Best Death Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Death
My favorite band of pure death metal (I mean that is just death metal and not a death metal sub-genre)... Chuck had one of the best guttural voices ever.
R.I.P CHUCK SCHULDINER

rock2metal

DEATH is number 1 and always will be the best band
RIP chuck
Amon Amarth is over rated, children of bodom isn't death metal or is it children of boredom. Some of best death bands are death, morbid angel, cancer, massacre, autopsy, deicide, obituary, cc, suffocation, unleashed, grave, dismember, bloodbath, carcass, asphyx, demonical, monstrosity, disincarnate, malevolent creation, the old schools the best and majority r from Florida where it all started with death
Truly death is the best. They perfected the death growl (seriously other bands make the death growl seem like the lead vocalist is suffering from severe acidity). Don't believe me? Just listen to the symbolic album. Just awesome, no words to describe...R.I. P chuck... If chuck was'nt dead then a slap-in-the-face-of-metal named 'avenged sevenfold' would'nt have existed
[Newest]Chuck always wins. No one can compete. His solo and screams on "Painkiller" just blow your socks off.

bighercules


2Cannibal Corpse
I understand why Death are first (I mean, they pretty much invented the Death Metal) but, let us be honest: Cannibal Corpse were the band that truly took the meaning of Death Metal and brought it up to a whole new level. Brutal blast beats, amazing vocal performances by both Barnes and Corpsegrinder and also some of the greatest artwork, riffs, albums, songs and even album/song names ever (F***** With A Knife, Hammer Smashed Face, Raped By The Beast and Make Them Suffer are amazing song names). This is why CC should be first. Death created the genre but Cannibal Corpse took it even further and is much more of an inspiration for the newer DM bands than Death.
Hammer smashed face, make them suffer are the real death metal songs. The real brutality, hate, violence is cannibal corpse. The slasher lyrics is like AHH!
Why Children of bodom is so high? Cannibal Corpse is much more greatness than this childs
[Newest]Please listen to there music. Hammer Smashed Face, best death metal songs ever.


3Children of Bodom
Children of Bodom honestly has some of the most complex melodies in each instrument, every one of their band members are amazing at what they do, not just Alexi, even though he's the most famous. They totally deserve to be number one because everything they make sounds AMAZING!
Man that's the best death metal band ever! I mean I heard every time I die 25 times in a row still it does not get old its so awesome! The music the lyrics and everything in the song is so awesome its the best death metal song I'v ever heard!
This band is my favorite death metal band! But my judgement is not bias and clouded. This band plays exceptional masterpiece! They are like hi breed death metal bands, their solos are one of the best! They may not be the most brutal or fierce but they sure ire things and and let headbangers bang! Listen to mask of sanity, evereytime I die, warheart, follow the reaper. It never gets old!
[Newest]Good neoclassical influences and great atmosphere keyboards. Powerful sound and great technical ability of the musicians, especially Alexi.

4Morbid Angel
Morbid angel should be at least #2... They have made this genre. Actually death was first true death metal band.. But MA's contribution cannot be ignored.
CoB 17percent, In Flames 10percent and Morbid Angel 6percent are on crack dudes? Or you have not taste in music?
Morbid Angel should be number one, I feel Formulas Fatal to the Flesh is one of the greatest albums in all music. A co-inventor of death-metal, they also invented nu-metal and djent without realizing it (God of Emptiness) also a new style of industrial dance metal (Destructos).
[Newest]To me they are the bast thrash metal out of usA

5Amon Amarth
Amon Amarth rules... One of my fave bands and they definitely deserve to be higher up this list!
THERE RIFFS KICK ASS THEY SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE THEIR DRUMMER AND OPETHS DRUMMER ARE THE BEST DEATH DRUMMERS OUT THEIR AND SEPULTURA IS NOT DEATH METAL YOU IDIOTS THEIR THRASH
Awesome songs with awesome riffs. And the viking's feel to the music is unique and takes you to the great battles that must have been fought in those ages! Can't get tired of listening to them!
[Newest]Amon Amarth is the ultimate death metal band! All songs of them are very different, for example as loke falls and risen from the sea.

6Opeth
No one could create such a melody within the Death Metal genre like Mikael ever, and I can bet none will be able to create in future...
Please listen to 'Black Rose Immortal' before you vote any other band.

