Beginner’s Guide to Old School Death Metal

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If you ask me, there’s never been a better time than now to get into death metal.

Finding new bands and listening to them has never been easier, with YouTube’s copyright laws getting less strict, making it the easiest, most accessible avenue for streaming music. The emergence of sites like Bandcamp, Spotify, and Soundcloud have shown that even record labels have been willing to play ball and let people listen to music without paying for it (you should totally pay for it if you like it, though).

Technical death metal has been trying to push the envelope for years, and sometimes it even produces interesting music! All the old classics are being reissued, all the old bands are coming back either to tour or release new material and a whole new wave of younger musicians are rising up to pay tribute to their forebears. Following hot on the heels of the the thrash revival, the so-called ‘New Wave of Old School Death Metal’ is in full swing and is putting out some great records. If you follow the metal blogosphere, you may be aware of this, but perhaps you’re a little in the dark about the inspiration behind it all. This post will serve to enlighten you, on the off chance that you’re not a regular at this here Toilet or you’re perhaps unfamiliar with OSDM.

In order to really understand death metal, especially the older stuff, I think it’s important to know where it came from. Death metal is pretty much the Darker and Edgier (and faster and heavier) evolution of thrash metal. It’s tuned lower, played faster, barely melodic and has more extreme vocals and lyrics. Death metal springs pretty much directly from Slayer and Possessed, so naturally they serve as a great lead-in to the genre’s early days. Kreator and Demolition Hammer don’t hurt either.


I’ll be introducing the bands by region, since many of them had a fairly distinct style or scene they were known for.


FLORIDA

Florida is death metal’s Garden of Eden. The scene back in the day was known for its thrash-heavy sound, and is still remembered today for producing some of the most important and enduring names in death metal.

Death

Death is – wait for it- the founder of death metal (though some make the argument that Possessed holds that title)! WHOO! Death’s 1987 debut Scream Bloody Gore took thrash to the logical conclusion and thus gave birth to death metal. Everyone else on this list exists because of this band, and its mastermind, the sadly departed Chuck Schuldiner (RIP).

Now, despite what you might imagine about a band named Death who released an album called Scream Bloody Gore, their music actually changed direction a couple times after their second album Leprosy. Starting with Spiritual Healing in 1990, Death started branching off into more technical and progressive directions, helping to lay the foundations for those future subgenres.

As you can probably imagine about an influential metal band that went through multiple phases, opinion is divided about which “era” is better (a recurring theme you’ll be seeing throughout this post). Some people prefer Death’s earlier, fiercer material, others think their journeys into technical death metal and progressive death metal are the high point of their career. For myself, having gotten into them long after the fact, and for you, doubtlessly not giving a shit, I’m going to say go ahead and listen to all of them. Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy, Spiritual Healing, Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic, and The Sound of Perseverance are all worthwhile, interesting albums that deserve your time. Even if it’s only to decide for yourself.

The bottom line: If you’re new to the whole extreme metal thing, I’d say start with The Sound of Perseverance and work your way backwards. Otherwise, Leprosy.

 

Cannibal Corpse

(everyone knows “Hammer Smashed Face” already, stfu)

You knew these guys were coming. Cannibal Corpse is the most commercially successful death metal band out there, and therefore the easiest target for pretty much anyone. Concerned parent groups back in the day? Metalheads resenting their success? People who don’t know what death metal is? Even today, Cannibal Corpse get grumbled about for releasing albums consistently, making only minor alterations in the process. This means that they’re very often touring or recording new material, and the results pretty much always slay.

Recommending Cannibal Corpse albums is hard, because out of about 13 full length studio albums, fully 8 of them are absolute monsters that everyone should listen to at least once. Some fans think everything Cannibal Corpse recorded with their first singer, Chris Barnes, were untouchable classics and they went down the drain after they got George Fisher. These people are invariably old people wearing nostalgia goggles or kids who weren’t alive at the time and are too dumb to form their own opinions. Disregard them.

Their first two albums, Eaten Back to Life and Butchered at Birth (which has this really annoying chirping tone on all the chords), were the band’s first attempts at finding their footing as a band in the emergent genre. And while those albums aren’t bad, they’re of little interest to anyone who isn’t a fan. Tomb of the Mutilated and The Bleeding are the true classics of the Barnes era, where Cannibal Corpse found their sound and made a name for themselves. After The Bleeding, Chris Barnes left the band and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher came aboard for Vile in 1996. While Vile is a personal favorite of mine, it isn’t essential, as the songwriting isn’t as consistent. What came next is far more important. Gallery of Suicide and Bloodthirst are a one-two punch of unadulterated death metal awesomeness, and the realization of all the hype Cannibal Corpse had built up in their career up to that point. Their next two albums afterwards, Gore Obsessed and The Wretched Spawn, are both solid pieces of work, if unessential. However, starting in 2006, their next four, Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture, and A Skeletal Domain were a tour de force of songwriting, technical chops and unstoppable battering energy. Dig in.

The bottom line: Tomb of the Mutilated, if you don’t mind the production. If not, Bloodthirst.

 

Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel was one of the first bands to hit it big (relatively speaking) in death metal, combining awesome churning riffs and quick footed drumming and an unshakeably menacing vibe to create some of the best death metal out there.

Usually. Their first album, Altars of Madness, is one of the best death metal albums, and is definitely a must-hear for someone into extreme music. Their next three albums with their original singer David Vincent, Blessed Are the Sick, Covenant, and Domination are also all classics. Domination gets a bit of a bad rap for not being SUPER GROWL BLAST FURIOUS, but it has some of their most creative and memorable songs on it, so you don’t care about that. Vincent left Morbid Angel in 1996 and the band replaced him with Steve Tucker, and with a new singer/bassist in to they went on to record three albums. Formulas Fatal to the Flesh, their first album with Tucker, was good, not great, but well worth checking out. However their next, Gateways to Annihilation in 2000, is one of their best. Coincidentally, at the time of writing, it also Morbid Angel’s last good album. Heretic from 2002 is really lackluster, hampered by poor guitar tone and lackluster songwriting. It was Steve Tucker’s last album with the band, and really something of a sour note to go out on after a career best like Gateways to Annihilation.

