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What to expect; incredibly challenging and technically-proficient death metal, or death metal noted for stifling and dense atmospheric prevalence, or both, that may or may not be traversable in one go. Listener's discretion is advised.

Many albums featured here may borrow elements from other genres (prog, thrash, melodeath, grindcore, post, etc.), but the dominant stench of complexity-laden death metal is forever present, and so deserve to be mentioned here.

In addition, a number of bands who have nothing to do with death metal may also be featured which, in my opinion, contain enough complexities in their own way to garner a place here, and are leaning towards the aforementioned genre in any case.

A word of caution; many of the so-called "big names" might be missing from my list, and this is because they don't tingle my taste buds. As simple as that. Having said that, you'll find some underrated/obscure stuff here which definitely deserve to be appreciated more than they are currently.

As of now; one band-one album format, and subject to change, as always.

Alphabetically sorted (tentative).

Cheers.

EPs (and demos) worth checking out:

Duobetic Homunkulus | Ani Já Ani Ty Robit Něbudzeme, šedněme Do Koča, Vozit še Budzeme | 2013
Severe Dementia | Epitaph Of Plassey | 2007
Cognizance | Inquisition | 2013
TrenchHead | Belligerence | 2013
Cruciamentum | Engulfed In Desolation | 2011
Timeghoul | Tumultuous Travelings | 1992
Chthe'ilist | Amechth'ntaas'm'rriachth | 2012
Viraemia | Viraemia | 2009
First Fragment | The Afterthought Ecstasy | 2010
Hedonistic Exility | Devolutional Stasis | 2010
Syrebris | Aetheric Dynamics | 2013
Inanimacy | Transcending Existence | 2012
The Zenith Passage | Cosmic Dissonance | 2013
Warforged | Essence Of The Land | 2014

