This year is going by fast, we are already once again on the month we devote to death metal. As a teenager death metal used to be one of my favorite metal genres, there were considerably less options than there are now. Back in the day it was the only thing going when it came to bringing the evil . Bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide and Obituary being some of my favorite. This explains why I am less than impressed with bands who just try to recycle what was done before. I heard that back when it was done better the first time. Death metal is known for being hyper aggressive, almost to a fault. The roots are so close to thrash that it still offers moments for stellar song writing. This is what I am looking for, brutality alone does not a good song make.
Pulling from albums I have not heard yet this year and click around the inner webs to find what I might have missed. Off the bat the album's I have queued up are some bigger death metal bands that are waiting in the wings to replace the elder statesmen of the genre , I am going to try to go light on the death doom though it seems that trend is almost over. If you are a regular reader here then you know I am not going to settle for a bunch of bands who all sound the same. If you go back and dig into your last black metal month , you can see for yourself this is not the case. If you click back into the past even further you can find the death metal months of years past to confirm as well.
So you are getting 29 more reviews of death metal, past and present, though the emphasis tends to be on what is current when I do these. This should go to show , death metal is one of my favorites sub genres, like doom and black metal since I am giving it its own month something that cannot be said about thrash, punk, hard core, sludge or power metal. It is even more fitting this since I now live outside of Tampa the birth place of death metal as we know it today. Though the number of actual metal heads I have met in the first year have been marginal. Though as a whole the genre is even more vital at a time when death continues to outrage and panic people. Everyone is going die, trust the science, it says all people die eventually.