Best Death Metal Albums

The Top Ten

Symbolic - Death Symbolic - Death Product Image

Guys, stop worshipping the dead, this isn't Death Metal, it's progressive metal to the core. Chuck was good and all but only their first three albums were death metal. Geez, I can even see a Slipknot album here, what's wrong with you all.

NOT DEATH METAL! I repeat NOT DEATH METAL. This is nothing but an overrated lame ass prog metal just like their following outputs, learn to differentiate between the genre if you're even a metalhead.

I totally agree but you don't have to type the heading in all CAPS to put your message across and please don't disrespect Chuck, he was a God, sad that you don't like God's creation in the form of the album Symbolic -- it's the greatest Prog Metal album, no band will ever come close to achieving this level of perfection. Please respect Chuck! I repeat please respect Chuck!

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.

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..

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

None of them belong on this list, these albums are Prog metal not Death metal. Only their first three albums deserve their place here. Understand the difference between two distinct sub genres.

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

I can't say anything but awesome.

Seven Churches - Possessed Seven Churches - Possessed Product Image

More THRASH than DEATH! A song like Satan's Curse sounds pretty ominous for its time and is possibly the only song on this album having almost all characteristic elements of death metal..

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

Death metal? More like progressive blackened thrash metal.

The first death metal album.

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

Easily the best Swedeath album

Best OSDM album ever

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!

Slayer isn't death metal. Death metal is a type of music involving guteral vocals. News flash. There are Christian death metal bands

Why is this 15? Do people not know what death metal is?

It was so brutal it was banned in Germany.

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 Newcomers

? Slumber of the Sullen Eyes - Demigod Slumber of the Sullen Eyes - Demigod Product Image

The Contenders

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

Mainstream music lovers are voting for their prog metal garbages. This influential album should be in the top 5 instead of those sleep inducing, pretentious and diluted prog albums from this band.

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

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

That album is the pioneer of death metal. After that album Leprosy is also the trade mark of Schuldiner's masterpiece.

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

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).

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.

Masterpiece, this is the kind of album where you don't skip any track

Leprosy - Death Leprosy - Death Product Image

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

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

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!

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

The quintessential Death metal album!

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.

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.

That album art is ma bedroom's wallpaper - F...Great album.

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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