|Metal: Cult Classics Pt. XIII|
The Swedish death-thrashers added an extra heaping of melody and even a twist of progressiveness into their sound, but didn't skimp on the viciousness either. More melodic or not - this is still some of the most face ripping stuff captured on tape and they were still the same pack of rabid dogs that tore you to shreds on The Awakening.
Strike 2 for the Spanish bestial metallers and a record where their enormous and engulfing sound proved that it wasn't a one-trick-pony. Crushing, vicious stuff.
Heaven In Flames
Akhenaten's best known work and still a piece of dark, hateful nihilism which sports some of the greatest use of keyboards in black metal. Non-cheesy and very successful in evoking a nightmarish infernal atmosphere.
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The Second Coming
Japanese stoner doom? You bet. These guys churn out Sabbathy riffs with a Motörhead-like intensity while lyrics about infamous serial killers are being belted out by a vocalist who sounds like he's caught somewhere between near-death metal gutturals and Anselmo-like drawling.
A Touch of Medieval Darkness
Somewhere betwixt Norwegian black metal and Teutonic thrash, the under-appreciated German connoisseurs of everything medieval serve up a pile of riffs with a touch of expansiveness. Don't sleep on this one.
Taking sonical cues from Sabbathy stoner with the lyrical cues of gore and horror-obsessed death metal, the New Yorkers delivered what's arguably one of the finest underground doom records.
While mentioned in the same breath with their other Stockholm compatriots, Desultory took a different approach on their debut by adding Paradise Lost-like melody to their somewhat thrashier approach to Swedish death metal.
While the Celtic Frostian black metal still has a root in their sound, the desire to create surreal soundscapes becomes especially apparent on this sophomore - and shamefully overlooked - release.
Another one of metal's superb EP-releases, it showcases everything Nasty Savage stood for: batshit vocal work in a thrash frame with a songwriting style that feels subtly - pun intended - abstract.
Primordial's underrated debut. Maybe somewhat "weaker" on the songwriting, but it makes double good on the atmosphere.