Biggest Surprise was Pain of Salvation Road Salt One for being so different from previous albums and still being so incredibly good Biggest disappointment was Demians - Mute for not having so many feelings as first album. ALbum of the year goes to Road Salt One again (of course H&A is nr 1 ) Discovery of the year for my side is 65daysofstatic for I never heard them before and once I found them my ass was kicked Show of the year was Transatlantic in Poznan/ Pain of Salvation in Prague.
Biggest surprise: Spock's Beard - X; didn't think they'd manage to make a decent album again. Biggest disappointment: Demians, indeed. It's not a bad album, but I had hoped for so much more. Album of the year: Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here Live Video of the year: Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize Discovery of the year: Kinda hard, as I've discovered so many great bands this year. I guess this one goes to Kaki King. Gig of the year: Even harder. Sooo many good ones. I'm tempted to pick Porcupine Tree or Lazuli or Karnivool... BUT the most emotional and intimate performance I saw this year was Swim Bird Fly playing for about 25 people in a tiny venue in Stuttgart.