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[[MetalHead Some people]] love it, some people hate it... But hey, death metal is basically DarkerAndEdgier thrash metal. IT HAS TO HAVE AWESOME TUNES.
* Music/{{Decapitated}}'s "A Poem About an Old Prison Man". They turned a poem by UsefulNotes/CharlesManson into death metal perfection.
** ''Organic Hallucinosis'' is a must-listen for ''any'' metal fan. Hell, the whole band's disography counts.
** ''Winds of Creation'' proved that the band had chops even in their teens, and quickly gained the band plenty of well-deserved attention and acclaim. Their cover of Slayer which arguably manages to outdo the original for sheer manic intensity is a high point, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDNwv2vFXy0 Human's Dust]] is one of the best songs they've ever written. Dat solo.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FEVpLzX6Jw The Empty Throne]] from ''The Negation'' also deserves particular mention.
** Not death metal at all, but the instrumental [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HNYcEKYdu0 Silence]] is a TearJerker of a tribute to Vitek. And it is gorgeous.
* Meshuggah: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkrjE4QRsys "Rational Gaze"]]. Also 3:06-onward of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmVzqjycA-o "Straws Pulled at Random"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIXFKsghS6s MIND-SIGNAL TRANSMISSION, PEAKED, DISTORTED, BENT! UN-RE-STRAINED!!]] "Closed Eye Visuals" is awesome.
** No mention of ''Nothing'' would be complete without [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB9c0rOm3q4 "Spasm"]]. Coming out of left field with the lowest frequencies their strings of steel have ever unleashed, massaging the inside of your skull; Tomas's robotic, almost seductive sounding vocals; the steady peal of high palm-muted notes sounding like a Sega Genesis serenading a lover at Carnegie Hall. It's strangely beautiful, hypnotic, even serene...[[LastNoteNightmare then the final measures unexpectedly shift in pitch, the elements now dissonant and clashing]]; a not-so-gentle reminder that this is still fucking ''Meshuggah'' you're listening to.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc98u-eGzlc "Bleed"]]. Every moment of it.
** The album ''Catch Thirtythree''. The whole thing. 13 tracks. 45 minutes. One song. Pure awesome. Special mentions to certain tracks on it are:
*** When the rhythm guitars come back in during "The Paradoxical Spiral". Pure groove/doom evilness.
*** The guitar solo in "Entrapment". While not a super technical solo, it just manages to sound so completely alien that it pushes it into deliberate UncannyValley territory. Also that bend at the end of the song.
*** "Mind's Mirrors." The pitch shifted, robotic sounding vocals manage to sound both beautiful yet ominous at the same time, the lyrics are incredibly trippy, and the outro leading up to the next track is great.
*** "In Death is Death", which is just... awesome.
*** Finally, "Sum". Everything from 1:00 on is perfect. Especially Jens' screams.
** "Combustion" is a fucking ''insane'' song.
** What makes "New Millennium Cyanide Christ" so awesome is the use of UncommonTime throughout the song. The entire song shifts a lot between time signatures, but it gives still the listener an illusion that the song is written in CommonTime. And not to mention... THAT KICK-ASS RIFF!
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBEUTntgMOI I]]". All twenty-one minutes of it. This could be thought of as ''Catch-Thirtythree''[='s=] little brother, but by no means should it be dismissed as a lesser work; it is every bit as intense and rewarding. If the scream at around one minute into the song doesn't get you all pumped up, you simply don't like extreme metal.
* Everything made by extreme prog metal band Music/{{Opeth}} is bound to become absolutely epic. ''In all possible senses''. Here's an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nPCtYnMzLA example.]]
* Everything Music/BetweenTheBuriedAndMe have done since ''Alaska''.
** "Roboturner" deserves its own page, from the FirstNoteNightmare to the final bass fade out.
** ''The Parallax II: Future Sequence'' is 72 minutes of insane, inhuman, physically impossible awesome, but "Astral Body", "Lay Your Gosts to Rest" and "Telos" are all just chillingly amazing.
** "Obfuscation". The music never lets up for all of the nearly 10 minutes that encompasses this song, with two brilliant guitar solos.
%%** "Selkies" is their biggest song for a reason!
%%** ''All 64 minutes'' of ''Colors''. Just too epic for words to describe.