Created by: MechanisT | 29.07.2011



1. 7th Nemesis - Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow
2011
2. !T.O.O.H.! - Order And Punishment (Řád A Trest)
2006
3. Ævangelist - De Masticatione Mortuorum In Tumulis
2012
4. A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Xen
2012
5. Abnormality - Contaminating The Hive Mind
2012
6. Abriosis - Tattered And Bound
2011
7. Abysmal Dawn - Obsolescence
2014
8. Abysmal Torment - Omnicide
2009
9. Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius
2013
10. Ade - Spartacus
2013
11. Adramelech - PsychoStasia
1996
12. Aeon Of Horus - Existence
2014
13. Afflicted - Prodigal Sun
1992
14. Allegaeon - Fragments Of Form And Function
2010
15. Alterbeast - Immortal
2014
16. Anata - Under A Stone With No Inscription
2004
17. Anomalous - Ohmnivalent
2011
18. Antediluvian - λόγος
2013
19. Antropofagus - Architecture Of Lust
2012
20. Archons - The Consequences Of Silence
2008
21. Archspire - The Lucid Collective
2014
22. Arkaik - Reflections Within Dissonance
2010
23. Arsis - A Celebration Of Guilt
2004
24. As You Drown - Reflection
2009
25. Augury - Concealed
2004
26. Avicularia - Born To Be Vile
2009
27. Beheaded - Ominous Bloodline
2005
28. Behemoth - Demigod
2004
29. Beneath - The Barren Throne
2014
30. Beneath The Massacre - Incongruous
2012
31. Beyond Creation - The Aura
2011
32. Blood Red Throne - Altered Genesis
2005
33. Brain Drill - Quantum Catastrophe
2010
34. Calm Hatchery - Fading Reliefs
2014
35. Carcariass - Killing Process
2002
36. Centaurus-A - Side Effects Expected
2009
37. Cerebrum - Spectral Extravagance
2009
38. Chaos Inception - The Abrogation
2012
39. Cryopsis - Veils Of Psychotic Chaos
2003
40. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
1996
41. Cynic - Focus
1993
42. Dead Eyed Sleeper - Observing Oblivion
2011
43. Deadborn - Mayhem Maniac Machine
2012
44. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
45. Decapitated - Winds Of Creation
2000
46. Decrepit Birth - Polarity
2010
47. Deeds Of Flesh - Of What's To Come
2008
48. Defeated Sanity - Passages Into Deformity
2013
49. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes
1992
50. Demilich - Nespithe
1993
51. Descend - Wither
2014
52. Desecravity - Implicit Obedience
2012
53. Detrimentum - Inhuman DisgRACE
2012
54. Devolved - Oblivion
2011
55. Dim Mak - Emergence Of Reptilian Altars
2011
56. Diskord - Dystopics
2012
57. Diskreet - Engage The Mechanicality
2010
58. Dying Fetus - War Of Attrition
2007
59. Element (USA) - The Energy
2010
60. Embrional - Absolutly Anti-Human Behaviors
2012
61. Enfold Darkness - Our Cursed Rapture
2009
62. Face Of Oblivion - The Embers Of Man
2011
63. Fallujah - The Harvest Wombs
2011
64. Fisthammer - Devour All You See
2012
65. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles
2009
66. Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils
2011
67. Gigan - Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
2011
68. Gnostic - Engineering The Rule
2009
69. Gonoba - Endless Cycles
2013
70. Gorguts - Obscura
1998
71. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
2012
72. Gory Blister - Graveyard Of Angels
2009
73. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
2014
74. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
2011
75. Hieronymus Bosch - Equivoke
2008
76. Hour Of Penance - Paradogma
2010
77. I Chaos - The Human Repellent
2011
78. Ignivomous - Contragenesis
2012
79. Illogicist - The Insight Eye
2007
80. Impetuous Ritual - Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence
2009
81. In-Quest - Made Out Of Negative Matter
2009
82. Inanimate Existence - A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement
2014
83. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
2014
84. Iniquity - Grime
2002
85. Insurrection - Fracture
2010
86. Intestine Baalism - Ultimate Instinct
2008
87. Job For A Cowboy - Demonocracy
2012
88. Krisiun - Southern Storm
2008
89. Lost Soul - Immerse In Infinity
2009
90. Lvcifyre - Svn Eater
2014
91. Lykathé - Elvenefris
2000
92. Man Must Die - No Tolerance For Imperfection
2009
93. Martyr - Warp Zone
2000
94. Mass Infection - For I Am Genocide
2014
95. Mithras - Worlds Beyond The Veil
2003
96. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
2011
97. Monstrosity - Imperial Doom
1992
98. Monumental Torment - Element Of Chaos
2011
99. Morbus Chron - Sweven
2014
100. Necrophagist - Onset Of Putrefaction
1999
101. Neglected Fields - Mephisto Lettonica
2000
102. Nervecide - Impermanence
2013
103. Neuraxis - Asylon
2011
104. Neuromist - Move Of Thought
2010
105. Neurosplit Prophet - Encrypted Future Contingency
2009
106. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
2005
107. Nocturnus AD - The Key
1990
108. Noneuclid - The Crawling Chaos
2008
109. Oblivion - Called To Rise
2013
110. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
2009
111. Odious Mortem - Cryptic Implosion
2007
112. Omnihility - Biogenesis
2012
113. Ophidian I - Solvet Saeclum
2012
114. Ordinance - Internal Monologues
2011
115. Origin - Antithesis
2008
116. Ovid's Withering - Scryers Of The Ibis
2013
117. Ouroboros - Glorification Of A Myth
2011
118. Owl - You Are The Moon, I Am The Night
2013
119. Pestifer - Age Of Disgrace
2010
120. Pestilence - Spheres
1993
121. Pitbulls In The Nursery - Lunatic
2006
122. Portal - Vexovoid
2013
123. Psycroptic - Ob(Servant)
2008
124. Quo Vadis - Defiant Imagination
2004
125. Reciprocal - Reciprocal
2009
126. Resurrection - Embalmed Existence
1993
127. Revocation - Existence Is Futile
2009
128. Rings Of Saturn - Embryonic Anomaly
2010
129. Rivers Of Nihil - The Conscious Seed Of Light
2013
130. Scarve - Irradiant
2004
131. Scent Of Death - Woven In The Book Of Hate
2005
132. Sceptic - Pathetic Being
2001
133. Sectu - Nefarious
2014
134. Separatist - The Motionless Apocalypse
2008
135. Septycal Gorge - Erase The Insignificant
2009
136. Serdce - The Alchemy Of Harmony
2009
137. Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection
2008
138. Son Of Aurelius - The Farthest Reaches
2010
139. Sophicide - Perdition Of The Sublime
2012
140. Soreption - Deterioration Of Minds
2010
141. Spawn Of Possession - Cabinet
2003
142. Spheron - Ecstasy Of God
2013
143. Suffocation - Pierced From Within
1995
144. Sympathy - Arcane Path
2004
145. The Faceless - Autotheism
2012
146. Theory In Practice - Colonizing The Sun
2002
147. Trauma - Neurotic Mass
2007
148. Trepalium - XIII
2009
149. Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death
2013
150. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
2011
151. Unreal Overflows - False Welfare
2012
152. Vale Of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire
2011
153. Vehemence - Helping The World To See
2004
154. Vengeful - The Omnipresent Curse
2009
155. Vital Remains - Dechristianize
2003
156. Vomit The Soul - Apostles Of Inexpression
2009
157. Vörnagar - The Bleeding Holocaust
2005
158. Wrathprayer - The Sun Of Moloch: The Sublimation Of Sulphur's Essence Which Spawns Death And Life
2012
159. A Loathing Requiem - Psalms Of Misanthropy
2010
160. Ageless Oblivion - Temples Of Transcendental Evolution
2011
161. Altars - Paramnesia
2013
162. Arhideus - Awakening Of Sins
2013
163. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
2014
164. Ayin - Ordo Ab Chao
2013
165. Baring Teeth - Atrophy
2011
166. Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage Of Stars
2014
167. Carnivored - No Truth Found
2014
168. Cathexis - Shades Of Apocalypse
2013
169. Cynicist - Cynicist
2013
170. Cytotoxin - Radiophobia
2012
171. Deadalus - Remnant Of Oblivion
2014
172. Desecrated Sphere - Emancipate
2013
173. Dichotomy - Paradigms
2013
174. Disaffected - Vast
1995
175. Dormant Ordeal - It Rains, It Pours
2013
176. Dying Out Flame - Shiva Rudrastakam
2014
177. Funeral Speech - Experimental World
2013
178. Hadal Maw - Senium
2014
179. Hateful - Epilogue Of Masquerade
2013
180. Havok [SWE] - Statues Of Sisyphus
2013
181. Hideous Divinity - Obeisance Rising
2012
182. Kataplexis - Downpour
2014
183. Lord Of War - Celestial Pestilence
2011
184. Mephistopheles - Sounds Of The End
2013
185. Nebulous - The Quantum Transcendence Of Death
2013
186. Nephren-Ka - The Fall Of Omnius
2013
187. Orphalis - Human Individual Metamorphosis
2012
188. Paradigm - Mind Is Key
2012
189. Psypheria - Gothic Disturbance
1998
190. Pyrrhon - The Mother Of Virtues
2014
191. Reptilian Death - The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence
2013
192. Splice - Mythological Deviance
2013
193. The Schoenberg Automaton - Vela
2013
194. Zealotry - The Charnel Expanse
2013
195. Zeenon - Blood Vessel Criteria
2005



