What a year: School leaving examination, driving license (on second attempt albeit the first was better), first own flat (namely in a rooming house only, but the feeling is the same), first semester at college, a shared stage with
(YES!), first semi-professional output of my band (begot next to nothing in terms of success, money and groupies, but it's a good record of course) and a
hoody (YES!!!!). While the former happenings are somewhat ok but not life changing in any sense and of course not relevant for the topic this journal seems to deal with, the latter ones do a better job at hinting at the most important thing the year 2008 had to offer for me personally: music.
record), it's my personal highlight in terms of appreciating and also some kind of understanding today's music in all it's variety and aspirations. May sounds weird, but for me it's obvious that my musical sense and my ability to judge music in terms of quality, originality and professionalism evolved constantly since my first conscious perceptions of music as an object of art (year 2000, the acquirement of
), with 2008 being it's logically peek at the moment. What I'm trying to say with this more than pretentious analysis is (next to the fact that
still needs more love) that I got myself to listen to some Hip Hop and Beat based music in general, that I fully embraced my new love Post Rock and that the later following Top 50 list will do nothing but rule.
, which were much more pleasant in terms of accessibility, primarily due to the Post Rock influence of the former, paved my way for some really good traditional Hip Hop (
Another genre that really stood out for me this year was Punk, great represented subgenres like Hardcore (with
) aside. Whereas 2007 caught my attention with highlights in the Pop Punk territory (
), this year delivered some truly great examples of emotionally driven and honest Punk Rock. Bands like
therefore flirted with traditional sounds (Americana, Folk, even some Blues) on their sophomore records, while formations like
recalled the legendary Gainesville Punk Rock scene to produce pure and sincere Punk Rock with heart.
I could continue my thoughts in the same style for donkeys years (I haven't even talked about Metal yet ... OPETH!!!), but I know that half of the "yeah another best of 2008 list i can spam"-users either don't even read this or are as tired of reading respectively writing as me at this point. So here is the list (and some others, but yeah you'll see).
(a rough order)50. Youthmovies - Good Nature
It's really hard to find an adequate classification for the music you'll find on Youthmovies
' full length debut Good Nature
; but for those this is essential: Mathy Post Experimental Progressive Rock with funk and jazz influences and yeah, some pop. Not cubed in confusion and non-boisterous in its execution, the songs flow effortless and change their direction incessantly and with purpose, showing that the Oxford 5 piece knows how to write ambitious songs that are original but approachable the same time. While there are catchy-through-infectious-singing songs like The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor
and the beautiful If You'd Seen A Battlefield
, Good Natures
highlight is Archive It Everywhere
, a mini-monumental in variety and clever songwriting.49. Black Milk - Tronic
The only true Hip Hop that made this list. Sophisticated and creative, producer Black Milk
delivered a great example of ambitious Hip Hop. From the poppy Without U
to the incredibly catchy Losing Out
to the blazing The Matrix
both is so accessible and multi-variant in sound and beats, you could almost forget the excellent assistance of prominent rappers like Phaorahe Monch
.48. The American Dollar - A Memory Stream
After the first 4 songs rolled by I was sure I had found my favourite post rock of the year. The incredible harmonizing paired with the absolut gorgeous feeling provided by the warm instrumentation and layered production creates such an emotive and simultaneously chilled first passage, it's just "wow". While the Ambient-laden middle section gets a bit tedious by comparison, the epic closer Starscapes
combines the harmonization with the more Ambient feel, leading to the records final climax and closing the album on high standards.47. sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus
Japan and Post Rock; two terms which go hand in hand in modern music scene at least since Mono
's masterpiece You Are There
. But while most other prominent J-Post Rock bands incorporate more and more Math Rock sensibilities to their sound (Toe
fiddle around with elements of modern Prog and Jazz-like jamming, mixing it into a refreshing attempt of Instrumental Rock with the sometimes chaotic rhythm section being thrown out of kilter every now and then. The random jams work pretty good as interesting filler material, holding the listeners attention right before Stylus Fantasticus
turns into the more focused tracks, most noteworthy Destroy The Galaxy, Create The Power Plant
, an epic 16 minutes tune full of pinging rhythms and cheerful themes that'll grab you from start to finish.46. Moving Mountains - Foreword
One of the reasons I included EPs in my Top 50. Adding melodic vocals, electric ambience and acoustic guitars into a Post Rock skeleton, Moving Mountains
delivers a brilliant follow-up of their great debut Pneuma
and stokes their rising fanbase at the sight of a new full length all at once. The songs all being over 7 minutes in lenght, the New York based band pulls off thrilling build ups peeking in crushing walls of sounds (the final climax of Lights & Shapes
is mad) and gorgeous melodious passages Explosions In The Sky
(yes, I'm whoring) would be proud of. Supplying this effective formula with some cute surprises (screaming in the middle of With One's Heart In One's Mouth
for instance), Foreword
is a consistent and entertaining Rock album that only slightly suffers from the genericism of it's obvious influences.45. The Dodos - Visiter
Brilliant Folk debut that offers it's charming congeniality not instantly but rather after some time of settling in. Even if it lacks some emotion and memorable writings in the somewhat overlong middle section of the album, the fantastic opener Walking
and the whole ending, starting off with the rocking Jodi
and culminating in the albums highlight God?
