Best Melodic Death Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg formed in 1989. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.

Amazing band. Every album has it's own unique sound and never sounds the same as the last, and yet that sound is always awesome. This is the band that introduced me to the genre and will always be my favourite of the genre. From the incredibly intense guitar riffs and death growls to the incredibly melodic keyboard pieces, this band produces absolutely killer music.

This is the greatest band of all time. The other bands in this genre are so inconceivably beneath this band. Indeed, a feeling of tranquility comes over me, my hands come together at the front of my face, my brain sends out the vibrations which then come back to me in waveform. The undertone vocalizations reverberate in my soul, of the great void that it is, I'm reminded by the lyrics. This is God's favorite band.

Without a doubt the best and as others said their discography is by far the most complete in terms of quality. Plus they stayed true to the mdm sound which their only competition, in flames, couldn't seem to do past the year 2000 or clayman. Damage done is their true masterpiece to me and character almost equaled it. Construct blew me away also when I heard it the first time. I was thinking how can a band that's been around for almost 20 years keep up the creativity needed to make this quality of music without having to reinvent themselves. Pure genius.

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2 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Whenever I feel the BOREDOM streaking and striking through me... Well BODOM comes to my rescue... As a 15 year old I seem to be the only one nowadays not listening to Justin beiber or lady gaga... I am listening to real, pure and true music and I am proud of it! Metallica and bodom forever m/

Alexi is godfather of Melodic death metal. I love alexi and I love COB. In flames sucks. My list goes like this
1. Children of Bodom
2. Kalmah
3. Amon amarth... Listen to kalmah's alteration before blaming them

Well what to say? Their music is really awesome. Alexi's face melting solos, Janne's melodious keyboard and Jaska's butt bursting drums really make worth listening to. Being a 14 year old, I am the only one listening to it my class and I am really proud of it. Children of Bodom is the best. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT!

They are not really melodic death metal, more like extreme power metal. - Diplomate

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3 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

I hated bands in which they growled. But my friend told me to listen to Guardians of Asgaard. I heard it. Then Victorious March. Then Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags. Then As Loke Falls. Then Hel. And I never stopped listening. I cannot stop listening to them. When I lift, this band gives me like 25% more power. No kidding. For me, this is the best band ever. The drummer is bad ass. The vocals are like heavenly. The guitar is inspiring. Couldn't ask for anything more.

The melodic of amon amarth songs is very pure.. Very beautiful.. And powerful. I can't stop listening to this band! Amon amarth has the best melodic comparing with other band. This band just beyond EPIC they should be in number 1!

I like the vocals way more than the more popular bands here with their higher pitched "II...I... II's! Boring. I might not mind COB if someone would kill the vocalist. Perhaps I'm old school and like older Deat metal style vocals like Morbid Angel. Entombed, and Deicde even Carcass but Heartwork was lame -Descanting... Rocked.

Beautiful all great musicians and all very sexy

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4 In Flames In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. more.

Well damn, I like them all! However, as far as a full catalogue, complete with exploration to various edges of their sound, and never compromising quality, I have to go with In Flames. Sure there's been a few misses, such as most of A Sense of Purpose, but then they come back with Sounds of a Playground with kicks in the nuts such as Where Dead Ships Dwell and Fear is the Weakness, so you can't hold it against them. That and I can slap on Jester, Whoracle, or Colony pretty much any time and be elevated into musical nirvana. A special mention to Reroute to Remain.

Although it's a fact that COB has better musicians with respect to speed and melodies. But what they lack is creativity, maturity and soul, which in flames have got. COB has always remained in their comfort zone and pretty much all albums have similar material.

The thing that makes In Flames stand out, is the fact that they try to innovate and discover new sounds and styles therefore avoiding getting caught in the same trap as a lot of other bands, meaning getting stuck into playing the same style and endlessly producing what sounds like the same album over and over again. Every album they produce is great in it's own way, and when you listen to them you can feel the thought and effort that's been put into making them, each one is unique and which ever ones you choose to listen to, no two of them will sound the same.

Great band - Ananya

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5 Insomnium Insomnium Insomnium is a Finnish melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. The sound and lyrical themes of their music portray darkness, sorrow, loss, pain, and nature.

Insomnium! Where do I begin? There is so much to speak about yet I'm finding it excruciatingly difficult to assimilate the vocabularies in my mind to describe this band and their impeccably crafted arts. Insomnium in my opinion, are among the very few bands in existence that has maintained the quality of consistency throughout their career, I haven't felt a single botch in any of their albums, each and every one of them has been produced and delivered with utter care and immense devotion towards making music sound as soulful as possible, which definitely is the major reason why their material sounds very fresh by lingering in your head from time to time and only gets better after every occasion of listening. What really stands out as impressive about this band, is although the fact that their music may probably sound harsh to some folks with untrained ears, believe me that's only on the surface, if you really listen to them with all the attention and heart in the world, you would feel ...more - Arhaan95

To me personally, Insomnium is no doubt the greatest melodeath band overall. Truly poetic lyrics, beautifull melodies and ever-changing atmosphere from album to album. Perfection.

Insomnium is a melodic death metal ohh band weluv this band... It's awesome! In my country bangladesh have to many fans of insomnium... Uff insonium sucks our pains :D wow such a awesome band... We respect melodic death metal bands and insomnium...


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6 At the Gates At the Gates At the Gates is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound

At The Gates made the history of Melodic Death Metal. They did only 4 albums but they're all great. Slaughter Of The Soul is a masterpiece. The band is more aggressive and "Death Metal" than others and that's also why I think they should be the best Melodic Death Metal band. Why they're under Arch Enemy, Kalmah or Insomnium? At The Gates is ten times better and important than all of them.

At the Gates was one of the pioneers of this genre. Slaughter of the Soul is not only a milestone of the melodic death subgenre, but it will always be a metal classic. It's a shame they broke up and never recorded anything after that album.

This band should be at the number 1 spot they pioneered the genres sound with albums like terminal spirit disease and slaughter of the soul a lot of later bands copied their sound and carcass should be number 2 or 3 cause necrotism and heartwork also helped shape the melo death sound thanks to Michael Amott bands like Alexi or whatever his name is no godfather of this genre.

Slaughter of the Soul, Period.

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7 Arch Enemy Arch Enemy Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist.

This is the band that started me on death metal, because unlike many other bands they have something. Talent. Meaning to their songs: check. Great growls: also there. Master drums: have it. If you are looking for a death metal band they should be your go to option

Arch Enemy was awesome before Alissa White-Gluz took over at vocals. Now with Alissa they are even better! War Eternal is one of my favorite albums. Alissa growls but it is melodic in a way and the guitars truly sing. I would love to hear Alissa do clean vocals over the awesome Arch Enemy music. (Alissa does guest clean (and growl) vocals with Kamelot but Kamelot are pretty lame compared to Arch Enemy.

Even though I worship traditional bands this is one of my favourite band EVER!
It is like NWOBHM enforced with thundering drums and awesome growls (love Angela) but still holds on to bass rhythm and guitar melody and can NEVER get boring like most common death metal

This isn’t melodic death metal.

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8 Kalmah Kalmah Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.

Kalmah is real metal. Insomnium as well are one of my favorites.

Children of bodom is just a bunch of happy/cute riffs and solos that sounds like they're target audience are 13 year olds. I did like the stuff on their hatrecrew album, but still, I would prefer Kalmah anyday.

I was having a terribly difficult time deciding between them and Insomnium, both of them are a terrific band with amazing and soulful musicianship symbolizing what Melodic Death Metal is all about. In the end, I had to go with Kalmah because I have a soft spot for them as they've some memorable songs and melodies which simply blows my senses, Insomnium have them too, but Kalmah is the band that I tend to visit more often.
Why a band like Children of Bodom is at the top of list is beyond my comprehension, maybe it's the domino effect of mainstream Pop fans breaking in huge numbers and casting votes on a regular basis, as this site is indeed over populated with Pop fans.
I don't even consider them to be a melodic death metal band, as they don't possess a grain of soul and feelings in their music nor any of their solos and riffs are melodic but instead technically laden pretentious, over-bloated and directionless venture to impress the elitists. - Vip3r

Truly the best band out there. Every single song is unique and perfect. COB is pretty good, but they lack creativity, Insomnium, amarth are very good, but nothing like Kalmah.

