Hey, it's 2009 and I did a top ten list for my favorite albums from the past year. I listen to a lot of punk, hardcore, and heavier music, so you may not like my list.
I can live with that.
A bit of a footnote, this is my favorite albums of 2008...you know, the ones I listened to the most this year. Everything was released in 2008; however it may have been a reissue of an older record, whatever.
10. A 3 way tie with some awesome reissues that came out this year, in no particular order.
10a. Screeching Weasel - "My Brain Hurts" - This is the blue print for pop-punk. One of my favorite albums of all time. This is essential.
10b. Coalesce - "012 A Revolution In Just Listening" - Awesome album, with new awesome artwork.
10c. Turmoil - "The Process Of..." - Awesome album, with new less-awesome artwork. The opening song/line pumps me up as much as anything.
9. Arghoslent - "Hornets of the Pogrom" - I don't listen to a lot of death metal, but this is pretty awesome stuff. The riffs are ridiculous, and this shit is catchy as hell. Fantastic musicianship, and just an awesome death metal album.
8. Good Riddance - "Remain in Memory" - This band is now done, but they did a farewell live show in 2007, and fortunately for us, they recorded it. And as luck would have it, they released it about a year later. Good Riddance is one of my favorite punk bands, and they were awesome live. It would make sense that their live album would be pretty awesome then too. Over 30 career-spanning songs, including all the ones that I'd want to hear.
7. Less Than Jake - GNV FLA - What!?!?! Ska!? lol! Yeah, this band is still around, and this new album is fantastic! I didn't expect to be jamming this too much / at all, but I thought fuggit, I live in Gainesville, I owe this joint a quick listen. Good move, too. This is the way ska-pop-punk-whatever is supposed to be done.
6. Terror - "The Damned, The Shamed" - The first song on this album pumps me the fuck up. The rest of the album keeps me engaged long enough to remain in an adequate state of being pumped up. Then the last song comes on, and I just get pumped up beyond belief. Hey, it's a new Terror record, I wasn't expecting anything more than what I got.
5. H20 - "Nothing to Prove" - I was really stoked to hear that this album would be released this year. I pre-ordered this bad boy and was glad to hear that the band hadn't lost anything in the 7 years since the last album. Homeboy here even learned to sing A LOT better...but yo, I ain't talkin Pavoratti type shit, this is still hardcore.
4. Cold World - "Dedicated to Babies Who Were Born Feet First" - Lame album title, awesome album. This band likes hip-hop. I don't really. Lol, but somehow I managed to listen to this a buttload.
3. Have Heart - "Songs to Scream at the Sun" - This was by far my most anticipated new album for 08. And while it isn't nearly as good as the band's previous, it's still pretty awesome. While some may find the lyrics cliche, I really enjoy them. But yo, that cover art is pretty lame. The last album had more of an 'old school' feel to it; while this one seems to have latched onto a few things found in more modern hardcore. At the end of the day, I'm going to reach for the bands previous album, 'The Things We Carry'; however when I get sick of that, I'll gladly turn to this one.
2. Suicide Note - "Empty Rooms" - This album was a complete shocker to me. I have been aware of the band for a while now, but never spent much time with any of their releases. I'd heard a few songs, and decided this particular style of music wasn't really something I listen to. However, "Empty Rooms" found it's way into my hands, and I was ready to give it a listen. It didn't hit me right away, but after a few spins, I found myself listening to this more and more. I am now the proud owner of most of the rest of this bands catalogue. And for the ladies out there, omg cute lead singer alert omg lol.
1. The Gaslight Anthem - "The '59 Sound" - This came out in like July and has been in heavy rotation ever since. This band is blowin' the F up, and it's awesome. It sounds like if Bruce Springsteen went punk...in the 50's. When this band came through Gainesville, I gave the lead singer a business card for this blog. Hey Mr. Gaslight Anthem singer dude, if you're reading this, thanks for reading!