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This is my 2008 (Part One)

J. D. Handforth "Spazzatron"
 
Live The Storm
Live The Storm
"Intense, driven, passionate-as-fack - I cannot put my love of this one into words - its like all the best elements of High on Fire & Skitsystem - my album of the year so far"
Obzen
Obzen
"Dependable as always, these lot - technical brilliance."
Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
"Minimalist metal, highly quirky"
Inevitable Collapse In The Presence Of Conviction
Inevitable Collapse In The Presence Of Conviction
"Cant stop playing it, cant stop playing it, cant stop playing it... of all the NOLA bands, these lot are for me second only to Eyehategod."
Board Up The House
Board Up The House
"They've calmed down a lot since their beginning, but to no detriment - almost like a hardcore Battles"
Lightbulb Sun
Lightbulb Sun
"My most anticipated re-release of 2008 - my PT collection is now complete!"
Watershed (Special Edition)
Watershed (Special Edition)
"Opeth rule, and this release is no different"
Third
Third
"Polarised people right down the middle, this one. I, however, am firmly in the "love it" camp"
Axis Of Eden
Axis Of Eden
"I am loving this band a lot at the moment - if "punk" truly is complete freedom of thought and unashamed passion, then these guys are the real kings of punk."
Cycles
Cycles
""You know how the word "destroy" is overused by over-enthusiastic reviews? Well thats exactly what Cycles does to you" - the Terrorizer reviewer put it better than I ever could."
Love Or Die
Love Or Die
"I love all of Yokotas work that I've been able to get my hands on and this is no exception - dreamy ambience though with a more pronounced house feel than on previous releases."
Gods of the Earth
Gods of the Earth
"Not as good as the last baby, but still well worth the cash."
Hesperus
Hesperus
"Slow, doomy, and quirky."
III - Architects Of Troubled Sleep
III - Architects Of Troubled Sleep
"One of the better hardcore bands at the moment."
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
"How many artists can get to their fourteenth album and still retain the spark? Not many."
Quaristice
Quaristice
"Autechre return to their ambient origins, to great effect."
Turning Dragon
Turning Dragon
"Excellent, genre-defying electronic music (I refuse to use the term "IDM")"
Silhouettes
Silhouettes
"Cant get enough of this band - their fusion of brutality and ambience is amazing."
Conforming To Abnormality
Conforming To Abnormality
"My second favorite re-release of the year"
Inflikted
Inflikted
"Yeah, I thought itd be rubbish too, but its not."
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
"Sublime sweetness"
Eternal Kingdom (Digi Packagaing)
Eternal Kingdom (Digi Packagaing)
"Give it a few listens, it'll grow on ya (it did on me)"
This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You
"It takes a lot to stand out in this genre these days but TWDY easily do so - "Burial on the Presidio Banks" literally moved me close to tears."
13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
"Wasnt so keen initially, but its a grower."
Detrimentalist
Detrimentalist
"After the somber, neo-classical (but still excellent) "My Downfall", a welcome return to the fun VS style we all know and love"