Yet another 10 death metal albums you need to hear but probably haven't


20. Mai. 2009, 3:53

Fourth in a series of two.
See parts ONE, TWO and THREE

This time, they're in chronological order

Sempiternal Deathreign[NED] - The Spooky Gloom [1989]

Here's a band every Obituary fan should listen to and realize how foolish they've been to have worshipped that overrated tripe. Sempiternal Deathreign was probably the ORIGINAL death/doom band. This album came out a full two years before Autopsy's Mental Funeral, and one year before Winter's Into Darkness. Basically, it's really raw, ugly doom/death, influenced primarily by the likes of Hellhammer and Black Sabbath, as well as classic Teutonic thrash (Sodom, Kreator). And unlike the aforementioned Obituary, their solos AREN'T the only interesting thing about their music. There are some actually great riffs to be found in here. Songs range anywhere from 1:55 to 10:53, so there's plenty of variety here, as well.

Traumatic Voyage [GER] - Traumatic Voyage [1992]

This is just plain weird shit. I'm not even sure whether this can be classified as death metal, per-sé. There are a lot of progressive and psychedelic elements, the songs are abnormally long [averaging around 8 minutes], and there are occasional clean vocals as well. The closest thing to this that I can recall having heard prior was Timeghoul's demos, but those aren't exactly well-known, nor is a direct comparison fully accurate. You know what? Just check it out for yourself. There's a good chance you'll hate it, but it was definitely one of the more unique early extreme metal bands [use of past tense is misleading, since they're still around... and their more recent albums have gotten even weirder].

Chemical Breath [BEL] - Fatal Exposure [1992]

This one's a bit more mundane, but also has a lot more immediate appeal. Thrashy Belgian death metal, influenced by the likes of Sadus and early Pestilence, with a surprising amount of depth and technical prowess. These guys almost certainly would've been bigger if they'd come from Sweden or the U.S.
See also: Values [1994]

Ghost [POL] - The Lost of Mercy [1994]

One of the earliest Polish death metal bands, and one of the few that doesn't owe its sound directly to Vader in one way or another. I actually came upon this record while looking through the chronological data on the 'brutal death metal' genre on RYM. This was one of the first dozen or so releases under that tag, and the only one I hadn't heard. Turns out, this doesn't really fit the description [as it's commonly used], since it doesn't sound like NYDM at all. Instead, what we have is a solid slab of European death metal that can most directly be compared to Iniquity's classic Serenadium, with thick, abrasive, and often sludgy riffs, and vocals reminiscent of Grave's Jörgen Sandstrom. More surprisingly, this album actually has stellar production - especially for something so obscure. And if you don't get a chuckle out of the very first riff on the record, you suck at metal.

AGONY [CAN] - Apocalyptic Dawning [1994]

Canadian death metal tends to be awesome. This is no exception. It's brutal as shit. Clearly inspired by NYDM in a big way, but also surprisingly melodic. In that sense, it also resembles the aforementioned Serenadium. It's not the most original thing ever, but it's pretty damn solid.

Morbius [USA] - Alienchrist [1995]

If that title sounds familiar to Arghoslent fans, it should. Drummer Matt Sylvester assumed the title as a pseudonym when he played in said band for several years. There are natural similarities between Morbius and Arghoslent, as well as fellow Virginians Deceased. But the closest parallels can be drawn to early Absu and The Chasm, with whom they share the distinction of being simultaneously raw and epic, with obscure melodies aplenty.
See also: The Shades Below [1992], Sojourns Through The Septiac [2005]

Scenery [CZE] - The Drowning Shadow Of Mankind [1997]

One word: Atheist. This is practically IDENTICAL to what Atheist might have put out between Unquestionable Presence and Elements. A lot of jazziness and unpredictable twists and turns. A few of the songs run a little bit long, and lack the punch that Atheist does, but for anyone wanting to get more from that same sound, you really couldn't do any better.
See also: Philosophy Of Ages [2002], Continuity [2006]

Cauldron Black Ram [AUS] - Skullduggery [2004]

This album sees members of Australian visionaries Portal and Stargazer returning to their roots, playing stripped-down, ugly, primitive death/thrash in the vein of Celtic Frost and Unleashed. Of course, it wouldn't be the same if they didn't let some of the progressive elements from their more well-known bands seep in, so expect some of that, too. Plus... their songs are about pirates, so there's awesomeness all around.

Mitochondrion [CAN] - Archaeaeon [2008]

This is one of the more intriguing up-and-coming bands in extreme metal. They take the 'war metal' sound native to western Canada, pioneered by Blasphemy and infuse it with a heavy dose of progressive elements. Think of it as Axis of Advance meets Ved Buens Ende, with elements of Lykathea Aflame also included. The down-side is that the production is typical of the war metal sound, with drums and vocals being over-emphasized and guitars frequently buried.

Denial [MEX] - Catacombs of the Grotesque [2009]

you remember that level in the original Quake, where the big red dude rises out of that pit of lava, and starts throwing hot rocks at you? That's what this album reminds me of. Insanely brutal Finnish-style death metal, played by Mexicans - including former members of Cenotaph and Shub Niggurath. These guys have a convincingly hellish, morbid sound with a sludgy [but well-defined] guitar tone, and manage to pull it off with virtually no palm muting. If you enjoy Convulse and Demilich, you definitely need to check out this record.

