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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
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.
Hornets of the Pogrom

Downloaded this sometime over the summer cuz of the high praise it received on the site. With
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
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
Needless to say I checked it out and it became one of my favorite albums of all time. It has worn off a
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
what I usually listened to. The vocals initially put me off but now it has become one of my favorites.
Jane Doe

None So Vile

8Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030

First hip-hop album I actually bought. It has totally changed the way I thought about the genre.
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.
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.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About

See 10.
16Have a Nice Life

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

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

One of my favorite death metal acts.
19Ikuinen Kaamos

These guys are just so good. Was looking forward to Epilogue but Descent fucked that up. Need them
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
21In Vain
The Latter Rain

Looking forward to Mantra these guys kick ass.

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

Revolutionized pretty much my whole perception of music. Best band I got into this year. Also see 10.
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

See 13.
30The Ocean Collective

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
with Opeth and Dream Theater.
32 Pg.Lost
It's Not Me, It's You!

Probably my favorite post-rock album atm.
OK Computer

The Shape of Punk to Come

35Scar Symmetry
Holographic Universe

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

Technical, spastic, inane metal. This is the shit.
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

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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