2008 in musical retrospect


Ott 11 2008, 21:16

The number of exceptionally great albums released over the past three years has taken a heavy decline, especially this year. With all the terrible things happening this year, like my graduation, Hurricane Ike, the loss of my long beloved cat Bessie, and the reformation of New Kids On the Block, I was hoping there would be lots of good music for balance. So far, I haven't found much and the year is almost over.

Here, my friends, is a list I've compiled of every album that's come out this year that I've taken the time to listen to, divided into four groups, two positive and two negative: the excellent, the enjoyable, the unimpressive, and the crap.

Have a Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
Opeth - Watershed
Portishead - Third
These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower & Dove
These Arms Are Snakes / Tropics split 7"
Venetian Snares - Detrimentalist

Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
Animal Style - Open Air
Jacob Bannon - The Blood Of Thine Enemies
Beck - Modern Guilt
Boris - Smile
Merzbow - Here
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Angles

Agalloch - The White EP
Anaemia - Promo demo
Architects / Dead Swans split 7"
Arson Anthem - Arson Anthem
Artefact - Ruins
Being Killed - Massacre Of The Living
Bloodbath - Unblessing The Purity
Cryptacize - Dig That Treasure
Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Firebrand Boy - Songs for Cake
Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
Gijs Gieskes - Molen
Hegemon - Contemptus Mundi
Inner Surge - An Offering
Knights Of The Abyss - Shades
Meshuggah - ObZen
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Mudhoney - The Lucky Ones
The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
Revolution Renaissance - New Era
Saattue - Jäähyvästi
This or the Apocalypse - Monuments
Thrice - The Alchemy Index: Vol. 3 & 4: Air & Earth
Warbringer - War Without End
Why? - Alopecia
Yerzmyey - FREAKuencies

Bob Gore - Mighty Dragon Cum Romance
Children of Bodom - Blooddrunk
Cavalera Conspiracy - Inflikted
Cryptopsy - The Unspoken King
Warrel Dane - Praises To The War Machine
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Eleventh Hour
Dark Fortress - Eidolon
Deicide - Till Death Do Us Part
Feral Children - Feral Children EP
Hate - Morphosis
In Flames - A Sense of Purpose
Kataklysm - Prevail
Kingdom of Sorrow - Kingdom of Sorrow
Norman Bates - Plaguebearer
Orphan Hate - Blinded By Illusions
Salt The Wound - Carnal Repercussions
Saving Grace - Behind Enemy Lines
Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
Sufferatory - Pseudophilosophic
With Blood Comes Cleansing - Horror
Vale Of Pnath - Vale of Pnath
Venom - Hell

Out of everything, I'd say my #1 of the year would be Have A Nice Life's debut double album. Absolute worst would go to Saving Grace - Behind Enemy Lines.

Do opine.


  • The_Night_Head

    I would largely agree, except how dare you deem the White ep as mediocre? D:

    Ott 12 2008, 8:37
  • ToolsAndCorpses

    White EP was boring as a really boring thing. >=/

    Ott 14 2008, 6:06
  • AxemRangers

    haha venetian snares

    Ott 14 2008, 21:23
  • stank-ass

    board up the house and obzen in mediocre? wha :(

    Ott 15 2008, 22:08
  • FromHeartache

    You have alot to learn. Kataklysm - Prevail as a fail? bring me a cigar for that , haha. Then you listen to pop so...well fair deal. I see why it is the worst year for you. Try a friend dying, your house blowing up and having glandular fever for a worse year matey... :) But other than that the music releases this year are awesome. But you haven't got into any slam death i see, maybe being killed but you saying that is just mediocore...lol. Anyway cya...nice try.

    Ott 25 2008, 11:13
  • FinalPizzaHut

    Alopecia in mediocrity? Boo :(

    Ott 25 2008, 17:26
  • ToolsAndCorpses

    Right, I'm a true blue pop fan and a metal n00b or something and because your year has been more unfortunate than mine that suddenly makes what you think more valid.

    Ott 29 2008, 2:21
  • Mnemicz

    obZen - mediocrity? >:( Praises - failure? ;O I beg to differ! Can't troll at you for having a different opinion though :)

    Nov 3 2008, 21:36
  • bardism

    I don't think that the White EP was boring. :/

    Mar 17 2009, 20:55
  • HumanRejection

    ToolsAndCorpses - nah he's just irrate you have pop in there.

    Mag 28 2009, 18:53
  • Tijnmans

    This or the Apocalypse - Monuments should be at least on cewl.

    Mar 19 2010, 9:59
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