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On 12/9/2017 at 12:42 AM, Iceni said:

Quo Vadis could probably get back to top of the heap if they issued a new album, but for now it's gotta be Gorod. If First Fragment follows up Dasein with one or two albums that are even remotely as awesome they'll blast right up the rankings too. Same goes for Dawn of Dementia, Deviant Process and Vale of Pnath, and their latest work. As for new bands, I'd say Inanimate Existence has shown the best combination of quality and consistency.

The first Vale Of Pnath album was surprisingly good, but the second one doesn't do anything for me. The guitar parts just aren't there. I dig IE, and I'm finally warming up to newer Gorod - I liked Neurotripsicks back when they were "the French Gorgasm" but the new stuff got to my ears at the wrong time.

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All you anti-core guys are gonna roast me for this but my favourite Death Metal band right now has got to be Aversions Crown.  Heavy and Tech, and absolutely fucking brutal.  For the uninitiated:
 
I hadn't heard them until you posted this. Other than some melodic refrains, it sounded pretty much like I thought it would. Obnoxious vocals, hollow production that only served to highlight the dull chugging guitar lines, and wannabe Behemoth styled drumming that everyone seems to be going for these days. I know Requiem hates it when I comment just to be negative, but I'm legitimately hoping that one of these deathcore bands proves me wrong one day. Based on everything I've heard though, I'm not holding my breath.

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4 hours ago, BlutAusNerd said:

Other than some melodic refrains, it sounded pretty much like I thought it would. Obnoxious vocals, hollow production that only served to highlight the dull chugging guitar lines, and wannabe Behemoth styled drumming that everyone seems to be going for these days.
 

I was actually hoping someone would join me in a discussion about this!  As a fan of prog/tech death I think it's crazy someone can listen to this and think all it contains is chugging riffs and obnoxious vocals.  Are you only listening to the rhythm guitar and completely missing the leads?  Also... I think the vocals in this sound a lot fresher than the most of the typical DM I've been listening to for the past while.  But go ahead, convince me!  Show me a comparison song that is just as heavy, but with less obnoxious vocals and less chugging, because I have yet to see someone show me something that surprised me.

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I was actually hoping someone would join me in a discussion about this!  As a fan of prog/tech death I think it's crazy someone can listen to this and think all it contains is chugging riffs and obnoxious vocals.  Are you only listening to the rhythm guitar and completely missing the leads?  Also... I think the vocals in this sound a lot fresher than the most of the typical DM I've been listening to for the past while.  But go ahead, convince me!  Show me a comparison song that is just as heavy, but with less obnoxious vocals and less chugging, because I have yet to see someone show me something that surprised me.
I led my comment with "Other than some melodic refrains, it sounded pretty much like I thought it would.", in reference to the melodic leads (not the wanky solos) that broke up the typical deathcore monotony. Those were surprising, but not enough to get past my other gripes with the song. Chugging guitars are everywhere in metal, and they're not a problem unless they're just used as bland placeholders, which can be said for any musical technique. Death metal has always been especially heavy in palm-muted riffs, but the open-note deathcore chugfests that are more rooted in the try-hard "aggression" that they supposedly derive from hardcore/metalcore is tiresome for me. They're essentially not any different than the dreaded modern "breakdown riff" played at higher speed, something that metalcore and deathcore dumbed down to a pale imitation of its former status as a welcome hallmark in death metal. Any "heaviness" it instills feels contrived to me, and no more heavy than any number of other modern or ancient bands playing death metal. And as for the vocals sounding "fresh", it seems like every one of these bands from the last 10 or so years has gone out of their way to incorporate the same obnoxious screech that The Black Dahlia Murder became famous for into a more standard and hollow metalcore influenced growl. Do the leads make a difference? Absolutely, but otherwise, I hear literally nothing to set this band apart from the hordes that spawned them.

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On 2/2/2018 at 8:54 AM, FatherAlabaster said:

The first Vale Of Pnath album was surprisingly good, but the second one doesn't do anything for me. The guitar parts just aren't there. I dig IE, and I'm finally warming up to newer Gorod - I liked Neurotripsicks back when they were "the French Gorgasm" but the new stuff got to my ears at the wrong time.

I'm a sucker for symphonic/dark melodies so I may well have skimmed guitar for them. That being said I remember thinking it was an improvement in every way.

Nyn is hilarious. You'd absolutely hate them, they're basically Archspire with symphonic elements, but I enjoy them. You can't beat being able to capture a band's sound by humming Phantom of the Opera, making barking noises and blowing the occasional raspberry to imitate the kick drums.

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A handful of my favorite DM bands, just off the top of my head also in no particular order are: Obituary, Aborted, Autopsy, Cannibal Corpse, Bloodbath, Dismember, and Nile. 

Tons more that I love for sure, and those mentioned might not even be my top, but just a quick thought came up with those. 