, make Visiter
a cute little gem of modern folk music.44. In Mourning - Shrouded Divine
Even though In Mourning
is around for over 8 years now, the release of Shrouded Divine
in early 2008 was something special for the "newcomers" from sweden, being their first full length after recording countless demos. Never mind that the Progressive (Death) Metal genre not really needs a new generic effort (there's Opeth
, right?), this debut comes up with a refreshing carefreeness, taking everything great the stale genre has to offer and stowing it in a tight package, while providing their sound with the right amount of Prog Rock and some Doom flavour. What comes to light are classy songs like Shrouded Divine
and By Others Considered
, both delivering captivating compositions with grooving rhythms, mighty growls and beautiful acoustic work accompanied by strong vocal harmonies.43. Jardín de la Croix - Pomeroy
The Spanish band with the French name offers with their free-of-charge record Pomeroy
a complex 70's Prog-tinged Math Rock experience that calls genre heavyweights like Don Caballero
and even Rush
to mind. Perfectly executed and written, their debut outing oozes of swirling guitars and permanently varying motifs, both highlighted through the complex drumming and the absence of any kind of vocals. The opener Polyhedron
being a convincing and stellar example of their everchanging sound, the highlight of the record is the more focused and prog-driven Antioquia
, which spacey and washy intro evolves itself into furious power-chord accentuated riffing and groovy bass runs while not losing the distinctive sound.42. How Dare You - Comfort Road
Albeit I'm not really a fan of As Friends Rust
and Hand To Hand
, The Comfort Road
, the first output from newcomers How Dare You
, featuring members of abovementioned bands, is just plain awesome. Full of anthemic sing alongs, simple but effective lead guitar work with distortion drenched arpeggios and tight rhythms, highlighting the abrasive but melodic voice of vocalist Justin Goldmann in the best possible way, the Florida quintet delivers some of the best Gainesville influenced Punk of the decade. Notewothy fortastes are the midtempo banger The Bench
, featuring rad hooks with infectious vocal work and an amazing, with delay refined guitar solo, and the raging Week of Heart Attacks
, absolutely salient due to it's perpetual changes in tempo and dynamics.41. Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows
My first Butch Walker
album I listened to in it's entirety, and it was really about time afterwards. Containing beautiful and light-hearted Pop Rock songs like The Weight of Her
, the main focus of Sycamore Meadows
is nevertheless on the full range of affecting emotions and aspirations. Albums highlight Here Comes The...
