pov: death metal albums

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Immortal--Sons of the Northern Darkness
Enslaved--Below the Limits
Emperor--Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Ufommamut--The Snailking
Slayer--Reign in Blood

Fluke, Saturday, 21 January 2006 00:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm not expert but aren't a bunch of those records Black Metal records.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Saturday, 21 January 2006 00:04 (fourteen years ago) link

death - scream bloody gore
slayer - reign in blood
some kreator album
autopsy's first album
maybe the first carcass album if it counts.

that takes me back 17 years or so. I only own the slayer record now.

simon 803 (simon 803), Saturday, 21 January 2006 00:07 (fourteen years ago) link

"Demonium"

Black upon the throne forever
Devilish to be
Haunting in the voids
Somewhere only demons breathe

Black upon the throne forever
Demonic to be
With eyes that possesses
Dare you to connect us

Communing with spirits
And souls of the beyond
Cursed in black
Summoned here within

Black upon the throne forever
Never to return
Lurking in the caves
Black than darkness itself
Face us
By the damned in black you fall
Speeding with deaths wind through
gates of the beyond

Red mark us pure and evil...
black spirits haunt from here
The frozen squad descend...
The flame burn withing
Death rides on demonwings...
Black spirits haunt from here
The frozen squad descend...
Demons until the end

Fluke, Saturday, 21 January 2006 00:13 (fourteen years ago) link

"Black Metal"

Black is the night, metal we fight
Power amps set to explode
Energy screams, magic and dreams
Satan records the first note.
We chime the bell, chaos and hell
Metal for maniacs pure.
Fast melting steel, fortune on wheels
Brain haemorrhage is the cure
For BLACK METAL
lay down your soul to the gods rock `n' roll

Freaking so wild, nobody's mild
Giving it all that you've got.
Wild is so right, metal tonight
Faster than over the top.
Open the door, enter hells core
Black is the code for tonight
Atomic force, feel no remorse
Trunk up the amps now it's night
BLACK METAL
lay down your soul to the gods rock `n' roll
metal ten fold through the deadly black hole
riding hells stallions bareback and free
faking our chances with raw energy

Come ride the night with us
Rock hard and fight
United my legions we stand
Freak hard and wild for us
Give up your souls
Live for the guest satans band

Against the adds, black metal gods
Fight to achieve our goal
Tasting a spell, leather and hell
Black metal gods rock `n' roll
Building up steam, nuclear screams
War-heads are ready to fight
Black leather hounds, faster than sound
Metal our purpose in life.
BLACK METAL
lay down your soul to the gods rock `n' roll
black metal

Venom, Saturday, 21 January 2006 00:59 (fourteen years ago) link

autopsy - severed survival (or death - s.b.g., it's a tie)
celtic frost - to mega therion
pestilence - consuming impulse
gorguts - obscura
carcass - symphonies of sickness

baby, disco is fuck (yournullfame), Saturday, 21 January 2006 01:15 (fourteen years ago) link

oops, i forgot clandestine.

and honorary mention to the german band poison's into the abyss mini lp, originally a demo from 1987.

baby, disco is fuck (yournullfame), Saturday, 21 January 2006 01:24 (fourteen years ago) link

necrophagist - onset of putrefaction
deicide - legion
cryptopsy - none so vile
nile - in their darkened shrines
morbid angel - altars of madness

latebloomer: virtuous, pure and masculine like only an American male can be (lat, Saturday, 21 January 2006 04:34 (fourteen years ago) link

death - leprosy
cannibal corpse - butchered at birth
morbid angel - altars of madness
vader - live in japan

newby, Saturday, 21 January 2006 04:57 (fourteen years ago) link

shit, i forgot winter's into darkness, too. might have to go into seclusion and rethink my list.

baby, disco is fuck (yournullfame), Saturday, 21 January 2006 06:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Death - Individual Thought Patterns
Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
Cynic - Focus
Pestilence - Testimony of the Ancients

larssen (larssen), Saturday, 21 January 2006 07:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Entombed - Clandestine
Immolation - Unholy Cult
Cryptopsy - None So Vile
Gorguts - Obscura
Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick

Basically the same kind of list a magazine like Entertainment Weekly would give you as a death metal primer, but screw it, they're fine, fine albums. It's a lot easier to do POX though.

autopsy - severed survival (or death - s.b.g., it's a tie)
But neither's as good as "Mental Funeral"!