Nord666

I'm trying opeth out for the first time and honestly I think there amazing I like death and nile more but that is because I've been listening to them for a long time so I can't really tell right now if ill like them more then nile cause death will be number one always but I can't wait to try out more songs
Opeth should be 1 of the top three!
Amazing songs deliverance, ghost of perdition, blackwater park and also soft ones like windowpane, isolation years are the best songs one can ever hear.
[Newest]Best (death metal) band ever, clean and unclean vocals, heavy and soft, etc this is a perfect band

7Deicide
They are everything a Death Metal band should be. They have created lot of controversy and they are Anti-christ... And most importantly, they are also considered as one of the forerunners of the Death Metal scene of '80s.

Nord666

This band truly deserves the 2nd place. Deicide is the purest form of Death Metal. I say this band is STILL pretty much underrated.
should be higher on the list, just listen to 'homage for satan' and 'scars of the crucifix' for some great death metal

metal666slut

[Newest]This band really sucks.

8Nile
Karl Sanders and Dallas Toler-Wade form one of the best guitar duos of all music genres. Combined with Kollias' inconceivable drumming technique and speed, as well as with all of their interest and unquestionable knowledge in the Egyptian lore and mythology, Nile is one of the greatest metal bands of all time and quite frankly the best death metal act. Their live performances and their studio recordings are some of the best I've ever seen in terms of quality, musically as well as overall performances.

Cyrax

Listen to Cast Down the Heretic or What Can Be Safely Written and tell me this band isn't the epitome of brutality...
Sepultura is thrash and nile is awesome DEATH METAL! Should not be in in 1st place but should be in top 10.
[Newest]Nile is best death metal in the world

9Possessed
Seven Churches! No comments! The Best ever!
The pioneers of death metal!
Possessed alonh with death were the origin of deatg metal never forget your roots should be at least 5th

10Carcass
This band has everything, whether you like grindcore, melodic death metal, death 'n roll, or just straight up death metal, they have it! They're the band that got me into death metal, and they'll always be my favourite
Personally I wouldve chosen either Death or Cannibal Corpse but Carcass also needs some love! You just can't forget about them!
Carcass is definitely in the top 3
[Newest]The best band ever made!

The Contenders

11Behemoth
Mind boggling death... Just pure blood... Wow I love behemoth... Behemoth rules
Even though Behemoth is not originally a death metal band. They have great atmosphere in their music, and also has death metal influence in their songs. Also their lyrics is very dark and morbid, powerful and strong.
Behemoth makes really extreme death metal. I must say that I uprated them because of Grom (even though it is actually black metal). Grom in my opinion Behemoth's best album

12Obituary
Number one in my mind. No-one sounds like John and their pounding grooves are second to none. Many other bands sound close to the same, but these guys are as original as Death and Sepultura, they deserve to be at least in the top 3.
Honestly cannot believe that Obituary isn't at least in the top 10. They are one of the most badass old school death metal bands ever. Along with Death, Morbid Angel, and Malevolent creation they practically created death metal. Go listen to Cause of Death and Slowly We Rot and then tell me that Obituary doesn't deserve to be at least in the top 10.
Obituary were always my favourite death metal band growing up, I really liked the idea that you didn't have to do insane blast beat drumming and death growls that you can't really understand to still sound evil and heavy! Still love this band to this day!

Grundapants

[Newest]Saw them live last week and they are still one of my favorite bands

13Bloodbath
Death metal supergroup! What's not to like? These guys can duplicate any school of the genre. They manage to bring out the best parts of all the classic scenes, being it Florida or Sweden. Their latest (last? ) album, "Fathomless mastery", is possibly the greatest death metal album to date.
Listen to the song EATEN by this band people and you will definitely see why I have voted for this band. Be it lyrics, vocal or the music, this band is the most influential band ever.
Listen to their song "Hades Rising" or "Mock The Cross" then you will see how they deserve to be way further in this list. 37? That's atrocious.
[Newest]When there will be a best Death Metal band than Bloodbath, chicken will have teeth (like we say in France ^^)

14Arch Enemy
Personally think Children Of Bodom is best, but Arch Enemy's stuff comes a very close second. Michael and Christopher's guitar skills are incredible, along with Daniel's drumming and Sharlee's bass (not heard too much under the other instruments, but amazing when you do hear it). Not to mention Angela's vocals (more brutal than many male vocalists).