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Ulcerate Gorefest Miasma Pungent Stench Bloodstone abominog KrabathorCemetaryMorbid SaintCephalectomypan thy moniumBrutalityCianideMorgueSeanceDisincarnateLiers In WaitUnanimatedMorpheus DescendsHour of PenancePhlebotomizedVictims of Internal DecayFunerusSickening HorrorSpectral MortuaryFather BefouledOppressorGorement

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[the deathcore faggots might actually learn something...]


  • TrueMithrandir

    awesome brotha! thumbs up on the Sempiternal Deathreign,

    20. Mai. 2009, 5:04
  • ASSMan316

    yer the man. thx dude!

    20. Mai. 2009, 5:28
  • baltech22

    "Channeling the Dead" is my favorite track by them, so Alienchrist wins out on the basis of that one.

    20. Mai. 2009, 7:17
  • Unjesus

    Srsly, I said it on your other journal but listen to Miasma - Changes. You won't regret it

    20. Mai. 2009, 12:35
  • coleio

    Thanks. Nice list of things I haven't heard.

    20. Mai. 2009, 15:25
  • transcend666

    fuck yeh, quake 1 (quakeworld) rules anything of the albums here, so evil, so brutal and utterly dark violent shit I am still addicted to! hails \m/

    20. Mai. 2009, 18:16
  • S-696-S

    Yeah, very nice underrated stuff. Also very good descriptions as always. Not my favourite Morbius' album too, but it is great that guys are mentioned here. Never heard of Agony. Let's see what is this...

    21. Mai. 2009, 16:18
  • HumanRejection

    you just like making these don't you :) I thought it was meant to be a top 20? maybe its 40 now :) Good list though...some haven't heard now. getting better dude!

    22. Mai. 2009, 9:20
  • Fistfucked

    thanks for representing Canada ha!(mitochondrion)

    22. Mai. 2009, 23:47
  • Reincremation

    nice list, will be checking some of these out.

    23. Mai. 2009, 15:54
  • jigglefactor

    Finally, a list I can use. It's about time HD! :)

    23. Mai. 2009, 17:42
  • InSorrowWeTrust

    Yeh nice list, Traumatic Voyage looks interesting. B)

    24. Mai. 2009, 10:04
  • Brent_AXiS

    [the deathcore faggots might actually learn something...] I lol'd! But nice list man, I'm going to check some of these out... Haven't got any of them!

    24. Mai. 2009, 18:29
  • DemonCashew

    I've only heard the Agony album, and that's some pretty kickass stuff. But I still need to to get around to listening to some of the other stuff on your other lists D:

    25. Mai. 2009, 11:23
  • smooker

    And that is some serious journalism on Will check!

    27. Mai. 2009, 14:28
  • Worm-Infested

    Contrary to popular belief (ahem Tyler), every single Traumatic Voyage is worth getting.

    29. Mai. 2009, 3:41
  • scream_in_s0nar

    just out of curiousity, why is cattle decap under "gay band spam"?

    5. Jun. 2009, 9:42
  • silentbodom91

    <!--gay band spam--> Suicide SilenceCarnifexThe Partisan TurbineThe Red ChordCattle DecapitationBring Me the HorizonKnights Of The AbyssAnnotations of an AutopsyWhitechapelWaking The CadaverThe FacelessDespised IconThe Black Dahlia MurderAll Shall PerishJob for a CowboyAnimosityMisericordiamEmmureElysiaUnderneath The GunSee You Next TuesdayAs Blood Runs BlackWar From A Harlot's MouthArsonists Get All The GirlsWith Blood Comes CleansingBelay My LastPostmortem PromisesBurning SkiesRose FuneralSalt The WoundA Black Rose BurialWinds of PlagueKillwhitneydead </--gay band spam--!> BTW a good amount of those aren't deathcore...a good amount of those deathcore bands aren't homosexual. Why did you put grindcore bands in there too? And I listen to all genres of music..being so close minded to saying all people who listen to a genre are gay and that all of the bands are just makes you look bad.

    7. Jun. 2009, 17:44
  • ylside87


    7. Jun. 2009, 20:43
  • baltech22

    grindcore? lol.

    8. Jun. 2009, 4:56
  • blackless

    Thanks for the list, I'll check this out

    11. Jun. 2009, 9:37
  • HumanRejection

    silentbodom91 : All of them are deathcore mate. Its right on that. But frankly he won't give shit if you call him close minded, becuase i wouldnt give a shit if he called me a slam/wigger fucker. Its taste and his taste is to piss on genres he's never heard. If that works for him, i am okay with that. (except i don't know why he is so big on his taste really, its not that special, there mostly all well known bands)

    11. Jun. 2009, 17:06
  • Gilad-Pellaeon

    Cattle Decapitation aren't deathcore crap, but they are crap...

    12. Jun. 2009, 16:10
  • RedneckStomp

    Denial's carnivorous? lol, brand of death metal took a while for me to get into but god damn I love it now. Keep the lists coming.

    13. Jun. 2009, 11:37
  • qlacs

    I only know the Traumatic Voyage, but i'll definitely check out the others.

    18. Jun. 2009, 22:41
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