Decibel Top 40 Albums Of 2010

People had a lot to say about Decibel’s Top 40 Of 2009. I think this year’s list is even more worthy of a debate. As mentioned in the past, I’m a fan of the magazine — besides the New Yorker, The Believer, and the new-look Bookforum, it’s the only publication I read cover to cover (beer column included). (Sorry Terrorizer, I’m not all that into UK show reviews.) That said, it’s always fun taking apart a list. I agree with a lot of the records that show up here, not always their placement. For instance, I like Torche’s Songs For Singles OK, but it shouldn’t be in the Top 10. And, though it’s a good one, Enslaved’s Axioma Ethica Odini hasn’t hit me like Vertebrae did. I’ve made no secret of my love/like for the newest ones by Agalloch, Burzum, Triptykon, Kylesa, Lantlôs, Dawnbringer, Ludicra, Nails, Darkthrone, Sailors With Wax Wings, Atheist, Kvelertak, Ghost, etc., and I’m putting on a show in a couple of days with the band at No 2 — but again, the placement’s not always right. (And there are stinkers.) Did they get No. 1 right?

40 DarkthroneCircle The Wagons
39 LantlôsNeon
38 Hail of Bullets – On Divine Winds
37 The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
36 Decrepit Birth – Polarity
35 IntronautValley of Smoke
34 Early Graves – Goner
33 The BodyAll The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood
32 Father Befouled – Morbid Destitution Of Covenant
31 Deftones – Diamond Eyes
30 NachtmystiumAddicts: Black Meddle Part II
29 Christian MistressAgony & Opium
28 Unearthly TranceV
27 Fear Factory – Mechanize
26 Pivixki – Gravissima
25 WitheredDualitas
24 GhostOpus Eponymous
23 Integrity – The Blackest Curse
22 KvelertakKvelertak
21 Deathspell OmegaParacletus
20 Electric Wizard – Black Masses
19 AtheistJupiter
18 BurzumBelus
17 High On FireSnakes For The Divine
16 KylesaSpiral Shadow
15 Horseback – The Invisible Mountain
14 ColiseumHouse With a Curse
13 Sailors With Wax WingsSailors With Wax Wings
12 Immolation – Majesty And Decay
11 CastevetMounds of Ash
10 The Austerity Program – Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn
09 NailsUnsilent Death
08 Thou – Summit
07 LudicraThe Tenant
06 TorcheSongs for Singles
05 Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
04 DawnbringerNucleus
03 TriptykonEparistera Daimones
02 WatainLawless Darkness
01 AgallochMarrow of the Spirit

The above links go to the appropriate HTC post on the mentioned band, in case you want to supplement your discussion with some sounds from the listed album. (Look for me to add write ups and appropriate MP3s for a track from Ghost’s awesome Opus Eponymous tomorrow and 2007 list heavies Deathspell Omega on Friday.) I don’t want to give anything away re: my 2010 list (look for it the end of December), and not all of these will appear on it, but to get things rolling … no Swans? Locrian? Though, agreed, Horseback is a worthy inclusion. To continue with more obviously “metal” choices, where’s Cathedral’s The Guessing Game? Abscess’s Dawn Of Inhumanity? Salome’s Terminal? Maybe Alcest? Or, as far as the blackened stuff, Drudkh, Profanatica, Krieg, Winterfylleth, woe, and Satanic Warmaster? Just throwing out ideas, food for thought. Likewise: I imagine some of you curious about what happened to the Ocean. I’ll stop, you start.