Merry Christmas! I figure that at least a few of you are going to have gift cards to blow, so I thought I’d give you a HUGE list of music to spend them on. 2003 was a big year for me as a music fan. Discovered a lot of new (to me, anyway) stuff and reunited with some old favorites. I got very seriously back into metal this year. I never completely checked out from being a metal fan, but this year I hit it hard. Re-bought some of the classic stuff I’d lost track of (or loaned out and never saw again, or whatever), bought some of the stuff I always MEANT to have on file, and started exploring stuff I’d never heard of or given a chance before. And I did that with some of the rock/pop/etc stuff too…but with an extra slant toward metal this year. There are four in the top ten that you can call “metal” or a variant thereof (ie – Nine Inch Nails is better classified “industrial,” but if someone calls them “metal” I don’t get mad–though the record they released this year is really neither one). When you stretch the list to 15, you can add another two metal records. Metal was a recurring theme for me this year.