My 2004 sucked big time. I spent it in the army but that's only half the story. A real low point of my life and it lasted some 365 days. Buuuuut... It was a ridiculously good year for music! Just narrowing down my choices brought me to 16 awesome records and from there on I've had to weigh pros and cons between each album.
Death Angel - The Art Of Dying
Thrash metal was going through a revival in 2004. Along with this, two of my favorite releases in the genre from the same year were Megadeth's triumphant return with The System Has Failed and Gwar's War Party. The Art Of Dying gets the nod out of these as it's my favorite Death Angel album and really made an impact on first listen. I was spending a friday night driving some off duty army higher ups around town and had a late night metal radio show on when "Thrown To The Wolves" came on. That was the best thing about that night, I had to buy the album.