We’re getting close to the end of the year, and without fail we will all start to see year-end album lists, as in these were my ten favorite albums to come out this year. As usual, you will find a bunch of “real” metal sites post all types of bands that you’ve never heard of just to prove just how metal they actually are. “Without a doubt, Flatulent Impaler turned the world of extreme metal on its ear, and is the obvious number one.” It is almost a joke to see these lists, I can’t even imagine what goes on behind the scenes, “Fred, please take your number three off the list, what will people think if we post a list with that mainstream garbage.” The opposite also takes place, where you hear an album that is a hot steaming turd, but a site lists it because they either want the band at their awards show, want an interview, or an interview they did with the band or artist garnered them headlines all over Blabbermouth and Bravewords. Some of us may remember a famous host that poo-pooed Kiss’ Monster, an album he chose not to talk about, or list because he let his feelings cloud his judgment. He was hurt the band had shunned him, or a specific member as he currently points to, so he didn’t want to give them the time of day, but kind of did anyway. Yet, he listed Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension, which has the distinction of having “well at least it’s not Just Push Play” brought up every time it is mentioned, to his list of best albums of the year, when it was pretty disjointed, bloated effort. Hosts, in general, are guilty of this, I’m guilty of this, I’ll take an interview with someone just because they’re available, but I have zero interest in the act, but afterward open up to their music because the person I interviewed was really cool. So just imagine having several members of a band like Aerosmith on your show, so I can’t exactly blame the guy. Be prepared, the lists will start materializing soon, and like clockwork, see albums from December get completely ignored!