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Staff Picks of 2008

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  1. TheTechnogoat

    TheTechnogoat Protean

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    Welcome to UltimateMetal.com’s Staff Picks of 2008! It’s been a great year for metal, and we have plenty to say about it. Below you will find our individual staff picks – organized alphabetically by first name – with links to the corresponding reviews and commentaries underneath.

    Agree with our choices? Disagree? What’s on your Best of 2008 list? We want to know what you think!


    Adam McAuley a.k.a. Victim of Deception

    Opeth - Watershed
    Cult of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
    Metallica - Death Magnetic
    Textures - Silhouettes
    Sculptured - Embodiment

    Jack Deming a.k.a. TheTechnogoat

    1. Moonsorrow - Tulimyrsky
    2. Enslaved - Vertabrae
    3. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
    4. Equilibrium - Sagas
    5. Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery
    6. Opeth - Watershed
    7. Eluveitie - Slania
    8. Yann Tiersen - Tabarly
    9. Cat Power - Jukebox
    10. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy

    Jason Jordan a.k.a. circus_brimstone

    1. Gojira - The Way of All Flesh
    2. Genghis Tron - Board up the House
    3. Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery
    4. Burst - Lazarus Bird
    5. Cult of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
    6. The Photographic - Pictures of a Changing World
    7. Nachtmystium - Assassins - Black Meddle Part I
    8. Meshuggah - ObZen
    9. Arghoslent - Hornets of the Pogrom
    10. Psycroptic - Ob(Servant)
    Honorable Mention: Enslaved - Vertebrae

    Paddy Walsh a.k.a. Bleakest Harvest

    Opeth - Watershed
    Meshuggah - ObZen
    Portishead - Third
    Diagonal - Diagonal
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
    Steve Wilson - Insurgentes
    Bauhaus - Go Away White
    Virus - The Black Flux
    Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
    Asva - What You Don't Know is Frontier

    Russell Garwood a.k.a. Russell

    Bardoseneticcube + Noises Of Russia - New Orthodox Line
    Between The Buried And Me – Colors*
    Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery
    Falconer - Among Beggars And Thieves
    Opeth - Watershed
    Sigh – Hangman’s Hymn*
    The Berzerker - The Reawakening
    The Sin: Decay - Rehabilitation
    Whourkr – Concrete
    Woods of Ypres - Woods III

    Honourable mention:
    Herrschaft – Tesla

    *Technically late 2007, but I only picked them up this year…

    Ryan Starr a.k.a. genocide roach

    This year was a disappointment for extreme metal, especially death metal. However, there were some gems out there, and I think I've made a solid list. Lets hope next year is better (and it should be with new releases from Orphaned Land, Thyrfing, Augury, and Borknagar)

    Eluveitie- Slania
    Nightbringer- Death and the Black Work
    Esoteric- The Maniacal Vale
    Alestorm- Captain Morgan's Revenge
    Mouth of the Architect- Quietly
    Todesbonden- Sleep Now, Quiet Forest
    Draconian- Turning Season Within
    Isole - Bliss Of Solitude
    Ihashn- Angl
    Enslaved- Vertebrae
     
  2. Det Som Engang Var

    Det Som Engang Var Viking Bastard

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    Ctrl+F4 Warrel Dane=Not found

    Thread reaks of fail.
     
  3. Victim of Deception

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    I'm thinking of switching my Textures pick for Enslaved's Vertebrae which seems promising.
     
  4. Alteredmindeath

    Alteredmindeath Wasteland Survivor

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    good list Victim
     
  5. Victim of Deception

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    Cynic - Traced in Air is another album that I would expect to make it to my best of choices in little time, as there are still many great albums this year I need to hear yet.
     
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    The Maniacal Vale, is the best metal album of the year. In terms of, composition of doom/metal, chord progressions and flat-out brilliant guitar playing along with crushing brutality, nothing else comes close. But hey, that's just me.
     
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    Another album that seems to be absent from these lists, but needs to be mentioned is Testament's The Formation of Damnation perhaps.
     
  8. Bleakest Harvest

    Bleakest Harvest \m/Misanthropic Hippy\m/

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    This didn't quite blow me away as I had hoped, being a huge fan of Focus. The vocals just didn't cut it, those high pitched vocoder vox grated big time. Musically it was brilliant though, just a shame about the vocals, which is what kept it off my list anyway.

    Another disappointment for me, as their previous two releases are some of my all-time favourite doom releases. I had high hopes for this after Subconscious Dissolution..., but the production let it down imo (the vocals were a bit too low in the mix and failed to create that overwhelming, suffocating feeling of previous albums). Still a good album, but noticeably less memorable than its predecessors.

    A good album, and I enjoyed it, but not a patch on The Gathering imo.

    The above three albums were some of my most anticipated albums for '08, and since they failed to live up to expectations it made the year a bit of a let down for me metal-wise. Virus's Black Flux nearly made up for it though, bloody brilliant album yet barely talked about.
     
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    Equilibrium's Sagas and Hollenthon's Opus Magnum round out my top 10 list regardless.
     
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    genocide roach DOOOOOOOOOOM

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    i think alot of stuff made the list this year because there was a lack of amazing releases. i'll admit that alot of the ones in my list are great but not lifechanging. like i said before, 08 sucked for metal...
    ~gR~
     
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    voodoo A little left of heaven

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    Why, because someone's opinion differs from yours? :rolleyes:
     
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    leadbender New Metal Member

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    I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. Mine is that '08 was a great year for metal. Here's my top ten.

    1. Woods of Ypres - Woods III: Deepest Roots Darkest Blues
    2. Nachtmystium - Black Meddle Part 1
    3. Gojira - The Way of All Flesh
    4. Enslaved - Vertebrae
    5. Dismember - Dismember
    6. Utlagr - 1066: Blood and Thunder in Hastings
    7. Keep of Kalessin - Kolossus
    8. Testament - The Formation of Damnation
    9. The Gates Of Slumber - Conquoror
    10. Coffins - Buried Death
     
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    macaonghusa New Metal Member

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    Thanks to this post, I discovered both Burst and Virus, two awesome bands. Cheers :D
     
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    Addicted Blaze In The Northern Sky

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    2008 was great.

    1. Enslaved - Vertebrae
    2. God Is An Astronaut - God Is An Astronaut
    3. Meshuggah -obZen
    4. Cynic - Traced In Air
    5. Burst - Lazarus Bird
    6. Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
    7. Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
    8. Metallica - Death Magnetic
    9. Opeth - Watershed
    10. Textures - Silhouettes
     

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