1. Darkthrone: Soulside Journey (1991)
Gather ‘round, young whippersnappers. Before Darkthrone set the
standard for a decade’s worth of black metal copycats, they were
actually a top-notch Swedish death metal band from Norway! Their debut,
“Soulside journey,” still remains as one of my absolute favorite albums
ever recorded, and it’s probably a shame Darkthrone didn’t pursue this
particular path. This album was one of the all-time greats.
2. The Project Hate MCMXCIX: Cybersonic Superchrist (2000)
No, this is not a suck-up pick. It’s not often an album comes along
and totally shifts my perspective on the possibilities of what death
metal could be, but that’s exactly what “Cybersonic reverbchrist” did
for me with it’s electronically programmed groovy brutality. From the
moment I first heard that simple opening riff rattle my skull with
Jörgen Sandström’s trademark powerful growl on top of it and the synths
underneath it, I was hooked. I love everything about this album, and it
still frequents my CD player twelve years later.
3. Cannibal Corpse: Eaten back to life (1990)
Cannibal Corpse is probably the world’s most well-known death metal
band. This is their debut album. That should be all I need to say. If
you don’t have this one, stop reading and go get it now.
4. Dismember: Like an everflowing stream (1991)
I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Override of the overture.”
It was stunningly beautiful, and it still is. Very few albums can pack
this much memorable melody into just a half-hour and maintain any kind
of longevity, but “Stream” is an awesome record. This is a must-have for
any fan of classic Swedish death.
5. Suffocation: Effigy of the forgotten (1991)
I know Habakuk has a lot of love for this album, and I know exactly
why. Suffocation laid out the law for all the numerous technical brutal
death metal bands that were to follow in their footsteps. Sadly, they
never again reached the heights they achieved on “Effigy,” but it’s an
enduring testament of one of the world’s most important death metal