Adios, 2010

Much as I’d love to give it a pat on the back and say “Pretty good year”, the story is that I view 2010 in a very different light.

This isn’t to say that it was entirely bad – oh, no.

In 2010, we saw

-the sudden death of Pete Steele and Paul Grey

-the passing of Metal’s godfather Ronnie James Dio (RIP)

-followed by the tragic loss of Asomvel’s Jay-Jay Winter (RIP)

and other tragic losses (RIP, again)

-Nergal’s fight against leukemia

-the news about King Diamond’s surgery

-Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theater

…and more.

Yet, there was also

-the 30th anniversary of Judas Priest’s ‘British Steel’

-not to mention the 20th anniversary of Cathedral, Amorphis and a few others (hehehe)

-victory for Indian metal on the global radar, as Demonic Resurrection signed over to Candlelight Records

-the start of a campaign for metal to get back its teeth, with Blood Revolt’s ‘Indoctrine’

-the return of Tom G. Warrior, through Triptykon’s ‘Eparistera Daimones’

-the birth of Me(n)tal-Meltdown (like I’m going to leave that off the list, hehe)

and many more.

What can we expect in 2011? If predictions prove true, we’ve got

*Judas Priest’s Epitaph farewell tour

*Iron Maiden’s UK tour

*Dornenreich’s adieu to the extreme side of their music

*new releases from Primordial, Cruachan, Moonsorrow, Insomnium and others

*a new chapter for everyone who started in 2010 and got noticed by the record labels

It wasn’t the best year, but 2010 certainly wasn’t without its ups as well as its downs.

While’s it’s still December 31st on my side of the pond, here is wishing you all a happier and more Metal New Year.

Bring on 2011.

-Ann S.



  1. Happy Metal New Year, Ann! I feel positive about 2011… and I’ll just take on those bumps in the Metal road as they appear. Pop/Bubble Gum music will only gain more momentum in America… only it is the blogs and sites like yours that will let the world know about “Real” music and in the end… Metal Victory will be ours!!

    We did lose too many key figures in Metal last year… those legends you mentioned would want us to carry on the word of Metal and keep marching forward… while we enlist more Metal believers each day of 2011.

    – Stone

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