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Decibel – The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of The Decade

Posted in Albums Of The Decade, Decibel, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on January 28, 2010

I was a bit late off the mark on this one, but my Special Collectors Edition of Decibel: The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of The Decade only arrived yesterday. So here is their Top 100:

  1. Converge – Jane Doe (Equal Vision 2001)
    Converge - Jane Doe
  2. Cave In – Jupiter (Hydra Head 2000)
  3. Opeth – Blackwater Park (Koch 2001)
  4. Isis – Oceanic (Ipecac 2002)
  5. Mastodon – Remission (Relapse 2002)
  6. Katatonia – Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Peaceville 2001)
  7. Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf (Interscope 2002)
  8. Iron Maiden – Brave New World (Columbia 2000)
  9. Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb (Relapse 2007)
  10. Electric Wizard – Dopethrone (Rise Above 2000)
  11. Torche – Meanderthal (Hydra Head 2008)
  12. Discordance Axis – The Inalienable Dreamless (Hydra Head 2000)
  13. Baroness – Blue Record (Relapse 2009)
  14. Napalm Death – Enemy Of The Music Business (Dream Catcher 2000)
  15. Pelican – The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (Hydra Head 2005)
  16. The Red Chord – Clients (Metal Blade 2005)
  17. Converge – Axe To Fall (Epitaph 2009)
  18. Neurosis – A Sun That Never Sets (Relapse 2001)
  19. Melt-Banana – Cell Scape (A-Zap 2003)
  20. Agalloch – Ashes Against The Grain (The End 2006)
  21. Enslaved – Isa (Candlelight 2004)
  22. Tragedy – Tragedy (Tragedy 2000)
  23. Fugazi – The Argument (Dischord 2001)
  24. Mare – Mare EP (Hydra Head 2004)
  25. Celtic Frost – Monotheist (Century Media 2006)
  26. Jesu – Silver EP (Hydra Head 2006)
  27. High On Fire – Surrounded By Thieves (Relapse 2002)
  28. Dimmu Borgir – Death Cult Armageddon (Nuclear Blast 2003)
  29. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine (Relapse 2004)
  30. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet (Island 2001)
  31. Mastodon – Leviathan (Relapse 2004)
  32. Craft – Fuck The Universe (Carnal 2005)
  33. Isis – Panopticon (Ipecac 2004)
  34. Anaal Nathrakh – The Codex Necro (Mordgrimm 2001)
  35. Shellac – 1000 Hurts (Touch & Go 2000)
  36. Witchcraft – Witchcraft (Rise Above / Music Cartel 2004)
  37. Killswitch Engage – Alive Or Just Breathing (Roadrunner 2001)
  38. Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard (Relapse 2001)
  39. Converge – You Fail Me (Epitaph 2004)
  40. Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum (Ajna 2007)
  41. Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (Metal Blade 2005)
  42. Opeth – Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner 2005)
  43. Nile – Annihilation Of The Wicked (Relapse 2005)
  44. Watain – Sworn To The Dark (Ajna 2007)
  45. Between The Buried And Me – Alaska (Victory 2005)
  46. Evoken – Quietus (Avantgarde 2001)
  47. Electric Wizard – Witchcult Today (Rise Above 2007)
  48. Mastodon – Blood Mountain (Reprise 2006)
  49. Arsis – A Celebration Of Guilt (Willowtip 2004)
  50. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works (Relapse 2007)
  51. Ludicra – Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis (Alternative Tentacles 2006)
  52. At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command (Grand Royal / Virgin 2000)
  53. Isis – Celestial (Escape Artist 2000)
  54. Jesu – Jesu (Hydra Head 2004)
  55. Enslaved – Below The Lights (The End 2003)
  56. Cult Of Luna – Somewhere Along The Highway (Earache 2006)
  57. High On Fire – Death Is This Communion (Relapse 2007)
  58. Disfear – Live The Storm (Relapse 2008)
  59. Dying Fetus – Destroy The Opposition (Relapse 2000)
  60. Napalm Death – Time Waits For No Slave (Century Media 2009)
  61. Deftones – White Pony (Maverick 2000)
  62. Botch – An Anthology Of Dead Ends EP (Hydra Head 2002)
  63. Converge – No Heroes (Epitaph 2006)
  64. Hatebreed – Perseverance (Universal 2002)
  65. Withered – Memento Mori (Lifeforce 2005)
  66. Leviathan – Tentacles Of Whorror (Moribund 2004)
  67. Meshuggah – Catch 33 (Nuclear Blast 2005)
  68. Thorns – Thorns (Moonfog 2001)
  69. Rotten Sound – Murderworks (Death Vomit 2002)
  70. Trap Them – Seizures In Barren Praise (Deathwish 2008)
  71. Deathevokation – The Chalice Of Ages (Xtreem Music 2007)
  72. Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle, Part I (Century Media 2008)
  73. Immortal – Sons Of Northern Darkness (Nuclear Blast 2002)
  74. Nasum – Human 2.0 (Relapse 2000)
  75. Fucked Up – Hidden World (Jade Tree 2006)
  76. Neurosis – Given To The Rising (Neurot 2007)
  77. Taint – The Ruin Of Nova Roma (Rise Above 2005)
  78. System Of A Down – Toxicity (American 2001)
  79. Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone (Earache 2005)
  80. Warhorse – As Heaven Turns To Ash (Southern Lord 2001)
  81. Mayhem – Chimera (Season Of Mist 2004)
  82. Gojira – From Mars To Sirius (Listenable 2005)
  83. Drowningman – How They Light Cigarettes In Prison EP (Revelation 2000)
  84. Pig Destroyer – Terrifyer (Relapse 2004)
  85. Watain – Casus Luciferi (Drakkar 2003)
  86. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Roadrunner 2004)
  87. Psyopus – Ideas Of Reference (Black Market Activities 2004)
  88. The Haunted – The Haunted Made Me Do It (Earache 2000)
  89. Cryptopsy – …And Then You’ll Beg (Century Media 2000)
  90. Asunder – Works Will Come Undone (Profound Lore 2006)
  91. Godflesh – Hymns (Koch 2001)
  92. Cathedral – Endtyme (Earache 2001)
  93. The Paper Chase – Now You Are One Of Us (Kill Rock Stars 2006)
  94. Decapitated – Nihility (Earache 2002)
  95. Coalesce – Ox (Relapse 2009)
  96. In Flames – Clayman (Nuclear Blast 2000)
  97. Battle Of Mice – A Day Of Nights (Neurot 2006)
  98. Cobalt – Gin (Profound Lore 2009)
  99. My Dying Bride – The Dreadful Hours (Peaceville 2001)
  100. Slayer – World Painted Blood (American 2009)

