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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.
Best band ever.V 57 Comments
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.
This is the Metal proud, true Metal warriors and Sons of OdinV 54 Comments
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
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!
Alexi is the reason I like Extreme metal along with Michael AmottV 69 Comments
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.
No band greater than In Flames. m/ their melodies are unparalleled.V 47 Comments
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...
Easily my favourite melodic death metal band, and I say this after experiencing much of the music that this genre has to offer me. Where other bands such as Be'lakor and Eluvetie manage to grab me with their incredible sounds and riffs, nothing beats insomnium for me. Seriously they're like crack. Send help
In all seriousness though, every album from these guys is intense and atmospheric, instilling a deep melancholic sound that moves through your entire body as you listen to their songs, with sometimes cryptic, yet deep and thought provoking lyrics, and a voice that isn't as harsh in the growling department as some other bands, which I personally prefer. Occassionally the lead singer will toss in a few lines using clean vocals, which only adds to the variety of the sounds that you will experience listening to these guys. Some songs are faster paced, with others being more slow and allowing the listener to take a breather from the intense feeling this band can give. One moment ...more
I have listened to so many metal bands but in my opinion Insomnium is by far the best melodic death metal band ever. Their heavy yet melodious riffs are pumped with pure adrenaline, their lyrics are so deep and you never get tired of listening to their tracks again and again. Their music has also matured over the years and has moved more towards positivity. Whenever I am sad,low or lazy in life they have become a source for me to get up carry on with life with new zest and energy.V 52 Comments
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.
They released 3 great releases; Gardens of Grief, The Red in the Sky is Ours, and With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness. The rest is garbage.V 6 Comments
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.
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.
Kalmah is the band that really know about melodic death metal. Against their melody no other melodic band can't even stand. Kalamh can really rule 'em all. - arshesazidornok
I absolutely love Kalmah. Beautiful melodies with intense guitarwork, absolutely fantastic.V 53 Comments
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
The BestV 28 Comments
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
This band can truly do no wrong. Unbelievable consistency.V 22 Comments
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!V 4 Comments
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
In Flmes is not melodic Death metal since 15 years ago. It has to go down. Carcass is real melodic detah metal, the best together with Amon AmarthV 8 Comments
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!
Is the bestV 16 Comments
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
Should be in top 10. the band makes far better melodic songs than children of bodom.V 19 Comments
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 5V 6 Comments
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.
These guys should be more well known, they are very talented. I've listened to every album and I love 90% of there music.V 36 Comments
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
I love them so muchV 16 Comments
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!
The wintersun 1st album is exelent, and Time is an absolute masterpiece. If you are looking this list without knowing wintersun, close this page, search in google WINTERSUN TIME DOWNLOAD and sit there by 45 minutes and then you will have a new top band for your personal list. PD: Listen while playing Skyrim for the first time like me, it makes you see the musicV 14 Comments
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.
Such a versatiile band with full rich albums. Must be in top 3V 13 Comments
Great guitars as well, nice riffs mixed with amazing solos
The true Chuck Schuldiner's sons.V 1 Comment
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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