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01-11-2013, 08:30 PM
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Decibel Magazine - Top 100 Death Metal Albums

Just got my issue in the mail the special issue. I love reading these things, Im not one of those who get bent out of shape if I disagree with the rankings since they are opinion only, unless the complete list is a joke then I rip on it. I couldnt find a list anywhere to cut and paste it in. I will type out the Top 30.

I like they picked a solid top 10 (I think Cryptopsy is a tad to high though) and didnt try to generate controversy by making obscure picks. They did well and definitely got IMO the definitive # 1 right, though I would have put Death's Scream Bloody Gore at #2, to me this & Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness are the two definitive albums of the genre.

Dont want to nitpick but even though I was glad to see personal favorite Master included in the Top 100, their self titled album was ranked #100, I dont know how that one wasnt ranked higher.

Top 30 per Decibel Magazine:
1.Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
2.Carcass - Descanting the Insalubrious
3.Death - Human
4.Entombed - Left Hand Path
5.Autopsy - Mental Funeral
6.Death - Leprosy
7.At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
8.Morbid Angel - Covenant
9.Repulsion - Horrified
10.Cryptopsy - None So Vile

11.Obituary - Cause Of Death
12.Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos
13.Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
14.Carcass - Heartwork
15.Cannibal Corpse - Tomb Of The Mutilated
16.Possessed - Seven Churches
17.Suffocation - Effigy Of The Forgotten
18.Nile - Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka
19.Obituary - Slowly We Rot
20.Atheist - Unquestinable Presence

21.Death _ Scream Bloody Gore
22.Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness
23.Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption
24.Autopsy - Severed Survival
25.Morbid Angel - Blessed Are the Sick
26.Deicide - Deicide
27.Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
28.Incantation - Onward To Golgotha
29.Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding
30.Pestilence - Consulming Impulse


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No Massacra, Therion, Morpheus Descends, Amorphis and how is ATG best album not* The Red in the Sky is Ours?

I am disappoint.


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I would put Left Hand Path first (and None So Vile second to be honest, but I am a sucker for all Cryptopsy) but that is just personal preference Altar of Madness is definitive. I agree, can't really fault their choices.

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31-60:
31.Cynic - Focus
32.Bolt Thrower - War Master
33.Dying Fetus - Destroy The Opposition
34.Disembowlment - Transcendence Into The Epripheal
35.Opeth - Orchid
36.Dissection - The Somberlain
37.Death - Symbolic
38.Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells
39.In Flames - The Jester Race
40.Deicide - Legion

41.Entombed - Clandestine
42.Asphyx - The Rack
43. Unanimated - Ancient God Of Evil
44.The Crown - Deathrace King
45.Grave - Into The Grave
46.Amorphis - Tale From The Thousand Lakes
47.Immolation - Dawn Of Possession
48.Akercoke - Words That go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
49.Demigod - Slumber Of The Eyes
50.Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt

51.Convulse - World Without God
52.Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
54.Dark Tranquility - The Gallery
55.Death - Spiritual Healiong
56.Deceased - Fearless Undead Machine
57.Hate Eternal - I, Monarch
58.Massacre - From Beyond
59.Pestilence - Testimony of The Ancients
60.Tiamat - The Astral Sleep


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61-80:
61.God Macabre - The Winterlong
62.Suffocation - Pierced From Within
63.Gorguts - Obscura
64.Ripping Corpse - Dreaming With The dead
65.Carnage - Dark Recollections
66.Darkthrone - Soulside Journey
67.My Dying Bride - As the Flower Withers
68.Decrepit Birth - Diminishing between Worlds
69.Eucharist - A Velvet Creation
70.Sepultura -Schizophrenia

71.At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
72.Repugnant - Epitome Of Darkness
73.Necrophagist - Onset Of Putrefication
74.Morbid Angel - Formulas Fatal To The Flesh
75.Disharmoni Orchestra - Not to be Undimensional Conscious
76.Vader - De Profundis
77.Cannibal Corpse - Kill
78.Obscura - Omnivium
79.Amorphis - The Karelian Isthmus
80.Demilich - Nespithe


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81-100:
81. Incantation - Diabolical Request
82.Nile - In Their Darkened Shrine
83.Entombed - Wolverine Blues
84.Immolation - Unholy Cult
85.Origin - Antithesis
86.Pan-Thy-Monium - Khaooohs
87.Nocturnus - The Key
88.Nuclear Death - Bride of Insect
89.Bloodbath - Nightmare Made Flesh
90.Edge of Sanity - Crimson

91.Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
92.Opeth - Blackwater Park
93.The Crown - Crowned In Terror
94.Paradise Lost - Lost Paradise
95.Decapitated - Wind Of Creation
96.Bolt Thrower - For Victory
97.Pungent Stench - Been Caught buttering
98.Hate Eternal - Phoenix Among the Ashes
99.Portal - Outre
100.Master - Master


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How could they make a top 100 list when #1 sounds just like #100?

