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What are your TOP-ALBUMS of 2008?

Discussion in 'Seventh Wonder' started by Kazar, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Kazar

    Kazar SW-moderator

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    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.
     
  2. fire_angel

    fire_angel Timboooooo

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    Here's my top 10 list this year.

    1. SEVENTH WONDER – MERCY FALLS
    2. ROYAL HUNT – PARADOX II : COLLISION COURSE
    3. CLOUDSCAPE – GLOBAL DRAMA
    4. APPEARANCE OF NOTHING – WASTED TIME
    5. JORN – LONELY ARE THE BRAVE
    6. FIREWIND – THE PREMONITION
    7. SERENITY – FALLEN SANCTUARY
    8. SCAR SYMMETRY – HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE
    9. COMMUNIC – PAYMENT OF EXCISTENCE
    10. HARMONY – CHAPTER II : AFTERMATH
     
  4. sirclansman

    sirclansman Man in Black Parade

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    - SEVENTH WONDER - MERCY FALLS
    - STORMWARRIOR - HEADING NORTHE
    - LEVERAGE - BLIND FIRE
    - JUDAS PRIEST - NOSTRADAMUS
    - SERENITY - FALLEN SANCTUARY
    - BROTHER FIRETRIBE - HEART FULL OF FIRE
    - MOONMADNESS - ALL IN BETWEEN
    - THE CHANT - GHOSTLINES
    - OPETH - WATERSHED
    - AVANTASIA - THE SCARECREW
     
  5. tommidt

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    I have almost the same... Just change The Chant to Jimi Jamison - Crossroads Moment. Plus there are maaany other cool abums that didn´t make my Top 10, but are just great! Like Circus Maximus etc...
     
  6. Ravenom

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    1. Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls - by far!

    2. Dominici - O3 - A Trilogy part 3
    3. Sabaton - The Art of War
    4. Bullet for My Valentine - Scream, Aim, Fire
    5. Ayreon - 01011001
    6. Disturbed - Indestructible
    7. Equilibrium - Sagas
    8. Eluveitie - Slania
    9. Testament - The Formation of Damnation
    10. Royal Hunt - Paradox II
     
  7. Lord_an

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    I just...don't know many new bands, and new albums...so...I just have kind of a top 3...XD

    1. Mercy Falls - Seventh wonder (the best album since DT's scenes from a memory)

    2. Chaos In Motion - Dream Theater (I was looking forward this cd/dvd, since I went to the concert)

    3. Watershed - Opeth (started listening this band some short time ago, it blew my mind!)
     
  8. Romanowar

    Romanowar Italian horseman

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    I am a freaking power metal fan, so something can sound strange for a prog metal forum: anyway, here you have my personal top 10 for 2008:

    SEVENTH WONDER: Mercy Falls
    FIREWIND: The Premonition
    EDGUY: Tinnitus Sanctus
    METALLICA: Death Magnetic
    SAINT DEAMON: In shadows lost from the brave
    AVANTASIA: The Scarecrow
    SERENITY: Fallen Sanctuary
    STORMWARRIOR: Heading Northe
    VOODOO CIRCLE: Voodoo Circle
    ALMAH: Fragile Equity

    2008 flop: Revolution Renaissance
    2008 surprise: Saint Deamon
    best 2008 show: Lizzy Borden @ Bang Your Head
     
  9. Taliwakker

    Taliwakker .....

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    THE GOOD

    Seventh Wonder-Mercy Falls....best concept album (by a band) i have heard in a long time. Tommy's voice is amazing, the songs are amazing. The playing is top notch. Love it.

    Protest the Hero-Fortress.....this one is all over the place but they manage to create great songs. Sounds kind of like a cross between Incubus and Mars Volta if they were a tech metal band.

    Frost*-EIMA.....A real grower for me. I loved Milliontown...was initially let down a bit by this but discovered its magic through headphones and persistence.

    It Bites-The Tall Ships.....Like Kino II. John Mitchell is just awesome.

    Opeth-Watershed.....just really good....as expected.

    Zero Hour-Dark Deciever....A bit heavier than the last cd....still great...though i think some of the song writing style is getting a little too familiar.

    Jorn-Lonely are the Brave....took a while to appreciate this one....very Dio inspired songs.

    Ayreon-01011....not as good as THE but still great...Jorn kicks major ass on this.

    Avantasia-The Scarecrow...wasn't a huge fan of the first two Av discs...this one has a bit more variety and better songs. Jorn kicks major ass on this.

    Mercenary-Architect of Lies....not too different from the last one.....which i loved.

    Scar Symmetry-Holographic Universe....a bit more commercial than PBP but some killer songs and some killer solos. Pity Christain left the band.

    Greg Howe-Soundproof.....some amazing guitar playing...funky as shit.

    Rose Kemp-Unholy Majesty....a dark folky grungy doomy album with her distinctive voice. She's great.

    Anathema-Hindsight.....perfect mellow album. Not a huge fan before this but will check out some older stuff

    Cynic-Traced in Air....i like this more than Focus...its a bit mellower and the vocals, although processed as fuck, are more to my liking.

    Meshuggah-ObZen....same old stuff really...still kicks ass.

    Harmony-Chapter II:Aftermath.....Not too disimilar to Darkwater...a bit less proggy. Good songs...not huge on the Christian themes though.

    Ra-Black Sun.....I love Sahaj's voice.

    Volbeat...Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood. Not convinced by the first two albums but gave them one last try and really dig it.