I didn't realize Ufomammut had done more than one album. I used to have one named The Godlike Snake. Terrible stuff.

Øystein (Øystein), Saturday, 21 January 2006 08:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Death - Individual Thought Patterns
Pestilence - Testimony Of The Ancients
Carcass - Heartwork
At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
Dark Tranquility - The Gallery

Marty Innerlogic (marty innerlogic), Saturday, 21 January 2006 15:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Entombed - Left Hand Path
Death - Individual Thought Patterns
Gorefest - False
Cryptopsy - None So Vile
Winter - Into Darkness

Siegbran (eofor), Saturday, 21 January 2006 17:08 (fourteen years ago) link

http://obituary.coven.vmh.net/pics/slowly.jpg

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Saturday, 21 January 2006 17:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Winter - Into Darkness
Great album. I've always described Winter as Celtic Frost playing doom metal.

Admissal time then: I prefer "Cause of Death" to "Slowly We Rot"

Øystein (Øystein), Saturday, 21 January 2006 18:20 (fourteen years ago) link

But neither's as good as "Mental Funeral"!

yeah, but severed survival has that horrifyingly churning bass from digiorgio and destroyed my mind when it came out. scream bloody gore destroyed my mind a couple of years earlier. mental funeral is technically better but this is sentimentality, dude.

baby, disco is fuck (yournullfame), Saturday, 21 January 2006 19:43 (fourteen years ago) link

"I used to have one named The Godlike Snake. Terrible stuff."

the snailking is almost intolerably heavy. i've only ever been able to make it through the whole album completely out of my mind on drugs

Fluke, Saturday, 21 January 2006 20:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Death metal

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Saturday, 21 January 2006 20:28 (fourteen years ago) link

You're lame.

James Slone (Freon Trotsky), Saturday, 21 January 2006 21:51 (fourteen years ago) link

decibel is putting together a special death metal issue and they wanted 20 picks, so here are mine. kinda random. not in order. no possessed. no slayer. BUT, i did choose Dissection, which is a hybrid of sorts. that album would go on my black metal list too. if i had a black metal list. there are so many bands these days mixing and matching. the lines get blurry. i can't tell you how many new albums i hear that are a thrash/bm/death/doom gumbo. anyway:

opeth - morningrise

amon amarth - once sent from the golden hall

morbid angel - altars of madness

anata - the infernal depths of hatred

cryptopsy - none so vile

suffocation - effigy of the forgotten

deicide - legion

entombed - left hand path

discordance axis - the inalienable dreamless

immolation - dawn of possession

dissection - storm of the light's bane

carnage - dark recollections

napalm death - scum

vader - litany

carcass - heartwork

brutal truth - need to control

obituary - slowly we rot

terrorizer - world downfall

death - scream bloody gore

bolt thrower - war master

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 19:28 (fourteen years ago) link

oh, by the way, i am doing a little thing on *THE GREATEST DEATH METAL SONG-TITLES OF ALL-TIME*, so if you have any special faves, post them! funny, gross, most memorable, whatever. i've got a pretty good list already, but as there are 5 zillion death metal songs out there...

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

entombed - left hand path

cryptopsy - none so vile

morbid angel - altars of madness (or, on another day, blessed are the sick)

decapitated - the negation

behemoth - demigod

cb, Wednesday, 25 January 2006 10:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Nice to see Storm of the Lights Bane again in a list, definitely one of the best melodic death/black releases of the nineties.

Marty Innerlogic (marty innerlogic), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 13:07 (fourteen years ago) link

the band that's missing from all the lists, in my opinion, is Aeternus - they're on the black metal cusp but seem more of an arty death metal band to me (and I think Ares has repeatedly described them as death metal) - their best albums are just incredibly long-legged: I still listen to Ascension of Terror (2001) regularly

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 13:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Aeternus have an interesting thing going (that big bulldozer sound, they're basically Norway's take on Bolt Thrower), and I've always felt that they make fantastic songs but the albums always tend to drag a bit. Just like Bolt Thrower, come to think of it.

