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Death Is Only The Beginning (Of This List)

This is a list of all the death metal albums I have listened to that I thought were at all worth remembering. Like my other genre lists, this is just a record of my own listening experience that I use for personal organization, not a definitive account of the best or all of the death metal out there; there will probably be albums or bands that are not death metal in the strictest sense. You'll find some OSDM, melodeath, tech death, death-doom, maybe a bit of deathcore, I don't know. Maybe some non-death metal albums by death metal bands that I put in here just because.

1. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
2. Death - Symbolic
3. At The Gates - With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness
4. At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
5. Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side

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Created by ScreamingSteelUS on 15.04.2022

The Timeless Ver2

1.All time & genre (including Non-Metal on MS)
2.Only studio albums & EPs
3.The genre is primary one.
4.Only ESPECIALLY favorite (a bit more stringently than ver1 and rating 10 is not enough)
5.The order: A to Z (initial of band's name), next release date
6.Black Wisdom, an album of Russian band Grey Heaven Fall, is deleted. When the situation gets better, I will repost.
Last modified on 3 March 2022

1. Akhlys - The Dreaming I
2. Altar Of Plagues - Mammal
3. Angra - Temple Of Shadows
4. Anthrax - Among The Living
5. Arkha Sva - Gloria Satanae

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Created by Lastempire on 13.02.2022

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50 Favorite Bands

The bands are in that order on purpose, from most to least favorite, but favorite nonetheless. The format is:

band | favourite album by the band | favorite song (or 2) by the band

1. Meshuggah - Nothing
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Immolation - Close to a World Below
4. Death - Symbolic
5. Agalloch - The Mantle

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Created by Qualeen on 31.01.2022

My Top 30 Albums Of 2020

1. Draconian - Under A Godless Veil
2. Katla. - Allt Þetta Helvítis Myrkur
3. The Ocean - Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic
4. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
5. Lunatic Soul - Through Shaded Woods

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Created by JoneHK on 17.01.2022

M0rkeleb's Overall Favorites - 10s

I feel like my overall favorites list is getting too long. I'm splitting it up by rating.

1. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still
2. Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
3. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
4. Ayreon - 01011001
5. Igric - Svet Svetlom Stvorený

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Created by M0rkeleb on 30.10.2021

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400+ Favorite Songs

Last updated on 28 July 2022.

1. Dream Theater - Images and Words
2. Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
3. Wintersun - Wintersun
4. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
5. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

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Created by Qualeen on 10.10.2021

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200 Favorite Albums

Note: Tool intentionally ommitted because they don't consider themselves metal. Otherwise you'd see their first 4 albums in top 25.

Last updated: 3 August 2022

1. Agalloch - The Mantle
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Edge of Sanity - Crimson
4. Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
5. Lost Horizon - A Flame to the Ground Beneath

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Created by Qualeen on 30.09.2021


Loose order, incomplete

"Extreme" metal albums only

1. Molested Divinity - Unearthing The Void
2. Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus
3. Induced - Coproporeal
4. Putrescent Seepage - Dead And Demented
5. Scatology Secretion - Submerged In Glacial Ruin

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Created by Dangerboner on 05.09.2021

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August 2021 Jams

I just want to note that these are my favorites to listen to right now, and not necessarily the albums I would rate "best" or "most classic". Pure preference

1. Entombed - Left Hand Path
2. Antestor - The Forsaken
3. Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
4. Amenra - De Doorn
5. Wintersun - Wintersun

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Created by Qualeen on 25.08.2021


1. Necrophobic - Dawn of the Damned
2. Temple of Void - The World That Was
3. Dark Tranquillity - Moment
4. Paradise Lost - Obsidian
5. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still

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Created by Angoracat on 22.03.2021

Best Of 2020 Death Metal

YET another list of my faves in the death metal genre this time in the year of our Lord Satan 2020. Haven't heard all the stuff I'd like yet and I welcome all the recommendations in the comments, cheers!

1. Aborted - La Grande Mascarade
2. Abysmal Dawn - Phylogenesis
3. Æpoch - The Scryer
4. Aeternam - Al Qassam
5. Æther Realm - Redneck Vikings From Hell

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Created by J the Metallizer on 06.03.2021

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MSA 2020 All Write-ins

All write-in votes from Metal Storm Awards 2020

1. ~~~~~~~~ The Best Alternative Metal Album ~~~~~~~~
2. Amaranthe - Manifest
3. Avatar - Hunter Gatherer
4. El Lobo En Tu Puerta - Santana Bendita

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Created by Maxder on 01.03.2021

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Art Appreciation: My Top Favorite Metal Album Artwork/Cover Art Of 2020

My source was looking at the most popular 1000 metal albums (excluding demos and EPs) of the year in question on the RateYourMusic website. I liked more than these but these are the ones that spoke to me the most. I went through all 1000, chose carefully, then went back to my short list and eliminated a few. Surprisingly, there aren't any Mariusz Lewandowski pieces featured here which is unfortunate because like a lot of people I'm quite a fan of his art. List is in order of popularity rather than being ranked by my preference.

1. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and Be Still
2. Neptunian Maximalism - Éons
3. Black Curse - Endless Wound
4. Testament - Titans of Creation
5. Cirith Ungol - Forever Black

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Created by quieted_darkness on 01.03.2021

Top Albums 2020

1. Auðn - Vökudraumsins Fangi
2. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still
3. Vader - Solitude In Madness
4. Aeternam - Al Qassam
5. Necrophobic - Dawn Of The Damned

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Created by Magic Rock! on 14.02.2021

The 10 Best Albums of 2020

1. Draconian - Under a Godless Veil
2. Cult of Lilith - Mara
3. The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous
4. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and Be Still
5. Lethian Dreams - A Shadow of Memories

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Created by Ocean Sage on 03.02.2021