What A Year It Was - 2009 Through The Eyes Of The MS Staff/Elite

Written by: Thryce
Published: 08.01.2010



...And just when you thought the season of seemingly endless waves of "best of" lists was finally over... The boys, girls and senile old men from the Metal Storm Staff and Elite team never cease to surprise, do they.

For a brief, nostalgic instant, we at the Metal Storm hacienda all glanced back at the glorious year of metal that was 2009. Under the motto "what happens in 2009, stays in 2009", we crafted a fancy end-of-year recap, just for your reading pleasure. A bit of insight, a bit of hilarity and a few good stories, it's all here.

So pull up a lawn chair, grab a beer or two and some popcorn if you like; this one's about to get really interesting. And nasty. And it could get ugly really quick too. Anyway, let's crank this thing up.



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Bararey


Best Song: Fleshgod Apocalypse - In Honour of Reason
Favourite Album: Colosseum - Chapter 2: Numquam and Fejd - Storm
Best Concert: Finntroll in Leeds (damn the lack of concerts in '09)
Metal Moment Of The Year: Having the worst cab drive to the airport and got dropped in front of the Chrome Division guys, and I thought that the cab crashed and I was dead, so I just walked away.
And 2010? To have better quality power metal albums.



Baz Anderson


Best Song: Sonata Arctica - Flag In The Ground
Favourite Album: Devin Townsend - Addicted
Best Concert: Blind Guardian at Bloodstock Open Air
Metal Moment Of The Year: The back-to-back run of Journey, Dream Theater, ZZ Top, Whitesnake and Def Leppard to close Download Festival.
And 2010? The new Fear Factory and Finntroll albums, and more festivals.



BitterCOld


Best Song: Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA or Clutch - Sleestak Lightning - cannot decide.
Favourite Album: Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Best Concert: Enslaved/Opeth
Metal Moment Of The Year: Watching two of the roadies/techs/slaves for the Vader/The Amenta/Warbringer/Decrepit Birth tour playing hackey sack with the three-foot long double-ended dildo that the Warbringer drummer kept in his bass drum after their set was over.
And 2010? Wasn't as good as 2001, A Space Odyssey. Oh, metal. Looking forward to High On Fire.



Collin


Best Song: Diablo Swing Orchestra - Lucy Fears The Morning Star
Favourite Album: Converge - Axe To Fall (Mastodon and Process Of Guilt coming in close second)
Best Concert: St Vitus and Electric Wizard at Hellfest '09 (not a lot of shows this year)
Metal Moment Of The Year: (1) Not leaving the festival site during Manowar at Hellfest despite their urging me to do so. Let's face it, by Manowar standards I am a poser and a traitor to the true metal cause. And I don't own any loincloth. (2) Watching Marcel's special annual "Puking in improbable places" session. 2008 was on a train window in Rotterdam, 2009 on a tree in the VIP area of Hellfest, apparently just to clear up some space for more Jack Daniels. Yeah dude, that was metull
And 2010? Hopefully going to Hellfest, listening to the new Orphaned Land, Nevermore and Misery Index albums, catching up on 09 records, having a law against the systematic inclusion of tomato in sandwiches, making people stop calling me "team", that kind of stuff.



Darkside Momo


Best Song: Riverside - Egoist Hedonist & Kreator - Escalation
Favourite Album: Kalisia - Cybion
Best Concert: Hellfest 09 (with Dream Theater, Sacred Reich, Suicidal Tendencies and countless others)
Metal Moment Of The Year: Hellfest '09 (again).
And 2010? Too many interesting albums already planned, it'll be an orgy (Orphaned Land, Nevermore, Dark Tranquillity, Cynic, Mekong Delta, Rhapsody Of Fire, Immolation, and OMG I forgot the rest).



dismaleuphony


Best Song: Madder Mortem - A Different Kind Of Hell
Favorite Album: Process Of Guilt - Erosion
Best Concert: Flowing Tears @Metal Female Voices Festival and Process Of Guilt @ Dutch Doom Days
Metal Moment Of The Year: Winning a photoshoot with Darzamat and Autumn at MFVF.
And 2010? Another trip to Europe planned around a gig/festival and more reviews for MS.



GT


Best Song: Candlemass - Lucifer Rising
Favourite Album: n/a
Best Concert: Epica @ Wacken
Metal Moment Of The Year: The MS-meeting @ Wacken and some of the concerts I've been to.
And 2010? The new Wuthering Heights album and a few festivals.