(Also, We Will Rise isn't a great Arch Enemy song in my opinion. I prefer their heavier stuff like The Last Enemy and My Apocalypse)

Porcupine

This band is just amazing with a female vocalist and what a song it produces you can just see a song like WE WILL RISE
Best metal voice ever
[Newest]I heard all music from all death metal band. But I strongly vote arch enemy band which is define death metal for me

15Suffocation
All opinions aside, Suffocation basically created "technical death metal" with their EP "Human Waste" and debut album "Effigy of the Forgotten," 1990 and 1991 respectively. Absolutely absurd that Children of Bodom or Amon Amarth could possibly be in top 10, but no Suffocation.

The correct top 10 list should include: Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Nile, and Deicide. Any top 10 without them is incorrect.
What! Suffocation should be in top 3... Nothing is more death metal than this band..
Amon amarth? Children of bodom? Yes I like that band.. But in the terms of death metal, maybe not
Lets be honest suffocation and CC are kings of brutal death metal. no top 10 is correct without Death, Possessed, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass (kings of grindcore/goregrind, Deicide, Suffocation, Nile, Obituary and of course last but not least a tie between Cryptopsy and Morbid Angel.
[Newest]Suffocation should be in top 10. It's obvious many here don't really have "death metal ears."

16Necrophagist
How is Necrophagist so damn low? This band's intricate riffs and beats are technically (pun intended) the best I have ever heard. The vocals are nice, the insturmentals are amazing, and no band has ever done or been able to do what they did. We do need that new album, though...
Amazing solos and an incredible combination of melody and brutality
By far the best period.

17Kataklysm
This Band is awesome! Kataklysm are Magic!
One of the heaviest bands out there. only two good things cames from Canada beer and kataklysm
Why is this at no#20, this should definitely be in the top 10

18Fleshgod Apocalypse
This band is really awesome!...I don't know where have this band been all my life...

nooreldeen

Great band, they blend symphonies with tech death for an epic combination
This band is truly amazing, mixing orchestral/symphonic geners in their death metal songs makes it exceptionally unique. Also their drummer is extremely fast and precise while drumming. He can also nail a song at 270bmp at a live situation! This is truly one of my favorite metal bands.
[Newest]This is the best band alive.

19Gojira
Proves that French people can still be awesome... Gojira has awesome music with a lot of subtleties that are lost in most death metal- listen to the songs Esoteric Surgery or Flying Whales or Wolf Down The Earth
Out of all the Death Metal Bands I'm hearing these days GOJIRA gives me that Brutal Death Feeling. Gojira is Fresh Superheavy, and The Best for me!
Gojira is thriving in the metal industry today, have you listened to the L'Enfant Sauvage album? Stuff like that gives hope for the future of metal in this pop corrupted industry

20In Flames
In Flames We Trust! If you are from Romania/moldova thumbs up!
In flames albums like the jester race, whoracle, colony or clayman are extreme. That is true melodic / death metal msic. I don't like as much the later albums like a sense of purpose or soapf which are alternative metal but there are very good(not as good as episode 666, jotun, embody the invisible or the jester race) songs in them that must be listed.
In Flames is the greatest band I have ever heard. Their melodies and timing shifts place them in a category above all other bands I have ever come across, in the metal genre or otherwise. I can't think of a single song on all 10 albums that is not amazing. Since I discovered them I cannot stop listening. The Jester Race might just be the best album ever.
Sounds of a Playground Fading surprised me, I didn't know Anders Fridén could sing like he does in the chorus of the title song and Deliver Us!
[Newest]Best band I've ever heard up until after clayman.

21Sepultura
YEAH! IT'S GOOD BAND! I SWEAR TO YOU! THANK YOU SEPULTURA FOR ALL!
SECONDLY THE SONGS OF SEPULTURA HELPED ME IN EXAMS.
I'd like to set this song in my funeral)))
If you listen "Beneath the remains" and "Arise", Sepultura deserves to be at the top ten.
Awesome band can't believe its not in the top ten..
[Newest]You r absolutely right. Sepultura is the best ever

22Autopsy
This is my ultimate old-school DM band

ThatMetalChick

Prefer Death, but this definiately should be in top 10

23Cattle Decapitation
These guys are INSANELY talented, and their vocalist Travis Ryan is about one of the most diverse and talented death metal vocalists out there
There lyrics is what wins for me. They know how cruel humans really are. From butchering, to animal cruelty, to homophobes. they know it all.

