Best Death Metal Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Symbolic - Death

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

Greatest

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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

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

Dark and Progressive, I love Dark Metal. - GREYBOYY

Should be top 3 with deaths symbolic and carcass heartwork

5 Human - Death

The pinacle of death metal

Human rules

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

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.

Death metal? More like progressive blackened thrash metal.

7 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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8 Left Hand Path - Entombed

100% perfection - wizardlarry

This album should at least be in the top ten

Best Death metal album ever

Best OSDM album ever - Caleb9000

9 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

10 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.

I want to masturbate to this album

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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.

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

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12 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile

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.

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).

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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 Mental Funeral - Autopsy
15 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

16 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

My #1

The quintessential Death metal 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.

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17 Cause of Death - Obituary

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.

Best bar none period.

Should be higher this is the definition of DEATH METAL.

18 Individual Thought Patterns - Death

Perfect

This needs to be higher.

BEST ALBUM EVER... BY DEATH

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

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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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

Best death metal album ever

Wow how is this not in the top ten

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

74th?

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 Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
26 Nihility - Decapitated
27 Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame
28 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.

29 The Living Infinite - Soilwork

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

30 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

31 Obscura - Gorguts

Its death metal mixed with jazz

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

32 The Key - Nocturnus

How is this not in the top 5?

33 Autopsychosis - Katalepsy
34 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.

35 Deicide - Deicide
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 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

45 Onward to Golgotha - Incantation

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

46 Consuming Impulse - Pestilence

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

47 Warpath - Six Feet Under

Best ever!

48 Holographic Universe - Scar Symmetry
49 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth
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 (19)

1. Severed Survival - Autopsy
2. Mental Funeral - Autopsy
3. Autopsychosis - Katalepsy
IronSabbathPriest
1. Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame
2. Symbolic - Death
3. Obscura - Gorguts
Caleb9000
1. Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness
2. Seven Churches - Possessed
3. The Key - Nocturnus
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