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|Old School Death Metal|
During the years 1983-1995, a movement of "underground" (not on a major label, not sold in stores) death metal arose. It combined the best of morbid heavy metal, speed metal and thrash, and the powerful hardcore punk of bands like The Exploited, Discharge, GBH and Amebix. Inspired by founders Bathory, Hellhammer and Slayer, this genre grew to include some of the most intense music created by human beings.
Reign in Blood
Although their vocals were based in the speed metal (Metallica, Anthrax, Testament, Nuclear Assault) camp, Slayer's guitar playing and drums were pure death metal.
This early EP defined much of what made death metal intense while keeping a more morbid and laid back mood.
Along with Slayer, Bathory created most of the technique death metal bands would later use, although in a hybrid black metal/death metal format.
Divus de Mortuus
Although only a demo, this four-song tape provided the blueprint for death metal that used both intense vocals and ragged, primitive riffing.
Combining the powerful riffs of Death Strike with the chaotic intensity of Slayer and dark mood of Hellhammer, Possessed made music that still scares the hell out of people.
An early hardcore/metal hybrid, this CD represented an attempt at death metal.
Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation
Inheriting the style of Slayer in a more extreme fashion, early Sepultura made epic occult songs of high intensity.
Fast complex riffs and high-speed drums made this band a favorite of late 1980s metalheads who appreciated the technique that others would finalize.
Abominations of Desolation
Only a year after Possessed, this nearly fully-fledged death metal album emerged with epic Lovecraftian themes, intensely sculptured solos and complex riffing.
One of the few technical albums that also pummels the listener into submission, "Legion" is a testament to occult majesty and the power of high intensity riffing.
Cause of Death
From the slower side of death metal, this brooding album created an unmatched atmosphere, aided by Disincarnate stringsman James Murphy's leads.
Onward to Golgotha
Like a flood roaring from hell, this down-tuned subterranean masterpiece shuddered out of forbidden lands to hit death metal fans with new complexity in songwriting.
Ritual of Infinity
Using simple riffs in complex arrangements, Morpheus Descends created a mood of conflict and uncertainty that makes for great death metal.
Effigy of the Forgotten
Taking the percussive muted strumming of speed metal to an exponential level, Suffocation crafted an album of intensity and absurdity that confused listeners at the time, who were unsure if it was music or not.
Here in After
Stitching together a labyrinthine narrative of alien riffs, Immolation made an album that sounded like it came from another world.
Maintaining an otherworldly mood, this album expanded the range of death metal to include epic songs of varied mood.
The Nocturnal Silence
One of the first deathmetal albums to embrace a mid-paced up-beat melodic sound, this Swedish death metal gained wide appeal.
An album that would be at home in multiple genres, "Unquestionable Presence" merged jazz-fusion technique with metal's structured composition to make a contemplative yet raging work of technical death metal.
Like an Ever-Flowing Stream
Swedish bands combined high-sustain blistering distortion with melodic songwriting, yet lost none of the blasting power of death metal. Dismember summoned the beast with this beautiful yet searing masterpiece.
The Karelian Isthmus
Slowing down the pace and using melody to center each song, Amorphis created a new audience for death metal at the same time making songs that sounded like battle.
|21||At the Gates|
The Red in the Sky is Ours
Technical death metal that uses longer melodies and a violin, this At the Gates album redefined how death metal bands thought about song structure, melody and drumming.
Like symbols from an unknown alphabet, this cryptic music burps along to a guttural vocal while bending lead rhythm guitar into spidery riffs.
A masterpiece of doomy death metal, Asphyx's self-titled album combined basic riffs with a deepening mood.
The Erosion of Sanity
Combining technicality with a poetic sense of mood, Gorguts laid out a style of nocturnal death metal that expanded as their technical prowess grew.
A thunderous decent into insanity, this Swedish death metal album merged melody with gritty distortion and dark, subterranean songs.
|Good stuff bro.|
|Awesome list. Really glad 18 and 19 are on here|
|List succeeds. |
|Nice list of great, well-known bands.|
|great list, but needs some Bolt Thrower on this list as well.|
|5, 14 and 18 are good, but list fails without Carcass, Cryptopsy, Cynic, Death and Pestilence.|
|Why on earth would Cynic be considered osdm|
|If Slayer, Bathory, Atheist and At The Gates count as OSDM, then Cynic certainly does. |
|In before Sonictheplumber.|
and a little later came...
|Should've thrown in the album Screams of Anguish by Brutality. So deadly. Other than that excellent list.|
|No Death? Automatic disqualification.|
|Siiiiick. Although I do agree with this ^ at the same time.|
|7 is so underrated|
|for such an incredible list, I'm shocked at the lack of Death|
still a great read
|id prefer it if kids didn't try to tell me what is old school thank you|
|anthracks arent u like 20 or something|
|osdm iz de bezt|
|great list (where's Death?)|
|List is awesome , I wish you could include Pestilence (something like spheres , my favourite tbh !) |
love the descriptions !
Have you heard Deceased- Luck Of The Corpse ? you may like it mate !
|"If Slayer, Bathory, Atheist and At The Gates count as OSDM, then Cynic certainly does."|
lol he's providing a timeline to show how osdm came to be, not saying that they are directly osdm...
|I like this list a lot|
|Nice, needs some In Flames and At The Gates though.|
|^agreed. list needs to be gayer than it already is|
|needs more black dahlia murder|
|Seriously lacking in the Death department though, Scream Bloody Gore was a much more important album than most of the ones that are on this list|
|spec learn to read|
|couple important bands missing (how could you forget DEATH?) but other than that, great list.|
|demon of surveillance|
|Seeing 9, 11, 15, and 18 in a couple of hours. Can't wait. |
|Yeah umm... where is Death? pioneers of death metal?|
|Chuck was a Christian and died of AIDS. That's why Death isn't on there.|
|That has nothing to do with the music. Does this list not say "Old School Death Metal"?|
|like you know anything (@puzzles)|
|LOL butt-hurt Death fan.|
|Brain cancer, actually|
|you fucking rule bro this list is awesome|