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Decibel is always the first to publish their year end list each November and this year's time has come. Incredibly there are no less than 8 albums on this year's top 40 list which I would consider to be good enough that I'd want to own. I think this has got to be a record, typically I'd find no more than 3 or 4 at the absolute maximum, usually down in the bottom 25%. I don't normally care about any of the year end lists from these various mainstream internet outlets as for me it tends to be a bit of an apples and oranges kind of thing. But I was so dumbstruck that fully 20% of their list was good and my personal 2021 aoty to date is even on the list this year I believe for the first time ever, (albeit at #34) I was compelled to share.

 

https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/11/18/spoiler-here-are-decibels-top-40-albums-of-2021/

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Now I'm not saying that all 8 of these will be making an appearance on my year end list. I'm thinking maybe just 3 or 4 of these will make the grade because there are so many other albums this year that I liked far better. But for anyone who might be interested or curious these are the 8 Goatmaster approved albums from this year's Decibel list:

4. Apparition - Feel
8. Lamp of Murmuur - Submission and Slavery
16. Cerebral Rot - Excretion of Mortality
19. Worm - Foreverglade
26. Craven Idol - Forked Tongues
29. Dungeon Serpent - World of Sorrows
34. Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst
39. Darkthrone - Eternal Hails
 

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Worm, LoM and Spectral Wound are for sure making my list. So 3/40.... that's fairly par-for-the-course when comparing my own list to Decibel's.

Overall, not the worst Decibel list I've seen. But Carcass at number one is meme-worthy cringe. The 2nd worst Carcass album was the best album of the year?? Sure thing guys.... 🙄

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I found 5 albums I'd rank high on my AOTY.

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36. Mare Cognitum, Solar Paroxysm, I, Voidhanger

34. Spectral Wound, A Diabolic Thirst, Profound Lore

30. Archspire, Bleed the Future, Season of Mist

23. Stormkeep, Tales of Othertime, Van

8. Lamp of Murmuur, Submission and Slavery, Self-released

 

 

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Decibel piss me off royally with this list coming out in fucking November ("end of year lists" happen at the end of the year - the clue is in the title!) because they want to beat other sites "to the punch".  More accurately speaking they just want to place an ad for their January edition which I have no problem with but it sort of defeats the point of the concept.

Rant over.  Although...

Bizarrely there are 9 releases on their list that are in consideration for my top thirty.  That's not a normal ratio for me and makes me wonder if the writers got shook up a bit and some new faces are in with a more extreme listening background.  Although having Carcass sat top of the pile makes me think not!

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On 11/20/2021 at 5:50 PM, zackflag said:

Overall, not the worst Decibel list I've seen. But Carcass at number one is meme-worthy cringe. The 2nd worst Carcass album was the best album of the year?? Sure thing guys.... 🙄

Yeah, I just can't get into the new Carcass. Too samey and homogenised and the interesting bits don't gel right.

I only just discovered Khemmis had a new album a few minutes ago (when seeing the Blabbermouth review) which came out the day after the Decibel list was published.

So, of the very few albums I recognise on the top 40 list, none are exceptional.

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5 hours ago, MacabreEternal said:

Decibel piss me off royally with this list coming out in fucking November ("end of year lists" happen at the end of the year - the clue is in the title!) because they want to beat other sites "to the punch".  More accurately speaking they just want to place an ad for their January edition which I have no problem with but it sort of defeats the point of the concept.

 

Three cheers for that. January is soon enough for a retrospective IMO. Annoyed at how the timing of this stuff drives album releases throughout the year, too. "Metal media" lists like this one are marketing tools masquerading as cultural products anyway.

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I do keep a running list on my computer that I add to during the year as I find more standout albums. But I usually wait til mid January to start curating my final list. Because it seems like I almost always discover a bunch of really good shit right after Christmas & New Years that I want to make sure I have on my list. Usually I don't even have mine ready to post until some time in February.

Agreed metal media lists are pretty pointless, but this one just caught my eye because it had some good shit on it for a change. They must have some new editors who listen to actual metal or something. We used to have a thread just for metal media lists on the other forum but it was more to make fun of them than anything. 

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