Hall of Fame Countdown

Hall of Fame Countdown: Prong’s “Beg to Differ”

July 5, 2018

Revisiting and rating the songs on Prong‘s 1990 Beg to Differ album from worst to best.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Paradise Lost’s “Icon”

May 17, 2018

Ranking the songs on Paradise Lost‘s 1993 epic Icon from worst to best, to honor its recent induction to our Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nuclear Death’s “Bride of Insect”

March 29, 2018

We revisit 1990’s incredible and groundbreaking Bride of Insect , the debut from Arizona’s Nuclear Death , and rank the songs from worst to best.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Soundgarden’s “Ultramega OK”

January 18, 2018

We finally got a Soundgarden album in our Hall of Fame in 2017; here’s a look back at that album, ranking the songs from worst to best.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Napalm Death’s “The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code”

November 30, 2017

We inducted The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code by Napalm Death into our Hall of Fame in our recent special Napalm Death issue; here, we rank the songs from worst to best.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nuclear Assault’s “Game Over”

November 16, 2017

Nuclear Assault put out their thrash/crossover classic Game Over in 1986. In 2017, we inducted it into our Hall of Fame; today, we rank each song from worst to best.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Cynic’s “Focus”

October 17, 2017

Nearly 100 issues ago, we inducted Cynic‘s Focus into our not-yet-crowded-with-talent Hall of Fame. Now we count down those songs in celebration of one of the most confounding death metal records ever.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Anthrax’s Among the Living

August 3, 2017

Ranking the songs on Anthrax‘s classic, Decibel Hall of Fame-inducted, Among the Living, from worst to best.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Meshuggah’s Destroy Erase Improve

June 27, 2017

1995’s Destroy Erase Improve was Meshuggah’s first complete statement.  It ushered in a new kind of technicality, one that is still being celebrated two decades later (not always in the most listenable ways).   Today, let’s breakdown the band’s breakthrough by counting down the songs on this Hall of Fame entry.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Accept’s Restless and Wild

June 15, 2017

We revisited and ranked the songs on Accept’s classic, Hall of Fame-inducted, album Restless and Wild.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Cannibal Corpse’s The Bleeding

April 20, 2017

In honor of its recent induction to our Hall of Fame, we rank the songs on Cannibal Corpse’s 1994 coming-of-age album The Bleeding from worst to best.

Hall of Fame Countdown: The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Calculating Infinity

April 4, 2017

On its own merits, entirely outside the context of the five masterworks to come, Calculating Infinity spits its own impressive fire and has most certainly made its own tempestuous mark on the heavy music of the past seventeen years.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Metallica’s …And Justice for All

March 2, 2017

In which we revisit …And Justice for All and rank the songs from worst to best. Justice is done.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Saxon’s Wheels of Steel

February 9, 2017

To celebrate our recent induction of Saxon’s NWOBHM classic Wheels of Steel into our Hall of Fame, we ranked each song on the album from least this-rules to most this-rules.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Samael- “Worship Him”

February 2, 2017

For those of you looking to catch up on black metal classics that came before 1992, go ahead and spin Fallen Angel of Doom, Ritual and Anno Domini, but be sure to make some time for this essential serving of darkness as well.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Enslaved “Frost”

January 6, 2017

A classic Viking metal album to end all Viking metal albums.

Hall of Fame Countdown: The Locust’s Plague Soundscapes

January 3, 2017

Because New Year countdowns are all the rage and never get boring, count down the songs on Plague Soundscapes with us.  Or against us.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Neurosis’ Through Silver in Blood

September 29, 2016

A look at each track on Neurosis’ game-changing 1996 Hall of Fame-inducted monolith hrough Silver in Blood

Hall of Fame Countdown: Dying Fetus’ Destroy the Opposition

September 15, 2016

There are many reasons why Dying Fetus’ Destroy the Opposition rules, but one in particular stands (severed) head and shoulders above them all: the riffs. Slick, catchy and heavy as fuck, this is death metal that was written to be remembered. 

HALL OF FAME COUNTDOWN: W.A.S.P.’s W.A.S.P.

August 11, 2016

In honor of W.A.S.P.’s self-titled debut finally making it into our Hall of Fame, let’s take a detailed look at the album’s songs, ranked from least-this-is-amazing to most-this-is-amazing.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Slayer’s South of Heaven

July 7, 2016

It’s weird to think of any Slayer album as “transitional,” as they all share the same basic sonic sensibilities (namely, the sound of your skin being flayed from your quaking bones), but if there’s any record that marks a clear turning point in their career, it’s 1988’s South of Heaven.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Cradle of Filth’s The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

July 6, 2016

British black metal blasphemers Cradle of Filth recently joined forces with Cacophonous Records to release the original recording of Dusk…and Her Embrace (called The Original Sin, out July 8th). To celebrate, Decibel revisits the first collaboration between the band and label: 1994’s sanguinary trailblazer The Principle of Evil Made Flesh.

Hall of Fame Countdown: L7’s Bricks Are Heavy

June 9, 2016

L7’s seminal third LP stands the test of time via its excellent songs, hefty production (courtesy of the legendary Butch Vig), pithy lyrics and general “go fuck yourself” attitude. Ranking these nasty jams from “worst to best” is a downright punchable offense, but let’s do it anyway.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nile’s Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka

May 5, 2016

Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka is a near-perfect death metal album—absolutely pummeling and technically astonishing, yet layered with unique instrumentation and musical phrasing that give it an ancient, otherworldly atmosphere. Ranking such a slab of awesomeness from “worst to best” is about as ridiculous as Sully Erna’s face tattoo, but that’s never stopped us before!

Hall of Fame Countdown: Candlemass’ Nightfall

March 3, 2016

Nightfall‘s big brother may get most of the attention, but Candlemass’ sophomore LP has more than enough potency to sit on its own throne. Ranking the songs by merit is utter madness since it’s a stone cold masterpiece…but that’s never stopped us before!

Hall Of Fame Countdown: Venom’s Black Metal

February 23, 2016

You will be able to read our inside take on how Venom Inc. came together in the forthcoming May issue. In the meantime, we thought it was a perfect occasion to rank the songs on one of the most revered metal albums ever: Black Metal

Hall of Fame Countdown: Sepultura’s Arise

February 18, 2016

With three rock-solid releases preceding it (one of which is an undeniable first-ballot classic) and two, shall we say, polarizing releases following it, Arise is the sound of Sepultura finding their sweet spot. Ranking the songs from “worst to best” is borderline insane as they all completely rip, but we did it anyway.