Important releases in 2008

Septic Flesh - Communion
Tesla - Forever more
Cynic -Traced in the Air
Uli Jon Roth - Under a Dark Sky
Paradox - Electrify
Dignity - Project Destiny
Forever’s Fallen Grace - Herald of Twilight
Ayreon - 01011001

Best band webpage
Thin Lizzy
Mindflow
Live show 2008

Vader + Septic Flesh at the Underworld, London. 29th April.
Destruction at the Underworld, London. 14th December.
Y&T at the Astoria, London. 27th November.

Newcomer 2008

Nomad Son
Ashent

Things you could have been without in 2008
The arrogance of a few, the dishonesty of many.

Wishes for 2009

Personally, to fill in the gaps of my essential albums collection, most notably King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Cathedral, AC/DC, Ayreon, Pestilence, Trouble and Solitude Aeternus. Also to see the following bands (and more) perform live: Mortal Sin, Ace Frehley, Cynic, Daemonia.


Important releases in 2008

Mörglbl – Grötesk (released in 2007, but reviewed in 2008)
Tourettes - Treason Songs
Powderhog - Powderhog
Mikkel Schack Band - ...About to Destroy Something Beautiful
Dustsucker - Diabolo Domination (MMVII)

(and yes, The new Metallica album is NOT on this list – it was highly expected, but not very interesting, I think I’ve heard it three times since the release…)
…and probably some more, but at the moment I can’t remember…

Live show 2008

Overkill/Mortal Sin/Drone (W:O:A Roadshow), Godset, Kolding
Gob Squad at pAKHUSEt, Aarhus
Powderhog at Tante Olgas in Randers

Rebellion at Headbangers Open Air
Cynic, Van Canto and Dream of an Opium Eater at WOA
…and of course Exodus at both open airs!

Newcomer 2008

Soundborne
Powderhog
Mikkel Schack Band

Things you could have been without in 2008

I totally agree with Renier: Reviewers, who put new releases on the internet – a big f..k to you all, you are the reason we get those fu..ing voiceovers.
Paradox cancelling at HOA at the last moment.
Fanatics of all kinds – you make the world a less nicer place to be – think for yourself for a change, and don’t impose the values of your religion in any form on others.
My band cracking up at the end of the year, due to reasons beyond my control – DAMN!
Stress and hassle in my life…

Biggest experience in 2008

Getting started to play drums again after a more than three year break.
My kids growing up…

Wishes for 2009

Making a new band work and playing live.
Getting rid of most of the hassle and stress in my life.
More time to write for the page.
Seeing Paradox on HOA in 2009 (as they promised) and of course also Vicious Rumors, Q5, Helstar and Razor – it’s gonna be fun!


Important releases in 2008

Leverage - Blind Fire
Jon Oliva's Pain - Global Warning
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Crom - Vengeance
and many more...

Live show 2008

Mortal Sin in Kolding
Mortal Sin at Headbangers Open Air
Mortal Sin at Wacken Open Air
Rebellion at Headbangers Open Air

Newcomer 2008

Metallica
Relic
Cauldron

Things you could have been without in 2008
Hangovers & George W. Bush
Wishes for 2009
New albums from Forbidden, Jag Panzer & Sacred Reich

Important releases in 2008
Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls
Opeth - Watershed
Trivium - Shogun
Ayreon - 01011001
Bullet for My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire
Pyramaze - Immortal
In Flames - A Sense of Purpose
Warrel Dane - Praises to the Warmachine
Tesla - Forever more
Amaseffer - Slaves for Life
Live show 2008
Iron Maiden one hot summer evening in Horsens, Denmark
Newcomer 2008
Amaseffer
Demians
Broadmoor
Things you could have been without in 2008

We lost one of my favourite vocalists: Mike Baker, Shadow Gallery this year, and way too early. Rest in Peace.
Steelheart's comeback album; what a desaster!
Another miserable season for San Francisco 49ers

Wishes for 2009
As many trophies for Manchester United as possible... and the rise of San Francisco 49ers!
Great new albums from Pain of Salvation, Nevermore, Jag Panzer and Nightwish.
Forbidden releasing a new and awesome album.

Important releases in 2008

Keep of Kalessin - Kolossus
Gojira - The Way of all Flesh
Ihsahn - Angl
I'll keep to my traditional lair in this list...

Live show 2008
Carcass - Hole in the Sky, Bergen, Norway, August 2008
Newcomer 2008

Haven't followed any newcomers this year

Things you could have been without in 2008
In metal: trashy black-metal or metal in general brought to this sick world; much newly released metal lacks passion :(
Wishes for 2009
Better bigger releases (didn't get too overwhelmed by Satyricon's The Age of Nero, it was too anonymous, I think ), more time and chances to practise and perform musically, more quality INTERNET! time and less passive surfing, even more peace and love.
In other words: a LOT of work for me!

