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The Best of Swedish Death Metal

Discussion in 'Bloodbath' started by The Black Prince, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. The Black Prince

    The Black Prince New Metal Member

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    1. At the Gates The Red in the Sky is Ours - Probably the best - and certainly the most creative - death metal album ever recorded. The sheer audacity of composition is breathtaking in and of itself, but this album succeeds in achieving its ambitions in a way that groundbreaking art rarely does. Still without peer.

    2. Therion Beyond Sanctorum - Wildly inventive, and even more wildly underappreciated (in part because its often unexpected rhythms and unconventional harmonies simply proved to daring for many death metal listeners in the early 90s, but in some measure because the douchebaggery of the band's later releases simply turned off many potential listeners before they ever thought of purchasing this album).

    3. Carnage Dark Recollections - The strongest of the initial wave of Stockholm releases ('88-'91), and also the most rhythmically and melodically varied. Subtle touches (especially in the incorporation of the bass line into the larger context of songs) display a level of creative maturity unusual in a work of such raw passion.

    4. Necrophobic The Nocturnal Silence - The only Swedish album to fully incorporate the lessons of the emerging black metal of its day (without taking the plunge and becoming black metal like Sacramentum, Dawn and Dissection), and, outside of early At the Gates, the best example of 'melodic death metal' to come out of Sweden.

    5. God Macabre The Winterlong - A seminal and often overlooked early classic, instrumental in bringing a Candlemass-inflected doom sensibility to death metal. While it lacks the energetic vitality of some other Swedish classics, the dirge-like atmosphere that pervades the album captures perfectly the existential dread of living in the shadow of death.

    6. Unleashed Shadows in the Deep - Simple, powerful death metal played with intensity and focus. Effective both as a blunt force instrument and an often surprisingly epic, if concise exploration of melodic possibility. Its only weakness is a somewhat pared down aesthetic sensibility that occasionally strays toward the formulaic.

    7. Dismember Like an Everflowing Stream - Often brilliantly showcasing the Sturm und Drang sensibility that made the Swedish style unique, the passion and energy and often unalloyed viciousness of this album are both infectious and irresistible. However, this is definitely a work of creative youthfulness in the negative as well as the positive sense as an inadequate eye toward redaction and a sometimes unsteady sense of overarching concept leave many of these songs with a regrettably unfinished sense to them.

    8. Seance Saltrubbed Eyes - Wholly unconventional death metal, at least for the time. This had more in common with the work of bands like Wicked Innocence and Demilich than with that of their contemporary countrymen. This is not a pleasant (or frequent) listen, but its potent combination of unrelenting ferocity and underlying intricacy is intriguing even when the band's reach exceeds its grasp.

    9. Unanimated Ancient God of Evil - A more polished hybrid of Necrophobic and early Dismember that serves as an excellent, if not terribly inventive, summation of the basic Swedish death metal concept.

    10. Grave Into the Grave - Perilously close to being pure rhythm music, but largely successful on the strength of sheer violence alone. If there is a more physically punishing album out there, I haven't heard it, but vision and scope are distinctly lacking.
     
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    stefan86 invariably off-topic

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    Grave and Dismember are the only ones I really like on that list tbh. Carnage and Unleashed are okay but nothing special. Don't see the fascination with debut albums. It's an anus thing I guess
     
  3. The Black Prince

    The Black Prince New Metal Member

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    There are only four debut albums on the entire list, genius, and given how short lived most metal bands are, that's not very many.
     
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    i love grave, dismember ive been meaning to hear, i hate necrophobic, theyre awful, just awful
     
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    Flal Flal

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    So tr000000!
     
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    stefan86 invariably off-topic

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    grim and frostbitten warrior ov doom
     
  7. The Black Prince

    The Black Prince New Metal Member

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    Which albums have you heard? Everything from The Third Antichrist on pretty much blows, but Darkside is at least intriguing and The Nocturnal Silence is a straight up classic.
     
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    stefan86 invariably off-topic

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    well you are correct about Dismember's debut being their strongest album even if they only did one really shitty album (Hate Campaign). I liked some of Grave's newer tunes a lot though. The guitarist who took over after Jörgen is one hell of a vocalist, especially live.
     
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    Flal Flal

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    from the tunders of the north winds! (misspelled on purpose to stay tr00 to the accent)
     
  10. LifeDepraved

    LifeDepraved My soul got a crack

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    Definitely agree with most of the list...I'd add these ones too: Repugnant - Epitome Of Darkness, Verminous - Impious Sacrilege (Just because they are over a decade too late doesn't make them not count), Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells, Entombed - Left Hand Path and Clandestine.

    And of course you have to count the demos from Nirvana 2002, Treblinka, Nihilist, Morbid...
     
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    We need this thread in all the forums!!!
     
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    don`t you forget about the great Death Metal bands from sweden like In Flames or Soilwork?:heh:
     
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    stefan86 invariably off-topic

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    Well as long as they have a debut album with sucky production anything goes :lol:
     
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    God Macabre - The Winterlong is being re-released by relapse about now I think.

    Fucking awesome album!
     
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    False Joe Who cares.

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    No.

    It just happens that this is some of the best of Swedish death metal TBH.

    In Flames and Soilwork don't come close.
     
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    d00d dont dizz 'n flaymzz an' soilworkzzz

    But seriously, I suppose this makes me not trve and grim but I often don't like the very oldschoolish death metal very much...it's just not my thing. I prefer more melodic, "modern" death metal I guess. (for example I prefer NMF to RTC even though I love both).
     
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    LifeDepraved My soul got a crack

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    It was around 2002, been sold out for a while now...I'm waiting for a vinyl version.
     
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    LifeDepraved My soul got a crack

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    Pop music with distortion.

    But I'm sure you were joking.

    Sarcasm over the internetz...you never know. :cool:
     
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    nizzon f.k.a Qth

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    I used to like IF alot, they had their time. Whoracle and Colony was great, and still is.
    Soilwork also made a few good albums.
    But now they both suck.

    Not DM though.
     
  20. The Black Prince

    The Black Prince New Metal Member

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    Whatever your feelings about the quality of these bands, that seems to be the damning argument right there.
     

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