Okay, okay. A top 20 of 2008. I find it difficult to compare and rank albums but here's an attempt. Thank the Chief Commie (thought that was me? Ha! He's the real Party animal) for pressuring me into it. Since black metal is the only genre I actively follow in respect to new albums being released, the list will disproportionately lean in that direction, moreso even than the rest of this blog. I have most of these set for posting at a later time so stick around!
As this blog is primarily for spreading music I will add links to any material of the bands included that I have posted earlier, and because you really, really need the Panopticon I've linked to a friend's blog.
20. Nachtmystium - Assassins: black meddle part 1 It's nice, I like it, etc. Earlier EP here
19. Forefather - Steadfast Their most balanced, organic album to date
18.Masshysteri - Vår del av stan Just heard this yesterday. Great Swedish punk, tough but catchy 17.Lifelover - Konkurs Fits in well with their other albums, a bit too much so I'd even say 16.Nightbringer - Death and the black work (here!) Raw, chaotic, demanding, overwhelming 15.Ida Maria - Fortress round my heart Great voice, simple but super-uplifting songs
14.Voyager - Voyager Heavy, melancholic death-doom, the post-rock way
13.De Silence et d'Ombre - Vol. II - Ascension manifesto Surprising spacey black metal newcomer, could go pretty far indeed 12.Sabaton - The art of war My favourite imperialist power metal band did it again. Download their debut here
11.Tiamat - Amanethes Temple of the crescent moooooooooooon! 10.Darskspace - Dark space III ...and I'm floating in a most peculiar way... 9. Smorzando - Smrad Unexpected little gem of noisy depressive black metal with capital D 8. The Weepies - Hideaway Not as good as Happiness (here), but still Weepie-tastic
7. Ska-P - Lagrimas y gozos They're back! Poppier, sadder, but as good as ever. Live album here
6. Lantlôs - Lantlôs Impressive debut of melancholic, postmodernist BM 5. Panopticon - Panopticon (here!) Political black metal as there should be more of it 4. God is an Astronaut - God is an Astronaut Exemplary post-rock, one of the best in its genre 3. Doom:vs - Dead words speak Solo project of Draconian member. Total darkness and despair
2. Woods of Infinity - Hopplös väntan Hamptjärn (here) is better, but this is the release that got me into them which is to be rewarded 1. A Forest of Stars - The corpse of rebirth (here) Yay winner! See the post directly below
This blog is meant to generate attention to bands that I think deserve it, and aims for a large variety of music styles. I will only share albums that I personally recommend, and do not honour requests. You won't find complete discographies here as I encourage individual research and do care about the artists enough not to offer their entire lives' work for the taking. If you notice a mistake or a wrong/broken link, please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks!
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