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YMMV: Death
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Many bands have covered the extremely simple song "Evil Dead", including Unleashed and God Dethroned. However, "Flesh And The Power It Holds" and "Spirit Crusher," both off The Sound of Perseverance, seem to ring loudest among prog death fans. And some fans think their cover of Painkiller is better than the original.
    • Most fans agree that their last four albums (Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic, and The Sound of Perseverence) consist of nothing but awesome music.
    • "Pull the Plug" from Leprosy is considered by many death metal fans to be one of the greatest death metal songs of all time.
  • Critical Dissonance: While The Sound of Perseverance is loved by both critics and fans of the band, opinions on the album among the metal community as a whole are more varied.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: They have won second place in Loudwire's "Extreme Metal Olympics", losing only to a certain mold breaking Japanese band.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Gene Hoglan is very popular with the fans, possibly due to the fact that he's been in many other bands. Steve DiGiorgio is also quite popular for similar reasons as Hoglan.
    • James Murphy has become more appreciated in hindsight as one of the reasons to love Spiritual Healing, which is wildly considered to be Death's weakest effort.
  • Epic Riff: Nearly all of Death's songs have these.
  • Face of the Band: Chuck Schuldiner.
  • Fandom Rivalry: As of the "Extreme Metal Olympics" aftermath, Death's fanbase is now engaging a rivalry with the fanbase of Dir En Grey.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The band's name is hard to look at the same way since Chuck died tragically.
  • Hype Backlash: See the second example of Seinfeld Is Unfunny below.
  • Magnum Opus: Symbolic is considered this by most metalheads, although plenty of fans will say that The Sound of Perseverance, Human, or Individual Thought Patterns are also worthy of this title.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny:
    • When Death started off, they were among the heaviest bands going. Their two early Gorn-oriented albums, Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, are, nowadays, (lyrically) quite tame compared to other, later death metal bands, especially a certain one.
    • It's not just in terms of heaviness, either. Quite a few metal fans have listened to Death wondering just what was so special about them, aside from the fact that they kickstarted death metal.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Crystal Mountain": forcing your religion onto others is wrong.
    • Spiritual Healing's title track is directed against televangelists, criticizing the idea of closed-mindedness.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending to "Perennial Quest", where a somber acoustic guitar plays alongside a lone wailing electric guitar. This song was especially made effective by how it was placed in Death's discography: It was the last song on Symbolic, which was intended to be their last album at the time so that Chuck Schuldiner could focus more on Control Denied (who had several songs become Death songs on The Sound of Perseverance).
    • "Voice of the Soul" can be this, depending on how one interprets it.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Rick Rozz is disliked by a number of modern fans for his very Love It or Hate It guitar style involving lots of whammy bar use.
    • Kam Lee is disliked as well, not for his musicianship (he only played on the poor quality early demos), but for his extremely unpleasant personality.

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