#40: Grave - Endless Procession Of SoulsDeath metal has mutated wildly over the years, to the point that there is an entire subgenre of revivalists keeping it "old school". It doesn't get much older than Grave; 25 years in, these guys are still putting out top-notch albums. They have more groove than many of the new breed bands, something I wish the young'uns would pick up on.
#39: Cannibal Corpse - TortureSpeaking of old-school...yep, CC will never die. You know exactly what you're getting here, and that's a compliment. There's also the added bonus of a few Alex Webster bass solos; that guy is a beast.
#38: Panopticon - KentuckyBluegrass black metal. Don't ask my how or why, but it works. Really well.
#37: Inverloch - Dusk...Subside
Were you ever in a groundbreaking band that produced a single amazing album, then years later played in a sort-of tribute band to your own band, then decided the other guys in the tribute band were good enough to start a new band with you that sounds almost as good as your first band? Me too!
#36: Fight Amp - Birth ControlThis band has been consistently excellent over the course of their existence, and Birth Control continues the tradition of ugly, grooving noise rock. Memorable hooks get filtered through a grimy sieve of abrasiveness, and it all fits together like a demented child's puzzle.