’s last album was dull, a hot Italian girl that can front a metal band is many guy’s fantasy.

Cristina Scabbia Photo

Hotness: 6.5     Coolness: 8     Heavy Metal: 10     Avg: 8.2

#1 Sheri Moon Zombie (Rob Zombie) She’s metal. She’s hot. She’s into horror. She’s, well, all Zombie!

Sheri Moon Zombie Photo

Hotness: 7     Coolness: 10     Heavy Metal: 10     Avg: 9

Disclaimer: The arbitrary rankings used to compose this list are based on a scale of 10. None of the links above will take you to smut websites or pages with pornography, I hope. I also hope that you enjoyed the new low to which this blog sank.

Top 10 Albums of the Day for Tuesday August 18, 2009

Posted in Top 10 on August 18, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Black Sabbath Volume 41.  Black Sabbath – Volume 4 (1972) – With Halloween a little more than two months away, this record makes it’s way back into lineup. The single power chord riff that opens “Wheels of Confusion” is frightening in its structure and eerie simplicity. “Snowblind” bears an irresistible groove while “Supernaut” sports a percussive orgy in the midsection. The ballad “Changes” rounds out the eclectic sounding record that has long been my favorite Black Sabbath album. [Amazon.com]

2.  Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power (1992) – A true power metal album that does not contain a milisecond of waste in its 52 minutes of brutality. While the album hosts live favorites “Walk,” “This Love,” and “F*cking Hostile,” “Mouth for War,” “A New Level,” “Hollow,” and “Rise” are unforgettable sources of the greatest metal material of all-time.

3.  Metallica – Ride The Lightning (1984) – For years, I have long found it extremely difficult to pin down my favorite Metallica album. Today, it’s Lightening, tomorrow it could be Load. Anyway this record contains “Creeping Death,” possibly the best song ever to experience live due to the “DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE” break. “Fade To Black” is the greatest suicidal ballad ever and the title track has an intro driven by heavy, yet simple, guitar harmonies that demand worship.

Amazon Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers4. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971) – For me, it is so easy to say that The Beatles and The Who are second rate rock bands when compared to the career of The Stones. Still alive (for the most part) and still performing to sold-out stadiums around the globe, little has slowed these guys down. This album is very heavy with cuts such as “Brown Sugar,” “Sway,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and “Bitch.” Start to finish, a rock masterpiece. [Amazon.com]

5.  AC/DC – Back in Black (1980) – An unlikely tale of the lead singer dying, new lead singer joining, best hard rock album of all-time created.

6.  Judas Priest – British Steel (1980) – Isn’t it remarkable that the entire heavy metal look was created by a homosexual? Of course, he happens to be the toughest and most badass biker dude to walk the earth. If you haven’t seen Priest perform this album live in its entirety this summer, then you are a total fool.

7.  Megadeth – Rust in Peace (1990) – “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” is one of my all-time favorite thrash tracks, but this record demonstrated even greater depth with the Ktulu-esque “Hangar 18,” and “Rust in Peace…Polaris.” I can never remember the names of all the tracks because there is simply no need. You put the album on and stop listening when it is over…period. Read more here.

Amazon Motley Crue Dr Feelgood8.  Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood (1989) – This is the most over-produced and sleazy hard rock album to come from the 80’s and I love every second of it. “Kickstart My Heart” + “Same Ol Situation” x “Don’t Go Away Mad” x “Rattlesnake Shake” + “She Goes Down” ÷ “Slice of your Pie” = complete filth. Well-done! [Amazon.com]

9.  Corrosion of Conformity – Wiseblood (1996) – Most underrated album and Southern Metal band of all-time. I may have played this CD straight through more than any other in my collection, especially back in high school. The best racks are “King of the Rotten,” “Wiseblood,” “Fuel,” and the Grammy-nominated single that no one ever heard “Drowning in a Daydream.” James Hetfield of Metallica contributed his voice to the track “Man or Ash.”

10.  Faith No More – The Real Thing (1989) – Until Jim Martin is back on guitar, FNM remains dead to me. It’s a toss up between this album and Angel Dust, always difficult to decide the better. Read more here. –Meds

Top 10 Movies of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

Posted in Rock In Movies, Top 10 with tags on February 16, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-spinal-tapAfter watching an awful movie last night called The Rocker, I began to think about some of the truly fantastic movies that incorporate the culture of hard rock and heavy metal, while utilizing the culture to create interesting characters and themes. Here are 10 Hollywood movies that exhibit these qualities.

Factors included in the rating schematic: a main character must be in a rock band or obsessed with the rock culture, a non-documentary, and if it is on television you just can’t change the channel no matter how hard you try.