24Dethklok
They are just one of the best death metal bands that I have listened to. Melodic death metal to be precise. Brendan Small just kicks major ass on the guitar and the drumming by Gene Hoglan is mind boggling. The death growl presented by Small is unique and doesn't go with other death metal bands that you listen to. If you want to know what I mean, you just gotta listen to tracks like "I ejaculate fire", one of my absolute favorite
Come on they're the 7th largest economy in the world
Dethklok are the BEST death metal band in the world, just watch the documentary on their band, Metalocalypse, no song beats Thunderhorse.
[Newest]Do anything for Dethklok

25Entombed

26Bolt Thrower
Is there a band which sound and messages are quite different from others, this is Bolt Thrower they must be in first 10 places. that's for sure
Need to be I the top 10. If you don't think so then you just don't know death metal.
Enter the realm of chaos! Your nightmare has just begun!

27Decapitated
One of the greatest death metal bands
My Favorite Death Metal Band by far. This should be in the top ten at least.

28Vader
The best Polish Death metal band. I have listened to every record and none is poor.
Must be something in the water in Poland and these guys probably put it there. In my opinion the best band for having very cool recognizable riffs without sounding too melodic.
I can't believe that, this great band is in number 36. Absolutely ridiculous. This band should in top 20 of every list of death metal

29Meshuggah
Can't believe they're not on here already.
Their legends, I can't believe they're so low on this list.
Meshuggah should #1 on this list because they take jazz music and put it in there own deathly way witch sounds so really good!

30Napalm Death
They should be in second place after cannibal corpse! The real grindcore britanian band best ever...
Wow their music gives me chills. No joke
Com'on guys! Napalm Death #30? By no way! This blogs belongs to teenagers or what! Napalm Death built the basis for grindcore along with Terrorizer.. where is PESTILENCE? No clues?

31Septic Flesh
One of the best Greek metal bands, and one of my favorite bands ever.
This is the most underrated death metal band ever
Best symphonic extreme death Metal
[Newest]The best that I have ever seen

32Blood Red Throne
Just downloaded the song taste of god and it blew me away AWESOME! I recommend this band
Truly underrated, if you just listen to them they'll simply crush your ears!

33Atheist
One of the most technical bands ever. Unquestionable Presence is easily one of the best death metal albums of all time
0,6% is very few for ATHEIST! These guys can play pure death metal.

34Krisiun
Yeah, that's right, I think Krisiun is currently the best Death Metal band in the world, fast, hard and rough! Brutal lyrics with awesome riffing and drumming. Those guys are brothers of destruction, and in my opinion they've reached the level of Cannibal Corpse.
LIke a machine! The true warriors of death metal deserve much respect for the great musicianship and pure brutality.
First band on the list that emos hate.

35Kalmah
This is a band incapable of bad music
Gods of their genre.
Superb band. They sound like amon amarth but better
[Newest]Awesome... Deserves to be in the to ten

36Infant Annihilator

37The Black Dahlia Murder
Even though they are melodic death are beasts surely have to be at top 5! Trevors vocals are awesome drumming are awesome guitars and bass too favorite band of mine and if you are talking about death metal you have to get in the list The Black Dahlia Murder
Sound great when there live
Really good beats
And vocals and guitar riffs are perfect

38Immolation
Immolation being this low is an insult. They have been putting out masterful death metal of the highest quality for 20 years.

TomTheMetalhead

Masters of their craft, one of the originals of the genre. Robert Vigna is one of the most innovative and creative guitarist in metal. Can't say enough about this great band.

39Dark Tranquility
This bands deserves much higher.. Definitely in my Top 5.
Mine is the Grandeur of Melancholy of BURNING!
Love this band. Easily beats children of bodom.

40Devourment

41Gorguts

42Illdisposed

43Fallujah

44Cryptopsy
Come on, COB and In Flames aren't even dm! Cryptopsy is insanely technical and brutal, but catchy at the same time. They deserve the top spot.
Hey you! Listen to cryptopsy! Why is children of bodom so high? They are good but not that good.
Way underrated lets see some more votes people only Canadian band I like
[Newest]None so Vile (you should listen to it)!

45Elysium

46Asphyx
One of the first Death-Doom bands.

