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30 Years, 30 Death Metal Albums: 1995-2004

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After breaking out of the underground in the late 1980s, it had become clear that death metal was more than a passing fad that young people participated in to scare their parents. Bands like Cannibal Corpse, Death and Morbid Angel proved that you could play death metal and sell enough to make a living while not sacrificing musical integrity. In this next set of essential death metal albums, you’ll see how the genre further diversified, pushing its way into mainstream territory in some scenes while remaining extreme and experimental and others. Of particular note during this era are the rise of the Gothenburg melodic death metal sound and the Montreal tech-death style. There are some down years in here, but some of the best the genre has to offer will make appearances as well.

Travis Marmon recently moved to Chicago from the Detroit suburb of Clarkston, Michigan. He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he was Sports Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Wooster Voice. Travis has also contributed to print and online publications such as The Oakland Press, The Good Men Project, Detroit143, Imagine Sports Media and Alternative Press. He spends his spare time playing bass and getting mad about the Detroit Lions.

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