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Find our curated playlist on Apple Music & Spotify A rotating hour of new works by the old masters and classic pre-millennial death metal.

A while back, I started making playlists on Apple Music and filling them with any new death metal that fit the SV mold of being either: Reissued music originally released before 2000 New music from bands that were around before 2000 (ex: new Broken Hope) New music from newer DM bands featuring members who were in DM bands before 2000 (ex: new Gruesome) Three months in, it’s still fun and seems sustainable so I’m going…

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Thursday Three: Cadaver & Friends Mid-tempo, adventurous & weird.

Here’s a three of mid-tempo death metal-bordering-on-thrash that exchanges brutality and violence for something a bit more cerebral. There’s something to be said for taking your time. Cadaver — “Into the Outside” from …in Pains (1993) Coroner — “About Life” from Mental Vortex (1991) Inner Thought — “Words” from Perspectives (1995)

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Thursday Three: Latter-Day Unleashed Sure we love the classics, but what have you done for me lately?

Unleashed has had a remarkable career. Exploding out of the gates with “Where No Life Dwells” (1991) (reviewed here and recently reissued on vinyl (again)) and “Shadows in the Deep” (1992), the Swedish killers settled into more sustainable mid-tempo groove for “Across the Open Sea” (1993), “Victory” (1995) and “Warrior” (1997). They took a bit of a break after “Warrior”, but came back in 2002 with the half fun, half dreadful “Hell’s Unleashed” which kicked off…

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Thursday Three: Mitch & Mick Harris Get your grind on, with 33% more saxophone.

In light of Sebastian’s recent musings on Defecation and Righteous Pigs, here’s a 3-pack of grind featuring everyone’s favorite not-brothers, Mitch & Mick Harris. Mitch Harris on Righteous Pigs‘ “Ruinous Dump” from Stress Related (1987) Mitch & Mick Harris on Defecation’s “Side Effects” from Purity Dilution (1989) Mick Harris on Painkiller’s “Scud Attack” from Guts of a Virgin (1991)

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Thursday Three: Keyboard Death

Death metal and keyboards are natural enemies, but sometimes they can come together in interesting ways. I thought this playlist would be easy to compile, but finding real death metal with keyboards is tougher than it seems. Tampa’s Nocturnus is the obvious first step  and I went with “Gridzone” from their highly underrated “Thresholds” album. But where do you go from there? It very quickly devolves into two camps: cheesy wanking over melodic “death metal” (i.e.: Children of Bodom…

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Thursday Three: Finnish Death Metal

Swedes get all the love but Finland has a great history of death metal all its own. Here are two early tracks from well-known Finnish bands that went on to greener (and lamer) pastures, and a song by a band that’s brand new to me. Big shout out to XysmicExecration from YouTube who’s channel I stumbled upon when searching for these. He’s got a ton of great tunes, each with lots of info like you’ll…

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Thursday Three: Those Skeletal Swedes

One of my favorite styles of death metal is the early Swedish stuff that was going on as or before Entombed showed everyone what Swedish Death Metal™ was going to sound like. The guitars aren’t tuned down (or at least not much) and the riffs are very “skeletal”, for lack of a better description. Lots of lots of single-note tremolo picking, more focus on the rhythm section rather than a suffocating blanket of guitars, a…

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