Jeff


Best Song: Heaven And Hell - Bible Black
Favourite Album: Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue
Best Concert: Marillion @ Bikini Toulouse; Suicidal Tendencies @ Hellfest 2009; and Adam Bomb @ Nantes. Damn this one REALLY kicked my ass and only for 5 fucking ... Real rockers still exist!
Metal Moment Of The Year: Of course Hellfest 2009, especially the end... when I got a really good news
And 2010? Hellfest 2010 obviously, but I'm also curious to listen to the new Orphaned Land



jupitreas


Best Song: Brutal Truth - Sugardaddy
Favourite Album: Impetuous Ritual - Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence
Best Concert: Ulver, Faith No More
Metal Moment Of The Year: Members of Deicide and Keep Of Kalessin making fun of Samael during the final show of their tour together.
And 2010? I just hope the whole industry doesn't implode and learns to adapt to the contemporary consumer. I'd like to continue hearing good albums and going to good shows.



Lucas


Best Song: The Ruins Of Beverast - I Raised This Stone As A Ghastly Memorial
Favourite Album: Teitanblood - Seven Chalices
Best Concert: Esoteric on The Mahakali Assassins Tour
Metal Moment Of The Year: Mayhem's Hotel Room Frenzy (haha).
And 2010? If the new Esoteric tops their The Maniacal Vale, I will probably get arrested for running around on the streets, naked, yelling and screaming like Attila Csihar. I promise you all, I will.



Marcel Hubregtse


Best Song: Procession - The Funeral Of An Age and the Corrosion/Lava doubleheader by Process Of Guilt
Favourite Album: Process Of Guilt - Erosion
Best Concert: Esoteric on The Mahakali Assassins Tour; Aathma and Process Of Guilt at Madrid Is The Dark Fest
Metal Moment Of The Year: Being complimented on wearing my Trouble shirt and what a cool band that is by Ron Holzner (bass, ex-Trouble) and me subsequently not recognizing him, backstage at Hellfest.
And 2010? Roadburn Festival and also highly anticipating the new Esoteric album.



Promonex


Best Song: Letzte Instanz - Der Garten
Favourite Album: Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
Best Concert: Enslaved @ Wacken Open Air; Einherjer @ Ragnarök Festival; Hanzel und Gretyl @ Frankfurt, Germany on their World Fukken Tour 2009
Metal Moment Of The Year: Eating schnitzel with Hanzel und Gretyl.
And 2010? Same procedure as every year: festivals, festivals, festivals...




Raiden


Best Song: Be'lakor - Countless Skies
Favourite Album: Finsterforst - ...Zum Tode Hin
Best Concert: Screamfest Australia, particularly Deströyer 666's set.
Metal Moment Of The Year: Metal people I met this year, particularly Metalstormers!
And 2010? n/a



Thryce


Best Song: Therapy? - Exiles and Wolves In The Throne Room - A Looming Resonance
Favourite Album: Savage Messiah - Insurrection Rising
Best Concert: Only did one, and it's not Metallica.
Metal Moment Of The Year: Nergal outing himself as a notorious playboy by dating a playboy model. High five, brah.
And 2010? One word: Pig Destroyer. And attending more noteworthy concerts, so I can recruit extra people for my "bring back the Lemmy beard" movement. It's gonna be a thing.




wrathchild


Best Song: n/a
Favourite Album: Kalisia - Cybion
Best Concert: Metallica in Paris (my first Metallica show)
Metal Moment Of The Year: Hellfest 09, another meeting with my fellow MS'ers.
And 2010? No fancy expectations.



ylside


Best Song: Exivious - Waves of Thought
Favourite Album: Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Best Concert: Nothing attended this year unfortunatly!
Metal Moment Of The Year: Camel riding for the first time in the beach and having kids laughing at me because I was as happy as a tourist. And... learned how to ride a bicycle. Lots of riding done in one year pfew... And last but not least, hearing two old 60+ ladies in the London tube talking about and enjoying Rage Against The Machine.
And 2010? Another Hellfest hopefully, and new efforts by Cynic, Therion, Gorguts, Septicflesh and Pain of Salvation. And whatever these newly reunited old school death metal bands will release. Oh yeah, and getting my MSc degree...



Ivan


Best Song: Epica - Martyr Of The Free Word
Favourite Album: Ghost Brigade - Isolation Songs
Best Concert: Aria in Tallinn
Metal Moment Of The Year: Moved to Finland, the grim and frostbitten land of moose and metal.
And 2010? Summer festivals! And hopefully will finally get the long-awaited Anathema and Sinergy albums.




