by Cosmo Lee

A final kiss-off to 2008 - my favorite metal songs that year. As I hear these for the umpteenth time, I can't help but wonder: why can't albums now be this wall-to-wall awesome? All these bands with all these chops - is it so hard to write a song? One with shape, meaning, and identity? Metallica did not become #1 by being the most intense or dexterous band. They just wrote the best songs. Good albums are around, but good songs are rare. Here are 14, totaling under an hour. They got me through 2008, that bear of a year.

1. War of Ages - The Deception of Strongholds
2. Grand Magus - Like the Oar Strikes the Water
3. ASG - Low End Insight
4. Viking Skull - Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey
5. In Flames - The Mirror's Truth
6. Meshuggah - Bleed
7. Terminal Function - Spawn
8. Austrian Death Machine - Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers
9. The Rotted - Get Dead or Die Trying
10. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
11. Lord Belial - Trumpets of Doom
12. Khold - Mester Og Trell
13. Lifelover - Brand
14. Brave - Something to This

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