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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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Dark Empire @ Knitting Factory (8/1/2008)

New Jersey’s own Melodic Metal masters Dark Empire were playing a short tour with both Suspyre and Odin’s Court and hitting the “Old Office” club way down in the recesses of The Knitting Factory. The interesting show brought a lot of cool Metal to the table so those who might want to learn more need only scroll past the logo below. I made sure to document and photograph all three of the bands that performed so dig in.

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Artist: Dark Empire
Venue: Knitting Factory: The Old Office (New York, NY)
Opener: Odin’s Court, Suspyre
Date: 8/1/2008
Label: Killzone Records

Before this particular show being discussed, I had actually been to The Knitting Factory on a number of occasions and attended performances that occurred in what is referred to as “The Main Space”. I’ve even been to the room directly below this area which is called “The Tap Room” and I have to say that both areas are perfect scenarios for bands of the heavier model. I had seen The Gathering, Unexpect, Alex Skolnick Trio and a host of others here but tonight’s gig would not be in either of those regions of the club and instead draw me down one flight further into the buildings deepest recesses – the third room in the club known as “The Old Office”. Clearly this must have been a spot where office space was once kept judging by the title, but now its been set up to have a small stage on the far left hand side, a general area for standing and some seating and a fairly decent sized bar. I thought it a great thing for the Knitting Factory to have three different areas to have bands in for this allows shows to be going on at all times and delivering entertainment to the fans who earnestly support their favorite music. I had no idea what to expect of this space having never been down this far for any reason but tonight I would get my chance as a three act Power Metal mini festival would be taking place. The bands scheduled were Dark Empire, Odin’s Court and Suspyre and while I was led to believe that Suspyre was headlining this particular show, it would instead be the guys in Dark Empire. We reviewed that bands debut CD “Distant Tides” a couple of years ago and knew what to expect from them, so the fact that they would headline didn’t matter much to me and was just par for the course of the ever changing manner in which gigs were delivered to the public. Instead the start off band or opener would be Suspyre, a band whose name I had heard in the past but never seen and now would be my chance. Here is how the night went down for those interested.
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