Best Death Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 Symbolic - Death

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

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

Best album in history lol - Deako

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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!

This album should be number 1,on the greatest death metal albums of all time. The whole album is just amazing.
Plus Human is death's greatest album and not Symbolic... period

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3 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?

I can't say anything but awesome.

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 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

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.

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6 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

7 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

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

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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8 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?

I want to masturbate to this album

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9 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.

10 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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The Newcomers

? Will to Power - Arch Enemy
? Akroasis - Obscura

The Contenders

11 Heartwork - Carcass

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

One of the best.

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.

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 Slowly We Rot - Obituary

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

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14 Mental Funeral - Autopsy
15 Individual Thought Patterns - Death

This needs to be higher.


16 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.

17 Severed Survival - Autopsy

Influential to all Death/Doom bands. - GREYBOYY

18 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

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

Should be higher - Deako

How the hell was this no on the list until I added it? It's a MASTERPIECE, production suits the music perfectly, guitars are amazing, bass is utilized very well, Flo must be one of the best/fastest drummers on the planet and last but not least, the vocals performed by Lord Worm are so brutal and amazing! He sounds so evil and also sounds like he's suffering as if there's someone trying to sing while mutilating themselves! If you haven't heard it before go listen to it right now!

19 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

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

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20 Nihility - Decapitated
21 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.

22 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

23 Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame
24 The Erosion of Sanity - Gorguts
25 Once Upon the Cross - Deicide

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

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

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26 The Living Infinite - Soilwork
27 Deicide - Deicide
28 Obscura - Gorguts

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

Its death metal mixed with jazz

29 Autopsychosis - Katalepsy
30 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..

31 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

32 The IVth Crusade - Bolt Thrower
33 Fiction - Dark Tranquillity
34 Radiophobia - Cytotoxin
35 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
36 Impressions in Blood - Vader
37 Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious - Carcass

Necroticism would be on my top ten. - CosmicSea

38 Here in After - Immolation
39 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

40 Cause of Death - Obituary

Should be higher this is the definition of DEATH METAL.

Best bar none period.

41 Onward to Golgotha - Incantation

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

42 Warpath - Six Feet Under

Best ever!

43 Holographic Universe - Scar Symmetry
44 Focus - Cynic

The single most unique and creative album of all time in any genre.

45 Clayman - In Flames
46 Legion - Deicide

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


47 Deathcult for Eternity - The Chasm
48 Wintersun - Wintersun
49 Demigod - Behemoth

"i stick my Penis into the"

50 Nightmares Made Flesh - Bloodbath

Epic Album with damn brutal tracks. Try:

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

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Top Remixes (15)

1. Severed Survival - Autopsy
2. Mental Funeral - Autopsy
3. Autopsychosis - Katalepsy
1. Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame
2. Symbolic - Death
3. Obscura - Gorguts
1. The Sound of Perseverance - Death
2. Blackwater Park - Opeth
3. Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

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