Death Metal

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Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It typically employs heavily distorted guitars, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes.

Building from the musical structure of thrash metal, death metal emerged during the mid 1980s. It was mainly inspired by thrash metal acts like Slayer, Kreator and Celtic Frost. Along with the band Death and its frontman Chuck Schuldiner (who is often referred to as "the father of death metal"), bands like Possessed and Morbid Angel are often considered pioneers of the genre. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, death metal gained more media attention as popular record labels like Earache and Roadrunner began to sign death metal bands at a rapid rate. Since then, death metal has diversified, spawning a rich variety of subgenres.

Inclusive death metal music subgenres:

  • Brutal death metal See: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/subgenre/brutal-death-metal
  • Melodic death metal See: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/subgenre/melodic-death-metal
  • Swedish death metal, also referred to as Scandinavian death metal, should not be confused with melodeath. This genre is characterized by its focus on raw energy and aggression. The guitars are typically extremely distorted and downtuned, and, in addition to traditional death metal elements, artists within this subgenre also draw on hardcore punk and early thrash metal. While not restricted to Sweden, the genre is called death metal because it was largely popularized by death metal artists from Sweden, such as Carnage, Nihilist, early Entombed, Dismember, Grave, and Unleashed. Seeing that many of the prominent artists within this genre were located in around Stockholm, it is sometimes referred to as the Stockholm sound in contrast with the Gothenburg sound. While big in the 1990s, the popularity of this genre waned in the 2000s, as melodeath became more popular, but recently a number of bands based in Eastern Europe, such as Brutally Deceased and Morbider, have taken up the Stockholm sound and are bringing it back onto the scene.
  • Death-grind combines elements from death metal with element of grindcore. From grindcore, the genre inherits song brevity (with the average length being 2:30), emphasis on fast picking and blastbeating as well as the lyrical content (which means that a lot of death-grind deals with gore, pornography or socio-politics). From death metal, it inherits song complexity and focus on performance and technique, although guitar solos are not as common as in other styles of death metal. When Napalm Death started to gravitate towards death metal from pure grindcore, they developed a death-grind sound, and they are probably the most influential band in the death-grind genre. Other death-grind acts are Lock Up, Terrorizer, and Pig Destroyer. On MMA, those death-grind artists and releases that lean more towards grindcore are included under grindcore, while those that lean more towards death metal are included under death metal.
  • Technical/progressive (or tech/prog) death metal See: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/subgenre/technical-death-metal
  • Blackened death metal combines death metal and black metal, of lyrically the focus is typically on Satanism, occultism and anti-religion. Behemoth is considered one of the most influential blackened death metal bands.
  • Death ‘n’ roll See: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/subgenre/death-n-roll


The following subgenres are NOT listed under death metal in the MMA:

  • Grindcore: has its own sugbenre section.
  • Death-thrash: included under thrash metal.
  • Deathcore: included under metalcore.
  • Doom-death: included under doom metal.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_metal

Written by Time Signature.

Sub-genre collaborators:
  • Nightfly (leader)
  • Time Signature
  • Dobbie03
  • Vim Fuego
  • Necrotica
  • The T 666
  • TheHeavyMetalCat

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IMMOLATION Harnessing Ruin

Album · 2005 · Death Metal
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It just goes to show how important it is how you listen to your music. Until recently Harnessing Ruin was the only Immolation album not in my collection. I always intended to get it one day for completions sake but until I finally bought it I’d only ever heard it on the computer through crappy speakers or headphones and felt it to be one of their less essential albums. Having had the opportunity to crank it up on a good Hi-Fi, it proved to be a revelation with the sound really opening up and my opinion has changed considerably.

