It goes without saying that every 21st century hessian recognizes the end of any year as a time to name their favorite albums of the year. Bickering, bitching, complaining, hating and the occasional positive remark inevitably follow, and that's what makes it fun. And since this system clearly ain't broken, we here at Brutalitopia don't plan on fixing it. Various blogs have already released their lists, with the MetalSucks and Reign In Blonde staffs joining the fray today, and Decibel were prompt in getting their Top 40 out in this month's issue. Per my personal modus operandi, Mick and I are gonna be fashionably late to the party. Look out for our lists shortly before Jesus' B-day next week, and go ahead and speculate in the comments. I'd be remiss if I didn't give a spoiler and say Maiden will end up on my list, but that's about as obvious as giving away that the cute but stupid blonde girl in the shitty flavor-of-the-month horror movie dies first.