As I was compiling my annual list of what I consider to be the ten best albums of the year, I realized just how good a year this was for my music (for example, my top three albums of 2009 are by bands that I have liked for a number of years. Each band released their as-to-date best album this year). There were about twenty albums that could have easily ended up on my top ten list, and many more that I could see just barely not making it. So, I am going to do something a little different this year. Instead of giving you one honorable mention album, then the top ten list as a whole, I'm going to feature a number of honorable mentions, then split my top ten into two posts over the next two days. So, here are the albums that just barely missed my top ten, in alphabetical order.
Delain - April Rain
Futures End - Memoirs of a Broken Man
HolyHell - HolyHell
Job for a Cowboy - Ruination
Lamb of God - Wrath
Leaves' Eyes - Njord
Revocation - Existence is Futile
Skeletonwitch - Breathing the Fire
Warbringer - Waking into Nightmares
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!