Death Metal

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com

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)
  • Vim Fuego
  • TheHeavyMetalCat

death metal top albums

Showing only albums and EPs | Based on members ratings & MMA custom algorithm | 24 hours caching

MAYAN Antagonise Album Cover Antagonise
MAYAN
4.84 | 9 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
DEATH Symbolic Album Cover Symbolic
DEATH
4.43 | 169 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
CATTLE DECAPITATION Monolith Of Inhumanity Album Cover Monolith Of Inhumanity
CATTLE DECAPITATION
4.70 | 10 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
DEATH The Sound of Perseverance Album Cover The Sound of Perseverance
DEATH
4.42 | 129 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
DARK TRANQUILLITY The Gallery Album Cover The Gallery
DARK TRANQUILLITY
4.48 | 33 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
EDGE OF SANITY Crimson Album Cover Crimson
EDGE OF SANITY
4.40 | 113 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
ESOCTRILIHUM Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas To Awaken The Blind Sovereigns Of Nothingness) Album Cover Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas To Awaken The Blind Sovereigns Of Nothingness)
ESOCTRILIHUM
4.69 | 9 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
CARCASS Heartwork Album Cover Heartwork
CARCASS
4.38 | 75 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
GORGUTS Colored Sands Album Cover Colored Sands
GORGUTS
4.45 | 26 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MORBID ANGEL Altars of Madness Album Cover Altars of Madness
MORBID ANGEL
4.36 | 53 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
POSSESSED Revelations of Oblivion Album Cover Revelations of Oblivion
POSSESSED
4.63 | 8 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
CARCASS Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious Album Cover Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
CARCASS
4.35 | 60 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
This list is in progress since the site is new. We invite all logged in members to use the "quick rating" widget (stars bellow album covers) or post full reviews to increase the weight of your rating in the global average value (see FAQ for more details). Enjoy MMA!