* Nile. A few songs stand out, like "Sarcophagus", "Von unaussprechlichen Kulten" and "I Whisper In the Ear of the Dead", but there are many others.
** The breakdown in the song "Cast Down the Heretic".
** The entire album of ''Those Whom the Gods Detest''. In particular, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr-m9TiUw6Q title track,]] and the final track, "Iskander D'hul Karnon". Beware: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igSEHmfy828 this song]] contains volatile levels of win.
* Music/CannibalCorpse's entire ''Gore Obsessed'' album is pure awesome death metal.
** They seem to strike gold every 10 years, as ''Tomb of the Mutilated'', ''Gore Obsessed'', and ''Torture'' (1992, 2002, and 2012, respectively) have some of their best songs.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-44z8NVR050 "From Skin To Liquid"]] and the instrumental version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOb6JSQd-Qw "Frantic Disembowelment"]].
** ''A Skeletal Domain'' has been hailed since their best since ''Gallery of Suicide'', and rightfully so! The album has a spookier, darker tone to it than usual, which sounds really rad.
%%** ''The Bleeding'', and ''Bloodthirst''.
%%** "Hammer Smashed Face" is one of the biggest Death Metal songs for a reason.
* You just ''can't'' complete this page without mentioning Music/{{Atheist}} at least once. All of their songs are downright epic in some way or another, but that's to be expected from the most respected TechnicalDeathMetal band of all time. '''Of all time!'''
* The entire ''Antithesis'' album by Origin, specifically the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=926NQiZodA0 title track]]. Begins with the quote "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds," and proceeds to kick your ass with a nine and a half minute technical death metal masterpiece.
** ''Entity'' is even better, as it has all the compositional strengths of ''Antithesis'' with a whole lot more variation and a production that not only fixes the main problem with ''Antithesis'' (overly muddy production), but manages to have some actual breathing room as opposed to your typical [[LoudnessWar obnoxiously brickwalled]] Suecof/Otero/Rutan/Morabito shitfest.
* Cynic's debut album, ''Focus''. The album is pure genius, especially the ending instrumental section of the last song, "How Could I".
** ''Traced in Air'' has its fair share of awesome moments as well. Case in point: the soaring "A MIIIIIIIIILLION DOOOOOOOOOVES" chorus on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNGCJzPzAp0 "Integral Birth"]].
%%* [=Vader=] is Poland's biggest act for a reason.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxDZArc2ce4 Fleshgod Apocalypse]], high speed [[SymphonicMetal Symphonic]] TechnicalDeathMetal.
%%* Revocation blends techdeath with thrash metal to make some of the best extreme metal in the current decade.
* Music/DyingFetus. Everything. For starters: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2APpknzmDoA Praise the Lord (Opium for the Masses)]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3ep2GHBaGE Schematics]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5O0iwB71rk Unadulterated Hatred]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfr1mNlqQw8 Skull Fucked]], and one of their best ever, from their latest album, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Jjy3Zy7kk Subjected to a Beating]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JFosCClvNQ One Shot One Kill.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEW70UJIpfA In the Trenches.]]
%%* Augury, especially "Oversee The Rebirth", the last song of the second album, ''Fragmentary Evidence''.
* Pick a Music/{{Gojira}} song. ''Any'' Gojira song.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsZGaogCHcs Planned Obsolescence]] ...
* Gorguts, especially their ''Obscura'' and ''From Wisdom to Hate'' albums. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0f1gfVdXZY Here]]'s the title track from the former.
** ''Colored Sands'' continues their winning streak. After a leak of the album to the internet their record company put the whole thing up for streaming on Spotify. Listen to it [[http://open.spotify.com/album/1qhgbP27HYf4iCiLbquXys here]].
* Mexican band The Chasm have a lot of winners in their discography. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjey5guWm_I Here]]'s a spellbinding eleven-minute instrumental from 2009's ''Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm''.
* Timeghoul has to be heard to be believed. There is nothing else that sounds even remotely like this band. Start with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vltFjJqrzRc Boiling in the Hourglass]] and go from there.
* Demilich are legendary in the metal underground for a reason. Large numbers of bands have tried to emulate this group. All of them have failed. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_8XfamXcmw Here's a link to their stuff on YouTube]], or you can just [[http://www.anentity.com/demilich/download.php download their stuff from their site]]. If you're in need of a specific song recommendation, "(Within) the Chamber of Whispering Eyes" (which is sometimes labelled as "The Putrefying Road in the Nineteenth Extremity") is probably their "catchiest" song.
