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Decibel Best of 2005 – Issue # 15

1. Pelican – The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
2. Opeth – Ghost Reveries
3. The Red Chord – Clients
4. Withered – Momento Mori
5. Meshuggah – Catch 33
6. Trivium – Ascendancy
7. Torche – Torche
8. Darkest Hour – Undoing Ruin
9. Jesu – Jesu
10. Napalm Death – The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code
11. Enslaved – Isa
12. Neuraxis – Trilateral Progression
13. A Life Once Lost – Hunter
14. God Forbid – IV: Constitution of Reason
15. Gospel – The Moon Is A Dead World
16. Ulver – Blood Inside
17. Xasthur – To Violate the Oblivious
18. Transistor Transistor – Erase All Name And Likeness
19. Between The Buried and Me – Alaska
20. Every Time I Die – Gutter Phenomenon
21. Strapping Young Lad – Alien
22. Kylesa – To Walk A Middle Earth
23. Nile – Annihilation of the Wicked
24. Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor
25. The Mars-Volta – Frances The Mute
26. Horse The Band – The Mechanical Hand
27. Mouth of the Architect - Time and Withering
28. Confessor – Unraveled
29. Queens Of The Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze
30. Witchcraft – Firewood
31. High On Fire – Blessed Black Wings
32. Hate Eternal – I, Monarch
33. Cipher – Children Of God’s Fire
34. Arsis – A Diamond For Disease
35. Twilight – Twilight
36. Buried Inside – Chronoclast
37. Earth – Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method
38. Deathspell Omega – Kenose
39. Chimaira – Chimaira
40. Most Precious Blood – Merciless

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Decibel Best of 2006 – Issue # 27

1. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
2. Battle of Mice - A Day of Nights
3. Converge - No Heroes
4. Nachtmystium - Instinct: Decay
5. Cult of Luna - Somewhere Along the Highway
6. Jesu – Silver
7. Celtic Frost – Monotheist
8. Enslaved – Ruun
9. Tragedy - Nerve Damage
10. Gojira - From Mars to Sirius
11. Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
12. Burst – Origo
13. Isis - In the Absence of Truth
14. Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
15. Taint - The Ruin of Nova Roma
16. Craft - Fuck the Universe
17. The Hope Conspiracy - Death Knows Your Name
18. Napalm Death - Smear Campaign
19. Planes Mistaken for Stars – Mercy
20. Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
21. Suffocation - Suffocation
22. Fucked Up - Hidden World
23. DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage
24. Jucifer - If Thine Enemy Hunger
25. Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies
26. Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance
27. Unearthly Trance – Trident
28. Goatwhore - A Haunting Curse
29. Scott Walker - The Drift
30. Genghis Tron - Dead Mountain Mouth
31. Made Out of Babies – Coward
32. Engineer – Reproach
33. Lamb of God – Sacrament
34. Boris – Pink
35. Kylesa - Time Will Fuse Its Worth
36. Protest The Hero – Kezia
37. Cretin – Freakery
38. The Sword - Age of Winters
39. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
40. First Blood – Killafornia

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Decibel Best of 2007 – Issue # 39

1. Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb
2. Watain – Sworn to The Dark
3. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works
4. Jesu – Conqueror
5. Baroness – The Red Album
6. Neurosis – Given To The Rising
7. Witchcraft – The Alchemist
8. Portal – Outre’
9. High On Fire – Death Is This Communion
10. A Life Once Lost – Iron Gag
11. Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
12. The Red Chord – Prey For Eyes
13. Pelican – City of Echoes
14. Moonsorrow – V: Hävitetty
15. Bergraven – Dödsvisioner
16. Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow
17. Melt-Banana - Bambi’s Dilemma
18. The End – Elementary
19. Electric Wizard – Witchcult Today
20. Caina – Mourner
21. Machine Head – The Blackening
22. Magrudergrind – Rehashed
23. Rosetta – Wake/Lift
24. Big Business – Here Comes The Waterworks
25. Dax Riggs – We Sing of Only Blood or Love
26. Obliteration – Perpetual Decay
27. Architect – All Is Not Lost
28. Rwake – Voice of Omens
29. Engineer – The Dregs
30. Down – III: Over The Under
31. Destroyer Destroyer
32. Evoken – A Caress of The Void
33. Between The Buried and Me – Colors
34. Torche – In Return
35. Alcest - Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde
36. Pissed Jeans – Hope For Men
37. Year Of No Light – Nord
38. Darkest Hour – Deliver Us
39. Trap Them – Sleepwell Deconstructor
40. Grave In The Sky – Cultery Hits China: Engllish for the Hearing Impaired

