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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.

And yes; I play around with my order as per my amusement.

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 | Inquision | 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
Abriosis | Vessel | 2013
Hedonistic Exility | Devolutional Stasis | 2010
Syrebris | Aetheric Dynamics | 2013
Inanimacy | Transcending Existence | 2012
The Zenith Passage | Cosmic Dissonance | 2013

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1. Decapitated - Winds Of Creation
2000
2. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
2005
3. Necrophagist - Onset Of Putrefaction
1999
4. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
2009
5. Gorod - A Perfect Absolution
2012
6. Psycroptic - Ob(Servant)
2008
7. Spawn Of Possession - Cabinet
2003
8. Deeds Of Flesh - Of What's To Come
2008
9. The Faceless - Autotheism
2012
10. Ouroboros - Glorification Of A Myth
2011
11. Fallujah - The Harvest Wombs
2011
12. Anomalous - Ohmnivalent
2011
13. Pitbulls In The Nursery - Lunatic
2006
14. Pestifer - Age Of Disgrace
2010
15. Lost Soul - Immerse In Infinity
2009
16. Sceptic - Pathetic Being
2001
17. Hieronymus Bosch - Equivoke
2008
18. Illogicist - The Insight Eye
2007
19. Neglected Fields - Mephisto Lettonica
2000
20. Unreal Overflows - False Welfare
2013
21. Carcariass - Killing Process
2002
22. Gorguts - Obscura
1998
23. Quo Vadis - Defiant Imagination
2004
24. Martyr - Warp Zone
2000
25. Augury - Concealed
2004
26. Neuraxis - Asylon
2011
27. Beyond Creation - The Aura
2011
28. Archspire - All Shall Align
2011
29. Vengeful - The Omnipresent Curse
2009
30. Sympathy - Arcane Path
2004
31. Insurrection - Fracture
2010
32. Beneath The Massacre - Incongruous
2012
33. Dim Mak - Emergence Of Reptilian Altars
2011
34. Odious Mortem - Cryptic Implosion
2007
35. Decrepit Birth - Polarity
2010
36. Severed Savior - Servile Insurrection
2008
37. Vale Of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire
2011
38. Job For A Cowboy - Demonocracy
2012
39. Baring Teeth - Atrophy
2011
40. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
2014
41. Diskreet - Engage The Mechanicality
2010
42. Oblivion - Called To Rise
2013
43. Lord Of War - Celestial Pestilence
2011
44. Element (USA) - The Energy
2010
45. Serdce - The Harmony Of Alchemy
2009
46. Reciprocal - Reciprocal
2009
47. Origin - Antithesis
2008
48. Omnihility - Biogenesis
2012
49. Gnostic - Engineering The Rule
2009
50. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles
2009
51. Hour Of Penance - Paradogma
2010
52. Antropofagus - Architecture Of Lust
2012
53. Hideous Divinity - Obeisance Rising
2012
54. Ade - Spartacus
2013
55. Vomit The Soul - Apostles Of Inexpression
2009
56. Septycal Gorge - Erase The Insignificant
2009
57. Desecravity - Implicit Obedience
2012
58. Paradigm - Mind Is Key
2012
59. Aeon Of Horus - The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light
2008
60. Separatist - The Motionless Apocalypse
2008
61. Anata - Under A Stone With No Inscription
2004
62. Iniquity - Grime
2002
63. Trepalium - XIII
2009
64. Ageless Oblivion - Temples Of Transcendental Evolution
2011
65. Soreption - Deterioration Of Minds
2010
66. Intestine Baalism - Ultimate Instinct
2008
67. Cerebrum - Spectral Extravagance
2009
68. In-Quest - Made Out Of Negative Matter
2009
69. Sophicide - Perdition Of The Sublime
2012
70. Ophidian I - Solvet Saeclum
2012
71. Gory Blister - Graveyard Of Angels
2009
72. Man Must Die - No Tolerance For Imperfection
2009
73. Hannes Grossmann - The Radial Covenant
2014
74. Diskord - Dystopics
2012
75. Mephistopheles - Sounds Of The End
2013
76. Spheron - Ecstasy Of God
2013
77. Splice - Mythological Deviance
2013
78. Hateful - Epilogue Of Masquerade
2013
79. Reptilian Death - The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence
2013
80. Ignivomous - Contragenesis
2012
81. Cytotoxin - Radiophobia
2012
82. Beheaded - Ominous Bloodline
2005
83. Orphalis - Human Individual Metamorphosis
2012
84. Cryopsis - Veils Of Psychotic Chaos
2003
85. Neurosplit Prophet - Encrypted Future Contingency
2009
86. 7th Nemesis - Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow
2011
87. A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Xen
2012
88. !T.O.O.H.! - Order And Punishment (Řád A Trest)
2006