is a moving song about an unlucky proceeding relationship, showing vulnerability and sorrow in every word while being incredibly catchy and addicting. Whereas most of the superb produced songs don't lose their poppy edge, the closer ballad ATL
fully relies on an expressive use of a reverby piano, intensifying the touching words of Walker about finding your place in the world.40. Ocoai - Breatherman
Serving as the saving grace of the Post Metal genre this year, Ocoai
not pegs to the sound of genre idols Isis
too much and creates a dense and atmosheric album that relies more on it's Post Rock influence than brutal sludgy riffing. Songs like the absolut fantastic title track Breatherman
with the gorgeous use of trumpets juxtaposed to soaring guitars remind more of the genre benders *shels
stands as a typical but almost flawless in realization Post Rock / Post Metal hybrid in the vein of Pelican
and new Isis
.39. Lite - Phantasia
was a groovy but somewhat inconsistent full length debut, LITE
returns with a shining sophomore release that really lives up to its title. Phantasia
is a brilliant collection of instantly accessible Math Rock songs with an undeniable fun factor, provided by almost danceable songs like the furious single Ghost Dance
and the catchy opener Ef
. Impelled by frantic but well arranged guitars and a nothing more than sick drumming, the Japanese 4 piece even bursts in Post Rock territory with the beautiful flowing Fade
and delivers with Solitude
two Math Rock epics with perfect intonations and a colorful rhythmic pathway.38. Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
The highly anticipated new LP of the Icelandic Post Rock idols starts off with a little surprise: Cheerful handclaps, larking singing, xylophones and driving piano accentuation as well as an all around folky and poppy feel during the first 4 songs are eye-catching and a totally new approach to the established Sigur Rós
sound, opening the record with charming tunes and a wonderful light-heartedness. Succeeding with distinctive Post Rock sounds as in Festival
or Ára bátur
, the gorgeous beauty of in orchestral hymns peeking climaxes furthered by trumpets and strings comes to the fore and shows another time that Sigur Rós
is one of the most impressive Instrumental Rock outfits in music history.37. Pygmy Lush - Mount Hope
What started for me as a dragging folk album recorded by a band that features members of legendary pg.99
and debuted with a scattering mix of Noise, Folk and Hardcore in terms of Bitter River
, is a disabusing grower. Being definitely not your typical Folk album with regards to songwriting and tone, it's more a feral droning approach to the singer / songwriter dominated genre, and a stunning one along with it. Beautiful acoustic patterns backed by toneless drumming get pierced through by the reverb drenched voice of Chris Jackson, creating a monotonous but the listener completely absorbing atmosphere that won't let you go until the record concludes. 36. Hammock - Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
Even though my currently favourite Ambient musicians can't top their magnum opus Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop an Echo
with their new LP, it definitely is another awesome output that embodies the beauty music can radiate in every sense. Stripping down their already lush sound to the minimum, the duo once more bring off layered guitar / cello tracks which create subtle harmonies, sweeping across each other with facility. In doing so, Hammock
weren't able to provide their songs with a vast amount of variety, but on the other hand with the full palette of emotions all the more.35. Kayo Dot - Blue Lambency Downward
Firstly I wasn't sure whether to call Toby Drivers latest brainchild an odd dissappointment or an additional musically surprise. It's definitely another direction Kayo Dot
dared to advance: The whole metal thing is gone, likewise the growls and largely the dense and dusky atmosphere that distinguished earlier master pieces like Choirs Of The Eye
. Blue Lambency Downward
is much more in the vein of newer Time Of Orchids
, but with the typical Kayo Dot
brand of a complex songwriting tinged with elements of classic compositions and jazzy instrumentation. Being not able to really describe Blue Lambency Downward
s sound any further, I will tell you that this is surely different and maybe not as good as Kayo Dot
s previous releases, but awesome nonetheless. Oh, and Symmetrical Arizona
is probably the best song of the year.34. Underoath - Lost in the Sound of Separation
With their latest output Lost In The Sound Of Separation
fully establish their new sound somewhere between intense Metalcore and dissonant (Post) Hardcore with stellar results. Not exactly being heavier as its sweet predecessor Define The Great Line
, the more "epic" feel the band promised is quite felicitous, considering the highly captivating build ups of songs like the swelling The End Is Near
and the hymnal Too Bright To See Too Loud To Hear
. That's not to say that there aren't any crushing riffs and blasting tunes. Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Real Man To Call It Home
starts off with a shattering riff in the mould of the iconic "In Regards To Myself", while The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed
combines everything great of Underoath
s proggy mixture of atmospheric hardcore, textured metal and sophisticated duo vocals into an unforgettable 3-minute ride.33. TV on the Radio - Dear ScienceThe age of miracles.
The age of sound.
Well there's a Golden Age.
Comin' round, comin'round, comin' round!
