Top Ten Best Music Genres
The Top Ten
I'm so relieved now that see that Pop Music is below all the greater genres
Pop is actually #1 in the worst kind of music list on this website. There are much worse genres but there ya go.
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By Heavy Metal, they mean metal in general, not just the specific subgenre. Those bands are all metal, no matter which subgenera they are.
Your life is complete when you develop a taste for heavy metal.
Bands like led zeppelin, a7x, metallica, eluveitie are the best
I totally agree. Heavy metal is one of the greatest genres ever!
Heavy metal is such A ridiculously diverse genre from the traditional metal of the 60s to the much more aggressive complex and extreme genres like Death metal and Neo-classical.
There's something for everybody in metal (including rap, electronic, CLASSICAL, trance, JAZZ, FOLK, punk and even beautiful atmospheric music fans because metal has been CROSSED with all of these styles... which make up the 100s of subgenres heavy metal now contains. )
From the truly beautiful and epic like Nightwish, Helloween, Dream theatre, Blind guardian, stratovarius, While heaven wept, Kamelot, Rhaposdy of fire, Draconian and Ensiferum.
To the blistering complexity and technicality of the likes of ygnwie Malmsteen, Paul gilbert, Jason Becker, Nevermore, Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist, Nocturnus, Brain drill, Coroner, Watchtower, Blotted Science and I hate to admit it but also Dragonforce (they aren't as technical as most of the guys on the list but deserve A mention. )
Metal, Alternative or punk. its all rock n roll!
Classical rock is the best there ever was and ever will be.
I like the origonal rock and roll like elvis but I also like G N R, acdc and awesome stuff like that
Elvis is definitely not the original Rock and Roll. That would be Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Big Momma Thornton etc.
Unlike all the other "big" genres on this list (Classical, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Rap, Pop, Electronic, etc.), rock is the only music genre that can ACTUALLY be about anything.
It can actually take any shape or form you could possibly imagine, regarding both musical and lyrical content.
From the beautiful sound of psychedelic rock and folk rock, to the rebellious spirit of punk rock, to the raw sound of heavy metal and hard rock, to the creativity of alternative rock, as well as everything in between, this genre encompasses every single situation, feeling or message - everything that one could possibly relate to.
It is also the only music genre that can be fused with EVERY other genre. Disco rock? You have it. Folk rock? You have it. Electronic rock? You have it. Country rock? You have it. Blues rock? You have it. Jazz rock? You have it. Rap rock? You have it. And so on and so forth...
Put it simply: there is a rock song for every occasion.
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Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, Skillet... And many others!
These guys are on top of the world and are more loved than Shakira, Akon, Eminem and Britney.
Alternative Music Is Pure Art, and it's very difficult to become a musical artist!
Eminem!? Eminem is amazing. I recommend looking into his music. My favorite genres are Alternative, Grunge, and Rock. Eminem has meaningful music. I'm okay with you not liking him, but categorizing him with the others mentioned? No. Just. No.
Bring out the guitar crank it up, gets some vocals and a drum and your all set. Alternative will always be the best and sure as hell is better than than those girls who call themselves pop singers. If you agree gimme a hell yeah! ( or a thumbs up, whichever comes first. )
This genre is just filled with Yes. God, I miss the 90's. Pearl Jam, Days of the New, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, etc.
Just amazing. So much variety and opportunity for new ideas and creativity
I really like hard rock, the best bands: Aerosmith, GN'R, AC/DC, Queen, Deep Purple, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Stryper...
The best lyrics, bands and guitarists... yeah it is the best all right. One question, why is it 12th?!?!?!
I actually think this is the best one. , without this, the other genres couldn't have existed, this is the father of all other rock genres.
Sorry guy, while I love some occasional Heavy Metal, Hard Rock like GnR and ACDC is just so much more listenable to me. Hair metal Arena rock is a close second.
You can spend a couple of hours writing a pop song or you could spend months writing a symphony. Classical music is great because of aesthetic subtleties, depth and expressiveness. Pop music just stays at one tempo, on volume for most of a song and has nothing subtle about it. The beat is obvious, chords are predictable and prominent instrumental parts are rejected.
