1. Serpent Temptation
    Serpent Temptation
    The debut full-length from New Orleans death/thrashers INCUBUS offers some absolutely engaging work that was simply beginning to take shape as the roots of death metal were still being explored and developed. While the music might still be considered thrash for the most part, the absolutely phenomenal work throughout here at developing the kind of tight, vicious thrash-based riffing gives this such a sense of boundless energy and full-throttle speed during their rampaging moments that there’s a genuine sense of chaotic energy apparent throughout this as there’s an unhinged and reckless piece of enthusiasm given to what’s on display here. This creates a series of savage, primitive riffs played at rather ferocious tempos all the while being augmented by blasting drumming and rabid, snarling vocals that are dirtier and far more demonic than most true thrash bands were doing at the time, truly giving this a feel more in line with where death metal was going than in staying in league with the thrash scene at the time. The groundwork for the genre is there in the unbridled speed and aggression that were to be found in the later works from the Floridian pioneers still experimenting with these sounds which would come into greater prominence in the next couple years that would solidify the genre as a whole, making this one of the most important and influential titles in the genre’s history. This is one of the most essential and important releases in the history of the genre, not just because of the lasting influence it’s left behind by having scores of imitators taking cues from this release but also by containing such admittedly impressive material in the first place that it’s a truly timeless release, definitely worth picking up if you’re a true blue dyed-in-the-wool death metal fanatic or looking to get away from all the retro/throwback acts and give the real thing a chance.
  2. Supernatural Death
    Supernatural Death
    Supernatural Death is the debut record from these Louisiana-based (originally from the thrash heaven of Brazil) death/thrash metal maniacs, and it is an album that contains 10 murky, hasty, and one of the most fervent death/thrash metal tunes ever recorded in the history of the genre. Every bit of the songs in here are catchy and memorable. Each track carries killer lightning speed and beefy thrash riffs, a unique vocal approach (as Scott's technique appears shouted, but at the same time growled), and flat out blazing drumming. One of the highlights that is extremely noticeable in Supernatural Death is the very well-structured and very tight rendered guitar riffs. Each one of the songs has a level on elaborateness in them that gives them their own way of catching the audience ears. When Francis (the band's axe man) plays at slower tempos, he can materialize with some of the heaviest riffs plausible, and simultaneously, the fella can instantly shift to frantic supersonic tremolo riffing at a moment's notice. But it is the drum work in all of the tracks in here that holds the true stupefaction of the record. Moyses (the band's drummer) displayed a very unique style of producing the blast in this album. The method that he used here is very conventional to the thrash metal genre. The thing is, the drummer slugs the drums like the usual technique that thrash drummers does it, but the dude does it so fast in a lightning speed tempo that it could match a full blast beat style used in the death metal domain. Supernatural Death, truly deserves more recognition, as it was arguably never surpassed in terms of speed in the Thrash Metal genre. And it was done with superb musicianship!