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Well, Septic Flesh has always played death metal of one kind or another, so if we're strictly talking about black metal then Rotting Christ has to win. But why split hairs. They've both recorded a few amazing albums and I've been a fan of both bands for a long time. I don't get into everything SF has done - the overblown drama, the sometimes ridiculous clean vocals, the overpolished sound of their more recent stuff - but they started off strong and they've had more good albums throughout the years. They also reinvented themselves pretty convincingly with their reunion. The debut full-length "Mystic Places Of Dawn" is a phenomenal melodic death-doom album and my top pick of theirs. 

Rotting Christ had a great run in the early to mid 90s. "Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers" became an instant favorite of mine almost 25 years ago and I love it to this day. On the other hand, I was let down by the following couple albums, and I can't seem to connect with any of their more recent stuff. I didn't get much out of their live set either.

I guess I have more respect for Septic Flesh and I think they're objectively a better band, but with a gun to my head I'd have to pick Rotting Christ for the impact their early albums had on me.

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