2008 was a wondrous year for post-hardcore—our scene saw bands from all over the genre put out record after record that continuously pushed the heavy-meets-melody formula. Below are 13 records that have transcended the trends and fads and still rip to this day.
Alesana - Where Myth Fades To Legend
Alesana followed their debut LP, On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax, with Where Myth Fades To Legend, a 13-track monster released on Fearless Records. The effort contained tracks such as “Seduction” and “Obsession Is Such An Ugly Word,” the latter featuring Escape The Fate’s Craig Mabbitt.
akissforjersey - Victims
North Carolina’s akissforjersey released their second studio album, Victims, on Tragic Hero Records in 2008. They supported it by embarking on the first Scream The Prayer Tour alongside Here I Come Falling, Before Their Eyes, MyChildren MyBride and others.
A Skylit Drive - Wires… And The Concept Of Breathing
Wires… And The Concept Of Breathing is A Skylit Drive’s debut album, and first studio release without original frontman frontman Jordan Blake. After a brief period with Jonny Craig, the band enlisted Michael "Jag" Jagmin as their permanent vocalist. In total, the band released five music videos from the album, all of which were featured their DVD, Let Go Of The Wires.
Before Their Eyes - The Dawn Of My Death
Before Their Eyes’ sophomore album, The Dawn Of My Death, is their first to feature Landon Tewers on guitar and screamed vocals. (Tewers left the band in 2010 to focus on his current project, the Plot In You.) “Life Was All A Dream” was given a music video, which you can watch above.
Burden Of A Day - Blessed Be Our Ever After
Blessed Be Our Ever After served as Burden Of A Day’s debut on Rise Records. The 11-track album added an even more aggressive edge to modern post-hardcore. “It’s Lonely At The Top [Or So I’ve Heard]” is one of many standout songs.
Closure In Moscow - The Penance And The Patience
Australia’s Closure In Moscow’s debut effort, The Penance And The Patience, is a driving onslaught of post-hardcore aggression that helped land the band in AP’s 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2009. The record was produced by Kris Crummett and released in April of 2008.