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Death metal

Death metal emerged in the US and Canada during the 1980s with bands like Death[?], Morbid Angel[?], Suffocation[?] and Cannibal Corpse.

Going one step beyond other metal genres, death metal is identified by extreme brutality and speed. The vocals, or growls as they are usually referred to, are rough and/or incomprehensible and they usually communicate macabre subject matter. This style of music is known for very abrupt tempo and count changes, and extremely fast drumwork. Most bands of this sort consist purely of guitars and drums, often two rhythm guitars, a bass, a drum set, and a vocalist. Some bands add incidental synthesizers for discordant effect.

During the 1990s, death metal grew in many directions, spawning a rich variety of subgenres, including the following:

There are also other metal subgenres that have come from fusions between death metal and other genres. Bands like My Dying Bride[?] (doom/death hybrid) and Emperor (black/death hybrid) are two examples.

Other notable death metal bands:

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