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Top 20 Debuts: Bamahammer's wishlist

01/08/14  ||  BamaHammer

Darkthrone: Soulside Journey 1. Darkthrone: Soulside Journey (1991)

Gather ‘round, young whippersnappers. Before Darkthrone set the standard for a decade’s worth of black metal copycats, they were actually a top-notch Swedish death metal band from Norway! Their debut, “Soulside journey,” still remains as one of my absolute favorite albums ever recorded, and it’s probably a shame Darkthrone didn’t pursue this particular path. This album was one of the all-time greats.

2. The Project Hate MCMXCIX: Cybersonic Superchrist (2000)

No, this is not a suck-up pick. It’s not often an album comes along and totally shifts my perspective on the possibilities of what death metal could be, but that’s exactly what “Cybersonic reverbchrist” did for me with it’s electronically programmed groovy brutality. From the moment I first heard that simple opening riff rattle my skull with Jörgen Sandström’s trademark powerful growl on top of it and the synths underneath it, I was hooked. I love everything about this album, and it still frequents my CD player twelve years later.

3. Cannibal Corpse: Eaten back to life (1990)

Cannibal Corpse is probably the world’s most well-known death metal band. This is their debut album. That should be all I need to say. If you don’t have this one, stop reading and go get it now.

4. Dismember: Like an everflowing stream (1991)

I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Override of the overture.” It was stunningly beautiful, and it still is. Very few albums can pack this much memorable melody into just a half-hour and maintain any kind of longevity, but “Stream” is an awesome record. This is a must-have for any fan of classic Swedish death.

5. Suffocation: Effigy of the forgotten (1991)

I know Habakuk has a lot of love for this album, and I know exactly why. Suffocation laid out the law for all the numerous technical brutal death metal bands that were to follow in their footsteps. Sadly, they never again reached the heights they achieved on “Effigy,” but it’s an enduring testament of one of the world’s most important death metal bands ever.