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I would have put #100 (Master's s/t) in the top ten myself, but we can all tear apart any list and pick our favorites and complain they werent high enough.

Personally, I just enjoy reading them and the articles on each record. Ive learned of a lot of new bands thru the years going thru these type of lists, like in the Thrash Special issue I got years ago, I wasnt familiar with Hobb's Angel of Death or Accuser and got their albums and absolutely loved them. I plan to investigate some of the ones Im not familiar with off this death metal list at some point. I think I eventually ended up getting the entire 100 list off the thrash list, I was so close decided to get the last few, even though the last one I go twas A christian Thrash (didnt know there was a such thing) I think the cd was called Deliverance, cant recall the bands name. Listened to it once, it wasnt band but never had the desire to play it againa after that.

(Im more of a thrash than death metal fan so it was no prob to get all 100)


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No Massacra, Therion, Morpheus Descends, Amorphis and how is ATG best album The Red in the Sky is Ours?

I am disappoint.
It pretty blatantly is! It is their only album that from start to finish is interesting, ambitious, and not pandering to the lowest common denominator of listeners. If you're going to argue for something like Slaughter of the Soul, I should remind you that the album isn't even death metal...just thrash and a heavy dose of heavy metal melodies.

With Fear... is the only other album of theirs to have any content that approaches the brilliance of TRITSIO, and even so its only half of the album.

It is, imo, the best DM album of all time along with The Chasm's Deathcult For Eternity

EDIT: Totally misread your comment, haha, sorry!


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Lists like this are the reason why I'm very ambivalent towards Decibel

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Always wondered what are the differences between the different types of Metal?

A quick Dummies version would be great.

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Holy ****. Orchid is on there? That is interesting.
It's cool to see Obscura (band) represented. They are just about the only technical death metal band that I enjoy.

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It pretty blatantly is! It is their only album that from start to finish is interesting, ambitious, and not pandering to the lowest common denominator of listeners. If you're going to argue for something like Slaughter of the Soul, I should remind you that the album isn't even death metal...just thrash and a heavy dose of heavy metal melodies.

With Fear... is the only other album of theirs to have any content that approaches the brilliance of TRITSIO, and even so its only half of the album.

It is, imo, the best DM album of all time along with The Chasm's Deathcult For Eternity

EDIT: Totally misread your comment, haha, sorry!
I meant to post how is it not their best album I skip words on my phone sometimes though. I don't know they left out a lot of great albums I mean the best Deicide album isn't Legion?

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Always wondered what are the differences between the different types of Metal?

A quick Dummies version would be great.
Speed / thrash is more aggressive, tends to be fast-paced, and fun; death metal is more heavy, complex, and free-form; black metal is more historical, occasionally melodic, light, and harsh; doom metal is more slow, and tends to be more emotionally clear; grindcore is more directly influenced by punk, chaotic, and focused upon dirty speed.

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I meant to post how is it not their best album I skip words on my phone sometimes though. I don't know they left out a lot of great albums I mean the best Deicide album isn't Legion?
I think Deicide's s/t is better than Legion by a bit. It's more catchy and brutal. Usually catchiness isn't an important criterion in death metal but that album is ridiculously so, for me at least.

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No Amon Amarth?

Not okay.

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I love how Cannibal Corpse's "Butchered At Birth" album doesn't make the list, yet somehow their 2006 album "Kill" does. Kill was absolute ****.

And seeing Death's "Spiritual Healing" ranked at 55 makes me cringe. That one should have at least been in the top 20.

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Always wondered what are the differences between the different types of Metal?

A quick Dummies version would be great.
You could look on wiki, the article there is decent. Anyway, this is the basics, not in depth at all and is guilty of simplifying and generalizing, because I'm assuming you're a noob and I don't want you to get confused

Traditional Metal, where it all began:



New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). Not a specific sound, British bands inspired by punk (especially the DIY ethos) and Metal circa 1978-1982:



Thrash Metal, began as a combination of Punk, Traditional Metal and some bands from the NWOBHM scene:



Death Metal, took the basics of Thrash and then evolved it to more "extreme" realms



Black Metal, emerged as rebellion against Death Metal which was becoming overly technical, down-tuned, polished, etc. Emphasis on low-production values, "atmosphere", etc. Lots of varied sounds.



Power Metal, a more "modern" take on traditional Metal with (usually) more emphasis on epic song structures. Often mocked by some ***** who think keyboards and epic songs are something to be ashamed of.



Doom Metal. My favourite subgenre, focus on slow and long songs, lyrics about depression, sorrow and other cheerful things.



Progressive Metal. Exactly what it says on the tin.



Folk Metal. Another case of truth in advertising.



That's the basics. Emphasis on basics.

