Behemoth: Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond): Polish purveyors of darkness begin their death metal period after playing black metal for several albums.
Bolt Thrower: Those Once Loyal: One of the most consistent death metal bands on possibly their best album.
Deicide: The Stench of Redemption: The most evil band in the U.S. is reinvigorated on this album by the inclusion of Ralph Santolla on lead guitar.
Hacavitz: Katun: Mexican death metal band proves that it's not all sunshine south of the border.
Immolation: Shadows in the Light: Pioneering brutal death metal band still has it nearly 20 years later.
Nile: In Their Darkened Shrines: Everyone's favorite Egyptian-themed death metallers on arguably, their best and heaviest album.
Nox: Ixaxaar: Sick, brutal, and heavily Satanic death metal from Netherlands.
Septicflesh: Communion: Death metal with a Greek feel and some interesting instrumentation.
Thornafire: Exacerbated Gnostic Manifestation: Chilean band mixes the best of old school death and modern death metal.
Yyrkoon: Occult Medicine: French death metal band with a tribute album to Dr. Herbert West, Lovecraft's Re-Animator.