Decibel's Top 40 Albums Of 2008

2008-11-27 by Dave de Sylvia STAFF | 47 Comments
Decibel Magazine has posted its list of the top 40 metal albums of 2008.

40. Coffins, Buried Death (20 Buck Spin)
39. Withered, Folie Circulaire (Prosthetic)
38. Graveyard (Tee Pee)
37. North, What You Were (Cavity)
36. Decrepit Birth, Diminishing Between Worlds (Unique Leader)
35. Witch, Paralyzed (Tee Pee)
34. Aura Noir, Hades Rise (Tyrant Syndicate)
33. Cynic, Traced in Air (Season of Mist)
32. Meshuggah, obZen (Nuclear Blast)
31. This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 1 (Relapse)
30. Samothrace, Life's Trade (20 Buck Spin)
29. Blacklisted, Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God (Deathwish, Inc.)
28. Bloodbath, The Fathomless Mastery (Peaceville)
27. Testament, The Formation of Damnation (Nuclear Blast)
26. 5ive, Hesperus (Tortuga)
25. Hennes Siste Host, Host (Init)
24. Gridlink, Amber Gray (Hydra Head)
23. Trap Them, Seizures in Barren Praise (Deathwish, Inc.)
22. Hour of 13 (Shadow Kingdom)
21. Hail of Bullets, Of Frost and War (Metal Blade)
20. Intronaut, Prehistoricisms (Century Media)
19. Gods and Queens (Robotic Empire)
18. Toxic Holocaust, An Overdose of Death (Relapse)
17. Esoteric, The Maniacal Vale (Season of Mist)
16. Enslaved, Vertebrae (Nuclear Blast)
15. Gojira, The Way of All Flesh (Prosthetic)
14. Pyramids (Hydra Head)
13. Amon Amarth, Twilight of the Thunder God (Metal Blade)
12. Krallice (Profound Lore)
11. Harvey Milk, Life . . . the Best Game in Town (Hydra Head)
10. Disfear, Live the Storm (Relapse)
9. Made Out of Babies, The Ruiner (The End)
8. Wetnurse, Invisible City (Seventh Rule)
7. Origin, Antithesis (Relapse)
6. Rotten Sound, Cycles (Spinefarm)
5. The Gates of Slumber, Conqueror (Profound Lore)
4. Opeth, Watershed (Roadrunner)
3. Genghis Tron, Board Up the House (Relapse)
2. Nachmystium, Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1 (Century Media)
1. Torche, Meanderthal (Hydra Head)

Tagged: Various Artists (Metal)

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BallsToTheWall
November 27th 2008
49145 Comments


Saw this in the new issue. Cynic at 33 but Nachtmystium at 2? That makes no sense at all.

Digging: Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty

Athom
Emeritus
November 27th 2008
17240 Comments


^123123

red0
November 27th 2008
248 Comments


Wow, what a horrible list. It's like INDIE CRED +1000000000000000000000000000

BallsToTheWall
November 27th 2008
49145 Comments


^ I know that, I've read several publications that unabashedly praise their new album, as well as the previous one. I still don't see why Cynic would rank so low compared to several other ones on this list that can't really compare. Does Metal Hammer have a top 40 yet? I'm looking forward to theirs and possibly if Terrorizer has one.

bastard
November 27th 2008
3432 Comments


well i guess sputnik is unique in the area of hating Nachtmystium's new album.

jingledeath
November 27th 2008
7101 Comments


wow I've only listen to 8 of the albums on the list.
Hurray for me!

chewytapeworm
November 27th 2008
492 Comments


Great to see Torche sitting pretty. Also Wetnurse, Genghis Tron and Made out of Babies are welcome additions to the top 10. This list ain't too bad...

Masochist
November 27th 2008
8835 Comments


Hmmm...wonder where BTA would sit?

marksellsuswallets
November 27th 2008
4851 Comments


I cringed when I saw this was Decibel's list but you know, it ain't all bad
I don't know if BTA is kvlt enough for this list...I would say pretty high but that's just because I heart them...

ninjuice
November 27th 2008
6760 Comments


I find it pretty lame they forgot Scar Symmetry (which, imo, is significantly better than the Amon Amarth record.)

OllieS
November 27th 2008
2148 Comments


No Kiuas = fail

SnackaryBinx
November 27th 2008
2309 Comments


nevermind.
guess the release date is wrong.This Message Edited On 11.27.08

lucazade22
November 27th 2008
534 Comments


I only have 4 albums on that list...of which the Gojira, Testament and Rotten Sound ones aren't that special. In fact, they're pretty boring if you ask me. Amon Amarth is good but not as good as WOOOS. So, pretty crap list if you ask me.

Looking forward to the MH list more though, cos all my purchases come from hearing about them on MH!

ASberg
November 27th 2008
2161 Comments


GRAVEYARD FUCK YEAH!

EDIT:TRAP THEM FUCK YEAH!This Message Edited On 11.27.08

thegodparticle
November 27th 2008
37 Comments


They put a compilation disc at #31? That's kinda lame.

