Best Death Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 Symbolic - Death

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

How this is not in top 5 at least?
Every single track was an amazing track... Hear Crystal Mountains, Empty Words, Without Judgement, Misanthorpe if you don, t believe me.. I loved all Death's albums but this one is my favourite.. - nooreldeen


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2 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

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.

The best, simply the best!

The best of the the bests

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3 The Sound of Perseverance - Death

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

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

Amazing vocals guitars bass and drumming. On painkiller ( cover of judas priest) chuch uses his normal vocals at the end. Also youve got to here voice of the soul. Others kickass songs are scavenger of human sorrow,spirit crusher, story to tell, flesh and the power it holds, and one of chucks best guitar solo on in a moment of clarity. All songs ill give 10/10. Best death metal album along with heartwork scream bloody gore symbolic blackwater park and more.

If this is considered as actual DM, this should be 1st

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4 Blackwater Park - Opeth

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

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?

Human rules

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6 Seven Churches - Possessed

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.

Death metal? More like progressive blackened thrash metal.

7 Left Hand Path - Entombed

This album should at least be in the top ten

Best Death metal album ever

100% perfection - wizardlarry

Best OSDM album ever - Caleb9000

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

The best...

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9 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse

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?

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

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10 Slowly We Rot - Obituary

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

The Contenders

11 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

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.

In general with all sub genres of death metal aside my top 10 death metal albums defenetly are
10. Effigy of the forgotton - suffocation
9. Annhilation of the wicked - Nile
8. Altars of madness - morbid angel
7. None so vile - cryptopsy
6. Tomb of the mutilated - cannibal corpse
5. Ghost of perdition - opeth
4.. Cause of death - obituary
3. Heartwork - carcass
2. Deicide - deicide
1. Spirtual healing - death

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12 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile

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.

I don’t necessarily know if this really is my favorite death metal album, but I saw it down here and thought it deserved to be much higher. I love Nile, and especially this album, and it’s amazing workout music as a plus (I know it sounds weird, but try listening to this album next time you go biking).

1. Annihilation of the Wicked
2. Heartwork
3. Unquestionable Presence
4. Individual Thought Patterns
5. None So Vile
6. In Their Darkened Shrines
7. Nightmares Made Flesh
8. Into The Grave
9. Human
10. Vanquish in Vengeance

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 Mental Funeral - Autopsy
15 Severed Survival - Autopsy

Influential to all Death/Doom bands. - GREYBOYY

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

16 Individual Thought Patterns - Death

This needs to be higher.



17 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

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 - Deako

The quintessential Death metal album!

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18 Cause of Death - Obituary

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.

19 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.

20 The Bleeding - Cannibal Corpse

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

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

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

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

21 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/

22 Legion - Deicide

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


23 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation

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

Brutal, increible, perfecto, etc etc

24 The Erosion of Sanity - Gorguts
25 Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame
26 Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
27 Nihility - Decapitated
28 The Living Infinite - Soilwork

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

29 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.

30 Obscura - Gorguts

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

Its death metal mixed with jazz

31 Deicide - Deicide
32 The Key - Nocturnus

How is this not in the top 5?

33 Spiritual Healing - Death

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

Best Death Album / really my favorite one.

34 Autopsychosis - Katalepsy
35 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.

36 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..

37 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

38 Radiophobia - Cytotoxin
39 Eaten Back to Life - Cannibal Corpse

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

40 Fiction - Dark Tranquillity
41 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
42 Impressions in Blood - Vader
43 Here in After - Immolation
44 Onward to Golgotha - Incantation

Onward to Golgotha is the finest example of how death metal should be and sound.

45 Kill - Cannibal Corpse

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

46 The Rack - Asphyx
47 Warpath - Six Feet Under

Best ever!

48 Holographic Universe - Scar Symmetry
49 Consuming Impulse - Pestilence

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

50 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth
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Top Remixes (19)

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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