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Ranked: 1987 in Death Metal

I listened to a total of 47 (now 53) albums for this one. Surprised that '87 still had a lot of dm in its infancy than what I recalled. Gonna give a little more descriptions in a bit. Hit me up with what you think.
1Death
Scream Bloody Gore


Gonna use this as a moment to plug the Savage Death I discovered the other day from '85 which has a ton of resemblances to Death, least of so the mirrored opening riff of that with the one here from SBG.

https://youtu.be/W9G6jabMjlI

Killer debut however, but I always have to rearrange the tracklist when I listen to it.
2Necrovore
Divus de Mortuus


4.5/5.0

https://youtu.be/ScoGir1SgqI

Phenomenal for the year that is definitely a personal favorite and comes with a high recommendation. Check tha link above for sure.
3Protector
Misanthropy


4.5

Love this band, and I love them more and more with each listen.
4Sepultura
Schizophrenia


I debated including this per the thrash reasons, and I don't want it to totally swamp my rankings, but as it is so, a few are going to make it on the list regardless, even though I'm leaving a lot of the better ones off of this, Persecution Mania and Testament - The Legacy for example.

Personal rating: 4.5
5Atheist
On We Slay


Looking at my score, you could say I was rather impressed by this and will definitely come back for a relisten. Surprised of its low ratings tbh, but I've not yet "delved" into Atheist. I was surprised to see this hit more of my criteria than expected.

https://youtu.be/D_qT8Ox-qPg

Personal rating: 4.5
6Morbid
December Moon


That gd guitar tone. Obviously this is more black metally than anything else I've displayed on these lists, but the song structures and underground rhythm section that drive certain songs are what do it for me in terms of a partial osdm classification.

https://youtu.be/4U58mYF0zOo

Personal rating: 4.0
7Autopsy
1987 demo


A brutal release, 'Mauled to Death' especially so.

Personal rating: 4.0
8Macabre
Grim Reality


Extreme and wild, though not particularly dm per say, at least on this, it's much closer to thrash grind. Very fun however.

https://youtu.be/yjcIV-qCq2U

Personal rating: 4.0
9Poison (DE)
Into the Abyss


https://youtu.be/b1qFbtOllc4

Still an underrated band, but this sole full-length actually does well enough and delivered. I like their EP's more than most but I'd still give this a rec to those who might not have been into it.

Personal rating: 4.0
10Dead Conspiracy
Demo #1


Personal rating: 4.0
11Pestilence
Dysentery


4.0
12Vulcano
Anthropophagy


Seems to be an underrated band, and this second album is more fitting than the first that made it on my previous proto-death list. Pretty assaulting honestly.

4.0
13Sarcofago
I.N.R.I.


Certainly some crazy vocals and I have spun this quite a few times. Definitely some of the darker more morbid tunes on this list, and I debated having it a little higher.

Personal rating: 4.0
14Coroner
R.I.P.


A little bit on the thrash side obviously, but I still like to include it.

Personal rating: 4.0/3.5
15Necrophagia
Season of the Dead


Another one of my first dm listens that I have spun intermittently through the times. It's for sure plodding and a little dull, but it's has that old school charm nonetheless. It's definitely a weird one for me because it's not entirely good, but also good lol. I mean, it did come out before Scream Bloody Gore, so kudos are given to one of the earlier releases to do that whole zombie/horror fixation of the dead thing death metal is more than notoriously known for.
16Morbid Angel
Thy Kingdom Come


Abominations is wicked
17Carcass
Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment
18Messiah
Extreme cold weather


I like it, but I could see how others wouldn't dig it. Really feels like an EP rather than a full-length but the songs are still pretty tight.

Personal rating: Somewhere between a 3.5 and 4.0
19Sadus
Certain Death


I'm skipping Kreator 'Terrible Certainty' and Sodom's 'Expurse of Sodomy' that would have been here on my larger compiled list.
20Infernal Majesty
None Shall Defy
21Slaughter (CAN)
Strappado


Personal rating: 4.0
22Napalm Death
Scum


You know what it is, but still lol.

