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1991: The Quintessential Year For Death Metal
The most important year in the history of death metal was no doubt 1991. It could be that I believe this because it was the year I really got into death metal, and living in the Tampa Bay Area at the time made it easy to access the brutal stuff, or it could be the insane number of genre classics released that year. My two favorite albums in the genre (Pestilence – “Testimony Of The Ancients” and Death – “Human”) as well as another in my top 5 (Atheist – “Unquestionable Presence”) were released that year. It was really the year that death metal started going outside the box of unbridled brutality and started incorporating other influences into the sound to give it more dynamism. Sure, there were no shortage of bands that have continued even onto this day to play straightforward and brutal with no sense of technicality and melody, and I love many of those bands as well. However, experiencing the maturation and development of the sound to incorporate the right amounts of melody and technicality (before many bands started grossly overdoing it on those traits, to the detriment of my ears) made it a great time to be a metalhead.
Here is the Top 50 Death Metal albums of 1991, according to the folks at rateyourmusic.com. I don’t completely agree with the order, but I can’t deny the lethality of the albums on this list!
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