Best Non-Melodic Death Metal Albums

This is just a personal opinion, but I think Melodic Death Metal diverged from Death Metal more and more and now sounds like an very own steady genre and not like a subgenre of Death Metal (in most cases).

So here is a list of bands, who play "genuine" Death Metal, strongly rooted in the old Death Metal sound and keeping its brutality.

> Old-School Death Metal
> Brutal Death Metal (incl. Slam)
> Technical Death Metal
> Deathgrind/Goregrind
> Death/Thrash Metal
> Blackened Death Metal
> Death/Doom Metal

Also: Some bands like Dismember are playing Old-School Death Metal with some occasional melodic parts in it, while still being a pure Death Metal band. This is of course allowed.

> Melodic Death Metal
> everything else not Death Metal related

Also: Be careful with Progressive Death Metal bands. Many are labeled this way, but are actually "Progressive Melodic Death Metal" (the "Melodic" is often just left out, because the name is very long).

So bands like Opeth (who are obviously very melodic) are NOT allowed in this list, while bands like Horrendous (playing in the vein of late-era-Death) are.

The Top Ten

1 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

Best of the best!

This is THE death metal classic! should be #1 in my opinion!

2 Symbolic - Death

Am I the only one who finds it a bit messed up that the number one choice for a list of specifically NON-melodic death metal albums is a melodic death metal album? Also, so is Human, so that's 2 times this list contradicts itself. Both of those albums, however, are my favorite albums by Death, who are in turn one of my favorite bands. After Spiritual Healing though, I feel like they certainly became more melodic. - AngryByrd

This is a more proggy melodeath. :/

3 Seven Churches - Possessed

This album didn't start Death Metal, the early Mantas demos did, but this is still a extremely important and great album. - Rambles

This album started death metal

This album is overrated. Sure its "the first Death Metal album", but compared to albums from Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Immolation, Autopsy and so on this is mediocre at most.
It has its charm, but I wouldn't recommend it.

4 Scream Bloody Gore - Death
5 Leprosy - Death


6 The Anthropocene Extinction - Cattle Decapitation

Its not a bad album... but there are so much better and more essential death metal albums...

7 Human - Death
8 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
9 Cause of Death - Obituary
10 Deicide - Deicide

The Contenders

11 Considered Dead - Gorguts Considered Dead - Gorguts
12 Epitaph - Necrophagist Epitaph - Necrophagist
13 Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious - Carcass
14 Winds of Creation - Decapitated

Incredible technical death metal! When you get to know that the band members were around 16 years old, when they recorded this masterpiece, its even more incredible! - Juli

15 ...For Victory - Bolt Thrower ...For Victory - Bolt Thrower
16 Kill - Cannibal Corpse Kill - Cannibal Corpse

Underrated AMAZING Death Metal album.

17 The Sound of Perseverance - Death

So underrated album - DejanKalinic

18 The Ten Commandments - Malevolent Creation The Ten Commandments - Malevolent Creation
19 Scrolls Of The Megilloth - Mortification Scrolls Of The Megilloth - Mortification
20 Onset of Putrefaction - Necrophagist
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
2. Scream Bloody Gore - Death
3. Cause of Death - Obituary
1. Leprosy - Death
2. Winds of Creation - Decapitated
3. Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
1. Symbolic - Death
2. Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
3. The Sound of Perseverance - Death

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