Soundgarden - "Ultramega OK"

Soundgarden - "Ultramega OK"

dB HoF No. 150

Label: SST
Release date: October 31, 1988
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The induction of any Soundgarden album into the Decibel Hall of Fame has not been an easy one. Ideally, this should have happened before Tad’s 8-Way Santa, as there’s no disputing that Soundgarden was a key grunge progenitor—going as far back as the mid-’80s—long before Tad Doyle and his crew were on the scene. But, as any longtime Decibel readers know, deciding to enshrine an album and actually making it happen, doesn’t always work out easily, or sometimes ever. Suffice to say, Soundgarden has been under discussion for years. 

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Complete Hall of Fame List

150. Soundgarden - Ultramega OK

149. Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding

148. Today is the Day - Temple of the Morning Star

147. Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon

146. Saxon - Wheels of Steel

145. Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids

144. Entombed - Clandestine

143. The Locust - Plague Soundscapes

142. Neurosis - Times of Grace

141. Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood

140. Neurosis - Souls at Zero

139. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.

138. Dropdead - Dropdead

137. Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk

136. Mastodon - Leviathan

135. Satan - Court in the Act

134. Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian

133. Sepultura - Arise

132. Converge - You Fail Me

131. Sacrifice - Forward to Termination

130. Reverend Bizarre - In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend

129. Napalm Death - From Enslavement to Obliteration

128. TAD - 8-Way Santa

127. Autopsy - Severed Survival

126. Slaughter - Strappado

125. Fear Factory - Demanufacture

124: Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence

123: Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

122: Bang - Bang

121: Living Colour - Vivid

120: Tiamat - Wildhoney

119: Spazz - La Revancha

118: Samael - Worship Him

117: L7 - Bricks are Heavy

116: At the Gates - The Red in the Sky Is Ours

115: Corrosion of Conformity - Blind

114: Melvins - Stoner Witch

113: Destruction - Infernal Overkill

112: Scorpions - In Trance

111: Failure - Fantastic Planet

110: Skepticism - Stormcrowfleet

109: Agnostic Front - Cause for Alarm

108: Opeth - Blackwater Park

107: Integrity - Systems Overload

106: Venom - Black Metal

105: Bad Religion - Suffer

104: High on Fire - Surrounded by Thieves

103: Solitude Aeturnus - Beyond the Crimson Horizon

102: Pig Destroyer - Prowler in the Yard

101: Floor - Floor

100: Carcass -  Heartwork

99: Pestilence - Consuming Impulse

98: Rigor Mortis - Rigor Mortis

97: Slayer - South of Heaven

96: Sepultura - Beneath the Remains

95: Sarcófago - I.N.R.I.

