Top 10 Extreme Metal Songs of the 1990s

90s were hard for all metal bands because major labels/producers preferred to invest in grunge. Similarly to metal, grunge was dark and rebellious but grunge was more accessible with more chances to go mainstream. And profit-oriented labels/producers lost interest in metal (re-directed their money).

However, this decade was great for extreme metal - probably because extreme metal wasn't related to major labels very much (extreme metal is always pretty underground). Most of the songs/albums on this list were produced/released with the significant participation of the band members.

For my original Top 10 picks I used one song per band. I also tried to include more subgenres.

The Top Ten

1 Crystal Mountain - Death

I hesitated between this and their song Lack of Comprehension.
Producer: Jim Morris, Chuck Schuldiner (leader of the band)
Label: Roadrunner - Metal_Treasure

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2 Black Rose Immortal - Opeth

Progressive death metal.
Producer: Opeth, Dan Swanö (death metal musician, Edge Of Sanity)
Label: Candlelight, Century Black - Metal_Treasure

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3 Freezing Moon - Mayhem

Masterpiece - Raven45

Black metal as we know it.
Producer: Pytten, Euronymous, Hellhammer
Label: Deathlike Silence - Metal_Treasure

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4 Phobophile - Cryptopsy

Brutal technical death metal.
Producer: Pierre Rémillard, Cryptopsy
Label: Wrong Again Records (LOL, the name of the record company) - Metal_Treasure

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5 I Am the Black Wizards - Emperor

Black metal.
Producer: Emperor, Pytten
Label: Candlelight - Metal_Treasure

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6 Heartwork - Carcass

One of my favorite metal albums of the 90s. This song is one of the reasons why. - cjWriter1997

Melodic death metal.
Producer: Colin Richardson
Label: Earache / Columbia - Metal_Treasure

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7 Chopped In Half - Obituary

Producer: Scott Burns, Obituary
Label: Roadrunner - Metal_Treasure

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8 Downfall - Children of Bodom

Melodic death metal (power metal-ish style)
Producer: Anssi Kippo
Label: Spinefarm Records, Nuclear Blast
An album of 1999 - in the end of the 90s grunge hype was over and labels got interested in metal again. - Metal_Treasure

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9 Obscura - Gorguts

Technical death metal - one of the heaviest and least accessible songs/albums.
Producer: Gorguts, Pierre Rémillard
Label: Olympic, Slipdisc - Metal_Treasure

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10 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse

The fact that Opeth is higher than this needs to be fixed - fuccboi

Producer: Scott Burns
Label: Metal Blade - Metal_Treasure

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The Contenders

11 Pierced from Within - Suffocation UListen to Sample
12 Angel of Disease - Morbid Angel UListen to Sample
13 Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone UListen to Sample
14 Key to the Gate - Burzum UListen to Sample
15 Lack of Comprehension - Death

Producer: Scott Burns, Chuck Schuldiner
Label: Relativity, Relapse - Metal_Treasure

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16 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem UListen to Sample
17 Moonlapse Vertigo - Opeth UListen to Sample
18 Corporal Jigsore Quandary - Carcass UListen to Sample
19 Earthly Love - Gorguts UListen to Sample
20 Crown of Horns - Cryptopsy UListen to Sample
21 Slit Your Guts - Cryptopsy UListen to Sample
22 Pure Holocaust - Immortal UListen to Sample
23 I Cum Blood - Cannibal Corpse UListen to Sample
24 Graves of the Fathers - Cryptopsy UListen to Sample
25 F****D with a Knife - Cannibal Corpse
26 The Moor - Opeth UListen to Sample
27 Arise - Sepultura

One of Sepultura's most extreme songs.

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28 Body Parts - Sodom

The most death metal alike Sodom song.

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29 Dunkelheit - Burzum UListen to Sample
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