Agreed. Classical is very difficult to write. That and you need to make the music fit for certain instruments, notes, etc.
The genre that requires the most skill to play, the most thought to write, but the hardest genre to appreciate. Classical should be number one.
It takes years of practice to play plenty of classical tunes.
Classical Music must be the best genre of Music of All Time! The source of music is Classical, the reason it is one of the best is since the root of this good music that follows is from it. The nicest compositions are of classic origin when it comes to enjoyable easy listening or maybe something more proactive. Much to do when it comes to classical music from slower to faster or quicker tempos. Should really be learn in school or at least to begin with before any other sort of music is basic the normal of modern civilization as well as some of the older foundations. Classical music is also the Christmas present of music to the world of sound, much to adore just have to know a few compositions that resound most with the personal. Some just enjoy the technical side and natural properties as well as what builds the instruments as well as how in order to really find appreciation though it is not necessary to do such. Music is rich in classical genre and it remains to do so well into the ...more
While not originally a music genre its now a genre describing artists like lady gaga Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber this is a genre that sucks ass
I had to vote, because I wanna tell all of you "pop" fans that POP is not a genre. Pop is short for popular, and those music that you listen to is not "pop". Oh, and by the way the music that you listen to is not music.
Pop is a genre lol. If a heavy metal song is popular does that mean it is classified as pop. Just because you don't like pop doesn't mean you get to say it is not a genre.
Why are people instantly criticizing those who put pop as a good music genre? I agree with many on this site that lots of pop music is not good music. However, we are forgetting other points. Good artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Adele, One Republic and so forth sing pop. Also, some of these site visitors did not view the lists made by these people. Same people who put this as a good genre also put Michael Jackson and Adele in the best singer list. We should not say "all pop" is bad. There are bad singers in every genre. Pop music singers get the most flak simply because everyone knows them. In addition there are good music in the pop genre like "Where is the Love? " and "The Man". Generalizing an entire genre is stupid. You don't and won't hear me saying all metal is satanic or all rap is ghetto because I know those are lies. This genre defenetly has bad musicians in it. Justin Bieber and Miley should both go on a plane to Siberia and never come back. Not all pop singers use ...more
Because pop isn't a real genre, pop is just short for popular music, which would mean any band or artist that ends up on the billboard's top 40 list which would include rock, alternative, R&B or what people to consider pop "generic lyrics with a catchy tune that has choreography to it song by an average singer"
lets be honest the only people who don't like pop like crappy hip hop
Exodus, Metallica, anthrax, GWAR, megadeath, ministry, motothead, pantera, SLAYER! All of these great thrash bands and thrash is at 27 come on people it should at least be at 6 or 7. Dave Lombardo, Vinnie Paul, Lars Ulrich, Nick Menza, Paul Bostaph, all of them are great drummers who came from thrash metal. Kirk hammett, dave mustaine great thrash guitarists. This is the best metal genre!
Ministry, Motorhead and Pantera are industrial metal, speed metal and groove metal, respectively. The rest is fine. - Adrian_4
Exodus, Testament, Vio-lence, Kreator, Destructions, Anthrax, Sodom, over kill, nuclear assault, Slayer, Metallica, Annihilator and Megadeth are just a few of the best Thrash Metal band to ever live. By far the most awesome genre of music!
The big 4 are great. Toxic Holocaust, Sodom, Kreator are also great too
The big four, Exodus, Sodom, Kreator, every band, oh, every known band in this genre is at least good or godly. This genre deserves to be in the top 5. AND HOW IS THIS LOWER THAN NU METAL?
Listen, rock, soul and rap are what makes the world great. Sure rock and rap have had dark days when people think/thought they spewed negative lyrics. ALL genres do, it's music. Rap has produced some of the greatest artist ever to live: Tupac, Big L, Nas, Eminem, Biggie, all influenced us. I'm an upstanding and respectful person because of them, rap is amazing.
No, he shouldn't. Stop crying like a baby whenever someone has a different opinion than yours.
Laugh out loud at all the ignorant rock fans, I mean rock/metal is great it really is, but I hate some of the fans that diss other genres. Anyway rap, while it is still young, has grown so much. It will always prosper and represent the ghettos of the world - hell, not just the ghettos, everywhere in fact, no matter who you are, where you're from, or what you like, you an pick up a mic and rap your soul out. Express yourself and remember, always keep it real.
