Chris Galea
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.
Claus Melsen
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!
Jørgen Ditlev
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
Kenn Jensen
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.
Laurence Y.M.
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!
Martin Mathiasen
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/
Peter Laursen
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!
Reinier De Vries
Important releases in 2008
Heathendom – NescienceScar Symmetry – Holographic UniverseSix Minute Century – Time CapsulesLegion of the Damned – Cult of the DeadInto Eternity – The Incurable TragedyAuvernia – Towards EternityTextures – SilhouettesMachinery – The PassingTestament – The Formation of DamnationHelstar – The King of HellFalconer – Among Beggars and ThievesSuspyre – When Time FadesPrey For Nothing – Violence DivineArsis – We Are the NightmareDeath Angel – Killing SeasonHail of Bullets – Of Frost and War
Live show 2008
Symphony X and Death Angel – Waldrock – July 5th 2008
Newcomer 2008
Auvernia ArsisSacred DawnSix Minute CenturyPrey For NothingHeathendom
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.
Thomas Nielsen
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…)
Tye Brown
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