Best Death Metal Albums

The Top Ten

Symbolic - Death Symbolic - Death Product Image

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

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

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

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.

Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel Product Image

So nasty. Easily the greatest death metal record ever, Not a wasted moment.

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

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

The best, simply the best!

The Sound of Perseverance - Death The Sound of Perseverance - Death Product Image

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

I'm sorry but the only cc albums that I dislike is mostly rape involving it makes me sick. I love this album it kicks ass especially spirit crusher

Come on this is better than symbolic we all know that

Deaths best which is a strong statement.

Blackwater Park - Opeth Blackwater Park - Opeth Product Image

Come on guys! It is progressive death metal! It may not be the same as the others on this list, but its still very much death metal, just more complex, and the songs are longer. This is by far the best.

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

Dark and Progressive, I love Dark Metal.

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

Human - Death Human - Death Product Image

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

This is top 3 material. In fact, top 3 should be : Symbolic, Individual Thoughts Patterns and Human.

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

I can't say anything but awesome.

Left Hand Path - Entombed Left Hand Path - Entombed Product Image

This album should at least be in the top ten

Best Death metal album ever

100% perfection

Easily the best Swedeath album

Seven Churches - Possessed Seven Churches - Possessed Product Image

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

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

The first death metal album.

Death metal? More like progressive blackened thrash metal.

Slowly We Rot - Obituary Slowly We Rot - Obituary Product Image

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

One of the most overlooked bands ever

Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse Product Image

It was banned in countries. It a was powerful album. Cannibals Corpse is one of the most important death metal band in the history of metal music!

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?

Heartwork - Carcass Heartwork - Carcass Product Image

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.

One of the best.

The Contenders

Scream Bloody Gore - Death Scream Bloody Gore - Death Product Image

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.

When I was listening to this album, I was blown away by the opening riff of zombie ritual. Man chuck schuldiner's vocals was the DEFINATION of a death growl. My fave songs from this HISTORIC album are zombie ritual, mutilation and evil dead

Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile Product Image

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

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.

Probably the beefiest master out there without question.

Leprosy - Death Leprosy - Death Product Image

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

Ffs someone take Black Sabbath and Slayer off this list

The Bleeding - Cannibal Corpse The Bleeding - Cannibal Corpse Product Image

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.

The bleeding should be way higher than carcass or children of bodom

Tomb of the mutilated and the bleeding must me in the top 3

This is the best Death Metal album ever made!

None So Vile - Cryptopsy None So Vile - Cryptopsy Product Image

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!

This album is just pure awesome and definitely deserves at least in the top 3 (my favorite death metal album of all time) I own this on vinyl and play it at least twice a week

Listen to this and agree: This is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, death metal albums ever crafted.

Should be higher

Individual Thought Patterns - Death Individual Thought Patterns - Death Product Image

This needs to be higher.



Unquestionable Presence - Atheist Unquestionable Presence - Atheist Product Image

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

I feel the jazz in my pants.

Too low.

Cause of Death - Obituary Cause of Death - Obituary Product Image

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.

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.

Best bar none period.

Mental Funeral - Autopsy Mental Funeral - Autopsy Product Image

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

Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness Product Image
Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame Product Image
Nihility - Decapitated Nihility - Decapitated Product Image
Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation Product Image

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

Heaviest album ever

Brutal, increible, perfecto, etc etc


Crimson - Edge of Sanity Crimson - Edge of Sanity Product Image

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.

The Living Infinite - Soilwork The Living Infinite - Soilwork Product Image

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

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