Best Non-Melodic Death Metal Albums

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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.

ALLOWED:
> 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.

NOT 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

classic!

6 The Anthropocene Extinction - Cattle Decapitation

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

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

The Contenders

11 Considered Dead - Gorguts Considered Dead - Gorguts
12 Epitaph - Necrophagist Epitaph - Necrophagist
13 Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious - Carcass
14 Kill - Cannibal Corpse Kill - Cannibal Corpse

Underrated AMAZING Death Metal album.

15 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

16 ...For Victory - Bolt Thrower ...For Victory - Bolt Thrower
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
21 Those Once Loyal - Bolt Thrower
22 Individual Thought Patterns - Death
23 Monolith of Inhumanity - Cattle Decapitation
24 Dawn of Possession - Immolation
25 Spiritual Healing - Death
26 None So Vile - Cryptopsy
27 Close to a World Below - Immolation

This is a true death metal classic! Immolation are thrashing with such an intensity in 8 songs of pure brutality throughout this album. The typical atonal and dissonant riffs of Immolation give this an extra awesome death metal tone! - Flav

28 Gotsu Totsu Kotsu - Where Warriors Once Dreamed a Dream Gotsu Totsu Kotsu - Where Warriors Once Dreamed a Dream Gotsu Totsu Kotsu is a Death Metal band from Tokyo/Kantō, Japan. Formed in 2000, they released 3 full-length albums so far, which all had success in the underground scene, but are still very little known in the metal community. Their band name comes from the name of an ancient samurai, which they also ...read more.
29 Like an Everflowing Stream - Dismember

Incredible release! Should be definitely in Top 10!

This is brutal/melodeath. :/

30 Dechristianize - Vital Remains

Incredible killer album! This is definitely one of the best death metal records in the 21st century. if not one of the best death metal albums of all time!

31 Nightmares Made Flesh - Bloodbath
32 Blood Rapture - Vomitory
33 Onward to Golgotha - Incantation
34 Left Hand Path - Entombed

Top - Caleb9000

35 Severed Survival - Autopsy

Why in is this at 40? - Souleater318

36 Nespithe - Demilich
37 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation

Superb album and my favorite from suffocation

38 Psychostasia - Adramelech
39 De Profundis - Vader

This is an incredibly sick album. Best of Vader and one of the best in death/thrash metal.

40 Elvenefris - Lykathea Aflame

Album rules hard! This is excellent technical/progressive brutal death metal with a slight touch of Nile and Opeth.

41 An Anatomy Of The Beast - Intestine Baalism An Anatomy Of The Beast - Intestine Baalism

On of the greatest hidden gems in death metal, coming from Japan, which is not that popular for death metal, I guess. This is really awesome old-school death metal with a twist of melody in it. While it definitely isn't Melodic Death Metal, it is something between Melodeath and Old-School Death (more on the Old-School Death side).
It's a very unique and awesome record, that I highly recommend. Check it out! - Flav

42 Demigod - Behemoth

Kickass album, but the picture is wrong... This is the logo of the band Demigod, but it should be the album cover of the record "Demigod" by Behemoth

43 Orphic Signs - Desecravity Orphic Signs - Desecravity

Brutal! This is excellent Technical Brutal Death Metal! I think it's better than "Implicit Obedience" by the way. - Flav

44 Everything Is Fire - Ulcerate

Superb album. Definitely get this.

45 Retributive Justice - Gotsu Totsu Kotsu
46 Legend of Shadow - Gotsu Totsu Kotsu
47 Mouryou - Gotsu Totsu Kotsu Mouryou - Gotsu Totsu Kotsu
48 Buried Death - Coffins
49 Iniquitous - Rottrevore
50 Colossal Titan Strife - Kronos

Colossal album! Superb riffs and great brutality. If you like death metal you definitely need to listen to this.

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