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who in your opinion are the big four of death metal

no karate in pit
Mon, 11/12/2023 - 17:34

read the title folks

gorestar's picture

I personally think that the big 4 for death metal is: Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Autopsy as all 4 have been there early on and have made a lot of impact while not changing their sound too drastically throughout the years/staying consistent (except for MA’s Illud lol). And of course they are all widely popular, if someone were to be getting into death metal and were to google or youtube the genre, those bands would likely be the first ones they see first and listen to.

no karate in pit's picture

id say death would replace autopsy but yeah most of that i agree

gorestar's picture

I didn’t put Death in mine just because they became more and more progressive while constantly changing their formula. If Death had kept the sound of their first 2 to 3 albums and left it at that, I would say they would have a better chance of being in the top 4 of death metal in my books. Don’t get me wrong, I do like later Death too but they actively made more than half their discography progressive death metal and I don’t see that as a good qualifying point to be in the top 4. If there was a top 4 for progressive death metal, I would put them in there along with Atheist and Cynic along with whatever else could fit that fourth spot.

bad_american1992's picture

DEATH in June
DEATH Cab for Cutie

no karate in pit's picture

haha but um achtually it is spelled deth not death your a poser

bad_american1992's picture

Curses, I've been found out

Matthew Hopkins's picture

Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Death are probably the big four.
But mine is different. Deicide, Autopsy, Asphyx, and Gorefest

FOAD's picture

Bolt Thrower, Autopsy, Obituary, Dismember...
Really very difficult to limit something like this to just four bands.
In a top ten I would add Possessed, Grave, Asphyx, Morbid Angel, Death and Entombed.

Insecurity's picture

Death, cannibal corpse, obituary, and morbid angel.

no karate in pit's picture

this is what i would say

Allpathsendthesame's picture

I just don't think the big four idea translates very well to death metal. With the thrash big four it is a good balance between bands that were foundational, influential, and sold a lot of albums. In death metal, you're either going to be leaving out a bunch of the early bands that are death metal and just didn't make it "big" but influenced every band that did. Or be loading in a bunch of bands that just happened to be in the right place in the right time, without having a lot to do with the founding of the genre.

To me Possessed, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Entombed gets closest to fully encapsulating the Big 4 of death metal. But it's still leaving out so much. Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Suffocation, Death, Pestilence, Bolt Thrower etc etc etc

no karate in pit's picture

damn right

FOAD's picture

You can make lists like this, but it doesn't really make sense to me in any genre. The more bands you get to know, the more you get to love, the more you find unknown bands that are still on the same musical level as the big ones, the more you broaden your horizons over the years, the less such lists make sense. But they have their appeal and you try, then when you think about it more carefully, you think of more and more bands that make it onto the shortlist. That was never a big problem for me in the past, but there are no fewer bands in life that you learn to appreciate and it's never been as easy as it used to be to decide. At least that's how I feel.

Jonathan666's picture

100 % best answer! I couldn't have said it better myself!

MetalNDN's picture

Possessed, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Entombed.

sandmanforce's picture

,Death, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Morbid Angel, but more to comes...US, UK and european bands...

sandmanforce's picture

I think there will be make category for these: Big Four Of US Death Metal, Big Four Of UK Death Metal, Big Four Of Swedish Death Metal, and Big Four Of European Death Metal...

andermatten's picture

it depends on whether you think in terms of the 90's or now. in terms of the 90's I'd say

bolt thrower

oldmate's picture

I think this needs to be broken up just like the big four of Thrash

Deicide, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel

Carcass, Entombed, Dismember, napalm death

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nameless_rites's picture

Morbid Angel, At The Gates, Suffocation, Immolation

no karate in pit's picture

well i think pierce the veil, Metallica,disturbed and Judas priest im just kidding my honest picks are cannibal corpse,morbid angel,death,and obituary

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Djsodomizer's picture

Immolation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Vader.

ThatBillyGuy's picture

Cannibal Corpse, Death, Morbid Angel, and Deicide for me. Still very hard to pick a big four cause i can see obituary, possessed and other bands being part of the big 4 as well.

Graffux's picture

Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Deicide
My personal picks would be Pestilence, Broken Hope, Suffocation, Cryptopsy

Allux101's picture

Possessed, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel & Death

Jonathan666's picture

The big four of death metal?? LOL, more like the big 40, dude, duhhhhh!

metalarchivesripsection's picture

Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Deicide

metalarchivesripsection's picture

Or Entombed, Obituary, Autopsy, Possessed

absolutedefiance138's picture

Thought about this before. Death, Deicide, Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse in my mind makes the most sense

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