GMD Poll: Top Ten Albums of 2008

Nov 23, 2002
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please submit your lists by 11pm UTC on JUNE 1st.

(reminder of the rules:
- please submit at least 5 releases.
- first place in your rankings gets 10 points, 2nd gets 9, etcetc, 10th gets 1.
- feel free to post more than 10, but only the top 10 will get points.
- feel free to post less than 10, the same scoring will apply.
- feel free not to rank your picks, in which case all ten picks will get 5.5 points.
- if you're so much of a dick that you have to post more than 10 unranked picks, i'll work out the mathS. basically there's no way you can sabotage this so fuck you!)
 
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I enjoy very little from this year.

The list so far:

1. Meshuggah - obZen
2. Skelator - Give Me Metal or Give Me Death
3. Maelstrom - It Was Predestined
4. Furious Barking - Theory of Diversity
5. Noneuclid - The Crawling Chaos

I'll leave it a top 5 for now, having to decide between a decent Trivium album or a weaker Metal Church album just to go past that is not inspiring. There's some stuff I need to refresh my memory on that might be good enough though.

Should point out that #3 is a brief rerecording of a late 80s/early 90s thrash band that I almost never listen to, and that #4 is a 1992 thrash album left unreleased until 2008.
 
I got 8 for the time being.

Skepticism
- Alloy
Mourning Beloveth - A Disease for the Ages
Meshuggah - Obzen
Melvins - Nude With Boots
Hooded Menace - Fulfil the Curse
Faustcoven - Rising from Below the Earth
Darkthrone - Dark Thrones and Black Flags
Soilent Green - Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction
 
When I sort by friends' ratings for this year, almost every other album is a doom album. Interesting.
 
i wouldn't know as friends charts have been broken for a couple of months for me.

Hmm. They work fine for me. Maybe you just have too many friends?

Here's my top 40, I imagine yours would be fairly similar:

1 Graves of the Archangels
Dead Congregation
Graves of the Archangels
Death Metal
RYM Rating: 3.93 | Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 34 | Buy
2 Conqueror
The Gates of Slumber
Conqueror
Traditional Doom Metal, Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.93 | Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 5 | Buy
3 Fear No Pain
Lord Vicar
Fear No Pain
Traditional Doom Metal, Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 4.06 | Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9 | Buy
4 Voyager
Manilla Road
Voyager
Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.48 | Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 16 | Buy
5 In Solitude
In Solitude
In Solitude
Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.78 | Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 14 | Buy
6 By Honour
Ereb Altor
By Honour
Viking Metal, Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 4.00 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 7 | Buy
7 Masters of Fate
Etrusgrave
Masters of Fate
Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 4.08 | Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 2 | Buy
8 Jex Thoth
Jex Thoth
Jex Thoth
Heavy Psych, Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.47 | Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 33 | Buy
9 ntodrm
Seamount
ntodrm
Traditional Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 4.00 | Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 1 | Buy
10 Into the Night
Enforcer
Into the Night
Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
RYM Rating: 3.64 | Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 19 | Buy
11 Plague of the Planet
Ogre
Plague of the Planet
Stoner Metal, Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.73 | Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 2 | Buy
12 Overlords of Chaos
Ironsword
Overlords of Chaos
Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.73 | Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Buy
13 Iron Will
Grand Magus
Iron Will
Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.40 | Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 25 | Buy
14 Dark Space III
Darkspace
Dark Space III
Atmospheric Black Metal, Black Metal
RYM Rating: 3.75 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 57 | Buy
15 Release
Revelation
Release
Traditional Doom Metal, Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.75 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 4 | Buy
16 Portents, Omens & Dooms
The Lamp of Thoth
Portents, Omens & Dooms
Traditional Doom Metal, Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.75 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 5 | Buy
17 First Light
Nomad Son
First Light
Traditional Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 4.00 | Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 3 | Buy
18 Heading Northe
Stormwarrior
Heading Northe
Power Metal, Speed Metal
RYM Rating: 4.20 | Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 12 | Buy
19 Motörizer
Motörhead
Motörizer
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
RYM Rating: 3.62 | Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 35 | Buy
20 Sincerest Misery
Apostle of Solitude
Sincerest Misery
Traditional Doom Metal, Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.79 | Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 3 | Buy
21 Portrait
Portrait
Portrait
Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.63 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 12 | Buy
22 Fulfill the Curse
Hooded Menace
Fulfill the Curse
Death Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.63 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8 | Buy
23 Monument
Cor Scorpii
Monument
Melodic Black Metal
RYM Rating: 4.00 | Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 9 | Buy
24 Hornets of the Pogrom
Arghoslent
Hornets of the Pogrom
Death Metal
RYM Rating: 3.24 | Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 32 | Buy
25 Advent Parallax
Averse Sefira
Advent Parallax
Black Metal
RYM Rating: 3.65 | Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 10 | Buy
26 The Black Flux
Virus
The Black Flux
Experimental Rock, Avant-Garde Metal
RYM Rating: 3.65 | Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 20 | Buy
27 To Death and Beyond...
Battleroar
To Death and Beyond...
Power Metal, Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.75 | Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 2 | Buy
28 Hades Rise
Aura Noir
Hades Rise
Thrash Metal, Black Metal
RYM Rating: 3.39 | Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 6 | Buy
29 Pagano
Dantesco
Pagano
Heavy Metal, Traditional Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.90 | Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 1 | Buy
30 The Way of All Flesh
Gojira
The Way of All Flesh
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
RYM Rating: 3.44 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 79 | Buy
31 Be Gone
Pharaoh
Be Gone
Power Metal
RYM Rating: 3.23 | Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 19 | Buy
32 Man of Two Visions
Valkyrie
Man of Two Visions
Heavy Metal, Traditional Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.67 | Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 7 | Buy
33 The Serpent Coven
The Wandering Midget
The Serpent Coven
Traditional Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.67 | Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 3 | Buy
34 Alloy
Skepticism
Alloy
Funeral Doom Metal
RYM Rating: 3.67 | Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 20 | Buy
35 Groza
Mgła
Groza
Black Metal
RYM Rating: 3.38 | Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 15 | Buy
36 Symbols
Dark Quarterer
Symbols
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Symphonic Metal
RYM Rating: 4.00 | Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Buy
37 Archaeaeon
Mitochondrion
Archaeaeon
Technical Death Metal
RYM Rating: 3.70 | Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 26 | Buy
38 ...Of Frost and War
Hail of Bullets
...Of Frost and War
Death Metal
RYM Rating: 3.50 | Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 22 | Buy
39 Resurrection
Burner
Resurrection
Heavy Metal
RYM Rating: 3.50 | Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 0 | Buy
40 The Peaceful Dead
Dawn of Winter
The Peaceful Dead
Doom Metal, Traditional Doom Metal
 
thanks, that's pretty useful tbh

yeah it may be volume of friends that's the issue. i know dazed and a number of other people are having the same problem, the admin's basically said he's not fixing it and we'll have to wait for the next sonemic beta like a hundred years from now
 
I'll have to think hard for this one. Wow, this is a depressingly slim year in comparison to 2007.
 
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1) Ansur - Warring Factions
2) Warbringer - War Without End
3) Exmortus - In Hatred's Flame
4) Hexen - State of Insurgency
Prophecy - Legions of Violence
Gama Bomb - Citizen Brain
Yngwie Malmsteen - Perpetual Flame
Paradox - Electrify
Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Arsis - We Are the Nightmare
Ayreon - 01011001
Cross Examination - Menace II Sobriety
The Sword - Gods of the Earth
Cynic - Traced in Air
7 for 4 - Diffusion

Top 4 are locked in, the others are a toss up

That #1 is one of the top progressive metal albums of its decade imo
 
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This one should be interesting. Lots of listening to do!

I’m almost certain that Teeth into Red will be my song of the year, though.
 
1) Ansur - Warring Factions
2) Warbringer - War Without End
3) Exmortus - In Hatred's Flame
4) Hexen - State of Insurgency
Prophecy - Legions of Violence
Gama Bomb - Citizen Brain
Yngwie Malmsteen - Perpetual Flame
Paradox - Electrify
Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Arsis - We Are the Nightmare
Ayreon - 01011001
Cross Examination - Menace II Sobriety
The Sword - Gods of the Earth
Cynic - Traced in Air
7 for 4 - Diffusion

Top 4 are locked in, the others are a toss up

That #1 is one of the top progressive metal albums of its decade imo

I forgot all about that Ansur album. I liked it when it came out but over time I think it merged with Aghora's Formless in my mind and was lost to me. Should check out that 7 for 4 album, I've heard the first one which was a solid continuation of Sieges Even's mid-90s sound iirc.
 
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I'll have to think hard for this one. Wow, this is a depressingly slim year in comparison to 2007.

2009 was better but there is still some good shit:

Graves of the Archangels
Advent Parallax
Hornets of the Pogrom
Breed Deadness Blood
Dark Space III
By Honour
Steadfast (been a while so I can’t fully confirm its quality)
Groza
Fulfil the Curse
Le Hivers de notre époque
Portents, Omens and Dooms
Rising from Below the Earth

Pompey, I’m not sure Advent Parallax would be to your liking and it definitely requires investment of time to fully appreciate, but give it a go if you haven’t. Start with Vomitorium Angelis.
 
1. Dead Congregation - Graves of the Archangels
2. Averse Sefira - Advent Parallax
3. Skelator - Give Me Metal or Give Me Death
4. Darkspace - Dark Space III
5. Faustcoven - Rising from Below the Earth
6. Necrovation - Breed Deadness Blood
7. Manilla Road - Voyager
8. Revelation - Release
9. Mgła - Groza
10. Ogre - Plague of the Planet
 
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