Best Death Albums

Death was the first Death Metal band formed by Chuck Schuldiner (Vocals, Lead Guitars and former Bassist) who is considered as the 'Father of Death Metal' for his huge influence on the genre. With Death he produced 7 studio albums from 1987 to 1998. On 13 December, 2001 he passed away and 'Death' was disbanded. May his soul rest in peace.
The Top Ten
1 Symbolic

1. Symbolic - All songs are awesome, Sacred Serenity is my favorite
2. Sound of Perseverance - Voice of the Soul and Scavenger of Human Sorrow are masterpieces
3. Scream Bloody Gore - Not a single weak song on album
4. Leprosy - Left to Die has best intro of any Death song
5. Individual Thought Patterns - Nothing is Everything is awesome, Trapped In A Corner is mediocre, Together As One has cool riff, rest boring
6. Human - Cosmic Sea is amazing, Lack of Comprehension is okay, rest is just bad
7. Spiritual Healing - Boring to the point of tears

Best of the best - I fully agree. This album sets the bar I use against the rest in realms of proficiently played competent metal music. Everything is just perfect here (songwriting, musicianship, lyrics). I always find something new, different, another dimension/layer even after many listens. Sounds fresh, young, open-minded as it would be released just yesterday.R.I.P. chuck

2 The Sound of Perseverance

All of the albums were great, without a doubt. Although this album seemed to get my attention the most. The first track of Death I heard was the live version of Crystal Mountain. Then it went to Evil Dead of Scream Bloody Gore. Then a couple more tracks by Scream.. Then I stumbled onto The Sound of Perseverance. Odd combination I know. I literally thought these albums had different singers when I first discovered them. It really amazed me how high Chuck went in his vocals compared to.. Let's say Zombie Ritual. This album has the best riffs, more progressive elements than any of their albums, and the lyrics were outstanding. This album is my favorite of all time and not only the reasons I've already stated, but it's got the most beautiful instrumental, Voice Of The Soul. Not to mention their cover of Painkiller, how high pitched he went. Hands down the best Death album and one of the best albums of all time.

3 Human

I love Human, the remastered version is nice too, brings out all of the instruments really well, the album has some great tracks, heavy riffs and great solos, not to mention top tier drumming and outstanding vocals. Another thing I like about all of Death's material is that the bass is brought out and given chances to shine with the guitars. Great albums all of them, but Human gets my vote. Peace out.

All of their albums are great! Although, this one too me stood out the most! Every song is amazing! Who can forget lack of comprehension? There where other great songs too! Like cosmic sea, flattening of emotions, suicide machine and many more!

Best selling death metal album worldwithe to date. This album goes into Progressive Metal and it contains more elements of alternative music than the previous albums. Lack of Comprehension is a song that I think every extreme metal fans have on thehr iPods.

4 Leprosy

Symbolic is great, but it's very overrated. In fact, that album has more thrash metal elements than any other death album. Leprosy is the definition of death metal, every single song is incredible! The opening track has some very eerie lyrics, and so do songs like Pull the Plug and Open Casket. Born Dead also has a killer chorus!

I really don't know why people like the later Death albums. This is my absolute favorite album by them, second is scream bloody gore. In my opinion, the best "later" Death album is HUMAN. Nonetheless, this album has the sickest tracks, every song is good. The solo Born Dead is perfect, the drumming on the Leprosy is outstanding, the intro to Left to Die will forever be stuck in my head. Pull the plug is obviously a favorite by those who like the later albums. The riffs on both Open Casket and Choke on It are monstrous. My favorite song has to be primitive ways.

5 Individual Thought Patterns

Definitely my favorite Death album, by far. I love Andy LaRocque's guitar playing in combination with Chuck's. Every song is a masterpiece - there's no filler whatsoever. With jazzy sounding bass lines that you can actually hear, amazing drumming from Gene and superb songwriting, this one does it for me. It is more than 20 years old now and still sounds fresh! I'm not sure why Beavis & Butt-head hated the video for "The Philosopher" so much.

This album is so underrated. Seriously, it should get more love. I hear people claiming it's less memorable...what?! Have you listen to Overactive...; In human form; trapped in a corner; mentally blind; nothing is everything; I.t.p; destiny; the philosopher...? 5th position? You all must be kidding...

Why is this album below scream bloody gore!?
This album is so underrated and it isn't getting the credit that it deserves. It should be right up there with symbolic, the sound of perseverance and human. In my opinion it is even better than those albums.

6 Spiritual Healing

This album is so very underrated that I can understand the reason why it has been rotting down here for a very long time. Spiritual Healing is not only my favourite Death's album (by a million miles) but also one of my favorite metal albums of all time - the emotions and atmosphere which has been perfectly captured in this piece of art will forever attach me with this sub-genre of music. With the exception of Individual Thought Patterns, the order of my favourite albums in this list follows a bottom-up approach. Message to folks who start listening to albums from a certain band from any sub-genre, don't let any website's lists or rankings dictate your taste, trust your senses and listen to the sound that your ears find appealing and don't jump on the bandwagon.
My Favourite Albums from the band:
1. Spiritual Healing
2. Scream Bloody Gore
3. Leprosy
4. Symbolic
5. Human
6. The Sound of Perseverance
7. Individual Thought Patterns


7 Scream Bloody Gore

As much as I utterly despise their albums after Spiritual Healing, I've fallen in love with this album since the first time I listened to it around 11 times, and still blast it every now and then. Hated that the band changed their sound to appeal to the masses.. anyway RIP Chuck. Thanks for your memento of Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy & Spiritual Healing...I'll hold these 3 albums with me till death..

The debut album of Death hugely influenced by the Demo by Possessed named 'Death Metal'. This is considered as one of the earliest Death Metal records along with Possessed's 'Seven Churches'.
Anyway, this is one of the most brutal productions by Death and one of the most influential albums in the realm of the genre.

I was going to vote for Sound of Perseverance but Scream Bloody Gore HAS to be above Individual Thought Patterns and Spiritual Healing. Those two albums are, in general good, but not by Death standards.
Scream on the other hand represents the most brutal side of Death

8 Live in Eindhoven
9 Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)
10 Reign of Terror (Demo)
The Contenders
11 Death by Metal
12 Vivus!
13 Fate: The Best of Death
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