They don't have even one bad song.

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9 Carcass Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.

What the hell is wrong with this list? Carcass is one of the original melodic death metal pioneers! Not only did they pioneer a genre with great albums in the 90's, they also returned after a decade and released an album with more brutality, technicality and melody than most new bands today.

My favourite death metal band, in all possible genres they've played, I like their grindcore, deathgrind, melodic death, everything they've worked on sounds complete and amazing. Swansong's a masterpiece along with Heartwork.

I thank Carcass for Melodic Death Metal. Without Heartwork melodic death metal might not have come to be. Of course when I vote Carcass I'm not talking about their grincore days in a melodic death metal list so don't throw a fit

What? Carcass created this genre and made the best melodic death metal album ever (heartwork).

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10 Dethklok Dethklok Dethklok is both a virtual band featured in the Adult Swim animated program Metalocalypse and a real band created to perform the band's melodic death metal music in live shows. Both bands were created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. more.

There are only a couple of Dethklok songs I don't like. That's saying a lot since most bands pump out maybe 5 good ones ever. Dethklok is the stuff of legend. Comedy or not, they play like kick ass gods of metal. If anything, the comedy adds to the depth of the lyrics, in my opinion. Easily top 3. Don't agree? Dethklok has their own show. Pick one and suck it.

What really makes Dethklok is that you're not expected to take them seriously, and then they kinda force you to do it anyway. Brendon Small did a fantastic job of merging serious music with comedy, and it gives Dethklok an added layer of depth that you can't really get from most music.

This band is something new, so much talented musicians and seeing them live is something I will never forget, they defiantly deserve top 5, only 3 albums in and they headline a tour over machine head, give them a listen!

This was my gateway to metal

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The Contenders

11 The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia.

These guys are the most brutal band that I have ever listened to besides cannibal corpse, their lyrics are grotesque (see The Window or Closed Casket Requiem), their solos are epic, everything is VERY fast... This band is the very definition of death metal. If you like darker metal, then this band is the best death metal band currently, but I do not think that they should be branded as melo-death, because they have developed their own sound that doesn't fit into any 1 deathmetal subcategory. I can't believe that these guys are only #8... Give 'em a listen!

Best vocals, Trevor's highs and lows are amazing, and his lyrics sound like they were written by an insane Shakespeare! Ryan Knight is a very complete lead guitarist, technically and creatively. Brian's and Ryan's melodic harmonies weave a dark atmosphere. Bass is solid and drums are super fast, but still played with feeling. And they do not take themselves as seriously as the other death metal bands, with furrowed eyebrows and bared teeth. These guys have fun!

This band is amazing. Their melodies are catchy (a rarity in death metal) and their lyrics are brutal. Listen to In Hell is Where She Waits for Me or What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse

Best melodic death metal band these days

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12 Wintersun Wintersun Wintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum for whom he was lead singer and guitarist.

Too many people here with their pop death bands. Wintersun is one unique band with some of the most innovative songwriting I've heard in a while. They should at least be in the top 20.

It's criminal how Wintersun are not higher in this list! Epic melodic songs, absolutely amazing guitar work, I don't think they have made a song that I haven't enjoyed! I just wish they would put more material out! Awesome band and they deserve to be higher than 11th place! - Grundapants

The first album... sucks, but Time is a master piece since the Number of the beast or Octavarium I've never feel creeps in my spine until... Time, this band deserve the right place in the metal history, for the complex and flawless songwriting in Time!

