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The Top 40 Albums of The Year, As Chosen by Decibel Magazine – How Many of These Have You Actually Heard?

Posted by on November 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

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Decibel Magazine is quick to the draw, being the first major metal outlet to release its list of their top 40 metal albums of the year. While they go in greater detail in their January 2018 issue, this should give you an idea of where they stand.

In previous years, I always giggled a bit to myself about some of the more obscure releases that make the list and joke about how proud I am to have heard so many albums on the list. I don't mean that as a slight at all, Decibel have their ear to the ground and while they might not have any time for more mainstream releases, there are plenty of other outlets that give those big names the time of day (including this very site). So it's nice to see Decibel give a shout to the underdogs. Here's how they rank:

40. The Lurking FearOut of the Voiceless Grave, Century Media
39. WoeHope Attrition, Vendetta
38. PyrrhonWhat Passes for Survival, Willowtip
37. Power TripNightmare Logic, Daymare
36. Ufomammut8, Neurot
35. DisharmonyGoddamn the Sun, Iron Bonehead
34. WormwitchStrike Mortal Soul, Prosthetic
33. PropagandhiVictory Lap, Epitaph
32. FarsotFail-Lure, Lupus Lounge
31. Napalm RaidWheel of War, Self-Released
30. OxbowThin Black Duke, Hydra Head
29. LossHorizonless, Profound Lore
28. Lock UpDemonization, Listenable
27. With the DeadLove from With the Dead, Rise Above
26. DreadnoughtAwake in Sacred Waves, Sailor
25. Cannibal CorpseRed Before Black, Metal Blade
24. WampyrinachtWe Will Be Watching. Les Cultes de Satan et Les Mysterères de la Mort, Zazen Sounds
23. MidnightSweet Death and Ecstasy, Hells Headbangers
22. Pagan AltarThe Room of Shadows, Shadow Kingdom
21. Artificial BrainInfrared Horizon, Profound Lore
20. CloakTo Venomous Depths, Season of Mist
19. AkercockeRenaissance in Extremis, Peaceville
18. EnslavedE, Nuclear Blast
17. CormorantDiaspora, Self-Released
16. MyrkurMareridt, Relapse
15. DodecahedronKwintessens, Season of Mist
14. ObituaryObituary, Relapse
13. Craven IdolThe Shackles of Mammon, Dark Descent
12. KreatorGods of Violence, Nuclear Blast
11. Bell WitchMirror Reaper, Profound Lore
10. ConvergeThe Dusk in Us, Epitaph
9. Wolves in the Throne RoomThrice Woven, Artemisia
8. Full of HellTrumpeting Ecstasy, Profound Lore
7. ImmolationAtonement, Nuclear Blast
6. Spectral VoiceEroded Corridors of Unbeing, Dark Descent
5. IntegrityHowling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume, Relapse
4. NecrotBlood Offerings, Tankcrimes
3. PallbearerHeartless, Profound Lore
2. Spirit AdriftCurse of Conception, 20 Buck Spin
1. Paradise LostMedusa, Nuclear Blast

I can't believe I've heard all the albums in their top 10 – and like most of them. How many have you heard? Learn more about them in the January 2018 issue of Decibel.

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