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It's unlikely that is true. Multiple sites claim it was released in February 1990, but that is actually when the album was recorded. Also, the band broke up before the album was even released and their last show was on May 4th of that year. I've tried to find a source for the actual release date to no avail, but spirit-of-metal.com claims it was released in December 1990, which seems more accurate.
That sounds to be about correct. I dug out my copy of 'Swedish Death Metal' by Daniel Ekeroth (it's a great book) and while they don't have exact release dates it does mention that Entombed went into the studio to record Left Hand Path in December of '89. Carnage went into the studio for Dark Recollections in February of '90.

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Dark Recollections by Carnage was a minor classic in the style Entombed had introduced a couple months earlier.
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Thanks for seeking that out. That book is on my to buy list.
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You guys know a lot about Swedish death. I just never got into a lot of it like I did the American stuff (especially the Floridian scene).

42. Grinder - Dead End (Germany, 1989, Thrash Metal)



Why you need to hear this: From the opening militaristic drum beat of "Agent Orange", you know you're in for something different compared to the typical German thrash band. Yes, this is every bit as fast as bands like Kreator and Sodom, and it does have some aggression, but it holds back on the visceral forceful approach of other German bands in favour of something more melodic and memorable. In many ways, this album sounds like it's straight out of the Bay Area rather than Germany. Even the singer, who is much more of a singer than the likes of Mille, Gerre, or Schmier, has pretty much shed his accent. At times, the band sounds more like a speed metal one because of the lack of emphasis on brutality, but they do so in the way that Agent Steel similarly straddled the line between the two genres while still remaining firmly planted in thrash. This album has some very loud bass, which is always a welcome addition to this style.

Bonus Info: This is another great album recently reissued by Divebomb Records, and there are a ton of bonus tracks to go with it!

Recommended tracks: Agent Orange, Just Another Scar
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41. Gorguts - Considered Dead (Canada, 1991, Death Metal)



Why you need to hear this: The biggest crime of Gorguts' change in style is the fact that their first two records have been forgotten. "The Erosion of Sanity" is a fun record, but "Considered Dead" is among death metal's best. The cover evokes a cavernous, cryptic sound that the music displays perfectly (even better than Incantation does). The guitars are incredibly heavy when chugging, and the rhythm section only adds to this ungodly sound (thanks in part to a fantastic drum tone). Luc Lemay actually sounds a bit more human than you might expect, but only because it sounds like he's ripping his lungs out with his vocals. The one aspect where this album doesn't match up with some other great death metal records is in the guitar solos, but then James Murphy comes in on the last track and completely erases any memory you had of mediocre guitar solos. The man is a master guitarist and his solo on "Inoculated Life" is among his best work.

Recommended tracks: Stiff and Cold, Considered Dead, Inoculated Life
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It looks like I have some new(old) stuff to check out.
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The first two Gorguts albums are some of the best old-school no bullshit death metal ever made.
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Keep the albums coming sir Spiner. Lots of good shit in here so far.
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40. Screamer - Target: Earth (USA, 1988, US Power Metal)



Why you need to hear this: US power metal as a whole probably has the worst popularity to quality ratio of any metal subgenre. Even the best bands are relatively obscure to a lot of metal fans, but Screamer seems to be overlooked even in USPM circles. This album takes more of a Queensryche/Fates Warning approach than a Manilla Road or Omen one, as it features some really progressive stuff. The singer is a total wailer. He's not even really that good, but it's easy to appreciate his enthusiasm. I only got this album recently, but I can already tell it's a major grower. There are a ton of great riffs, but even more great melodies. The album ends with its two strongest tracks, but there isn't a dull moment across the entire record.

Recommended tracks: Future World, Heir To The Throne
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This is awesome indeed, happy I actually know a few of the bands
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41. Gorguts - Considered Dead (USA, 1991, Death Metal)

Gorguts are from Quebec, CANADA


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