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2008's Best

No particular order after the top 5. The rest just rool fule.
1Torche
Meanderthal


Heavy, catchy, and flawless. Album of the year, a must own for (almost) anyone.
2Boris
Smile


Genre-defying, original, and all-encompassing. ALMOST as good as Pink.
3Gojira
The Way of All Flesh


Brutal, precise, and complete (not easy for a metal album that clocks in over an hour). Singlehandedly makes Meshuggah's ObZen less impressive (I only make that comment because they are both rhythmically spectacular albums).
4Black Mountain
In the Future


A fresh take on old sounds, multidimensional, and chill. This album has (at least) one song for everyone.
5Cynic
Traced In Air


Sterile, beautiful, and moving. Pretty much sets the standard for anything progressive and heavy.
6Disfear
Live the Storm


Fast, dirty, and reckless. Unfortunately, this album doesn't come with a radar detector.
7Nine Inch Nails
The Slip


Old, different, and thus new. Reznor seemed to take everything he's ever done and let it have an voice on this record - a step forward with a retrospective look back.
8 Nachtmystium
Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.1


Black metal, psychedelic, and all at the same time. A really awesome and original idea that is well executed; this serves as an awesome stepping stone for anyone who isn't a black metal elitist/purist and has an open mind.
9Fuck Buttons
Street Horrrsing


Inorganic, haunting, and hypnotizing. A skillfully crafted journey through an electronic universe.
10Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend


Fun, fun, and fun. What's not to love about an uber-catchy (but not annoying!) pop album?
11Burst
Lazarus Bird


Bludgeoning, complex, but caveman friendly. On the surface, an easily enjoyable metal album, after repeated spins listeners find there is much more to meet the ear.
12Girl Talk
Feed the Animals


Metallica + Lil Mama, LL Cool J + Faith No More, and it all = awesome? Yup, not to mention there's only about a thousand more seemingly awkward mashups - a party must.
13Opeth
Watershed


Not recycled, doesn't get stale, and pushes boundaries like the old Opeth used to. Maybe I'm a little harsh on Ghost Reveries, but this is an awesome bounce back from a mediocre album. Not to mention they lost 2/5ths of their amazing lineup, but it seems to me like that's more of a good thing after releasing this masterpiece.
14The Mars Volta
The Bedlam in Goliath


Prog + [insert pretty much anything here], yet not overly ambitious, but where's the limit for these guys?! Simply impressive, not their greatest work, but this pretty much drags all other prog-wannabes through the ringer a few times.
15Ihsahn
angL


Diverse, creative, and all from a dude from Emperor? Yeah... I was skeptical after hearing about this dude's body of previous work (I'm no black metal maniac like some people out there), but this is near-Opeth quality stuff.
16Guns N Roses
Chinese Democracy


Experimental, a radio rock facet, and really well. This does to the Use Your Illusions what the UYIs did to Appetite.
17Misery Signals
Controller


Metalcore (people still doing this in 2008?), great song structures, and really interesting guitar work. So yeah, people still are, and bands as good as Misery Signals SHOULD be. As over-saturated as the metalcore scene is, these guys find ways to make it fresh and relevant. Thank you.
18Protest the Hero
Fortress


Easy to abuse, thus easy to hate, but still undeniably great. I almost died from the awesomeness emitted from this on my first listens, but then I got sick of the sometimes cheesy and the ADHD child-like "HEY! LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!" (insert crazy arpeggios and other flamboyant guitar work) quality of the album, but then I realized that it's not THAT annoying.... just sometimes.
19Valient Thorr
Immortalizer


Should be titled "Appetite for Clutch", badass solos and harmonies, with a punk sensibility. Great tunes to throw on when your gonna have some beers with your buddies or when you're changing your oil.
20Fucked Up
The Chemistry of Common Life


Raw, like Fugazi meets something I can't put my finger on, and driven and powerful. Best "rock" album of the year for lack of a better word.
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