RAP for the win.
When the music is bad it's disgraceful and insulting, but when its good rap its intoxicating. Most unconventional genre by relying on the story and wordplay to carry the song unlike any other.
Why is rap so enjoyed? It contains curse words, sex talk, and one even mocked autistic people (Up In Here). And every rap song has the same beat, so why does everyone like rap?
Progressive rock is probably one of the best genres out there. Often involving deep stories with morals and complex instrumentals, this music digs into the very depths of the human mind to create a revolutionary change to the mind of a human individual. Blending many types of music from different eras, cultures, as well as involving many instruments. This kind of music is the epitome of creativity in music.
Progressive rock is the best genre of all. It's the genre that takes the most talent to listen to and the one the requires the best taste in music. It's an extremely underrated genre. You've got bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Rush and King Crimson. What's not to like about this genre. I can't believe pop is above progressive rock. Pop music takes no talent, nor any good taste in music. Same goes to electronic. Progressive rock is very original. You have to really know how to play. I guess people rather go with what is mainstream, rather than what's actually good. Learn to listen to 20 minute songs with more than four chords. Learn to listen to long instrumental section like Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Roundabout, Echoes, Close To The Edge, 2112, Supper's Ready, Musical Box, etc. , not just three minute-easy to listen to-songs. Progressive rock makes you actually listen and pay attention. It's true music.
I love prog rock, but you must have a very limited definition of talent if you think electronic music takes none of it. - Adrian_4
Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson. Come on guys also this includes Progressive Metal. The music is so complex and has time for long instrumentals
Most people listen to the mainstream, unoriginal, and even sometimes hypnotic rap music, with absolutely no rhythm, less than four chords, and the abominations known as 4/4 time and major scales.
Progressive Rock is nothing like that. Unlike mainstream rap, Prog isn't afraid to experiment. It's innovative, creative, and blends a variety of music and instruments to form music that, unlike AC/DC or Metallica, isn't defined by a single genre. Many progressive songs even get rid of the two abominations I mentioned by adding in unusual time signatures, different musical modes and scales, and adding in long instrumental sections.
For starters, listen to King Crimson's first album, the album that invented the genre. Larks' Tongues in Aspic is another masterpiece. Also listen to Yes, Jethro Tull, ELP, Dream Theater, and Tool.
WHAT the hell is wrong with people!? Grunge at 24th place? It deserves to be in the top 10 and not HERE! Nirvana is a legendary and influential band and it is a grunge band. It deserves to be sitting at the throne. Kurt Cobain deserves a huge credit especially when it comes to Best-Music-Genre or whatever...
People, stop voting for that useless R&B, Pop music. It rots the brains of children of this generation.
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you everyone, I'm 15 and I've been listening to Hair/Glam/Sleaze Metal, Grunge, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and stuff like that since I'm 12. Other kids said that people like Justin Bieber, One Direction, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z etc. Are their inspiration or whatever and even say that they are proud as a fan. Me? I am more proud as a fan of Kurt Cobain more than how others are proud of themselves as fans of singers.
This is probably the worst comment on the list. So arrogant. And people can like what they like, nothing you can change. - SwagFlicks
Soundgarden, STP, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog and the masterpiece Above album by Mad Season. absolutely incredible
WHAT GRUNGE at 24 oh no something wrong in this top ten grunge is the only genre who is 100% real, seriously guys we should kill the one who said nirvana created grunge I think because of people like him grunge is 24 nirvana is the third band who become mainstream soundgarden are the first alice in chains are the second I don't need to talk about the underground band bands like green river cause half of grunge fan todays know nothing about them
By the way if grunge didn't exists all genres in today rock music wouldn't existe
The fact that Grunge is not number one is an insult. Also, the guy who said Grunge was created by Nirvana should be shot in the foot.
Perhaps the oldest form of music in the world, dating back 5000 years
Its awesome. Best singer here is Frank Sinatra and I really think people are starting to underrate it so please start listening to jazz and you really will enjoy it
My favorite genre of music. It's so beautiful and just makes you feel calm. Very difficult to pull off as well
This is the best genre. Better than heavy metal and rock, which people weirdly like over this.
