As a big fan of Swedish death, it should be no surprise that the three big bands from the scene made it onto this list. Grave is a heavier band than their countrymen Entombed and Dismember. Their focus is much more on brutality. They do have the buzzsaw riffing style that their brethren do, but it is much heavier and distorted. Grave also features a more extreme death metal vocal style. Grave did go through a bit of a slump in the late 1990's but returned with a vengeance just a few years later and are now as heavy as they have ever been. Grave was also the first Swedish death metal band I was exposed to from their appearance on the Celtic Frost tribute album. They also somehow appeared on the local rock radio station.
FAVORITE ALBUM: INTO THE GRAVE