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Top 25 Classic Death Metal Debuts


3 caveats
1. Death metal album (not just debut from band that became death metal, like Carcass)
2. Released calendar year 1999 or earlier
3. By a band with more than 1 album (1-album wonder list is elsewhere)

Yes, there are a few bands conspicuous in their absence. For whatever reason, I just never really got into them.
I don't dislike them, but I don't regard them as highly as most folks do

EDIT - I stayed away from death/thrash combo albums, more for convenience's sake. So Malleus Maleficarum, Illusions, Seven Churches, Serpent Temptation, etc are not on this list, but they'll be on the next list I make (top 25 Brutal thrash/death-thrash albums)

Created by: sgtrobo | 30.07.2022






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30.07.2022 - 17:55
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Nice choices! Awesome to see Necrophobic in first place
Those death metal bands of the late 80s and early 90s really caught lightning in a bottle with their incredible debuts! My favorites:
1. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
2. Autopsy - Severed Survival
3. Entombed - Left Hand Path
4. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
5. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes
6. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
7. Nile - Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka
8. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
9. Desultory - Into Eternity
10. Possessed - Seven Churches
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30.07.2022 - 22:35
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Good list following your criteria I have come up with my ranking:

1. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
2. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
3. Entombed - Left Hand Path
4. Autopsy - Severed Survival
5. Atheist - Piece Of Time
6. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
7. Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
8. Gorguts - Considered Dead
9. Cynic - Focus
10. Obituary - Slowly We Rot
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30.07.2022 - 22:36
sgtrobo

Written by F3ynman2000 on 30.07.2022 at 17:55

Nice choices! Awesome to see Necrophobic in first place
Those death metal bands of the late 80s and early 90s really caught lightning in a bottle with their incredible debuts! My favorites:
1. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
2. Autopsy - Severed Survival
3. Entombed - Left Hand Path
4. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
5. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes
6. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
7. Nile - Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka
8. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
9. Desultory - Into Eternity
10. Possessed - Seven Churches


I've been a death metal fan for, quite literally, 35 years and I still have not listened to Demigod. WTF is wrong with me? Ok, enough of this stupidity, I'm listening to them now.
EDIT - oh christ, edited...that was badass. How could I have missed out on that
Side note - great call on Desultory. Into Eternity ended up being the name of a Canadian prog/tech melodeath band that had quite a few absolute badass releases. I didn't put Possessed on there because I considered them brutal/death thrash and I wanted to keep away from that for this list (Merciless, Sadus, Oppropbrium/Incubus, etc)
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30.07.2022 - 22:37
sgtrobo

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 30.07.2022 at 22:35

Good list following your criteria I have come up with my ranking:

1. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
2. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
3. Entombed - Left Hand Path
4. Autopsy - Severed Survival
5. Atheist - Piece Of Time
6. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
7. Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
8. Gorguts - Considered Dead
9. Cynic - Focus
10. Obituary - Slowly We Rot


Considered Dead was SO close to making it...I went back and forth between that and Massacre. Great list BTW
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31.07.2022 - 05:42
nepalski

Good list. Im gonna add some great debuts, but only those not-mentioned by anyone so far. I'll stretch the time limit to before year 2000 including that year.

1. Cenotaph - The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows
2. Dark Millennium - Ashore the Celestial Burden
3. Brutality - Screams of vanquish
4. Septic Flesh - Mystic Places of Dawn
5. Garden of Shadows - Oracle Moon
6. Broken Torso - The Ultimate Abhorrence
7. Hellwitch - Syzygial Miscreancy
8. Atrocity - Hallucinations
9. Phlebotomized - Immense Intense Suspense
10. Decapitated - Winds of Creation
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31.07.2022 - 06:09
nepalski

Written by sgtrobo on 30.07.2022 at 22:36

I've been a death metal fan for, quite literally, 35 years and I still have not listened to Demigod. WTF is wrong with me? Ok, enough of this stupidity, I'm listening to them now.
EDIT - oh christ, edited...that was badass. How could I have missed out on that


Literally the second band that comes to my mind when thinking about finnish death metal, the first would be Demilich. Demigod are the gods of tremollo picking in death metal. Don't listen to their later output from 2002 onward, they suck hard. Instead you should check their demo Unholy Domain, literally one of the best death metal demos of all time
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31.07.2022 - 09:33
doez
Hallucigenia
Man, your criterias are hard to fit , very hard list to make! We don't have much stuff in common but I haven't listened to everything on yours yet, I've been meaning to check the Deeds Of Flesh debut and Iniquity for a while now. Anyways, here's my top 10, I hesitated a lot in adding Brodequin's debut (released in 2000) but this is what I ended up with:

1. Cynic - Focus
2. Pan.Thy.Monium - Dawn Of Dreams
3. Phlebotomized - Immense Intense Suspense
4. Supuration - The Cube
5. Disgorge (MEX) - Chronic Corpora Infest
6. Septic Flesh - Mystic Places of Dawn
7. Skinless - Progression Towards Evil
8. Cryptopsy - Blasphemy Made Flesh
9. Mangled Torsos - Drawings of the Dead
10. Intestine Baalism - An Anatomy Of The Beast
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An album rated 6 is an album I enjoyed
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01.08.2022 - 00:56
sgtrobo

Written by nepalski on 31.07.2022 at 05:42

Good list. Im gonna add some great debuts, but only those not-mentioned by anyone so far. I'll stretch the time limit to before year 2000 including that year.

1. Cenotaph - The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows
2. Dark Millennium - Ashore the Celestial Burden
3. Brutality - Screams of vanquish
4. Septic Flesh - Mystic Places of Dawn
5. Garden of Shadows - Oracle Moon
6. Broken Torso - The Ultimate Abhorrence
7. Hellwitch - Syzygial Miscreancy
8. Atrocity - Hallucinations
9. Phlebotomized - Immense Intense Suspense
10. Decapitated - Winds of Creation


some great additions there definitely. I had to cut it off at 1999. It was too "symmetrical" and 2000 adds stuff and makes the list that much harder to create:P

Written by doez on 31.07.2022 at 09:33

Man, your criterias are hard to fit , very hard list to make! We don't have much stuff in common but I haven't listened to everything on yours yet, I've been meaning to check the Deeds Of Flesh debut and Iniquity for a while now. Anyways, here's my top 10, I hesitated a lot in adding Brodequin's debut (released in 2000) but this is what I ended up with:

1. Cynic - Focus
2. Pan.Thy.Monium - Dawn Of Dreams
3. Phlebotomized - Immense Intense Suspense
4. Supuration - The Cube
5. Disgorge (MEX) - Chronic Corpora Infest
6. Septic Flesh - Mystic Places of Dawn
7. Skinless - Progression Towards Evil
8. Cryptopsy - Blasphemy Made Flesh
9. Mangled Torsos - Drawings of the Dead
10. Intestine Baalism - An Anatomy Of The Beast


I had to make it a bit challenging!
Great call out on Skinless, forgot their debut was pre-2000. Trample the Weak is one of my favorite BDM albums of all time
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