death metal online videos

death metal New Releases

.. Album Cover
Abysse Mortifère
Album
OUTRE-TOMBE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Nurture
Album
DEVIANT PROCESS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
God Ends Here
Album
AEON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Coffin Up the Nails
Boxset / Compilation
MISERY INDEX
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Apexapien
Album
ATRÆ BILIS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Severed Within
Album
INTONATE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
In The Presence Of Darkness
Album
ABOLISHMENT OF FLESH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Blood Sacrifice
Album
BLOODPHEMY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Imperial Congregation
Album
BLOOD RED THRONE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Upheaval
Album
COGNIZANCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
XXI
Album
SUCCUMB
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Demo Days
Boxset / Compilation
FLESHGRIND
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
No sign Of Life
Album
UNLEASHED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Live in Wermelskirchen, Germany 2000
Live album
FLESHGRIND
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Maniacult
Single
ABORTED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Broken Seal
Album
LVCIFYRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Maniacult
Album
ABORTED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Resurgence
Album
MASSACRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Plague of Truth
Album
ENDARKEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Insomnia
Single
ENDARKEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Argent Moon
EP
INSOMNIUM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Work
Album
RIVERS OF NIHIL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Festering Flesh
Demo
FLESHCRAWL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Disavowed, and Left Hopeless
Album
OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP IS SILENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Poison Palinopsia
Album
QRIXKUOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Elegy
Album
SOUL DEBT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Soul Scavenger
Single
MISTAKEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dancing into Oblivion
Album
WHITE STONES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unrelenting
Single
POLARS COLLIDE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rejected
Single
POLARS COLLIDE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Grotesque
Album
POLARS COLLIDE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Evil Reaping Death
Album
HEXORCIST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
To Where The Light Retreats
Album
HANNES GROSSMANN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Our Kingdom Undone
Album
BEYOND GRACE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Fearmonger
Single
BEYOND GRACE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Deconsecrate
Album
AENIGMATUM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Taken Over By Swine
Single
HEIRLOOM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Instrumental
Single
HEIRLOOM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bloodline
EP
HEIRLOOM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Degenerations
Album
DISKORD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Parasitic Metamorphosis Manifestation
Album
ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dissociated
EP
SWELLING REPULSION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Severed Path
Album
SWELLING REPULSION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Divine Punishment
Album
ANTEDILUVIAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Black Death Phantom
EP
NUNSLAUGHTER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
All Light Swallowed
Album
CRYPTS OF DESPAIR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Reared Up in Spectral Predation
Album
UNIVERSALLY ESTRANGED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Mokvání V Okovech
Album
SNĚŤ
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Salting the Earth
Album
GRISLY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Killing Pace
Single
INHUMAN CONDITION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Neck Step
Single
INHUMAN CONDITION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Euphoriphobia
Single
INHUMAN CONDITION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Tyrantula
Single
INHUMAN CONDITION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rat°God
Album
INHUMAN CONDITION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Aspect of Creation
EP
PARAM-NESIA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Chaos Vector
Album
SUMMONER’S CIRCLE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Ageless Abominations
Album
ALCHEMY OF FLESH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Shower Me in Death
EP
SACRIFIXION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Future Usurper
Album
CRYPT CRAWLER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Godless Oath
EP
ASHEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Raytraces of Death
EP
PERILAXE OCCLUSION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Verloren
Album
WITHERED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hypercube Necrodimensions
Album
WIZARDTHRONE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Congregation Pestilence
Album
DRAWN AND QUARTERED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Expunged / Immortal Force
Split
EXPUNGED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Promo 2021
Demo
EXPUNGED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Into Never Shall
Album
EXPUNGED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Desolate
Album
OPHIDIAN I
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Utopian
Album
DEIPNOSOPHIST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Victims of Vile Torture
Album
TOMBSTONER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Emetic Communion
Album
DECREPISY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Diabolical Regurgitations
EP
SHRIEKING DEMONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Tragic Encounters
EP
SEVERED BOY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Excretion Of Mortality
Album
CEREBRAL ROT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Prying Sight of Imperception
Album
GALVANIZER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Synthetic ERA
Album
KAMBRIUM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Antropomorf Helvedsridt
EP
MARERIDTSKVAD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Apocalypto
Album
ANTHROPOPHAGUS DEPRAVITY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hellstrike
Album
HELL STRIKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Fade Out
Album
TAKE OVER AND DESTROY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Torn Arteries
Album
CARCASS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Exitivm
Album
PESTILENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Offscourings
Album
MEFITIS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A Monument To Silence
Album
ALUSTRIUM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Cursed
EP
KURSE (PA)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Mercurial Passages
Album
GHASTLY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unholy Graves
Single
HELSLAVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
From The Sulphur Depths
Album
HELSLAVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Lost on Void's Horizon
Album
SIDEREAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Kriegszittern
Boxset / Compilation
KRIEGSZITTERN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Effluvatorium Du Jour
Album
STENCH COLLECTOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Paint the Sky with Blood
EP
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Fiendish
Album
CARNAL SAVAGERY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Rabbit Hole
Album
DEADTIDE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sarcoma
Album
ALLUVIAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Slaughterhouse Tapes
Boxset / Compilation
PHOBIA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Nightmare Necropolis
Album
CADAVERIC INCUBATOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Avow
Album
PORTAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Primeval Ignorantia
Single
BECERUS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Homo Homini Brutus
Album
BECERUS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Chestburst
Single
HIDEOUS DIVINITY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
LV-426
EP
HIDEOUS DIVINITY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Lighthouse
Album
EYE OF PURGATORY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Lower Forms of Life
Album
LOGISTIC SLAUGHTER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Disorder Remains
Album
BETRAYAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Echoes of the Soul
Album
CRYPTA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Nightmare Of Being
Album
AT THE GATES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Spectre of Extinction
Single
AT THE GATES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Suspended Between Earth And Sky
Album
AGELESS OBLIVION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Biology of Disbelief
Album
SHADOWSPAWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Nightmare Withdrawals
Album
BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Soul Diminished
Album
CELESTIAL SANCTUARY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Impermanence
Album
STORTREGN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Cosmos Era
Single
STORTREGN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Omfalos
Album
INNERSPHERE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Coven Of The Dead
Album
CRYPTS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
At Night We Prey
Album
NIGHTFALL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Anno Bestia Chrysallis
Album
BESTIA ATER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Driven To Disaster
Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)
THE CROWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Royal Destroyer
Album
THE CROWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
EP
EP
HAJN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Necro Sapiens
Album
BAEST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Eat The Rust
EP
FUTILITY CLINIC
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hategod Triumph
Album
CREEPING FEAR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Succumb
Album
ALTARAGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Septic Funeral
EP
COFFIN MULCH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Among Ashes and Monoliths
Album
ABLAZE MY SORROW
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Cyclic Reckoning
Album
SUFFERING HOUR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Omnicrisis
Album
1917
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
To The End
Album
MEMORIAM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Mortal Divinity
Album
PLEASURE OF MUTILATE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Apocalyptic Retribution
Album
SAPROBIONTIC
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Tortured Whole
Album
SANGUISUGABOGG
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Menstrual Envy
Single
SANGUISUGABOGG
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dead As Shit
Single
SANGUISUGABOGG
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Marching Out of Babylon
Album
PANTOKRATOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Harrowing
Album
DEVOTION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
What a Time to Be Alive
Album
WEREWOLVES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
An Unexpected Reality
EP
GATECREEPER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Violence Unimagined
Album
CANNIBAL CORPSE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Inhumane Harvest
Single
CANNIBAL CORPSE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Peasant
Album
SLAVEKNIGHT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Crypt of Ice
Album
FROZEN SOUL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Necroceros
Album
ASPHYX
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Psychic Secretions
Album
STARGAZER
Buy this album from MMA partners

