Sunday, March 17, 2019

Top 5 Melodic Death Metal Albums of All Time

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So, if you're like me, you might like to listen to music while watching wrestling. So far, we've looked at my top five post-harcore, mathcore, and metalcore releases. Now, let's dig into melodic death and take a look at the best of the best. Once again I have included a music video from each.

5.Dethklok: Dethalbum II
While Dethklok might be a virtual "joke band" from an adult comedy cartoon, this album actually rocks pretty hard. If you can stop taking yourself too seriously and give this one a chance, you might find yourself rocking out as well. Oh, and make sure to go watch Home Movies.
Rating: ***3/4

4.Edge of Sanity: Crimson
I'm a sucker for concept albums, and Edge of Sanity killed it here with Crimson. This mid-90's album was an iconic release, ahead of its' time. The fact that this 40 minute track features the lead from Opeth is just extra icing on the cake.
Rating: ****


3.Black Dahlia Murder: Nocturnal
BDM are masters of the genre, with each album typically deserving your attention. If I'm being honest, more than one of their releases are sitting right outside of this top five list, but Nocturnal deserved the spot as it is not only their best work but also one of the pillars of the genre. If you've never heard Nocturnal, you likely don't care about melodic death in general.
Rating: ****


2.Darkest Hour: Undoing Run
Darkest Hour is actually one of the bands that got me into the genre, thanks to the marketing ploys of Victory Records. The Sadist Nation from their previous release had me hooked, but this album was simply amazing for me at the time and it holds up pretty well all of these years later.
Rating: ****


1.Death: The Sound of Perseverance
The kinds of melodic death, and the top album of the genre, is easily Death. The band, and their work, is iconic and definitive of what this list is all about. Perseverance displays perfectly why they are so well regarded and is my easy pick for this spot. Plus, it gets extra credit for being the final Death album and one of the last releases to feature the legendary, Schuldiner.
Rating: ****1/4

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