Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Recommendations from the Sunshine State


This is going to be my last post about death metal for awhile. I think I've said more than enough about it. However, since I got a request from my good ol' buddy over at Washed Up Sounds for a compilation of good early death metal from Florida (arguably where the genre started), here's a definitive list of songs from that special time and place to get you started. I've only listed bands and tracks from the early days. Feel free to investigate further if any of these bands strike your fancy.

One thing to keep in mind with these bands is that they all got their start in the mid-to-late 1980's, so a lot of their debut albums didn't come out until 1989 or 1990.

I've listed 3 tracks for each band listed (in alphabetical order, because I'm nuts like that). Every band is either from Tampa, FL. or one of the surrounding areas. Listen to all or none, I could care less. There should be something here for everyone...if you're in a metal mood of course. Enjoy.

Atheist 
"Piece of Time"
Piece of Time
Metal Blade Records (1989)

Atheist
"Mother Man"
Unquestionable Presence
Metal Blade Records (1991)

Atheist
"Green"
Elements
Metal Blade Records (1993)


Cannibal Corpse
Butchered at Birth
Metal Blade Records (1991)

Cannibal Corpse
"I Cum Blood"
Tomb of the Mutilated
Metal Blade Records (1992)

Cynic
"Dwellers of the Threshold"
1988 Demo

Cynic
"Thinking Being"
1990 Demo

Cynic
"Uroboric Forms"
Focus
Roadrunner Records (1993)

Death
"Zombie Ritual"
Scream Bloody Gore
Combat Records (1987)

Death
"Pull the Plug"
Leprosy
Combat Records (1988)

Death
"Spiritual Healing"
Spiritual Healing
Combat Records (1990)

Deicide
"Lunatic of God's Creation"
Deicide
Roadrunner Records (1990)

Deicide
"Dead By Dawn"
Deicide
Roadrunner Records (1990)

Deicide
"Satan Spawn, the Caco-Daemon"
Legion
Roadrunner Records (1992)

Massacre
"Dawn of Eternity"
From Beyond
Earache Records (1991)

Massacre
"Cryptic Realms"
From Beyond
Earache Records (1991)

Massacre
"Inhuman Condition"
Inhuman Condition EP
Earache Records (1992)

Morbid Angel
"Immortal Rites"
Altars of Madness
Earache Records (1989)

Morbid Angel
"Maze of Torment"
Altars of Madness
Earache Records (1989)

Morbid Angel
"Fall From Grace"
Blessed are the Sick
Earache Records (1991)

Nocturnus
"Lake of Fire"
The Key
Earache Records (1990)

Nocturnus
"Andromeda Strain"
The Key
Earache Records (1990)
(if this song doesn't blow your nuts/ovaries out from the sheer awesomeness of its intensity...
then you are not metal!)

Nocturnus
"Tribal Vodoun"
Thresholds
Earache Records (1992)

Obituary
"Slowly We Rot"
Slowly We Rot
Roadrunner Records (1989)

Obituary
"Chopped in Half"
Cause of Death
Roadrunner Records (1990)

Obituary
"I'm In Pain"
The End Complete
Roadrunner Records (1992)

Honorable Mentions:

Iced Earth was from the same scene as the rest of these bands, but they were the only ones who weren't death metal. Iced Earth was cut more from the Iron Maiden/Judas Priest cloth, but they played most shows with all these bands during the heyday and shared the same rehearsal space (at a storage unit) with Nocturnus. Even though Iced Earth isn't anywhere close to death metal, I thought you might enjoy a few tracks from them since they were in the neighborhood.

Iced Earth
"Colors"
Iced Earth
Century Media Records (1990)

Malevolent Creation was a death metal band originally out of New York, but later moved to Florida to take advantage of Morrisound Recording Studio being there, along with all the original death metal bands. They were never one of my favorites from the genre, but they do have a good jam here and there. 

Malevolent Creation
"Premature Burial"
The Ten Commandments
Roadrunner Records (1991)

Malevolent Creation
"Eve of the Apocalypse"
Retribution
Roadrunner Records (1992)

Malevolent Creation 
"Dominated Resurgency"
Stillborn
Roadrunner Records (1993)

Suffocation was another big death metal band from the heyday, but they were from New York (along with Malevolent Creation) and became a huge part of the hardcore and metal scenes there. Suffocation was sometimes called a Cannibal Corpse ripoff due to the vocal style of grunter Frank Mullen, yet they maintained a rabid fanbase in those early years. They of course also recorded at Morrisound Recording Studio, just like everyone else.

Suffocation
"Jesus Wept"
Human Waste EP
Roadrunner Records (1991)

Suffocation
"Liege of Inveracity"
Effigy of the Forgotten
Roadrunner Records (1991)

Suffocation
"Breeding the Spawn"
Breeding the Spawn
Roadrunner Records (1993)

Terrorizer was an early grindcore band featuring Dave Vincent and Pete Sandoval (from Morbid Angel) and Jesse Pintado (who later joined Napalm Death). The band was based out of California and broke up before their first album came out. Their album World Downfall is considered a "classic grindcore album." Give it your time, as its well worth it.

Terrorizer
"Storm of Stress"
World Downfall
Earache Records (1989)

Terrorizer
"Dead Shall Rise"
World Downfall
Earache Records (1989)

As I'm sure you know, there are tons of other death metal bands from all over the United States and the world at large. This was just where it all started. If this playlist doesn't keep you busy (or give you a headache), let me know and I can always dig up some more evil goodness.

2 comments:

  1. Holy Shit I'll be busy for a while listening to all this!! sweet you put the other Nocturnus stuff on the site big fan , my knowlege of Metal is upgrading learning from the master himself, time to hit the record store I have to build a larger metal section fast. Oh yeah check out my Blog you would dig Sir Lord Baltimore the Godfathers of stoner rock.

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    1. Do yourself a favor and don't try to listen to it all in one sitting. It'll all just bleed together. However, my fav bands on the list are Death, Morbid Angel, Cynic, Atheist, Obituary and Nocturnus.

      I'll look into that Sir Lord Baltimore, I've heard the name dropped before but need to check 'em out. Did you ever read the three Temple of Doom posts I wrote here? If not check 'em out, good metal band recommendations there too.

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