death metal Music Reviews

HEXORCIST Evil Reaping Death

Album · 2021 · Death Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"Evil Reaping Death" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Miami, Florida based death metal act Hexorcist. The album was released through Memento Mori in July 2021. Hexorcist formed in 2019 and released the "Bestiarum Vocabulum" demo in 2020. Hexorcist work under pseudonyms on this album calling themselves Hexorcist I, II, III, and IV.

Stylistically the material on "Evil Reaping Death" is mid- to late-80s old school death metal with strong brutal thrash metal leanings. Think "Abominations of Desolation (1986)" by Morbid Angel, "Hell Awaits (1985)" by Slayer, and any of the brutal thrash metal acts from the 80s from Brazil, and then imagine how the bastard child of an unholy union like that would sound like and you´re halfway there. It´s old school and brutal to the bone, but the riffing style and rhythmic assault is often closer to thrash metal than what death metal would evolve into in the 90s. Brutal thrash/death metal riffs, screaming chromatic guitar solos, pounding aggressive drumming, and a growling vocalist in front. Oh and did I forget to mention the occult themed lyrics...

...yes we´ve heard it all before, but Hexorcist manage to sound convincing and deliver their music with great skill and passion. The vocals are a little one-dimensional and a little more variation between tracks would also have made the listening experience more memorable, but overall "Evil Reaping Death" is a strong debut album by Hexorcist and fans of the seminal 80s death metal releases which all featured strong brutal thrash metal leanings should find this an entertaining listen. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

CARCASS Torn Arteries

Album · 2021 · Melodic Death Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
LightningRider
I don't normally listen to violent albums, but Carcass's ypical lyrics are just barely under the maximum level of lyrical violence I accept when I listen to a new album. I'm familiar with Heartwork and Necroticism, both of which are almost phenomenal. But this album pretty much just feels like a rehash of all of those strengths. Torn Arteries is pretty much Carcass saying, "this is what we do and even though all our best ideas have been used up, we still have good ideas." To be fair, those strengths are still healthy and apparent, allowing for a great balance between technicality, melody and brutality that Carcass is known for, especially in the longer and more progressive songs like "Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited," but every this this album did was already brutally outdone by Carcass's earlier aforementioned albums. Basically, it's a good album almost strictly for Carcass fans.

NECROVATION Necrovation

Album · 2012 · Death Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"Necrovation" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Necrovation. The album was released through Agonia Recrods in June 2012. There´s been one lineup change since the band´s debut full-length studio album "Breed Deadness Blood" from 2008, as Necrovation have added a second guitarist to the ranks in Fredrick Almström, effectively making them a four-piece on this eponymously titled sophomore album.

"Breed Deadness Blood (2008)" featured an old school, yet quite adventurous, Swedish death metal style, and the material on this 9 track, 47:00 minutes long album continues and further develops that style. It´s raw and filthy old school death metal, but there is a level of sophistication and creativity in the songwriting that isn´t standard for the genre. Thankfully not in an arty farty progressive kind of fashion, but more in a way to make the music an adventurous and dynamic listen. I´m reminded slightly of some of the releases by fellow countrymen and contemporary artists Tribulation (their first two albums) and Morbus Chron.