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Doc Godin


Best Song: Destroyer 666 - I Am Not Deceived
Favourite Album: 3 Inches Of Blood - Here Waits Thy Doom
Best Concert: Motorhead with The Reverend Horton Heat & Nashville Pussy
Metal Moment Of The Year: Eating a "Save The Whales" pamphlet given to me by Gojira.
And 2010? Collect child support payments from Phil Collins and finish building time machine.



Götter


Best Song: The Howling Void - Megaliths Of The Abyss
Favourite Album: Urna - Iter Ad Lucem
Best Concert: Skepticism and Esoteric in Helsinki.
Metal Moment Of The Year: Almost getting beaten up for my metal looks and then saving myself by claiming to be an Eastern Orthodox priest.
And 2010? Still waiting for Fungoid Stream - Oceanus.



Hobbit Viggo


Best Song: The Gathering - A Constant Run
Favourite Album: Theatre Of Tragedy - Forever Is The World
Best Concert: Nightwish at Helsinki Hartwall Arena, 19.09.2009
Metal Moment Of The Year: Nightwish at Helsinki Hartwall Arena, 19.09.2009
And 2010? Hoping for some new fine albums and concert experiences...



White Winter Sun


Best Song: Deströyer 666 - A Thousand Plagues
Favourite Album: Kalisia - Cybion
Best Concert: Not a lot of shows this year unfortunately!
Metal Moment Of The Year: It would have been a good one if I did not have to cancel my coming to the Hellfest 2009 at the latest moment.
And 2010? To be at Hellfest 2010 obviously and to meet MS'ers over there.




 




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Marcel Hubregtse - 08.01.2010 at 20:08  
Hey Collin, I was somehow hoping you had forgot about my annual puking escapades.
Glad you didn't mention my 2007 drunk Hellfest tent mishap I wonder what 2010 will bring in that sense.
ylside - 08.01.2010 at 20:48  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.01.2010 at 20:08

Glad you didn't mention my 2007 drunk Hellfest tent mishap

Your "toxic waste" you mean ? Hahahaha
Collin - 08.01.2010 at 20:58  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.01.2010 at 20:08

Hey Collin, I was somehow hoping you had forgot about my annual puking escapades.
Glad you didn't mention my 2007 drunk Hellfest tent mishap I wonder what 2010 will bring in that sense.


I didn't forget, I just didn't witness it at the time (and I'm glad I didn't)
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.01.2010 at 21:03  
@Ylisde, yes, my toxic waste

@Collin, the only one that noticed was me and then especially the warm tingly feeling all over my hands
The Shape 1973 - 08.01.2010 at 21:04  
Very interesting, but you need more female staff as it looks like a police line up at the moment, or does Marcel's puking keep them away?
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.01.2010 at 21:08  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 08.01.2010 at 21:04

Very interesting, but you need more female staff as it looks like a police line up at the moment, or does Marcel's puking keep them away?


As far as I remember no females witnessed my two little incidents
But come to think of it besides Bararay there's only Angelique as female staffer and Keli & Valan (both haven't been on-line in years) as female elites.
Collin - 08.01.2010 at 21:10  
*Lyrinan enters, shoots Marcel in the balls and gets out without a word*
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.01.2010 at 21:13  
Written by Collin on 08.01.2010 at 21:10

*Lyrinan enters, shoots Marcel in the balls and gets out without a word*


Why? I meant no disrespect when mentioining her as staffer.
The Shape 1973 - 08.01.2010 at 21:15  
Are Raiden and Baz long lost brothers as they look very similar?

I know they live a long way apart but we get Australian actors over here all the time in pantomime at Christmas, you never know, might have the same father.
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.01.2010 at 21:20  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 08.01.2010 at 21:15

Are Raiden and Baz long lost brothers as they look very similar?

I know they live a long way apart but we get Australian actors over here all the time in pantomime at Christmas, you never know, might have the same father.


Australia penal colony of England... sound familiar?
The Shape 1973 - 08.01.2010 at 21:25  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.01.2010 at 21:20

Written by The Shape 1973 on 08.01.2010 at 21:15

Are Raiden and Baz long lost brothers as they look very similar?

I know they live a long way apart but we get Australian actors over here all the time in pantomime at Christmas, you never know, might have the same father.


Australia penal colony of England... sound familiar?

Think you might have something there, he does look a bit like a convict......ha ha.
Mr. Doctor - 09.01.2010 at 02:00  
If Esoteric makes a better album I want someone to be near Lucas and film the whole thing so we can get some killer youtube videos... Which I'll probably never see because I'll go mad as well.
Doc Godin - 09.01.2010 at 02:01  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.01.2010 at 02:00

If Esoteric makes a better album I want someone to be near Lucas and film the whole thing so we can get some killer youtube videos... Which I'll probably never see because I'll go mad as well.

