Top 20 Albums of 2008

Black Elk - Never a Six Always a Nine

Yeah I know; this is a little late. Usually I’m all over this kind of thing. But I needed a little extra time to process everything I’ve heard this year.

Apparently in 2008 I really loved bands that are down with the classic Amphetamine Reptile styles. Anyone who worships the pounding rhythms and distortion of Unsane or the spazzed out noise of the Jesus Lizard will be my BFFF. So it’s no surprise that sitting at numero uno is a band that would be right at home on AmpRep.

I discovered Black Elk just this past year via their 2006 self titled release and immediately kicked myself for not checking them out sooner. So it goes without saying that when they dropped Always a Six Never a Nine this fall, I was all over it. It has been making sweet love to my iPod ever since.

Naturally I would say everything below is worth checking out. So do yourself a favor and head over to their MySpace pages and have a listen. It shouldn’t hurt that much.

  1. Black Elk – Always a Six Never a Nine
  2. Farflung – A Wound in Eternity
  3. 5ive – Hesperus
  4. Black Mountain – In the Future
  5. Ufomammut – Idolum
  6. Fight Amp – Hungry for Nothing
  7. Humanfly – II
  8. Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1
  9. These Arms Are Snakes – Tail Swallower & Dove
  10. Javelina – Javelina
  11. Zozobra – Bird of Prey
  12. Torche – Meanderthal
  13. Genghis Tron – Board Up the House
  14. Blood Ceremony – Blood Ceremony
  15. Portishead – Third
  16. Coffins – Buried Death
  17. Cursed – III
  18. Akimbo – Jersey Shores
  19. The Bug – London Zoo
  20. Jex Thoth – Jex Thoth


  1. James White · January 25, 2009 Reply

    Wicked! I’ve actually been waiting for you to post this list, Triple6. I only have a few of these albums so I’m gonna start doing the research, starting with Black Elk who I have rocking on the Myspace now. Also glad to see the Genghis Tron in there.

    My new iPod sends along a big thank-you.

  2. Ryan Grant · January 26, 2009 Reply

    Awesome. I hope you find some stuff worthy of blasting at Chateau Signalnoise. In addition to Black Elk, I think that you definitely should know about Fight Amp, Humanfly, Javelina, Torche and Akimbo.

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