Siegbran (eofor), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 21:34 (fourteen years ago) link

the band that's missing from all the lists, in my opinion, is Aeternus - they're on the black metal cusp but seem more of an arty death metal band to me (and I think Ares has repeatedly described them as death metal)
We4ll, they started out as a bit of a black metal band went death metal with one of their late 90s albums. And I believe they've stayed that way.
I liked one of their early albums, but can't say I regret selling it. Actually, Siegbran might be on to something. Whenever I put on the album, I was surprised by how good it was, but then got bored after a while.

Anyhoo second-yay for Dissection. It might well be the only melodic death album I -really- like. I do have a weak spot for Afflicted's Prodigal Sun though.

Øystein (Øystein), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 22:36 (fourteen years ago) link

One glaring oversight here - one of the most underrated of the whole Earache stable - is Sadus.

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Wednesday, 25 January 2006 22:38 (fourteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
i never did do that best death metal song-title thing after all. i was really no help at all with the death metal issue cuz i had a prior engagement, but it's a great fucking issue even without my invaluable input. anyway, here is decibel's top 20 greatest death metal albums of all time:

1 - carcass - necroticism: descanting the insalubrious

2 - morbid angel - altars of madness (also the hall of fame album this issue)


3 - at the gates - slaughter of the soul

4 - obituary - cause of death

5 - entombed - left hand path

6 - napalm death - harmony corruption

7 - carcass - heartwork

8 - cryptopsy - none so vile

9 - bolt thrower - realm of chaos

10 - cannibal corpse - the bleeding

11 - death - scream bloody gore

12 - incantation - onward to golgotha

13 - morbid angel - covenant

14 - death - human

15 - carcass - symphonies of sickness

16 - nile - in their darkened shrines

17 - suffocation - pierced from within

18 - dismember - like an ever flowing stream

19 - atheist - unquestionable presence

20 - autopsy - mental funeral

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 22 February 2006 01:38 (fourteen years ago) link

how is it possible that Obscura isn't there

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Wednesday, 22 February 2006 02:17 (fourteen years ago) link

4 - obituary - cause of death

Meh. It's not even Obituary's best.

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Wednesday, 22 February 2006 09:21 (fourteen years ago) link

fuck, in my little list i forgot to put carcass's necrotism, and thats one of my favorites.

latebloomer: Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K. (latebloomer), Wednesday, 22 February 2006 11:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Slayer - Reign In Blood
Deicide - Legion
Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
Napalm Death - Diatribes
Nokturnal - No Second Chance / Welcome to New Jersey demos

Nokturnal were a somewhat obscure NJ band, anybody remember them? Their first two demos were brilliant but the magic didn't carry over to their studio album, Nothing But Hatred, unfortunately.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 22 February 2006 17:16 (fourteen years ago) link

You may not include Slayer on a death metal albums list.

ng-unit, Wednesday, 22 February 2006 18:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes I may.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 22 February 2006 19:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Diatribes seems like quite an odd choice to me. I don't think its Napalm Death's best album.

Marty Innerlogic (marty innerlogic), Wednesday, 22 February 2006 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Diatribes is a personal favorite, it's a very straight-forward meat-and-potatoes kind of affair. I like the guitarwork a lot, the weird little dreamy flourishes. In general I prefer mid-tempo Napalm Death over their more blistering stuff.

But I can see where some could find it pedestrian or generic (dare I say nu-metal?). What is Napalm Death's best post-Scum album?

Edward III (edward iii), Thursday, 23 February 2006 15:25 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

gorguts - erosion of sanity
death - the sound of perseverance
autopsy - mental funeral
atheist - unquestionable presence
incantation - onward to golgotha

the "erosion of sanity" reissue has convinced me that it's a better album than "obscura."

J0hn D., Saturday, 20 December 2008 23:11 (eleven years ago) link

i don't agree! but i like it a bunch. i actually think their last album - from wisdom to hate - is the slept on gorguts record. i love it.

scott seward, Saturday, 20 December 2008 23:26 (eleven years ago) link

I like that too actually. I got an attitude problem about obscura anyhow owing to its "death metal for people who don't like straight-up death metal" status.

J0hn D., Saturday, 20 December 2008 23:45 (eleven years ago) link

There's that one song with the piano break on Erosion... that is so cool. (Orphans of Sickness, maybe?)

