Top 3 bands of 2008
01. L’Arc~en~Ciel. They’ve released some cool singles this year and they had their TOUR 2008 L’7 ~Trans ASIA via PARIS~ tour (major bonus points there).
02. D’erlanger. Their new album the price of being a rose is loneliness is awesome, they did a tour in Japan (which I attended two concerts of) and released a new DVD.
03. VAMPS. I always find it difficult to pick a third place, but I chose them because they are considered an “new and upcoming” (lol) band. They released a single and had a huge tour (that I attended two concerts of). Good year for them!
Top 3 albums of 2008
01. D’erlanger – the price of being a rose is loneliness. Awesome album. I loved Lazzaro but this album is even better!
02. 雅-miyavi- – 雅~This Iz The Japanese Kabuki Rock~. I am not too interested in him, I just occasionally like his works, but this album was absolutely brilliant.
03. ムック – 志恩. Simply a good album, even though I don’t care for MUCC a whole lot.
Top 3 performances of 2008
01. L’Arc~en~Ciel in Paris. Their first concert in Europe and it was amazing. They played really well, interacted with the audience, played lots of awesome songs and the atmosphere was great. Everything about this concert was just perfect.
02. D’erlanger in Tokyo. Maybe not the most amazing concerts ever, but really good. Rock music as it should be.
03. Within Temptation in Haarlem. They manage to make something different and amazing out of every show, and they did this again during their Theater Tour.
Best newly discovered band/artist of 2008:
01. Amy Macdonald
Biggest disappointment of 2008: Dir en grey, again. With Uroboros they’ve scattered my last bit of hope of them ever releasing something decent anymore.
New category! Biggest failure of 2008: X Japan, without doubt. Theyir blunders with the overseas concerts are unbelievable.
Looking forward to in 2009: Activity from L’Arc~en~Ciel (at least they said they’ll be releasing stuff), new releases and activity from their solo projects… Many more interesting releases from other artists, hopefully some interesting shows in the Netherlands…
Artist top 10 of 2008 according to last.fm
05. Plastic Tree
06. Dir en grey