These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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, or at least represent Chuck's creative peak.
"Pull the Plug" from Leprosy is considered by many death metal fans to be one of the greatest death metal songs of all time.
Gene Hoglan is very popular with the fans, possibly due to the fact that he's been in manyotherbands. 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.
Bobby Koelble has also become appreciated as one of the most unique and underutilized guitarists that Chuck had, with his gypsy and hard bop-inflected style standing out as one of the more unique applications of jazz guitar in metal (which usually tends to skew either towards fusion or free jazz).
Epic Riff: Nearly all of Death's songs have these.
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.
"Crystal Mountain": forcing your religion onto others is wrong.
Spiritual Healing's title track is directed against televangelists, criticizing the idea of closed-mindedness.
"Misanthrope" is directed towards, well, guess. The essential message is that yes, some people are assholes, but despising all of humanity just because there are some horrible people out there is short-sighted, childish, and ignorant.
"Without Judgement": most issues have multiple sides and demand a more discerning view, and taking the easy road and taking a knee-jerk reductivist approach to complex problems and situations is lazy and intellectually dangerous.
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.