Death metal is a subgenre of Heavy Metal, most easily identifiable by its utilisation of bass-heavy guitar distortion, harsh, often growled or grunted vocals, and a particular brand of compositional density.
In the mid 1980s, some more of the stylistic origins of death metal were manifested, 1984 saw the release of Slayer - Haunting the Chapel, Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales) and several demos "Necrophagia" - Death Is Fun, Possessed - Death Metal, from these would grow the subgenre that would initially draw its compositional and lyrical motifs. 1985 saw the first full-length death metal release in the well-known Seven Churches.
By the end of the 1980s, death metal had developed regional differences. Two particular regions of the United States yielded two particular sounds - California had Sadus, Terrorizer and Autopsy, while Florida gave us Obituary, Morbid Angel and Death, meanwhile, Sweden had developed a unified sound of its own with the likes of "Merciless", "Grotesque", "Carnage" and "Nihilist". Other regions of the world followed suit, to include Brazil, who bought the world Psychic Possessor, Mutilator and Sepultura, The UK bought the world "Cancer", "Benediction" and Bolt Thrower, and Mainland Europe "Necrodeath", "Messiah", "Sempiternal Deathreign" and "Pestilence".
During 1990 there was a world activity in death metal. Further subgenres were founded by seminal releases in the following years, with Technical Death Metal, with bands like "Gorguts - Considered Dead; Suffocation - Human Waste" appearing in 1991 and Melodic Death Metal (Amorphis - The Karelian Isthmus, Eucharist - A Velvet Creation; Carcass - Heartwork) properly taking root in 1993. These stylistic changes became the much more visible faces of the death metal genre from the middle of the 1990s through to the middle of the 2000s.
Some Death Metal bands worth checking out, would include;-
- Cannibal Corpse
- Morbid Angel
- At the Gates
- Dying Fetus
- Arch Enemy
- Bolt Thrower
- Six Feet Under
- Dark Tranquillity