The Big 4 of Death Metal?

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  1. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred The Truth Is Out There

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    If Death Metal did a big 4 show like the thrash bands, who would be in it? Hell we can make it the big 5 or 10.

    I would assume you have to put Morbid Angel in it! Then Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Vital Remains, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Vitriol, Necrophagist, The Black Dahlia Murder, Origin.... The list could go on and on, but who would be considered as the Big 4, or 5, or 10 of Death Metal??
     
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    Not sure where the list would even start, and everyone will disagree on what exact genre some bands are...

    But, I would say Carcass and Bolt Thrower have to be in there.
     
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    vilk Very Regular

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    I've never even heard of Vitriol so idk if they can really be in the Big Four...

    I'm thinking more like
    Cannibal Corpse
    Morbid Angel
    Death
    Bolt Thrower
    Or maybe Cryptopsy but that might be biased because I am a big fan
    Nile is another band that would be in my personal top four but probably shouldn't be in the "Big Four"
     
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    Well, I guess Death should be the de facto #1 on the list:agreed:
     
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    Morbid Angel, Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Bolt Thrower

    Bands like Necrophagist and TBDM don't really make sense here - they're relative latecomers, and their influence on the overarching death metal scene isn't as widespread. The Big 4 are big because they were successful at a relatively early point in thrash's lifespan, and thus had a big impact on the scene and its offshoots.
     
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    Probably these five, but lets see what everyone thinks....
     
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    beerandbeards Majestic Shoveler

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    Death
    Morbid Angel
    Cannibal corpse
    Carcass
    Obituary
     
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    Good call, how did Obituary even take that long to be mentioned?
     
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    Death, Deacide, Cannibal, Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Pungent Stench, Embalmer, Morbid Angel
     
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    Death
    Morbid Angel
    Carcass
    Bolt Thrower
    not big 4, but still pretty inluential:
    Suffocation
    Necrophagist
    Behemoth
    Nile
    honorable mentions:
    Cynic
    Gojira
    Entombed
    Dying Fetus
    Totally disagree about necrophagist not being influential, they may have been later to the scene but they are kind of the godfathers of tech death as far as I'm concerned
     
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    Let's throw out random names! (I realized once I opened this thread that I couldn't actually name the "big 4" of thrash, I was replacing Megadeth with Exodus and Anthrax with Kreator. :lol:)
    Possessed, Obituary, Pestilence, Autopsy

    Granted, at the time their albums were released Possessed would have been considered Black Metal, since back around that time "Black Metal" was a catch all for bands with occult/satanic lyrics, rather than a style itself.
     
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    There’s far too many sub genres to have a big 4; but old school/influential Id list:
    Death
    Entombed
    Cryptopsy
    Morbid Angel
     
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    The lack of Suffocation in this thread bothers me.
     
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    Death, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse.
     
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    This, pretty much; when you're looking at their influence on the genre.

    I never did get into Morbid Angel. But I realize they belong on the list.

    Really though, I don't think a "big 4" really cuts it. Entombed and At The Gates need to be on the list as well. And then there's Bloodbath, Decapitated (early, anyway), Cryptopsy, etc.
     
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    Infinity’s list minus Bolt thrower. Just because I don’t like slow. But yeah, Carcass all day son.
     
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    If we're talking the context of a "Big 4" nerd-out dream scenario, Death and Bolt Thrower are out. Chuck is dead and if I'm not mistaken BT said they're not playing any more shows after their drummer died.
    So...
    Carcass
    Morbid Angel
    Suffocation
    Entombed

    And what a show it would be.
     
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    Bruh...
     
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    Also, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death and Carcass slowing down is effectively how we got death metal.

    Additionally, I think Napalm Death deserves more credit here. Minus Jesse Pintado dying, they've had the same line up and have been actively touring with it since 91. AND at this point, have probably released more death metal albums then any other band listed so far.
     
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    Vader (can't have a death metal show without Vader)
    Aeon (their aeons black material)
    Decapitated

    Can't think of a fourth. If I do I'll post it later
     
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