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09.25.10 The Best Bm You Never Heard.01.25.09 (un)fashionably Late.

(un)fashionably Late.

It took a little longer than I expected, but I finally managed to listen to over 250 albums from last year. So, here's my list of the best albums released in 2008, sorted by genre:
Spires over the Burial Womb

Ambient/darkwave. Nothing else in the genre that came out this year was half as great, but even so:
Runners-up, from best to least-best: Lapis Niger, Lacus Somniorum, Empire Auriga
2Averse Sefira
Advent Parallax

Black metal. Hellhammer's release is a tie, but since it's a remastered compilation of old demos, it doesn't "really" count as a 2008 release. This is top 5 of the year material.
Runners-up: S.V.E.S.T., I Shalt Become, Der Sturmer, Nyktalgia
3Misery Signals

Core. I find it very difficult to find anything worth preserving in this umbrella-term for several different sub-genres, but even I have to say that this album is, at bare minimum, not bad.
Runners-up: Trenches, Johnny Truant
4 Deeds of Flesh
Of What's to Come

Death metal. Despite Dead Congregation's freshness and Arghoslent's pure energy, the maturity and creativity displayed on Deeds of Flesh's album remains unparalleled in '08.
Runners-up: Dead Congregation, Arghoslent, Weeping Birth, Neuraxis

Doom. This could be one of the most iconic releases to come out in the specific style of funeral doom, as well as probably being the album of the year.
Runners-up: Esoteric, Mourning Beloveth
6 Sunn O)))

Drone/atmospheric black. Mystifying, and more than enough to convince me to look more into their catalogue.
Runners-up: Darkspace, Coldworld, Moss
7The Flashbulb
Soundtrack to a Vacant Life

Electronica. Wonderful, picturesque epic of life itself. Few works in the genre can compare to this for pure narrative ability.
Runners-up: Flying Lotus, Bersarin Quartett

Experimental. Absolutely fantastic, a work that forces you to listen for the music that's not being played. One of the year's best.
Runners-up: Son Lux, Pyramids (Texas), Fuck Buttons, Experimental Dental School
9Sun Kil Moon

Folk/indie. Kozelek's best work under the Sun Kil Moon moniker, and one of the year's understated masterpieces.
Runners-up: Lambchop, Drive-By Truckers, Fleet Foxes, Dust Congress
The King of Hell

Heavy metal/power metal/thrash metal. Pure old-school greatness by a band that's been around for(seemingly)ever.
Runners-up: Manilla Road, Exmortus, Motorhead, Urn
11Cult of Luna
Eternal Kingdom

Post-metal/sludge. Another sub-genre that holds very little appeal to me; but this release is very good.
Runners-up: Mouth of the Architect, Burst, Blacktusk
12Lights Out Asia
Eyes Like Brontide

Post-rock. I had a very brief interest in this genre, long ago, and then got bored once I realized how much it replicates itself. This may be why I found this album to be a breath of fresh air - it manages to be unique.
Runners-up: Beware of Safety, pg.lost, sgt., My Education, The Angelus
13 My Brightest Diamond
A Thousand Shark's Teeth

Pop. Really, a worthwhile pop album? Yeah, really.
Runners-up: Coldplay, Elbow
14Thieves and Liars
When Dreams Become Reality

Rock. Throwback album to Zeppelin/Floyd days, with plenty of swirling noise and energetic build-ups to stand out from a morass of same-old rock releases.
Runners-up: Foals, The Dodos, Marnie Stern

Symphonic metal. Generally a retarded and ultra-gay sub-genre, Mirrorthrone's release is good only because of the obvious compositional talents displayed, which supercede anything else in the genre.
Runners-up: Septicflesh, Equilibrium, Terra Impressionum
Para Bhakti... Salvation

War metal/bestial metal. Hardly a genre, and more of a style invented by Blasphemy and Sarcofago, it nevertheless produces a good work every blue moon or so. This one, despite its brevity, is one of the year's best.
Runners-up: Revenge, Proclamation
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