->''"Death Metal was never meant to be pretty, baby!"''
-->-- '''Michael Amott''' In the liner notes of the 2000 reissue of "Dark Recollections" by Carnage

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'''Death metal''', also known as "that genre [[MoralGuardian concerned parents]] hate", is a particularly notable subgenre of [[Music/HeavyMetal metal]] that is usually characterised by [[HarshVocals growled, roared]], or [[MetalScream shrieked vocals]], heavily downtuned guitars, and generally quite proficient musicianship utilising a variety of unusual techniques and instrumentation such as tremolo picking, palm muting, double kick blast beats, and complex, evolving song structures with frequently morphing time signatures played at quite tremendous speeds. Lyrics usually (though not always) focus on anger, hate, gore, and death, and some pretty [[ContemptibleCover gory album covers]] are not at all uncommon.
It is TheNewRockAndRoll; easily one of the most misunderstood musical genres since its own inception, its critics almost always characterise it as an [[SensoryAbuse unlistenable noise attack]], [[PublicMediumIgnorance ignorant of the genuine, if not universally endearing, musicianship involved]]. Special hate is often reserved for the distinct and distinctively named vocal style, commonly characterised as ugly, unmusical, or mere screaming with an equal degree of ignorance as to the immense skill and physical fitness required to sing death vocals well without quickly ruining one's voice.

The style evolved from ThrashMetal in the eighties, with some bands influential on the genre (thrash or otherwise) including Music/{{Slayer}}, Music/{{Venom}}, CelticFrost and {{Kreator}}. The first band to get acknowledged for playing death metal was the thrash band Possessed, with their landmark album ''Seven Churches''. While Possessed may have been the TropeNamer (they even had a song named "Death Metal"), the {{Trope Maker}}s, and according to some sources the {{Ur Example}}s, were {{Music/Death}}, who released their first album, ''Scream Bloody Gore'', in 1987. They replaced the overt thrash influences of Possessed with an at-the-time unparalleled fusion of brutality and technicality, solidifying the genre.

Initially just an underground niche for the most extreme of metalheads, death metal only managed to gain recognition outside the underground thanks to some of the more popular and controversial bands, such as Deicide, CannibalCorpse and Music/MorbidAngel, who in the early 1990s were suddenly being noticed by livid moral guardians the world over. There was the brutality of the music itself, featuring extensive use of dissonance, atonality, syncopation, deep forays into the deranged realms of frequently shifting UncommonTime, and the general tendency to angrily take a hatchet to most of the other things that make pop music accessible and catchy (like simple melodies and rhythms); this, combined readily with the decidedly offensive (some might say [[DudeNotFunny antisocially so]]) thematics of the genre helped culture warriors and moral crusaders to froth up an image of terrible music that promoted [[{{Gorn}} violence]], [[SexIsEvil sex]], [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs sexual violence]], [[RockMeAsmodeus Satan]], and probably somehow [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drugs as well]]. This culminated in CannibalCorpse being banned from performance in several countries.

Since then, the genre has mostly remained underground, with a devoted but relatively modest following, stellar critical acclaim and a thoroughly international scene (for example, did you know Botswana has a thriving death metal scene?); however a few bands have had a large amount of recognition, as have a couple of subgenres. The genre's influence has also been felt in many other genres, including GothicMetal, GrooveMetal, NuMetal, and {{Metalcore}}. These, and several other forms of more traditional or popular metal have developed a harder, more abrasive sound, with harsher vocals and heavier distortion in response to the pioneering sounds of Death Metal, while retaining more accessible or conventional song structures and motifs.

For the hip-hop equivalent see {{Horrorcore}}.

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Multiple scenes with specific sounds have popped up over the years; for those wondering, the main ones are:

