Death Metal

Music labeled simply “death metal” can often be characterized as traditional death metal, or old-school death metal. This generally refers to the sound championed by early death metal icons like Morbid Angel, Gorguts, Entombed, etc.

For Fans Of: Mortiferum [Death Metal] [Death/Doom]

Who would have guessed Olympia, Washington would give us not only Wolves in the Throne Room, who never seize to impress me, but also this slab of perfect death metal known as Mortiferum?

Topheth by Novae Militiae

Novae Militiae – Topheth [Blackened Death Metal]

Novae Militiae are on my growing list of bands who play the “evil” card perfectly, properly avoiding doing anything too traditionally, unless we count the tradition of blasting the listener into submission, with technical precision and free-flowing style. I’m impressed.

Anachronism - Orogeny (album cover artwork)

Anachronism – Orogeny [Technical Death Metal]

The longer it takes for everyone else to discover this album, the more I like it. This is one of the best tech-death metal albums in recent years, in my opinion, and I hope the band continues doing what they’re doing here.

Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing

Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing [Death Metal] [Death-Doom]

Spectral Voice is one of those bands that is both slow and fast. Importantly, they’re always crushingly heavy. My favorite moments from Spectral Voice, as a biased blast-beat fanatic, are when things get fast. The doom parts are also very enjoyable, convincing me to “give the doom side a chance” when I’m usually…