In one word, brutal. Death metal is intense and fast, usually utilizing a double bass drum and dual distorted guitars.
The vocals are what make death metal distinctive. Instead of singing, death metal vocalists use a low-pitched guttural growl that is nearly impossible to understand. The lyrical content is almost always dark and/or apocalyptic.
It only makes sense that a band called Death is a pioneer in death metal. They were part of the Florida scene that spawned the genre in the U.S. The band was started in 1984 by Chuck Schuldiner, a true metal pioneer. They released several demos that became popular in the underground and finally released their debut album Scream Bloody Gore in 1987. Death released seven full-lengths before Schuldiner died of cancer in 2001.
Also a part of the seminal Florida scene, Morbid Angel got together in 1983. Guitarist and songwriter Trey Azagthoth is the backbone of the band, who have gone through a few different vocalists. Their debut album was 1989's Altars Of Madness. Their signature release was 1991's Blessed Are The Sick, a classic death metal album and a must-own.
Recommended Death Metal Albums :
Death - Human
Morbid Angel - Covenant
Cannibal Corpse - Butchered At Birth
Deicide - Deicide
Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness
Obituary - The End Complete
At The Gates - Terminal Spirit Disease
Arch Enemy - Burning Bridges
God Dethroned - The Grand Grimoire
Necrophagia - Season Of The Dead
Suffocation - Effigy Of The Forgotten
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