Saturday, January 3, 2009

Top 10 Best Heavy Metal & Hard Rock Albums and Concerts of 2008!

Here are my picks for the best metal and rock albums and concerts of the year. The last blog post of '08! This was a great year for me as I saw many great shows and met some awesome bands, and even some douchebags. All in all, it was fan-fuckin'-tastic year and I look forward to what lies ahead for me in '09.


My Top Ten Albums of 2008:

1. Metallica - Death Magnetic (naturally!)
2. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
3. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
4. AC/DC - Black Ice
5. Testament - The Formation of Damnation
6. Soulfly - Conquer
7. Motorhead - Motorizer
8. Cavalera Conspiracy - Cavalera Conspiracy
9. Judas Priest - Nostradamus
10. Death Angel - Killing Season

Honorable Mention:

Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
Deicide - Till Death Do Us Part
Metal Church - This Present Wasteland
Venom - Hell

Best Concerts I Attended:

1. Suicidal Tendencies (w/ Madball and Whole Wheat Bread)
2. "InflikTour" (w/ Cavalera Conspiracy, Dillinger Escape Plan, Throwdown, Bury Your Dead, and Incite)
3. Carcass Reunion Tour (w/ Suffocation, 1349, Necrophagist, Aborted, and Rotten Sound)
4. Exodus (w/ Goatwhore, Arsis, and Warbringer)
5. GWAR (w/ Kingdom of Sorrow and Toxic Holocaust)
6. Testament (w/ Children of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me)
7. Motorhead (w/ Valient Thorr)
8. "Blackest of Black Tour" (w/ Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Skeletonwitch, and Winds of Plague)
9. Death Angel and God Forbid (w/ Arsis and Martyrd)
10. Summer Slaughter Tour (w/ Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Despised Icon, Vader, Aborted, Cryptopsy, Born of Osiris, The Faceless, and Whitechapel)

Honorable Mention:

Testament (w/ Nethereal and Martyrd)
Soulfly (w/ Bleed the Sky, Devastation, and Incite)
Possessed and Mortician (w/ Midnight, Malkuth, Black Anvil, Sacrificial Blood, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, and Bloodfeast)
Opeth (w/ Nachtmystium and High on Fire)
Obituary (w/ Unleashed and Carnifex)
Brutal Truth (w/ Malignancy, Macabre, and Devourment)
Suffocation (w/ Eyes of the Dead and Nethereal)
Nile (w/ Unexpect, Suicide Silence, The Faceless, and Warbringer)
Hate Eternal (w/ Skeletonwitch, Soilent Green, and Toxic Holocaust)
Hate Eternal (w/ Black Dahlia Murder, 3 Inches of Blood, and Decrepit Birth)
Mortician (w/ Buckshot Facelift, Goreaphobia, and Squash Bowels)

Dishonorable Mention:

Sigh (w/ Unexpect, Nethereal)

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