The Best Death Metal Album

1.  Carcass - Surgical Steel 591
2.  Gorguts - Colored Sands 164
3.  Ulcerate - Vermis 88
4.  Revocation - Revocation 82
5.  Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death 66
6.  Autopsy - The Headless Ritual 55
7.  Bölzer - Aura 47
8.  Portal - Vexovoid 36
  Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth (write-in vote) 36
10.  Katalepsy - Autopsychosis (write-in vote) 8
11.  Deicide - In The Minds Of Evil (write-in vote) 7
12.  Kataklysm - Waiting For The End To Come (write-in vote) 6
  Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius (write-in vote) 6
  Obliteration - Black Death Horizon (write-in vote) 6
  Lantern - Below 6
  Ade - Spartacus (write-in vote) 6
  Hypocrisy - End Of Disclosure (write-in vote) 6
18.  Wound - Inhale The Void 4
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Autopsy - The Headless Ritual

Autopsy has been building a more or less hiccup-free discography for the past 20-odd years (albeit, with a lengthy hiatus preventing potential early-'00s missteps) and this album is no exception. The Headless Ritual is a barbaric, vile-sounding sort of thing in all the best sorts of ways. Should only be approached by those who know how to appreciate a good sonic savaging.

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Bölzer - Aura

Aura consists solely of dirty, no-nonsense death metal. It also happens have more relentless momentum and be a good measure catchier than any of its competition from this year, even from "melodic death" outfits. If you want to have a song stuck in your head, don't make it poppy and lame, let Bölzer in instead.

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Carcass - Surgical Steel

Maybe the best "comeback" album ever released so far, Carcass's Surgical Steel sits quite comfortably between Necroticism and Heartwork, with additional hint to all the band's career. Featuring the band's trademark chirurgical riffs and Jeff Walker's unmistakable vocals and bloody lyrics, Surgical Steel is sure to please both old and new fans alike!

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Gorguts - Colored Sands

Unforgivingly technical and progressive and just as unapologetic in terms of its claustrophobic atmosphere, Colored Sands is an incredible comeback album that showcases everything that has made Gorguts a household name in the death metal scene. As innovative as it is familiar, this album is quite possibly the best the band has released to date, capturing the essence of previous releases and fusing it seamlessly with over-the-top technicality and even more dynamic riffs.

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Lantern - Below

Dirty old-school death metal with a cold, dark atmosphere that will sound familiar to those fans of early-to-mid nineties Death metal, without ever suffering from hero-worship. Lantern actually do a very good job at sounding fresh & innovative, making Below one of the best Death metal albums of the year. Not bad for a debut!

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Portal - Vexovoid

The mysterious Aussie metallers are back with another chaotic, murky maelstrom of sense-assaulting swirling death. The band continue to hone their punishing craft... Vexavoid is a Portal to the Altars of Madness.

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Revocation - Revocation

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If you're looking for a model of consistency, look no further than Revocation's discography. This self-titled release is in no way an exception to the band's expectations of high quality metal, a highly intricate and technical death-thrash hybrid featuring a ton of outstanding guitar solos and face-melting riffs. Although traditionally rooted in terms of style, Revocation still benefits from a modernized production that highlights some otherworldly musicianship.

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Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death

Tribulation leave no doubts about their desire to shakes things up within the death metal genre. Their latest album Formulas Of Death is a unique concoction of death metal in which the band show complete disregard for the genre's borderlines and they revel in mixing in all manner of unusual elements. Taking a good dose of death, black, heavy, thrash and even progressive metal these cunning metal chemists mix all these into a dark and menacing album bubbling with psychedelic atmosphere and bursting with a rocking beat. Must be heard to be believed.

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Ulcerate - Vermis

There's absolutely nothing that can stop the massive waves of writhing riffs and unsettling dissonance created by Ulcerate. After keeping the quality, consistency, and jaw-dropping performance for so long, it's clear that they are on a league of their own. To be able to survive this monster, you must let go of everything. Allow it to pass through you and it will crush any previous concepts of what death metal can accomplish. Resistance is futile.

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Wound - Inhale The Void

Inhale The Void is very raw, honest, and has an almost subtly punk vibe at times. There is no pretense, no production tricks or gimmicks, just real, ass-kicking death metal. After this wild ride that goes by too quickly, Wound lets us down as lovingly and tenderly as smothering us with a pillow. It's the kind of album that makes you proclaim enthusiastically, "DAMN this is good!" during each and every song.

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