Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted guitars, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, minor keys or atonality, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes.

Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards.(Psalms 69:12)

Building from the musical structure of thrash metal and early black metal, death metal emerged during the mid-1980s.Metal acts such as Slayer,Kreator,Celtic Frost, and Venom were very important influences to the crafting of the genre.Possessed and Death,along with bands such as Obituary, Carcass, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel are often considered pioneers of the genre. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, death metal gained more media attention as popular genre niche record labels like Combat, Earache and Roadrunner began to sign death metal bands at a rapid rate. Since then, death metal has diversified, spawning a variety of subgenres.


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