Jazz is the best genre of music, as it is calm when it has to be, soothing when it wants to be, and fast if it needs to be. Used to relax and rewind, it is definitely an under-rated genre of music, especially by children of the modern generation.
Punk rock is a music genre had soul, heart and spirit. I grew up as a kid with this type of music and it gave me a great influence in life, like the bad times, good times and the memorable times though I am a teenager I will always remember how much it means to me and others who appreciate punk rock and pop punk as much as I do
Keep up the music in the near future guys, really appreciate it
The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Dead Kennedys and The Damned. They are all excellent bands and it disappointing to see them being over shadowed by bands like Green Day and Good Charlotte that aren't half as good as the bands that were before them.
With it's insane lyrical quality to its diversity there is no doubt that Punk Rock is the best genre of music. Bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and the Sex Pistols may have really made Punk rock appeal to the masses we mustn't forget hardcore legends such as Minor Threat, The Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencys, Dead Kennedys, Op Ivy, etc. Etc. Honestly anywhere from musical slam poetry to uplifting ska beats, to emo, to catchy hooks punk's got it all. Oh and without punk there wouldn't be Fugazi... Imagine the horror.
It's so good it deserves it's own subgenres.
Pop-punk (Green Day, The Offspring), skate-punk (NOFX, Bad Religion), ska-punk (Operation Ivy, Interrupters), hardcore-punk (Black Flag, Minor Threat), classic punk (Ramones, Clash), and more
Without the blues many of these genres wouldn't even exist. Some of the greatest guitarists of ALL time even had blues influences and played the blues style anyway.
Blues is the ultimate in music, not taking it to far like heavy metal, and always undeniably cool blues is king
The blues is in everything. Without the blues there would be nothing but pop.
Blue is the grandfather of modern music. How can it be listed below pop?!?!
Hip-hop, like pop, is an often misinterpreted umbrella term. It refers to a specific culture of music started by African-Americans (and Latino-Americans & Caribbean-Americans,) with the most well-known subgenre of this culture being Rap. Yes, Rap and Hip-Hop are two different things, and Rap itself can be broken down into, probably more subgenres than any other primary genre out there. Trap, Cloud Rap, Gangsta Rap, etc... Hip-Hop itself as a music term refers more to the rhythms and sounds that are heavily utilized in (earlier) rap, and while there are tons of subgenres named Hip Hop, (East Coast, West Coast, Southern, Hardcore, etc.) they usually mean a combination of the two musical elements. The only exception to this is Instrumental Hip Hop, which kinda gives an idea of what I'm talking about and is just awesome. Go check it out.
But none of this above stuff matters because this site is biased against hip-hop, all thanks to Lil Wayne's autotuned stuff and the earlier visitors ...more
No hip hop is the worst because it ruined music and is constantly being played all the time. It ruined rock music and other genres I like.
I like hip hop
Hip hop is culture and it's just hated cause of its bad rap because of the lyrics but you just need to understand it a bit and listen to some of Eminem songs to know that it's not that bad
I think we should honestly just use the most broad terms rather than all these sub-genres, also I couldn't find classical or pop rock sooo...
How about rock itself? Everyone likes rock
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I mean, it is a very broad genre, but it contains all of the greatest music ever made
I love pop rock so much! It consists of many amazing bands like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, One Republic, Panic! at the Disco, and so much more! Pop rock music always seems to cheer me up for some reason. Get this higher please!
Thank you for not categorizing those artists as alternative.
Pop Rock is the genre that consists of many popular Bands! All their lyrics are relatable in life and love at the same time
Pop AND rock?! Sign me up!
This should be #1
I'm actually really surprised to see it so high on the list! This is my favorite genre, and honestly I was afraid to even say I liked nu metal, because I would get pounded into the ground by other metal fans, but really the only people that hate this genre are the brain dead metal fans that hate everything except what they like. Thanks for voting up, even though you don't know me I'm happy to see this genre is getting some positive feedback. Korn, slipknot, system of the down, and linkin park (not really sure if they still make nu metal) for the win!
