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

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

My favourite album, my 4th favourite album of all time, the outro to Perennial Quest is so special. I love this album!

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.

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.

2 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

Masterful musicianship and songwriting. Always has been my favorite.

An absolutely phenomenal send-off by the most important band in death metal history.

Voice of the soul as well as the great Chuck's vocal transformation in the album (in fact the entire album) was terrible.. - Vip3r

3 Human

This my favoruite death album because I love technical metal

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.

Just listen to lack of comprehension

4 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.

This one and ITP tied at first place. All a matter of opinion and taste but the last 2 albums were indeed great musical work but (in my opinion), the voice was not good (at all) and does not sound like the movement he established a few years back. Human is good but overrated. The fact that it was his fist technical album maybe... listen to it and then ITP.

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.

5 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.

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.

6 Spiritual Healing

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


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. - Black_Abbath

Kick ass album! The riffs are so delicious on this album. This album is a whole lot more enjoyable and memorable than their last two albums - perhaps, Progressive Metal is not my cup of tea.

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. - Vip3r

7 Scream Bloody Gore

Such a great album! The atmosphere on this one is so good.

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.. - Vip3r

The first three albums Death gave all their energy so I agree with you - Mbhsepiphoneplayer

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

The best death album followed by Leprosy. - Vip3r

8 Live in Eindhoven
9 Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)
10 Reign of Terror (Demo)

The Contenders

11 Death by Metal
12 Fate: The Best of Death
13 Vivus!
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1. Symbolic
2. The Sound of Perseverance
3. Individual Thought Patterns
1. Spiritual Healing
2. Human
3. Leprosy
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