* '''Florida''': Thrashy, riff-oriented material, frequently with a pronounced technical edge and virtuosic playing. Easily the most successful scene to the point where bands with that sound were relocating there back in the day (Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation); notable native bands include Death, Obituary, Deicide, Atheist, Monstrosity, Six Feet Under, Brutality, and Nocturnus.
* '''New York''': A mix between aggressive, grind and hardcore-influenced material that laid the template for brutal death and doomy, dirgelike acts. Also includes bands from surrounding states, primarily NJ and PA; notable bands include Suffocation, Immolation, Incantation, Malignancy, Morpheus Descends, Dehumanized, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding.
* '''California''': A mixture of brutal, riff-oriented material that eschews leads in favor of a massive sea of winding, interconnected riffs building off one another, and melodic proggy tech that carries heavy late-era Death influences, with many of the former bands gradually turning into the latter. Notable bands include Deeds of Flesh, Disgorge, Decrepit Birth, Arkaik, Severed Savior, and Odious Mortem.
* '''Sweden''': Raw, punkish material with a darkly melodic undertone and frequent doom influences, as well as a trademark "chainsaw" guitar tone. Some acts also helped give birth to death 'n roll by way of infusing their music with hard rock elements. [[Music/InFlames Three]] [[Music/AtTheGates certain]] [[Music/DarkTranquillity bands]] from Gothenburg partly eschewed brutality in favor of melody, thus [[TropeMaker creating]] and [[TropeCodifier estabilishing]] [[MelodicDeathMetal a more melodic approach to death metal.]] Notable bands include Entombed, Dismember, Grave, Unleashed, God Macabre, and Carnage.
* '''Finland''': Dark and doomy material with a focus on creepy atmospheric sections and occasional bits of eerie melody. Notable bands include Amorphis (early material), Demilich, Demigod, Convulse, Sentenced (early material), and Adramelech.
* '''Poland''': Focuses more on the technical, thrashy side or the more atmospheric blackened edge of death metal. Notable bands include Vader, Behemoth (starting with ''Pandemonic Incantations''), Decapitated, Hate, Trauma, Lost Soul, and Yattering.
* '''Quebec''': Highly technical and aggressive material with a general focus on speed; later bands also started adding in progressive elements. Notable bands include Gorguts, Cryptopsy, Kataklysm (early material), Neuraxis, Martyr, and Quo Vadis.
* '''Russia''': Very big on slow, but rock-bottom heavy slam, though some of them have begun to move in a more technical direction with prominent Dying Fetus influences. Notable bands include Katalepsy, Abominable Putridity, Abnormity, 7 H. Target, and Big End Bolt.
* '''East Asia''': Rooted in {{grindcore}}, noise rock and {{deathcore}}, mathcore and slam death. Bands often have a strong affinity for NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly, some have melodic tendencies, some go UpToEleven thanks to HarshNoise influences. Notable bands include Magwi and Oathean from South Korea, Hydrophobia, Vomit Remnants, Dir En Grey (from ''Marrow of a Bone'' onwards), Imperial Circus Dead Decadence, Kokuyasou, Ritual Carnage, and Youthquake from Japan, Bloodshedd and Sin from the Philippines, and China's Lunar Eclipse.
* '''Australasia''': Weird, experimental fare with heavy jazz, post-rock, and black metal influences that borrows heavily from Gorguts and Atheist and runs the gamut from winding, playful, jazzy riff-fests to extremely dark, moody, and often nightmarish soundscapes. Notable bands include Music/{{Psycroptic}}, Stargazer, Ulcerate, Mephistopheles, The Amenta, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace (''Nadir'', mostly), and Portal.
* '''Italy''': [[UpToEleven Possibly the most extreme scene]], generally involves extremely fast, blast-heavy brutal death with occasional blackened death, melodic death and/or tech death influences. Notable bands include Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse (pre-''Agony''), Septycal Gorge, Putridity, Hideous Divinity, and Antropofagus.
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There are many different subgenres of death metal. Three of them (MelodicDeathMetal, TechnicalDeathMetal [[note]](four, but Progressive Death Metal and Technical Death Metal share the same page)[[/note]] and {{Deathcore}}) have their own entries. Here is a quick list of bands by basic subgenre:
%%%Bear in mind that some bands cross over into different subgenres at the same time. This is not an attempt to pigeonhole bands into different "cliques", which is what some have mistaken it for.

