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3 More Months To Go - Top 20 Of 2008

Like I've been doing, these are my top 20 albums as of October 1st. It is in order for the most part, but it gets really hairy from 8-11, and then 12-15, and 16 to about 23 so this will be fluctuating a lot in these last 3 months. I've heard just about 50 albums from this year so far, and there's still much more I need to look into (including some non metal stuff).

So yeah, all the greatness of viking and wanking rolled into one flawless, if not a bit long album. Still
not grown off me 20 listens later.
Building an Empire

I seem to be the only one who really loves this album here, but although I will admit it drags in a few
(notably in Sand) the emotion conveyed is incredibly powerful. Every nuance of the music meshes
together flawlessly, and the climax section in the middle of "Sand" is possibly my favorite musical
of 2008.

Haven't listened to this in a few months actually...should get back to that, but I remember every song
well. I often read the lyrics while listening to this album as well, it makes the experience all the better
when you can hear the fantastic "stories" Vladimir weaves together.
Lazarus Bird

My opinion of this could change, but i've given lis 6 listens in less than 2 weeks and so far it's only
better each time. I discover something new with every listen, and can never decide on a favorite track.
5Scar Symmetry
Holographic Universe

Shame Alvestam left, one of my favorite vocalists in metal...and this album features him at his greatest.
The title track and the second Ghost Prototype track are among my favorite songs of 08.
6Protest the Hero

I listened to this recently after putting it off for a bit (I rediculously overplayed it at first...about 25
listens it
the first month) and realized I still really, really love this. I do prefer Kezia, however.
7In Mourning
Shrouded Divine

Has grown off me a bit, but this is prog/melo death done correctly.
Revelations of Reckoning Day

I started a review for this, but can't guarentee when i'll have it out. That aside this is a fantastic melodic
black metal album. Brings old Enslaved to mind, only crisper, and faster...and better.
9The Mars Volta
The Bedlam in Goliath

Gets a bit long in some spots but overall a fantastic album, especially the "title" track.
10Amon Amarth
Twilight of the Thunder God

Vikings. Are. Motherfucking. Epic.
Traced in Air

This has been fluctuating from around 8-11ish. I really love the whole sound of this album, but it's way
short imo, and often ends right when I start really getting into it. The Space For this is my favorite, and
that solo in The Unknown Guest gets me every time.

Also has been going up and down my placings a lot. Sometimes I think it's a bit oring, other times I'm
immersed all the way through. Old Days Born Anew, The Sun's Architect, an To Erase A Lifetime are
fantastic proggy trhasy death shit that keep my headbanging, while the clean vocals in Awake give me
Hornets of the Pogrom

Again like the previous two albums, this has been going up and down my placings, a lot, especially of
I've been enjoying this more recently, so it could get a little higher. Every track (except Dog and Broom
and maybe In Coffles They Were Led) are worthy of being my favorite track...too hard to choose, but for
now I think it may be Swill of the Knaves...
We Are the Nightmare

Don't like this as much as I used too but the sheer technical aspects of the music still blow me away,
if it feels a bit overdone (especially in the percussion section) at times. Shattering the Spell is still one
my favorite tracks from this year.
15Gates of Winter
Lux Aeterna

Has grown off me immensely as of late, but I can still respect that it's epic as fuck. Winter Flight rules.
The Scarecrow

I really dislike the ballads, but the rest of the album is so cheesy its amazing. All of the non ballad
put me in a cheery mood no matter what. My favoirte track right now is Another Angel Down.
17Have a Nice Life

Album really is too long, but when this album has it, it has it really, really good.
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