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Top 10 Most Disappointing Metal Albums Of 2008 (according To Wizard)

As an accompaniment to my top 10 for 08, I always feel it appropriate to at least give a counter-attack to the genre of music I love so much. There are always ballsucking albums released in every genre, but I dont think that most of these belonged to metal (pop and rap mostly always win that prize). Here are the few metal albums I wasted my hard-earned cash on (in no particular order).
1 Underoath
Lost in the Sound of Seperation

As much as I enjoyed Define the Great Line, Underoath have totally done nothing to improve upon a sound that had so much potential. Actually, they feel stagnant on this one, all the while shooting themselves in the foot by failing to recognize their strengths and weaknesses from DtGL. The worst part about this album are the rather hideous and whiny vocals that I can only picture a gang of hardcore fags crying their little hearts out too. Erratic song structures and poor album cohesiveness also doesn?t help the band out either. DUD!
2Scar Symmetry
Holographic Universe

Not that I was looking forward to this or anything but I had read many good things about their newest effort expanding away from the Soilwork comparisons. They did for the most part but it?s really nothing you haven?t heard before (and done better for that fact as well). I think it is also a blessing that their lead vocalist left this year considering his cleans made me shudder.
3Cult of Luna
Eternal Kingdom

As good an album as this was compared to most post-metal that appeared in 2008, it would have been a monolithic challenge to top Somewhere Along the Highway and Salvation (in the top post-metal albums ever made). My expectations ran so high for this that I guess songs, other then the mighty Ghost Trail, failed to catch my attention. Still a worthy effort if it?s not put against their past discography.
4 Heaven Shall Burn
Iconoclast (Part I: The Finals Resistance)

Ever since their finest album Antigone, HSB, like many metal bands on this list, haven?t progressed beyond their peak moments of their career (unfortunately too early on). If you own Antigone or the complete lacklustre Deaf to Our Prayers, why waste your time and money?
5Protest the Hero

Jizz, jizz????squirt, squirt are the only sounds I can make out from this band (and their rabid fanbase). Non-existent song structures and awful clean vocals only make for a good wank fest.
6Misery Signals

Metalcore has its ok artists and these guys I?ve found to be quite interesting over the years. Unfortunately, going nowhere fast with their sound progression put me to sleep.
The Formation of Damnation

Boring, rehash thrash-metal.
Death Magnetic

Boring, rehash thrash-metal.
9Between the Buried and Me

If you own the album already, don?t waste your time with one of the most boring performances caught on DVD. Their music is so off the wall technical that it?s a wonder they are still able to remember how to breathe. And where the hell was Blake Richardson?
10Nine Inch Nails
The Slip

Fans trying to convince themselves that Reznor is a genius with the way he has been constantly changing his style of music are only fooling themselves. You can obviously tell the end result of this album feels rushed and the songs are lacking that ?punch? that Reznor hasn?t been able channel throughout the last few years.
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