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Death Metal Blog Post by Nader Bouberhan

Death Metal Blog Post

So this is a post that is bringing back a time in life that still exists.
Wait, that doesn’t make any sense.

I think what I was trying to say is during many years of High School, while other people were off having gratuitous social lives, I was at home listening to hours and hours of death metal.
I looked at myself as a not only a pish posh metal fanatic, but rather a philosopher and musicologist in my Death Metal obsession.
--Now, this is the point where I get to sound even more like screwball mush. I don’t listen to Death Metal because of any form of anger, masochism, or unfriendliness. I like to listen to this type of music when I am excited, but it is more than that. Everyone always seems to lump Death Metal in with anger and hatred…..and most of the time they have the right to do so. But the connection I have with this genre is an appreciation of the most extreme moments in life, an appreciation to see just how heavy music can get and to find art where most people only hear discontent.

Nader Bouberhan’s Top 5, 6, or 7 Death Metal Albums….For Now.

As always, the numbers are meaningless.

Napalm Death-- Breed to Breathe
Song: Breed to Breathe

I could have picked a different album from Napalm Death, and this is really an EP, but it was the first CD from these legends that I owned. If you want the purity of Death Metal, this band has the sound. Some of their earlier stuff leans toward the grindcore genre, but this album shows some true death metal arrangements. Their music is like molding a world out of clay, baking it in the world’s hottest kiln, and smashing it with an axe. This was the band that pulled me into the genre of Death Metal, and for them I owe gratitude.

Daylight Dies—No Reply

There are some bands that just change you. They play music that speaks to you without saying a word. They compose music that is just for you in so many ways. and for me that band was Daylight Dies. Their sound is what I was like all the time. I was one of the few people I knew that listened to them, but their songs are so well composed. They enter into the melodic death metal that is both rough yet stark.
The song “I Wait” from the No Reply album has changed me indeed.

Grave – It’s a tie, Into the Grave, Back from the Grave


This band is for Brittany Kemp. I say that because they are Swedish. They are skilled performers, and they play in a way that I love. So many metal bands just go over the top with squealing screaming vocals and crashing drums that sounds more like soppy emotional hardcore coughing, but “Grave” provides some of the perfect metal combinations. Along with Napalm Death they have one of the most pure metal sounds out there.

Macabre – Dahmer

This song is Hitchhiker.
I mentioned this band during my albums of life, and I have to bring up this album again. It is well-composed, and the best way to describe it is the raw. It is raw metal that has both quality, intrigue, and character. Their songs are full of creativity, and they show off raw metal skill.

Gorguts – From Wisdom to Hate
Song: Elusive Treasures


A lot of the bands on my short list are on here because of their strong and powerful compositions, but I am putting up this album from Gorguts because it is just plain fun. There might be other more popular albums from Gorguts, but this Quebecois Death Metal combination creates the moment where pain meets pleasure in that age old knot of perversity, and in some ways for me that is what Death Metal is all about.


And of course, I will show some major respect to the Canadian death metal/grindcore band “Abuse,” who was probably the first band that pulled me into the grindcore stuff. Because of them I am a member of the facebook group Grind as Fu£k. I did not feature an album from them because I was only caught up in a few of their songs. But I came home from school everyday in the eighth grade and would listen to these guys. Thanks for the good times.

QATFYG: So world, who has the better stuff? AWM or Moi?

I will give him wicked props for including Morbid Angel and Goatwhore into the list. It has been so long since I have even heard the name Goatwhore, but those are also some good memories. He knows his stuff well.

Comments

  1. thank you for your consideration Al! I'm disappointed to see no Carpenters or Osmonds on either lists.

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  2. I fucking love Napalm Death. Seen them a few times, never fail to disappoint. METAL!

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  3. @Befall Great to hear ...pretty legendary.

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