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 list here.
Biggest Rock Poser: Gene Simmons
The KISS 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 here.
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 here.
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 list here.
Scariest Song Story: "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath
Ozzy 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.