Sunday, January 04, 2009

Wayne's 2008 Wrap-up

Top Albums

1. Torche "Meanderthal"
2. Nachtmystium "Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. 1"
3. Opeth "Watershed"
4. Made Out of Babies "The Ruiner"
5. U.S. Christmas "Eat the Low Dogs"
6. Harvey Milk "Life...The Best Game in Town"

Top Live Shows

1. Fests (DoomFest + Lollapalooza + Metal Masters + the non Disturbed/Dragonforce part of Mayhem Fest + the non-Dream Theatre parts of Progressive Nation)
2. Iron Maiden @ Allstate Arena
3. High on Fire in DeKalb, IL
4. Melvins/Big Business @ Reggie's
5. Boris/Torche/Nachtmystium @ Empty Bottle
6. My Morning Jacket @ Chicago Theatre

Top Songs

1. Torche "Healer"
2. Meshuggah "Bleed"
3. Big Business "The Drift"
4. Nachtmystium "Ghosts of Grace"
5. Melvins "Billy Fish"
6. Metallica "All Nightmare Long"

Top Album Covers

1. Torche "Meanderthal"
2. Samothrace "Life's Trade"
3. Origin "Antithesis"
4. Deadbird "Twilight Ritual"
5. The Gates of Slumber "Conqueror"
6. A Storm of Light "And We Wept the Black Ocean Within"

Disappointments of 2008

1. Guns N Roses "Chinese Democracy"
2. Judas Priest's "Nostradamus"
3. Juan Montoya leaving Torche
4. Not making it out to some of the big out-of-town shows I wanted to see (Neurosis/Mastodon in Brooklyn, ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas in the UK, Wacken Open Air, Dudefest, Bonnaroo)
5. Exodus marring an otherwise great set at the Pearl Room with a bunch of macho bullshit posturing
6. the cancellation of Enslaved's 2009 spring tour

Highest Hopes for 2009

1. Mastodon's "Crack the Skye"
2. The rumored Faith No More reunion
3. The next Baroness album
4. Lamb of God's "Wrath"
5. New ISIS
6. Amazing live shows (2008 raised the bar!)

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