Mmk well yea I usually listen to Effigy so w/e. I don't really care about "old school values" whatever those are (well maybe I do, since I really have no idea what they are), I just prefer Incantation and Dead Congregation and, to a lesser extent, Immolation (I hate that I can understand the lyrics perfectly on Close to a World Below since they're so dumb) because they actually seem to have atmosphere to me. Suffocation would probably win for riffs over Incantation/Immolation but I prefer death metal that actually sounds evil. Hence me liking blackened shit like Grave Miasma or Teitanblood a lot too.
But I'm sorry, the riffs through Dead Congregation's whole discography still rape all the competition [/fanboy].