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PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2008: The Music

If you have been observing the releases that came upon us during 2008 then you will agree that this was a tremendous year for Metal. We’ve noted in our editorial that it felt like the year of the comeback as much as it delivered new bands that we hope will shine far into the future. The multi-faceted genre that makes up our Metal not only delivered quality music releases but also DVD’s, Books and Concerts that left you sore and with that in mind we are lining out some of the best stuff that we felt was delivered. In this installment I will only be giving the tip of the hat to the best albums for 2008 since I liked a lot of them. Doing it like this lets us all keep a proper focus. Here we go.

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The Best Albums Of 2008:

Eluveitie “Slania” (Nuclear Blast Records): Pagan/Folk Metal of resounding proportions. I loved this one and played it quite a bit.

Meshuggah “Obzen” (Nuclear Blast Records) – Reminding us with every groove and spine crushing riff that they are one of the most powerful Metal bands on the planet. If this is news to you, then get with the program.

Journey “Revelation”(Columbia Records): New singer, new album, new versions of classic material & a DVD concert all in one package? Truly this is a standout release from the Rock legends.

Whitesnake “Good To Be Bad” (SPV Records): It’s as if no time had passed by and this CD came out after the juggernaut self-titled album from the eighties. Great work guys.

Def Leppard “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge” (Universal Music): I haven’t liked a Def Leppard album in years and was set on giving them up entirely until this one came out and showed us that they still had it in them.

In This Moment “The Dream” (Century Media Records): I knew I was seeing something special when I first caught them as an opener for Kittie, and this release shows musical and compositional growth from their killer debut that raises the bar. A must have album that offers much for wider scopes of fans. Trust me.

Origin “Antithesis” (Relapse Records): Clearly one of the most powerful Extreme Death Metal records released this year. This is smoldering stuff that moves at break neck speeds.

Keep Of Kalessin “Colossus” (Nuclear Blast Records): A band that has chosen to walk in the path of Dimmu and see what storms they can cause themselves is a worthy addition to the Metal collection. Killer stuff here.

Fish “13th Star” (Chocolate Frog UK): A return to form for the singer who once fronted Marillion. His strongest release in years and a must have.

Black Sabbath “The Rules Of Hell” (Rhino Entertainment): Collecting the four albums that Sabbath recorded with Dio and remastering them after many years of waiting, this was a must have release. Nicely packaged and eventually released individually for those fans who didn’t want the complete set.
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Extreme @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (8/4/2008)

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Artist: Extreme
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: King’s X, Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp
Date: 8/4/2008
Label: Open E Records

It had been well documented about 2008 being pretty much the year of the comeback but the interesting thing about the title was that many of the bands had not really gone anywhere and had instead merely fallen off of many music fans musical radar. That made tonight’s show with Extreme such an amazing event because this was a band that was truly coming back in terms of their reunion and choosing to record new and exciting material for those who had missed them. They would set up some area shows and the one we would find ourselves at would be The Fillmore NY and the guys would bring King’s X along for direct support. That’s a lot of high class Rock and Roll for anyone if you asked me. Of course I had not realized that also for tonight’s festivities would be another gala that was set up for the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. Should you not have any idea about this, it is a little bit of a music seminar and a lot of Rock and Roll jamming. It gives the average Joe the chance to perform on a notable stage with some true Rock Stars and like many things this comes with a relatively high price tag. Anyways, the night was set up to showcase this event first and it was set to run some two hours before the main acts even came on. Even though this particular show would feature guys like Kip Winger and Dave Ellefson, I opted to pass because I wanted my energies available for King’s X and Extreme. When I made my way inside a little later I heard mixed opinions on it as some people told me it was a terrible waste of time while others felt that it was the best thing they ever experienced. Clearly I had managed to talk to fans of the main bands performing and the relative or friend of someone who had jammed with the camp. It was only moments after I got into place that King’s X hit the stage.
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