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On 1/20/2019 at 11:56 AM, MattCantina said:

Immolation, Ulcerate, 

Two really good examples here of quality bands with their own sound.  Instantly I can recognise Immolation on most of their tracks and Ulcerate although less immediate they truly have that blend of dissonant, technical DM sound trademarked and thoroughly owned.

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Old-School Death Metal : massacre,obituary,Deicide,baphomet,malevolent Creation,immolation,vomitory,demilich

prog/Tech-Death : inanimate existence,obscura,Antropofagus,beyond creation,hideous divinity,morbus chron,persefone,allegaeon

Brutal/Slam Death Metal : disentomb,katalepsy,vaginal,abominable putridity,Displeased Disfigurement,Infecting the swarm

Melodeath : at the gates,later Dissection,gates of ishtar,insomnium,valtari,stortregn,whispered,barren earth

also there's plenty newer band which still keep play old school death metal outfit such like atomwinter,morfin,necroven,revel in flesh,tomb mold,outer heaven,dead congregation.they're personally my fave death metal band

 

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Possessed, early Death, Entombed, Hellwitch, Massacra (france), Massacre (florida), Master, Necrovore, Devastation, Incubus, Morgoth, Necrophagia (the Phil Anselmo era I really don't know what you would classify it as, maybe black/death), Sadistic Intent, Believer (sanity obscure album), Afflicted (swe), Dark Angel, Solstice, early Pestilence, Morbid Saint, early Vengeance Rising

I'm more into thrash/death, early death metal, the more vicious side of it. A little black/death too.

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On 1/1/2020 at 10:54 AM, basstorch said:

CANNIBAL CORPSE!!!

WHAT ABOUT THEM?? Which albums are your favourites, and why? 

On 1/15/2020 at 2:34 PM, Kalseroth said:

My favs are Gorguts, Behemoth, Disincarnate, Suffocation, Death, Deicide and Cannibal Corpse

Nice list.

What do you like about these bands in particular? Why are they your favourites? 

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18 hours ago, Requiem said:

WHAT ABOUT THEM?? Which albums are your favourites, and why? 

Nice list.

What do you like about these bands in particular? Why are they your favourites? 

I think mostly because they each have their own style. When you hear one of those band's music you know what band is playing.

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22 hours ago, Requiem said:

WHAT ABOUT THEM?? Which albums are your favourites, and why? 

Nice list.

What do you like about these bands in particular? Why are they your favourites? 

Pat O'brien has the sickest V guitar set ups for one, and Alex Webster is perfection to me with his bass playing. I love 18V pickups and speed ramps. The growl, groove, and speed. My favourite albums by Cannibal Corpse are in this order, Kill 2006... because of The Time To Kill Is Now and Make Them Suffer back to back, 1 and 2, just sets the whole album up perfectly. Then comes Gallery of Suicide... 1998... I Will Kill You and Gallery of Suicide are just phenomenal pieces of musical art. Followed by Butchered At Birth, I feel like that album is a complete masterpiece, from the artwork to being produced by Scott Burns...my favourite song off that album is Covered With Sores and is one of my top 3 Corpse songs. It is so fantastic, it still gives me goosebumbs after all these years. Tomb Of The Muitilated 1992....Entrails Ripped From a Virgin's Cunt and Hammer Smashed Face are the other two of my all time favourite Corpse songs. Follwing that and in this order, Eaten Back To Live 1990, The Bleeding 1994 (track number 3 please), Vile 1996, Bloodthirst 1999, Gore Obsessed 2002, The Wretched Spawn 2004, Evisceration Plaque 2009, Torture 2012, and finally, A Skeletal Domain 2014.

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On 1/20/2020 at 8:03 PM, basstorch said:

Pat O'brien has the sickest V guitar set ups for one, and Alex Webster is perfection to me with his bass playing. I love 18V pickups and speed ramps. The growl, groove, and speed. My favourite albums by Cannibal Corpse are in this order, Kill 2006... because of The Time To Kill Is Now and Make Them Suffer back to back, 1 and 2, just sets the whole album up perfectly. Then comes Gallery of Suicide... 1998... I Will Kill You and Gallery of Suicide are just phenomenal pieces of musical art. Followed by Butchered At Birth, I feel like that album is a complete masterpiece, from the artwork to being produced by Scott Burns...my favourite song off that album is Covered With Sores and is one of my top 3 Corpse songs. It is so fantastic, it still gives me goosebumbs after all these years. Tomb Of The Muitilated 1992....Entrails Ripped From a Virgin's Cunt and Hammer Smashed Face are the other two of my all time favourite Corpse songs. Follwing that and in this order, Eaten Back To Live 1990, The Bleeding 1994 (track number 3 please), Vile 1996, Bloodthirst 1999, Gore Obsessed 2002, The Wretched Spawn 2004, Evisceration Plaque 2009, Torture 2012, and finally, A Skeletal Domain 2014.

I know what you mean about the first two songs on 'Kill' - it's a great opening to the album. 

Nice overview of the albums. 

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