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JD - 02.10.2011 at 15:43  
Written by MechanisT on 02.10.2011 at 13:52

Written by The Void on 02.10.2011 at 13:51

Martyr


Yeah, I'm going through their discog. The best one gets in.

I think "Warp Zone" is the best album to start with, if you ask me.
The Void - 05.10.2011 at 03:36  
Written by JD on 02.10.2011 at 15:43

I think "Warp Zone" is the best album to start with, if you ask me.


Yeah, "WZ" and "Feeding The Abscess" are MASTERPIECES.
"Hopeless Hopes" slightly less insane in my opinion.
We really need a new album
JD - 05.10.2011 at 03:43  
Written by The Void on 05.10.2011 at 03:36

Yeah, "WZ" and "Feeding The Abscess" are MASTERPIECES.
"Hopeless Hopes" slightly less insane in my opinion.
We really need a new album

Same here:

1. Warp Zone
2. Feeding The Abscess
3. Hopeless Hopes

And yes, we need a new album.

And now, back on topic.
Diamonds - 30.11.2011 at 13:08  
I really enjoy this list. Vale Of Pnath, Enflold Darkness, nice touch.
MechanisT - 30.11.2011 at 13:10  
Written by Diamonds on 30.11.2011 at 13:08

I really enjoy this list. Vale Of Pnath, Enflold Darkness, nice touch.


Thanks. More to be added. I'm on an endless quest to find the finest in death metal technicalities, and hope to pass the 100th mark at the very least.
Diamonds - 30.11.2011 at 13:12  
Written by MechanisT on 30.11.2011 at 13:10

Written by Diamonds on 30.11.2011 at 13:08

I really enjoy this list. Vale Of Pnath, Enflold Darkness, nice touch.


Thanks. More to be added. I'm on an endless quest to find the finest in death metal technicalities, and hope to pass the 100th mark at the very least.


i look forward to seeing this . i'll have to reffer a friend of mine to it when you're finished, he's one of the craziest techdeath fans i know of. i'm more of a brutal death fan myself.
MechanisT - 30.11.2011 at 13:16  
Written by Diamonds on 30.11.2011 at 13:12

Written by MechanisT on 30.11.2011 at 13:10

Written by Diamonds on 30.11.2011 at 13:08

I really enjoy this list. Vale Of Pnath, Enflold Darkness, nice touch.


Thanks. More to be added. I'm on an endless quest to find the finest in death metal technicalities, and hope to pass the 100th mark at the very least.


i look forward to seeing this . i'll have to reffer a friend of mine to it when you're finished, he's one of the craziest techdeath fans i know of. i'm more of a brutal death fan myself.


Haha thanks. Just tryin' to help. In any case, glad you found the list useful.
psykometal - 30.11.2011 at 17:12  
Mech you need to check out Lust Of Decay, sick ass drummer. They probably fall a little more into the brutal category but still very technical and very sick!!!
MechanisT - 30.11.2011 at 18:49  
Written by psykometal on 30.11.2011 at 17:12

Mech you need to check out Lust Of Decay, sick ass drummer. They probably fall a little more into the brutal category but still very technical and very sick!!!


Will do Psyko and, if appropriate, will add them here. No worries.
Grody2themax - 05.12.2011 at 04:38  
Sceptic. Pathetic Being is the only album by them I've checked out in entirety but its amazing and has some of the best drumming I've ever heard.
Element - The Energy (amazing tech/prog death album)
Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes (tech death)
Aspid - Extravasation (tech thrash)

All I could think of that wasn't already on here for additions. Check em out!
MechanisT - 05.12.2011 at 11:30  
Written by Grody2themax on 05.12.2011 at 04:38

Sceptic. Pathetic Being is the only album by them I've checked out in entirety but its amazing and has some of the best drumming I've ever heard.
Element - The Energy (amazing tech/prog death album)
Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes (tech death)
Aspid - Extravasation (tech thrash)

All I could think of that wasn't already on here for additions. Check em out!


Will comply asap. Thanks.
3rdWorldFuckface - 11.12.2011 at 14:51  
Written by MechanisT on 05.12.2011 at 11:30

Will comply asap.

Kronos , Rings Of Satun, The Contortionist are all gr8. Check em out.....
And a techdeath list withour VIRAEMIA !!!! or would u not add EPs here
MechanisT - 11.12.2011 at 15:07  
Written by Guest on 11.12.2011 at 14:51

Written by MechanisT on 05.12.2011 at 11:30

Will comply asap.

Kronos , Rings Of Satun, The Contortionist are all gr8. Check em out.....
And a techdeath list withour VIRAEMIA !!!! or would u not add EPs here


Exactly. No EPs here. As for the rest, will comply.
Sukuba - 27.12.2011 at 11:26  
How about Sadist, Scholomance and Theory In Practice?
MechanisT - 03.01.2012 at 14:14  
Written by Sukuba on 27.12.2011 at 11:26

How about Sadist, Scholomance and Theory In Practice?


Will check them out later. I only heard Sadist - Tribe, but didn't really like it that much. Oh well, we'll see.
Carl Berg - 25.01.2012 at 20:56  
Great list. But only 22nd for The Faceless?
Alex Fenger - 05.02.2012 at 22:49  
Written by Carl Berg on 25.01.2012 at 20:56

Great list. But only 22nd for The Faceless?

they should definitely be higher up
edgethrasherx - 09.02.2012 at 02:21  
Cannot agree more to this list, beautiful
Guib - 04.06.2012 at 05:39  
Yeah I love this list ! gj man
MechanisT - 04.06.2012 at 12:15  
Written by Guib on 04.06.2012 at 05:39

Yeah I love this list ! gj man


Thank ye. Feel free to drop suggestions every now and then. :3
psykometal - 04.06.2012 at 21:38  
Should add the new Hour Of Penance album Sedition. It doesn't fall directly under the TDM category but like Krisiun's Southern Storm it is relatively techy BDM. Another one I just noticed isn't here is Severed Savior's Survile Insurrection...
MechanisT - 04.06.2012 at 21:46  
Written by psykometal on 04.06.2012 at 21:38

Should add the new Hour Of Penance album Sedition. It doesn't fall directly under the TDM category but like Krisiun's Southern Storm it is relatively techy BDM. Another one I just noticed isn't here is Severed Savior's Survile Insurrection...


To be honest, I liked Paradogma a whole lot more than Sedition. I mean, it's nice, but Paradogma was better imo.
Severed Savior is a band I have yet to listen to, so expect me to pay them a visit soon.
psykometal - 05.06.2012 at 01:02  
Written by MechanisT on 04.06.2012 at 21:46

To be honest, I liked Paradogma a whole lot more than Sedition. I mean, it's nice, but Paradogma was better imo.

To each their own, honestly Sedition is the only album of theirs I like. I have tried many times to get into The Vile Conception and Paradogma but every time I'm bored and want to listen to something else after the first couple tracks, however when I checked out Sedition to see if they changed much with a new vocalist and new drummer I was hooked instantly from the start and I actually listened to that album non-stop for like the next 2 weeks after that. And even since then, just in case maybe I just didn't get The Vile Conception or Paradogma the first few times, I have gone back and listened to those albums front to back a couple times and still they just bore me and I can't find anything that keeps me interested...
Lit. - 20.01.2013 at 04:13  
Wow, JFAC on a tech death list... A little jarring. Then again I've not listened to Demonocracy yet.
Boxcar Willy - 20.01.2013 at 06:37  
Written by Lit. on 20.01.2013 at 04:13

Wow, JFAC on a tech death list... A little jarring. Then again I've not listened to Demonocracy yet.

It's tech-death, I'm not a huge fan, but it's certainly no DOOM.
MechanisT - 20.01.2013 at 11:20  
Written by Lit. on 20.01.2013 at 04:13

Wow, JFAC on a tech death list... A little jarring. Then again I've not listened to Demonocracy yet.


Demonocracy is indeed the reason you see them here.
psykometal - 24.03.2013 at 20:36  
Hmm, I wouldn't really consider Portal or Aevangelist as "tech". Maybe I need to listen to those albums again...
MechanisT - 24.03.2013 at 21:11  
Written by psykometal on 24.03.2013 at 20:36

Hmm, I wouldn't really consider Portal or Aevangelist as "tech". Maybe I need to listen to those albums again...


Read the description properly, will you?
Not a list exclusively about technical death, but rather COMPLEX ones. Most Post-death I heard are pretty complex, Portal and Aevangelist being no different. So yeah.
psykometal - 24.03.2013 at 23:06  
Touche.

Post-death? Post seems to me to be the new "avantgarde" term when people don't know what to call something that clearly fits into a specific genre but is still different or odd enough that people feel the need to differentiate it from the rest of the genre.
MechanisT - 24.03.2013 at 23:12  
Written by psykometal on 24.03.2013 at 23:06

Touche.

Post-death? Post seems to me to be the new "avantgarde" term when people don't know what to call something that clearly fits into a specific genre but is still different or odd enough that people feel the need to differentiate it from the rest of the genre.


I first heard the term "Post-death" thrown around by !J.O.O.E.! for... Flourishing, maybe? It stuck on me as it's pretty accurate-sounding to my ears. Also; I think it's far more decipherable and distinguished in nature than Avantgarde, if we look at the said terminology by itself and not into separate components.
Diverge - 12.05.2014 at 01:41  
Great list. I recently discovered Serdce-- their newest album has taken five years to develop and create, and the two tracks I have heard sound massive. Sure enough, this band was on your list and not on Metal Storm in general. I'll have to check this list out more!
MechanisT - 12.05.2014 at 05:21  
Written by Diverge on 12.05.2014 at 01:41

Great list. I recently discovered Serdce-- their newest album has taken five years to develop and create, and the two tracks I have heard sound massive. Sure enough, this band was on your list and not on Metal Storm in general. I'll have to check this list out more!


Cheers mate. Make use of it in any way you want. I'm also glad you found Serdce to your liking. Now that's a severely underrated band.
Diverge - 12.05.2014 at 07:40  
Written by MechanisT on 12.05.2014 at 05:21

Written by Diverge on 12.05.2014 at 01:41

Great list. I recently discovered Serdce-- their newest album has taken five years to develop and create, and the two tracks I have heard sound massive. Sure enough, this band was on your list and not on Metal Storm in general. I'll have to check this list out more!


Cheers mate. Make use of it in any way you want. I'm also glad you found Serdce to your liking. Now that's a severely underrated band.

I couldn't agree more, mate. I think Blood Music of Finland (associated with Code666) will propel this band to the spotlight with their new album Timelessness; mark my words. If the tracks are anywhere near the quality of the two that have been released, we're in for a masterpiece on the same order as Persefone's Spiritual Migration, Gorod's Leading Vision, Obscura's Cosmogenesis, etc. It instantly became my most anticipated album of the year.

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