Announcing Our Year End Contest Winner!!!

You’ve been asking us by email, twitter, even a few people have called me on the phone to find out who won our big year end contest . Well, here is the information you’ve all been waiting for.

Congratulations to Natalie Walschots of Toronto, ON, who won the big haul of 50 CDs, 2 7″s, 5 autographed posters, 1 OBSCURA longsleeve shirt, 1 Prosthetic Records tshirt, a DAGOBA dog chain, a Season Of Mist canvas bag and various stickers, etc.

On Saturday evening Albert Mansour , my son Kieran and I went to Toronto and delivered Natalie her contest winnings in person and she was kind enough to pose for some pictures with her winnings and young Master Kieran:

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Here is what Natalie picked as her top 5 albums of 2009 too:


Amorphis – Skyforger
The Devin Townsend Project – Addicted
Tyr – By The Light Of The Northern Star
Voivod – Infini
Woods of Ypres – W4: The Green Album

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Congratlations, Natalie! We hope that your prize winnings give you many hours of listening pleasure!

Special thanks as well to all of the companies that donated prizes for this huge year end contest, including E1 Records Canada, Metal Blade Records, Nuclear Blast Records America, Prosthetic Records, Relapse Records, Roadrunner Records Canada, Season Of Mist, Sonic Unyon Records and Distribution and more.

Sean is the founder/publisher of; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.