94: Killswitch Engage - Alive or Just Breathing

93: Agalloch - The Mantle

92: Sick of It All - Scratch the Surface

91: Isis - Oceanic

90: Nuclear Death - Bride of Insect

89: Dying Fetus - Destroy the Opposition

88: Unsane - Scattered, Smothered & Covered

87: Megadeth - Rust In Peace

86: Deceased - Fearless Undead Machines

85: Overkill - The Years of Decay

84: King Diamond - Abigail

83: Cryptopsy - None So Vile

82: Tragedy - Tragedy

81: Ministry - The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste

80: Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime

79: Rorschach - Protestant

78: Cradle of Filth - The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

77: Coroner - No More Color

76: Killing Joke - Killing Joke

75: Burzum - Filosofem

74: Mercyful Fate - Melissa

73: The Jesus Lizard - Goat

72: Corrosion of Conformity - Animosity

71: Satyricon - Nemesis Divina

70: Venom-  Welcome to Hell

69: Angel Witch - Angel Witch

68: Amorphis - Tales From the Thousand Lakes

67: Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come

66: Dismember - Like an Ever Flowing Stream

65: Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses

64: Pentagram - Relentless

63: Motörhead - Ace of Spades

62: Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery

61: Saint Vitus - Born Too Late

60: Enslaved - Frost

59: Watchtower - Control and Resistance

58: Trouble - Psalm 9

57: Accept - Restless And Wild

56: Cynic - Focus

55: D.R.I. - Dealing With It

54: Judge - Bringin' It Down

53: S.O.D.: Stormtroopers of Death - Speak English or Die

52: Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka

51: Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten

50: Autopsy - Mental Funeral

49: Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless

48: Incantation - Onward to Golgotha

47: Candlemass - Nightfall

46: Metallica - ...And Justice for All

45: Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley

44: Testament - The Legacy

43: Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

42: Repulsion - Horrified

41: Down - NOLA

40: Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated

39: Napalm Death - Scum

38: Mastodon - Remission

37: Coalesce - 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening

36: Opeth - Orchid

35: Converge - Jane Doe

34: Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations

33: Katatonia - Brave Murder Day

32: Immortal - At the Heart of Winter

31: Electric Wizard - Dopethrone

30: Bad Brains - Bad Brains

29: Cave In - Until Your Heart Stops

28: Quicksand - Slip

27: Obituary - Cause of Death

26: Cryptic Slaughter - Money Talks

25: Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky

24: Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales

23: Only Living Witness - Prone Mortal Form

22: The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity

21: Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve

20: Monster Magnet - Dopes to Infinity

19: Rollins Band - The End of Silence

18: Brutal Truth - Need to Control

17: Deadguy - Fixation on a Coworker

16: Eyehategod - Take as Needed for Pain

15: My Dying Bride - Turn Loose the Swans

14: Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness

13: Sleep - Jerusalem

12: Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium

11: Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse

10: Botch - We Are the Romans

9: Atheist - Unquestionable Presence

8: Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious

7: Entombed - Left Hand Path

6: Anthrax - Among the Living

5: Paradise Lost - Gothic

4: Life of Agony - River Runs Red

3: Sepultura - Roots

2: At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul

1: Slayer - Reign in Blood

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Cannibal Corpse - "The Bleeding"

Cannibal Corpse - "The Bleeding"

dB HoF No. 149

Label: Metal Blade
Release date: April 12, 1994
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By 1993, Cannibal Corpse was an interesting conundrum: When you have hammer-smashed every boundary of decency and good taste on your third album, where exactly do you go? In 2017, death metal bands are still trying to create something as outwardly offensive and antisocial as the Hall of Fame-certified Tomb of the Mutilated and falling short. The controversy was both a blessing and an albatross; a blessing in the sense that Cannibal Corpse became perhaps the best known of the emerging American death metal bands; an albatross in the sense that they wanted to be known for much more than explicit cover art and unseemly song titles.

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Today is the Day - Temple of the Morning Star

Today is the Day - Temple of the Morning Star

dB HoF No. 148

Label: Relapse
Release date: September 23, 1997
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The history of Today is the Day can probably be marked as BJF and AJF: Before Jerry Falwell and After. Almost four minutes into Temple of the Morning Star is when the infamous fundamentalist preacher says, “Right now I want the undivided attention of every God-fearing American citizen.” And that’s pretty much where Today Is the Day officially began their new brand of misery. 

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Dimmu Borgir - "Death Cult Armageddon"

Dimmu Borgir - "Death Cult Armageddon"

dB HoF No. 147

Label: Nuclear Blast
Release date: September 8, 2003
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If there's one black metal album that changed black metal—in almost every respect—it’s Dimmu Borgir’s Death Cult Armageddon. The Norwegians had battled through the genre’s idyllic early years, where everything but the music was important—when image and the controversies of select individuals reigned supreme. But fast forward a few years, and it’s clear the Oslonians, principally on the strength of the Stormblåst full-length, were gearing up for something greater. When Enthrone Darkness Triumphant landed in the spring of ’97, suddenly black metal wasn’t predicated on ultra-fast and infernally fiery volleys of speed and distortion with no-fi productions. Musicality and a grander scene of sonic picture were placed—wittingly—on a genre all-too unready to accept progress on Dimmu Borgir’s scale. Heralded by the press and the record-buying public, the Norwegians pressed on as if the scorn from atavists mattered not.

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