But, in 2004, David Vincent rejoined the band, and seven years later the band (sans drummer Pete Sandoval) decided to shit out Illud Divinum Insanus. Everything you need to know about Illud Divinum Insanus can be summed up by this track. Normally I’d say the less said about this album, the better, but while I have this platform I’m going to take some time to educate the reader. This album is why we can’t have nice things. Illud Divinum Insanus is proof of a cruel, uncaring world. Kim Jong Un blasts Illud Divinum Insanus to oppress his country’s population. The CIA uses Illud Divinum Insanus to torture prisoners. Playing Illud Divinum Insanus in a war zone is considered a war crime by the Geneva convention. Metallica and Megadeth have cited Illud Divinum Insanus as inspiration for Lulu and Super Collider. Michael Bay listens to Illud Divinum Insanus while filming his Transformers movies. Playing Illud Divinum Insanus in ethnic neighborhoods is considered a hate crime. Playing Illud Divinum Insanus in front of a mirror at night causes the ghost of Chuck Schuldiner to appear and weep pitifully. Look, what I’m trying to say is, this album probably should have been named Alarming Inbound Donkey Scrotum, because that would have been both a more fitting acronym and honest assessment of the album.

The bottom line: Altars of Madness

 

Obituary

Obituary were never quite as speed obsessed as their peers, preferring to focus more on mid-paced, crushing grooves and singer John Tardy’s distinct growl. While opinions are split on their later albums (including their most recent, last year’s Inked In Blood), Obituary’s first two albums, Slowly We Rot and Cause of Death are unflushable classics, the latter boasting some sweet guitar solos from shredder James Murphy. Go for those.

The bottom line: Cause of Death

Cynic

Veil of Maya is also a deathcore band that doesn’t suck.

Cynic released a bunch of thrash demos in their early days, but you’re not going to worry about those, because what came after is what’s important. Band masterminds Sean Reinert (drums) and Paul Masvidal (vocals, guitar), after playing on Death’s Human, went on to record Focus in 1993, a weird but incredibly compelling blend of fusion, death metal, and prog that’s been influencing progressive-minded bands to this day. Safe to say, bands like Tesseract and The Contortionist owe Cynic a lot.

For whatever reason they changed their name to Portal (not that Portal) from 1994 to 1996 and released a demo under that moniker before breaking up. They came back in 2006 and released Traced In Air in 2008, which is about as great a follow-up to something like Focus as anyone could hope for. Their 2011 EP Carbon-Based Anatomy is also worth listening to. The band put out a new full-length last year called Kindly Bent To Free Us, which I have no strong feelings about one way or the other, but got favorable reception with a few blogs I respect, so I say go decide for yourself.

The bottom line: Focus

Atheist

Atheist were one of technical death metal’s earliest pioneers, basically birthing the genre in 1989 with Piece of Time. They went on to add more progressive and jazz elements in Unquestionable Presence, which is commonly thought of as their best album. The prog and jazz elements were further augmented with even more ambitious arrangements on their third album, Elements, before they broke up a year later. They came back in 2006 and released their fourth album, Jupiter, which I thought was worthy enough to stand alongside their classic albums.

The bottom line: Unquestionable Presence


NEW YORK

It should come as no surprise to anyone that a place as big and culturally important as New York is responsible for a quite a few influential musical acts across different genres. Death metal is certainly no exception.

Suffocation

Suffocation basically invented brutal death metal in 1991 when they released Effigy of the Forgotten. The crushing-but-intricate riffing, blunt, guttural vocals, slam riffs and relentless drumming pushed the boundaries of what was considered extreme at the time, and in doing so paved the way for countless others. Suffocation’s popularizing of the breakdown also led to the creation of slam death metal, probably the most primitive and stripped-down kind of music you’re likely to hear on the extreme end of things.

As far as what else to listen to, Breeding the Spawn from 1993 is a good album if you stomach the thin, grating production. Breeding’s follow up, Pierced From Within, though, is one of their best. The last release from their “classic era”, the Despise the Sun EP, is also  worth listening to, even if it’s on the short side. After that the band broke up for a few years, but reformed in 2002 and put out Souls to Deny two years later, which also rips hard. Their next album after that, the self-titled Suffocation, isn’t quite as well loved, simply because it isn’t as fast and punishing as pretty much everything else they’ve put out. However, it’s a great entry point if you’re still new to the whole death metal thing, and it ended up having a bunch of killer songs on it anyway, so I say go for it. Blood Oath is their most unusual album by far, playing around with different tempos and more varied textures than your usual riffathon brutal death metal album. It’s their, dare I say it, experimental album, and one of their best. Afterwards, they went right back to the technical brutal stuff in 2013 with Pinnacle of Bedlam, which I thought was good but not great.

The bottom line: Effigy of the Forgotten

 

Incantation

Incantation is the most evil death metal band out there, period. Pioneers of the cavernous, atmospheric, doom-soaked brand of death metal, Incantation, barring a couple lackluster efforts in the early 2000’s, have been pretty consistently putting out killer albums for more than 20 years. Their first two albums, Onward to Golgotha and Mortal Throne of Nazarene are all-time classics whose influence still rings to this day in the darker corners of black/death metal. In my opinion, Diabolical Conquest, while lacking the monstrous growls of Craig Pillard, gets overlooked often and deserves the respect given to Onward and Mortal Throne. There’s also Upon the Throne of Apocalypse, which is essentially just Mortal Throne with a rougher mix and the tracklist reordered. Not really necessary, but if you prefer it, it exists. Incantation’s 2000 to 2006 period saw the release of good-but-not-great albums, except for Primordial Domination, which I feel was somewhat lackluster.

After the Blasphemous Cremation EP in 2008, Incantation didn’t do much of importance until 2012 when they released Vanquish In Vengeance, and then followed that up with Dirges of Elysium in 2014. Both are career-best albums that reaffirm their legacy and status in an underground increasingly filled with bands taking influence directly from them. Do not miss.

The bottom line: Onward to Golgotha

 

Immolation

Immolation is a great example of how to write technical, interesting music without being self-indulgent. Their first three records, particularly their 1991 debut Dawn of Possession, are regarded as classics. Later in their career, starting with Close to a World Below in 2000, they developed more of a signature style, utilizing more atonal and dissonant riffing, and bassist/singer Ross Dolan’s growl got huger. Close to a World Below is part of a three album stretch, including Unholy Cult in 2002 and Harnessing Ruin in 2005, that’s generally considered Immolation’s (un)holy trinity. After that, they released Shadows in the Light, Majesty and Decay, and an EP titled Providence, the latter two of which boast awesome production and some massive, crushing grooves. I wasn’t too hot on their most recent album, Kingdom of Conspiracy, as the mastering was really obnoxiously brickwalled and it didn’t have the memorable vocal hooks of Majesty and Decay. But the songwriting and riffcraft were excellent, so its hardly a whiff.

