Having been listening to heavy music for over 20 years now, I still get excited by new and exciting music by bands both new and old. The year started a bit slow by by the end of it there was, as ever, a ton of brilliant releases.
Over here in the UK there is a shit ton of bands making the scene as exciting as ever and I've had some great times checking them out live and now and again playing with them. As well as new bands, it is comforting that some of the old guard can still put out stunningly good albums. - Tom