This band converted me from just a heavy metal fan to a huge melodeath fan. Every song gives me goosebumps, so unique and beautiful. Jari is a mastermind.

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13 Ensiferum Ensiferum Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "melodic folk metal."

Ensiferum is actualy more meloic then half of these in top ten. I listened full opus only of norther, ensiferum and amon amarth and wintersun. Rest of these a good part of their. Only reason why didn't I listened everything from rest of bands is that they were not so good to me. But being objective, I can say that Ensiferum is one good piece of art, especialy when Lindroos came in. Not much growling, they have gently and hard songs, and a lot of them got that catchy melody that you can enjoy countless times. They have a good balance between growling and hard rifs and classic plus electric sound songs. That is making them one death metal, and melodic above all, band which makes music for everyone. If you really searching for something easy to listen and more easy to enjoy, but in same time you want something hard, you should pick ensiferum. (sorry for my bad English)

Melodic Death/Folk Metal, they can easily fit into this category, and they should be higher up the list!

Just love em is all. Not as much as CoB, but still a great band!

Great band.

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14 Be'lakor Be'lakor Be'lakor is an Australian melodic death metal band from Melbourne, Victoria. The band's name originates from the character Be'lakor the Dark Master, in the Warhammer Fantasy game setting.

Only discovered these guys 2 years ago. Better late than never. Every song on every album just gets better and better with every listen. Love Eluveitie and Amorphis, and many others on this list, but Be'lakor is my no. 1!

I was not such a big fan of melo-death before I heard this band. They totally blew me away. A-MA-ZING!

Of Breath and Bone is a flaweless album. Simple as that. While the rest of their discography one can debate, Of Breath and Bone is such an amazing album that it has to launch them into the top ten at the very least.

One of the most talented current melodeath bands around.

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15 Soilwork Soilwork Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork.

Not only were they great before 2013 but then out of nowhere 20 years into their career they blew the doors off the competition with a whole new sound in "The Living Infinite" and have kept it going since in "The Ride Majestic". They are the perfect blend of clean and dirty vocals, groove verses technicality, have unique use of blast beats, and have consistently come out with a new album every couple years since they first got on the scene. You'll be hard pressed to find a riff that is outdated even back in 2002 with "Natural Born Chaos", which again broke new ground in its day along with In Flames' "Reroute to Remain". It's insane that they are not at least top five.

Bjorn's choruses are my favourite parts of songs. They do amazing stuff.
Soilwork was my first metal band and it's my only the best for me.
Thanks to Soilwork.

I can't get enough of Soilwork and sucks that there not higher... Predators portrait is a masterpiece

Constant evolving sound that gets better and better. "The Living Infinite" is a masterpiece! Soilwork needs to be in the top ten at least!

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16 Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity was a Swedish progressive death metal band that, alongside Opeth, is commonly regarded as being the first to fuse extreme metal styles like death and black metal with progressive rock. Their sound is often described as "Progressive Melodic Death Metal".

Purgatory Afterglow is a masterpiece - more people should know this!

They must be number one!

Should be in the top 10

How are they not in Top 10? This band is amazing!
They are incredibly creative in songwriting and are also pretty skilled! This is excellent progressive melodic death metal.

The first time I heard Crimson I thought "its okay..", but when I listened to it the second time, I realised what a masterpiece it is! Crimson 2 is similary incredible!
Maybe start with "Purgatory Afterglow", its easier to get into and rules also! - Lemoon

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17 Amorphis Amorphis Amorphis is a Finnish metal band formed in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they have evolved into playing other genres, such as folk metal and progressive metal.

I like many other this list, that said.. Amorphis is better than just about any of them to me.

Not sure if this should be called melo-death anymore, but as Amorphis simply is the best Metal-band out there, they should be at #1 in every list that they are mentioned in.

The fact that this is on page 2 depresses me.

Come on they are the first metal band in the Metal Archives and these guys are amazing

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18 Eluveitie Eluveitie

When it comes to melody, these guys are the best! The bagpipes and the guitars are so awesomely synchronized that it chills me to the bone! Very few people know this band and these guys have every right to be known! BRING THIS BAND IN THE TOP 5!