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Decibel Best of 2008 – Issue # 51

1. Torche – Meandrthal
2. Nachtmystium – Assassins : Black Meddle Part 1
3. Genghis Tron – Board Up The House
4. Opeth – Watershed
5. The Gates of Slumber – Conqueror
6. Rotten Sound – Cycles
7. Origin – Antithesis
8. Wetnurse – Invisible City
9. Made Out of Babies – The Ruiner
10. Disfear – Live The Storm
11. Harvey Milk – Life… The Best Game In Town
12. Krallice – Krallice
13. Amon Amarth – Twilight Of The Thunder God
14. Pyramids – Pyramids
15. Gojira – The Way of All Flesh
16. Enslaved – Vertebrae
17. Esoteric – The Maniacal Vale
18. Toxic Holocaust – An Overdose of Death
19. Gods and Queens – Gods and Queens
20. Intronaut – Prehistoricisms
21. Hail Of Bullets – Of Frost and War
22. Hour of 13 – Hour of 13
23. Trap Them – Seizures in Barren Praise
24. Gridlink – Amber Gray
25. Hennes Siste Host – Host
26. 5ive – Hesperus
27. Testament – The Formation of Damnation
28. Bloodbath – The Fathomless Mastery
29. Blacklisted – Heavier Than Heaven, Lonlier Than God
30. Samothrace – Life’s Trade
31. Various Artists – This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 1
32. Meshuggah – obZen
33. Cynic – Traced In Air
34. Aura Noir – Hades Rise
35. Witch – Paralyzed
36. Decrepit Birth – Diminishing Between Worlds
37. North – What You Were
38. Graveyard – Graveyard
39. Withered – Folie Circularie
40. Coffins – Buried Death

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Decibel Best of 2009 – Issue #63

1. Baroness – The Blue Record
2. Converge – Axe to Fall
3. Coalesce – Ox
4. Napalm Death – Time Waits For No Slave
5. Cobalt – Gin
6. Kylesa – Static Tensions
7. Slayer – World Painted Blood
8. Tombs – Winter Hours
9. Marduk – Wormwood
10. Isis – Wavering Radiant
11. Immortal – All Shall Fall
12. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Agorapocalypse
13. Obscura – Cosmogenesis
14. Magrudergrind – Magrudergrind
15. Nile – Those Whom The Gods Detest
16. YOB – The Great Cessation
17. Mastodon – Crack The Skye
18. Paradise Lost – Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us
19. The Atlas Moth – A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky
20. Asphyx – Death… The Brutal Way
21. Altar of Plagues – White Womb
22. Mournful Congregation – The June Frost
23. Funeral Mist – Maranatha
24. The Gates of Slumber – Hymns of Blood and Thunder
25. Burnt By The Sun – Heart of Darkness
26. City of Ships – Look What God Did To Us
27. Goatwhore – Carving Out The Eyes of God
28. Gaza – He Is Never Coming Back
29. Katatonia – Night Is The New Day
30. Keelhaul – Keelhaul’s Triumphant Return to Obscurity
31. The Red Chord – Fed Through The Teeth Machine
32. Brutal Truth – Evolution Through Revolution
33. Krallice – Dimensional Bleedthrough
34. Culted – Below The Thunders of the Upper Sleep
35. Goes Cube – Another Day Has Passed
36. Suffocation – Blood Oath
37. Javelina – Beasts Among Sheep
38. Municipal Waste – Massive Aggressor
39. Millions – Gather Scatter
40. Funebrarum – The Sleep of Morbid Dreams

