Fave Thrash/Death, Death Metal and Extreme Metal Albums - Revised List

By D.JKruliq D.JKruliq
updated 5 months ago

Fave albums from the death metal and thrash/death mixed genres. Some thrash releases here, closely border on the death metal genre. Just call it heavy (or heavier) thrash. There are also a few exceptions with bands with grindcore, black metal, industrial styles, as well as a few difficult to categorize acts. Got into the scene back in 1989-1990. Still like many of these bands, even today. Have seen more death metal bands live than any other genre of metal. Not all bands made it to the big time in the Los Angeles, California scene. Had good memories of some of them, though! This fave releases list, was revised from the so-called originally listed top 25. Thought it was corny to add a top number, so I removed it. Don't want to compare or associate this to any major magazine countdown, so hopefully that makes some sense. Hope you'll agree with some of these picks, maybe even as a few of your personal faves. Nothing here is in an exact, or close to a suitable ...order?! (Well okay, not preferentially perfect, but who is!?). Thanks for reading metalheads!

Update: Revised again as of late June 2018. Hoping you'll dig some of the newer additions, among other changes. Thanks again for checking this out!

  1. Death (2) - Human

    9 For Sale from $7.39

    Had on Cd originally. Heard it on cassette first. Purchased the 20th Anniversary reissue, and it's very cool to hear this again, as are the never before released extra tracks!

  2. Napalm Death - Scum

    2 For Sale from $16.00

    Owned the vinyl. It had a red and black background. IMHO, Lee Dorrian was/ is the better frontman than Mark "Barney" Greenway (Ex- Benediction [U.K.]).

  3. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness

    Originally heard on cassette and vinyl. Didn't realize back then (early 90's) how good this album truly is. A definite must have. Some say the follow-up "Blessed Are The Sick" is too identical to this, though it's still worth hearing and owning.

  4. Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness

    Don't know what I was previously thinking with "Necroticism" (3rd studio release) being better than this, I must be hard of hearing! Anyway, after listening to this again after a long time, realized that this is undoubtedly the better album bar none. As you'll notice, "Necroticism" is still one of my personal favorites, just not as good as this definite classic.

  5. Death (2) - Individual Thought Patterns

    Another great Death record. Heard originally on a cassette and later on Cd. Should have given this more attention sooner!

  6. Obituary - Cause Of Death

    11 For Sale from $12.66

    Owned on cassette originally. The latest reissue is even better by miles, in terms of improved sound quality.

  7. Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick

    A great follow-up to "Altars Of Madness", and Yes! dedicated to the one and only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

  8. Death (2) - Scream Bloody Gore

    Heard on cassette years ago. A very solid and classic debut.

  9. Carcass - Reek Of Putrefaction

    33 For Sale from $9.66

    A friend owned this original unopened vinyl. Heard first time on Cd actually. Insanely fast and unrelenting!

  10. Repulsion - Horrified

    6 For Sale from $28.41

    A must own record with a very interesting history behind it.

  11. Morbid Angel - Covenant

    Hoping Earache Records will eventually release a "Full Dynamic Range Version" of this and 1995's "Domination" ...and soon!

  12. Morbid Saint - Spectrum Of Death

    Simply put, it's one of the best death/thrash metal albums you'll ever likely to hear!

  13. Fear Factory - Demanufacture

    Purchased on Cd. Owned the original jewel case version and the limited edition digipak with extra tunes. Still my favorite from them.

  14. Death (2) - The Sound Of Perseverance

    8 For Sale from $9.09

    Wish this wasn't their last album! R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner.