death metal


Definition of death metal

: a type of heavy metal music that is characterized by the use of dark, violent, or gory imagery

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The Semantics of Music Listeners who can get caught up in the beautiful sadness of a ballad or the intense anger of death metal know music carries meaning. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 At a time when police SWAT teams have become known for training videos soundtracked by death metal, seeing an aircraft such as this buzzing outside your apartment window might not immediately inspire dread. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles," 8 June 2018 Over 10 episodes, the charm of each death metal song (Retsuko’s preferred genre) doesn’t fade even as the music becomes less of a coping mechanism and more of a reflection of her true personality. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Aggretsuko on Netflix: Adorable Anime, or Subversive Millennial Messaging?," 1 May 2018 Psychotic melancholia sounds horrifying, like a German band that plays an obscure subgenre of death metal. Yusef Roach, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Communal Experience of Going to the Symphony for the First Time," 31 May 2018 Many of her customers are singers of death metal, grindcore and other offshoots of heavy metal rock. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Screeching in a Metal Band Takes Lozenges, Tea and a Patient Vocal Coach," 18 May 2018 Now, an Icelandic website design agency called Viska has created a web version of Gilfoyle’s death metal alert — which is just as startling as promised. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Someone made that Silicon Valley alert that plays death metal whenever bitcoin’s price moves," 29 Apr. 2018 Finally, an excuse to start that death metal project. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make A Gorgeous DIY Skyline Diffuser," 27 Mar. 2017 The last few years have seen the group shift their interests towards various forms of extreme metal, and incorporate moments of death metal, black metal, and pummeling Sepultura-style nu-metal into their punk framework. Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader, "With Posthuman Harm’s Way deliver one of the scariest, heaviest records you’ll hear this year," 16 Mar. 2018

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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