Overall, 2009 was a pretty good year for metal. There were also disappointments, though. I hate to start the list on a down note, but here are the records I had higher hopes for this year. (The links will take you to my original reviews).
Tim “Ripper” Owens, "Play My Game." I had hoped this record was going to blow me away, but it turns out to be an average hard rock album. Here’s hoping Richard Christy’s Charred Walls of the Damned provides some more inspiring work from Owens.
Lillian Axe, "Sad Day on Planet Earth." After a big comeback with "Waters Rising," one of the staples of my youth follows it up with a mediocre effort that isn’t helped by poor production values. There are good songs, but it’s an overall disappointment.
Kiss, "Sonic Boom." Not that I expected greatness from a new Kiss record, but I expected more than this phoned-in attempt to relive the 1970s.