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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!

Starting with:

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.


About Chris Jennings (1986 Articles)
I love 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/

35 Comments on 6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of American Death Metal (Part 2)

  1. Héctor Hurtado // April 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm // Reply

    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.

  2. Héctor Hurtado // April 9, 2018 at 7:56 pm // Reply

    I have another one: Gutted “Bleed for us to live”

  3. Héctor Hurtado // April 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm // Reply

    Incubus – Serpent Temptation; Deceased – Luck of the corpse;

  4. Héctor Hurtado // April 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm // Reply

    Hexx – Morbid Reality

  5. Brian Normon // April 11, 2018 at 12:00 am // Reply

    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.

    • Chris Jennings // April 11, 2018 at 9:24 am // Reply

      Good shout with Revenant! Killing Addiction’s The Omega Factor was included in Part 1 – have you not read it!? 😉

  6. Héctor Hurtado // April 11, 2018 at 7:16 pm // Reply

    Monstrosity – Imperial Doom.

  7. Héctor Hurtado // April 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm // Reply

    Although being published by Earache, I think Massacre – From Beyond didn’t get the attention it deserves.

  8. Héctor Hurtado // April 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    Vital Remains – Let us pray.

  9. Héctor Hurtado // April 11, 2018 at 7:38 pm // Reply

    Acheron – Rites of the black mass

    • Chris Jennings // April 13, 2018 at 7:34 am // Reply

      Creeps into Black Metal territory but a good shout nonetheless! Thanks for all the suggestions Héctor! 🙂

  10. 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.

    • Chris Jennings // April 13, 2018 at 7:35 am // Reply

      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?! 🙂

  11. Order from Chaos – Stillbirth Machine
    Psychic Pawn – Decadent Delirium
    Resurrection – Embalmed Existence

  12. Evilinside // April 13, 2018 at 3:43 am // Reply

    Morgue – Eroded Thoughts

  13. Héctor Hurtado // April 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm // Reply

    Revenant- Prophecies of a dying world

  14. Viogression – expund and exhort

  15. 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!

    • Chris Jennings // April 14, 2018 at 9:15 am // Reply

      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/

  16. Héctor Hurtado // April 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm // Reply

    Deteriorate – Rotting in Hell

  17. Rise – Shadow of Ruins
    Crucifixion ‎– Paths Less Taken

  18. Slayed Necros // April 22, 2018 at 8:35 am // Reply

    Crimson Relic – Purgatory’s Reign

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