* Czech act Lykathea Aflame have only released one album (the follow-up has been in DevelopmentHell for at least ten years), but it's a doozy. A few choice cuts: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzTYw7kraak On the Way Home]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CQaCFlLJGA Sadness and Strength]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dx8TP9UMX8 A Step Closer]]. They're unusual among death metal acts for using mostly major keys and featuring no guitar solos, but their material is still incredibly heavy, technical, and progressive. See also Appalling Spawn, to which Lykathea Aflame is a successor; unfortunately, Lykathea's amazing drummer Tomáš Corn was not in Appalling Spawn.
* Literally every song by Music/{{Behemoth}} ever (pioneer of [[BlackMetal Blackened]] [[TechnicalDeathMetal Death Metal]]). However, "Chant for Ezkaton 2000" deserves a mention, specially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYW7PI0Rn6A the live version]] that is considerably downtuned WAY below the studio version. The studio version is awesome on its own, but when played live and downtuned, the EarWorm riff sounds [[TearJerker absolutely beautiful]].
* Music/SixFeetUnder may be a polarizing band, but just try to deny the awesomeness of their albums ''Undead'' and ''Unborn''. There's a reason even some of their haters like them both.
** ''Haunted'' and ''Warpath'' prove you don't need to be technical to make a good death metal album.
* Anything and everything by Music/{{Obituary}}, one of the pioneers of the entire genre. Just a few examples:
** The riff in "By the Light" [[EarWorm will not leave your head]], but it's so simple and awesome that you won't want it too.
** The instrumental "Redneck Stomp" has become a death metal CultClassic for a reason.
** ''Slowly We Rot'' and ''Cause of Death'' are both classic albums all the way through.
* The band Bloodbath was formed for one reason and one reason only: to pay homage to classic Swedish death metal. How could you go wrong with a supergroup featuring (or had featured) members from Opeth, Katatonia, Edge of Sanity, Hypocrisy, and Paradise Lost? ''It is glorious''. %% [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khn1KG6QcMg They're amazing,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rhWKhjNCQ4 to say]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcpXWOwHcoE the very]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSv2byt5o6Y least]]. %% If you link to Youtube videos, INCLUDE THE SONG TITLES. If these videos get taken down, there will be no way to find replacements.
* Music/{{Death}} are regarded as the genre's founding fathers for good reason, and their last four albums - ''Human'', ''Individual Thought Patterns'', ''Symbolic'', and ''The Sound of Perseverance'' - are justifiably regarded as the point where technical and progressive death metal got their starts. With these albums, Schuldiner and company set a standard that very few bands since have matched. Have a listen to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpfz5Vnr-_A Flesh and the Power It Holds]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3OPOYG6XIQ Voice of the Soul]]" from ''The Sound of Perseverance'', or "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQwfYuIrQF8 Perennial Quest]]" from ''Symbolic''.
* Music/{{Dismember}} needs a mention here, their entire ''Like an Ever Flowing Stream'' album could easily qualify, so let's start with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gtUcFRGmWI Override of the Overture]].
* Electrocution was a short-lived Italian Death/Thrash nobody group that came and dropped ''Inside the Unreal'' and called it a career, at least until they reformed after the Internet gave them a new fanbase. With songs like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufItX04CM68 Premature Burial]], it's hard not to see why.
* If you know your Death Metal, you probably know Incantation. If you don't, they play Death Metal in its most dark, cavernous and downright evil form. Check out, just to name some examples, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeqHXbiIPy8 Golgotha]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1aMhfvumas The Ibex Moon]], and [[https://youtu.be/CI7mtsWbdYM Shadows of the Ancient Empire]].
* Macabre are one of the pioneering bands of both DeathMetal and {{Grindcore}}, having been formed in 1984, so they deserve some mention here. With a discography dedicated to the crimes of RealLife {{Serial Killer}}s, their output is not only quite high on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness, but they also add a touch of whimsy here and there. Check out [[https://youtu.be/GQv1-mqcGZM Ed Gein]], [[https://youtu.be/HHYhG805eKA Vampire of Düsseldorf]], or for some DarkComedy, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUxb139X-N4 their own twist on the Ooompa Loompas' theme]].