Released in 2005 it was on the tails of two of Immolations most highly regarded albums – Close To a World Below and Unholy Cult. Whilst it doesn’t reach the heights of those two classics it‘s more than a worthy follow up. By Immolation standards at least it’s a bit of an easier listen for the uninitiated than the last two, though of course this being immolation we’re talking relatively speaking. Whilst the sound here is generally a bit denser and muddier and there’s still plenty of their trademark dissonance on display but musically its slightly more melodic and accessible. Robert Vigna still manages to conjure up some incredible off the wall riffs aided by second guitarist Bill Taylor with new drummer Steve Shalaty, who remains with them to this day, filling Alex Hernandez’s shoes admirably as he lays the foundations for all the rhythmic twists and turns you’d expect from these death metal geniuses. Ross Dolan’s low register growl is another instantly recognisable factor, his bass is more felt than to the fore but none the worse for it. Whilst there are no particular stand out tracks it’s a measure of overall quality than weakness and it’s fair to say that in a career that goes back to the early nineties they have yet to release a bad album.

Harnessing Ruin still wouldn’t make my favourites list of Immolation albums but it is up against some pretty stiff competition and whilst not the best place to start in exploring them (for that why not try latest release Atonement) is more than worth a listen.

NATIONS OF DEATH Wrecked

Demo · 1993 · Death Metal
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"Wrecked" is the 2nd demo cassette tape by Danish death metal act Nations of Death. The demo was independently released in 1993. The band were formed in 1991 in Roskilde and they released their first demo tape "No One is Divine" later that same year. Nations of Death was a relatively short lived act and they only released "No One is Divine" and "Wrecked" before disbanding. Drummer Jesper Frost later played with prolific Danish death metal act Iniquity.

Stylistically the 4 track, 18:05 minutes long demo is firmly rooted in old school death metal, but of the technically well played kind. It´s not technical death metal as such though, but it´s obvious that Nations of Death are a very well playing band. "Wrecked" is also relatively well produced for a demo, so it´s in the songwriting department where Nations of Death don´t quite cut it. The basic quality of the songwriting is decent, and there´s nothing terrible or unlistenable on the demo. The issue here is that the 4 tracks sound very much alike, and that they feature almost nothing catchy or memorable. It´s enjoyable enough while it plays, but soon forgotten when it´s over.

The almost complete lack of anything melodic (which isn´t necessarily a problem in itself), and the monotone growling vocal delivery do not help on the memorability of the music. Although I realize my review comes off as rather negative, "Wrecked" actually is a decent quality death metal demo, and a 3 star (60%) rating isn´t all wrong. It´s just a very standard quality death metal demo, that doesn´t display a band with a unique sound or a band with the ability to deliver that extra, which could have gotten them noticed by a label.

AUGURY Illusive Golden Age

Album · 2018 · Technical Death Metal
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It's been a long road for the Canadian technical death metal act Augury to reach their third album, Illusive Golden Age (2018). Band members have come, gone and come back again and nine years have passed them by since the release of Fragmentary Evidence (2009), which itself took five years since their debut album Concealed (2004). The band was formed in 2002 and has never been outright inactive, but three albums in sixteen years isn't the most consistent showing. Augury is forgiven for this of course due to how bloody good those first two albums were. Augury is, as far as this humble reviewer is concerned, the best death metal act to have ever existed. Concealed is the main reason for that belief, but Fragmentary Evidence also goes a long way to strengthen it. Still, making their fans wait almost a whole decade for this follow-up can't have kept them in everyone's good graces. It's been so long that now that the album actually has dropped many may have even forgotten that these guys were in fact still around and who can blame them? But the third Augury album is here now and it's time to find out if it was worth the wait.

Hell. Fucking. Yes. Yes it was.

Illusive Golden Age has the sound of an album that is both familiar if you've heard Augury's earlier work but also with a bit of a different spin on it. The more atmospheric sections of music that they like to use have seen a reduction here compared to Fragmentary Evidence, as have the clean singing vocals from frontman Patrick Loisel, who main sticks to mixing his deep growling and higher pitched screams. His clean voice is still used but don't expect a track like the previous album's Sovereigns Unknown to show up during Illusive Golden Age. After nine years away Augury seem to have made a statement that they're all about the death metal. I'm not sure that anyone ever doubted that about them as they've always had a heavy sound and Loisel's deeper growls have always been brutal as hell, but that's the best description of how this album feels compared to their previous one that I can come up with.

That's not to say that their sound has become lesser by reducing these elements of variation. After all they are still there being used to effect when needed and the level of technical skill on display seems to be higher than ever, if that was even possible, including the audible fretless bass work from Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe. This is so noticeable it's like the bass is being used as the lead instrument. Not to sell what may be some of the best and most intricate technical death metal guitar work ever recorded short here, but fretless bass guitar works so damn well in this genre that it's near impossible not to focus on it as the band's defining feature. Augury and by extension Lapointe's ventures with similar band Beyond Creation have always done this well and it really does feel like he gets to share the centre stage with the two guitarists, Loisel and Mathieu Marcotte. That's very rare for a bass player and for me it's what really makes Augury more than simply technical, but also progressive.

Due to how technical and progressive their music is calling this album straight-forward seems like the start of a bad joke, but the simple fact that matter is that Illusive Golden Age is undeniably a bit less unusual in terms of its song-writing direction, especially if you're comparing it to the often weird Concealed (which for me remains their best album) or the more atmospheric Fragmentary Evidence. I think maybe stripped back would be a more appropriate way to describe it in relation to their previous, but Illusive Golden Age can only be called generic at your own peril. Augury's ability to write coherent and mostly unelongated songs while still being so technical with their riffs should quickly squash any such thoughts you might be having about this release. They did not make their comeback as just another generic tech death act by any means. They've made their comeback with an album that still sounds distinctly like an Augury album that has its own identity from their previous two. I don't know about you readers, but I'll take it.

I haven't mentioned any specific songs from Illusive Golden Age yet and that's because of the eight it's difficult to single out any particular one and then convincingly justify why that one is better. It can't be done. At a total running time of 44:20 Illusive Golden Age is pretty easy to take in during a single listen and let it all in as a singular experience. I will say that Augury made a good choice in Mater Dolorosa as the first song released to promote the album as it is a great one for getting a feel of exactly what to expect from the album. I didn't personally have any doubts that Augury would deliver when they eventually managed to get a third album out, but this song certainly sealed the deal on a CD pre-order from me. Of course there was little doubt that I'd have bought it anyway, but that song was enough to know that I need this in my hands as soon as possible. This is the death metal album to beat in 2018. I have little faith that anyone will come close to what Augury achieved here though. The long wait is forgiven...though try not to leave it another nine years next time lads.

UNLEASHED Midvinterblot

Album · 2006 · Death Metal
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For some reason and I'm not sure why, Unleashed never seem to have got the respect they deserve. Speaking personally, these days at least, I always expect that when they release a new album it will be very good, even excellent, old school death metal and they have been on a roll for years now. There was a time though in the late 90’s/early 00’s that they released a few whilst not dreadful by any means, less than stellar albums. On 2004’s Sworn Allegiance they really upped their game and Midvinterblot which came two years later was even better, perhaps their best album ever in fact.

Midvinterblot is a fantastic album brimming with memorable old school Swedish death metal laced with a healthy dose of thrash. Most of the songs are pretty short, fifteen in total but barely a bad one amongst them. Unleashed are on fire with an arsenal of great riffs and incendiary musicianship. Most of its up tempo but when it’s not like the (relatively) slow grind of the title track it’s just as compelling due to the catchy as hell riff. Despite the shortness of most of the songs they still manage to pack a lot in with plenty of changes and a healthy dose of melody without resorting to becoming a melodic death metal band. It’s difficult to pick favourites down to the overall great consistency but the first four of Blood Of Lies, This Is Our World Now, We Must Join With Him and Midvinterblot are a grand statement of intent. Equally good is The Avenger with its crushing riffing, the frantic short sharp Psycho Killer, The thrashing I Have Sworn Allegiance and Age Of The Warrior with numerous tempo changes from a slow grind to all out blasts.

