Welcome back to our monthly round up of all that was awesome in October.
This is where we collect the winning results from our weekly top 10 charts, the best new songs as voted by Ultimate Guitar readers, and the biggest news stories.
Top 10 Roundup
Best Progressive Metal Album: Mastodon "Crack the Skye"
Progressive Rock is one of the most popular genres on Ultimate Guitar, and this proved to be one of the most popular top 10 lists all year with a genuinely stellar set of results. Tool
's excellent "Lateralus
" was only just beaten by this brilliant concept album by Mastodon
. See the original Top 10 Progressive Metal Albums
Biggest Rock Poser: Gene Simmons
bassist has spent a career in makeup and gallant postures to earn this award. You can't say he didn't deserve it. See the full list of Top 10 Biggest Rock Posers
Best Beatles Song: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Polls like this will always be hotly contested, but the surprise winner isn't so unusual when you ask the world's biggest guitar community to vote. As Ultimate Guitar member Thrice Capades
said in the comments, "Welcome to UG, where readers play guitar and tend to like really, really, really amazing guitar songs.
See the full list of the Top 10 Beatles Songs Ever
Heaviest Guitar Riff Ever: "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath
The heaviest riff turned out to be the original metal riff. And so it should, when it still sounds as bleak and dark as ever. It was a truly brutal list, and we recommend that you turn up your speakers and hear the full Top 10 Heaviest Guitar Riffs
Scariest Song Story: "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath
and his crew won two award this month, with bassist Geezer Butler
's satanic backstory behind the song creeping out Ultimate Guitar readers more than any other. Check out our special Halloween Top 10 Scariest Song Stories
here, but be warned - it's not a pleasant read.
Tracks of the Month
Every week we round up the best new rock songs from around the internet and ask readers to vote for their favorite. Here's the best tracks and album streams from the month - look out for our weekly playlist on Thursdays to take part in the next poll.
Biggest News Stories
Here's some of the most debated stories on Ultimate Guitar over the past month.
Punk Band Film Porn on Westboro Baptist Church's Front Yard
- The mean 'God Hates Fags' preachers got a taste of sin on their own garden when an obscure band shot to fame when one of their female members masturbated in their yard.
Ultimate Guitar's 15th Birthday
- We celebrated 15 years of being the world's biggest guitar community, and readers were kind enough to leave some really touching comments
. Thanks guys and gals!
Lou Reed Passes Away at 71
- The music icon died last week of liver disease. Whatever you make of Lou
's ill-fated collaboration with Metallica
, he was a massive influence on music culture and stayed true to his art and beliefs until the end.
Justin Bieber Covers Metallica 'Fade to Black'
- Some argued that it wasn't a proper cover, but the news stirred a big reaction nonetheless. It sounds like Metallica
didn't care; they called themselves "Beliebers"
and support him for going through such a fast ascent to fame at such a young age.
What was your life like during the month of October? Post about one thing you did, learnt or hoped for in October, and we'll read all of them.