Most readers and subscribers do not have the January 2021 issue of Decibel yet. But every year, that doesn’t stop some enterprising nerd from obtaining an early copy of our year-end issue and posting our annual Top 40 Albums of the Year on a number of message boards, blogs and virtually every social media platform. For the last six years, we’ve been forced to beat them to the punch. You may bravely venture on, but if you’d actually like to read editorial on these releases (for, you know, context), interviews with the artists who rank near and at the top of the list as well as dozens of entertaining, contributor-conceived year-end Top 5 lists, and a Hall of Fame/cover story on the 30th anniversary of Judas Priest’s Painkiller, you can grab a copy of the full issue here. It comes with a brand new Venomous Concept flexi disc marking the 10-year anniversary of the Decibel Flexi Series! Anyway, prepare to get irrationally upset.