Important releases in 2008
Volbeat - Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood
Opeth - Watershed
Opeth - Roundhouse Tapes (DVD)
Blindstone - Freedom's Calling
Metallica - Death Magnetic
October Tide - Rain Without End (Re-issue)
Live show 2008
None ... whatsoever
Newcomer 2008
Liberal Alliance ... NOT!
Things you could have been without in 2008
The dreadful mastering of Death Magnetic
The death of Shadow Gallery's Mike Baker
The financial crisis (i.e. having to downsize my stereo)
Wishes for 2009
Actually finding the time to go to a live concert.
That Joe Satriani's "Chickenfoot" project with Chad Smith, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar will come to fruition and turn out to be all one could wish for.
That Blindstone will get the recognition they deserve.
A new Pain of Salvation album rivaling Remedy Lane.
An upswing (i.e. funds for a new and even bigger stereo!)

Important releases in 2008

Pig Destroyer - Natasha. Shows the versatility of the band.
Devils Whorehouse - Werewolf. Punk never died, it was turned into Black n' Roll!
Behemoth - Ezkaton. A brilliant christmas present for the Death-people

Live show 2008
Corvus Corax at Wacken
Svartsot, Tyr, Hollenthon and Alestorm at The Rock, Copenhagen
Newcomer 2008

Hackenyed

Things you could have been without in 2008

The finansial crisis and the rap-metal monster hybrid of Deadlock.

Wishes for 2009
More black metal at Wacken \m/

Important releases in 2008

Leverage – Blind Fire

Mercenary – Architect of Lies

Firewind – The Premonition

Braindrill – Apocalyptic Feasting

Vader – XXV

Testament – The Formation of Damnation

Trigger the Bloodshed – Purgation

Arkona – Ot Serdca K Nebu

Live show 2008
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Newcomer 2008

Braindrill... and err... not sure.

Things you could have been without in 2008

2 family members and 2 close friends passed away in 2008... I could really have been without that in 2008.

Wishes for 2009

More metal... just more metal!


 

Important releases in 2008
Heathendom – Nescience
Scar Symmetry – Holographic Universe
Six Minute Century – Time Capsules
Legion of the Damned – Cult of the Dead
Into Eternity – The Incurable Tragedy
Auvernia – Towards Eternity
Textures – Silhouettes
Machinery – The Passing
Testament – The Formation of Damnation
Helstar – The King of Hell
Falconer – Among Beggars and Thieves
Suspyre – When Time Fades
Prey For Nothing – Violence Divine
Arsis – We Are the Nightmare
Death Angel – Killing Season
Hail of Bullets – Of Frost and War
Live show 2008
Symphony X and Death Angel – Waldrock – July 5th 2008
Newcomer 2008
Auvernia
Arsis
Sacred Dawn
Six Minute Century
Prey For Nothing
Heathendom
Things you could have been without in 2008
The new Metallica record – Much better than Saint Wancker, but still not good enough.
The new record is a clone of all their earlier work, without any new ideas and inspiration. 
Reviewers, who put new releases on the internet – a big f..k to you all, you are the reason we get those fu..ing voiceovers.
Wishes for 2009
I hope record companies will keep sending us promos instead of mailing a link to download the new songs as Mp3. 
A real winter with lots of ice-skating and snow. 
Health to all those who I love and like. 
A sunny day on June 13th 
A good metal year, with lots of good music.

Important releases in 2008

Gojira - The Way of All Flesh
Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Volbeat - Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad
Tourettes - Treason Songs
Testament - The Formation of Damnation
Heaven Shall Burn - Iconoclast
Illdisposed - The Prestige
Dawn of Demise - Hate Takes Its Form

Live show 2008

Carcass at Wacken and DMeA (yes, twice within a year! What a year!)
Iron Maiden at Wacken

Newcomer 2008

Dawn of Demise

Things you could have been without in 2008

Judas Priest pulling out the bombast in an altogether boring fashion.

Wishes for 2008

Metallica at Wacken (come on, it's the festival's 20th anniversary, it makes sense...)


Important releases in 2008
Brainstorm - Downburst
Ayreon - 01011001
Serenity -Fallen_Sanctuary
Helstar -The King of Hell
Testament - The Formation of Damnation
Tesla - Forever More
Warrel Dane - Praises to the Warmachine
Nevermore - The Year Of The Voyager
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Metal Church - This Present Wasteland
Plus so so many more
Live show 2008
Wow, what a year. I would have to say Iron Maiden followed by Testament, Helloween, Def Leppard, Nightwish, Ozzy and Judas Priest.
Newcomer 2008
New to me are band called Witchking
Powerworld
Harmony
Things you could have been without in 2008
Gaining too much weight LOL & WAR
Wishes for 2009
More awesome metal and to go to Wacken or Swedish Rock Festival.
Health & friendship