Sub-genre of Metal where the musicians are extremely talented and play as fast and technical as humanely possible, yet still wont hardly sell any records or get the recognition they deserve.
Song structure is typically like classical music: It's almost non existent. Melody changes ever few seconds, drums change on a dime, and singing (or growling, pig squeals, screaming, etc.) often pops in and out.
Changing melodies typically make death metal less memorable to casual fans, which is why you don't really see it on MTV (Well, that and the death growl vocals creep people out).
There is also Melodic death metal, where the growl is replaced with a scream, the melody doesn't change as much, and keyboards are typically added, and deathcore, which is a fusion of hardcore and death metal. These genres are sometimes criticized by death metalheads for changing true death metal.
Death metal: Necrophagist, Morbid Angel, Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Dying Fetus, Behemoth, Death, Prostitute Disfigurement, Alchemist, Possessed, Atheist, God Dethroned
Melodic Death Metal: In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Detonation
Deathcore: Job for a Cowboy (early), Despised Icon, I Killed the Prom Queen
If you listen to death metal and all you hear is noise and random banging of drums, you don't deserve to listen (or criticize) it.
Notable Pagan Odanist and member of the one-man black metal band Burzum. Hated by Mayhem fans and I-judge-people-only-on-their-appearance people everywhere.
"A fanatic is simply an idealist you disagree with, and an idealist is simply a fanatic you agree with. So the "idealists" rule the "Western" world, and the "fanatics" like me are persecuted. That is how it works, and You should always keep that in mind when You read about people like me. It's still their game. You should also keep this in mind when You don't hear about people like me at all."
- Varg Vikernes
The most famous death metal band, like the music version of a horror movie. Made famous by they're tales about gore, zombies, and having sex with dead bodies.
Their bassists, Alex Webster, is amazing.
Damn! that bassists for Cannibal Corpse had a great solo on Fucked with a Knife.
Type of propaganda, typically goes something like "Hitler supported X, therefore X must be bad"
A lazy way of logic
"You know who else had Anti-Smoking laws? Hmm, oh who was it... oh yeah, HITLER!"
- Character on King of Hill, showing Reductio ad Hitlerum
Rotting Christ has been around for longer for Immortal, Emperor, Burzum, plus a whole lot of other bands. Euronymous was actually going to sign them to Deathlike Silence Productions before he died, so yes, they are Black metal (Metal-Archives even thinks so).
So anyway, it's a great greek black metal band with a Gothic type feel to their music. Early Demos were influenced more by Grindcore, before they became a fully blown black metal band. Like I said, They've been around for more years then their Norwegian Black metal musicians so they are highly influential. Lyrics usually talk about Greek Mythology and love which is definitely something new in black metal.
100x better than Dimmu or Cradle.
Rotting Christ has some great albums such as Sanctus Diavolos, Triarchy of the Lost Lovers, and Khronos.
Great Brutal Death Metal band
Originally known as Disfigure
Prostitute Disfigurement rules
The Southern Netherlands, Usually the provinces of North Brabant, Zeeland, Limburg, South Holland, and Gelderland.
Also where the greatest death metal comes from.
South Netherlands metal bands:
Prostitute Disfigurement - Veldhoven
Gorefest - Goes
Nox - Den Haag
Sinister - Schiedam
Severe Torture - Boxtel
Inhume - Panningen