'''Old-School Death Metal'''\\
Pure, classic death metal.
* Music/AbysmalDawn (new band playing material in the vein of the original Florida acts, particularly Morbid Angel)
* Adramelech
* Music/{{Autopsy}}
* Baphomet
* Benediction
* Bloodbath (new band, old sound)
* Music/BoltThrower (eventually)
* Music/BrokenHope
* Brutality
* Cannabis Corpse (new band, old style)
* CannibalCorpse
* Carnage
* The Chasm
* Convulse
* Music/{{Death}} (later stuff is technical/progressive)
* Music/{{Debauchery}}
* Deceased (unique in that they basically play death metal with traditional metal structures)
* Music/{{Deicide}}
* Demigod
* Demilich
* Dismember
* Electrocution
* Entombed
* God Macabre
* Gorefest
* Music/{{Gorguts}} (early; shifted to technical/progressive/avant-garde for ''Obscura'' onwards)
* Grave
* Hail of Bullets (same as Bloodbath - new band, old sound)
* Music/{{Hypocrisy}} (early)
* Illdisposed
* Music/{{Immolation}}
* Impaled
* Incantation
* Intestine Baalism
* Music/JungleRot
* Malevolent Creation
* Massacre
* Master
* Monstrosity (along with TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Mortification (also Christian Metal)
* Music/MorbidAngel
* Necrophagia (another possible UrExample)
* Nihilist
* Nocturnus (Well known as one of the first bands from this genre to incorporate ScienceFiction elements into their music, both in instrumental and lyrical terms. Also labeled as TechDeath)
* Music/{{Obituary}}
* Music/{{Pestilence}} (before they shifted towards TechDeath; first album was death/thrash)
* Sentenced (first few albums)
* Scaphism (new band, old sound)
* Skeletal Remains (new band, old sound)
* Shub Niggurath
* Sinister
* Music/SixFeetUnder
* Solstice (not to be confused with the UK [[DoomMetal doom]] outfit of the same name.)
* Soul Embraced ([[ChristianRock Christian Death Metal]], their last two albums featured heavy elements of AlternativeMetal and MeloDeath respectively )
* Ten Masked Men
* {{Tiamat}} (early)
* Unleashed

'''Death/Thrash Metal'''\\
Death metal with a strong thrash influence. Many early death metal bands were rooted in thrash.
* Assorted Heap
* Atheist (also TechnicalDeathMetal, possibly the UrExample of the latter.)
* Cancer
* Chaos Synopsis
* Criminal (depending on the album, they may lean more towards thrash or death; their earlier material is more death, while their later material is more thrash, although ''No Gods No Masters'' is pretty much a straight-up death metal album)
* Dew-Scented
* Epidemic
* Excruciator (new band playing an old sound)
* Exhorder
* Eyeconoclast
* Flayed Disciple
* Ghoul
* Grotesque
* Hypnosia
* Incubus (not the AlternativeRock group, obviously; later changed name to Opprobrium. Also [[ChristianRock Christian Metal]].)
* Infernäl Mäjesty
* Insanity
* Invocator (first album)
* King's-Evil
* Legion of the Damned
* Massacra
* Merciless
* Morbid
* Morbid Saint
* Noisem
* Num Skull
* Ouroboros (Along with TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Possessed (possible TropeNamer of the entire death metal genre, and UrExample of death/thrash)
* Protector
* Revenant
* {{Revocation}} (along with TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Rigor Mortis
* Ripping Corpse
* Ritual Carnage
* Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
* Sadus
* {{Sepultura}} (From Schizophrenia to Arise; later became GrooveMetal with ''Chaos A.D.'', followed by a brief NuMetal jaunt with ''Roots'' and a return to their ''Chaos A.D.'' sound with ''Against''. The death/thrash influence returned starting with ''Dante XXI'', though.)
* Slaughter
* Music/{{Sodom}} (''Tapping the Vein'' only)
* Torture Squad
* Music/{{Vader}}
* Music/{{Warbringer}} (On ''Waking Into Nightmares'' at least)

'''Melodic Death Metal'''\\
Death Metal with a greater emphasis on melody, along with a dose of PowerMetal or traditional HeavyMetal riffage. For more information, go [[MelodicDeathMetal here]]

