Best Death Metal Bands


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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.

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

Chuck schuldiner is the best of all time...

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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

I understand why death are first I love them but personally I think cannibal corpse are better

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3Morbid 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).

I think god of emptiness is best death metal song

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4Children 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!

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!

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!

Yes.. It's pretty good

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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...

Brutal, nerve trampling metal. Insanely precise. Probably the best overall group both in technique and creativity. Also, I think the production and sound quality of Nile has no match in the genre.

This is the band that got me into death metal. Brutal and technical at the same time.

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6Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth rules... One of my fave bands and they definitely deserve to be higher up this list!


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!

Amon Amarth manage to capture the brutality of death metal while retaining the melodic nature of classic heavy metal acts. The viking theme adds a great level of depth and a grandiose nature that other death metal bands cannot match.

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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.

Opeth isn't death metal though

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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

Death and Carcass are the best! They rules!

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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

Behemoth play black metal not death

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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

Should be #2 or 3. They have to be the most brutal and evil death metal band ever.

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Seven Churches! No comments! The Best ever!

They either need to be #1 or tied with Death for #1. They coined the phrase "death metal" with the song of the same name.

Easily first. If you look at my lists long enough, I have made a fair few lists about them - gemcloben

Possessed made death metal Death just enhanced it.

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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.

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.

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

Went to school with them great guys especially Trevor

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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

The best ever death metal band

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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...

My latest discovery. Necrophagist is one of the coolest tech-death bands I've heard. Easily one of my new favorites - ryanrimmel

Necrophagist is amazing! I wish they would be a little faster with the releases, but you can't rush perfection!

Death is the best but the solos of necrophagist are better than any one else

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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.

These guys set up the standards and continuously producing good albums they deserve to be in top 5,Children of bodom is a joke.

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16Cattle 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.

I love this band because it speaks the TRUTH about humans. They are also really talented.

I am vegetarian! Cattle Decapitation rules!

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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.

I listened to Death Metal for years and believe me, this band is monster. I have never heard such brutality and seen such talent. In my opinion they dominate in this genre. Mikael mutilated, Peter devoured and Nick grinded. They are the perfect Death Metal band... Not growling unrecognizable like Brutal Death Metal bands and not growling too weak. This is and always will be my favourite band.

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.

In my opinion these should be in the top 5!

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I'd like to set this song in my funeral)))

I'm a huge Sepultura fan, but I never thought of them as death metal. I personally think their just thrash/groove metal. - ryanrimmel

Sepultura are practically the creators of Death metal. Max cavalera has one of the best death growls there is and is a pioneer of the vocal style. Beneath the Remains and Arise are two of the greatest death metal albums ever.

Sepultura is NOT death metal!

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One of the greatest death metal bands

My Favorite Death Metal Band by far. This should be in the top ten at least.

Decapitated just knows how to write great death metal!


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.

Without Vader we probably wouldn't have Decapitated or Behemoth. These guys defined the Polish death metal sound.

The Best Death Metal Band.

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