18. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
I have all the time in the world for Erik Rutan, he is truly one of my favorite Death Metal artists, and this album totally reinforces that love. Hate Eternal are a band known for being absolutely brutal, 100% in your face death metal, and while this album does that, and does it dam fucking well, it also showcases a melodic side to the band, with songs like 'Haunting Abound' and 'Lake Ablaze' really showing how you can still be hitting the listener in the face with a sledgehammer of distortion and tremolo picking, and still retain a big melodic aspect to your music. This is a modern death metal album done right, and bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide (though I did really enjoy 'To Hell With God') could do well to pay attention.
Lake Ablaze - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHtnGqmBd1Q