'''Brutal Death Metal'''\\
Death metal with more emphasis on brutality and speed, and less on melody. Often incorporates elements from grindcore (in particular, obviously, goregrind).
* Abdicate
* Music/{{Abnormality}} (notable in that Mallika Sundaramurthy is one of the few frontwomen in a heavily male-dominated genre)
* Music/{{Aborted}}
* Ade (mixed with FolkMetal)
* Music/{{Aeon}}
* Annihilated
* Antropofagus
* Music/{{Arkaik}}
* Beheaded
* Beneath
* Music/{{Benighted}}
* Big End Bolt
* Blasphemer
* Music/BloodRedThrone
* Bloodtruth
* Blood Vomit
* Brain Drill (also TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Cankered Corpse
* Cerebral Bore (another female-fronted example until Simone Pluijmers quit)
* Cognitive
* Music/{{Cryptopsy}} (before turning to {{Deathcore}} with ''The Unspoken King'', though they returned to the genre with the self-titled)
* Cytotoxin
* Music/DecrepitBirth (their first album only)
* Music/DeedsOfFlesh
* Music/DefeatedSanity (Along with Slam and Tech)
* Dehumanized (one of the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]] along with Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, and Suffocation.)
* Deprecated
* Desecravity
* Devangelic
* Music/{{Disgorge}} (Along with Slam)
* Disavowed
* Music/DyingFetus (notable for their hard-hitting political lyrics; they're essentially the RageAgainstTheMachine of death metal)
* Dyscarnate
* Element
* Euphoric Defilement
* Flayed Disciple
* Flesh Consumed
* Music/FleshgodApocalypse (mixed with SymphonicMetal, later switched to full-blown symphonic with death metal elements)
* Forced Asphyxiation
* Goratory (semi-notorious as the band that just about every major death metal musician to hail from New England has played in at some point)
* Gorgasm
* Guttural Secrete
* Music/HateEternal
* Hideous Divinity
* Music/HourOfPenance
* Incinerate
* Infernal Revulsion
* Iniquity
* Internal Bleeding (TropeCodifier along with Dehumanized, Pyrexia, and Suffocation. Also arguably the UrExample of slam; while Suffocation and Pyrexia were making use of slam breaks before Internal Bleeding was even around, they were one of the first bands to make them a central element of their music.)
* Music/InternalSuffering
* Intestinal Noose (A strange new variant with a brutal sound and fluffy lyrics)
* Inveracity
* Music/{{Kataklysm}} (early - shifted to classic death metal with [[MelodicDeathMetal melodeath]] elements in their recent material)
* Music/{{Katalepsy}} (Autopsychosis and onward)
* The Kennedy Veil
* Krisiun (modern material, their older material was more straight death metal)
* Music/{{Kronos}}
* Logic of Denial
* Magwi
* Music/{{Malignancy}}
* Mortician
* Mucopus
* Music/{{Nile}}
* Odious Mortem
* Omnihility
* Music/{{Origin}}
* Panzerchrist (mixed with BlackMetal, though)
* Parasitic Extirpation
* Putridity
* Pyaemia
* Pyrexia (TropeCodifier along with Suffocation, Dehumanized, and Internal Bleeding)
* Saprogenic
* Sepsism
* Septycal Gorge
* Music/SevereTorture
* Music/SeveredSavior
* Sickening
* Music/{{Skinless}}
* Music/{{Suffocation}} (UrExample and TropeCodifier)
* Suicidal Causticity
* Torn the Fuck Apart
* Torturous Inception
* Unbirth
* Unfathomable Ruination
* Unmerciful
* Vile
* Vomit Remnants (also slam death and deathgrind)
* Vomit the Soul
* Music/{{Wormed}}

'''Technical Death Metal'''\\
Essentially what happens when a death metal band starts to increase the technical musicianship borrowed from {{Jazz}}, ClassicalMusic, and/or ProgressiveRock[=/=]ProgressiveMetal. For more information, go [[TechnicalDeathMetal here]]

'''Slam Death Metal'''\\
Seen mainly as a progression of brutal death with subtle but noticeable hip-hop influences and a generally heightened focus on mosh-oriented rhythms, slam death metal is characterised by gurgling vocals, breakdowns, and grooves. Sometimes considered to be "proto-deathcore"; there is also a certain overlap between slam death metal and the more extreme deathcore bands, which is why Waking the Cadaver are on this list.
* 7 H. Target
* Abnormity
* Music/AbominablePutridity
* Blunt Force Trauma (Specifically the Japanese band; there are a few other bands [[NamesTheSame also called "Blunt Force Trauma"]].)
* Brodequin
* Cerebral Effusion
* Cephalotripsy
* Cerebral Incubation
* Condemned
* Crepitation
* Defeated Sanity (along with TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Despondency
* Music/{{Devourment}} (TropeCodifier)
* Disfiguring the Goddess
* Disgorge (USA) (Along with Brutal)
* Dripping
* Dysentery
* Embrionic Death (A technical UrExample as they were releasing slammy demos back in the early 90s, but they never made an official album.)
* Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy (an AffectionateParody of the genre from a lyrical and thematic standpoint, but the music is totally serious)
* Enmity
* Goemagot
* Ingested
* Inherit Disease
* Katalepsy (Pre-Autopsychosis)
* Kraanium
* Music/{{Pathology}}
* Prostitute Disfigurement
* Putrid Pile
* Music/{{Sexcrement}} (early, before majorly dialing up the HardRock and HairMetal influences to create a bizarre hybrid of death metal, groove metal, and glam)
* Short Bus Pile Up
* Soils of Fate
* Waco Jesus
* Music/WakingTheCadaver (first album was deathcore)

