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My favourite extreme music

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Focus
Focus
"Possible my favourite death metal album; Cynic were an incredibly talented ultra-technical band, who unfortunately only released this one album and a few demos. Favourite track probably Veil of Maya."
Ruining It For Everyone
Ruining It For Everyone
"A small-time UK based band, Labrat make heavy, fast, darkly humoured songs. Initially regarded as a joke, the band then recieved praise for great songwriting ability and tight musicianship."
Unquestionable Presence
Unquestionable Presence
"Technical death, by one of the primogenitors of the genre. This is just my personal favourite by Atheist; any would be just as good, though they are now sadly very hard to find (as is Focus)."
Formulas Fatal To Flesh
Formulas Fatal To Flesh
"Arguably Kings of death metal, Morbid Angel has both the drumming talent of Pete Sandoval and the guitar genius of Trey Azagthoth - tracks like Invocation of the Continual One really show his skill."
BLASPHEMY MADE FLESH
BLASPHEMY MADE FLESH
"Though many would argue None So Vile as this canadian band's best work, this album is my pick because of Open Face Surgery, Lord Worm's vox are great; I look forward to their new material with him."
The Haunted Made Me Do It
The Haunted Made Me Do It
"One of the best new thrash bands I've heard, The Haunted have real talent, rather than downtuned guitars and fast fingers. This second album had them engaging in more melody than their earlier one."
BLACK SEEDS OF VENGEANCE
BLACK SEEDS OF VENGEANCE
"Any of Nile's three albums would have done, this is simply representative - they are awesomely heavy, lyrically clever, and technical (though not to Cynic-level). Truly the Pharaohs of death metal."
Reign in Blood
Reign in Blood
"No extreme list is complete without mention of the mighty Slayer. Nothing to be said really; if you don't know Slayer, welcome to some of the greatest, fastest thrash ever recorded."
Scum
Scum
"Original and best in the grindcore arena, Barney and his lads make fast, sludgy, heavy heavy heavy music, which got defined as grindcore."
Heartwork
Heartwork
"With Napalm Death, Carcass were the originators of grind. Their albums were pure grind, then they moved to melodic death, then almost simply to heavy metal by the time they made this, my favourite."
DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS
DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS
"I usually can't stand black metal, but this is the exception.Known for having their singer killing himself, and the bassist killing the guitarist, Mayhem actually have talent beneath the controversy."
Life
Life
"One of the newer bands on my list, along with Labrat, these guys make heavy, fast music, in the vein of Murder One and Labrat as opposed to real death metal. Beware, length is only 21 minutes."
AVENGER
AVENGER
"Named after Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings, these Swedes make loud, proud Viking themed death metal, with an awesome rhythm section in particular. Like power metal, but with a death edge."
Obscura
Obscura
"I never quite know what to think of Gorguts - genius or insanity? My friend says genius, but tracks like Illuminatus, though undeniably complex and skillful, take an awful long time to really get into"