- "Golden Age
"32. Mesa Verde - The Old Road
Post Rock-tinged Screamo isn't something new anymore, thats for sure. Mesa Verde
probably knows that too, maybe that being a reason why they delivered such an awesome LP with The Old Road
. It's not very original or innovative, but it's so strong in execution and sophisticated in its ambiance that it'll captivate your attention right off being the first minutes in. Turning from the pure post rock opener A Deep Sleep Without Dreams
into the furious hardcore attacks that are For the Tree That Fell
and When the Canary Dies Run Like Fuck
, the pure despair this record contains is audible and palpable in every fiber of the records musical body.31. Protest the Hero - Fortress
One of the main reasons the year started out strong, Protest the Hero
upgraded their already furious and chaotic mix of Progressive Metal and Post Hardcore to the next level and made Fortress
more challenging but appealing the same time. Songs like Bloodmeat
and Palms Read
balance the string between anthemic hooks and complex instrumentation perfectly whereby keeping the track and not rambling without concept.
[Note: Check out Fortress Instrumentals
for a slightly different perspective of the songs.]30. The Loved Ones - Build & Burn
Even if The Loved Ones
didn't create something new for the punk genre with their sophomore album Build & Burn
, they show the world what's possible when you combine the right influences (namely Hot Water Music
or Alkaline Trio
) with passionate vocals and a refreshing variety. There's some Folk and Country in Louisiana
, noticeable Pop sensibilities in Brittle Heart
, melodic Punk Rock in Dear Laura
and so much more going on it's quite impressive. Crossing so much musical terrain without losing its distinctive character while pushing the boundaries of the genre in terms of catchiness and musically sincerity is a more than respectable achievement, and makes Build & Burn
an exceptional record of todays punk music.29. Loma Prieta - Last CityDissonance and melody. Roughness and beauty. Anger and despair.
I really could leave it at that, because it'll be the best description for Last City
without generic genre jabbering. With a duration of only 23 minutes, Loma Prieta
forced every instrument, every aspect of their sound to violent harmony, blending the loud/soft sections without noticeable changes in flow and theme. There's no dramaticism, no need for being epic or sophisticated. It's unaffected. It's raw. It's gorgeous throughout.28. Sun Kil Moon - AprilI feel oh so near
When morning doves appear
And ghosts of April ring
Echo the refrain
Soon finding a place
In these lost verses
- "Lost Verses
"27. Bersarin Quartett - Bersarin Quartett
Let me get this straight: Bersarin Quartett
is not a quartet, it's Thomas from Münster, Germany. And with his self-titled release, he bends the Electronica genre to its most beautiful edges. Starting off with the string dominated Oktober
and an overall classic feel, the record progresses into many different approaches. Thick ambient layered sounds rule in Inversion
, while more electronica based songs like Die Dinge sind nie so wie sie sind
and the more colorful closer Mehr Als Alles Andere
focus more on vivid downtempo beats. It's minimalistic but epic the same time, having the ability to build up intensity while appearing non-threatening and restrained, and that's what makes this record so congenial and exciting.26. The Mars Volta - Bedlam In Goliath
I guess that’s the most punk-rock thing about it; you could look like an idiot and sound like a fool, but that’s what humbles you and reminds you that you’re human.
- Cedric Bixler-Zavala25. Metaform - Standing on the Shoulders of GiantsMetaform
alias Justice Aaron spent nearly 5 years for recording his magnum opus Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
, and it's perceptible in every particular song. Everything is highly detailed, packed full of variation and ideas, exploiting the relatively short song lenghts perfectly. Influenced by many styles such as Jazz, R'nB and even Soul, Aaron delivers 19 trip-hop tunes whose production is nothing more than grandiose. The integration of eclectic components, like saxophone submissions (Pch
), horn samples (Barbie Doll
) or trumpet staccatos (Rock It Number Nine
), is nearly flawless and interweaving, adding musically depth as well as highly enjoyable alternations to the already catchy main themes of the songs. Mostly relying on programmed beats and electronic synths as the rhythmic / melodic backbone of the songs, Metaform
takes another route with Crush
as he's using a chilling, Red Hot Chilli Peppers
' reminiscent clean guitar riff as main focus which is accentuated by a great mix of beats, flute, sax and some vocals, being a great example of Aarons creativity and his love for detailed and sophisticated arrangements.24. Aussitôt Mort - Montuenga
Despite the fact that aussitôt mort
's debut album 6 Songs
flew under many radars of skramz fans (maybe caused by the slightly uninspired title), the French 4 piece follows the trend of high quality emo releases from Western Europe with their latest offering Montuenga
. Blasting off with the heavyhanded riff of opener Mort mort mort
, the band from Caen shows distinctly his roots and adds next to their frenetic love for delay and reverb effects some new ideas to the trendy but more and more unimaginative genre of European skramz. The intertwining guitars and excessive use of delay being a brand of aussitôt mort
, they not overuse it in form of pointless scale running and impenetrably walls of cluttered effect layering, but more for complementary songwriting and a spacey but not too artifical feel, most successfull on the uplifting Une heure plus tard
.23. United Nations - United Nations
Maybe one of the most mystical supergroups ever, United Nations
came out of nowhere and delivers an unforgettable ride into the history of genuine screamo.
