114 artists, 2483 songs
During the mid-'80s, an increasing number of metal bands sought to exceed the speed, intensity and violent imagery of bands like Metallica, Slayer and Venom. The Florida band Death spearheaded the birth of a style that became known as Death Metal, inspiring dozens of imitators in their home state and beyond. Bands like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide and Morbid Angel further helped define Death Metal with their gore-obsessed lyrics, brutal riffs, and “cookie monster” style vocals. Some bands focused instead on satanic imagery and a more wailing style of singing, giving birth to a genre known as Black Metal, which is epitomized by Norwegian bands like Dimmu Borgir and Darkthrone.