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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!

Brutality – When The Sky Turns Black (1994)

Ferociously fucking heavy, Brutality‘s When The Sky Turns Black was the follow-up to their outstanding debut Screams Of Anguish, and found the band branching out into progressive realms.

With some of the finest acoustic interludes ever conceived, Brutality were capable of out-playing their peers on every level, with an uncanny knack for melody and serious style tempering the brutality (obviously) on display throughout. The art of dynamics may not always be a pre-requisite when it comes to death metal but Brutality were masters of the art, resulting in a collection of songs which were varied and consistently impressive.

Hailing from Tampa Bay, Florida meant Brutality had some serious competition to contend with (Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation, Morbid Angel amongst many others) but when compared to the big guns of 1994, When The Sky Turns Black proved itself to be more than just the equal of 1994 classics World Demise and The Bleeding. 

Plus, their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” still kicks serious ass!

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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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