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The 15 Definitive Death Metal Albums

Source // musicya.net

Death Metal, the bastard son of Thrash is the marmite of Metal sub-genres; for every fan who froths at the mouth like a rabid, head-banging loon another turns their nose up at Death Metal’s guttural vocals and often incomprehensible speed.

Here at WorshipMetal we frickin’ love Death Metal; from it’s early, neanderthal days in the mid to late 80’s to its current, tech-obsessed incarnation. Frankly, it’s all good and it all slams harder than a pickaxe to the nutsack.

So we got to thinking, there’s so many ridiculously great Death Metal albums out there, could we definitively choose the 15 Greatest Death Metal albums of all time?

The answer, after many Jack Daniels, a few arguments and a lot of whirlwind head-banging was yes, yes we bloody could!

And here they are….

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I love Heavy Metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about Metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' Metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

17 Comments on The 15 Definitive Death Metal Albums

  1. No Cannibal Corpse?

    • Chris Jennings // January 10, 2015 at 8:46 pm // Reply

      The Bleeding was a last minute omission, as far as definitive goes I couldn’t settle on one album so settled on none at all….I may lose sleep over that decision \m/

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  3. “Immortal Rites”, not “Immortal Rights”!

  4. Joshua Barber // January 13, 2015 at 3:06 am // Reply

    Needs more Scrolls of the Megiloth by Mortification

  5. The Necrophagia Album is called “Season of the Dead” not Seasons.And where are the mighty Autopsy in this List?

    • Chris Jennings // January 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm // Reply

      Again, so many great albums and Autopsy’s Severed Survival was on the shortlist for a long while, just not enough room \m/

  6. Charles Harwell // January 20, 2015 at 12:16 am // Reply

    Enjoyed the list.

    Autopsy, Mental Funeral
    Bolt Thrower, Warmaster
    Cannibal Corpse, Eaten back to Life
    Carcass, Necrotism….
    Nile, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren Ka
    Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc we could go on and on. Early death metal to me is still the best stuff!

    • Chris Jennings // January 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm // Reply

      Thanks Charles! If the list had been the Definitive 20 you’ve pretty much nailed the further 5 entries. I’d probably swap Eaten Back To Life for The Bleeding and Mental Funeral for Severed Survival but the bands would have been identical \m/

  7. Carnage – Dark Recollections
    Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells
    Morgoth – Cursed
    Grave – Into The Grave
    Dismember – Like An Everflowing Stream
    Sinister, Autopsy, Atheist, Altar, Massacre, Massacra, Vital Remains, Hate Eternal, and-and-and…

    • Chris Jennings // February 14, 2015 at 9:13 am // Reply

      You’ve highlighted the sheer number of quality albums out there but a list of 10 can only be 10, hence the exclusion of the great albums you’ve listed \m/

  8. Necrophagia was a masterful inclusion. In terms of creepy atmosphere that album has not been touched.

  9. Aaadabaadab // June 16, 2017 at 2:40 am // Reply

    Why didn’t you add tomb of the mutilated from cannibal corpse? Hammer smashed face is an awesome example of old school death metal!

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