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Decibel Best of 2010


01 Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
02 Watain – Lawless Darkness
03 Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
04 Dawnbringer – Nucleus
05 Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
06 Torche – Songs for Singles
07 Ludicra – The Tenant
08 Thou – Summit
09 Nails – Unsilent Death
10 The Austerity Program – Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn
11 Castevet – Mounds of Ash
12 Immolation – Majesty And Decay
13 Sailors With Wax Wings – Sailors With Wax Wings
14 Coliseum – House With a Curse
15 Horseback – The Invisible Mountain
16 Kylesa – Spiral Shadow
17 High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine
18 Burzum – Belus
19 Atheist – Jupiter
20 Electric Wizard – Black Masses
21 Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
22 Kvelertak – Kvelertak
23 Integrity – The Blackest Curse
24 Ghost – Opus Eponymous
25 Withered – Dualitas
26 Pivixki – Gravissima
27 Fear Factory – Mechanize
28 Unearthly Trance – V
29 Christian Mistress – Agony & Opium
30 Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle Part II
31 Deftones – Diamond Eyes
32 Father Befouled – Morbid Destitution Of Covenant
33 The Body – All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood
34 Early Graves – Goner
35 Intronaut – Valley of Smoke
36 Decrepit Birth – Polarity
37 The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
38 Hail of Bullets – On Divine Winds
39 Lantlôs – Neon
40 Darkthrone – Circle The Wagons

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Decibel Best of 2011

01 Tombs – Path Of Totality
02 Opeth – Heritage
03 Mastodon – The Hunter
04 In Solitude – The World. The Flesh. The Devil.
05 Brutal Truth – End Time
06 Hate Eternal – Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
07 YOB – Atma
08 40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room
09 Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual…….
10 Junius – Reports From The Threshold Of Death
11 Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
12 Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
13 Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory
14 False – False
15 Autopsy – Macabre Eternal
16 Revocation – Chaos Of Forms
17 Trap Them – Darker Handcraft
18 Obscura – Omnivium
19 Drugs Of Faith – Corroded
20 Subrosa – No Help For The Mighty Ones
21 Ulcerate – The Destroyers Of All
22 Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
23 Atriarch – Forever The End
24 Disma – Towards The Megalith
25 Moab – Ab Ovo
26 Gridlink – Orphan
27 Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination
28 Vallenfyre – A Fragile King
29 Crowbar – Sever The Wicked Hand
30 Mournful Congregation – The Book Of Kings
31 Machine Head – Unto The Locust
32 Absu – Abzu
33 Negative Plane – Stained Glass Revelations
34 Origin – Entity
35 Darkest Era – The Last Caress Of Light
36 Deafheaven – Roads To Judah
37 Hammers Of Misfortune – 17th Street
38 Krallice – Diotima
39 Rwake – Rest
40 Graf Orlock – Doom Box


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Decibel Best of 2012

01 Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
02 Baroness – Yellow & Green
03 Evoken – Atra Mors
04 Witchcraft – Legend
05 Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
06 Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay
07 Enslaved – Riitiir
08 Royal Thunder – CVI
09 Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
10 Pig Destroyer – Book Burner
11 Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast
12 Blut Aus Nord – 777: Cosmosophy
13 Cattle Decapitation – Monolith Of Inhumanity
14 Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth
15 Satan’s Wrath – Galloping Blasphemy
16 Grave – Endless Procession Of Souls
17 Torche – Harmonicraft
18 Napalm Death – Utiltarian
19 High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis
20 Liberteer – Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees
21 Early Graves – Red Horse
22 Killing Joke – MMXII
23 Horrendous – The Chills
24 Swans – The Seer
25 Inverloch – Dark/Subside
26 Gaza – No Absolute For Human Suffering
27 Farsot – Insects
28 Asphyx – Deathhammer
29 A Life Once Lost – Ecstatic Trance
30 Author & Punisher – Urus Americanus
31 Mutilation Rites – Empyrean
32 Saint Vitus – LILLIE: F-65
33 Panopticon – Kentucky
34 Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
35 Samothrace – Reverence To Stone
36 Incantation – Vanquish In Vengeance
37 The Shrine – Primitive Blast
38 Agalloch – Faustian Echoes EP
39 Meshuggah – Koloss
40 Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage

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Decibel Best of 2013

1. Carcass - Surgical Steel
2. In Solitude - Sister
3. Gorguts - Colored Sands
4. SubRosa - More Constant Than The Gods
5. Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
6. Cult of Luna - Vertikal
7. Melt Banana - Fetch
8. Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance
9. Noisem - Agony Defined
10. Tribulation - The Formulas of Death
11. Deafheaven - Sunbather
12. Toxic Holocaust - Chemistry of Consciousness
13. Nails - Abandon All Life
14. Inter Arma - Sky Burial
15. Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
16. Secrets of the Sky - To Sail Black Waters
17. Purson - The Circle and the Blue Door
18. Lycus - Tempest
19. Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen
20. The Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults: The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer
21. Antigama - Meteor
22. Kylesa - Ultraviolet
23. Immolation - Kingdom of Conspiracy
24. Exhumed - Necrocracy
25. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Mind Control
26. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu
27. Ulcerate - Vermis
28. Anciients - Heart of Oak
29. Craven Idol - Towards Eschaton
30. Iron Reagan - Worse Than Dead
31. Portal - Vexovoid
32. Coliseum - Sister Faith
33. Cathedral - The Last Spire
34. Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed
35. Noctum - Final Sacrifice
36. AEvangelist - Omen Ex Simulacra
37. Watain - The Wild Hunt
38. Corrections House - Last City Zero
39. Dark Tranquility - Construct
40. Batillus - Concrete Sustain



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Decibel Top 100 Black Metal Albums Of All Time

1 Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark
10 Beherit – Drawing Down the Moon
100 Inquistion – Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
11 Bathory – Bathory
12 Ulver – Bergtatt – Eteeventyri 5 capitler
13 Emperor – Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
14 Bathory – Blood Fire Death
15 Mayhem – Live in Leipzig
16 Enslaved – Frost
17 Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger
18 Rotting Christ – Thy Mighty Contract
19 Hellhammer – Apocalyptic Raids [EP]
2 Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
20 Weakling – Dead as Dreams
21 Burzum – Burzum
22 Sarcofago – I.N.R.I.
23 Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane
24 Darkthrone – Under a Funeral Moon
25 Immortal – Pure Holocaust
26 Venom – Welcome to Hell
27 Watain – Sworn to the Dark
28 Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales EP
29 Emperor/Enslaved – Emperor/Hordanes Land
3 Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky
30 Bathory – Hammerheart
31 Cradle of Filth – The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
32 Deathspell Omega – Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
33 Ulver – Nattens Madrigal – Aatte hymne til ulven I manden
34 Von – Satanic Blood [demo]
35 Drudkh – Blood in Our Well
36 Dissection – The Somberlain
37 Burzum – Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
38 Leviathan – The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide
39 Bathory – The Return…
4 Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse
40 Master’s Hammer – Ritual
41 Samael – Worship Him
42 Blut Aus Nord – The Work Which Transforms God
43 Thorns – Thorns
44 Tsjuder – Desert Northern Hall
45 Acturus – Aspera Hiems Symfonia
46 Absu – Tara
47 Krallice – Krallice
48 Impaled Nazarene – Suomi Finland Perkele
49 Varathron – His Majesty at the Swamp
5 Venom – Black Metal
50 Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
51 Lurker of Chalice – Lurker of Chalice
52 Nachtmystium – Instinct: Decay
53 Nifelheim – Nifelheim
54 Anaal Nathrakh – The Codex Necro
55 In the Woods… Heart of the Ages
56 Abruptum – In Umbra Malitae Ambulado, in Aeternum in Triumpho Tenebrarum
57 Enslaved – Below the Lights
58 Blasphemy – Fallen Angels of Doom…
59 Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
6 Satyricon – Nemesis Divina
60 Taake – Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik
61 Necromantia/Varathron – Black Arts Lead to Everlasting Sins
62 Wolvers in the Throne Room – Diadem of 12 Stars
63 Root – The Book
64 Samael – Blood Ritual
65 Xasthur – Telepathic With the Diseased
66 Bethlehem – Dark Metal
67 Watain – Casus Luciferi
68 Gorgoroth – Incipit Satan
69 Diabolical Masquerade – Ravendusk in My Heart
7 Marduk – Opus Nocturne
70 Sigh – Scorn Defeat
71 Blut Aus Nord – Ultima Thulee
72 Funeral Mist – Maranatha
73 Immotal – Battles in the North
74 Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum
75 Ved Buens Ende – Written in Waters
76 Destroyer 666 – Phoenix Rising
77 Darkspace – Darkspace I
78 Negura Bunget – Om
79 Ludicra – Fex Urbis Lex Orbis
8 Immortal – At the Heart of Winter
80 Mysticum – In the Streams of the Inferno
81 Fleurety – Min Tid Skall Komme
82 Cobalt – Gin
83 Craft – Fuck the Universe
84 Judas Iscariot – The Dying Light
85 Tormentor – Anno Domini [demo]
86 Aura Noire – Black Thrash Attack
87 Gehenna – Malice [Our Third Spell]
88 Marduk – Those of the Unlight
89 Krieg – The Black House
9 Burzum – Filosofem
90 Alcest – Le Secret [EP]
91 Mystifier – Goetia
92 Vinterland – Welcome to my last chapter
93 Peste Noire – La sanie des siercles – Panegyrique de las degenerescence
94 Rotting Christ – Triarchy of the Lost Lovers
95 Shining – V:Halmsted
96 Revenge – Infiltration. Downfall. Death.
97 Mayhem – Ordo Ab Chao
98 Leviathan – Tentacles of Whorror
99 Mutulation – Vampires of Black Imperial Blood