    All Ends-All Ends.....quite commercial sounding female fronted heavy rock. One of the two singers has an almighty voice. Probably my fave female voice atm.

    Raunchy-Wasteland Discotheque......Heavy in the right places and catchy in the right places

    The OK

    Karmakanic-Who's the Boss.....quite good...some songs just are too long...and Goran should let his voice venture out of the midrange more often (like he used too)

    Suspyre-When Time Fades....these guys have almost got it right on all three albums. Too much unnecessary instrumentation and lack of hooks hold this back.

    Dark Empire-Humanity Dethroned....not as good as Persuader....it got played a bit when i first got it but bored of it too quickly.

    Saint Deamon-In Shadows Lost From The Brave....not consistently good but definately has its moments.

    Serenity-Fallen Sanctuary....liked the first album better. This one hasn't grabbed me.

    Sevendust-VII.....they keep churning out the same stuff....i loved it on Animosity but after 7 discs its too predictable. Morgan should stop screaming and leave it to the black guy.

    Kings X-XV...Its been getting good reviews and called a return to form but its still a long way from "form" in my books.

    Kiske-Past in Different Ways....after the novelty wore off it gets a bit boring. Magic voice still.

    Starbreaker-Love's Dying Wish....great in small doses...i just have a bit of a problem with Harnell's voice. Better than the debut and Magnus Karlson sounds less like himself on this release which is good because he's on a lot of stuff.

    Souljourners-Mind Control....pretty good and nice to hear a lower egister voice in a prog setting. Just lacks something.

    Eyefear-The Unseen.....Good sounding album....but they are starting to sound a bit samey.

    Tomorrow's Eve-Tales from Serpentia....probably haven't played this as much as i could have...or maybe there is a reason for that????

    Xystus-Equilibrio...very ambitious...some good orchestration....would sound much better without the vocalists...they (and the melodies) let this one down.

    The Crap...and the let downs....not all of these are bad.

    Motley Crue-Saints of LA.....shit from start to finish

    Judas Priest-Nostradamus....they were a bit average live...and this will rarely if ever be played again by me i think.

    Metallica-Death Magnetic...i think i've had to teach nearly all the songs on the album to students in the past 2-3 months....better than teaching them Greenday i guess...but not much.

    Into Eternity-The Incurable Tragedy.....they peaked on Buried in Oblivion....and the decline continues here.

    Iced Earth-Wicked II.....i don't like Iced Earth except for some of the early Barlow stuff. Boring as shit...why do people like these guys so much?

    Pyramaze-Immortal....was hoping that Barlow would sound good in a different musical setting. The songs are predictable and bland unfortunately.

    Bumblefoot-Abnormal...he's so fucking good on guitar. His songwriting is not what it used to be. Bummer.

    Whitesnake-Good to be Bad.....has all the right ingerdients but none of the songs do it for me.

    UnSun-The End of Life....she sucks.

    Anberlin-New Surrender.....crap songs. Cities was 100 times better.

    X-World 5-New Universal Order.....bored shitless. Nils should do Pagan's Mind and Pagan's Mind only!
     
  10. Buddah

    Buddah New Metal Member

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    Metal:

    1. Equillibrium - Sagas
    2. Norther - N
    3. Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls
    4. Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
    5. Eluveitie - Slania
    6. Amon Amarth -Twilight of the Thunder God
    7. AC/DC - Black Ice

    Non-metal:

    1. Markus Krunegård - Markusevangeliet
    2. Amy MacDonald - This Is the Life

    Can't remember any other albums atm :)
     
  11. MAXX68

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    Frankly speaking there were not so many unforgettable issues, so I've to reduce my personal top charts upto 2 great sensational 'Newcomers" of the Year' :

    Best CD '08
    Seventh Wonder - MF
    H.E.A.T. - Heat 2008


    Best Live '08 Acts:
    Seventh Wonder Live in Italy (cannot choose a date, every single minute...)
    Europe Live Acoustic Nalen Stockholm 26/01/2008
    Kamelot Oslo Norway Sentrum Theater 03/05/2008
    Firewind Live THESSALONIKI Greece (recording live DVD) 12/01/2008
    Avantasia Live Sweden Rock Festival 07/06/2008
    Danger Danger Nottingham UK Firefest 26/10/2008
    Lizzy Borden Balingen BYH Germany 28/06/2008
    (actually I travelled a lot...:headbang: lol)

    Best '08 Live song:
    Seventh Wonder/Circus Maximus covering "The final countdown"
    live Ronchi Italy 9/11/08 (there'd be some mins on youtube)

    Good surprises / welcome back!:
    Metallica-Death Magnetic
    Whitesnake-Good to be Bad

    Dreams of '09: to see LOUDNESS Live in concert !!
    to see again Seventh Wonder Live in concerts !!

    that's all folks
    ciao
     
  12. fire_angel

    fire_angel Timboooooo

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    Spot on on both counts. Wow, i thought i was the only Ra fan out there.
     
  13. dee2tompa

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    1 is absolute number one.....Mercy falls SW
    2 is Norther album N
    3 is dream steel album You
     
  14. SonataFanatica

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    Amen to that, man. :Smug:

    My favourite releases from 2008 (alphabetically):

    Ayreon · 01011001
    Harmony · Chapter II: Aftermath
    Hollenthon · Opus Magnum
    Opeth · Watershed
    Saint Deamon · In Shadows Lost From The Brave
    Scar Symmetry · Holographic Universe
    Seventh Wonder · Mercy Falls
     

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