Nate Carson, Sunday, 21 December 2008 11:49 (eleven years ago) link

eight months pass...

there needs to be more love for disembowelment, jeez what a great band

Man Is Nairf! (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 25 August 2009 03:12 (eleven years ago) link

Sometimes disembowelment reminds me of that thing dickhead older kids with cars used to do, where'd they slow down to let you in and then speed up once you got there, over and over. And like those older kids, disembowelment are really cool, so I let them get away with it.

Really feelin' Nocturnus's The Key right now.

A severe accident, perhaps a dinosaur tragedy (CharlieS), Tuesday, 25 August 2009 07:37 (eleven years ago) link

hey, i just dug out "the key" and have been listening to it, too. i kinda slept on that one, i have to admit.

WAR - ZOOM! DEVILS - DOOMED! (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 25 August 2009 08:51 (eleven years ago) link

Ever heard their other stuff? How does it compare? I wouldn't mind having three or four records that sound exactly like this.

A severe accident, perhaps a dinosaur tragedy (CharlieS), Tuesday, 25 August 2009 09:03 (eleven years ago) link

The follow-up to The Key was Thresholds and is basically in the same vein. I've heard some of the albums after that one, but those weren't all that great.

Marty Innerlogic, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 09:32 (eleven years ago) link

I guess I never did this. Anyway, off the top of my head:

Morbid Angel - Domination
Morgoth - Odium
Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells
Immolation - Closer to a World Below
Bolt Thrower - Realms of Chaos

There are lots more though.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 10:46 (eleven years ago) link

Realm of Chaos

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 10:46 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

five current faves, just for the hell of it...

convulse - world without god
immolation - majesty and decay
ulcerate - everything is fire
grotesque - in the embrace of evil
death - scream bloody gore

cb, Saturday, 20 March 2010 13:27 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

I am standing by Pestilence's Consuming Impulse, man. All vicious, thrashy riffs and intelligent, tricky song constructions that have to have been influenced by listening to Master of Puppets. Oh and the chorus of "Suspended Animation" is almost an audio illusion and feels like it's getting faster and faster.

I think it's constantly playing somewhere in my reptile brain.

subject's companion from prior surveillance (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 07:34 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

I am an admitted dilettante re death metal but I've recently found a point of entry: Gorguts 'Obscura' and Death "Individual Thought Patterns'. I love how progggy/groovy they are. Is fretless bass common in dm? What else similar is out there? The only recent stuff that's resonated with me is Morbus Chron and Inculter who I guess would be considered thrash. Anyway, thanks for humoring a noob.

Yelploaf, Friday, 26 February 2016 19:53 (four years ago) link

Fretless isn't really that common in most death metal, though it is quite widely used in the more fiddly prog stuff. On that tip Focus by Cynic might be worth a try (CAUTION: vocoder)

As far as Gorguts go, it took a long while for it to happen but there are quite a few bands that are heavily inspired by Obscura; as ever most just sort of ape the source material but some like Pyrrhon and Genevieve take the twisted dm thing and put their own spin on it.

If you're feeling adventurous Ehnahre might also be worth a try.

I'm more into black metal, mind, and have only just started to listen to more death recently so there should be someone out there to give a few more ideas.

space prophet wogan (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 26 February 2016 20:02 (four years ago) link

Thanks ultros! Reading the thread now and seeing Cynic come up repeatedly. 2 Cynic dudes played on Individual Thought Patterns so that's a slam dunk. I'll check the others. too.

Yelploaf, Friday, 26 February 2016 20:08 (four years ago) link

Minor correction: the Cynic members (Reinert and Masvidal) played in Death's Human, not ITP. You should probably also check that one out in addition to Cynic's Focus.

chihuahuau, Friday, 26 February 2016 21:36 (four years ago) link

Fretless bass in death metal's new generation would be Stargazer. Check out "The Scream That Tore the Sky" or the "A Merging to the Boundless"!

Mongolian Cow Yoghurt Supergirl (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 27 February 2016 00:14 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...

Immolation - Close to a World Below
Death - Leprosy
Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
Cryptopsy - None So Vile
Nocturnus - The Key

Neanderthal, Thursday, 22 December 2016 02:59 (three years ago) link

Autopsy - Mental Funeral
Demilich - Nespithe
Incantation - Onward to Golgotha
Gorguts - Obscura
Nihilist - 1987-1989

Dominique, Thursday, 22 December 2016 03:07 (three years ago) link

These are both great lists.

