The Best Ripple Albums of 2009

As the year draws to an end, as we're naturally prone to do, it's time to come up with our views on the albums that left the greatest impressions on our psyches. And just like last year, we're thrilled to be joining an ever-growing, impressive collection of like-minded music writers, who've all banded together to share their thoughts.

At the end of this post, please check out the links to these other great sites and see their thoughts. Argue with us, agree with us, it's all intended to stimulate conversation.

As for our list . . . well, it's a bit different this year. First of all, we cover more than metal at the Ripple Effect, so only creating a Top 10 List of our favorite Heavy Albums seemed a bit too limiting. Also, with Woody writing for us all year, he plunged on into the heavy stuff, so Racer spent a little more time in other territories. With all that said, below we hope you'll find an eclectic collection of what passed through the Ripple this year and what we just couldn't forget.

Woody's List

The Acc├╝sed - The Curse of Martha Splatterhead
Dozer – Beyond Colossal
Firebird – Grand Union
Kylesa – Static Tensions
Mastodon – Crack The Skye
Skeletonwitch – Breathing The Fire
Slayer – World Painted Blood
Stone Axe – S/T
The Stooges – Live 1971, You Want My Action
Sun Gods In Exile - Black Light, White Lines

Pope's List

1. Diablo Swing Orchestra – Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious
2. The Atlas Moth – A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky
3. Sarkh – Vorunah
4. 1349 – Revelations of the Black Flame
5. A Backward Glance on a Travel Road – S/T (free download)
6. Skeletonwitch – Breathing The Fire
7. Tripdavon – Sketches From Silence
8. Hacride – Lazarus
9. We Insist! – The Babel Inside Was Terrible
10.Katatonia – Night is the New Day

Racer's List

Kamchatka - Volume III
Mammut -Karkari
Stone Axe - S/T
Oak is for Keeping - Animal Style
Black Bone Child - S/T
Robbers - Flesh E.P.
Rammstein - Leibe Ist Fur Alle Da
The Estranged - Singles
Grand Atlantic - How We Survive
Amadou and Miriam - The Magic Couple

*** Honorable Mention ***

Mountain Mirrors – the Immortal Deadbeats EP
Old Californio- Westering Again

Best Reissues

Siena Root - A New Day Dawning
Poobah - Steamroller
AC/DC - Backtracks
Sly & The Family Stone - The Woodstock Experience
Johnny Winter - The Woodstock Experience
James Brown - Live At The Garden
Motorhead - No Sleep Til Hammersmith
Santana - The Woodstock Experience
David Bowie -
Space Oddity (40th Anniversary Edition)

Don't forget to check out these sites and their Top 10 list of 2009
All Metal Resource --
Hair Metal Mansion --
Hard Rock Hideout --
Heavy Metal Addiction --
Heavy Metal Time Machine --
Metal Excess --


Metal Mark said…
I liked Mastodon and Slayer a lot. Have not gotten around to hearing the new Skeletonwitch yet. I liked the Stone Axe disc, but was definitely hoping for more stoner rock than classic rock.
VaTAga said…
Great information! Thanks! Happy New Year!
Woody said…
I bring the heavy everywhere I go!