These guys work the perfect combination of Celtic melodies and death metal. Vocals and style of death metal, and melodies from Celtic songs. These guys make some very good stuff to listen to, especially when you need to be pumped up!

This is a very steady Melodic Death Metal Band. The "Folk" is just the tip of the iceberg, but a very interesting signature. Awesome Band! - Flav

Think eluviete beats most on the list

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19 Norther

Are you kidding me? Only CoB produce better sound especially when Petri Lindroos was in the band. Should be top 4 in my opinion

Should be 1# Petri is epic!

Why norther is in #10? , IT SHOULD BE IN #1

Should be at top 5

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20 Mors Principium Est

Awesome band way better than there position on this list!

Mors Principium Est has nothing to do elsewhere than in the top 5. The top 10 is full of crappy nearly dead bands.

Great band, really should be higher on this "list"

Unmatched musicality, hidden away from the limelight they dwarf the many also rans featured in this list

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21 Hypocrisy Hypocrisy Hypocrisy is a death metal band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.

Heck, this should be after Children of Bodom! Much much underrated! Listen to Apocalypse, you'll know the true value of this band!

Come on folks. doesn't belong down here. Rise it up!

They should be in top ten. that is clear to anyone who wants to listen

The voters in this site are idiot hypocrisy is the best melodeath by far
Children of bodom 2 and hypocrisy 21 this is very funny

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22 Quo Vadis Quo Vadis Quo Vadis was a technical melodic death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, formed in 1992 by Bart Frydrychowicz, Yanic Bercier, and Arie Itman, named after the novel by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz.

Great guitars as well, nice riffs mixed with amazing solos

Epic Drumming

The true Chuck Schuldiner's sons.

23 Omnium Gatherum

Their latest album is a masterpiece, and none of their older ones are bad either. The goosebump inducing rolling melodies, double bass blasts and deep growl vocals are all very well balanced and produce an unforgettable listening experience.

This band are so underrated! They deserve to be much higher on this list! - louiscurlydunham

The best Band period. Not just opinion, They have actual solo's non of that easy drop d crap, with 10 year old nephew double bass pedal idiocy. Goosebumps and transitions up the ass! Listen to the side by side to any band and you will understand the masterpiece.

Great music, great vocals.

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24 Persefone Persefone Persefone is an Andorran progressive death metal band formed in October 2001. The band's name is derived from Persephone, a figure in Greek Mythology.

Probably my favorite new "melodic death metal + progressive" bands out there. Ne Obliviscaris and Be'lakor up there too.

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25 Eternal Tears of Sorrow

This band is really underrated. Must be in top 5 if not better. I was in love with this band as soon as I heard it.

A Virgin & A Whore is a hell of an album, also Chaotic Beauty. - Flav

Good fall/winter music. At least in Canada!

The River Flows Frozen is a piece of art

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26 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

Everything from Human forward counts as melodic death metal to me. And with how absolutely amazing those albums are, Death definitely needs to be in the top 5 at least. Plus, it's to Chuck Schuldiner's credit that this list even exists, so... - AngryByrd

This is very awesome and one of my favorites but this doesn't belong to melodic death.

How could anyone forget Death? What about the legendary Chuck Schuldiner. I mean seriously, they are really good.

Rip Chuck Schuldiner Godfather of death metal

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27 Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry is a Swedish metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, Sweden, formed in 2004. The band has released six albums, with seven released singles.

Scar Symmetry definitely is something very unique! If you want something a cut above the rest and something truly unique they are the way to go! Their vocalist kicks ass too! They have a sound all their own!

Scar Symmetry truly has a sound of their own which makes it hard to categorize them. They are on a completely different level compared to the rest of these bands because they are melo death/ Power metal in my opinion. They truly combine my 2 favorite genres into a one of a kind band! Love their music, and Per Nilsson is literally one of the best metal guitarists out there! I recommend listening to every album, but if I had to pick one, it would be eitherThe Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity) or Holographic Universe! Just amazing!