Being indifferent whether Daryl Palumbo (GlassJAw
) or Ben Koller (Converge
) or some other prominent musicians (all not officially confirmed besides Geoff Rickly from Thursday
) are involved in this project, the music itself f**king rips, being a cocktail of mid-90s reminiscent screamo and some grind with a distinctive melodic edge. Absolutely pushing. Non-tedious. With songs that are both thrashing and immensely catchy (Resolution #9
, Model UN
) or trashing only (My Cold War
, Subliminal Testing
), United Nations
includes one of the most impressive album closers of the year as well. Say Goodbye To General Figment of The USS Imagination
namely offers you next to the for this record exemplary cooperation of shredding guitars, powerful vocals (the screaming is insane) and adequate ***-kicking drumming, a jazzy saxophone solo that finishes the song and the record with a beautiul integrated jam.22. Verse En Coma - Rialto
Containing ex-members of City of Caterpillar
, the new Richmond formation Verse En Coma
evolved the sound of its past into 5 songs bordering the line of Post Hardcore and Post Punk with some strong hints at Shoegaze. Through Ice Patches and Pine Trees
and In A Factory
are both meaningful anthems, with the former evolving from an uplifting drum pattern and a driving guitar to the songs pinnacle that already is its light-heartedly chorus. The latter, however, is a dynamic, story-telling tune that conveys its content with well-orchestrated songwriting that culminates in the youthful choruses, all being unforgettable due to their effervescing spirit and the provocative rebelling line 'we were the 'they don't know what life is really about' ones'
.21. Asva - What You Don't Know Is Frontier
It was a pretty intriguing experience I had with this record. Coming home from the pub very late, I was drunken enough to not fall asleep so I thought this will be a great occasion to check out What You Don't Know Is Frontier
. Turning on my bass-laden headphones while lying on my bed and having the eyes closed, the first soothing noises introduce me to the grainy distortion, the droning ambience, the thick feedback layers, the brooding riffs, the in despair drenched mood, the sparse use of melody, the sublime organ, all in all the most enveloping thing happened to the Drone genre in very long time. I can't tell if I was in trance or something while listening to this, but it was a strange experience for sure. I can't remember anything else except for notional picture sequences passing by in my mind, brief moments that gave me some kind of epiphany, not making any sense after all. After I had gone physically, the last remaining thoughts were somewhat clearer; the cognition that this is one of the best records of the year.20. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
While Sink Or Swim
wasn't a consistently good record, The '59 Sound
is so much the more. The chubby and simple punk is almost gone, it's all dominated and carried by the use of a traditional mentality. Americana, Country, Folk and Blues are the pilings of the Bruce Springsteen
reminiscent rock sound that internalizes the album title in the best possible way. With abrasive but mellow vocals, driving drumming, rumbling bass lines and inventive guitars, all highlighted by a reverb-laden production, the record evolves from hook to hook, from one wonderful arrangement to the next. It's authentic and autonomous, with a charming attitude that'll bring you the popular "Live fast, die young" sentiment to your mind. 19. Burst - Lazarus BirdSome are pious, some cater to whims
But I am a labyrinth of layers
Find only sense
Without a compass
- "City Cloaked
"18. VERSE - AggressionAggression. I gotta break the mold. Aggression. Never let them take control. Aggression. Hands in shackles, Mind's confined to a cage. Aggression. I won't stop until I've broken every chain.
- "Sons and Daughters
"17. Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdomi will no longer hide it
yes you move me to tears over and over
every time i get it settled excite it
every time i get my face dry you sing
- "Voice In Headphones
"16. Ghostlimb - Bearing And DistanceIt's better to be pissed off than pissed on.
