I'm not one of those who think the album is SOOO AMAZING, but its definately a change in the metalcore scene.
Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies
Great release by a Canadian rapper. Took a while to grow on me, but its definately the best rap/hip hop release of 08.
Carpathian - Isolation
Amazing album by a previously *core band. Their old stuff is good, but this is their best.
Charles Hamilton - Outside Looking
Keep an eye on this guy. He's a rapper who's obsessed with Sonic the Hedgehog (oh, and apparently, his influences are Eminem, Dr. Dre and Incubus).
Cute Is What We Aim For - Rotation
For the Fallen Dreams - Changes
Brutal, catchy and AMAZING.
H20 - Nothing To Prove
Again, great catchy album.
Ligeia - Bad News
A lot of people didn't like this album, but I thought it was really good. The faux-turntable guitar solo was really unexpected though.
Stormlord - Mare Nostrum
Probably their best album yet.