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Meh. Just another example of Decibel being Decibel. I'm assuming this was compiled by some sort of staff vote, which explains why you do see some awesome records lower on the list, but all the "typical" material is higher up. Not exactly a very noteworthy list.

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How could they make a top 100 list when #1 sounds just like #100?
It's always refreshing to hear people talk about things that they have no clue about.

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I hate genresdiscussions like this but wtf..

cynicism: Fates Warning? Nah. They are more prog/80s hardrockish like many other of that era. However, they to have some power metal elements in their music. Which is not wierd at all since Power metal is heavily influenced from those kind of bands. Helloween (read Kai Hansen) LOVES Judas priest. Pretty sure "Victims of fate" is based on Victim of changes. The same way he wrote the song Deliver the gods (JP has a song called Deliver the goods )

The "first" power metal would be Helloweens EP in 85. Victims of fate. It is raw, trashy and speedy as ****


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Since o cannot Edit i make a dubbel post. The EP Is ofc called "Helloween". Not VOF. Had no idea what i was thinking when i wrote that...

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I hate genresdiscussions like this but wtf..

cynicism: Fates Warning? Nah. They are more prog/80s hardrockish like many other of that era. However, they to have some power metal elements in their music. Which is not wierd at all since Power metal is heavily influenced from those kind of bands. Helloween (read Kai Hansen) LOVES Judas priest. Pretty sure "Victims of fate" is based on Victim of changes. The same way he wrote the song Deliver the gods (JP has a song called Deliver the goods )

The "first" power metal would be Helloweens EP in 85. Victims of fate. It is raw, trashy and speedy as ****

Early helloween was speed metal, not power metal.

I'd probably give one of the various USPM bands like Jag Panzer and their ilk 'first power metal' honors.

Fates Warning's The Spectre Within and Awaken the Guardian is undeniably power metal, not of the European breed obviously though.

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My top ten would be mostly the initial cds by the pioneers in the genre, for the most part those are my favorite death metal cds.

My Top Ten
1.Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
2.Death - Scream Bloody Gore
3.Carcass - Descanting the Insalubrious
4.Entombed - Left Hand Path
5.Morbid Angel - Covenant
6.Obituary - Slowly We Rot
7.Deicide - Deicide
8.Incantation - Onward To Golgotha
9.Immolation - Dawn of Possession
10.Master - Master

just missed:
11.Autopsy - Mental Funeral
12.Suffocation - Effigy Of The Forgotten
then probably would be a run of Death albums


everyone post your top ten if you like

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Lists like this are the reason why I'm very ambivalent towards Decibel
I thought they did a pretty good job on this list, though their annual best of lists and their best albums of the last decade list make me want to throw up. The albums of the decade 2000-2010) list was so bad I actually cancelled my subscription after it (I let it lapse and didnt renew it) as their articles were also leaning towards different type bands then I like.

For some reason they love Converge, they are always at the top of their lists and named Jane Doe album of the decade. WTF on that? Other Decibels favorites that I cant stand that are ranked high are Torche, Baroness, Pelican. ???? on how these bands are such Decibel favorites.

They also usually rank Mastodon at the top and too and they bore me to no end but other mags (and more fans thatn the other bands I named above) seem to like them too. Even went to see them in concert, just dont get the fuss over them.

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My favorites. Aside of #1, I can't really settle on any particular order, so I'm not going to bother.

1. Repugnant - Epitome of Darkness
2-15 (alphabetical):
Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
At the Gates - The Red in the Sky is Ours
Bolt Thrower - Realm of Chaos
Death - Scream Bloody Gore
Death Breath - Stinking Up the Night
Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
Dismember - Like an Ever Flowing Stream
Incantation - Onward to Golgotha
Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
Tribulation - The Horror
Unanimated - Ancient God of Evil
Witchrist - Beheaded Ouroboros


Honorable Mentions (not "proper" LPs):
Archgoat - The Aeon of Angelslaying Darkness (compilation)
Cruciamentum - Convocation of Crawling Chaos (demo)
Grotesque - In the Embrace of Evil (compilation)
Nihilist - 1987-1989 (compilation)
Repugnant - Hectatomb (EP)
Wrathprayer - In Utter Darkness (demo)

There was a lot more Sweden on that list than I initially thought there would be. But given my preference to the early Swedish melodic death/black sound and the Stockholm sound (especially when infused with crust and/or thrash elements), it's not too surprising.

And for some reason, the letter "D" cleans up.

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Early helloween was speed metal, not power metal.

I'd probably give one of the various USPM bands like Jag Panzer and their ilk 'first power metal' honors.

Fates Warning's The Spectre Within and Awaken the Guardian is undeniably power metal, not of the European breed obviously though.
No. Helloween has that title and have had it for many years. While it is mostly speed, it is considered the first power metal by many. Never even head someone say that FW would be the first. Heck, i never even heard they been called PM. Must be some wierd american thing...


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