We know metal has it made when it comes to music. We also know that it would take days to list the hundreds of metal song titles, buzzing with complexity and enigma. So, let’s narrow them down, shall we? Here are ten brutally intelligent metal song titles.
1. “Fermented Offal Discharge” – Necrophagist
Necrophagist set the bar for hyper, technical death metal with the release of Onset of Putrefaction. Believe that its sounds aren’t the offering of intensity. Take the last lyric of “Fermented Offal Discharge,” for example: Putrefied internal fragments / Fermented offal discharge. Nicely put, Necrophagist. Nicely put.
2. “Hematological Allergy” – Gorguts
Another influential record of the tech death variety comes from Gorguts. Besides the songs that crunch and roll with fervor, one tune adds a touch of sophistication, “Hematological Allergy.” According to Merriam-Webster, Hematological has to do with blood. Well, that’s one fancy way of putting it.
3. “Excoriating Abdominal Emanation” – Carcass
“Excoriating Abdominal Emanation” is just one example of the many perplexing song titles employed by Carcass. The track dates back to around the time when the band scanned medical books for musical ideas. It’s hard to imagine the goregrind giants without those ridiculously riveting titles. Yeah, good luck working them into the dinner conversation.
4. “Apopheniac” – Vader
In addition to reinforcing Vader’s track record for unloading exquisite extreme metal, “Apopheniac” outdoes itself in definition. It may not pair with another gruff term, but you have to honor its sophistication. This song title comes from apophenia, and Merriam-Webster holds that it’s, “the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.” Yep. Seeing random patterns is part of a typical Vader listening stint for me.
5. “Metamorphignition” – Arkaik
Arkaik may not be as well known as their fellow wordy metal contemporaries, but they certainly know how to boggle the brain in the utmost tech death fashion. The title track from 2012’s Metamorphignition showcases this well. (I also recommend giving this record a listen.)
7. “The Extirpation Agenda” – Aborted
Metal country has been chatting away about the new one from Aborted. You don’t have to look far into the band’s death metal offerings on the album to notice some progressive song titles, like the second track, “The Extirpation Agenda.” When all they had to do was go with the more familiar, annihilation, the title gets kudos for complexity.
8. “Neurasthenia” – Neuraxis
I threw this one in here just for fun. It may be only 30 seconds, but you cannot deny the appeal of “Neurasthenia.”
9. “Tombs of Trepidation” – The Zenith Passage
What is it about tech death and these stellar song titles? Anywho, “Tombs of Trepidation” is from The Zenith Passage’s EP, Cosmic Dissonance and it wildly confirms its presence of this metal styling.
10. “Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst” – Allegaeon
There’s a good chance you’ve seen Allegaeon’s hilariously entertaining video for “1.618,” which is on the technical melodic death metal act’s upcoming record, Elements of the Infinite. While waiting on that release, let’s revisit what bizarre label was slapped on one number off of their 2012 release—“Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst.” But really. This song title should be no surprise if you’re into mythology.