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  1. Josh said, on May 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Wow this list is a joke… Slayer and Metallica are not at the top of the list? im sorry but you have a pathetic way of looking at the “Best”.

    The four horseman of Thrash Metal:
    and who could forget Anthrax…

    If you want to listen to some real metal, Listen to “Master of Puppets” or “Ride the Lightining”

    this list is pathetic…

    • newmusicexcess said, on May 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

      Err, I don’t think you have read the post properly.

      The list is from Decibel magazine and it covers the last decade (2000- 2009). I would agree with you and say that that the Big 4 are awesome bands, that’s why I am going to see Megadeth, Slayer and not forgetting Testament when they come to Halifax.

      However, the list I quoted does not cover the period when the bands you mention were at their peak. The real ‘gold standard’ releases by the Thrash bands you mention came out during the 80’s, while a lot of their 90’s releases modified the basic formula but never really bettered it, even though live they still ‘owned’.

      I’ve been listening to ‘real metal’ since 1979, but what metal was called then and what metal is called now are quite different things, and I assume that’s what the Decibel list reflects. There is so much good extreme music out there, it matters not, to me, if it’s classed as metal or not.

      But if the list is not Metal enough for you then why don’t you write to Decibel, or post on their forum, I am sure they would value your opinion.

      Keep it trve \m/\m/

    • marc said, on June 26, 2014 at 3:29 am

      its good to have fresh names on the list if we had all the same bands on the same lists all the time which is 90% of the lists anyway…..besides we all know there are so many talented bands out there that dont get the credit they deserve….lets hear some fresh takes on some dope grooves….the so called four horseman of thrash was a big deal in the 90’s sort of slow now a day if you know what i mean…..they were stepping stones to bigger and better things… has progressed so much since the 90’s lol

  2. Josh said, on September 16, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I’m sorry, but any list with like 4 albums from Converge ahead of “A Celebration of Guilt” by Arsis, Dying Fetus, and Decapitated, is just a plain bad list. That was my first indication.

    “A Celebration of Guilt” ranks among the best 20 metal albums EVER released. If not higher. I’m not talking about influence or innovation (both of which this album has), but artistry. It was one of the most technical yet highly accessible metal albums any of us has ever heard, and if you go through the album, you never really get the feeling that any one of the songs was just thrown in there. They all serve a purpose…that’s why I think A Celebration of Guilt should be in the top 2 or 3 of ANY list for the top metal albums released in the past 10 years.