Personal rating: 4.0
23Holocausto
Campo de Exterminio


Personal rating: 4.0
24Mutilator
Immortal Force


Underrated imo

Personal rating: 4.0
25Incubus (USA-FL)
Incubus


evidently, this isn't even the same "Incubus" in the dm vein as that of the 'Serpent Temptation', 'Beyond the Unknown' fame. That band is of Louisianan origin, Metairie to be exact, whereas this one has been housed in both Atlanta (Ga) and Tampa (Fl).

4.0/3.5
26Possessed
The Eyes of Horror


Swing of the Axe.

Personal rating: 3.5/4.0
27Blood Feast
Kill For Pleasure


It's alright, but wears itself out by the end.

Personal rating: 3.5/3.0
28Nocturnus
Nocturnus (Demo)
29Nuclear Death
A Symphony of Agony


More really grind stuff, but the band goes hard. This is really like a comp rather than a complete release, check my soundoff.

Personal rating: 3.5
30Gehenna (MEX)
En busca del valle de Gehenna


I listened to this way back and didn't get to do a relisten yet, but it is pretty good for '87 I thought.
31Necronomicon (DE2)
Apocalyptic Nightmare


Personal rating: 3.5
32Nuclear Death
Welcome to the Minds of the Morbid


The last track as an instrumental is pretty sweet.

Personal rating: 3.0
33Blood Feast
Face Fate


Pretty much forgettable, but no biggie. 2 unreleased songs and 2 released on the prior debut.

Personal rating: 3.0
34Pestilence
The Penance


Personal rating: 3.0
35Malfeitor (US)
Diabolic Youth (1987 Demo)


Just added this. It's really bent on the thrash side of things, but a cool find nonetheless. Last song is called Dark Funeral. So perhaps, the first mention of that. Check it out.

https://youtu.be/vALBOz29lik

Personal rating: 3.5
36Yog Sothots
Demo 1987


Pretty much exactly the same as above except I liked that better.

Personal rating: 3.0

https://youtu.be/0-53B6O5NwM
37Salem
Destruction Till Death
38Opprobrium
Supernatural Death (Demo)


Stuff here on is stuff I came across too late and didn't listen to yet, but I still want it on the list.

Added to site
39Deathcore
Revenge of the Unborn (Demo)


Added to site
40Rigor Mortis (NY)
Decomposed


Added to site
41Minotaur
The Power of Darkness


Demo version. This band has some killer shit so far.

Added to site.
42Nunslaughter
Ritual of Darkness


Did not think they went back this far at all, and holy hell at all those EP's.
43Sabbat (JPN)
Born By Evil Blood
44Panic (BRA)
Rotten Church
45Torture
Terror Kingdom


Tagged Thrash
46Unknown Death
Rehearsal Demo 1987


Has 3 Death cover songs.

Added to site.
47Parabellum
Sacrilegio


Tagged black/thrash
48Sadistik Exekution
Demo
49Revenant
Beyond the Winds of Sorrow


Added to site
50Bolt Thrower
Concession of Pain
51Black Death (NOR)
Black Is Beautiful


Added to site
52Terrorizer
Demo '87
53Matricide
Mother's Day
54Obscurity (SWE)
Damnations Pride
55Burnt Offering
Death Decay


Added to site
56Frightful Cross
Frightful Abortion


Added to site
57Realm
Final Solution


Thrash/progressive
58Reencarnacion
Dioses muertos


Added to site.
59Hellwitch
Mordirivial Disemanation
60Leviathan (USA-NY)
Legions of the Undead
61Mutilator (FRA)
Omens of Dark Fate


Added to site.
62Impetigo
All We Need Is Cheez
63Ripping Corpse
Death Warmed Over
64Devastation
Violent Termination
65Merciless
Behind the Black Door
66Mortal Terror
Humour Is a Matter of Taste


Added to site
67Sarcofago
Christ's Death
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