Hey all, the year is nearing its end - let us know: what is/are your best/favorite album(s) of this year. You can make it a 'top-something-list' or just write something about whatever you liked. Number one for me this year, and that probably isn't a surprise, is 'Mercy Falls'. I've said it before: this really could be my number one cd of all time - I know it's hard to compare a '4-months-old-cd' to one that is 16 years old ('Images and Words' by Dream Theater) but the impact MF has made to me has been absolutely mindblowing. I also like 'The Art Of War' by SABATON. I think they made another huge step after their last effort; TAOW cotains well-written (power)metalsongs with awesome choruses. LEVERAGE made a good record as well: it's more hardrock than metal but I really like 'Blind Fire' a lot. MINDFLOW made another cd this year, it is called "Destructive Device". I don't like the last three songs but the rest of the songs are pretty good. I like this cd more than their previous albums. Two other good albums: SIX MINUTE CENTURY's 'Time Capsule' and EYEFEAR's 'The Unseen' - both decent albums but not as good as the ones mentioned above. All in all, a nice 'metal-year' - let's see what 2009 will bring. I'm sure there will be a lot of good releases but I'm especially looking forward to new albums from DREAM THEATER, CIRCUS MAXIMUS and MAGIC PIE.