Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
Well, I'm not sure that Tara and Rocko (The cat!) will be totally on-board with this one, but "Board Up the House" was certainly MY favorite heavy album of 2008. Genghis Tron produce a terrific racket for a 3-piece band, but aggressive noise isn't the only thing that they bring to the party. Over the course of 43 minutes, the 'Tron moves between punishing metalcore riffs and screamed vocals on the one hand, and mellow (if ominous) synths and glitchtronica on the other ("Recursion" is particularly pretty). This may be on the more experimental end of the current spectrum of metal music, so it probably isn't for folks who really need sing-a-long choruses in their listening material (or choruses at all for that matter). This is music that is both intense and interesting. Play it loud!