- Shawn Michaels15. Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
It's sheer brilliance what Liz Harris alias Grouper
created with Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill
. Wreathed in a mist of droning feedback, her latest offering is a wonderful melancholic piece of shoegaze music; dreamy, moody, airy, emotional, tension-filled, unpretentious, dramatic, gloomy and altogether beautiful in the sense of being a stunning achievement of art. The mindblowing Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
, a song that perfects the balance between the hazy production that nearly eclipses the songs in their basics and the layered, consistent vocals borned by strong songwriting, is both the prime example and the albums highlight, being easily one of the best tracks of the year.14. These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower and DoveIt's just like... fire
"13. Thrice - The Alchemy Index: Vol. 3 & 4: Air & Earth[ ]… it's more about capturing the moment than capturing the perfect take ... [ ]
- Dustin Kensrue12. Lights Out Asia - Eyes Like BrontideA billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that will be, when all the stars are dead.
- Rainer Maria Rilke11. Cynic - Traced in Air
I have to confess that I really wasn't prepared for Cynic
s highly anticipated release of Traced In Air
. Neither have been having experiences with their highly praised debut Focus
nor having an idea what a mixture of Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Jazz and Alt Rock would even sound like, I actually didn't know what to expect. And after listening to this record countless times I can say that this is probably some of the best Metal for years, living up for the hype it received. Some of the most constructive guitar riffing (based on recent metal standards) teamed up with complex drum patterns and a mindblowing vocal dualism to create 8 songs conveying the impression that their beautiful melodies and the whole aerial atmosphere were really "traced in air". For proof check out Integral Birth
and Evolutionary Sleeper
, both being exemplary and instantly accessible.10. A Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moonsso get fast / and get quick / with dum hearts / and swung hips /
our dreams / deserve it
- "1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound
"9. Adebisi Shank - This is the album of a band called Adebisi ShankFact
: Adebisi Shank
s full length debut embodies the party record of the year.Thesis
: It's hotter than Katy Perry
(music-wise, of course).
So much awesomeness packed in 23 minutes of playing time is incomparable in terms of Instrumental Rock music, absolutely stunning in it's own way. Branding their sound with an incredibly catchy mixture of Math Rock and Post Punk, enriched with elements of Electronica, Funk and an overall dance music feeling, the 3 piece delivers 8 non-stop blustering songs, all screaming for the push on the repeat button. If you like excited handclapping (Snakeships
), a yelling talkbox (You Me
), two- handed tapping along with eclectic rhythms (Colin Skehan
, Mini Rockers
), chopped beatbox samples (Agassi Shank
) or simply a song titled "Shunk" (Shunk
), you really have to listen to this. At least thrice. If not, kill yourself.8. Extra Life - Secular WorksI know what I want / but what I know won't stop me
I know what I want / but what I know won't stop me
I know what I want / but what I know won't stop me
- "This Time
"7. Blue Sky Black Death - Late Night CinemaDJ Shadow
worthy heirs of instrumental Hip Hop. Absolutely stunning.6. Vessels - White Fields And Open Devices
One of the main problems of modern post rock is the task to make a record with 60+ minutes in length that is interesting and attention grabbing from start to finish. Well, yeah, problem solved. Vessel
s full lenght debut is an entertaining trip through every aspect of instrumental rock music, flavoured with math rock riffing and somber but beautiful vocals. Proof? - Yuki
!5. pg.lost - It's Not Me, It's You!The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.
- unknown author4. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever AgoThis is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization,
it's the sound of the unlocking and the lift away.
- "Re: Stacks
"3. Off Minor - Some BloodThis is not torture
This is not surveillance
This is not injustice
This is poetic license permitted by a nations silence
"2. Daitro/Sed Non Satiata - SplitFrench is the language that turns dirt into romance.
- Stephen KingDaitro and Sed Non Satiata are the bands that turn skramz into artistic ecstasy.
- me1. Have a Nice Life - DeathconsciousnessWe kill everyone with arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads, arrowheads ... Thank god that's over.
- When Life Gives You Lemons, You...
- With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards...
- Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
Well, I'm really tired of writing right now and can't think of some words that'll express that I have high hopes for the next year in a more pretentious way. So here are some bands I'm looking forward to:
I know there are so much more but whatever.
So, this is it, a bit long and late and shitty, but yeah.
I got lazy with my vapid descriptions very fast so I added some stupid quotes and some awesome lyrics to fill the gaps. I'm also aware of the lack of some other significantly bad records released this year but I only listed the ones with the biggest lasting impact on my stomach, so please be easy with me.
Thanks for reading and (hopefully) commenting/flaming.