89. Gigan - Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
2011
90. Brain Drill - Quantum Catastrophe
2010
91. Kataplexis - Downpour
2014
92. Rings Of Saturn - Embryonic Anomaly
2010
93. The Schoenberg Automaton - Vela
2013
94. Arkaik - Reflections Within Dissonance
2010
95. Rivers Of Nihil - The Conscious Seed Of Light
2013
96. Ovid's Withering - Scryers Of The Ibis
2013
97. Arhideus - Awakening Of Sins
2013
98. Nephren-Ka - The Fall Of Omnius
2013
99. Ayin - Ordo Ab Chao
2013
100. Havok [SWE] - Statues Of Sisyphus
2013
101. Nebulous - The Quantum Transcendence Of Death
2013
102. Funeral Speech - Experimental World
2013
103. Cathexis - Shades Of Apocalypse
2013
104. Desecrated Sphere - Emancipate
2013
105. Zealotry - The Charnel Expanse
2013
106. Vörnagar - The Bleeding Holocaust
2005
107. Monumental Torment - Element Of Chaos
2011
108. Deadborn - Mayhem Maniac Machine
2012
109. Abysmal Dawn - Leveling The Plane Of Existence
2011
110. Face Of Oblivion - The Embers Of Man
2011
111. A Loathing Requiem - Psalms Of Misanthropy
2010
112. Devolved - Oblivion
2011
113. Noneuclid - The Crawling Chaos
2008
114. Neuromist - Move Of Thought
2010
115. Ordinance - Internal Monologues
2011
116. Dead Eyed Sleeper - Observing Oblivion
2011
117. Mithras - Worlds Beyond The Veil
2003
118. Lykathé - Elvenefris
2000
119. Demilich - Nespithe
1993
120. Adramelech - PsychoStasia
1996
121. Pestilence - Spheres
1993
122. Cynic - Focus
1993
123. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
124. Suffocation - Pierced From Within
1995
125. Nocturnus AD - The Key
1990
126. Monstrosity - Imperial Doom
1992
127. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes
1992
128. Resurrection - Embalmed Existence
1993
129. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
1996
130. Afflicted - Prodigal Sun
1992
131. Revocation - Existence Is Futile
2009
132. Gonoba - Endless Cycles
2013
133. Fisthammer - Devour All You See
2012
134. Son Of Aurelius - The Farthest Reaches
2010
135. Allegaeon - Fragments Of Form And Function
2010
136. Arsis - A Celebration Of Guilt
2004
137. Archons - The Consequences Of Silence
2008
138. Inferi - The Path Of Apotheosis
2014
139. Dichotomy - Paradigms
2013
140. Theory In Practice - Colonizing The Sun
2002
141. Vehemence - Helping The World To See
2004
142. Enfold Darkness - Our Cursed Rapture
2009
143. Embrional - Absolutly Anti-Human Behaviors
2012
144. Dying Fetus - War Of Attrition
2007
145. Defeated Sanity - Passages Into Deformity
2013
146. Nervecide - Impermanence
2013
147. As You Drown - Reflection
2009
148. Zeenon - Blood Vessel Criteria
2005
149. Vital Remains - Dechristianize
2003
150. Behemoth - Demigod
2004
151. I Chaos - The Human Repellent
2011
152. Blood Red Throne - Altered Genesis
2005
153. Trauma - Neurotic Mass
2007
154. Chaos Inception - The Abrogation
2012
155. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
2011
156. Dormant Ordeal - It Rains, It Pours
2013
157. Krisiun - Southern Storm
2008
158. Abnormality - Contaminating The Hive Mind
2012
159. Abysmal Torment - Omnicide
2009
160. Mass Infection - For I Am Genocide
2014
161. Owl - You Are The Moon, I Am The Night
2013
162. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
2011
163. Altars - Paramnesia
2013
164. Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius
2013
165. Portal - Vexovoid
2013
166. Impetuous Ritual - Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence
2009
167. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
2011
168. Wrathprayer - The Sun Of Moloch: The Sublimation Of Sulphur's Essence Which Spawns Death And Life
2012
169. Ævangelist - De Masticatione Mortuorum In Tumulis
2012
170. Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils
2011
171. Antediluvian - λόγος
2013
172. Lvcifyre - Svn Eater
2014



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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.
Protostar - 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 Protostar 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.
Protostar - 30.11.2011 at 13:12  
Written by MechanisT on 30.11.2011 at 13:10

Written by Protostar 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 Protostar on 30.11.2011 at 13:12

Written by MechanisT on 30.11.2011 at 13:10

Written by Protostar 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.

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