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Decibel‘s Top 40 Albums Of 2009

By brandon / November 24, 2009 - 1:54 pm

I enjoy Decibel. It’s a magazine I happily subscribe to and read from cover to cover each month. In general they’re not as into weirdo black metal as I am, and they like Mastodon more than I do, but all said it’s a great publication. So, yeah, I look forward to their thoughts on things. That said, it’s always easy to nitpick: Looking quickly at their Top 40 Albums Of 2009, Krallice and Funeral Mist should be closer to the top. That, and there’s no Heims. Also, the lack of Absu is strange. All said, though, I like their choices. In fact, four of their top 10 fall into my top 10 (which I’ll be posting closer to the end of the year). Other complaints? I still don’t think Isis’s Wavering Radiant is all that great. Ditto Crack The Skye (though they did position other Georgia bands correctly). I like the nods given to Cobalt, Magrudergrind, the Atlas Moth, and Gaza, all bands who released great albums that might otherwise fall below the radar in other publications. Worth nothing: Scandinavian black metal made a comeback just in time for Until The Light Takes Us and Burzum’s post-prison album. Interesting to me: Gates Of Slumber took a nosedive from Decibel‘s 2008 Top 40. Also Interesting: Any guess which NYC band shows up at #8?

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

Baroness, Converge, and Coalesce are definitely worthy. YOB and Magrudergrind were both in the last Show No Mercy I did at Pitchfork, if you want more info. Otherwise, have been listening to Paradise Lost’s Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us sorta obsessively now that it’s getting dark at 4PM. Ditto the Katatonia. Decibel‘s Top Five That Didn’t Make The Cut:

05 Irritate – Ten Stabs Of Demented Violence
04 Pelican – What We All Come To Need
03 Skeletonwitch – Breathing The Fire
02 PortalSwarth
01 Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue