Thumbs up: +68
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
Nora Cavern Age | Mirrors In Me | 2012
TrenchHead | Belligerence | 2013
Cruciamentum | Engulfed In Desolation | 2011
Timeghoul | Tumultuous Travelings | 1992
Chthe'ilist | Amechth'ntaas'm'rriachth | 2012
Xoth | Hostile Terraforming | 2014
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. Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire
2015
15. Allegaeon - Fragments Of Form And Function
2010
16. Altars - Paramnesia
2013
17. Alterbeast - Immortal
2014
18. Anata - Under A Stone With No Inscription
2004
19. Anomalous - Ohmnivalent
2011
20. Antediluvian - λόγος
2013
21. Antropofagus - Architecture Of Lust
2012
22. Archons - The Consequences Of Silence
2008
23. Archspire - The Lucid Collective
2014
24. Arkaik - Reflections Within Dissonance
2010
25. Arsis - A Celebration Of Guilt
2004
26. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
2014
27. As You Drown - Reflection
2009
28. Augury - Concealed
2004
29. Autokrator - Autokrator
2015
30. Avicularia - Born To Be Vile
2009
31. Baring Teeth - Atrophy
2011
32. Beheaded - Ominous Bloodline
2005
33. Behemoth - Demigod
2004
34. Beneath - The Barren Throne
2014
35. Beneath The Massacre - Incongruous
2012
36. Beyond Creation - The Aura
2011
37. Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage Of Stars
2014
38. Blood Red Throne - Altered Genesis
2005
39. Brain Drill - Quantum Catastrophe
2010
40. Calm Hatchery - Fading Reliefs
2014
41. Carcariass - Killing Process
2002
42. Centaurus-A - Side Effects Expected
2009
43. Cerebrum - Spectral Extravagance
2009
44. Chaos Inception - The Abrogation
2012
45. Cryopsis - Veils Of Psychotic Chaos
2003
46. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
1996
47. Cynic - Focus
1993
48. Cytotoxin - Radiophobia
2012
49. Dead Eyed Sleeper - Observing Oblivion
2011
50. Deadborn - Mayhem Maniac Machine
2012
51. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
52. Decapitated - Winds Of Creation
2000
53. Decrepit Birth - Polarity
2010
54. Deeds Of Flesh - Of What's To Come
2008
55. Defeated Sanity - Passages Into Deformity
2013
56. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes
1992
57. Demilich - Nespithe
1993
58. Descend - Wither
2014
59. Desecravity - Implicit Obedience
2012
60. Detrimentum - Inhuman DisgRACE
2012
61. Devolved - Oblivion
2011
62. Dim Mak - Emergence Of Reptilian Altars
2011
63. Disaffected - Vast
1995
64. Diskord - Dystopics
2012
65. Diskreet - Engage The Mechanicality
2010
66. Dying Fetus - War Of Attrition
2007
67. Element (USA) - The Energy
2010
68. Embrional - Absolutly Anti-Human Behaviors
2012
69. Enfold Darkness - Our Cursed Rapture
2009
70. Face Of Oblivion - The Embers Of Man
2011
71. Fallujah - The Harvest Wombs
2011
72. Fisthammer - Devour All You See
2012
73. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles
2009
74. Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils
2011
75. Gigan - Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
2011
76. Gnostic - Engineering The Rule
2009
77. Gonoba - Endless Cycles
2013
78. Gorguts - Obscura
1998
79. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
2012
80. Gory Blister - Graveyard Of Angels
2009
81. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
2014
82. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
2011
83. Hieronymus Bosch - Equivoke
2008
84. Hour Of Penance - Paradogma
2010
85. I Chaos - The Human Repellent
2011
86. Ignivomous - Contragenesis
2012
87. Illogicist - The Insight Eye
2007
88. Impetuous Ritual - Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence
2009
89. In-Quest - Made Out Of Negative Matter
2009
90. Inanimate Existence - A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement
2014
91. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
2014
92. Iniquity - Grime
2002
93. Insurrection - Fracture
2010
94. Intestine Baalism - Ultimate Instinct
2008
95. Irreversible Mechanism - Infinite Fields
2015
96. Job For A Cowboy - Demonocracy
2012
97. Krisiun - Southern Storm
2008
98. Lost Soul - Immerse In Infinity
2009
99. Lvcifyre - Svn Eater
2014
100. Lykathé - Elvenefris
2000
101. Man Must Die - No Tolerance For Imperfection
2009
102. Martyr - Warp Zone
2000
103. Mass Infection - For I Am Genocide
2014
104. Mithras - Worlds Beyond The Veil
2003
105. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
2011
106. Monstrosity - Imperial Doom
1992
107. Monumental Torment - Element Of Chaos
2011
108. Morbus Chron - Sweven
2014
109. Necrophagist - Onset Of Putrefaction
1999
110. Neglected Fields - Mephisto Lettonica
2000
111. Nervecide - Impermanence
2013
112. Neuraxis - Asylon
2011
113. Neuromist - Move Of Thought
2010
114. Neurosplit Prophet - Encrypted Future Contingency