The bottom line: Dawn of Possession


SWEDEN

Sweden had one of the more prominent scenes, and were known mainly for their chainsaw guitar tone and punk-inflected attack. The Swedes were also largely responsible for the emergence of melodic death metal.

Entombed

Entombed is one of the single most influential metal bands to come out of Sweden, single-handedly pioneering the distinctive ‘chainsaw’ guitar tone (largely owing to the Boss HM-2 pedal and the production of Sunlight Studio) and riffing style that would go on influence so many of their countrymen and inspire admirers even to this day. Their 1990 debut Left Hand Path and its 1991 follow-up Clandestine pretty much set the tone (literally and figuratively) for a huge chunk of Sweden’s death metal scene.

But then a funny thing happened, and Entombed decided they’d rather play something else, and went on to more-or-less invent death ’n’ roll with Wolverine Blues in 1993. Death ‘n’ roll takes the same tone as death metal in terms of vocals and guitars but throws in a lot of rock riffs, resulting in something that’s crushingly heavy but really catchy. From Entombed’s ongoing death ‘n’ roll era, Wolverine Blues, Morning Star, Inferno, and Serpent Saints are all good albums.

I’d be remiss in talking about Entombed if I didn’t at least mention some of their ongoing legal problems. At some point a battle for control over the band’s name and rights erupted between the band’s members, and it ended with a bunch of them splitting off and forming another band, Entombed A.D., who then released Back to the Front in 2014. I don’t really know what the hell is going on with them to be honest, but Back to the Front is pretty good, so… Yeah. Whatever.

The bottom line: Left Hand Path

 

Dismember

Dismember is among the first and most prominent bands to follow Entombed’s footsteps, bringing their more raucous, unhinged blend of death metal and d-beat hardcore. Their debut, Like An Ever Flowing Stream in 1991 is probably the third purest example of the style, after Entombed’s first two albums. I’d say their sound is one of the more accessible on this list, as the big chords and d-beat sections tend to stick out in the memory easier, and the vocals aren’t quite as oppressive as the deeper growls on this list.

The bottom line: Like An Ever Flowing Stream (most of these guys’ albums are good, but the debut is the freshest and more inspired)

 


FINLAND

Finland, despite being a small country full of alcoholics, put out what is inarguably some of the best, most memorable death metal of the 90’s. You only need to know about one right now, but there will be others in future installments.

Demilich

Demilich only put out one album, Nespithe, but that’s okay, because Nespithe is absolutely unfuckwithable. It’s thirty-eight minutes of squamous, writhing riffs and low, almost burped vocals, and easily one of the most unique albums in metal. Nespithe is definitely a grower, though, so it may take a few listens for it to really click with you. The first time I listened to it, I was walking my dogs after over-eating, and the vocals kind of made me want to vomit. But on the second and third listen, things started falling into place, and I can safely say it’s becoming one of my favorite albums. And if you do get into it, you’re in luck, because it was remastered recently, and it kicks ass.

The bottom line: Nespithe

 


BRITAIN

Britain, arguably the birthplace of heavy metal, also had some very important bands to contribute to the emerging genre of death metal.

Napalm Death

In a historic sense, Napalm Death is better remembered as one of the early pioneers of grindcore with 1987’s Scum, and again in 1988 with From Enslavement to Obliteration (my favorite of the two). However, Napalm Death are on this list more for their evolution into more of a hybrid of death metal and grindcore, beginning with Harmony Corruption in 1990, which in my opinion is the best album they put out in the 90’s. They’re still going strong today, with their last two albums (Time Waits for No Slave and Utilitarian) being particularly good, and a ripper of a new album that just dropped at the end of January this year in the form of Apex Predator – Easy Meat.

The bottom line: Harmony Corruption

 

Carcass

Carcass, like, Napalm Death, started out playing grindcore (guitarist Bill Steer actually played guitar on the second half of Napalm Death’s highly influential Scum) but then shifted gears afterwards fairly early on. Their first album, Reek of Putrefaction, is legendary for its absolutely godawful production and for single-handedly leading to the creation of the goregrind subgenre. They shifted gears right afterwards in 1989 to play something closer to actual death metal on Symphonies of Sickness, which is excellent, and where I’d recommend a newcomer start. Their next album, Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious in 1991, lacks the menacing appeal of Symphonies, but has a focus on precision and proficiency that nonetheless produced some great death metal tunes.

If you’ve heard of Carcass beforehand, you might know about Heartwork. Heartwork was a major turning point for the band, and along with At the GatesSlaughter of the Soul, made melodic death metal hugely popular in the 90’s, especially in Sweden, and led to the advent of metalcore in the early 00’s in the US. As such, there is to this day lingering resentment for Heartwork. The album after Heartwork, fittingly titled Swansong, as the band broke up later that year, moves even further away from their roots, going from melodic death metal to a more death’n’roll styled delivery. Swansong, as you may imagine, fares no better (if not worse) in the eyes of purists. However, I’m going to assume you don’t have a stick up your ass and suggest you go ahead and listen to both Heartwork and Swansong anyway. Carcass got back together in 2007 and then later released Surgical Steel in 2013. Surgical Steel kicks ass. Dig it. Or else.

The bottom line: Symphonies of Sickness

 

Bolt Thrower

Warhammer 40,000 is nerdy as hell but it also looks really cool.

Bolt Thrower are known for their huge, churning, groovy sound and war themes. Bolt Thrower’s first album, In Battle There is No Law, like the above two bands, also dabbled in a somewhat grindcore-oriented sound, but they don’t become a must-listen until 1989’s Realm of Chaos, a true classic and hands-down the best album themed around Warhammer 40,000 out there. The followup, War Master, is decent, but is overshadowed by both it’s predecessor and it’s own successor, 1992’s The IVth Crusade. They hit the sweet spot again with …for Victory in 1994, but the next two albums, Mercenary and Honour – Valour – Pride are pretty boring, so skip those. Bolt Thrower’s last album to date was Those Once Loyal in 2005, and the band are still together, but have vowed not to release a new album until they feel they’ve written something that can top it.

The bottom line: Realm of Chaos

 


THE NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands has quite a diverse selection of death metal for such a small country, but for this post, we’re concerned with one outfit in particular.

Pestilence

These guys, like Atheist, took a more progressive, fusion-oriented direction after their first couple albums, starting in 1991 with Testimony of the Ancients and continuing in 1993 with Spheres. But before that, they had the more thrash-heavy Malleus Maleficarum in 1988 and the absolutely unstoppable Consuming Impulse in 1989. If you have to pick one, go with Consuming Impulse, it’s easily one of the best death metal albums ever written, never mind subgenre or time period. Malleus, Testimony, and Spheres are also great, but they don’t quite reach the dizzying heights of precision and fierce energy Consuming Impulse does. Not to mention, vocalist Martin Van Drunen left the band in 1990, robbing them of his very distinctive vocal presence.

Pestilence broke up in 1994, but got back together in 2008 and have released three albums since then. Opinion is generally split on the quality of these albums, but I think 2009’s Resurrection Macabre is a safe bet for any interested parties.

The bottom line: Consuming Impulse

 


Well, neophyte, that concludes your crash course on old school death metal. Hungry for more? Feel like I snubbed your favorite album/artist by not including them on this list? Well, rest easy, because I plan to write at least two more posts for this series.

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  • Brock Samson

    Very nicely done. Props

  • Scrimm

    Cannibal is actually from New York. Also I have one of those DM pedals. The thing kicks ASS on my practice setup, where my HM-2 doesn’t perform as well.
    EDIT: good article by the way, even if there’s no Grave.

    • Yup, from New York. I even googled because I thought I was incorrect.

      • Scrimm

        Yeah. They did all those early albums in florida, but didn’t move there until a few albums into their career.

        • VVayne Brady

          I think the move is typically why they’re lumped in with Florida, but yup. Buffalo.

    • Yeah, but I figured they moved there early enough for me to get away with calling them a Florida band. Hometown bias on my part, definitely.
      And Grave is good, but I wouldn’t quite call them essential for a beginner.

      • Scrimm

        True on Cannibal, but Grave is absolutely essential for Swedish history. One of the first, and the ONLY one still going 100 percent in the style. Their new shit is awesome too.

        • You think so? I don’t hear them namedropped quite so much as Entombed or the other big ones.

          • They’re probably not cited as much as Entombed or Dismember, but Grave is greater than is greater than is greater than is greater than is greater than.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah it’s a shame that they are not. If there was a big three of SDM it would be Entombed, Dismember and Grave.

          • hey, bro! what about Unleashed? I never had listened that band but I will try to listen to them tomorrow. I’ve heard they will put a new record this year.

          • Listen to Where No Life Dwells.

          • Their first 2/3 are great, but then they kinda sucked for a while until Odalheim.

          • Scrimm

            They are okay, but by far my least favorite of all those swedish bands. I almost never listen to them. They sound a little different than most of that stuff.

          • NO.

            MY WARRIORS SCREAM FOR ME! DEATH METAL VICTORY!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RgLpujM9ec

            They’re fun live regardless

          • I think that Grave, Entombed, Dismember and Carnage are the big 4 of swedeath.

          • Max

            I’d put Edge of Sanity in the big 4 way before I considered Carnage. That thing was really just a side-project, considering how quickly they split up. In fact, I’d even put Tiamat in the big 4 before Carnage.

          • Mnnn, from what I’ve read Carnage was a band in planning, that later became Dismember.

            If you get off Carnage of the list, Tiamat should be in, then. I support you in that.

          • Tiamat is the bee’s knees. I finally began delving into their discography last week. I’ll be blasting Wildhoney on the way to school tomorrow.

          • their first record is on my list, also Wildhoney!

          • Myra Esoteric

            Tiamat. do they still exist. Clouds and Wildhoney are essential. Actually never heard Sumerian Cry but must download…

          • After that I finally listened Sumerian Cry. Was a weird proto-black metal exercise for me, jajaja. I still recommend it. Thanks for reviving this!

          • Max

            If an article like this had been written in, say, 1994, it would have looked quite different and I can assure you Carnage wouldn’t have featured. They’re one of those bands whose legend has increased over the decades, probably due to the raised profile of Michael Amott and, of course, the renewed interest in what we now refer to as OSDM or “non-technical” death metal.

            At the time, they barely got off the ground. Their album was released on Necrosis Records after they split up. Necrosis was a vanity label started by Jeff Walker and Bill Steer, bankrolled by Earache, with the intention of giving exposure to early innovators in extreme metal.

            In terms of profile at that point, such an article would just as likely have included Darkthrone, or more so.

            Such an article would probably have also featured Sepultura who, once upon a time, were actually counted as a death metal band, as strange as that now seems to anybody young enough to have started with Roots or something.

          • Fair enough. Thanks for sharing. Didn’t knew the Necrosis story, bro. I thought their album was released in their first time from Earache, because they even did the reissue.

            I still like Carnage, though 😛 but your explanation is very concise and have points that I can’t miss.

            Btw, We forgot to mention Sepultura and Sarcófago too, even with their influence in black merol, they were influential to the death merol in latin america too. And Brujería too.

          • KJM

            Matando gueros!!!

          • hey, bro. Do you have any other social network contact to stay in touch? I would like to receive more swedish recommendations because it’s my fav country in music n_n

          • Max

            Alas, my friend, I have no other social media presence besides Disqus. I am thinking of starting a business-related Facebook Page at some point. And in fact, I’m definitely gonna start a Bandcamp or Soundcloud account for my own recording project later this year – which coincidentally is VERY Entombed/OSDM-influenced.

            But I do check my Disqus feed several times a day. So anything you ask me WILL be answered eventually!

          • Try to inform us, then, please. I would be very happy to hear more about you.

            Thank you very much!

          • Max

            Well, what would you like to know? 🙂

          • good Grave album? 🙂

          • Max

            Easy: You’ll Never See. The first few songs in particular are great.

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Despite not getting dropped, I’d say too that Grave is essential.

          • Now you know what to do for the next segment 😉

          • Christ, the next two are going to have be monsters…

        • Didn’t they have a short groove period too?
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcOTY0Tjfag

          • Scrimm

            Yeah it was there on their third album too but that one was much better than the one you posted. The mid to late 90’s were not kind to death metal, few bands made it out unscathed.

        • CT-12

          I only have “You’ll Never See…”, any other recommendations?

          • Scrimm

            For me the first three and the most recent three are the best. Into the Grave, You’ll Never See and Soulles are the old ones and Dominion VIII, Burial Ground and Endless Procession of Souls for the newer ones. They have a new one ready but they pushed it back because their drummer collapsed and was in a coma for like a month.

          • CT-12

            Sweet man, I’ll add those to my “must listen” list!

      • CT-12

        Good job on the article man, the “bottom line” was a good idea!

        • Thanks, man! I figured someone seeing these for the first time would be a little overwhelmed by all the information, so I tried to have one take-away they could latch onto.

    • EsusMoose

      I hated mine, technically my friends who brought it over once to show me and left it there. So I opened it up and in the process ruined it. I wasn’t too into the tone then, though I may be more partial to it now.

      • Scrimm

        It’s a tricky one, and I don’t like the sound on my half stack, but I found good settings for it at home

        • EsusMoose

          It always sounded the same coming out of my 30 watt 1×12 to me. I never played terribly loud so I may have missed some of the dynamics of the pedal at louder volumes

    • more beer

      Yes they are Buffalo to be exact. We used to road trip up there to kick it with them in like 90-91. When I was hanging out with the Mortician guys.

      • Scrimm

        Nice!

    • Bucket ‘o Blood

      Those digitech pedals have such a great tone. Sounds good on my bass, too.

      • Scrimm

        Yeah I’ve ran my bass through it a few times too.

  • MoshOff

    DAMN that was in-depth, kudos. Pestilence broke up last year unfortunately 🙁

    • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

      He’s got a new band though. Don’t recall the name though.

    • M-A says “On hold” :/

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        The boss (Mameli?) Said done for good. And found a new band.

        • Ah. Well. Shit. How bout that… 🙁
          (and yeah, Patrick Mameli is king of that hill)

    • Well their last two albums were meh IMHO

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Great article! Excellent header image too, I saw that in the media queue & loved it.

    • Thank Joe for that, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do for this.

    • I dig that pic, nice job whoever made it.

  • NefariousDude

    Excellent article. Spotify engage!

  • sweetooth0

    nice list, but I gotta disagree about Cannibal Corpse though. The first three are stone cold death metal classics. The Bleeding is generally considered somewhat of a sellout point by many Cannibal Corpse fans for slowing things down and cutting back on the sickness in the lyrics (I still dig it though). Also, no Deicide?

    • Deisaider is huge in Venezuela, I don’t like that band, but they’re very popular here, and it’s still one of the most selling bands in the genre:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l-OiglL460

    • I thought about Deicide (really, I did!) but I decided in the end that they weren’t a super-influential band that a new listener absolutely needed to hear. That, and I’m not as familiar with their discography as I am with the others, so their entry would have been really half-assed.

      • Deisaider is the template for 90 % of the venezuelan death merol band jajajajaja..

        • Blasphemous, crude, and stripped down.

          • it’s awful, to me. those bands sounds all the same D:

          • Tell them to practice, dammit!

          • THEY’RE A BUNCH OF CHEAP ALCOHOLICS T.T I feel ashamed of them.

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Except Second album. I kinda like Legion. Less stripped down. Although some later ones have good seconds too.

          • I heard The Stench of Redemption was actually really good.

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            I didn’t dig it that much. More of the same.

          • Further Down the Metal Hole

            I thought it was amazing compared to a majority of the albums that came just before.

      • Deicide just wasn’t that good. And I say that as a huge OSDM fan.

        • Scrimm

          I agree. hate Deicide, glad they were left out. my fondest memory of them was making fun of Glen and his page boy haircut outside of a show while he stood ten feet away, bragging about himself and acting like he was expecting people to come up and worship him and bitching because the promoter wouldn’t find him any coke.

        • I feel relieved.

        • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

          They never really excited me, but I never really disliked them either. Once Upon the Cross brings the goddamn heavy hard.

      • sweetooth0

        fair enough. The first two albums are considered by many to be close to, or the very pinnacle of 90’s florida death metal by many, so I’d definitely recommend em if you haven’t checked em out. The later stuff is hit or miss

  • I listened almost all the bands you’ve posted here, but I want to thank you for this guide, Gvrpcito. Hope the next guides brings the other legends that we need to put together 😉

    Very very good.

    Also, thanks for mentioning sweden deth merol>>>>> (even when Carnage isn’t named)

    HAIL,

    http://www.bandstores.co.uk/prodimages/Bloodbath_RHW_Visual.jpg

  • 10/10 would headbang more.

  • NefariousDude

    Years ago this kid (friend of a friend) tried telling me that behemoth and cannibal corpse invented death metal(Lololol). If he spent as much time and money on poon and being human as he does on Merch for trendy hxc bands maybe he wouldn’t be a 24 year old virgin.

    He’s also edge. Have I said enough?

  • The stars are aligned. Today is a cloudy day, I’m sleepy, Gvrp did this mammoth grreat article with the band that Mr. Michael Amott recommended me to listen:

    I will delve in this when I finish my weekly Katatonia dose. I love you, brolos:

    http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Like+An+Ever+Flowing+Stream/7224909

  • VVayne Brady

    I tend to prefer the more experimental albums in each of these bands’ discographies. Symbolic, Focus, Gateways to Annihilation. The varied song structures and progressive leanings tickle my pickle. I like my death metal weird, I guess.

    • MoshOff

      Symbolic and Gateways are my favorites too prez. Symbolic turns 20 this year!

      • VVayne Brady

        Wow!

    • Human and Individual Thought Patterns are my favorites. In the entire Death discography you can feel the progression of Chuck’s work.

      • VVayne Brady

        Human is my second favorite.

      • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

        Human is the album that got me into death metal. Before that I thought everything was just some Cannibal Corpse-type sounding band

  • Tyree
  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    As someone who is very late to the metal game, I appreciate this article greatly. Everyone is always mentioning these bands, but I never felt compelled to give them a shot based on a random youtube comment.

    Unfortunately I still find myself not really digging most of these bands, the repetitive riffs and blasts just aren’t my thing. Not to mention some of the guttural vocals just sound outright stupid to me for some reason.

    I’ll continue checking out the few that I enjoy, mostly the technical / progressive side of things. You the man Gurp!

    • VVayne Brady

      Try the more progressive albums like Symbolic. Some of the early stuff (and the revivalist stuff of today) sounds way repetitive to me too.

    • That was my entry: I dig mostly the melodic or techy prog side, it was in last year that i dug the old-school vibes. Even with the repetitive chugging you can find some gems. I listen to some oldschool when I need it, because I’m not always in the mood for that.

