Along with grindcore and black metal, death metal sought to push the boundaries and extremities of metal into nastier territories. Utilising grunted vocals, down-tuned thrash riffs and a flurry of drum-work, bands challenged themselves to create some of the heaviest albums that still stand the test of time. This month, as a brief introduction to the genre, I’ll select twenty tracks from some of the biggest names in death metal: from early progenitors such as Death and Morbid Angel, to lo-fi sludgsters like Obituary and Autopsy, melodic meddlers like Carcass and At The Gates, specialists in brutality such as Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation, all the way through to contemporary acts including The Black Dahlia Murder, Aborted and Job For A Cowboy.
If these tracks grab your attention, then perhaps you should check out a few essential albums to help you gain an understanding for one of the most punishing subgenre of metal. That being said, there’s so many superb albums to check out, that its best to just try and delve straight in and listen to as much as possible.
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