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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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