JAV
November 27th 2008
3005 Comments


Torche at #1? Did not expect that, nice to see 5ive and Intronaut on there though.
Didn't see Made out of Babies and Harvey Milk the first, nice.This Message Edited On 11.27.08

Essence
November 27th 2008
6240 Comments


top 40 metal albums


29. Blacklisted, Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God (Deathwish, Inc.)


lol

Phantom
November 27th 2008
8985 Comments


I need to check some of these albums out, haven't got round to them all.

Oh and here in the UK, there used to be a pop boyband called 5ive and it brought the lulz when i saw a band with the same name in this list.

Regulator
November 27th 2008
623 Comments


i didn't even know trap them put out a new album this year. those guys are one of the best bands i discovered recently. and genghis tron ended up being one of my faves from the year too. even tho it came out wayyy back in feb. same with disfear.



itachi1452
November 27th 2008
366 Comments


WTF, NO SLIPKNOT?!!!
^ me joking of course
kinda sad how i've only listened/own 2 of those albums (good ol' gojira and meshuggah)

foreverendeared
November 27th 2008
14677 Comments


oh shit i completely forgot about the Rotten Sound album

Wizard
November 27th 2008
20203 Comments


It's funny how people complain about these lists. Opinions guys! Good list overall.

masscows
November 27th 2008
2230 Comments


awful list

P13
November 27th 2008
1327 Comments


Board up the House shouldn't be 3, it's good, but not that good.



spoon_of_grimbo
November 27th 2008
2241 Comments


torche at #1 is a pleasant surprise. i wouldn't say it's my favourite of the year, but it's had some heavy and frequent listenage from me.

Burn2Burn
November 27th 2008
2374 Comments


obZen love ftw

Yazz_Flute
November 27th 2008
18939 Comments


no equilibrium =(

Jacaranda
November 27th 2008
684 Comments


i thought torche sucked
:/ :/ :/

McP3000
November 28th 2008
4049 Comments


all the albums on here ive listened to ive had no higher than a 3.5 :/

Pebster49
November 28th 2008
3021 Comments


Yes #17...funeral Doom woo

204409
Emeritus
November 28th 2008
3998 Comments


what is decibel

Ghostechoes
November 28th 2008
1354 Comments


Well, from that list I have Cynic, 5ive, Intronaut, Made Out Of Babies, Opeth, and Genghis. Now, some other albums that I think are worth mentioning:

Burst, Lazarus Bird
Grayceon, This Grand Show
In Mourning, Shrouded Divine
Today I Caught The Plague, Ms. Mary Mallon

And maybe (because I guess these bands are not "extreme" enough, or probably they are just gay):

Candiria, Kiss the Lie
Protest The Hero, Fortress
Spylacopa, SpylacopaThis Message Edited On 11.28.08

encmetalhead
November 28th 2008
744 Comments


37. North, What You Were (Cavity)

Album should be higher tbqh

Burn2Burn
November 28th 2008
2374 Comments


Candiria, Kiss the Lie


WTF SINCE WHEN DID THEY HAVE A NEW ONE COMING OUT???This Message Edited On 11.28.08

Cesar
November 28th 2008
2732 Comments


IN MOURNING IS NEEDED

Baphomet
November 28th 2008
7364 Comments


... I might just get sued for asking this... but douesn't Death Magnetic count at least as 40th??

itachi1452
November 28th 2008
366 Comments


^ yeah, along with crucible of man, ultra beatdown, all hope is gone, and overcome
joking again
Idk, its production was probably what got it booted off the list, the main reason people liked the album was because it was different from newer metallica somewhat

Altmer
November 28th 2008
5701 Comments


death magnetic counts as eligible for last position

iamthenightmare
November 28th 2008
755 Comments


for the most part this list gives good albums cred. they did leave off a couple(and i totally forgot about rotten sound's new shit) but overall this list covers a vast amount of genres for a top 40 list, most of them the best albums from that genre in 08. my list is waywayway different but its nice to seem them give decrepit birth credit where credit is due

grebllah
November 28th 2008
11 Comments


one album i thought was real cool, and nice to see on a list like this was pyramids. i thought it was really interesting.

Infernis
November 29th 2008
398 Comments


Decibel usually has a pretty solid list, and the magazine is pretty decent. Not sure what to say about Origin being that high up though..

ttufan09
November 29th 2008
27 Comments


Where is the Faceless's Planetary Duality?

iarescientists
November 29th 2008
5865 Comments


good to see harvey milk near the top 10

DruggieDougie
November 29th 2008
185 Comments


Cynic is far too low.

itachi1452
November 30th 2008
366 Comments


i'm just glad to see gojira there

Regulator
November 30th 2008
623 Comments


also, why didn't Cursed III make this list? i could (and have)listen to that all day...

Rareform
December 1st 2008
26 Comments


They missed a few solid albums that should be top 10 in most list. I don't follow decibel so I'm not sure what they are bias towards. However, PTH was a great album imo.



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