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To paraphrase a well known saying; there are two inevitabilities in life, death metal and taxes.
Formed in the mid-1980s, death metal is the term given to the more aggressive, less restrained child of heavy metal and punk. While these parent genres introduced the world to high-octane sounds and high-drama showmanship, death metal took it to new extremes.
The key word being extreme. Often credited as emerging from Florida (because, Florida) death metal is meant to be thought of as the sonic equivalent of a horror film. Death metal bands, including Death, Necrophagia, Obituary, Autopsy and Morbid Angel Merchandise, pioneered the genre through explicit lyricism and imagery detailing violence, gore and challenging political and cultural ideologies.
Our selection of death metal merch celebrates death metal bands old and new, giving the hardest of hardcore death metal fans the chance to proudly show off their Obituary merch while popping to get the morning paper. This sums up the devotion of death metal fans – there’s more to it than grunts and growls. Death metal is a community, a tribe.
Death Metal is easily distinguished by the use of heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking. This unearthly, unusual sound adds to the feel of unease, made more prominent by the unique vocal techniques. Death metal gave the world the screaming, deep growling vocals that led to cries of Satanism and evil.
Since its origin, there’s been new life after death metal, with several delinquent descendants spawned. Melodic death metal combines death metal elements with sounds and themes from the new wave of British heavy metal. Melodic death metal bands include Children of Bodom and Death. We’ve got plenty of Death merch and Children of Bodom t-shirts on offer with our Death Metal merch.
Other subgenres of death metal include technical death metal, a complex style, with uncommon time signatures, jarring rhythms, and deliberately abstract sounding harmonies and melodies. There’s plenty more - deathgrind, goregrind, pornogrind, death-doom, grindcore and more.
Whichever death metal floats your boat… or sinks your haunted ghost ship, (if that's more on-brand), check out death metal merch to die for in our online EMP shop. The death metal merch includes a wide choice of death metal t shirts in inclusive sizes, as well as LPs and CDs from some of your favourite death metal bands.
There’s plenty of merch from some of the best bands in the genre’s history. Obituary merch includes re-released LPs of some of their most celebrated works – including The End Complete – plus select works from the likes of Massacre, Dying Fetus and other bands with names that would shock the censors of the evening news!