GREYBOYY


47Hypocrisy

48God Dethroned
Blackened death metal at its best! Should be higher on the list

49Be'lakor

50Sacrificium
Great death metal band from germany, but practically unknown - which is how I like my bands

51The Faceless

52Macabre

53Six Feet Under
Ex-Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes is awesome with his new band. Six Feet Under is an excellent band which can beat most of the bands over it. (excluding Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Opeth, Autopsy, Deicide, Napalm Death, Carcass and Cannibal Corpse)

Nord666

Six Feet Under should at top 10 death metal
Six feet under. They deserve to be in d top ten, /

54Scar Symmetry
Who says metal can't be an art form? Anyone who says that should listen to holographic universe by scar symmetry
Should absolutely be at top! Deepest growls and best clean vocals out there! Thanks Christian Älvestam!
Amazing new melodetah with some of the best vocals I've heard.

TomTheMetalhead

[Newest]AMAZING! Melodic Death metal band! M/

55Benighted

56Grave

57At The Gates
At The Gates may not be the most innovative or creative Death Metal band, but the perfection they bring to genre is mindblowing. Just listen to Blinded by Fear, Slaughter of the soul or The Swarm. Your outlook on Death Metal will never be the same. I will always place them in the top 10 of my favourite bands of all time. Deserves a top 5 spot anyday.
They are really sick! They have sutch great riffs and some very melodic riffs. The notes they play fits the ear just right. And same with the vocals.
"The Red in the Sky is Ours" is the best death metal album ever.

58Hollenthon

59Extol
Brutal band, no doubt!
The best band there is. And I'm not just saying that.

60Enfold Darkness

61Cynic

62Crematory

63Heven Shall Burn
All of there songs are amazing but there cover of black tears was unreal and of no avail was perfect!
Just listen to "A Dying Ember" and you'll realize why this band is the best death metal band.
Almost every song is great. Should be in top ten

64Gorgoroth
Not Death Metal at all.

GREYBOYY

Gorgoroth should b number 1 in the list. Look at the voice. Lyrics. Drum blasting. Heavy guitar riffs. What more you need than this
It should b no1 in the list. Look at lyrics. Voice. Drum blasting. Heavy guitar riffs. What more you need than this. Listen to 'the devil is calling'

65Wintersun

66Abysmal Dawn

67Unleashed

68Allegaeon

69Dissection
Not death metal but heavy and badass! Should be higher on this list

70Spawn of Possession

71Dismember
Dismember (the album Death Metal is CLASSICK! ) should be in the top 15, along with their countrymen, Entombed, based on Like An Ever-Flowing Stream (and Entombed's Left-Hand Path) alone. Pioneers and keeping the flames alight! (although, they disbanded in 2011). Still, Dismember is essential, seminal DM, as is the Death n' Rollers, Entombed!

72Living Sacrifice

73The Crown
The Crown is a GREAT, underrated Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band. Eternal Death and DeathRace King are outstanding. They had a sick DM vocalist in Johan Lindstrom, but 2002's Crowned in Terror is outstanding! With the one and only Tomas Lindberg (of At The Gates fame) filling in on lyrics & vocals. They had a comeback album in 2010, with a new vocalist, Jonas StalHammar, which was admirable, though not mind blowing. Still, this little known band deserves much more recognition. They are the closest Swedish DM band to At The Gates, and blow In Flames and even Arch Enemy away. Check out their earlier works!

74Vital Remains
Dechristianize is the single greatest death metal song of all time

75Inmortal

76Hate
Best album : Erebos

77Hour Of Penance

78Exhumed
How the hell wasnt this band in this list?

GREYBOYY


79Profane Omen

80Nocturnus
Very underrated. These guys were the definition of Death Metal. Not to mention, the keyboards are excellent in their sound. Although their latest album isn't so great, they're still the best.

81Ensiferum
Nice to listen it

82inExordium

83Edge of Sanity
One of the best prog death metal bands, very underrated!

84Mutilated

85Pig Destroyer

86Carnifex

87Defeated Sanity

88Broken Hope

89Cephalic Carnage

90Agonist

91Whitechapel

92Amorphis

93Dir En Grey

94Revocation
So far, every single release from Revocation has been pure, epic metal madness! So... 109? I cannot accept that. They're not the greatest in Death Metal, but still worthy of a much higher placement.

95Origin

96Excommunion
Truly Amazing Old Skool Death Metal

97Antidemon

98Malevolent Creation

99Aborted

100Brujeria

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