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What the Cookie Monster does at night, after Sesame Street closes.
Whenever the old lady bitches about "playing your death metal music in front of the kids" I just tell them "it's the Cookie Monster singing."
by Alpino August 26, 2008
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insanly imposssible music to play and write.

music that sounds great to the ears and soul.

music that emo kids claim to listen to but in reality can only take slipknot

Me "hey look emo kids lets kill them with death metal!"

(nile song)

emo kids being massacred and castrated and being raped by the power that is nile.

by porsche911turbospyder July 17, 2008
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Death Metal is a form of music evolved from thrash metal in the 1980s. The band Death popularized the name with the song "Death by Metal" (as well as their own name). The song by Possessed also gave the entire genre a debated name credibility which is still disputed to this day.

Death Metal is catergorized by its gutteral growling vocals, thickened guitar tones with sometimes heavy distortion properties, and blast beats which can range from a normal to very fast speed. The vocals and drumming are the pure tell-all of a death metal band, the gutteral bellows are began in the stomach yet shaped with the throat to raise and lower the pitch of the music in general, while the drumming is blast beat and dependant (mainly) upon the bass drums. Independant variables to be added to the mix are amounts of groove, morbidity, technicallity, and speed.

Death Metal itself has evolved slowly through the years, ranging from the olden days (Deicide, Death, and Morbid Angel) to the now modernized sounds of Death Metal, (Vital Remains, Cryptopsy, and Hate Eternal) and even now to the more "Brutal" scene of Death Metal (Deeds of Flesh, Severed Savior and Beheaded). Death Metal also has grown roots into the Grindcore scene and evolved many Death/Grind bands, evolved into Gore Metal, and numerous other forms of music.

Slayer is not a Death Metal band. They are a thrash metal band. Cannibal Corpse are not a Gore Metal band. They are a Death Metal band.
by Anthony September 29, 2003
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In contrary to monotone hip-hop, cliche R&B, or computer generated bubblegum pop or trance music, death metal is played by people with instruments, who have the ability to generate melody from said instrument. In contrary to the similar style Black Metal, the lyrics are rarely a mere worshipping of Satan, but are usually about life and death, religion, and deeper things that people who agree with most of the above comments usually don't think about. There's a big difference between the better and worse death metal bands, and many crossover genres are used for originality in the music. For example, there's viking death metal (Amon Amarth), melodic death metal (Scar Symmetry), thrash death metal (Konkhra), black death metal (Naglfar), orchestral death metal (Hollenthon), and many others. The diversity of death metal is but one example of the many subgenres of metal, which is of course the most advanced kind of music nowadays available. The reason death metal remains underground is due to the facts that people are brainwashed with music that is so easy to swallow that they are unable to comprehend the complexity of more advanced kinds of music such as metal.
Several examples of death metal are mentioned above.
by Metallion March 07, 2006
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Usually associated with satan and hell etc. but is often philosophical and nihilitist, rather that just purely satanic. Highly technical and complicated form of music, which sounds harsh and raw because of harsh growly vocals and heavy use of distortion and bass on songs. All death metal songs and bands do not sound the same, each one has different riffs and every band has their own vocal style, because nobody growls/rasps the same as anybody else. Covers a wide age range (just go to a gig) and is not racist. (thats a minority of heaveily satanic black metal, e.g. Burzum, who believed in dominancy of the aryan populace of norway) Sepultura have a black singer currently so that screws that argument. Anyone who thinks that death metal is all the same, then they don't have to listen to it, and don't have to slag of fans of the genre for ENJOYING the music. We don't simply do it to look hard.
Possessed, Death, Morbid Angel, At the Gates, Nile, Cannibal Corpse to name but a few, all from different areas of the death metal spectrum.
by jacob September 17, 2003
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Death Metal is a form of music evolved from thrash metal in the 1980s. The band Death popularized the name with the song "Death by Metal", as long as their name. The song by Possessed also gave the entire genre a debated name credibility which is still disputed to this day. Death Metal is catergorized by its gutteral growling vocals, thickened guitar tones with sometimes heavy distortion properties, and blast beats which can range from a normal to very fast speed. The vocals and drumming and the pure tell-all of a death metal band, the gutteral bellows are began in the stomach yet shaped with the throat to release a significant sound to raise and lower the pitch of the music in general, while the drumming is blast beat and dependant (mainly) upon the bass drums. Metal evolved through the days, adding elements to grow into Gore Metal, encorporate Grindcore into their elements (Death/Grind). The country and time changes the style, as can be seen through Dismember, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, Nile, Origin, and the likes.
Death Metal is an extreme evolution of thrash.
by Anonymous September 26, 2003
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Sub-genre of heavy metal developed in the early and mid 80s. Although the term had appeared in three notable instances between 1983 and 1985 (Death's "Death by Metal" demo, the German "Death Metal" compilation record and a track from Onslaught's "Power From Hell" LP), it is the Possessed debut "Seven Churches" that is widely regarded as kicking off the movement.

Possessed's use of abrupt tempo changes, gutteral vocals, unusual phrasing and Satanic overtones separated them from the more light hearted, punkish sound of thrash metal. The death metal template would continue to develop as Necrophagia, Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary and Autopsy released their respective debuts. These groups generally focused on horror-movie inspired blood and gore as well as occultist themes. By the 1990s, death metal had exploded in the underground and a number of influential bands rose to prominence. Additionally, if anyone wanted to call themselves death metal, extreme distortion, low guitar tunings and excessively fast tempos were mandatory.

Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Dying Fetus and Deicide presented a percussively driven flavor of death metal, while Death, Cynic, Hypocrisy, Atheist and others prided themselves on more intricate and melodic guitar work, as well as lyrics dealing with social and political issues. Among the most extreme bands included both major Disgorges (USA and Mexico, respectively), Devourment and Mortician, who focused on very low tones, both in the guitar tunings and vocal approach. This was in direct contrast to melodic death metal bands such as At the Gates, the later work of Carcass, and In Flames, who often explored tones above middle C, rather than primarily or exclusively focusing on the bass strings.

The accessibility of melodic death metal (and the public's exposure to increasingly aggressive rock) has lead to deathcore, in which groups such as Job For a Cowboy, Winds of Plague and the recent work of Cryptopsy combine the death metal aesthetic with modern hardcore and other accessible styles.

There are a number of other fusion styles that have developed over the years, including the black metal/death metal hybrid "blackened death metal" (Archgoat, Angelcorpse, Blasphemy). Deathgrind or death grind combines death metal with grindcore (Aborted, Circle of Dead Children, Origin). There are also experimental groups such as Portal, Gorguts and Negativa, who use death metal as a basis to explore a number of unusual rock stylings.
Cannibal Corpse is perhaps the most highly recognized band in the death metal community, and one of the few that has sold over one million albums.
by PugFuglies July 13, 2009
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