Best Death Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 Symbolic - Death

It's just one of those things that everything had to align for this to happen. Perfect!

This is the best Death Metal album and also one of the greatest in Heavy Metal history by far. Amazing songwriting, every song is awesome, the riffs, solos, bass lines, drums and the voice of Chuck are all amazing. Perfect album.

Death Metal aside, this is one of the greatest albums I have ever had the pleasure to hear. - surgeonsanic

This is quite literally one of the greatest albums of all time. - IronSabbathPriest

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2 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

Still one of my favorite. Albums of all time

The best of the the bests

One of the most influential albums of Death Metal genre, this album influenced the Swedish Death Metal scene. - GREYBOYY

This is a really heavy album, but it also displays some artistic merit as well as having some kick-ass tracks.

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3 The Sound of Perseverance - Death

Come on this is better than symbolic we all know that

Deaths best which is a strong statement.

Better than Symbolic for sure, this album is perfection. Ask Rob Halford. - MetalPope

Best album ever

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4 Blackwater Park - Opeth

Not death metal, but great. Albums like Morningrise or Orchid on this list would make some sense. - Black_Abbath

Dark and Progressive, I love Dark Metal. - GREYBOYY

Please do a bit of research before voting as opeth is a Prog. Metal band.

Should be top 3 with deaths symbolic and carcass heartwork

5 Human - Death

This is what made death metal popular - Death_Metal_Lover

The pinacle of death metal

Best album by death. Just because Scream Bloody Gore spawned the genre doesn't mean it's the greatest album of all time.

Slayer? Black Sabath? They play Thrash Metal & Heavy Metal, who added them in this list?

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6 Seven Churches - Possessed

I might listen to it later - Death_Metal_Lover

Pioneers with evil crushing guitars, chromatic harmonies and disturbing sound aesthetic!

Come on this album spawned the genre, though I do love Death and I personally think they're the best Death Metal band, Scream Bloody Gore did NOT create Death Metal, Seven Churches did, but both are great albums

The first death metal album.

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7 Slowly We Rot - Obituary

That album cover is so iconic! I can memerize it without the words being on screen - Death_Metal_Lover

Slowly We Rot should be top 5, you can't forget the Obituary and this awesome album. - GREYBOYY

One of the most overlooked bands ever

8 Left Hand Path - Entombed

Easily the best Swedeath album

This album should at least be in the top ten

Best Death metal album ever

100% perfection - wizardlarry

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9 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse

This song is only popular because the first two songs, first two cannibal corpse albums and the bleeding are way better than this

Guys slayer isn't death metal

It was so brutal it was banned in Germany.

Why is this 15? Do people not know what death metal is?

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10 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile

Recently fell in love with Nile. In their darkened shrines my favorite though. Goes surely to top 10 death metal albums ever.

Probably the beefiest master out there without question. - AdamDestructorJr.

This album is one of the best. It definitely deserves a higher placement on this list.

One of the best ever. And the best ever Technical Death Metal album.

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The Contenders

11 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

Should be number one! - Mnsdjjfijf

Honestly, Seven churches might be the first death metal album, but I think this album truly captured the essence of how death metal should be.
Also, each song on the album is good, that's how you rate and album.
My vote: Scream Bloody Gore

Who the hell is choosing these? Heartwork and SotS are melodeath, Slayer is thrash and Black Sabbath is nowhere near death metal.

Symbolic, Human, Blackwater Park and The Sound Of Perseverance are Technical Death Metal, this list includes the subgenres of Death metal too, if you want only Death Metal albums, take a look at "Pure Death Metal Albums" list in this site. - GREYBOYY

That album is the pioneer of death metal. After that album Leprosy is also the trade mark of Schuldiner's masterpiece.

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12 Leprosy - Death

Best Death Metal album ever! Listen to Leprosy, Pull The Plug, Born Dead and Forgotten Past and then you'll know why this should be on number 1

I have this album on vinyl and when I have parties it's all slayer and leprosy on the turn table. This album and the bleeding and anything by napalm death should be on the list or way higher. And also at the gates

The best...

The best, and I think Tmob o f the Mutilated from Cannibal Corpse should be second!

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13 Heartwork - Carcass

If you're new to metal and you think that the guitar riffs in this album remind you of Arch Enemy, it's because this was the album that Michael Amott's signature guitar style that he carried over into Arch Enemy originated from.

This is also the first "melodic death metal" album ever, a game changing album. Which is probably why many people cite Heartwork as Carcass' magnum opus. It's also the band's most commercially successful.

An awesome album and one of the most influential ones, Carcass defined Melodic Death Metal with this. - GREYBOYY

One of the best.

14 Severed Survival - Autopsy

Difficult to choose one. This album is great. - Black_Abbath

The best death metal album for me with gateway to annihilation and tomb of the mutilated

Influential to all Death/Doom bands. - GREYBOYY

15 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

This is what Cryptopsy is known for, heaviness and really deep vocals. Probably the greatest death metal album of all time! - Death_Metal_Lover

If you ask the question "what does it feel like to have your ears torn off in under 30 seconds? "
The answer: listen to None so vile
seriously, this album absolutely mutilates you under a second. The first song is one of the heaviest on the album!

