This is a tremendous genre. It seems the best of the throwback death metal nowadays is that which is most conscious of the contributions of the above-mentioned bands. The best Finnish death metal embodies the Lovecraftian vision of man's place in the universe: helpless, in awe of a world he can neither understand or effect. Our fabrications of mind are consumed when faced with a new, awful, strange, and magnificent reality. Revealed are structures of which we have always been a part. Through this fear, we are reunited with the knowledge of our true past and future, with a new respect for the morbidity of life.
A few bands that have received less recognition:
- Funebre (earlier demos
- Vomiturition (select material)
Carnifex's Decadence demo seems to be generally well-regarded in the underground, but the composition seems lacking to me. Too frenetic, low on content.