Year-end list season is underway, and as always, the first major metal list of the year comes from Decibel. As you'd expect from Decibel, the list has a good mix of legends, up-and-comers, and plenty of the in-between, and it's pretty genre-diverse too, from thrash to death metal to black metal to doom to progressive metal to grind to albums that aren't metal at all. Bands who made the list include Rivers of Nihil, Darkthrone, Frozen Soul, Spectral Wound, The Ruins of Beverast, Enforced, Exodus, Deafheaven, Rudimentary Peni, Genghis Tron, Gatecreeper, Cannibal Corpse, Worm, Unto Others, Full of Hell, Cerebral Rot, Amenra, Lingua Ignota, The Silver, Fucked Up, Carcass, Converge, Wolves in the Throne Room, Tribulation, Khemmis, Iron Maiden, Lamb of Murmuur, and more.
Check out the full list below and pick up the new issue of Decibel here to read more about each pick. Some of them available on vinyl HERE. What do you think of the list?