  3. custard said, on December 27, 2010 at 5:17 am

    What Duh? where is Machine Head “The Blackening” …………..yeah thought so

  4. Chris Williams said, on January 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Immolation owns every Death Metal act on that list, as few as there are. Easily one of the finest Death Metal bands of the last 20 years, let alone the last 10 years. Correction, one of the finest bands of any genre. FIVE records released in the 2000’s and not one of them warrants a mention. NOWT.

    ALL records in that uber-elitist list were judged to be superior than: Close To A World Below, Unholy Cult, Harnessing Ruin, Shadows In The Light and Majesty And Decay. Even SOAD’s Toxicity and Andrew W.K’s I Get Wet for f*** sake. I understand that there is always a large element of subjectivity in lists like these, but give me a f***ing break.

  5. Liam said, on March 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    “Chimera” gets on this list, but “Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire and Demise” does not. Black metal is clearly the genre Decibel knows the least about.

  6. Alex Ramsewak said, on May 15, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Would have been nice to see:

    Slayer – Christ Illusion
    Between The Buried And Me – Colors and/or The Great Misdirect
    Mastodon – Crack the Skye
    Trivium – Ascendancy and/or Shogun

  7. Jerad Ford said, on September 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    How could you possibly leave Lamb of God off of a list of the best of the decade????!!! Ashes of the Wake is one of the best metal albums of all time! I also agree with Alex that Trivium should be on the list for Ascendency

  8. asif youcan said, on October 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    ah come on. megadeth’s endgame, hellbastard’s the need to kill, metallica’s death magnetic ,not on here? they were all amazing albums

  9. Objective Point of View said, on October 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Lol. it takes some time and intellectually capacity, but Jane Doe is clearly the best heavy album of the past decade, and definitely one of if not the GOAT. nobody has portrayed anger and rage as vividly, jacob bannon literally screams his lungs out for the entire album, the technical proficiency is astounding, drums, guitar and bass (go listen to the riffs if you haven’t), and the concept of the bitter breakup is flawlessly executed(lyrics,song title progression,and mood of the music). I liked the album at first, but that was nothing compared to how deep it hits now. take some time and listen to the whole thing through, a few times, probably best to spread them out since it is such a chaotic and putrid experience. Heaven in Her Arms, Bitter and Then Some, Thaw, Jane Doe, Homewrecker, and Hell to Pay are the must listens, but the whole album is really flawless, including the transition from the calming Phoenix in Flight to the frenzied Phoenix in Flames.

    Trivium are bad and have no place on this list – they were my favorite band in middle school and into 9th grade, but eventually you’ll realize they just stole Megadeth and Metallica riffs and have one of the worst lead vocalists ever and have very choppy, dull songs and structures. My two cents.

  10. Elmaya said, on January 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I like Decibel, but this list is highly debatable. Botch’s “An Anthology of Dead Ends” does not deserve to be so low. I mean seriously,Andrew W.K and Deftones ( artists I have nothing against ) over Botch? Pfffff!

  11. Sachin said, on May 31, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Josh, you said it about Arsis and their album A Celebration of Guilt. This was the album that got me into metal and I swear by it to everybody I talk to. Also, Decapitated’s album should be higher on the list as well, but overall this list is great! Good job covering a lot of different areas of metal and including some lesser known bands.

  12. Chad said, on July 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I am a HUGE fan of a lot of the artists on this board, which is undisputed. Has anyone heard/and/or remember The War of Art by American Head Charge? That album fucking STILL blows me away and I can’t figure out how they weren’t bigger. Naysayers please just check them out; it’s one of the only albums of the 2000s that I can listen to from start to finish.

  13. Andres said, on August 30, 2012 at 1:29 am

    What about Endgame, Death Magnetic, Reinventing the Steel, Angel of retribution and the other big ones in the metal? Did i mean, how is than only Slayer is one of the most classical bands in the list? Is like if you say than Toxicity is Best than Paranoid! its some kind of insult

  14. Ricko said, on March 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Pretty good list, but Fugazi at #23? I love Fugazi & the Argument is a great final album, but the are not metal…finally, some props to Godflesh’s Hymns…good to see Jesu, too, although not his best work under Jesu (Conqueror and Pale Sketches are way better)…

  15. Hard Work | Seth W. said, on February 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    […] By the time ‘Jane Doe’ came out, in 2001, Jacob Bannon was just 25 years old. Decibel Magazine named ‘Jane Doe’ the #1 album in their Top 100 albums of the decade. […]

  16. ZionL said, on June 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Where is Deicide’s Stench?

  17. Nate said, on October 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Not a bad list but not very diverse as far as genre. More like the best extreme metal albums of the decade. There were tons of great progressive, traditional metal and power metal releases in this decade.

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