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09.07.08 Essential Old School Death Metal Bands

Essential Old School Death Metal Bands

A list of 20(+1) "old school" death metal bands that you will want to have in your collection - at least their early albums. Note that every band on this list released their first album in 1991 or earlier. In most cases after 1993 or thereabouts the quality of the albums declined dramatically. These are in alphabetical order, because it is too difficult and arbitrary to create a numeric ranking. For each band, I list the essential albums. In cases where a band may have changed sound, I restrict entries to death metal. For example, Carcass started as a grindcore/goregrind band, so even though their first album (Reek of Putrefaction) is tremendous and well worth having in your collection, I won't list it here. (But I did find an excuse to mention it, eh?)
1Asphyx

The Rack (1991), Last One on Earth (1992), Asphyx (1994), Embrace The Death (recorded 1990 - released 1996)
2Atheist

Piece of Time (1990), Unquestionable Presence (1991), Elements (1993)
3Autopsy

Severed Survival (1989), Mental Funeral (1991), Acts of The Unspeakable (1992)
4Benediction

Subconscious Terror (1990), The Grand Leveller (1991)
5Bolt Thrower

Realm of Chaos (1989), War Master (1991), The IVth Crusade (1992)
6Cannibal Corpse

Eaten Back to Life (1990), Butchered at Birth (1991), Tomb of the Mutilated (1992)
7Carcass

Symphonies of Sickness (1989), Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious (1991)
8Death

Scream Bloody Gore (1987), Leprosy (1988), Spiritual Healing (1990), Human (1991)
9Deicide

Deicide (1990), Legion (1992)
10Disharmonic Orchestra

Expositionsprophylaxe (1990), Not to Be Undimensional Conscious (1992), Pleasuredome (1994)
11Dismember

Like an Ever Flowing Stream (1991), Indecent and Obscene (1993)
12Entombed

Nihilist Demos (1987-1989), Left Hand Path (1990), Clandestine (1991)
13Gorefest

Tangled in Gore/Horrors in a Retarded Mind (1989-90), Mindloss (1991)
14Morbid Angel

Altars of Madness (1989), Blessed Are The Sick (1991), Abominations of Desolation (1991)
15Obituary

Slowly We Rot (1989), Cause of Death (1990), The End Complete (1992)
16Pestilence

Malleus Maleficarum (1988), Consuming Impulse (1989), Testimony of The Ancients (1991)
17Possessed

Seven Churches (1985), Beyond The Gates (1986)
18Pungent Stench

For God Your Soul...For Me Your Flesh (1990), Been Caught Buttering (1991)
19Ripping Corpse

Dreaming With The Dead (1991)
20Sepultura

Morbid Visions (1986)
21Suffocation

Effigy of The Forgotten (1991), Breeding The Spawn (1993), Pierced from Within (1995)
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