Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Terry's Albums of the Year 2008

Terry's first blog - awwwww....

1) Pain - Cynic Paradise

There have been a number of excellent albums this year but for me this one is by far the best of the bunch. The newest album from Swedish heavy metaler Peter T's industrial metal band Pain has an excellent balance of computer generated sound and full-on rock/metal. Although this album does deliver a softer (less metal) sound then its predecessors it keeps the basic sound of a Pain album while showing that the band is willing to expand its sound.

2) Scars on Broadway - Self Titled

Daron from System of a Down's side project Scars on Broadway has continued to be on high rotation on my iPOD since it first came out this summer. The arrival of this album has proven once and for all that Daron can make it as a lead vocalist as well as the writer and creative force. Its just unfortunate that he cut off the tour in support of this album thus preventing any remote chance of them coming to the Peg.

3) Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God

Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth's newest album has pretty much solidified the fact that they can continue to deliver quality albums one after another. They once again delve into a world of Norse mythology and deliver a tight compilation of catchy melodic sounding songs with interesting and funny lyrics.

4) Pennywise - Reason to Believe

With the arrival of emo and screamo bands over the last few years I have drifted farther and farther away from the Punk genre only really staying with the main bands that I started with in the 80s/90s. Pennywise has been known for bringing out the same sounding album every year over the last few years but this time around have brought something new to the table. I think they're pretty much completed exactly what they've been trying to do; release a punk album that doesn't sound stale or rehashed.

5) Judas Priest - Nostradamus

I never really thought that I would ever been into an Opera but this Metal Opera double album has made me a believer. If they released an Opera that was written from this album I would be in the front row. Although lagging in some parts this album is one of my all time Priest favourites.

Worst Album of the Year

The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
Just when you thought they couldn't release an album that sounded worse than Splinter they release this Bob Rock-produced monstrosity. If their goal was to release the next Coldplay album then they succeed as the songs have been so overproduced that they sound like they were written by the record company themselves.

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