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Osmose Productions - coolest metal label ever.

Osmose Productions was easily one of the coolest labels in the 90's (or ever) for extreme music. Most of their releases flew fairly low under the radar, but they had a few really prominent releases as well which I've scattered through this list - check out pretty much anything here, they signed many of the coolest and most intense bands around.
1Dark Tranquillity
The Gallery


Kicking it off with the big one, and what I consider to be the best melodic death metal record ever. If you haven't heard this, stop whatever you're listening to and put this on, it's definitely better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwuDhK_EV5k
2Opeth
Orchid


Osmose kicked off Opeth's career more or less by putting out their first full length, which is still one of my favorites from them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5J6GPoRlgY
3Immortal
At the Heart of Winter


A black metal classic, if you haven't heard this then I don't know what to tell you other than remedy that now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeOlPQqJR-o
4Order From Chaos
Stillbirth Machine


This album is just vicious. One of the most raw, intense, grimy, angry blackened death metal records of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AShksMkevFQ
5Mystifier
The World Is So Good That Who Made It Doesn't Live


Rad black metal with unique vocals from El Salvador. Underrated and generally unknown by most.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg2Gpfm1Jaw
6Blasphemy
Gods of War


The recording isn't the best, and to say it's unpolished would be a gross understatement, but that's what rules about this album. Pure fury and super menacing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGhDZONa2CQ
7Impaled Nazarene
Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz


This album is goddamn evil, underrated record on here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-19TtWG-dbE
8Blasphereion
Rest in Peace


A "should be classic" of death metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yy-zUDHBsw
9Pan.thy.monium
Dawn of Dreams


This is a band everyone seems to always sleep on, don't. It's not their best record, but they're all cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADByOipYy0w
10Rotting Christ
Thy Mighty Contract


Another big time black metal outfit that Osmose kickstarted was Rotting Christ. Their first record here is just okay, like 3/5 probably, and often overshadowed by its successors, but it's still a good start to a cool bands career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzeh7HFK-GM
11Marduk
Opus Nocturne


The best of Marduk's discography and handful of other decent albums from them was put out on Osmose. They're another black metal staple, if you haven't them, start here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqELGstWmSI
12Enslaved
Frost


Another huge black metal put out the best of their early material through Osmose - this is essential listening for the black metal genre and helped pioneer "viking metal" which I think still a silly genre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KySr2rBvHE
13Absu
Tara


This record shredssssss, you should listen now. Some of the best black/thrash around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC2vkhUdY7A
14Sadistik Exekution
We Are Death... Fukk You !


Some furiously paced blackened death metal that is largely unknown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwLrwiyUPnY
15Bewitched
Diabolical Desecration


More rad black/thrash.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIT8tlgt9QI
16Vital Remains
Forever Underground


Vital Remains' second coolest record. Start with Dechristianize.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn6vuF49p0o
17Imperial (FRA)
Aux Crépuscules


More sweet black/thrash stuff with NO ratings on here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syB979PDu_8
18Anorexia Nervosa
Drudenhaus


One of the best symphonic black metal records ever, super intense stuff that doesn't sound at all like Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4TkpQJmXEw
19Arkhon Infaustus
Perdition Insanabilis


Some really dark, creepy death/black metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjTmTqgX-CQ
20Angelcorpse
The Inexorable


Possibly the most underrated death metal record ever, this is MEAN and has been one of my go-to death metal albums for the last decade or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf3lk2o7kCQ
21Melechesh
Sphynx


One of the coolest Egyptian themed records in the metal sphere ever made. Almost every record in their discography rules, but this one is tied for the top spot in my opinion with Emissaries. They put out a new album this year worth listening to as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYA6jFAvik0
22Abominator
Subversives For Lucifer


A solid 3.5/5 unknown in the blackened/death metal realm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdXH0k2d4TM
23Thornspawn
Wrath of War


Sweet satanic black metal from Texas - had to add this one to the database. I remember getting this as a free CD in the mail when I used to work for a metal webzine back in high school...damn that was 13 years ago already?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZmePgcxe-s
24Shining (SWE)
V - Halmstad


One of the best black metal records of the the 2000's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE4_BvbT0Ag
25Impiety
Kaos Kommand 696


This album crushes skulls, one of the most intense black/death/thrash albums I know of and from Singapore of all places.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWbbQBK7b08
26Antaeus
De Principii Evangelikum


Grindy black metal that feels super ominous the entire time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhOQEameD_4
27Axis of Advance
The List


If you haven't figured this out by now, Osmose puts out a lot of awesome black/thrash records. This is noe exception and in fact may one of the best on the label.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhOQEameD_4
28Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
2


One of my favorite grindcore bands was on Osmose for this one record. The vocalist has some of the craziest guttural vocals ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o2C8ZTai9M
29Inhume
In For The Kill


Another ridiculously good grind outfit that never got their due, Inhume fucking SLAY on this record. One of the meanest album ever, it will beat you up and take your lunch money.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu5PHzETXY8
30Yyrkoon
Occult Medicine


And finally, a modern death metal masterpiece, this is a pure 5/5 record. You must hear this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs3EP6pYhxQ
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