My #1

The quintessential Death metal album!

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16 Individual Thought Patterns - Death


This needs to be higher.


17 Cause of Death - Obituary

Yet to listen to a better death metal record than this. That cover art has kept me frozen and intrigued for years.The eyes ov the devil is savouring your mental suffering. - Black_Abbath

That album art is ma bedroom's wallpaper - F...Great album. - Black_Abbath

One of the best death metal albums of all time!
This should be in the top ten.

Should be higher this is the definition of DEATH METAL.

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18 Unquestionable Presence - Atheist

I wonder what an atheist would say the unquestionable presence is. Funny combo.

I feel the jazz in my pants.

Too low.

19 The Bleeding - Cannibal Corpse

This is the best Death Metal album ever made!

Best Death Metal album of all time! - Guga666

How is this not higher? How is cc not higher?

Man, I love Black Sabbath and Slayer, but they aren't Death Metal. Also, The Bleeding is the best Death Metal album, in my opinion. - Magnani

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20 Mental Funeral - Autopsy

I dig this a tad more than Severed Survival, but I voted for the latter initially due to it's wide-reaching influence. - Black_Abbath

21 Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
22 Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame
23 Nihility - Decapitated
24 Crimson - Edge of Sanity

Crimson is an album that contains a single 40 minute song that combines progressive rock with death metal. Picture King Crimson, but heavier and darker. This song is long, but never feels that way. It's constantly evolving and tells a wonderful tale to boot. Belongs in the top 10 death metal albums and songs.

25 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation

Brutal. - AdamDestructorJr.

Come on this beats everything by Cannibal Corpse and at least half of Death’s discography, and it should beat at least some of Carcass and Obituary’s stuff

Earth-shatteringly heavy! Seriously this album can cause earthquakes when blasted at Max volume from a large stereo system!

Brutal, increible, perfecto, etc etc

26 The Living Infinite - Soilwork

Is this even Melodeath? I mean, it's modern Soilwork. - AdamDestructorJr.

27 Obscura - Gorguts

Death metal doesn't get more bizarre and twisted than this. - Caleb9000

Its death metal mixed with jazz

28 The Erosion of Sanity - Gorguts
29 The Key - Nocturnus

Most innovative.

How is this not in the top 5?

30 Deicide - Deicide
31 Autopsychosis - Katalepsy
32 Spiritual Healing - Death

Best Death Album / really my favorite one.

Everyone always overlooks this album, sure it isn't quite what Death are known for but it's nonetheless very heavy but thoughtful and the artwork is maybe my favourite of all time

33 Legion - Deicide

Best death metal album ever

Wow how is this not in the top ten

What is this doing at the bottom of the list!?


34 Monolith of Inhumanity - Cattle Decapitation

Great album but it s grindcore... anyway if you want to give a larger view u can consider it grind death so death - Deako

35 Radiophobia - Cytotoxin
36 Eaten Back to Life - Cannibal Corpse

This album blows my mind whenever I hear it! SKULL FULL OF MAGGOTS!

37 Fiction - Dark Tranquillity
38 Once Upon the Cross - Deicide

Slayer is not death metal! @! They are thrash, Deicide's first 3 albums kick so much ass!

love it and happy to see this in the top 5

This should be 2nd because heartwork is melodeath and slayer is thrash metal.

39 Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom

This should be number 1. Songs like Follow the reaper, every time I die, kissing the shadows, mask of sanity and many more... You just can't stop listening to the music created by Children Of Bodom...

What in the hell is this follow the reaper is 13 that should be 3-1 listed please people listen to that album and say what the hell is mean children of bodom= 1111111111111111

This is more power metal than death metal just saying.

But COB is melodic death..

40 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
41 Impressions in Blood - Vader
42 Kill - Cannibal Corpse

The Reign in blood of Death metal albums! Relentless, and remorseless, a juggernaut of a record!

Amazing album, well suited production, some of the best riffs, the way the band builds up the songs and add complex structure is amazing, looking forward to their next album they put out.

The only cannibal corpse album I love. EP was good too but that's it when it comes to CC in my opinion

43 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth
44 The IVth Crusade - Bolt Thrower

Very underrated

As soon as the title track starts, you know you're about to get completely pummelled by riff after riff, and impeccable songwriting... Possibly the best British death metal album of all time, next to Carcass' Necroticism m/

45 Warpath - Six Feet Under

Best ever!

46 Holographic Universe - Scar Symmetry
47 Consuming Impulse - Pestilence

Insane old school death metal albums - some of the most memorable riffs in the genre.

48 Nightmares Made Flesh - Bloodbath

Epic Album with damn brutal tracks. Try:

Soul Evisceration, Eaten, The Ascension & Year of the Cadaver Race - TrappedInsideIt

49 Clayman - In Flames
50 Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious - Carcass

Necroticism would be on my top ten. - CosmicSea

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Top Remixes (18)

1. Severed Survival - Autopsy
2. Mental Funeral - Autopsy
3. Autopsychosis - Katalepsy
1. Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame
2. Symbolic - Death
3. Obscura - Gorguts
1. Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
2. Seven Churches - Possessed
3. The Key - Nocturnus

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