BLACK SHIPS - OMENS
This band blew my mind the first time I went to their Myspace and listened to their tunes, around the time their first EP, Low, came out. The thing showed huge promise, so I kept tabs on them and waited for Omens. Daniel and I downloaded the thing around the same time, and I think we can both agree that this beast delivers the goods. Eight tracks of the loudest, heaviest, and most pissed-off hardcore I've ever heard. They don't speed it up or slow it down a whole lot because they don't fucking have to. "The End" is one of my favorite songs of 2008, and no track on Omens is a slouch. This record as a whole may be my favorite release of '08, and if not, it's a close second to Chemistry of Common Life. Throw this on, turn the volume up as high as it'll go (then see if you can find more speakers), grab a beer, and hate the world. This thing is important, seriously picking up Skitsystem's torch and running with it.
buy it, for fuck's sake
FIGHT AMPUTATION/EXOSUS - SPLIT
I may or may not look like a giant prick for using a Mediafire URL on a measly split, but suffice to say that this captures two of my favorite heavy bands at the top of their games. Fight Amp deliver a slower, heavier follow-up to Ugly Kids Doing Ugly Things without quite displaying the AmRep worship they do nowadays. Nobody ever seems as stoked on Exosus (r.i.p.) as I am, but their two tracks here, their last recordings as a band, absolutely slay. The grind influences of their last 7", Feed the Furnace, are gone entirely here, replaced by a downtuned take on the Swedish sound. This suits them fine, making this a great testament to a great band.
COALESCE - GIVE THEM ROPE
I HEARD TEH GUY FROM REGGIE AND DA FULL EFFECT AND NEW FOUND GLORY OR SOME SHIT WAS IN THIS BAND ONCE SO I DOWNLOADED THIS AND IT WASNT CATCHY AT ALL AND JUST HAD A GUY YELLING AND STUFF. WTF.