alot of metal bands nowadays soften their stuff up so it won't offend anyone and many mindless sheep will purchase their
shitty albums. take example, behemoth....while their blastbeats are insane and addicting, they have since their pure black metal days,
wallowed and devolved into a blackened deathcore band.
Ultimately, this means nothing because it will be an overlooked observation in the end. However this statement sparked an interesting thought nonetheless. Nile, Behemoth, Angelcorpse, and Averse Sefira comprise the list of the Modern Death Metal bands possessing the qualities of both being 1) In demand and 2) having musical integrity (being in skill or in compositional regards).
Sidenote: For those of you who are removing your thongs from your angry episode, Averse Sefira is 1/2 Death Metal.
What is the common factor with modern, popular DM? Surely there were enough underground bullshit bands that sprung up through the years reducing the Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation forumla to mindnumbing levels of idiocy. So what gives with these modern guys?
MORBID ANGEL is the historically best selling, musically greatest, and least influentially (riff-wise) DM band of all time... but notice how these modern DM bands ALL worship the riffing foundation, riff gluing and riff-dynamism of MORBID ANGEL.
Nile, Behemoth and Angelcorpse basically all sound like a dulled Morbid Angel on cocaine. Averse Sefira on the other hand follows only in the footsteps of their occultic narration, instrumental heroism and romanticism (though compositionaly they are unique regardless of how many times I hear peope say the words Immolation and Immortal).
It does make me happy that the lineage of popular DM can unquestionably be traced back to the mighty Morbid Angel, even if none of these bands can expound upon their standard. This is why I can appreciate their efforts greatly, Morbid Angel being my favorite band of all time, but it is also why I think their music is substandard (except for Averse Sefira for the above mentioned reasons), Morbid Angel being my favorite band of all time.