'''Blackened Death Metal'''\\
Death metal with influences from BlackMetal. Sometimes confused for a straight-up fusion of death and black metal.
* Akercocke
* Music/AnaalNathrakh (An extreme example bordering on HarshNoise, also deathgrind and IndustrialMetal)
* Angelcorpse
* Azarath
* {{Behemoth}} (TropeCodifier; fell under this genre on ''Satanica'' and ''Thelema.6''; later became Death Metal starting with ''Zos Kia Cultus'')
* Belphegor
* {{Benighted}} (early material)
* Beyond Terror Beyond Grace (''Nadir'' onward; everything before that was deathgrind)
* Dissection (first two albums only, on ''Reinkaos'' they switched to MelodicDeathMetal)
* Extol (A [[ChristianMetal Christian]] example - also TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Goatwhore
* Music/GodDethroned
* Hate
* Impaled Nazarene
* Katatonia (Their early death/doom material was significantly influenced by black metal.)
* Lecherous Nocturne (along with TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Necrophobic
* Music/{{Oathean}} (a rather [[MelodicDeathMetal melodic]] example, with [[FolkMetal folk]] influences)
* Panzerchrist
* Portal
* Sacramentum (last two albums; earlier stuff is Melodic Black Metal)
* Sarcófago (possible UrExample)
* Teitanblood
* Music/{{Zyklon}}

'''Death[=/=]Doom''' or '''Doom[=/=]Death'''\\
Death metal fused with DoomMetal. The GothicMetal genre evolved from this, as did the doom subgenre "funeral doom".
* Acid Witch
* Amorphis (early, and borderline at that)
* {{Anathema}} (early)
* Asphyx
* Music/{{Autopsy}}
* Beyond Dawn (early)
* Catacombs
* Celestial Season
* Cianide
* Coffins (mixed with StonerMetal)
* Crucifier
* Daylight Dies
* Dead Congregation
* Delirium
* Demenzia
* Depressed Mode (second album has been described as "symphonic death/doom"; first album was funeral doom)
* Disembowelment (the inspiration for funeral doom, alongside Thergothon and Skepticism)
* Music/DirEnGrey (later works, overlaps with {{Deathcore}} and [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly experimental metal]])
* Disma
* Dream Death (possible TropeMaker / UrExample)
* Evoken
* Forest Stream
* The Gathering (early)
* Hooded Menace
* Incantation
* Katatonia (early)
* Mar de Grises
* Morgion
* Morpheus Descends
* Mourning Beloveth
* MyDyingBride
* My Silent Wake
* Mythic (a rare all-female example)
* Necare
* Novembers Doom
* Officium Triste
* Orphaned Land (early)
* Music/ParadiseLost (early)
* Paramaecium
* Rapture
* Runemagick
* Salem
* Saturnus
* Sempiternal Deathreign
* Septicflesh (also MelodicDeathMetal and SymphonicMetal)
* Serpentine Path
* Swallow the Sun
* TheatreOfTragedy (first two albums)
* Thorr's Hammer
* Unholy
* Winter

'''Deathgrind'''\\
Death Metal + {{Grindcore}}. A potentially confusing subgenre, considering how similar the two genres are already to the average person.
* Aborted (mixed with brutal death)
* Animals Killing People (mixed with brutal death)
* The Berzerker
* Beyond Terror Beyond Grace (everything up to ''Nadir'', where they changed to blackened death)
* Bolt Thrower (early)
* Brutal Truth
* {{Carcass}} (early)
* Music/CattleDecapitation (also TechnicalDeathMetal)
* Cephalic Carnage (also TechnicalDeathMetal)
* The County Medical Examiners
* Covenance
* Disgorge (Mexico)
* Music/{{Exhumed}} (fully switched to Death Metal with ''Anatomy is Destiny'')
* Impetigo (early)
* Lock Up
* Music/MiseryIndex
* Mortician
* Murder Construct
* NapalmDeath (since ''Harmony Corruption'')
* Pig Destroyer
* Regurgitate
* Repulsion
* Tentacles
* Terrorizer

