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

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

It's just simply the best. Death didn't change much over the years, which is a good thing. The added progressive elements here really made the sound that much better. "Misanthrope" has to be my favorite Death song, period.

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.

This is one of the first metal albums I listened to and the first remotely extreme one. This album made me instantly fall in live with death metal and intoduced me to the more extreme side of metal. This albums is pretty much flawless.

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2 The Sound of Perseverance The Sound of Perseverance

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. - ViitalShadow

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.

Amazing album took me a while to get over the vocals but after that I really like them now. Spirit Crusher is probably the best song along with Flesh and the power it holds, voice of the soul, and the closing track.

This is Death's magnum opus, truly a perfect album and better than Symbolic I think, Symbolic is still a great record though - Derrick_Fox

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3 Human Human

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.

This album defines death, it should be on the top because it fulfills the requirements of the genre in such an awesome way unlike any other band.

Death's human is a trade mark of how death metal should sound, there is no elements of alternative music. IT IS DEATH METAL 100%.

I have a lack of comprehension as to why this album isn't at #1.

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4 Leprosy Leprosy

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.

Voice at its peak. I am surprised to see Symbolic and Sounds on top of that list. They have quality music but the voice was not the sound of death anymore.

Album that got me into Death. Had it playing for more than two weeks straight. - IronSabbathPriest

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5 Individual Thought Patterns Individual Thought Patterns

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.

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.

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.

This album is so underrated. Seriously, it should get more love. I hear people claiming it's less memorable...what?! Have you listen to Overactive...; In human form; trapped in a corner; mentally blind; nothing is everything; i.t.p; destiny; the philosopher...? 5th position? You all must be kidding...

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6 Scream Bloody Gore Scream Bloody Gore

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. - Nord666

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.

The first Death Metal album (Seven Churches was lyrically Black Metal and technically Thrash Metal) and one of the most influential Metal albums in history. - GREYBOYY

And I thought Reign In Blood was good until I heard this. - ElectricCorpseSlayer

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7 Spiritual Healing Spiritual Healing

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

This one may be less spectacular than Individual Thought Patterns (best bass in all of death metal history) or Symbolic, but it's the perfect mix between old school death and the new more progressive stuff. This album is an absolute gem, with outstanding lyrics and killer tracks (Living Monstruosity, Spiritual Healing and its climax...), and it is so underrated! Just listen to it! Now!

Best lyrics for a Death album. Chuck moved to a more sociao-political view leaving the gore theme he applied on his first 2 releases. Check out the album cover! - Nord666

It is a perfect mix of Death's old style mixed with the new more technical style. Easily the best!

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8 Live in Eindhoven
9 Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)
10 Death by Metal

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