Best Death Albums

Death was the first Death Metal band formed by Chuck Schuldiner (Vocals, Lead Guitars and former Bassist) who is considered as the 'Father of Death Metal' for his huge influence on the genre. With Death he produced 7 studio albums from 1987 to 1998. On 13 December, 2001 he passed away and 'Death' was disbanded. May his soul rest in peace.
The Top Ten
1 Symbolic Symbolic Product Image

1. Symbolic
2. tSoP
3. Human
4. Individual Thought Patterns
5. Leprosy
6. Spiritual Healing
7. Scream
As a guitarist I prefer the later Death period because it's more technical and has some amazing inspiring concepts in it. Scream, Leprosy and Spiritual are all death metal albums but in the oder albums you can find some progressive stuff. They all rule!

Best of the best - I fully agree. This album sets the bar I use against the rest in realms of proficiently played competent metal music. Everything is just perfect here (songwriting, musicianship, lyrics). I always find something new, different, another dimension/layer even after many listens. Sounds fresh, young, open-minded as it would be released just yesterday.R.I.P. chuck

This is one of the best metal albums ever created. Amazing riffs, solos, lyrics, drumming, and of course, Chucks vocals. My personal favorites from this album are Crystal Mountain, Without Judgement, Empty Words, and Zero Tolerance. But they are all masterpieces.

Symbolic is not their heaviest album nor is it their most technical release. However, the songwriting on this album is top notch. This is simply Death at their best followed by Human, Individual Thought Patterns and The Sound of Perseverance.

2 The Sound of Perseverance The Sound of Perseverance Product Image

They got better with age. These death metal fanboys trash deaths last 2 albums which are their most technical albums with better lyrics that are understandable. Their earlier albums are great but they were more brutal with down tuned tunings and vocals that aren’t as understandable.

All of the albums were great, without a doubt. Although this album seemed to get my attention the most. The first track of Death I heard was the live version of Crystal Mountain. Then it went to Evil Dead of Scream Bloody Gore. Then a couple more tracks by Scream.. Then I stumbled onto The Sound of Perseverance. Odd combination I know. I literally thought these albums had different singers when I first discovered them. It really amazed me how high Chuck went in his vocals compared to.. Let's say Zombie Ritual. This album has the best riffs, more progressive elements than any of their albums, and the lyrics were outstanding. This album is my favorite of all time and not only the reasons I've already stated, but it's got the most beautiful instrumental, Voice Of The Soul. Not to mention their cover of Painkiller, how high pitched he went. Hands down the best Death album and one of the best albums of all time.

Many Death fans hate this album becase it's not "brual" enough and because of Chuck's voice. The thing that they dom't understand is that Death evolved as a band, from the brutal Scream Bloody Gore, through Human and Individual Thought Patterns, and to The Sound of Perseverance. This last album showcases the peak of this band, defined by great guitar work, unbelivable bass lines and unique drumming. With it's sudden changes of tempo and psihological lyrics, The Sound of Perseverance is truly one of the best death metal albums of all time.

I liked all Death Album very, very much. But this Album has many Progressive parts which makes it awesome.
It couls be hard to get used to that Album but if you have done that step it is a very genius album.
All songs are pretty good, but I think "Flesh and the power it holds" is the best.

3 Human Human Product Image

My ranking: Human>The Sound of Perseverance>Symbolic>Leprosy>Individual Thought Patterns>Scream Bloody Gore>Spiritual Healing
While my favorite Death song, Flesh and the Power it Holds, is on The Sound of Perseverance, Human is hands down my favorite Death album. The unbelievably emotional (no pun intended) chorus of Flattening of Emotions, the seamless changes from chugging heaviness to speed in Suicide Machine, the perfect (dis)harmony of Chuck's bellows above the already profound guitar harmonies in Together As One, the beauty and awe-inspiring transitions within Secret Face, the melody, song structure, and quality of riffs in Lack of Comprehension (my personal favorite track from the album), the eerie, yet infectiously groovy passages of See Through Dreams, the controlled chaos of Cosmic Sea, and the sheer complexity and musicianship of Vacant Planets come together to form a masterpiece, not to mention one of the best Death Metal albums of all time.

I love Human, the remastered version is nice too, brings out all of the instruments really well, the album has some great tracks, heavy riffs and great solos, not to mention top tier drumming and outstanding vocals. Another thing I like about all of Death's material is that the bass is brought out and given chances to shine with the guitars. Great albums all of them, but Human gets my vote. Peace out.

All of their albums are great! Although, this one too me stood out the most! Every song is amazing! Who can forget lack of comprehension? There where other great songs too! Like cosmic sea, flattening of emotions, suicide machine and many more!

Best selling death metal album worldwithe to date. This album goes into Progressive Metal and it contains more elements of alternative music than the previous albums. Lack of Comprehension is a song that I think every extreme metal fans have on thehr iPods.

4 Individual Thought Patterns Individual Thought Patterns Product Image

Definitely my favorite Death album, by far. I love Andy LaRocque's guitar playing in combination with Chuck's. Every song is a masterpiece - there's no filler whatsoever. With jazzy sounding bass lines that you can actually hear, amazing drumming from Gene and superb songwriting, this one does it for me. It is more than 20 years old now and still sounds fresh! I'm not sure why Beavis & Butt-head hated the video for "The Philosopher" so much.