      Death/Doom is a thing I’m enjoying:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrIe6BYuAvA

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        Another acolyte, good…

      • Autopsy is my gf’s favorite DM band

        • another worthy addition is english death/doom scene with Paradise Lost/Anathema/MyDyingBride (and latter Katatonia)

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            The Peaceville three were all meh at best when they were death/doom. Each of them found their own sound later, with MDB only remaining even close to DDM

          • I take it back. Her favorite DM album is Severed Survival and she loves that album so much she tells people they are her favorite DM band

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Autopsy is jam. Mmm.

          • I don’t dig them too much, and you’re right about their own sound. But, I think their entire vibe and aesthetic was very influential for latter bands.

      • Dagon

        Autopsy is great. Did you pick up Vainaja last year? That album was great.

    • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

      Same thing for me. I only started listening to metal a few years ago, and I’ve started listening to really harsh stuff about a year ago, when somebody said that Gorguts is good, so I gave them a try. The rest speaks for itself.

      I am enjoying this stuff, but it get’s repetitive fast. I do dig Cynic, Atheist and later Death.

      • VVayne Brady

        Atheist are definitely solid. Jupiter and Elements are really neat albums.

        • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

          I’ve only listened to Questionable Presence. It’s damn great though. Catchy, energetic and technical.

          Edit: UNquestionable presence that is. Don’t know how I got that wrong.

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          I am only in Sweden right now in the article, but so far I think I Atheist surprised me the most out of all of them. I might like some of their stuff.

          • I love swedeath too <3 *-*) I'm going fanboy this entire article.

          • VVayne Brady

            You’re doing what I was doing on the Nevermore article.

          • totally <3

          • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

            I’d say, from what I know of them, that they are Death Metal in name alone. The music itself doesn’t really have an atmosphere I connect to Death Metal.

        • the popping latin bass in Elements>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Pestilence is another worthy addition. Spheres is an awesome album <3

        • VVayne Brady

          Resurrection Macabre had some great skronk.

        • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

          And they’re from my country! They do sound cool.

    • Tech/prog was actually how I get into death metal, for the most part. It wasn’t until a few years later that I went on a thrash metal binge, and then went to OSDM from there, and everything just clicked.

    • hey, bro. Sweden old school merol could be of help too. Since last year I’m really liking their overall sound because they blend it good with d-beat drumming, attitude and general horror. Also, the guitar tone helped me a lot with my teeth pain jajajaja.

    • HessianHunter

      The Florida and Sweden flavors of OSDM are absolutely my jam. NYDM…. eh.

  • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

    *Finland , because it’s full of Alcoholics FTFY.
    You didn’t think soberism made Demilich, did you?

    Also, Nespithe -> The Penis.

    • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

      Also, Pestilence is no more.Should maybe have been mentioned.

    • Tapir McPhallus
      • Later Sentenced > Early Sentenced. Ville>>>>>>

        • Tapir McPhallus

      • I need to check this band.

        • Down and The Cold White Light are my favorites. Just skip their earlier stuff. They had no identity then IMO.

        • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

          Early stuff is Death Metal, each album different, later melo/gothic.

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        Really, Really, Really varied band. Not a single similar album before Ville joined. I like Ville-era mostly too.

  • IronLawnmower

    OSDM is my jam. What’re some good modern revivalist OSDM bands?

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    I can’t get my tremolo on to this.
    http://i.imgur.com/rqk9EZI.gif

  • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

    Really good article Gurp. Very clear and to the point.

    I’d like to read something similar for Black Metal, anyone interested?

  • Tyree

    I can’t stand Cynic. I don’t get it and never fucking will.

    The rest of this is all great though. Atheist is hit or miss with me though.

    • Everyone was hyped on Cynic before the 1st record because the had a demo track that was straight death metal on some Roadrunner comp. Then Focus came out and everyone was like WTF. False advertising at its finest,

  • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

    Here’s to hoping Cemetery shows up in intermediate.

    • Scrimm

      An Evil Shade of Grey>>>>>>>>>>

      • VVayne Brady

        How many evil shades?

        • Scrimm

          If you listen to their other abums you’ll quickly realize there’s only one.

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        Masterpiece.

    • Cemetary* with an ‘a.’

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        *facepalm*
        Some magnificient athmosoheric Swedeath though. A really unique vibe.

        • Yes, definitely. But I don’t know if I’d put them at Intermediate (part 2) or Advanced (part 3).

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            If Carnage at 2, then maybe. Cematary at 3. Unleashed would have been nice too, but not essential.

        • For suar, brah. I actually only just listened to them in this past month or so.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    What is the best Bolt Thrower album to get into? I really like the song “Cenotaph”.

    • The IVth Crusade does it for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KALuQHpmI98

    • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

      War Master seems to be the place to start fot most. I wouldn’t listen to Gurp on this, he don’t know what he speaks of.

      • I’ll have you know, I know EXACTLY what I’m talking about when I say Bolt Thrower’s shoegaze period is nonessential.

        • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

          I shit you not! Gaze Thrower made some magnificient albums!

    • I entered in Bolt Thrower with their last, Mr. Shabubu!

      I liked The Killchain

    • Those Once Loyal. It is easily their most accessible album. Ignore anyone else

      • Every Bolt Thrower album is better than every other Bolt Thrower album.

        • Yeah but you have to agree, their latest really takes the cake in terms of consistent riffage/excitement.

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Maybe in Cathchy/Accessibility. And I love it. But maybe not most exciting.

          • Nothing tops World Eater

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            It’s great. But I can’t name a favorite.

          • World Eater, the song

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            I know what you meant.

        • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

          This is a stament about which I could imagine myself saying: “This is statement about which I say: This is a statement I agree with”

    • Scrimm

      My tops are Warmaster and IV Crusade. Realms of Chaos is great but the sound is just a little muddier and didn’t quite have the same impact for me.

      • VVayne Brady

        Realms of Chaos does it for me, I guess.

        • Scrimm

          Don’t get me wrong I love the album, It’s sitting right next to my computer as we speak, I just like the two after a little more.

    • I really enjoy For Victory. Solid from beginning to end.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNjMOuO_fI&spfreload=10

  • “Cynic released a bunch of thrash demos in their early days, but you’re not going to worry about those”

    OH YES YOU ARE GOING TO WORRY ABOUT THOSE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuV2ESIu5T8

  • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

    Am i the only one who think “BLESSED ARE THE SICK” sucks donkey balls compared to the debut, third and Steve-era’s finest.

    • It kinda does, yeah, but I included it in there more for posterity, as it’s a big one for a lot people.

