Death Metal

At the Gates

At the Gates are a melodic death metal group from Gothenburg, Sweden.  Formed in 1990 as a death metal band, their sound evolved through the 1990's to incorporate a more melodic style.  Their later albums, particularly Slaughter of the Soul, are considered highly influential to the Gothenburg death metal sound.


Melechesh is an Assyrian black metal band that originated in Jerusalem.  The band’s goal was to create a type of black metal incorporating extensive Middle Eastern influences mainly based on Assyrian (Mesopotamian) and occult themes (both musically and lyrically); the band invented the title "Assyrian metal" to best describe their type of metal.  


Necrophobic is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1989 by drummer Joakim Sterner and guitarist David Parland. It is believed that the band named themselves after a Slayer song from the 1986 seminal album Reign in Blood.


The legendary Incantation formed in 1989, by masterminds John McEntee and Paul Ledney. Incantation are considered one of the hallmark New York death metal –ation bands, along with Suffocation and Immolation. Their landmark album, Onward to Golgotha has stood the test of time and remains a must-listen for any death metal fan. There have been many incarnations of Incantation, with McEntee remaining the only consistent, original member. After 26 years, Incantation remains at the top of the death metal game. Catch their 3rd MDF performance.

Nirvana 2002

Nirvana 2002 was a Swedish death metal band active between 1988 and 1992.


Pestilence is a death metal band from the Netherlands founded in 1986. They are known for incorporating jazz and fusion elements into their music. After disbanding in order to pursue other musical directions in 1994, Pestilence reunited in 2008.


Possessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983 near San Fransisco, California. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's guttural vocals, they are widely considered to be one of the first death metal bands.  The name of the genre comes from their first demo released in 1984, entitled "Death Metal".


Entombed is a Swedish death metal band.  They formed in 198 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences.  This new style would eventually be described as death 'n' roll.


Obituary is an American death metal band formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida under the name Executioner, then changed the name's spelling to Xecutioner, and later changed their name to Obituary in 1988.  The band is a fundamental act in the development of death metal music and one of the most successful death metal bands in the world.

Mammoth Grinder

Mammoth Grinder formed in 2005 in Austin, Texas.  Their sound is a blend of hardcore/crust punk, sludge, and death metal.


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