Hammer Smashed Face voted 'Greatest Death Metal Song Of All Time'

1993's Hammer Smashed Face EP
1993's Hammer Smashed Face EP

Visitors to Metal-Hammer.de have awarded Cannibal Corpse's Hammer Smashed Face the accolade of 'Die größten Death Metal Song aller Zeiten'. That's 'The Greatest Death Metal Song Of All Time', for our non-German readers.

Remarkably, until 2006 Cannibal Corpse were banned from performing the track in Germany, along with all the material from their first three albums. For some reason, songs such as Necropedophile and Entrails Ripped From A Virgin's C**t caused more than a little controversy. We can't think why.

Here's the top ten best death metal songs ever, as voted for by the readers of Metal-Hammer.de:

1) Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face

2) Arch Enemy - We Will Rise

3) Death - Crystal Mountain

4) Amon Amarth - Pursuit Of Vikings

5) Vader - Carnal

6) Sepultura - Arise

7) Carcass - Heartwork

8) In Flames - Only For The Weak

9) Kataklysm - In Shadows And Dust

10) Behemoth - Christians To The Lions

Visit the Metal-Hammer.de blog for the full run-down of the 111 Greatest Death Metal Songs Of All Time. Surely there should have been 666?

Now here's some soothing music:

Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.