Why is this album below scream bloody gore!?
This album is so underrated and it isn't getting the credit that it deserves. It should be right up there with symbolic, the sound of perseverance and human. In my opinion it is even better than those albums.

Wow, I'm really suprised this is as low as it is. It feels just as unique as the songs in Symbolic, yet feels a bit heavier like in Human. With Death albums, I'd say they're all pretty good, so you can't really go wrong with any of them.

I didn't much care for this album at first, but it certainly grew on me.

As catchy and fun as Human with just enough technicality to remain fresh.

5 Leprosy Leprosy Product Image

Somebody asked why people like later Death albums. As a musician I am gonna say that they are more musically complex and have a progressive element and weird time signatures. The later albums aren't just death metal. But yeah all stuff is great. I love both periods. Leprosy is the best from the first 3 albums. Symbolic from the last 4.

I really don't know why people like the later Death albums. This is my absolute favorite album by them, second is scream bloody gore. In my opinion, the best "later" Death album is HUMAN. Nonetheless, this album has the sickest tracks, every song is good. The solo Born Dead is perfect, the drumming on the Leprosy is outstanding, the intro to Left to Die will forever be stuck in my head. Pull the plug is obviously a favorite by those who like the later albums. The riffs on both Open Casket and Choke on It are monstrous. My favorite song has to be primitive ways.

I agree with the comment saying "why people like the later Death album". to me, Death had 3 phases : the gore time (3 first albums - excellent), the technical time where Chuck still had the DEATH voice (Excellent as well, I hesitated a lot before not voting for ITP) and then the 2 hyper technical albums where the voice is no longer Chuck for what he was known. It is simply a matter of opinion, I am not saying it is not good, I am saying I do not like it. Seeing the 2 albums where the voice is that bad on top is not up to what I vote for.

I like this and Spiritual Healing because they are actual death metal albums unlike all of the boring and commercial albums that followed

6 Scream Bloody Gore Scream Bloody Gore Product Image

As much as I utterly despise their albums after Spiritual Healing, I've fallen in love with this album since the first time I listened to it around 11 times, and still blast it every now and then. Hated that the band changed their sound to appeal to the masses.. anyway RIP Chuck. Thanks for your memento of Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy & Spiritual Healing...I'll hold these 3 albums with me till death..

The debut album of Death hugely influenced by the Demo by Possessed named 'Death Metal'. This is considered as one of the earliest Death Metal records along with Possessed's 'Seven Churches'.
Anyway, this is one of the most brutal productions by Death and one of the most influential albums in the realm of the genre.

I was going to vote for Sound of Perseverance but Scream Bloody Gore HAS to be above Individual Thought Patterns and Spiritual Healing. Those two albums are, in general good, but not by Death standards.
Scream on the other hand represents the most brutal side of Death

This album is by no means their most technical or complex but it is just constant nonstop raw aggression and gore. It gives me a similar feeling to slayers reign in blood just because of the constant intensity.

7 Spiritual Healing Spiritual Healing Product Image

This album is so very underrated that I can understand the reason why it has been rotting down here for a very long time. Spiritual Healing is not only my favourite Death's album (by a million miles) but also one of my favorite metal albums of all time - the emotions and atmosphere which has been perfectly captured in this piece of art will forever attach me with this sub-genre of music. With the exception of Individual Thought Patterns, the order of my favourite albums in this list follows a bottom-up approach. Message to folks who start listening to albums from a certain band from any sub-genre, don't let any website's lists or rankings dictate your taste, trust your senses and listen to the sound that your ears find appealing and don't jump on the bandwagon.
My Favourite Albums from the band:
1. Spiritual Healing
2. Scream Bloody Gore
3. Leprosy
4. Symbolic
5. Human
6. The Sound of Perseverance
7. Individual Thought Patterns


Besides the first three albums, my opinion of this band is pretty pessimistic. While I do respect them for the influence they've had on the entire death metal scene, but I also couldn't endure the atrocities they commited later on in their career by releasing utterly diabolical albums like Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic, and Sound of Perseverance. Spiritual Healing and their debut release are probably the only albums from them that I deem worthy of listening to.

Opinion...C. Schuldiner seems to be very upset about humanity and its destiny on the gloriously under-rated Spiritual Healing, more so than later Death LPs. I wanted to bump this one up the list, Perseverance should not be number one, as it should not have even been a Death album. Perseverance was the first half of Control Denied in my opinion, and I think that is what Chuck wanted. Spiritual on the other hand is the bridge between gore and lunacy in lyrical, dimensional and technical aspects of Death as a band. Chuck spread his artistic wings with this release, and it is often forgotten. It is lost in the love for Human and its sea of emotions. The wonderful jazzy, belch of human emotions and frog like bass (fretless) S. Diggorgio on ITP, and the definition of perfect unions with the mighty Symbolic (my favorite.) Spiritual Healing is the best forgotten Death (and death metal) album. Go back and listen to Altering the Future and figure it out for yourself because I'm sure if you are ...more

My first and most favoured album from this band followed by Scream Bloody Gore. Such a shame that most people who pretend to be a real death metal fan only listen to their lethargically boring progressive death metal albums.
Killing Spree is such a badass track. The whole album is amazing, though.

8 Live in Eindhoven Live in Eindhoven Product Image
9 Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) Product Image
10 Reign of Terror (Demo)
The Contenders
11 Death by Metal Death by Metal Product Image
12 Vivus! Vivus! Product Image
13 Fate: The Best of Death Fate: The Best of Death Product Image
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