MEGADETH's "Endgame" album took the No. 1 spot in WJCU's "Metal On Metal" annual listener Top 25 countdown show. SLAYER's "World Painted Blood" and HEAVEN & HELL's "The Devil You Know" were close runner-ups for the second and third positions, respectively.
This was the 26th year of the poll, which has become an annual tradition in Cleveland and one of "Metal On Metal"'s most listened to programs.
"I received an incredible response to this year's poll", says "Metal On Metal" host Bill Peters. "When all was said and done, 1,195 votes were registered.
"My listeners really look forward to this 'best-of' show each year and I enjoy doing it for them. It's their night to program the show.
"The list they have put together is very diverse with several surprises. There are some albums on the list I do not play on the program and several of my personal favorites did not make it, but that's okay.
"My listeners are very knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to their love for the music. I always rave to people around the world just how great they are and this is another reason to prove this fact true.
"This list holds up to and is better than most lists I have seen. I like it because it comes from the fans, not the so-called music industry insiders who are often out of touch with what the true metal fans like. The fans are the ones buying the music and supporting the bands. Their voices need and deserve to be heard!"
WJCU's "Metal On Metal" can be heard every Friday night from 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. (EST) on 88.7 FM in the Cleveland, Ohio area or streamed worldwide at www.wjcu.org.
"Metal On Metal"'s top albums of 2009:
01. MEGADETH - "Endgame" (Roadrunner)
02. SLAYER - "World Painted Blood" (American)
03. HEAVEN & HELL - "The Devil You Know" (Rhino)
04. WOLF - "Ravenous" (Century Media)
05. KREATOR - "Hordes Of Chaos" (SPV)
06. WARBRINGER - "Walking Into Nightmares" (Century Media)
07. PRIMAL FEAR - "16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)" (Frontiers)
08. SAXON - "Into The Labyrinth" (SPV)
09. SATYRICON - "The Age Of Nero" (Koch)
10. ANVIL - "This Is Thirteen" (VH1 Classic)
11. LICK THE BLADE - "Graveyard Of Empires" (Auburn)
12. FU MANCHU - "Signs Of Infinite Power" (Century Media)
13. TIM "RIPPER" OWENS - "Play My Game" (SPV)
14. AMORPHIS - "Skyforger" (Nuclear Blast)
15. IMMORTAL - "All Shall Fall" (Nuclear Blast)
16. DORO - "Fear No Evil" (AFM)
17. MASTODON - "Crack The Skye" (Reprise)
18. OUTLOUD - "We'll Rock You To Hell And Back Again" (Frontiers)
19. EPICA - "Design Your Universe" (Nuclear Blast)
20. ALICE IN CHAINS - "Black Gives Way To Blue" (Virgin)
21. IRON FIRE - "To The Grave" (SPV)
22. REDEMPTION - "Snowfall On Judgment Day" (Century Media)
23. KISS - "Sonic Boom" (Kiss)
24. BARONESS - "Blue Record" (Relapse)
25. SUEDE BROTHERS - "Ill Knew You" (Bad Breaker)