I bet you would like to film Lucas naked.
Mr. Doctor - 09.01.2010 at 02:02  
Written by Doc Godin on 09.01.2010 at 02:01

I bet you would like to film Lucas naked.


Of course I want
Clintagram - 09.01.2010 at 03:25  
Not a good year for live shows? You're telling me. At least you guys caught some concerts, my 2009 live show total amounted to zero. Better luck this year.
Ilham - 09.01.2010 at 05:21  
I think everyone will agree with me on this one : we should get Lucas to execute his plans at Hellfest; there will be plenty of people to film the scene. And if possible, we should get Marcel to puke on him, so that'd be a double. There's potential for a big mess this year in Hellfest 2010, I'm glad I'll be part of it .
LeChron James - 09.01.2010 at 10:32  
BitterCOld i direct curses and misfortune in your direction for choosing party in the USA, everyone knows miley cyrus doesnt write her own music.
THE_BLACK_GOD - 09.01.2010 at 10:33  
2009 was not as 2008 and I wish a better year in 2010. world cup 2010 ,

Edit:hmmmm where is Ivan? where is my Richard bro? !
Darkside Momo - 09.01.2010 at 10:44  
Written by Ilham on 09.01.2010 at 05:21

I think everyone will agree with me on this one : we should get Lucas to execute his plans at Hellfest; there will be plenty of people to film the scene. And if possible, we should get Marcel to puke on him, so that'd be a double. There's potential for a big mess this year in Hellfest 2010, I'm glad I'll be part of it .

Now that would be pretty metul
BloodTears - 09.01.2010 at 10:58  
Very amusing read. I'm glad someone actually mentioned Riverside as opposed to just Kalisia.

Have no other complaints at the moment
THE_BLACK_GOD - 09.01.2010 at 13:05  
Written by BloodTears on 09.01.2010 at 10:58

Very amusing read. I'm glad someone actually mentioned Riverside as opposed to just Kalisia.

Have no other complaints at the moment

"Darkside Momo" talked about Riverside. but no one talked about "Porcupine Tree".
advent - 09.01.2010 at 13:32  
I am glad that a lot of the MS stuff talks about esoteric....they are amazing.

no one spoke about Moonspell.....but i hope they will deliver as a good album in 2010,and i would miss somehow Opeth in 2010.
Darkside Momo - 09.01.2010 at 15:00  
Written by BloodTears on 09.01.2010 at 10:58

Very amusing read. I'm glad someone actually mentioned Riverside as opposed to just Kalisia.

As K7 stated, I mentioned both, as both are among the best releases this year!
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2010 at 15:12  
Written by Darkside Momo on 09.01.2010 at 15:00

Written by BloodTears on 09.01.2010 at 10:58

Very amusing read. I'm glad someone actually mentioned Riverside as opposed to just Kalisia.

As K7 stated, I mentioned both, as both are among the best releases this year!


Kalisia isn't among the best of the year ask Collin, he will agree.
Darkside Momo - 09.01.2010 at 15:13  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2010 at 15:12

ask Collin, he will agree.

Are you two clones or something?
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2010 at 15:16  
Written by Darkside Momo on 09.01.2010 at 15:13

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2010 at 15:12

ask Collin, he will agree.

Are you two clones or something?


We are one and the same person. But then again everyone knew that already for years.
Collin - 09.01.2010 at 15:27  
I'm not Marcel. But Kalisia wins the "Most boring band of the year" award together with My Dying Bride for me Oh, and I too forgot to include Esoteric in my expectations for 2010. I won't run around naked if it's awesome (no one would want to see that anyway) but I could film Lucas doing it, definitely.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2010 at 15:32  
Written by Collin on 09.01.2010 at 15:27

I'm not Marcel. But Kalisia wins the "Most boring band of the year" award together with My Dying Bride for me Oh, and I too forgot to include Esoteric in my expectations for 2010. I won't run around naked if it's awesome (no one would want to see that anyway) but I could film Lucas doing it, definitely.


I'm also not running around naked. But i think I will be celebrating by puking over a naked Lucas though
Bararey - 09.01.2010 at 16:01  
Now that's gross Marcel, now I am trying to erase this image from my head
BloodTears - 09.01.2010 at 17:30  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2010 at 15:12

Written by Darkside Momo on 09.01.2010 at 15:00

Written by BloodTears on 09.01.2010 at 10:58

Very amusing read. I'm glad someone actually mentioned Riverside as opposed to just Kalisia.

