10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

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Death metal is such a vague term, even though it is in itself a sub genre of the greater umbrella of heavy metal music. But, when it comes to extreme metal, if a death metal band can write good songs is important. But more impressive is if a band can write a collection of good songs, thrown together cohesively in the form of an album. We now present our list of the10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die.

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10. At the Gates-Slaughter of the Soul (1995)
One of the best melodic death metal records released by Sweden's At the Gates. The album immediately pulls you into something morbid, yet beautifully arranged, musically. Anguished in terms of vocal delivery, by singer Tomas Lindberg, the music is aggressive, yet haunting and epic. Dark and uber fast, the songs are heavy, with drumming and riffs based on a strong foundation of thrash, and the traditional Gothenburg stripped down melodic death metal sound, which At the Gates helped to usher in. On this album, the band's fourth release, and debut on Earache records, Lindberg's misanthropic vocals pair with melodic, eerie guitars, on songs such as the opening classic track, "Blinded By Fear," as well as "Cold," "Under a Serpent Sun," and the title track, "Slaughter of the Soul."


9. Nile-Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)
These South Carolina death metal Egyptologists have carved out a niche for themselves in the international underground extreme metal scene. With insane, machine gun blast beats, and guitar riffs sped up to match the intensity, Nile's album Annihilation of the Wicked brings in a secret weapon the band has been using ever secret weapon: drummer George Kollias, a monster behind the drum kit, who has been with the band ever since the album's release back in 2005. The extra precision Kollias brings only amplifies the sheer power and fury of Nile's founder guitarist Karl Sanders.

This album's opening track "Dusk Falls Upon the Temple of the Serpent on the Mount of Sunrise," takes listeners on a auditory trip to ancient Egypt with its classical music meets Middle Eastern music vibe, but after 50 seconds, listeners are thrown face first into a brutally fast, majestic death metal style only few can achieve. Definitely a heavy album based on the spirit of Egyptian mythology, war and spirituality, this is a head banging, mosh pit inducing death metal offering to the gods. Be sure to check out the last two tracks, the title track, "Annihilation of the Wicked," as well as the epic closing song, "Von Unaussprechichen Kulten," which translates from German, to mean "From Unspeakable Cults."

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downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Shouldn't it be "Ten Death Metal albums to listen to AS you Die"?

Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy

These guys take themselves way too seriously - nobody wants to buy their necrophiliac love songs

Thomas Bridges
Thomas Bridges

Even number 1 was shit...why does Oc weekly always have the worst posts in my timeline? Cause you're shit...

EA Prieto
EA Prieto

As a dude that's down with metal I gotta ask, is there really a big Death Metal scene/fan base in OC?

Peter Joshua Maciel
Peter Joshua Maciel

Look at this picture of Morbid Angel... they look like the Murder Dolls hahahaha and I would agree that these are 10 of the most popular death metal albums not 10 must listen to albums before I die

HorrorHorst
HorrorHorst

I think Obituary "Cause Of Death" and Deaths "Leprosy" would fit in perfectly.

Bolt Thrower "Warmaster" and Entombed "Left Hand Path" are definitely missing...

koestnerchris
koestnerchris

Best part about this list is all the other bands getting mentioned in the thread. Helps me discover bands of which I have been ignorant as well as rediscover those in my collection. Thanks, everyone.

Ian Verdugo
Ian Verdugo

John-Michael Sanchez, great list. Legit.

Steven Ramirez
Steven Ramirez

Robert Moreno Humberto Maduro this is actually a legit top 10

Aztec Headstaple
Aztec Headstaple

Morbid Angel looks like someone farted by their booth at the NAAM show

Zach Mehringer
Zach Mehringer

It's a decent list but all of the bands listed, everyone that's in to metal has heard...if you don't listen to metal then yea listen to these albums...everyone has their own particular taste...these bands are the originators...but by no means the most unique that death metal has to offer...

Dan Umana
Dan Umana

Hey Salvador I own at least half the albums on this list... :P

pemnjr44
pemnjr44

Why not  Bolt Thrower'-Realm of Chaos?

viralbane
viralbane

Listened to all of them already. Just waiting to die. Any minute now.

danielomelczuk
danielomelczuk

Where is Pestilence,Benediction,Morgoth,Morbid Angel or Cancer?Is it joke?

Max2000Warlord
Max2000Warlord

No mention of Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy or Altars of Madness means you fail.

judas.angel
judas.angel

Little odd the only DEATH album on here is Individual thought patterns...don't you think Human,Leprosy and Sounds should be on here? or the VERY LEAST Honourable mention?

FuckinBrootal
FuckinBrootal

seriously best band is missing...where is ENTOMBED...also where's Autopsy and Pungent Stench...but ok...these lists can never please everyone 100% Though I say you have to listen to "Left Hand Path" if you like Death Metal, a masterpiece

van.nugie
van.nugie

dismember - like an everflowing stream?

pestilence consvming impulse ?

entombed - left hand path ?

Rotted
Rotted

10 - At Last one on Earth

9 - Left Hand Path

8 - Warmaster

7 - Diabolical Summoning

6 - Slowly we Rot

5 - Dawn of Possession

4 - Deicide

3 - The Bleeding

2 - Altar of Madness

1 - Human

hectorsuperbass75
hectorsuperbass75

Pretty decent list. Of course many people will find fault in it, including me. I agree with the album picks from Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, and Death. Although the latter's "Individual Thought Patterns" is my favorite, I wouldn't necesarily declare it THE Death album to listen to. I'd probably go with "Leprosy" or "Human."  For Obituary, "Cause of Death" is WAY better. By far their best album, hands down. Also, Atheist, Immolation and Pestilence deserve to be mentioned, but limiting it to 10 makes it impossible. You'd be hard pressed to do even a 25 album list that's comprehensive. I personally would've replaced Cryptopsy with Atheist. As great as Cryptopsy is, Atheist is in another league altogether. Oh, well.

Grinder
Grinder

Not a single Bolt Thrower record? Really?!

punkfatass
punkfatass

where the fuck is Atheist's album Unquestionable Presence?

javiergilcid
javiergilcid

Completely agree with the albums you've chosen. I prefer Symbolic instead of Individual but, good job!

FloodOfBlood
FloodOfBlood

Carcass' Heartwork album is great.  I will take Death's 'Human' over any other death metal albums.

Ora-Pro-Nobis
Ora-Pro-Nobis

wait.......... did I miss something? where's Behemoth on this list. Should be #1...

barlowe2003
barlowe2003

Septic Flesh needs to be on this list! And Dismember!

absurdmusician
absurdmusician

Alex might have heard Once Upon the Cross for the first time driving around with Drew in my car, the black metal mobile.  

y2keeth
y2keeth

Bloodbath - nightmares made flesh

hectorsuperbass75
hectorsuperbass75

@Grinder Bolt Thrower is one of my favorite bands of all time. But it's a list of only 10. They'd need to do a 25 or 30 album list to really cover all the essentials.

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