Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Best Music of 2008

The Top Ten Albums

1) Silver Spoons & Broken Bones - Stone Gods

From the ashes of the Darkness came forth Stone Gods, and they produced a classic rock album packed full of well written songs.

2) Runnin' Wild - Airbourne

Airbourne looked at AC/DC's career and thought "That looks pretty good, we'll do that", it is AC/DC, good basic frantic metal.

3) The Alchemy Index Vol 1-4 - Thrice

I previously thought Thrice to be just another post hardcore outfit, but then they put out these double album filled with shade and texture, from the beautiful and haunting to the screamo and pounding it is experimental, layered and wonderful.

4) Burlesque - Bellowhead

The twenty two legged folk machine's second album continued their marvellous re-interpretation of British folk music.

5) The Scarecrow - Avantasia

Tobias Sammet's all star power metal line up produced a great album, he must be a bit sore that this project is far better than his day job with Edguy.

6) Market Harbour - Ginger

The Wildhearts frontman's most accomplished solo work to date.

7) I Started Out With Nothing And I Still Got Most Of It Left - Seasick Steve

Stripped down blues with a warm gravel voice, should probably get an award for best album title as well.

8)Captain Morgan's Revenge - Alestorm

If you take your metal too seriously then the Scottich Pirate Metal outfit Alestorm (and creators of their very own musical genre) probably won't be your cup of beer. but they make you laugh whilst raising a right old racket at the same time.

9) A New Begining - La Ventura

Female fronted gothic/symphonic power metal, yes it's a well worn route at the moment, but the Dutch band do it really well on their debut album.

10) Black Ice - AC/DC

Hello Grandad do you want a pint of milk stout in a handle glass ? Yes the collective age of AC/DC adds up to several hundred years, but metal's old boys really showed the young guns how to rock this year.

Bubbling Under......

Death Magnetic - Metallica, hurrah, it wasn't shit
H.A.A.R.P. - Muse, live brilliance
Songs From The Sparkle Lounge - Def Leppard, crap title, good album
Inflikted - The Cavalera Conspiracy, heavy, fast, heavy, great
Here We Stand - The Fratellis, the best Beatles album that Oasis never recorded
The Premonition - Firewind, good power metal from Greece
Seasons of Tragedy - Benedictum

I've tried to actually put albums into my top ten that were al released in 2008, these two albums released late in 2007 were also awesome and both would have been on my top ten otherwise.....

Blackout - Britney Spears
The Bairns - Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

Best Live Band

The Wildhearts, always the best band to see live
Alestorm, "We want more wenches and beer", oh yes, fetch me tri-corner hat and make the parrot walk the plank
G U Medicine - Awesomely heavy
Spit Like This - Highly entertaining
Tigertailz - the Boyos still rock

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