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The Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2008 (according To Wizard)

Yeah I know, I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of metal. Truthfully, no one in their right mind can ever say this seeing as youre always discovering new and interesting paths throughout the genre. Plus, its impossible to know everything about anything. My new path in metal this year: Industrial & DOOM! And thanks to rasputin, Willie and a number of other wonderful Sputnik users, you have successfully reduced my bank account significantly. Anyways, 2008 has been quite the year for heavy metal (see my list below). A lot of predictable, a lot of surprises and a lot (and I mean a lot) of overrated albums (can we say PTH and the utterly despicable Underoath efforts?). As childish as both of these bands are, they seem to forget that song writing needs to have some cohesion, let alone the songs being cohesive as a whole too. My rant is done; here are my picks. Enjoy responsibly like you should with booze over the holidays (Im one to talk hahahaha). Runners up: Mirrorthrone - Gangrene, Moonsorrow - Tulimyrsky, Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder Gods and Meshuggah - Obzen.

Predictable choice for the_wizard? Yes, but you should know me by now that Ive listened to this album over a 100 times since its release in June.
Hornets of the Pogrom

Greatest death metal record ever? Debateable, but youre retarded to think otherwise.
Lazarus Bird

Not as stunning as Origo. It?s still the best prog-metal effort you will listen to this year.

Better then everything theyve ever put out before? Yes, and its their most focused album, combining even more progressive elements into their blackened Viking sound while putting more emphasis on the melody through keyboards and clean vocals.
Massive Conspiracy Against All Life

Biggest surprise of 2008? Absolutely! Oh, and I didn?t mention it?s by far the best black metal I?ve heard all year as well.

Did the_wizard just throw a wrench into the gears with this pick? He sure did! And I bet half of you are scratching your heads, wondering what planet you were on when a specific staff member introduced this to the Sputnik masses (thanks Cocaine).
Traced in Air

The biggest non-surprise of 2008? Hell, every metal list includes this slick-as-laxative release from the band that thought it was a great idea to combine robotic vocals, death metal, and jazz progressions 15 years ago, in a tight album called Focus.

Anyone for funeral doom? Count me in seeing as Im absolutely thrilled to jump on this bandwagon that is the word on the street in Sputniks metal community. DOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! (Sorry, I just had too)
Folie Circulaire

Blackened Sludge; so thick that it couldnt be pride off the ground if your life depended on it? Well, I can?t find a way to remove this album from my brain and thats why this band has stuck with me throughout the year.
10In Mourning
Shrouded Divine

Boy, oh boy, Opeth should be flattered by these guys, shouldnt they? I thought this at one point, except In Mourning just goes straight for the throat without messing around while still retaining everything that makes melo-death/ prog-metal so enjoyable to begin with.
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