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        It seems to be. Actually I think it maybe MA’s worst sans AIDS.

        • I think that award should go to Heretic, personally.

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            That isn’t very good either.

    • Scrimm

      Actuallt the only MA album I enjoy at all is Gateways.

      • VVayne Brady

        That’s definitely way above the others for me.

        • Scrimm

          In addition to disliking their music for the most part, I had a guitar magazine as a teen when I forst got into all this stuff where he ragged on Death and sevral other bands about their sound and bragged about how much better MA was. FLUSH

          • What? Trey? Seriously?

          • Scrimm

            Yeah it was really off putting, reminding me of a similar article around that time, where Slayer, Or King and Hanneman in particular were making fun of Sepultura, Megadeth, and all death metal.

          • What a douche. HEY, LOOK AT THIS LOSER WHO IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MUSIC I AM MAKING.

          • Scrimm

            It was especially offputting because it was my first impression of him.

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        I didn’t like MA much before ToH-time. Tucker-era had some good stuff. But other than that TheThird was the only album I liked and actually still jam. Since ToH I learned to appreciate Debut as well.

  • Dagon

    Dude this article is amazing. You’re the man, Gurp!

    • Thanks, fish god. You have any hot daughters you wanna hook me up with?

      • Dagon

        No.

  • This was an absolutely magical article. Death metal remains one of my favorite genres and all the bands mentioned are classics. If I were to add any bands to this list they would be Autopsy, Deicide, and Asphyx. Master, Cancer, Benediction, Massacre, Grave, Unleashed, Sinister, Vital Remains, and Malevolent Creation are among my other favorites in the genre but they never achieved the success of the ones mentioned in the article.

    • I recently discovered Asphyx and I dig their sound! <3

      • The Rack and Last One on Earth are monsters.

        • I will def check those ones too.

          What about Master? Which one could you recommend?

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Unreleased 1985 or s/t are quite giod. But really primitive. So maybe anything in the 2000’s.

          • this is the only song i’ve listened of them:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvBLs_jL6f8

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Not a bad place either. But that whole album is primitive, but not rough like those two early ones I mentioned. Or thrashy

          • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

            It’s just a wave of riff power.

          • On the Seventh Day God Created…Master is my favorite. They’ve got a 11 albums and they’re all pretty good. The early material is definitely better. The vocalist has a really cool sounding growl.

      • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

        Have you tried Hail of Bullets. Same vocalist, rules very, very much.

        • Scrimm

          HOB>>>>>>>> also great stuff to learn on the guitar.

          • VVayne Brady

            I definitely like their aesthetic, though they aren’t a band I could binge on.

          • Scrimm

            I can binge on anything with Martin VanDrunen on it.

          • Dagon

            One of my favorite DM vocalists. He sounds so deranged and mad, and his voice is really unique when compared to other vocalists.

          • More like a controlled psycho-killer.

            The guy from the Autopsy is more like a guy naked in the city with a machete scaring everyone jajaja.

          • Dagon

            Yeah, I say deranged but he’s not like out of control. Maybe I need to find a better word to explain my fandom…

          • Scrimm

            Exactly. My favorite. I have tried to inject a little of his spirit into my own stuff.

          • Dagon

            I am definitely on the lookout for your album. The artwork has already been approved. Even Nemo liked it.

          • Scrimm

            That art was a lucky find, especially since it fit well with some of our subject matter. It is coming, I promise, I just can’t control how fast things are moving.

          • Dagon

            Don’t worry, my son. When you’re my age, years are like minutes.

          • Scrimm

            I’d guess 6-8 weeks but who knows. certainly before summer or I’ll lose my damn mind.

          • CT-12

            Hey, did you ever get your computer stuff worked out? Got a FB or bandcamp page I can check out? Curious to see yo shit mayne

          • Scrimm

            There was an internal disagreement about posting a sample and I didn’t want to cause issues but I am going to just show the track to a few more people soon. are you on the FB group?

          • CT-12

            Nah, and I don’t really have much of a desire to join. Got anything on youtube or just nothing online at all?

          • Scrimm

            I have the stuff from our side project we recorded a couple years ago up right now. https://soundcloud.com/priest-of-leng/tracks

          • CT-12

            Sweet man, I’ll check it out later today!

          • CT-12

            Man dude, that sounded fucking dope! Your tone is fucking awesome too, do you get that with an HM-2 (I’m sort of gear newbie)? Great production as well, not too dirty, not too clean. Let me know if you ever get any of your other stuff online, or if you guys come out with a CD that I can buy.

          • Scrimm

            Wow thanks man! This was recorded before I got my HM-2, actually we didn’t even use a real amp on this just a sans amp, but I wanted a really dirty tone. The new stuff is real amps and the HM-2. We will have it up as soon as we can, it’s tough cause we only get a few hours a week to work on it but it’s getting close. Everything is recorded now except the vocals. I’l let you know as soon as we have something else.

          • CT-12

            Sweet!

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            My most listened DM band recently.

        • I need to check them! I doomloaded their last album but couldn’t listened.

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            The slower stuff from Two first and faster from all. And slower from third are fricken great.

    • Scrimm

      See the Grave discussion below, you’re of similar mind. And yes Asphyx is totally essential.

    • Rest assured, they will definitely be in part two.

    • Don’t forget James Murphy’s one-off, Disincarnate!

      http://youtu.be/ADoQyFyOtd4

      • I totes have it in my library of music.

      • MoshOff

        They’re currently working on new stuff, FYI.

    • BASEDBEARD

      I miss Vital Remains sooooo much. Perhaps my favorite in the genre. I have a tattered old shirt that I got from one of their shows (I’ve seen them multiple times) and its one of my go-to band shirts for shows.

    • JWG

      I CTRL+F’ed the article just to see if Autopsy was mentioned, and got to your comment instead. They had better be in Part 2, indeed.

    • CT-12

      Gorefest dude, I don’t know why they don’t get mentioned as often as some others. I only have “Mind Loss” but that album’s pretty sick and everything I’ve heard off of “Erase” sounded good

      • I think I have a couple of their albums but I’ve never sat down and listened to them in earnest.

      • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

        I honestly didn’t see this comment before I posted mine.

        • CT-12

          Don’t worry about it dude, you’re good! The more love the better!

    • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

      One of my first and favorite death metal bands I got into when I was 16 (in 1996-ish) was Gorefest. As far as I can remember, and from my perspective as a pre-internet teen from Australia, they didn’t seem to garner the recognition I thought they deserved. Also, Ed Warby the drummer, blew my juvenile mind and influenced my approach to drumming for years to come. “False” is still one of my favorite dealth metal albums of all time and I reckon it still holds up today. Here’s the opening track to the album.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CEEtjTTbUSg

      • I checked and I have Mindloss and False. I’ll have to give them a spin soon.

      • CT-12

        This sounds fucking sick dude, I’ve never really checked out much of their stuff outside of “Mindloss” and “Erase”, but this sounds just as good, will have to listen further (and fucking christ do I have a lot to listen to)!

  • Dagon

    I never got into Atheist. I had their digital discog available and listened to the albums several times but it never clicked.

    • a friend of mine told me that he couldn’t get into that band because they were ‘too much all over the place’.

      • VVayne Brady

        I hear a lot of jazz in their sound.

        • Dagon

          That’s not what throws me off, though. Baring Teeth, for example, has a lot of jazzy percussion and bass and I loved that stuff. I also love Intronaut (not DM) which is a band that a lot of people say are “all over the place”.

          • Post/sludge/stoner/goodness. Saw them open for Meshuggah, their live sound was perfect.

          • Dagon

            Their guitarman Sascha has some pretty sick custom build guitars. Their tour with Tool must have been amazing.

            http://dunableguitars.com/

          • VVayne Brady

            Seen them twice. Big fan. Sacha is a super nice guy.

          • Dagon

            I want to have one of those guitars. I can’t play to save my life but I’ve endured my fair share of gear obsession.

          • I remember that tour because I missed it, and woke up the next day feeling like something great just happened that I would get to see again.

        • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

          And definitely alot of funk, especially on the bass.

  • RustyShackleford

    Basically my fucking bible right here. Great writing dude! Yep!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

      So fucking sick.

  • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

    You are aware that Cannibal Corpse is from Buffalo, NY and not Florida, right?

    • more beer

      A lot of people don`t realize that. Also it`s not what the UN knows but can they prove it.

      • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

        Lol, I’ll say too there’s someone one here that I won’t even acknowledge that I got into a few days ago. He’s a regular, and he’s, shall we say in Spanish, a ‘hombre chiclosa ala norde,’.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV38OI6_Q2I

        • more beer

          There`s always one. I tend to get into it with idiots on the other blogs. Like one the other day who said weed killed 3 of their friends. That is absolutely impossible as you would have to consume 1500 pounds in 15 minutes for that to happen. But no matter how much proof I gave I still wrong as far as they were concerned.

          • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

            Lol, I can name a few dozen people who’d accept that challenge!

          • more beer

            What that weed can kill you or the consumption part?

          • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke

            The consumption part (under a guise of seeing if weed can kill you if you smoke too much).

          • more beer

            That`s funny. It`s just such an astronomical amount in such a short period of time. It`s physically impossible. Certainly would be fun to try. Plus how many plants would it take to amount to 1500 lbs? I worked in a legal grow for a while with 3000 plants and I don`t think that came close to 1500 lbs.

          • KimJongUn’s Dingleberry Smoke
  • JWG
  • i’m one of the assholes who think that Cannibal Corpse was better with Barnes. No disrespect to Corpsegrinder who’s a serviceable vocalist but the lyrical content went from delightfully cheesy to total cheesedick entry level 3rd grader shit. And they get a pass because they were already well established with a solid fan base. Too bad because musically their songwriting was always very good.

  • This post brings me back to the days when every death metal album was produced by Scott Burns and all cover art was done by Dan Seagrave. Good times.

    • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

      Those were the days. To bad I could not experience it though.

  • JvRv

    Anyone have a nice, juicy, 1080p version of the glorious Toilet ov Hell logo thing present in the title picture? I need it for flushing purposes.

    • This is the best I gots, I’m afraid

      • JvRv

        I lust strongly for the bottom part. the super scythey ToH thing……neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed. But this will sate me briefly…

        • Here go

          • JvRv

            so good

          • JvRv

            so good

          • VVayne Brady

            I’m glad this picture is hanging around.

  • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

    Came for Morbid Angel

  • Lacertilian

    not really old-school but Winds Of Creation gets me shredding.

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

  • …And Justice For Lolz

    Monumental effort Gurp. Very well done.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Incredible article. I can’t wait to explore OSDM further, a subgenre I certainly have neglected for far too long. The last Cannibal Corpse album I bought was Wretched Spawn, guess I stopped just before they started becoming better yet again (not that Wretched Spawn is bad).

  • OldMetalHead

    That Cynic is really trippy. I think I must explore their catalog further!

  • Count_Breznak

    So it’s a list of old Death Metal across all subgenres, and not of all bands Van Drunen is or was part of. Im fine with that.

  • Mark Price

    While you did mention SOME important early releases you should be backhanded with a gauntlet for not mentioning Necrophagia(who’s debut predates Scream Bloody Gore) and Deathstrike/Master….it’s like you just skimmed over DM history briefly and didn’t look into it too much

    • This was the Beginner’s Guide, meaning yes, it was supposed to cover the basics. (Which means no Master).

      Also Necrophagia just aren’t that good, let alone essential, tbqh. And with regards to Deathstrike I’ll be sure to include your personal favorite obscurities next time, np bro.

      • Mark Price

        Lol so you dont even realize Deathstrike are closely related to Master…LMFAO ok

      • Mark Price

        It’s not that they are my favorites either…if you actually did your reasearch you would know the importance of the albums I mentioned

        • A largely forgotten album released in 1991 well after death metal was in full swing as a side project of a slightly more notable band? Yeah, sure, every bit as important and influential as Death or Entombed or Carcass.

          • Mark Price

            again you havent done your research it was originally going to be released in 1985

          • Mark Price

            Just because you dont know it well doesn’t mean it’s “largely forgotten”…Paul Speckmann is well respected by the musicians who were around at the time

          • And yet it came out far too late to call it influential, and didn’t warrant any sort of special treatment by any critical voice I respect or even get mentioned at any point by a member of this community. It’s just not an important record. This post was meant to cover the important ones.

          • Mark Price

            whatever man …I’m done talking to you…..Metal was never a popularity contest…things that are influential dont need to be popular….certain demos are influential for example….I was mainly talking about the Deathstrike -Fuckin’ Death demo from 85 anyway….OSDM is not exactly a mainstream thing…who gives a fuck what critics think….

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  • Alan Kane

    Goddamn idiots, Cannibal Corpse is from Buffalo NY not Florida. Get it right already