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Detektivbyrån's Top Ten of 2008

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December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Jon from Detektivbyrån

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In no particular order:

1. Meshuggah - ObZen
2. Wovenhand - Ten Stones
3. Veronica Maggio - Och Vinnaren Är
4. Disfear - Live The Storm
5. Acursed - Tunneln I Ljusets Slut
6. Motörhead - Motörizer
7. Victims - Killer
8. Cursed - III: Architects of Troubled Sleep
9. The Haunted - Versus
10. Lack - Saturate Every Atom

Detektivbyrån - "Laka-Koffa"

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This last year we found ourselves lost in "lush arrangements of small bells, placid vibes, toy-like glockenspiel and orotund accordion" thanks to a diminutive Gothenburg-based trio named Detektivbyrån.