Publish a list of the 100 greatest anythings of the any time period and a crowd of howling banshees will come out of the woodwork proclaiming your suckiness and positing at least 100 of said thing that were better than the ones you chose. Credit Decibel, then, for not giving a flying fuck, and publishing a list of the 100 greatest metal albums that panders neither to metal purists nor to posturing beardos. Yes, there are dubious inclusions (Fugazi's The Argument, gobsmackingly brilliant an album as it is, couldn't fit anyone's definition of metal). But there's also a ton of stylistic range, and the fine writing that's long been Decibel's trademark. Plus, it's a way more interesting list than MetalSucks' 21 Best Metal Albums of the 21st Century...So Far debacle.
There's plenty to dispute inside the superslick pages of Decibel's 100 Greatest Metal Albums of the Decade special issue. But beyond dispute is the fact that Decibel is the raddest extreme music mag currently published in America, and worthy of your cash. $5.99 is a bargain for this much food for thought...there are even a couple illuminating, expanded versions of Decibel's awesome Hall of Fame series. You can use it as a conversation piece, a Christmas present, a bathroom reading option or all of the above.
You can pick up your own copy here, or at select indie music retailers. I wrote four blurbs in it, so if you love me, you've already ordered ten copies.