1.  This Is Spinal Tap [1984] Obviously, this has to top the list given the aforementioned criteria. I think it is a sin to place this movie any lower. Every parody, joke, or mocking of heavy metal has its roots in this Rob Reiner classic. [amazon.com]

2.  Wayne’s World [1992] I forced my parents to take me to the movie theater at least 4 times for this one. Michael Myers is a genius for creating this concept and it puts Austin Powers to complete shame (don’t get me started on The Love Guru). The timid and awkward character of Garth Algar by Dana Carvey is brilliant as well.

3.  Almost Famous [2000] This is an excellent film and is one of two non-comedies on the list. The music is good (“Fever Dog”), the acting is great (Jason Lee), and the lines are classic (“I am a golden god…I’m on drugs”).

4.  Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure [1989] Before Keanu Reeves was a big dumb ass, he was a little dumb ass in this amazing movie. I love how it combines a history project with Iron Maiden and Van Halen references. Bonus feature: George Carlin!

5.  Airheads [1994] I think I have seen this movie more than any other movie (aside from Three Amigos). Brendan Fraser, Steve Buschemi, Adam Sandler, the writing, and directing are all highly mediocre in this flick, but it has that bit of rock magic to make it a classic…there is a cameo by Lemmy in addition to Dio and Van Halen references.

6.  School of Rock [2003] The main reason I dig this flick is because it combines learning with hard rock music and as a social studies teacher, that is something I can appreciate. “Cel-lo, you’ve got a bass.”

7.  Beavis and Butthead Do America [1996] I drop about 40 IQ points every time I watch these characters or think to respond to someone in real life with a Butthead laugh or an “I am Cornholio” impression.

8.  Rock Star [2001] Not a great movie, but it does feature the hard rock culture rather well. After all, the movie does feature Zakk Wylde, Jason Bonham, and Jeff Pilson.

9.  Rock N’ Roll High School [1979] I never appreciated this movie until I was in high school and began to understand the power of punk rock led by icons The Ramones. The principal in this flick still gives me nightmares for some reason.

10.  Detroit Rock City [1999] This movie flat out sucks but I can’t help but watch when it appears on the movie channels, as long as I have nothing else to do of importance. I would never ever physically put a DVD of this movie into my player because that would be too much work, but at the same time I am uncomfortably drawn to this Kiss tale.

Movies that didn’t quite make the list include: Little Nicky [1999], High Fidelity [2000], and Dazed and Confused [1993].

Top 10 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Albums of 2008

Posted in Top 10 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

Here are the lists of “Top 10 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Albums of 2008” by Meds, Pete, and our awesome readers:

amazon-metallica-death-magnetic2Meds [Administrator]

  1. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  2. AC/DC – Black Ice
  3. Maiden Heaven – Kerang! Tribute to Iron Maiden
  4. Tesla – Forever More
  5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock
  6. Motorhead – Motorizer
  7. Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
  8. Judas Priest – Nostradamus
  9. Motley Crue – The Saints of Los Angeles

amazon-toadies-no-deliverancePeter O’Brien [Frequent Contributor]

  1. Toadies – No Deliverance
  2. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  3. Cccome? – Raccoon
  4. Buckethead – Albino Slug
  5. Devotchka – A Mad & Faithful Telling
  6. The Clash – Live at Shea Stadium
  7. Exodus – Let There Be Blood
  8. Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time (Recommended classic: Powerslave)
  9. Megadeth – Anthology: Set The World Afire (Recommended classic: Rust In Peace)
  10. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy (Just because it isn’t a collection)

acdc-black-ice1Gear of Rock Readers [According To Page Views]

  1. AC/DC – Black Ice
  2. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  3. Motley Crue – The Saints of Los Angeles
  4. Exodus – Let There Be Blood
  5. We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year
  6. Toadies – No Deliverance
  7. Extreme – Saudades de Rock
  8. Tesla – Forever More
  9. Staind – The Illusion of Progress
  10. Maiden Heaven – Kerang! Tribute To Iron Maiden

Thank you to all our readers for making the Gears of Rock a great place to read hard rock and heavy metal reviews. 2009 will be even bigger and better with more album reviews, concert reviews, and give aways. Have a very Happy New Year!!!

Update: Mike SOS’s [Frequent Contributor]

  1. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  2. Death Angel – Killing Season
  3. Torche – Meanderthal
  4. Raw Radar War – = =
  5. Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle Part I
  6. The Haunted – Versus
  7. Venomous Concept – Poisonous Apple
  8. King’s X – XV
  9. Byzantine – Oblivion Beckons
  10. Gojira – The Way Of All Flesh