While it’s no surprise to see Tool, Metallica, and Slayer land on our top ten stories of the year, there were a few surprises, including a fast-food restaurant chain. Here are Metal Insider’s Top Ten Stories of 2019. In case you missed our previous year-end and decade-end lists, check out our Top Ten Shocking Moments of 2019, Top Ten Cover Songs of 2019, Best Albums of the Decade, Stories of the Decade, Black Metal Albums of the Decade, Zenae’s best concerts of 2019, and Zach’s, Zenae’s, Bram’s, Matt’s, and Jeff’s top metal albums of 2019.
Shortly after Tool released Fear Inoculum, frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed the record was “fantastic eight years ago.” This shocking revelation is what made this piece land at #10.
For over a decade, we waited to hear new Tool music, and we finally did. Of course, their first song in thirteen years would be one of our biggest stories.
Slayer’s impact on New York’s music scene and the metal community, in general, will always be remembered.
“We were burnt, we were frigging fried.”
We salute the Metallica fans who were able to purchase a ticket on the day bots beat many for night one of S&M 2.