Recommended by Brian Cook
For nearly 30 years, Cannibal Corpse have thrived on the dichotomy of knuckle-dragging metal and depraved imagery delivered in a very disciplined, proficient, and melodically sophisticated manner. Controversial album art and gruesome lyrics might provide the initial lure, but the band flourished throughout the peaks and valleys of death metal’s popularity on the strength of their intricate instrumentation and inhuman stamina. Gatecreeper take a streamlined approach to death metal, eschewing its more disorienting and complex attributes in favor of sheer blunt force. And the unhinged live show of crossover thrash kings Power Trip is not to be missed.