Learn About Brutal Death Metal Bands

A Listmania! list by Charles A. Zobel (new york, ny United States)
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The list author says: "These are bands who follow the style of Suffocation and Cannibal Corpse."
Human Waste
1.  Human Waste by Suffocation
The list author says:
  "1990 - A more raw version of songs found on the classic "Effigy of the Forgotten."  I actually prefer the versions from this album better."
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Effigy of the Forgotten
2.  Effigy of the Forgotten by Suffocation
The list author says:
  "1991 - The father of brutal death metal and probably the best.  Suffocation are one the first death metal bands to write super technical multi-riff songs without chorus's.  They use New York style hardcore breakdowns and violent hate-inspired but non-satanic lyrics.  A landmark album filled with classic riffs and amazing songs.  This album is the main inspiration for all others on this list."
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Breeding the Spawn
3.  Breeding the Spawn by Suffocation
The list author says:
  "1993 - The underrated lost album.  This album further defined the bands style and sounds halfway between the more primitive sound of Effigy and the more progressive sound of Pierced.  Unfortunately the production is so bad that it doesn't even sound like the same band.  Two songs have been re-recorded, one on Pierced, the other on the self-titled."
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Pierced From Within
4.  Pierced From Within by Suffocation
The list author says:
  "1994 - The second great Suffocation album.  On this one, the riffs are more progressive and jazzy. Songs are longer and the music more mature, with better production.  What makes this band so good is that their music can be appreciated by anyone into good guitar playing, since these are musicians who have musical training and knowledge of theory."
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Despise the Sun
5.  Despise the Sun by Suffocation
The list author says:
  "1998 - The last album by the old line-up.  This one stripped the bands sound down, no solo's, a more grindcore approach, shorter and faster songs. Had this been a full album, it would have been awesome.  Guitarist had lost interest in death metal music and leaves shortly after."
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Souls to Deny
6.  Souls to Deny by Suffocation
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  "2004 - The comeback album.  This one merges the sounds of Pierced and Despise.  The songs are still shorter, but more progressive and melodic.  There's also alot of harmonic guitars and doomy parts.  The breakdowns are similar to Effigy.  Overall a great album that's been overly criticized."
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Suffocation
7.  Suffocation by Suffocation
The list author says:
  "2006 - A even better comeback album.  Songs are still more direct, but faster and more technical.  The production is excellent giving the band a very modern sound.  This album easily competes with any new death metal bands out there."
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Considered Dead
8.  Considered Dead by Gorguts
The list author says:
  "1992 - Early Gorguts was Suffocation inspired olschool death metal.  Great guest soloing from the extraordinary James Murphy."
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Erosion of Sanity
9.  Erosion of Sanity by Gorguts
The list author says:
  "1994 - One of the best death metal albums ever written. There are two albums on this list that can compete with Suffocation.  One is Cryptopy's None So Vile.  The other is this."
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Obscura
10.  Obscura by Gorguts
The list author says:
  "1999 - A change of pace.  Canada has always had bands that use dissonant avante-garde guitar style (Voivod/Rush). Gorguts set the standard, creating one of the most bewlidering technical death metal masterpieces with Obscura.  A true work of art that redefined the genre."
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From Wisdom to Hate
11.  From Wisdom to Hate by Gorguts
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  "2001 - Gorguts balance out their crazy dissonant style from Obscura and add doomy melodic elements.  An incredible record, ashame about their drummer. Gorguts is now called Negativa."
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Blasphemy Made Flesh
12.  Blasphemy Made Flesh by Cryptopsy
The list author says:
  "1992 - Feral, chaotic, brutal, technical, intelligent, horrific, and with the craziest drummer in death metal.  This early album is the runner up for the classic None So Vile"
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None So Vile
13.  None So Vile by Cryptopsy
The list author says:
  "1994 - This album one-uped Suffocations massive 2 classics Effigy and Pierced.  Dark brutal yet intellectual gore metal, chaotic yet precise drumming and an underlying melodic sense, Cryptopsy are amazing.  Along with Gorguts, the only other band that can beat Suffocation at their own game."
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Whisper Supremacy
14.  Whisper Supremacy by Cryptopsy
The list author says:
  "1998 - Lord Worm leaves and is replaced by a hardcore singer and while a very good brutal and proficient singer, he lacked the ability to give the kind of atmosphere the old albums had.  Still an incredible album."
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And Then You'll Beg
15.  And Then You'll Beg by Cryptopsy
The list author says:
  "2000 - One of their more obscure albums.  This one approaches the technical ability of later Gorguts yet didn't quite reach an audience.  It was probably too smart for brutal death metal fans."
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Once Was Not
16.  Once Was Not by Cryptopsy
The list author says:
  "2005 - The triumphant return of Lord Worm.  He sounds kinda rusty but this is a very mature album that combines the new with the old.  A great album."
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Eaten Back to Life
17.  Eaten Back to Life by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "1991 - Corpse became the most popular of the Suffocation style brutal death bands due to their mysoginistic lyrics and straightforward thundering songwriting. Skull Full of Maggots is a favorite."
