Top 10 Most Important Albums in Death Metal History

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The Top Ten

1 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

Even though this was released in 1989 (two years after "Scream Bloody Gore" and four years after "Seven Churches"), it's considered one of the "first true death metal albums".

Morbid Angel's true debut album, not counting "Abominations of Desolation" which was released in 1986 but not released until 1991.

This album being number one and considered one of the "first true death metal albums", that makes sense.

Important for its satanic lyrics/content.

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2 Seven Churches - Possessed

The first Death metal album has to be number 1 - christangrant

Without this album there wouldn't be Death Metal - MetalWorldOrder

3 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

Like "Seven Churches", this was one of the early/first few death metal albums to exist.

4 Heartwork - Carcass

It inspired Adam Dutkiewicz to play guitar and form Killswitch Engage.

The album that helped develop the melodic death metal genre.

5 Realm of Chaos - Bolt Thrower

This was one of the albums that helped define the British death metal and grindcore scene.

Classic!

6 Symbolic - Death

Classic!

7 Slowly We Rot - Obituary

Most Obituary fans prefer "Cause Of Death" but I agree this album was important.

Classic!

8 Severed Survival - Autopsy
9 Unquestionable Presence - Atheist

Obviously an important album because it inspired so much of what technical death metal is.

10 Left Hand Path - Entombed

The Contenders

11 Cause of Death - Obituary

Important for featuring James Murphy, who had just left Death to record this album.

Can't have a list like this without some Obituary. "Cause Of Death" is a classic.

This album needs to be much more higher.

Classic!

12 Blackwater Park - Opeth
13 Obscura - Gorguts
14 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
15 Horrified - Repulsion

Recorded in 1986 but not released officially until 1989, this was one of the early albums that defined grindcore.

16 World Downfall - Terrorizer

Obviously an important album because it includes four then-unknown musicians who had joined notable death metal/grindcore bands, such as Morbid Angel (David Vincent and Pete Sandoval), Napalm Death (Jesse Pintado) and Nausea (Oscar Garcia), by the time of its release in '89.

17 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

Created one of the most brutal metal sounds in the 90s (brutal technical death metal). - Metal_Treasure

18 Consuming Impulse - Pestilence
19 Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates

Bible for the Gothenburg death metal movement.

20 Leprosy - Death
21 Deicide - Deicide
22 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile

Technical death metal perfected. - Metal_Treasure

23 Like an Ever Flowing Stream - Dismember
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1. Seven Churches - Possessed
2. Scream Bloody Gore - Death
3. Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
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