Last month, the Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano took us through his proto-punk essentials, rummaging through his massive collection to talk about bands like The Velvet Underground and New York Dolls. But what if you’re looking to get into something… heavier?
This time around, Fantano’s going extreme, running us through his five death metal starters.
Impressively, he’s framed the list on five pretty distinct pillars, ranging from the genre’s origins to its evolutions. And whether you think he should have gone with a different Cannibal Corpse or Death album, the end result’s the same—regardless of where you start, any of these essentials make a great place to start. Happy headbanging.