The musicianship is as expected top notch with a special mention to drummer Anders Schultz who whilst not overly technical drives it all along to perfection with an explosive performance throwing in all the right fills when required. Johnny Hedlund’s vocals are easily recognisable and stand out amongst death metal growlers and more accessible than most which is no bad thing and you can hear clearly what he’s singing even if they may not be the most thought provoking lyrics.

In the years that followed Midvinterblot I’ve enjoyed all of Unleashed’s albums and thinking about it there must be a new one coming along soon as it’s been three years since Dawn Of The Nine. This to my ears however remains their creative highpoint.

NAPALM DEATH Leaders Not Followers, Part 2

Album · 2004 · Death Metal
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Time for some extreme metal education.

Napalm Death have always been open about their influences, and where their inspiration came from. This is all well and good, but what do these bands actually sound like? Napalm Death came from the tape trading scene, which was where a lot of music was discovered, shared, distributed, and obsessed over in the band members’ pre-internet 1980s formative years. Listen to this album and you will get some idea of what of these bands sounded like, put through a Napalm Death filter of course.

The absolute pick of the entire album is the first track, “Low Life”, originally by Cryptic Slaughter. If you don’t know Cryptic Slaughter, the band was basically the missing link between thrash metal and grindcore. Faster and rougher than any other thrash band, there’s just the extreme distortion and guttural vocals missing from the band’s sound. Otherwise, proto-grindcore. So Napalm Death throw those elements in, and that’s exactly what you get. The song is a grind litmus test. Driven by a heavy drum riff, dual vocals, hardcore/thrash guitars, and a couple of blasts, if you don’t like this song, you won’t like Napalm Death, and probably will struggle with the entire grind spectrum. If this sounds like it would get your antenna twitching though, keep exploring.

“Messiah” is a Hellhammer track. For anyone not in the know, Hellhammer is the most famous unsigned underground band of the 80s tape trading scene. You couldn’t seriously consider yourself a tape trader unless you had a copy of the Hellhammer demos somewhere.* Why did Hellhammer become so sought after? Because the demos were fucking incredible, influencing thrash, death, black, and doom metal, and obviously, grindcore. Perversely, as was his wont, Tom G. Warrior split up Hellhammer, formed Celtic Frost, got a record deal, and wouldn’t ever fully revisit Hellhammer. It’s too fucking late now too, with the passing of co-collaborator Martin Ain. Anyway, the song itself: “Messiah” has been sped up without losing the heavy, brooding menace of Warrior’s timeless riffs.

Discharge is a much-covered band, and countless others have had a go, from Metallica to Anthrax to Machine Head and even fucking Soulfly! Instead of going for one of the obvious songs from “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing”, Napalm Death went after the lesser known “War's No Fairytale” from the no less awesome “Fight Back” EP. Like a lot of the songs here, this interpretation of it makes the influence on Napalm Death seem so obvious. Fuck, these guys were so influential the D-beat genre was even named after them.

A far less obvious track is a cover of Kreator’s “Riot of Violence”. The original is vicious, surprisingly technical, and unexpectedly heavy, possibly due to Ventor singing on it rather than Mille. Napalm Death takes it to whole new level of heavy. While a track from a seemingly mainstream and well known band might seem a little puzzling, metal historians will know of Kreator’s origins as Tormentor, and their two highly sought after demos. These were much traded in the underground, and helped Kreator’s career take off so quickly on the release of their debut album “Endless Pain” in 1985.

Something similar happened with Sepultura, hence “Troops of Doom”. Europe and the US were of course the centres of the tape trading scenes, but even from as far afield as Brazil Sepultura made ripples in the underground. Of course, no one could have predicted how huge the band would eventually become, but no one with any sense can ever say the band hadn’t paid their underground dues first. And that opening riff is such a timeless classic, no matter who is playing it. First discovering it is one of those almost orgasmic moments which makes metal so worthwhile.

