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 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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5 Blackwater Park - Opeth

Dark and Progressive, I love Dark Metal. - GREYBOYY

Should be top 3 with deaths symbolic and carcass heartwork

6 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?

A disgusting, brutal masterpiece.

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7 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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8 Left Hand Path - Entombed

This album should at least be in the top ten

Best Death metal album ever

Best OSDM album ever - Caleb9000

9 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!

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10 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.

The Newcomers

? Molesting the Decapitated - Devourment

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.

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.

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17 Severed Survival - Autopsy

Influential to all Death/Doom bands. - GREYBOYY

18 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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19 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!

20 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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