Listened to all the bands on the top 10 list and I gotta say scar symmetry is the best, their solos, vocals, lyrics and riffs are just beautiful and so unique. Listen to holographic universe album and you will think the same

Should be Top 10. Great solos, vocals, everything. - NuMetalManiak

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28 Nightrage

Gothenburg melodic death metal done right. Should be higher on the list.

Very surprised this band isn't much higher. Incredibly last two albums.

29 Dreamshade

Dreamshade's album The Gift Of Life is probably the best melodic metal album I have ever heard. Great cleans and the screams sound great. Amazing band!

What? Why isn't these amazing band higher. They have amazing guitarists, awesome screamer and a great clean vocalist. This band got me into melodeath and I really think that they're worth a listen

Dreamshade is amazing. Why isn't it higher?

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31 Serpent Serpent Serpent is a Melodic Death Metal Band from Kobe, Japan. They formed in 1993 as Awaken and changed their name in 1994 to Serpent. They split up in 2000, but reformed in 2002 and are still active. more.

Incredibly awesome Japanese Melodic Death Metal with some symphonic and neo-classical elements.
They only have 2 albums yet, but they are top-notch! - Flav

Awesome band, I wish they put out more albums

Well executed mix of melodic death metal, power metal and I think a little bit of a black metal influence though I don't know much about black metal. :P

32 Whispered Whispered

O dear there are awesome


33 Graveworm Graveworm

My favourite death metal band

34 In Mourning In Mourning In Mourning is a progressive death metal band from Falun, Sweden. They are currently signed to Spinefarm Records.

This band is incredibly good. Often compared to Opeth, but better. I am a melodeath fan and their progressive sound conquered me totally. The only bad thing about them is that they only have 3 albums, a 4th one is coming soon.

Very good sound and very good lyrics. The best as always.

Every single song of this band is a masterpiece

All three albums are something else compare with all bands here. Very original MDM, this guys dare to come with a new taste of sound

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35 Imperial Circus Dead Decadence Imperial Circus Dead Decadence Imperial Circus Dead Decadence (ICDD) is a Japanese metal band with a lot of different influences. The band was formed in 2007 in Fukuoka. They have released 2 EPs and 2 full-length albums so far, which are received well among fans of Japanese extreme metal, especially their second full-length "Kuruoshiku...". more.

Really Cool band! They mix melodic death meal with black, symphonic and many other things.

36 Intestine Baalism Intestine Baalism Intestine Baalism is a death metal band hailing from Tokio/Kanto, Japan. The band was formed in 1991 as "Euthanasia" and changed 1992 their name to "Intestine Baalism", which is a term for the Sumerian god of the harvest. more.

This is "Brutal Melodic Death Metal". You think that style is not possible? Listen to Intestine Baalism!
It merges the pure death metal sound (raw and brutal) with euphonious melodies perfectly. I didn't hear of any other band playing like them. Definitely unique! - Lemoon

They Need to be way higher, seriously! They are one of the best and most outstanding bands here!

Very brutal and yet harmonious melodeath from Japan! I really dig this unique band.

If you don't know them, listen to the song "Banquet In The Darkness"! - Flav

37 Dissection Dissection Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band. They formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and later disbanded in 2006, followed by Nödtveidt's suicide. Their sound is usually described as "melodic blackened death metal".

There first 2 albums we're black metal but their third and last was melodic death metal. - countnightdark13

38 Deals Death

Heavy as hell, yet beautiful.

This band is just epic! And underrated.. Listen to Fortified, one of my favourite melodeath songs ever.

39 Nothgard

Nothgard might not be all that popular, but they are hands down one of the best melodeath bands out there. Listen do "Blackened Seed." You will be blown away, I promise.

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I first heard this band through various YouTube videos and I came across a song called Bloody Angel. That song sounds so good and I started to listen to their other songs after that. They are also the first Melodic Death Metal band I heard and I became interested in that genre after listening to them. Well recommend a listen to when you have the chance!

