THE SHORT LIST (OR: AXL’S PICKS FOR THE TOP 22 ALBUMS OF 2008, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Different strokes for different folks, as the saying goes. While we’re arguing about the best releases of 2008, I thought I’d tip all you MetalSucks Maniacs off to the list of 21 albums from which I will be whittling down when creating my own top 10 year-end list (Which, as Vince said, will be published on Monday, December 15, along with all the other MetalSucks Mansion inhabitants’ lists.). There’s some overlap with Vince, natch, but maybe not as much as you’d expect.
In order to give you no clue whatsoever as to where my head is at, I’ve put all my picks in alphabetical order.
And if there’s an album that you love that you don’t see on here, it’s not because I forgot it and it’s not (necessarily) because I didn’t like it – it’s just because, at the end of the day, I know it ain’t gonna make the cut. Dem’s da breaks. Sorry.
Arsis, We Are the Nightmare
Bloodbath, The Fathomless Mastery
Cynic, Traced in Air
Daylight Dies, Lost to the Living
The Faceless, Planetary Duality
Genghis Tron, Board Up the House
Gojira, The Way of All Flesh
Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy
Hate Eternal, Fury & Flames
The Human Abstract, Midheaven
Jarboe & Justin K. Broadrick, J2
Landmine Marathon, Rusted Eyes Awake
Made Out of Babies, Ruiner
Misery Index, Traitors
Nachtmystium, Assassins Part 1
Various Artists, This Comp Kills Fascists
Virgin Black, Requiem: Fortissmo