Decibel Top 30 Grindcore Albums of All Times – Issue #53

1. Repulsion – Horrified
2. Napalm Death – Scum
3. Terrorizer – World Downfall
4. Siege – Drop Dead
5. Napalm Death – From Enslavement to Obliteration
6. Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb
7. Brutal Truth – Need to Control
8. Discordance Axis – The Inalienable Dreamless
9. Napalm Death – Mentally Murdered
10. Disrupt – Unrest
11. Napalm Death – Enemy of the Music Business
12. Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
13. Brutal Truth – Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
14. Carcass – Reek of Putrefaction
15. Rotten Sound – Murderworks
16. Nasum – Human 2.0
17. Bolt Thrower – In Battle Theres No Law
18. Assuck – Misery Index
19. Napalm Death – The Peel Sessions
20. Impetigo – Horror of the Zombies
21. SOB – Don’t Be Swindle
22. Heresy/Concrete Sex – Earache Split
23. Phobia – Return To Desolation
24. Dropdead – Dropdead
25. Nuclear Death – Carrion For Worm
26. General Surgery – Necrology
27. Brutal Truth – Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom
28. Spazz – La Revancha
29. Kill The Client – Escalation of Hostility
30. Cephalic Carnage – Exploiting Dysfunction

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Decibel Top 20 Stoner Rock Albums of All Times – Issue #35

1. Black Sabbath – Masters of Reality
2. Electric Wizard – Dopethrone
3. Sleep – Jerusalem
4. Kyuss – Blues For The Red Sun
5. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
6. Queens of The Stone Age – Queens of The Stone Age
7. Trouble – Psalm 9
8. Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum
9. Melvins – Bullhead
10. Hawkwind – Space Ritual
11. Masters of Reality – Masters of Reality
12. Witchfinder General – Death Penalty
13. Monster Magnet – Spine of God
14. Cathedral – The Ethereal Mirror
15. Saint Vitus – Born Too Late
16. Leaf Hound – Grower of Mushroom
17. The Obsessed – Lunar Womb
18. Acrimony – Tumuli Shroomaroom
19. High On Fire – Surrounded By Theives
20. Fu Manchu – In Search Of…

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Decibel Top 20 Death Metal Albums of All Times – Issue #18

1. Carcass – Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
2. Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness
3. At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
4. Obituary – Cause of Death
5. Entombed – Left Hand Path
6. Napalm Death – Harmony Corruption
7. Carcass – Heartwork
8. Cryptopsy – None So Vile
9. Bolt Thrower – Realm of Chaos
10. Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding
11. Death – Scream Bloody Gore
12. Incantation – Onward To Golgotha
13. Morbid Angel – Covenant
14. Death – Human
15. Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness
16. Nile – In Their Darkened Shrines
17. Suffocation – Pierced From Within
18. Dismember – Like An Everflowing Stream
19. Atheist – Unquestionable Presence
20. Autopsy – Mental Funeral