2009
115. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
2005
116. Nocturnus AD - The Key
1990
117. Noneuclid - The Crawling Chaos
2008
118. Oblivion - Called To Rise
2013
119. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
2009
120. Odious Mortem - Cryptic Implosion
2007
121. Omnihility - Biogenesis
2012
122. Ophidian I - Solvet Saeclum
2012
123. Ordinance - Internal Monologues
2011
124. Origin - Antithesis
2008
125. Ovid's Withering - Scryers Of The Ibis
2013
126. Ouroboros - Glorification Of A Myth
2011
127. Owl - You Are The Moon, I Am The Night
2013
128. Pestifer - Age Of Disgrace
2010
129. Pestilence - Spheres
1993
130. Pitbulls In The Nursery - Lunatic
2006
131. Portal - Vexovoid
2013
132. Psycroptic - Ob(Servant)
2008
133. Pyrrhon - The Mother Of Virtues
2014
134. Quo Vadis - Defiant Imagination
2004
135. Reciprocal - Reciprocal
2009
136. Resurrection - Embalmed Existence
1993
137. Revocation - Existence Is Futile
2009
138. Rings Of Saturn - Embryonic Anomaly
2010
139. Rivers Of Nihil - The Conscious Seed Of Light
2013
140. Sarpanitum - Blessed Be My Brothers...
2015
141. Scarve - Irradiant
2004
142. Scent Of Death - Woven In The Book Of Hate
2005
143. Sceptic - Pathetic Being
2001
144. Sectu - Nefarious
2014
145. Separatist - The Motionless Apocalypse
2008
146. Septycal Gorge - Erase The Insignificant
2009
147. Serdce - The Alchemy Of Harmony
2009
148. Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection
2008
149. Son Of Aurelius - The Farthest Reaches
2010
150. Sophicide - Perdition Of The Sublime
2012
151. Soreption - Deterioration Of Minds
2010
152. Spawn Of Possession - Cabinet
2003
153. Spheron - Ecstasy Of God
2013
154. Suffocation - Pierced From Within
1995
155. Sympathy - Arcane Path
2004
156. The Faceless - Autotheism
2012
157. Theory In Practice - Colonizing The Sun
2002
158. Trauma - Neurotic Mass
2007
159. Trepalium - XIII
2009
160. Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death
2013
161. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
2011
162. Unreal Overflows - False Welfare
2012
163. Vale Of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire
2011
164. Vehemence - Helping The World To See
2004
165. Vengeful - The Omnipresent Curse
2009
166. Vital Remains - Dechristianize
2003
167. Vomit The Soul - Apostles Of Inexpression
2009
168. Vörnagar - The Bleeding Holocaust
2005
169. Wrathprayer - The Sun Of Moloch: The Sublimation Of Sulphur's Essence Which Spawns Death And Life
2012
170. A Loathing Requiem - Psalms Of Misanthropy
2010
171. Ad Nauseam - Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est
2015
172. Ageless Oblivion - Temples Of Transcendental Evolution
2011
173. Apophys - Prime Incursion
2015
174. Arhideus - Awakening Of Sins
2013
175. Ayin - Ordo Ab Chao
2013
176. Carnivored - No Truth Found
2014
177. Cathexis - Shades Of Apocalypse
2013
178. Cynicist - Cynicist
2013
179. Deadalus - Remnant Of Oblivion
2014
180. Desecrated Sphere - Emancipate
2013
181. Dichotomy - Paradigms
2013
182. Dormant Ordeal - It Rains, It Pours
2013
183. Dying Out Flame - Shiva Rudrastakam
2014
184. Funeral Speech - Experimental World
2013
185. Hadal Maw - Senium
2014
186. Hateful - Epilogue Of Masquerade
2013
187. Havok [SWE] - Statues Of Sisyphus
2013
188. Hideous Divinity - Obeisance Rising
2012
189. Kataplexis - Downpour
2014
190. Khariot - Esoteric
2015
191. Lord Of War - Celestial Pestilence
2011
192. Mephistopheles - Sounds Of The End
2013
193. Nebulous - The Quantum Transcendence Of Death
2013
194. Nephren-Ka - The Fall Of Omnius
2013
195. Orphalis - Human Individual Metamorphosis
2012
196. Paradigm - Mind Is Key
2012
197. Psypheria - Gothic Disturbance
1998
198. Reptilian Death - The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence
2013
199. Splice - Mythological Deviance
2013
200. The Schoenberg Automaton - Vela
2013
201. Zealotry - The Charnel Expanse
2013
202. Zeenon - Blood Vessel Criteria
2005



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Kass - 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 Kass 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
Kass - 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 Guest 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.
psykometal - 15.02.2015 at 14:37  
Interesting that (Serdce) album made it into the MSA.
MechanisT - 15.02.2015 at 16:33  
Written by psykometal on 15.02.2015 at 14:37

Interesting that (Serdce) album made it into the MSA.


Closest Focus-era Cynic-sounding band to date. Alchemy of Harmony is by some distance their best effort. Timelessness (and to a much greater extent the previous two) didn't do much for me.

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