Forty Watson & the Jute Gute (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:28 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I love how varied these lists can be

today...

Incantation - Dirges of Elysium
Deicide - Once Upon the Cross
Vader - De Profundis
Grave Desecrator - Insult (hey I'm a sucker for Brazilian death metal run thru the Sepultura-izer)
Krisiun - Black Force Domain

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 02:29 (three years ago) link

Convulse - World Without God
Mare Infinitum - Alien Monolith God
Edge of Sanity - Crimson
Howls of Ebb - Vigils of the 3rd Eye
Opeth - Ghost Reveries

o. nate, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 03:07 (three years ago) link

man I love Ghost Reveries, haven't played it in way too long.

well always ride for that Convulse. got to see them in 2013, sick.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 03:14 (three years ago) link

alien monolith god is such a fucking keeper. p bold to have it on a pov but I support this boldness

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 12:24 (three years ago) link

I don't have my record collection at hand so will probably forget something important:

Morbus Chron - Sweven
Phlebotomized - Immense Intense Suspense
!.T.O.O.H.! - Rad A Trest
Gorguts - Obscura

hmmmmm....

Adramelech - Psychostasia

ultros ultros-ghali, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 14:12 (three years ago) link

Also I like how the OP lists 3 bm albums, followed by doom and thrash

ultros ultros-ghali, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 14:37 (three years ago) link

Actually scratch Adramelech and replace it with

Dark Millennium - Ashore the Celestial Burden

ultros ultros-ghali, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 14:52 (three years ago) link

p bold to have it on a pov but I support this boldness

On a different day, I could have gone a bit more canonical and included some Death and Autopsy. Very much a POV in the moment.

o. nate, Friday, 10 February 2017 01:24 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten
Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated
Death - Human
Dying Fetus - Killing on Adrenaline
Immolation - Failures for Gods

Neanderthal, Monday, 14 September 2020 05:01 (one week ago) link

Picking a new 5 only from things I've discovered in the three years since my last list:

Asphyx - Last One on Earth
Coffin Rot - A Monument to the Dead
Imprecation - Damnatio Ad Bestias
Khanus - Flammarion
Undergang - Misantropologi

o. nate, Monday, 14 September 2020 19:18 (one week ago) link

Off the top of my head:

Gorguts - Obscura
Death - Human
At the Gates - With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
My Dying Bride - Turn Loose the Swans (death doom counts, right?)
Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance (still early, but whatevs)

pomenitul, Monday, 14 September 2020 19:26 (one week ago) link

Mine would all be classic era:

Entombed - Clandestine
Death - Human
Carcass - Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious
Morbid Angel - Blessed Are the Sick
Pestilence - Testimony of the Ancients

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 14 September 2020 19:52 (one week ago) link

xpost Tomb Mold looking like a Best of Decade for me.

Neanderthal, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:12 (one week ago) link

Nocturnus - The Key
Autopsy- Mental Funeral
Demilich - Nespithe
Cadaver - Hallucinating Anxiety
Carcass - Necrotism - Descanting the Insalubrious

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 14 September 2020 21:57 (one week ago) link

I know all of those except the Cadaver. though that might be one I bought and forgot about.

good choices!

Neanderthal, Monday, 14 September 2020 22:07 (one week ago) link

I know very little dm. Must take notes.

Duke, Monday, 14 September 2020 22:11 (one week ago) link

how have i never replied to this thread before

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:05 (one week ago) link

morbus chron: sweven
obituary: cause of death
gorement: the ending quest
aeternus: ... and the seventh his soul detesteth
unleashed: odalheim

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:15 (one week ago) link

Damn now that's variety!

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:31 (one week ago) link

been revisiting a bunch of stuff from the last decade that i think still holds up. plus obituary and gorement

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:51 (one week ago) link

I am unwell so won't compile a five yet but I have to mention Corpse Garden here, that album of theirs was so truly sick

imago, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:03 (one week ago) link

Carcass – Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious
Sepultura – Beneath The Remains
Death – Human
Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick
Obituary – Cause Of Death

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:23 (one week ago) link


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