As K7 stated, I mentioned both, as both are among the best releases this year!


Kalisia isn't among the best of the year ask Collin, he will agree.


I agree that the Kalisia album isn't amongst the best of the year. And me and Marcel hardly ever agree!
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2010 at 17:32  
Written by BloodTears on 09.01.2010 at 17:30

And me and Marcel hardly ever agree!


That's true
Lit. - 09.01.2010 at 19:30  
A good year. Metal will rise again.
Introspekrieg - 09.01.2010 at 20:45  
MS Staff/Elite... or mutants using their powers for the benefit of metal? Some (okay, one), of the images suggest the latter...
bloodwrage - 10.01.2010 at 01:24  
I like the number of Cybion for favorite albums.
BitterCOld - 10.01.2010 at 01:45  
Written by LeChron James on 09.01.2010 at 10:32

BitterCOld i direct curses and misfortune in your direction for choosing party in the USA, everyone knows miley cyrus doesnt write her own music.


hey, neither did Elvis or Sinatra, entirely... and all three are truly great artists beyond reproach!
Richard - 10.01.2010 at 03:08  
Written by Guest on 09.01.2010 at 10:33

Edit:hmmmm where is Ivan? where is my Richard bro? !


Thanks for the mention! Personally, I didn't buy or hear many new releases in 2009, so it seemed pointless for me to make a 'best of the year' type list.
BitterCOld - 10.01.2010 at 03:28  
Ivan, despite moving to metal country, like Finland, also declined as aside from working on MS, he had an 'un-metal' year.
Nosurper - 10.01.2010 at 06:53  
This is great. You guys should do this every year. Unless you do already, in which case, keep doing it.
LeChron James - 10.01.2010 at 07:26  
Written by BitterCOld on 10.01.2010 at 01:45

hey, neither did Elvis or Sinatra, entirely... and all three are truly great artists beyond reproach!

elvis and miley are different though. record labels write her music, elvis stole music from black women when that was acceptable in the music industry. its just a different kind of theft hahaha, oh how times change.
Warman - 10.01.2010 at 15:15  
I just got a crush on Lucas.
Lucas - 10.01.2010 at 15:22  
I did not want to comment on this article, but after reading all the replies, I just have to say: you are all a bunch of disturbing freaks.

Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2010 at 15:27  
Written by Lucas on 10.01.2010 at 15:22

I did not want to comment on this article, but after reading all the replies, I just have to say: you are all a bunch of disturbing freaks.




I am not the one who's going to run around naked on the streets
GT - 10.01.2010 at 17:04  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.01.2010 at 15:27

Written by Lucas on 10.01.2010 at 15:22

I did not want to comment on this article, but after reading all the replies, I just have to say: you are all a bunch of disturbing freaks.




I am not the one who's going to run around naked on the streets

As if wanting to puke over his naked body is any better??
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2010 at 17:33  
Written by GT on 10.01.2010 at 17:04

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.01.2010 at 15:27

Written by Lucas on 10.01.2010 at 15:22

I did not want to comment on this article, but after reading all the replies, I just have to say: you are all a bunch of disturbing freaks.




I am not the one who's going to run around naked on the streets

As if wanting to puke over his naked body is any better??


That happens because of how disgusted I will be about his naked body
The Shape 1973 - 10.01.2010 at 19:01  
Have I missed something or has MS suddenly turned in to a gay dating site for people with digestion problems?
Baz Anderson - 10.01.2010 at 22:05  
Hahaha.

I will also note that for "show of the year" I could have easily put Electric Wizard at Damnation Festival. Now that was out of this world.
ß - 11.01.2010 at 22:34  
Very interesting read to say the least.. I'm not even going to bother asking about the nakedness or the puking
Hamird - 13.01.2010 at 00:28  
It was such a great idea.. Lucas' was best in my opinion..
Daggon - 13.01.2010 at 07:04  
Ok, I think all the MetalStorm staff will be jailed because of them running naked all over the street... or maybe because they will start a riot (you know, maybe Esoteric fails in their next album... chan chan chan!).
Shadowcross - 13.01.2010 at 11:05  
Good little article and wrap up...
I also hope the industry survives and does not implode, but then again, this is metal - it is forever.

I love ylside's 'Metal Moment Of The Year':
"Camel riding for the first time in the beach and having kids laughing at me because I was as happy as a tourist. And... learned how to ride a bicycle. Lots of riding done in one year pfew... And last but not least, hearing two old 60+ ladies in the London tube talking about and enjoying Rage Against The Machine."

haha he must have missed 'metal' part unless bike and camel riding are now tr00

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