These guys are amazing. The very first melodic-death metal band I ever listened to and they are still my favourite. Their new album feathers and flesh is amazing along with just about every other song they have made.

Just look at the vocalist- he's not only a good singer, but also a great... actor? I highly recommend their songs "Bloody Angel" and "Hail the Apocalypse".

These guys, if more people listened to them, could reshape melodic death metal, just like Metallica did for speed metal.

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41 Dominia Dominia

Awesome Melodic Death Metal band with symphonic and neo-classical influences. Some of their songs are fierce and evil, some others are really beautiful! - Flav

Best melodic death metal band from russia... I don't know why they are not in the list... They sound good... Just listen them to vote...

Their first album is amazing- brutal yet beautiful. The song Mountains of Gods Depression really is just brilliant and one of my favorite songs

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42 Into Eternity Into Eternity Into Eternity is a Canadian progressive metal band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was formed in 1997 by Tim Roth, Scott Krall and Jim Austin.

One of the few faces in modern Canadian metal. You can't go wrong with them. Stu's amazing range, gorgeous musicianship and progression... there's just so much. Definitely very underrated too. "The Scattering of Ashes", anyone?

Like death growls? As well as high octave Halford-like screams? Into Eternity is the band for YOU!

Severe Emotional Distress awesome song by them!

Stu Block of Iced Earth was in this band - yes, he can do death growls very well, believe it or not. These songs are with his vocals:
Timeless Winter, Tides of Blood, Severe Emotional Distress, Time Immemorial, Indignation, Pain Through Breathing
Also, check out the list Top 10 Into Eternity Songs (Stu Block Era) - Metal_Treasure

43 Souldrainer

Nice band with a great singer

44 Disarmonia Mundi

I just discovered this band and can't believe how good these guys are. If you like In flames come clarity this band is for you. I can't get enough!

Probably one of the best bands that have every existed, check it out guys.

It's not well known, sadly.

Nile aren't melodic and this should be at least number 10.

Best melodeath band ever. Mind tricks and the isolation game are fantastic albums.

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45 As Blood Runs Black

These guys aren't melodic death. They're a crappy deathcore band.

46 Darkest Hour Darkest Hour Darkest Hour is an American melodic death metal band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1995. Though failing to break early in their career, the band has received acclaim for their albums Undoing Ruin, Deliver Us, and The Eternal Return.

This band is probably the most undervalued one in the world. I've never listened to a more sophisticated music style, they're for sure one of the best Metalcore bands of all time.

How is this not much higher on the list? This band is spectacular!

They produce really progressive melodic death metal music. Should be in top 10.

47 Sarea

This is black metal not melodeath... - Juli

Pardon.. this is metalcore, not melodeath - Juli

48 Blackguard Blackguard Blackguard is a melodic death metal band from Montréal, Canada, previously known as Profugus Mortis. Blackguard was formed in 2001 as a straight-ahead black metal outfit. They are known for the female drummer Justine "Juice" Éthier. The band has supported and toured with numerous acts: Behemoth, Cryptopsy, more.
49 Before the Dawn Before the Dawn

You must be kidding me right. Number 56 in this list there is no way they are perfect and they become unique in their last album should be in top 10 at least. - Mansonlooks

The first melodic death metal band I listened to. And my favorite one.

Listen to throne of ice

Underrated as hell - Gamarax537

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50 Dark Lunacy Dark Lunacy Dark Lunacy is an Italian melodic death metal band, often using a string quartet and Red Army choirs.

Very awesome band! Their first 3 albums are very unique and have excellent Melodic Death mixed with classical instruments, symphonic/orchestra-elements or even choirs.
The following albums are sadly just average/okay and nothing special... - Flav

Can't believe no one added this band. For me one of the best. Listen to their song "Serenity"... it's just too awesome!

The diarist is a very cool album by them. Worth checking out!

66? They should be top 10, their first 3 albums are so artistic and evocative!

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