DREAM THEATER Drummer Names His Favorite Albums Of 2009, Past Decade

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has released his annual "Best Of..." list for 2009 as well as a "Best Of 00s Decade-End Wrap-Up". His music-related selections are as follows:

Best Of 2009

CDs:

01. BIGELF - Cheat The Gallows
02. MASTODON - Crack The Skye
03. ALICE IN CHAINS - Black Gives Way To Blue
04. THE FLAMING LIPS - Embryonic
05. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - The Great Misdirect
06. THEM CROOKED VULTURES - Them Crooked Vultures
07. MEGADETH - Endgame
08. THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT - Ki/Addicted
09. HEART OF CYGNUS - Over Mountain Under Hill
10. ANIMALS AS LEADERS - Animals As Leaders

Honorable Mentions:

LAZARUS A.D. - The Onslaught
MUSE - The Resistance
PORCUPINE TREE - The Incident
BARONESS - Blue Record
RIVERSIDE - Anno Domini High Definition

And, of course:

DREAM THEATER - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
TRANSATLANTIC - The Whirlwind

Best Of Decade-End Wrap-Up

CDs:

Top 10:

01. MUSE - Absolution
02. BIGELF - Cheat The Gallows
03. OPETH - Blackwater Park *
04. SPOCK'S BEARD - Snow
05. THE FLAMING LIPS - At War With The Mystics
06. ENDOCHINE - Day Two
07. BEARDFISH - Sleeping In Traffic Pts 1&2
08. METALLICA - Death Magnetic
09. LAMB OF GOD - Ashes Of The Wake
10. PETER GABRIEL - Up
11. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - Colors
12. MACHINE HEAD - The Blackening
13. WILCO - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
14. SLIPKNOT - Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses
15. PAIN OF SALVATION - Remedy Lane
16. COLDPLAY - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
17. KING CRIMSON - The Power To Believe
18. WEEZER - Green Album
19. PORCUPINE TREE - Fear Of A Blank Planet
20. MASTODON - Crack The Skye

Commented Portnoy: "A special mention must be made declaring OPETH as my 'Band of the Decade' as I could have easily listed 'Deliverance', 'Damnation', 'Ghost Reveries' and 'Watershed' all in my top 10 as well, but I had a self-imposed rule of only one album per band... I had similar issues picking a definitive album from PORCUPINE TREE, PAIN OF SALVATION, MASTODON, LAMB OF GOD and THE FLAMING LIPS, who all put out very consistent, quality releases all decade."

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