Comprehensive Guide to Christian Death Metal Part 2

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15. Apr. 2012, 22:26

Blackened death metal

Combining two of the heaviest and sonically abusing subgenres in music, blackened death metal takes the best elements of death metal and black metal and fuses them into a gratifying package. The degree of incorporation of either genre varies; for example, while most bands prefer death metal gargles, some do employ black metal shrieks as well. The tone of the guitars is often reflective of a primitive black metal sound. Blackened death metal bands often incorporate more melodic instrumentation into their arsenals, including piano/keyboards, violins, organ, and acoustic guitar.

Antestor





Album of note: Martyrium


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Burial Earth (formerly Docile)





Album of note: Demo


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Coram Deo





Album of note: Evangelion


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Crimson Moonlight





Album of note: Veil of Remembrance


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Dark Lay Still





Album of note: Through Hell


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Extol





Album of note: Undeceived


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A Hill to Die Upon





Album of note: Omens


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Renascent





Album of note: Through Darkness


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Scourges





Album of note: Fear of Anger


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Veracious





Album of note: The Well of Life


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Technical death metal

It’s all about complex riffs and extremely fast tempos. Technical death metal borrows the speed of thrash metal and slaps it together with the brutality of traditional death metal. Intricate guitar solos fly while the vocalist growls his way through the album, the bass player thumps along at high speed, and the drummer breaks another pair of sticks. A high focus is placed on technical skill and playing ability, and usually less emphasis is put on traditional melodic instrumentation.

Aletheian (formerly Crutch)





Album of note: Dying Vine


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Blood Drift





Album of note: Thrusting Plagues


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Gnashing of Teeth





Album of note: Walking the Appian Way


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I Built the Cross





Album of note: Bridging the Gap Between Mind and Heart


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Indwelling





Album of note: And My Eye Shall Weep


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Spirit's Breeze





Album of note: None Should Perish


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Sympathy





Album of note: Arcane Path


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Progressive death metal

These bands are all about mixing it up. Progressive death metal bands may synthesize any number of genres with their predominant death metal sound, but at the intentional locus of every band rests a bold, pioneering spirit. These bands use a variety of nontraditional methods in their music, including bizarre instruments (organ, sitar), atypical time signatures and tempos, and uncharacteristically lengthy songs. Progressive death metal bands often utilize melodic instruments and incorporate melodic singing in their songs.

Becoming the Archetype





Album of note: Dichotomy


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Deus Invictus





Album of note: Staged In Awaiting


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Fearscape





Album of note: Sleeping In Light


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In Grief





Album of note: Deserted Soul


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Megiddon





Album of note: Covered By Blood, Burning Inside


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Monotheist





Album of note: Unforsaken


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Rammas Atas





Album of note: 'Til Life Do Us Part


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