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Death Metal In 09 So Far

A sort of overview of all the death metal this year so far. Tell me if I?m leaving anything out.
1 Top 10
albums so far

followed by some other good albums followed by some average albums followed by some bad albums
Everything is Fire

Probably going to be album of the year for me; nothing I say about the album can do it any justice at all. It?s a very dense listen though, and for most, will probably take some time to grow. Totally worth it though because the album is easily one of the best death metal albums I?ve ever heard. The drumming is especially awe-inspiring. Really atmospheric.
Revelation IV (Rise of the Nemesis)

Slammy-technical brutal death metal with some really great riffing. I see them as a less-insane Defeated Sanity. Really enjoyable if you?re into brutal stuff.
4Fleshgod Apocalypse

The more popular choice for the most significant death metal album this year so far (and most accessible). Pretty one-dimensional considering its ambitious nature, not necessarily detriment to the music though as its still highly enjoyable. The classical influences are a bit forced (especially the interludes), and the production kinda bothers me but it was pretty mind-blowing in some spots, too bad the album wore off pretty fast. Wonderful vocals too.
Dreadful Pleasures

Great Swedish old school death metal in vein of Dismember or the like, some great riffs scattered throughout and just overall really fun.
6Abysmal Torment

Brutal death metal with cleaned up production this time around, some great, fun riffing, slightly annoying vocals (pig squealy at times), the drum sound is a bit off too
Lethal Treatment

All over the map in terms of influence, the strongest being the jazziness that the French death metal scene has been known for lately. Really varied stuff all while retaining a constant sound, impressive feat to me. Fans of Gorod might be pleased with these guys.
Your Worst Nightmare

A fun one-man heavy metal/death metal hybrid from the legendary Razorback records.
The Sleep of Morbid Dreams

Long awaited follow-up to their more than well-received debut delivers.
Sadistic Deeds...Grotesque Memories

One-man band who plays very straightforward old school death metal with a bit of a brutal death metal touch.
11Cannibal Corpse
Evisceration Plague

The drumming and vocals are still pretty much the same as every other album they?ve released (the corpsegrinder albums for the vocals obviously) but the guitars tend to flirt a bit more with technicality (which they?ve been experimenting with more obviously their past few albums) and the solos have a more modern feel to them (Necrophagist soloing craze). All-in-all the riffing didn?t impress me as much as it does on some of their other albums but it?s still solid.
The Horror

Pretty good Swedish old school death/thrash with fairly abundant (and ftmp well done) soloing.
13General Surgery
Corpus in Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism

Really solid goregrind in vein of early Carcass.
Baptism of the Unborn

Fairly solid Italian brutal death metal but a bit unsatisfying.

Long-awaited debut full-length is really great at times but suffers a bit from inconsistency.
16Led Astray
In Ways Unforeseen

Well executed but really unmemorable (slightly) technical death metal, some pretty good riff ideas throughout
17Female Nose Breaker
A Crash Course in Brute Romance

Brutal/slamming death metal EP that?s pretty decent but has really annoying sampling.
18Beheading Machine
Stillbirth Civilisation

Decapitated meets Beneath the Massacre, EP
19Mental Demise
Final Step to Future Madness

Decent brutal death/grind
Echoes of Human Decay

Solid Italian technical death that kinda just drags on and on.

Really groovy/jazzy French death metal, similar to countrymates Gorod in their style but not so much their execution. I think I hear a bit of Meshuggah influence as well.
Side Effects Expected

A pretty great technical death metal outfit that came out of no where, promising band, should probably change their name though.
23Cattle Decapitation
The Harvest Floor

Impressive album considering I wasn?t very impressed by what else I?d heard from them, fairly chaotic stuff.
White Hell

Solid death/thrash but nothing more.
25Cerebral Incubation
Asphyxiating on Excrement

Pretty good slam, very short in length though when taking all the sampling out of consideration.
Resurrection Macabre

Re album was less-than satisfying.

Pretty fun listen, but its all been done before (which normally isn?t a problem for me, but in this case it is?)
Liturgy of Dissection

Solid brutal death metal similar to Guttural Secrete
29Napalm Death
Time Waits For No Slave

Good, I wasn?t too impressed however
30Heinous Killings/Necrotic Disgorgement
Split CD

Great 4 song brutal death metal split. Only 1 ND song though (the better of the two bands)
In the Light of Darkness

First album in 14 years, good Swedish melodeath, too melodic for me at times though
32Infinite Defilement
Disgorging Humanity

Solid one-man slamming brutal death metal from Australia. Dexter fans will recognize two samples from the show featured on the album.
33Tools of Torture
Faith - Purification - Execution

More solid brutal death
34 Stuff that isn't terrible
but isn't that good
35Heaps of Dead
Deceased Dismembered and Left to Decay
36Torture Killer
Dead Soil
Nothing is Sacred
Dawn Pervades the Twilight
Awakening of the Gods
41Success Will Write Apocalypse Across...
The Grand Partition & the Abrogation of Idolatry
42Tardy Brothers
43 Waco Jesus
Sex Drugs & Death Metal
44Woe of Tyrants
Kingdom of Might
Justified Genocide
The Putrid Smell Within
The Exodus of Autonomy
Horrific Obsession
Being and Nothingness
Inspired Horrific
51Ignominious Incarceration
Of Winter Born
52 Empty Grace
Subterranean Soul's March
53Axis Powers
Marching Towards Destruction
54Trigger the Bloodshed
The Great Depression
55Gory Blister
Graveyard of Angels
Catacombs of the Grotesque
57God Dethroned
Scandinavian Warmachine
Opus Ribcage
at all costs
Requiem For the Inexorable
62Inevitable End
The Severed Inception
Suffering Upon the Throne of Depravity
64The Burning
65Coram Lethe
...A Splendid Chaos

though if you enjoy ridiculous over the top wank, you will most likely find enjoyment with this
67Hiroshima Will Burn
To The Weight of All Things
Target: Human, Mission: Destroy
69Disfiguring the Goddess
Disfiguring the Goddess

70 Lots of great stuff
on the way
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