Unlike Niki, I'm not much of a metalhead, but this should was truly brilliant. In fact, I found myself listening to Death Magnetic for weeks afterwards, and was fond of saying things like "I feel like I just discovered this new band... Metallica! They're awesome, if you haven't heard them, check them out!" It was an amazing three hours of thrashing, headbanging, firework-and-laser accented awesomeness, the only low-point coming, ironically, when they played their biggest hit. Hell, I even left with a new appreciation for that douchenozzle Lars. --Martin Cizmar
This countdown was complied by Niki D'Andrea and Martin Cizmar and is running here over the last 10 days of the year. To read other entries click "Concert of the Year Countdown" in the tags below.