I think that while Death doesnt get put up on a pedestal here (which is refreshing), they also don't seem to get any musical recognition. Seems that whenever someone mentions them it just turns into a whole AIDS accusation thread.
Death/Mantas deserves a place in the sun, but they shouldn't be the only ones.
I agree completely. For those wondering why I think it is ignored:
"One of the first to popularize (but not invent: Possessed, Massacra, Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Deathstrike, Hellhammer and Necrovore predate them) the death metal genre."
Massacra - Formed 1986
Sepultura - Formed 1984
Morbid Angel - Formed 1984
Necrovore - Formed 1986
Death/Mantas - Formed 1983. Also the first of these bands to actually release a demo.
I detest 90's Death just as much as the rest of you guys, by the way.