The material on the album are generally well written and as mentioned above quite intriguing and adventurous, but it doesn´t mean the music is perfect through and through. Personally I could have wished for a few more instantly catchy and memorable riffs or vocals phrases, but for all its old school death metal glory "Necrovation" isn´t the most accessible release, and that´s both a good and a bad thing, probably depending on the ears who listen to it.

"Necrovation" features a raw, brutal, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly. The musicianship is on a high level on all posts too, and upon conclusion "Necrovation" is a worthy follow-up album to "Breed Deadness Blood (2008)". The pairing of old school death metal authenticity and above standard creative songwriting ideas, work pretty well and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

MORTIS DEI Last Failure

Album · 2009 · Death Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"Last Failure" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Polish death metal act Mortis Dei. The album is a self-released effort released in March 2009. It´s the successor to "My Lovely Enemy" from 2006 and it features the exact same lineup who recorded the predecessor.

Stylistically Mortis Dei pretty much continue the predominantly mid-paced heavy and groove laden death metal style of "My Lovely Enemy (2006)", and "Last Failure" feels like a natural successor in terms of quality and style. The band incorporate melodic leads when that is needed and "Last Failure" is as a result fairly varied. Compared to the predecessor the vocal style has changed from relatively intelligible growling vocals to pretty much unintelligible growling vocals, which to my ears is a bit of a shame, as that type of growling vocals don´t really suit the music too well. It´s not a major distraction and the vocals are well performed, but I prefer the vocal style on "My Lovely Enemy (2006)".

"Last Failure" features a powerful, brutal, and clear sounding production, which suits the music well. It´s not a raw old school organic sounding production job, but the material aren´t old school death metal either, so that type of production probably wouldn´t have suited the material on the album. Upon conclusion "Last Failure" is another decent effort from Mortis Dei. There´s nothing groundbreaking or surprising here, but it´s a good solid quality release and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

OBSCURA Diluvium

Album · 2018 · Technical Death Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"Diluvium" is the 5th full-length studio album by German death metal act Obscura. The album was released through Relapse Records in July 2018. It´s the successor to "Akróasis" from 2016 and features the exact same quartet lineup who recorded the predecessor.

The material on "Diluvium" continue the technical/progressive death metal style of "Akróasis (2016)" and it´s the sound of Obscura as they´ve sounded on the last couple of releases. Busy and high energy technical death metal with progressive ideas and strong jazz/fusion leanings. High in the mix fretless bass playing, high speed precision drumming, and powerful sharp death/thrash riffs and blistering lead guitar work. "Diluvium" is a very melodic release, but on the other hand it´s also nicely aggressive and brutal when that is called for. The vocals are predominantly snarling and aggressive growling, but there are some robotic clean vocals featured throughout the album too.

While the musical foundation of the tracks are similar or in other words the tracks are coherent in style, there is still good variation between tracks and within tracks. Tempo changes/time signature changes, different riff styles, varied lead guitar work, and loads of different rhythm patterns. There is generally a very good balance between the elements which make up the tracks, and Obscura are also successful at striking a balance between challenging playing/adventurous song structures and catchy moments/accessibility. So while this is not easy music to listen to, it´s not technical for the sake of it. The technical playing is a means to an end, and the songwriting is in focus in terms of creating something that the listener can relate to and instantly enjoy.

"Diluvium" features a clear, detailed, and powerful sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. Every detail is audible in the mix, and that´s what busy layered music like this requires. So upon conclusion "Diluvium" is yet another high quality release from Obscura. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

death metal movie reviews

NAPALM DEATH Punishment in Capitals

Movie · 2003 · Death Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
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
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
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
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
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.

Artists with Death Metal release(s)

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Paranoid Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
RUSH
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN
Buy this album from our partners
Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Long Time, No Sea Electronicore
ATTACK ATTACK!
Buy this album from MMA partners
Chronicles I: Lust Metalcore
VOID OF VISION
Buy this album from MMA partners
What We Have Become Metalcore
INFINITE CONSCIOUS
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Awakening Metalcore
BEHEADING THE INCUBUS
Buy this album from MMA partners
A Tear In The Fabric Of Life Metalcore
KNOCKED LOOSE
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

Scare Tactics - Remain
SCARE TACTICS
Tupan· 5 hours ago
Scare Tactics - Little Time
SCARE TACTICS
Tupan· 5 hours ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us