The cover of “Conform” by Siege is interesting, because Siege is possibly the only band which can genuinely challenge Napalm Death for the title of first grindcore band. Who was first? It really doesn’t matter, because we have had both bands, and both were and are incredible. Siege’s much traded and pirated “Drop Dead” demo was heavily influenced by D.R.I. and early Gang Green, and then in turn had quite an influence on early Napalm Death.

The cover of Dayglo Abortions’ “Bedtime Story” is one of those headscratching moments. The often offensive Canadian punker/crossover band is great great fun, but not an obvious influence. However, beneath their silliness, there’s a very sharp sociopolitical awareness, something which has always been more prominent in Napalm Death.

Agnostic Front’s “Blind Justice” is an essential slab of New York Hardcore, already played at a breakneck tempo. So of course, Napalm Death tuned the guitars and sped it up. “There’s no justice/There’s just us”.

There are plenty more old school underground gems to be discovered here. I’m not going to pretend that I knew them all prior to checking out this album. The Offenders (“Face Down in the Dirt”) were from Texas, and considered one of the Lone Star state’s great hardcore bands alongside MDC and D.R.I.

Devastation (“Devastation”) was a death/thrash band from Chicago, who released two demos, and split up in relative obscurity some time in the late 80s.

Anti-Cimex (“Victims of a Bomb Raid” and “Game of the Arseholes”) was one of Sweden’s most accomplished hardcore/crust punk bands.

Wehrmacht (“Night of Pain”) was an overlooked crossover thrash band from the late 80s which has since gained a strong cult following.

Master (“Master”) was one of death metal’s pioneers. While the band’s debut was recorded in 1985, it did not see the light of day until 1990. Luckily, the band’s 1985 rehearsal demo was widely traded in the underground.

Insanity (“Fire Death Fate”) was another early death metal band lost in the later rush. The band released their first demo which included “Fire Death Fate” in 1985.

Massacre’s (“Clangor Of War”) history is reasonably well known, with the band’s early line-up featuring future members of Death and Obituary, released a couple of legendary demos before splitting up, and then later reforming, a cycle which has occurred several times since.

Attitude Adjustment (“Dope Fiend”) was a San Francisco hardcore/crossover band which featured a young pre-Machine Head Chris Kontos.

Die Kreuzen (“I’m Tired”) was a strange amalgam of hardcore and pre-Seattle grunge and art rock noise.

Hirax (“Hate, Fear and Power”) was a speedy thrash band which never got the recognition it deserved in it’s heyday.

Mix all this together and you get Napalm Death. You also get one of the best cover albums ever recorded. If you don’t like cover albums, all well and good. However, if you are interested in the origins, influences, and likes of one of grindcore’s greats, do yourself a favour and check out the originals of all these tracks.

*For the record, I never managed it. I have the CD re-releases though.

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NAPALM DEATH Punishment in Capitals

Movie · 2003 · Death Metal
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Punishment In Capitals is a 2002 live DVD (also available on CD) by British extreme metal icons Napalm Death, released after their triumphant Enemy Of The Music Business album won back the praise of fans and critics after their experimental string of records in the nineties.

The band play a mixture of every era in their career up to that point, the catchy nineties singles ‘Breed To Breathe,’ and ‘Greed Killing,’ sit side by side with mid era death inspired fare such as ‘Suffer The Children,’ and ‘World Keeps Turning,’ which blends against the band’s early grindcore material era like ‘Scum,’ ‘Lucid Fairy Tale,’ and the famous ‘You Suffer,’ in a set list which also leans heavily on the band’s then newest, and still arguably best album Enemy Of The Music Business.

Standout tracks include an energetic version of ‘Hung,’ as well as ‘Can’t Play Won’t Play,’ and ‘Narcoleptic,’ which was as yet unreleased at the time of recording. With a set-list of this caliber, Punishment In Capitals should be a rewarding viewing experience for most Napalm Death fans and would serve well as an introduction to the band for potential fans as well.

