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Metal: Cult Classics Pt. XIX

Part 19. Another 10 below 100 votes.
1Depressive Age
First Depression

Debut record by one of the proponents of the German technical thrash scene of the early 90's and like anything noteworthy they've got a sound that can't really be quite compared to any of their colleagues. Technical, thrashy yet atmospheric in an almost "grimy big city in the 80's" kinda way. The vocalist has a distinctly German character to his voice that might take a while to overcome, but he's got a weird way of creeping into your head. Both this and the follow-up are prog-thrash essentials.
Beyond The Unknown

Formerly known as Incubus, the Brazilian-Americans underwent a name change because apparently a less important Californian band already had it trademarked. A testicle-crushing piece of blistering death/thrash that will pummel you senseless. It's got a Christian character to its subject matter, but who cares; it's the riffs that matter.
3Deeds of Flesh
Reduced to Ashes

One of the better known (and better) brutal death metal bands with a surprisingly "aural" take on the sound making it feel like you're being surrounded and engulfed by the fiery hellscape. Here they reached their apex of songwriting and riffcraft imho.
Emerging from the Netherworlds

Death/thrash classic from the once great Dutch classic death metal scene. Riffs and vicious snarls with a weirdly "thin" production job that almost gives off a cryptic character and fits the sound like a glove.
Special mention for the more-metal-than-thou cover art.
5The Crown
Crowned in Terror

A classic example from the time they were the kings of melodic death/thrash. Blistering riff work and instantly memorable leads with a vicious Lindberg behind the mic. There was a time these guys were unfuckwithable and this one of the greatest records that came out of that era.
6Reverend Bizarre
III: So Long Suckers

The final farewell of the legendary doom band. Excessive...meandering...? Probably. Yet ultimately brilliant when it counts. Together with Esoteric this is probably one of the rare cases where I'm happily willing to get behind a two-hour-long metal record.
Descend Into the Absurd

A serious contender for the title of my personal favorite German OSDM classic, this is a grimy example of mean-spirited atmospheric death/doom. Remorseless and fiendish stuff that will crush you under the weight of malevolent darkness.
8Holy Moses
Finished with the Dogs

Supposedly touted by Fenriz as the best female vocal performance in extreme metal and since it's a statement coming from Fenriz, who am I to say otherwise?
Ferocious thrash Teutonic-style with some hardcore punk sensibilities. Oh yeah, the vocals do indeed rule.
Number One

Based on the cover art as well as the band name, it's difficult to have any expectations about the music contained inside. Produced by T0N's Josh Silver, this is a semi-forgotten cult favorite from the 90's NYC alternative metal scene; groove, a bit of sludge, some atmospheric gothic sensibilities, lyrics that come off as the incoherent musings of the local nut job who's about to either gun down himself or someone else...and a singer with a fairly unique tone to his voice. While very much a product of its time and place, it remains one of the greatest examples in its own particular style.
10Cenotaph (MX, Death Metal)
The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows

Eternal classic of Mexican death metal. Grimy yet intensely atmospheric with a rumbling sound that could cause a seismic shift. Corchado went on to form the equally brilliant The Chasm, but the sound on this curiosity remains unduplicated.
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