A couple days ago, we reported on Decibel magazine’s (premature) publication of its “Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2009” and gave you the list of 40. Many more “Best of 2009” metal lists will soon be appearing on the netz and the newsstands. Why do people create these kinds of lists and why do we read them? Music is a matter of personal taste. These lists represent the personal tastes of particular critics and fans, no more or less valid than my favorites or yours. So what’s the fucking point? I’m not sure there is a fucking point, but I’ll make a stab at it.