The balance of heaviness and technicality the atmosphere and the overall evil sound old school death metal brings is the perfect mix for many metalheads. Alternative Nation showcased 13 of the most underrated albums of that era, and now we (Anthony?) have (has?) picked ten of the best modern bands paying tribute to this style.
From Middletown, New York. This band only formed last year but they are already taking the local scene by storm. The band plays death metal that sounds just like when the genre first started. If you are a fan of the very early bands like Death, Autopsy and early Pestilence, then this band is for you!
Chicago is a huge breeding ground for metalheads. Many obscure extreme metal bands from the 80s and 90’s are in regular talks among the areas metal crowd and there is even a metal themed burger place there. The guys (and girl) in Mordatorium are among these. With a sound similar to Dismember it is very surprising this band is not from Sweden.
From Trenton New Jersey comes another band that’s shocking to be from the US. Like Mordatorium, Funebrarum sound like they could have come out of the 80’s-early 90’s Swedish Death Metal scene. Elements of death doom can also be heard in there sound. The band played MDF 2011 and had a great performance.
From the mind of Land Phil, the man behind Municipal Waste and Iron Reagan, comes this hilarious entry in the genre. Cannabis Corpse is a weed themed parody of Cannibal Corpse, taking their gore themed song titles and lyrics and changing them to weed references. The band is a parody in lyrics and imagery only, as they have original riffs and music. On later albums they parody song titles by other death metal bands such as Gorguts and Morbid Angel.
Not to be confused with the classic rock style band of the same name. This Graveyard is from Spain but sound like they’re from Sweden (like most of this list). This band not only plays old school Swedish style death metal but, also add in hints of melodic death. For fans of Necrophobic.
This Greek band plays old school death metal with a slow, atmospheric, crushing style, but done in a way where the band doesn’t fall into death doom. The band played MDF 2011 and the first year of the NYC metal festival Matrydoom Fest. The fest is even named after one of their songs!
Most known for having Tobias Forge from Ghost in the band (wink wink nudge nudge); in this band he uses the name Mary Goore. The band is from Sweden but have a sound that’s closer to classic American death metal. The band played MDF 2011 along with Ghost (BECAUSE ITS THE SAME VOCALIST!); the band has been on hold since then.
Another helping from Sweden. On the band’s debut they played their country’s classic style of death metal but with their own spin on it. On the second album the band developed a sound of their own, playing a very psychedelic take on melodeath. Both albums are well worth checking out!
Formed by ex-Incantation vocalist Craig Pillard. The band gained wide acclaim shortly after. The band style is very similar to Incantation but with crushing, ultra-thick guitar riffs added in. If you like Incantation you will most likely like Disma.
Though this band formed in 1990, they released nothing during their first run and would split up 8 years later. In 2008 the guitarist decided to give the band a second chance releasing two demos the next year, and since then 3 full lengths. The band plays, you guessed it, Swedish style death metal. But since this band was originally meant to come out during that era, their sound is authentic. The band is pretty much influenced by what was meant to happen in the early 90’s instead of paying tribute to the greats from that era.