'''Deathcore'''\\
Death Metal mixed with HardcorePunk or {{Metalcore}}. Because of it's nature, it's most prone to GenreBusting and NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly with other genres. For more information, go [[{{Deathcore}} here]]

!!The death metal genre exhibits the following trope examples:

* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/DeathMetal Plenty]].
* BadassNormal: Many death metal artists showcase an everyday casual look, which comes across as more "normal" (save for the hair and, occasionally, the beards) than the styles worn by non-death metal artists. Many of them also appear (and are actually ) [[MeanCharacterNiceActor very nice and approachable]], though their music and lyrics indicate otherwise.
* BaldOfAwesome: A growing number of older artists and fans are embracing this hairstyle, which may or may not be paired with a BadassBeard.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Occasionally, vocalists will complement their grunts with high-pitched screeches. [[Music/CannibalCorpse Chris]] [[Music/SixFeetUnder Barnes]] and [[Music/DirEnGrey Kyo]] are the most prominent examples.
* ContemptibleCover: The most famous example being Cannibal Corpse's entire discography, but this trope is all over the place in death metal.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Death metal was possibly intended as the D&E version of thrash metal, which was already the D&E version of traditional/speed metal.
** Which was the D&E version of hard rock, which was the D&E version of classic rock, which was the D&E version of 60s pop... Extreme metal in all its forms is about as dark as it gets within metal.
** BloodierAndGorier: '''YES.'''
* FandomRivalry: The death metal fandom is sometimes at odds with the BlackMetal fandom.
* FanDisservice: Any album cover that features anything sexual is bound to be this.
* FiveManBand: The most common set up for a death metal band is singer, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bassist, and drummer. More rhythm-oriented bands swap the lead guitarist for a LeadBassist.
** FourManBand: When the singer is one of the instrument players or the band only has one guitarist.
*** RockTrio: Rare, but not unheard of.
* ForTheEvulz: Usually the motivation of {{Gorn}}-themed lyrics.
* {{Gorn}}: Possibly the most common lyrical theme.
** CruelAndUnusualDeath: Death Metal abounds with this. Done by the most evil people upon innocents, though the occasional AssholeVictim or KickTheSonOfABitch also pops up.
* HarshVocals: The main vocal style of the genre.
* HumansAreBastards[=/=]MisanthropeSupreme[=/=]StrawNihilist: If Metal-Archives lists "misanthropy" and/or "nihilism" among a given band's lyrical themes, expect generous doses of these.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: As with BlackMetal (though possibly to a lesser degree), the fandom of death metal sometimes displays this attitude with regards to some bands.
* LeadBassist: Type B and C examples are everywhere, and there are also quite a few Type A examples due to the technical skill that is frequently required to play the genre; of these, [[Music/CannibalCorpse Alex Webster]], [[Music/{{Origin}} Mike Flores]], [[Music/{{Death}} Steve DiGiorgio]], [[Music/BloodRedThrone Erlend Caspersen]], and [[Music/{{Suffocation}} Derek Boyer]] are particularly famous.
* LoudnessWar: Not a problem with older releases in the genre (unless they've been "remastered"), but this plagues modern releases. It's almost impossible to find a modern death metal album that isn't ''horribly'' brickwalled, with generous doses of clipping on top. May be a case of StylisticSuck, and is unfortunately encouraged (indirectly or not) by some fans and critics.[[note]]in the case of the latter, The Metal Observer is particularly bad about this, praising the production work of known War criminals like Erik Rutan and Jason Suecof[[/note]]. There are some producers fighting this trend, however, with Colin Marston being the most visible example.
* LoveItOrHateIt: One of the ''absolute worst'' cases of it: [[MetalHead fans]] like it for its rock-bottom heavy sound, complex arrangements and extreme musicianship; while people who dislike it claim that it's unlistenable, extremely overindulgent, highly repetitive, massively messy, unrelentingly discordant and unmelodic trash. You probably like it/hate it for...[[HarshVocals just one thing.]] Professional critics are equally polarized.
** Within death metal, slam. It's either simple, trashy, groovy fun that's a recipe for a good time live, or it's stupid, boring, and obnoxiously derivative garbage with a fanbase full of deathcore kiddies and dumb wiggers.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Many death metal musicians are actually very friendly when not playing. Two examples are Kyo (singer of DirEnGrey) and Alex Webster (band-leader of Cannibal Corpse).
* MetalScream: Relatively prevalent in the music, and often of the type 2 variety, though it's not uncommon for vocals to lean towards type 3.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: '''10-[[UpToEleven 11]]''', occasionally 9.
* MotorMouth: It is common for death metal vocalists to speed up their vocal work to catch up to the already fast instrumentation, often coming close to SingingSimlish.
* MisogynySong: A common theme of Brutal and especially Slam Death Metal lyrics. Began with early CannibalCorpse and was later popularized by bands such as Devourment, Waking The Cadaver and Waco Jesus. Though it's likely that they want to troll the general public than actually promote misogyny. [[Music/AbominablePutridity Some]] [[Music/DirEnGrey bands]] have gained notoriety for this, at one point or another.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Quite a few slam acts have a very wigger-ish aesthetic; while the origin of this isn't precisely known, it seems likely that it came from the more "urban" styles of Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized, and Dying Fetus, all of whom had very prominent NYHC influences.
* ProtestSong: If it's even remotely politically-tinged, it'll usually be this.
* PublicMediumIgnorance: "Death Metal... Is that like {{Slipknot}} or something?"[[note]]{{Slipknot}} are actually GrooveMetal and/or NuMetal, though they were influenced by death metal[[/note]] This confusion is a bit of a BerserkButton for many.
** Also common is people thinking death metal is noise. As in, disorganized, non-rhythmic, non-melodic noise with indecipherable screaming. '''[[HarshNoise That also exists]]''', but it's nothing like death metal.
** As stated above, the genre is also widely claimed to be TheNewRockAndRoll, despite the diabolical themes commonly associated with the genre being far, far more common in [[BlackMetal another genre of metal]].
* RatedMForManly: Oh ''yes.''
* ReligionRantSong: The other most common lyrical theme.
* '''RevolvingDoorBand''': If you're wondering why the trope is in bold, it's because this is really common for death metal bands to have more former members than songs...
** IAmTheBand: ...but there's usually at least one guy who was there from the start. Key word, usually. [[labelnote:*]]Music/{{Katalepsy}}, Music/CattleDecapitation, Music/{{Devourment}}, and Music/HourOfPenance are ''just a few'' death metal bands with no original members left.[[/labelnote]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: A lot of death metal lyrics and song titles feature scientific/medical jargon and other gibberish-sounding words, which is no surprise considering the [[{{Gorn}} lyrical]] and [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence aesthetic]] themes associated with the genre.
* TrollingCreator : Many of the artists that write the misogynistic {{Gorn}} lyrics are moreso this than not.
* TropeMaker: Death. It's unclear whether they were the first death metal band (because they were around at roughly the same time as Possessed, Master and Necrophagia), but they are generally agreed to have properly established death metal as a genre with ''Scream Bloody Gore''.
* TropeNamer: Generally either Possessed (with the song "Death Metal" off ''Seven Churches'') or Death (their style apparently being dubbed "Death's metal" in their early days, before death metal really took off as a genre).
* TropeCodifier: Cannibal Corpse in the public eye; metalheads are more likely to cite Morbid Angel, Obituary, or Deicide as such.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Part of the genre's appeal to metalheads.
* TheUnintelligible: Thanks to the genre's focus on HarshVocals, death metal vocalists are embodiments of this trope by default. Some examples are worse thanks to foreign-language or [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish badly-written]] [[GratuitousEnglish English]] lyrics, which may or may not be combined with the liberal use of MotorMouth as the main vocal delivery.
* UpToEleven: Death metal did ''this'' to ThrashMetal and metal in general. And, as if the extreme nature of death metal wasn't enough, brutal death and deathgrind took regular death metal, ''[[SerialEscalation intensified it by a hundred times]]'', ran away with it, and let it evolve as a full-fledged metal microgenre.

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