Year-End List Mania Begins With Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of 2018

  • Axl Rosenberg

Thanksgiving is one week from today, and you know what that means — time to start stocking up on Quaaludes so you don’t murder your family for year-end lists! First to the punch: Decibel. Subscribers will get all the great write-ups (to say nothing, I assume, of the annual, hilarious sub-lists) in the mag’s January 2019 issue, but if for some reason you’re not a subscriber, or you’re just plain ol’ impatient, you can see the entire list below. There are definitely some surprises here. I guess I better go listen to that Judas Priest album again, huh?

Once you’ve scanned Decibel‘s picks, head to the comments section to bitch about whatever omission gets your sexual organs tied in knots, which albums are too far down/too far up, and how much better/worse/but probably better it will be than any of the MetalSucks lists.

40. Panopticon, The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness I and II, Bindrune
39. Hate Eternal, Upon Desolate Sands, Season of Mist
38. Cosmic Church, Tattymys, Self-released
37. KEN mode, Loved, Season of Mist
36. Monster Magnet, Mindfucker, Napalm
35. Wake, Misery Rites, Translation Loss
34. Thou, Magus, Sacred Bones
33. Zeal and Ardor, Stranger Fruit, MVKA
32. Devouring Star, The Arteries of Heresy, Dark Descent
31. Corrosion of Conformity, No Cross No Crown, Nuclear Blast
30. Sepulcher, Panoptic Horror, Edged Circle Productions
29. Svalbard, It’s Hard To Have Hope, Translation Loss
28. Horrendous, Idol, Season of Mist
27. Abhorrence, Megalohydrothalassophobic, Svart
26. Visigoth, Conqueror’s Oath, Metal Blade
25. Mortuous, Through Wilderness, Tankcrimes
24. Portal, Ion, Profound Lore
23. Mournful Congregation, The Incubus of Karma, 20 Buck Spin
22. Sleep, The Sciences, Third Man
21. Funeral Mist, Hekatomb, Norma Evangelium Diaboli
20. Outer Heaven, Realms of Eternal Decay, Relapse
19. Varathron, Patriarchs of Evil, Agonia
18. The Atlas Moth, Coma Noir, Prosthetic
17. Tomb Mold, Manor of Infinite Forms, 20 Buck Spin
16. Satan, Cruel Magic, Metal Blade
15. Chapel of Disease, …And as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye, Ván
14. Deafheaven, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, Anti-
13. Voivod, The Wake, Century Media
12. Haunt, Burst Into Flames, Shadow Kingdom
11. At the Gates, To Drink from the Night Itself, Century Media
10. Pig Destroyer, Head Cage, Relapse
9. Khemmis, Desolation, 20 Buck Spin
8. Immortal, Northern Chaos Gods, Nuclear Blast
7. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Wasteland, Rise Above
6. Skeletonwitch, Devouring Radiant Light, Prosthetic
5. Judas Priest, Firepower, Columbia
4. Evoken, Hypnagogia, Profound Lore
3. UADA, Cult of a Dying Sun, Eisenwald
2. Tribulation, Down Below, Century Media
1. YOB, Our Raw Heart, Relapse

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