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Two Year Anniversary Fuck Omg

Today is my two year anniversary for being a member of sputnikmusic.com. While the my first year here mostly found me getting into more extreme and...better metal, a good amount of this second year was helping me branch out of metal. I looked through my itunes and picked out my 40 favorite new bands and favorite album of theirs that I got into from February 3rd 2008-February 3rd 3009. Granted about half of these are still metal, but I picked my favorites and metal still is my favorite genre.
1The Absence
From Your Grave


I got Riders of the Plague over the summer and thought it got a bit boring as it progressed. However, I picked this up a few weeks ago cuz I was in the mood for some good melodic death metal and fell in love with it. Much easier, and imo better listen that Riders of the Plague, even though I believe that "The Murder" is their best song. Since I got this i've began to appreciate and like Riders more too.
2Arghoslent
Hornets of the Pogrom


Downloaded this sometime over the summer cuz of the high praise it received on the site. With repeated listens, it became one of my favorite death metal albums of 2008.
3At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command


One of the first post-hardcore bands I got into (barring Thrice). This quickly went into my top 50 albums of all time and while it didn't totally open my eyes to this fantastic genre like Thrice did, they helped me get into some other bands on this list like Glassjaw and even The Mars Volta.
4 Be'Lakor
The Frail Tide


I remember finding this on northernwarriors and remembering Crimson giving this a very positive review. Needless to say I checked it out and it became one of my favorite albums of all time. It has worn off a bit since then but is still a brilliant album. Can't wait for their newest.
5Circle Takes the Square
As the Roots Undo


When I first heard this album, it was the most strange and intriguing album I had ever heard compared to what I usually listened to. The vocals initially put me off but now it has become one of my favorites.
6Converge
Jane Doe


Converge.
7Cryptopsy
None So Vile


RUH RUH RUHHHHHHHH
8Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030


First hip-hop album I actually bought. It has totally changed the way I thought about the genre.
9Demians
Building an Empire


Probably my top album of 2008 tbh, I think i've grown to enjoy it more than Sagas by now. More people should here this I'm like the only one obsessing over this album on sputnik.
10Dredg
El Cielo


Soooo good see my deion under my 5 star album list from a few weeks ago.
11Explosions in the Sky
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place


Only just recently got into these guys. Beautiful album.
12Fair to Midland
Fables From a Mayfly


Also got into these guys just this year. Love this.
13Faith No More
Angel Dust


Mike Patton is a fucking genius.
14Garden of Shadows
Oracle Moon


Another Crimson review.
15Glassjaw
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About


See 10.
16Have a Nice Life
Deathconsciousness


One of the most beautiful, depressing albums I've ever heard. Helped me get into shoegazey/post-rock whatever this is shit.
17Hopesfall
The Satellite Years


Grows on me with every listen. Awesome band I need more of their albums.
18Hypocrisy
Virus


One of my favorite death metal acts.
19Ikuinen Kaamos
Closure


These guys are just so good. Was looking forward to Epilogue but Descent fucked that up. Need them to put another album out 10 songs from them isn't enough.
20In Mourning
Shrouded Divine


One of the first albums I got into during the past year. Still hasn't worn off of me despite the 30+ full listens.
21In Vain
The Latter Rain


Looking forward to Mantra these guys kick ass.
22Intronaut
Prehistoricisms


Fascinating post-metal right here.
23Johnny Truant
In the Library of Horrific Events


One of the best metalcore albums i've heard.
24Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye


See 10.
25Lost Horizon
Awakening the World


Better than their other one. Awesome power metal.
26The Mars Volta
De-loused in the Comatorium


I actually checked these guys out after ATDI. This and Frances the Mute are near-perfect albums, but I prefer this slightly cuz it's easier to stomach.
27Maudlin of the Well
Bath


Revolutionized pretty much my whole perception of music. Best band I got into this year. Also see 10.
28Meshuggah
Catch Thirty-Three


Ironically this is my favorite Meshuggah album ad the one I find drags the least...idk but I love it.
29Mr. Bungle
California


See 13.
30The Ocean Collective
Precambrian


A lengthy listen but definitely worth it. I need more of their stuff.
31Pain of Salvation
The Perfect Element Part One


I thought I got into these guys earlier, but apparently not. One of my favorite bands ever right now along with Opeth and Dream Theater.
32 Pg.Lost
It's Not Me, It's You!


Probably my favorite post-rock album atm.
33Radiohead
OK Computer


Generic
34Refused
The Shape of Punk to Come


Classic
35Scar Symmetry
Holographic Universe


Shame Alvestam left, he's one of my favorite death metal vocalists, and I love his cleans too.
36SikTh
Death of a Dead Day


Technical, spastic, inane metal. This is the shit.
37Skyfire
Mind Revolution


Can't wait for Esoteric. These guys are better than Norther, Kalmah, even CoB and every other band they've been compared to.
38Sonata Arctica
Ecliptica


First band I got into in the past year. Album makes me ejaculate for joy.
39Subterranean Masquerade
Suspended Animation Dreams


Downloaded this promptly after seeing it on balls' list recently. It gets better with every listen. Everyone should check this out, it's unlike anything else i've ever heard.
40A Wilhelm Scream
Career Suicide


Everything these guys do is gold. Have Mute Print coming in the mail.
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