death metal


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

Examples of death metal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stylistically, their records exist within the genre of death metal, where the riffs are as heavy as wet sand, and the music proceeds with the hellbent momentum of a horror-movie climax. Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork, 9 Nov. 2023 Raised in a Bay Area commune, Lorin Ashton, now 45, cut his teeth playing bass guitar in a death metal band before pivoting to electronic music in the mid-1990s. Delilah Friedler, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2023 Cryptopsy The Canadian technical death metal band claims its first Billboard chart entry, thanks to its new album As Gomorrah Burns. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2023 Toronto death metal group Tomb Mold have announced their first new album in four years, The Enduring Spirit. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 11 Sep. 2023 The Zenith Passage The technical death metal band, from Los Angeles, debuts on Billboard’s charts with its sophomore studio album, Datalysium. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 3 Aug. 2023 From there, my musical tastes exploded in various directions: grunge, punk, death metal and eventually indie rock, jazz, classic rock, blues and beyond. Hank Shteamer, SPIN, 24 Apr. 2023 One such community can be found in Texas, which might boast the strongest death metal scene in the world right now. Brad Sanders, Chron, 6 Apr. 2023 Crypta, a Brazilian death metal band, had just finished a set at an Illinois theater Friday when the venue made an announcement: The show would be paused for a half-hour because of dangerous weather raging outside. Robert Chiarito,, 1 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death metal was in 1984

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“Death metal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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