6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of American Death Metal (Part 2)
Put down your Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Death & Morbid Angel albums.....and listen to these instead!
Part 1 of our under-appreciated classics of American death metal highlighted the likes of Oppressor, Infester & Morta Skuld among others but there’s plenty more quality death from the good ol’ U.S of A still knocking around, often found collecting dust at the bottom of the death pile….which is tantamount to sacrilege!
So, you’ll find no Morbid Angel, no Death, no Deicide, no Cannibal Corpse, no Suffocation, no Obituary….not even Malevolent Creation! Enough has been said about these classic acts already.
Instead, Part 2 attempts to draw attention to those albums which often find themselves cast aside in favour of the big guns of death metal and serves as a mere introduction to the sheer quality of death metal which boiled away in the underground of the late 80’s to early/mid 90’s!
Morpheus Descends – Ritual Of Infinity (1992)
New York death metal par excellence, Morpheus Descends may not be as well known outside of niche death metal circles as Immolation but in 1992, these guys were the superior act, with Ritual Of Infinity proving to be a proto-tech death album of unrivalled complexity and shattering talent!
Dank, dark and decidedly devilish, Morpheus Descends were capable of nerve-severing ferocity while still maintaining a level of ‘catchiness’ which would appeal as much to the neck-muscles as those over-stimulated cerebral’s. With one foot in the old-school and one in the still-opening door of technical death metal’s future, Morpheus Descends certainly paved the way for those bands who morphed traditional death metal into ever-changing sounds as the decade drew on.
Morpheus Descends were there at the beginning though, and Ritual Of Infinity – their only full length album – remains a milestone of jaw-dropping intensity.
What do you think of Master? Does it fit into this category? “On the seventh day” is an absolutely classic and I think the band never received the recognition they deserve.
Master definitely fit! Look for On the Seventh Day….in Part 3, or 4, or 5 etc 😉 \m/
I have another one: Gutted “Bleed for us to live”
Keep ’em coming! Yeah, that one is already pencilled in for Part 3 🙂 \m/
Incubus – Serpent Temptation; Deceased – Luck of the corpse;
Can’t go wrong with a bit of early Incubus (Opprobrium) \m/
Hexx – Morbid Reality
A hidden gem!
Killing Addiction- The Omega Factor
Revenant- Prophecies of a Dying World
Theres two more for you. In case the list ever gets to 4 or 5.
Good shout with Revenant! Killing Addiction’s The Omega Factor was included in Part 1 – have you not read it!? 😉
Monstrosity – Imperial Doom.
Not sure this one’s under-appreciated but it sure is a monster of an album! \m/
Although being published by Earache, I think Massacre – From Beyond didn’t get the attention it deserves.
Too popular….can’t include it 😉 \m/
Vital Remains – Let us pray.
Class album! \m/
Acheron – Rites of the black mass
Creeps into Black Metal territory but a good shout nonetheless! Thanks for all the suggestions Héctor! 🙂
Skeletal Earth – Prophecy for a Dying Fetus
Atheist – Unquestionable Presence
Epidemic – Decameron
Don’t know if Demolition Hammer or Sadus qualify as being death metal enough, but they both need more love.
Now we’re talking! Epidemic Decameron is outstanding! Not sure about Atheist’s Unquestionable Presence though….surely that’s an acknowledged, forever talked about, example of prime technical/progressive death metal?! 🙂
Order from Chaos – Stillbirth Machine
Psychic Pawn – Decadent Delirium
Resurrection – Embalmed Existence
All great suggestions! Look for them as the series continues 🙂 \m/
Morgue – Eroded Thoughts
Great suggestion! That WILL pop up in a future entry! \m/
Revenant- Prophecies of a dying world
Definitely gonna be included in Part 3 🙂 \m/
Viogression – expund and exhort
Yes! Nice shout! Look for it in future entries 🙂 \m/
I painted the cover art for MORPHEUS DESCENDS, “Ritual of Infinity”, and it is STILL a subject many want to talk about, when I do art gallery shows!
Hey Brad! I’m not surprised people want to talk about it, not something you soon forget after seeing it! Thanks for reading and commenting man, much appreciated 🙂 \m/
Deteriorate – Rotting in Hell
Now this is certain to pop up in future entries! 🙂 \m/
Rise – Shadow of Ruins
Crucifixion – Paths Less Taken
Yes and most definitely yes! 🙂 \m/
Crimson Relic – Purgatory’s Reign