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Butchered at Birth
18.  Butchered at Birth by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "1992 - Corpse's version of Effigy of the Forgotten.  Brutal, gutteral, detuned, oldschool classic.  Possibly their best, and most serious album. At least this is before they became trendy among wife-beaters."
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Tomb of the Mutilated
19.  Tomb of the Mutilated by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "1993 - The most famous Corpse album.  This has much of their best material from the old days and tightest performance.  And Hammer Smashed face!"
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Bleeding
20.  Bleeding by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "1994 - The music is great, the lyrics annoying and juvennile, but this was a big release for Corpse back in the day.  Stronger vocal performance, more technical riffs, but also more midpaced riffs and the start of what Chris Barnes would try to achieve with Six Feet Under."
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Vile
21.  Vile by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "1996 - Exit Barnes, enter Corpsegrinder and Corpse start their modern more intelligent gore sound.  Similar to what Suffocation did on Pierced From Within, brutal death metal has now become technical, slightly melodic and even jazzy. This is one of Corpse's best!"
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Gallery of Suicide
22.  Gallery of Suicide by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "1998 - One of my favorite Corpse albums, new guitarist from Nevermore and Ceremony really adds a technical kick to Corpse.  Great songs with some experiments, even and instrumental!"
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Bloodthirst
23.  Bloodthirst by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "1999 - This album upped the level for Corpse and brutal death metal.  This is really a masterpiece and brought Corpse into the newschool.  Faster, more technical, mindjarring."
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Gore Obsessed
24.  Gore Obsessed by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "2001 - A bit of grindcore is added to the mix and a more raw production.  This incarnation of Corpse is still going strong!  Best song, Hatchet To The Head."
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Wretched Spawn
25.  Wretched Spawn by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "2004 - I admit I got a little overwhelmed by the amount of Corpse albums released at this point, so I never actually heard much of this one. Still one level higher technically speaking, this is still part of Corpse's great albums."
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Kill
26.  Kill by Cannibal Corpse
The list author says:
  "2006 - I can't believe founding Jack Owen guitarist left!  So they re-recruited longtime guitarist from their most famous albums Tomb and Vile.  Tecnically this album is their best and most brutal yet.  The band is at their creative peak.  Musically it sounds a bit more like Vile I think due to his presence.  Another classic."
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Purification Through Violence
27.  Purification Through Violence by Dying Fetus
The list author says:
  "1992 - Dying Fetus began the next wave of New York death metal Suffocation style bands who followed in the Suffocation style.  This early album borrows all the tricks but adds more modern breakdowns and jazzy interludes that would become their trademark."
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Killing on Adrenaline
28.  Killing on Adrenaline by Dying Fetus
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  "1996 - Their best album.  This was their moment of inspiration.  A balance between brutality, technique, and songwriting ability."
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Destroy the Opposition
29.  Destroy the Opposition by Dying Fetus
The list author says:
  "1999 - I remember when this came out, the band was getting really big in New York.  This was a slight departure, more melodic, more hardcore breakdowns, almost like Carcass's Heartwork.  They should have become as big as Slipknot, but unfortunately their line-up collapsed after this."
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Stop at Nothing
30.  Stop at Nothing by Dying Fetus
The list author says:
  "2001 - With Jon being the only surviving member of the band (not sure if he kicked them all out of not), Dying Fetus continue in their signature style, with slightly less talented musicians.  This was disappointing to most fans but not all that bad."
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War of Attrition
31.  War of Attrition by Dying Fetus
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  "2007 - Newest album, better than stop at nothing though not at the level of their first three and best albums.  Still its nice to know they still got it."
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Inbreeding the Anthropophagi
32.  Inbreeding the Anthropophagi by Deeds of Flesh
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  "1996 - Another early album.  Great cover art, great music."
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Path of the Weakening
33.  Path of the Weakening by Deeds of Flesh
The list author says:
  "1999 - Deeds took the early Suffocation sound and added their own unique spin to it.  They use two vocals styles like Dying Fetus.  This early work they were still developing their style."
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Mark of the Legion
34.  Mark of the Legion by Deeds of Flesh
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  "2001 - Possibly their best."
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Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
35.  Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka by Nile
The list author says:
  "1998 - When Nile came out, they immediately stood alongside Suffocation and Morbid Angel as one of the best brutal death metal groups. They surpassed the crazy timechanges and riffage of Suffo. but added the mythological occult slant of Angel."
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Black Seeds of Vengeance
36.  Black Seeds of Vengeance by Nile
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  "2000 - A little uneven, but surpasses the first album technically.  Production a little flat and overly compressed."
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In Their Darkened Shrines
37.  In Their Darkened Shrines by Nile
The list author says:
  "2002 - Their most melodic and mythological based album.  By now they lost most of the first line-up but in the process gained their greatest asset, Toler Wade.  A beautiful album."
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Annihilation of the Wicked
38.  Annihilation of the Wicked by Nile
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  "2005 - More stripped down and riff focused than the last.  Probably their best ever.  Lashed to the Slavestick!"
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