Interestingly, the DVD recording retains all the dead air, waiting out-of-breathe and other non-musical moments in between tracks, presenting you the gig as it actually happened and not inter-cutting the show with outside material to create some false sense of professionalism or excitement. This is a double edged sword as it is commendable but may still irritate viewers raised on slicker, fast paced major label DVD releases.

The production is fairly good in terms of audio recording quality and mix, with simple camera work and editing covering the visual side of things. Although not the most impressive looking DVD ever released, it serves well for Napalm Death to deliver an energetic a sweaty performance. My only major gripe is that for the first half of the show shots of drummer Danny Herrera are very few and far between, but this is remedied later on.

There are a fair amount of extras too, including two bootleg quality recordings in Tokyo from 1996, a six track selection from a Chilean gig in 1997 as well as a hidden Easter Egg (a live-in-a-TV-studio version of ‘If The Truth Be Known,’ accessible by making the image’s eyes glow red my navigating the menu.) In addition to the musical extras there is also a documentary, which while not masterfully crafted is worth at least one watch, covering topics such as Barney’s haircut, the effect of foreign food on the bowels and the charity for which this gig was in aide of.

Overall, Punishment In Capitals is a worthwhile DVD purchase that will give you a good selection of Napalm Death material, both in the concert itself and with a nice selection of extras. Definitely recommended viewing for fans of the band.

ZYKLON Storm Detonation Live

Movie · 2006 · Death Metal
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This DVD captures Norwegian death metal band Zyklon on their 'Aeon,' era tour Live; the tracklisting on the wonderful but slightly short DVD is made up of tracks from the bands excellent first two albums.

The band are on top form and deliver the material fantastically live, They never miss a step, and are ruthlessly professional.

Song's from the band's debut album are much better here with new singer Tony 'SecthDamon,' Ingebrigtsen. Who has a better voice to match the material than Daemon did.

Furthermore the audio and visual quality is great, and apart from a little intro interrupting the first 20 seconds of fan favorite 'Core Solution,' there's very little to complain about whatsoever.

Indeed, with such a brilliant performance, a good production and an excellent track listing, this DVD is a real must-have for any Zyklon fan.

AMON AMARTH Wrath of the Norsemen

Movie · 2006 · Melodic Death Metal
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Talk about value for money, from a band like Amon Amarth you wouldn’t expect them to be able to afford such a crazily generous and in depth DVD package when some of the bigger bands can’t afford anything even half this good.

The Set comes in a glorious 3 DVD digipak with detailed artwork, a full booklet and an awesome little viking crown that keeps it closed. Then you get Five full concerts (with 22, 16,13, 11 and 9 tracks respectively) and a documentary.

The main feature; a 22 track concert from Cologne in 2005 is an incredible affair with crystal clear sound, Huge guitar tones, amazingly heavy drums and nice clunky bass. The camera work is of a higher quality than even some of the biggest metal bands’ DVDs and again the sound is immense.

Then theres the performance, the band are absolutely electric delivering furious renditions of material from all eras a their career from the massive ‘Amon Amarth,’ and ‘Fate of Norns,’ to catchy closer ‘Death In Fire,’ and the crowd just lap it up.

Vocalist Johan Hegg absolutely commands the stage, engaging the crowd at every opportunity and singing his heart out while the band hammer through their classics like ‘heavy,’ is going out of style.

On top of all that you have a great light show, huge Amon Amath banners, more pyro than a kiss concert and an interlude with about thirty Viking reenactors sword fighting on stage! That feature is worth the money alone, the show is probably one of the best metal concerts on the market and I can’t stress how good the sound and picture are; then on top of all that you get the rest of the set, featuring virtually ever Amon Amarth song ever written, and performances from ‘Waken Open Air festival,’ ‘Summer Breeze Festival,’ and two more indoor concerts in Europe.

If you like Amon Amarth Buy this right now. If you don’t, you will within thirty seconds of watching this.

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