Have you ever listen korn, slipknot, Linkin Park, limp bizkit or mushroomhead? You will be surprised because of basses, drums and DJ... And more
Nu Metal is great because all the aspects combined make it melodic. Majority of nu metal songs have deep meaning, and most of the bands make their music for good reasons.
Alright alright I won't say this genre was perfect or better then heavy metal or metal in general, BUT there were some great Nu Metal bands in the early 2000's like Slipknot, Korn, and System Of A Down. I'm surprised it's ranked this high at 16, but it was cool how bands from this genre mixed other genres into it. Most notable from my experience System of a Down for using jazz, middle eastern, ballad, folk and more music influence in certain songs of theirs almost effortlessly. Can't compete with other metal, but its great deeds are worth noting.
Easily. I knew Rock would be on top because of the all the angsty white folks.
Beautiful, I love music that you can actually hear the words in it and that you can relate to
This really the best genre of music. It sounds beautiful
This is latterly the best genre, it's just easy to relate to, it's so beautiful and meaningful.
Electronic gets a bad rap because most people don't yet understand it. Its one of the newest forms of music with so many different subgenres with so many variations of its usage that its absolutely mind boggling. My personal belief is that there is a subgenre of Electronic music for everyone even those that claim to hate it. I hope someday that Electronic music joins the annals of the best music types of all time as I personally believe it's the future.
Not a genre so much as a property of a genre. However some of the most innovative and boundary-pushing music has come out of electronic genres.
As far as Primary Genres go, this is easily my favorite one! By far! The only reason I like pop in the first place (my other favorite genre), is because of the electronic stuff. Enough said.
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That song is Hip-Hop. It uses electronic elements, yes, but it's Hip-Hop.
So go reference that trash song on that item instead lol
My absolute favourite genre. Tool, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Deftones, Primus and Korn are fantastic bands. For more info see my remix of this list.
Think System of a Down, Tool or early Linkin Park. An upgraded version of nü-metal with more complex guitar riffs and different lyrical themes. (e. G, System of a Down's political lyric themes)
Linkin Park, system of a down, stone sour, breaking benjamin, three days grace, its all alternative metal
More lyrical version of metal. Bands like Seether, Breaking Benjaming, Three Days Grace, Evanescence fall under this category.
By far the best genre. Bands like Tool, Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X, Prototype and Agalloch are some of the most talented bands ever. Hands down.
Prog is the best! Tool is the best and Dream Theater is second. (For prog metal)
My top bands:
2. System of a Down
3. Dream Theater
#3 and #2 can switch around.
Listen to The Odyssey (Symphony X) or A Change of Seasons (Dream Theater).
If you didn't think it the best, you do now.
By far, requires the most talent to play. People who listen to prog metal and prog rock are usually musicians and/or intelligent people.
So good that it's on here twice!
Metal is awesome better than hip hop
Greatest genre ever
Metalhead for life
Brutal death metal
It's literally one of the catchiest genres you can listen to. Also without metal, there'd be no heavy metal.
Edit: Ugh, I just realised I was really cringe-inducing on this site 4 months ago
Easily the best music genre ever. Always has been, always will be! Sadly, it's also the most underrated music genre ever. I can't believe it's lower than garbage like hip hop, metalcore, rap, and electronic! Seriously people?! Country music is not a bunch of drunk cowboys crying because their cow died, or their pick up truck broke down! It's not all about beer and tractors! It's about LIFE! It's about family, faith, friendship, love, hope, God, being proud of where you come from even when people discriminate against you for it, learning valuable life lessons, being a better person, having fun, pursuing happiness, and other things that everyone cares about! There are also some really funny country songs out there! Sure, there are sad country songs, but they're sad because they mean something. They're sad because they're realistic. Country music is amazing because it sounds good, the lyrics actually have depth and meaning and everyone can relate to them, and country singers can actually ...more
Ok Country is definitely one of the best genres out there, if not the best. It's this genre that early American society was first based off of, and Country can be played anywhere, be it with just one acoustic guitar, or a full band. While it's true that country has evolved to more of a poppish tone, all music is evolving. Now pop music, mixed in with country, isn't just about love, having fun, but it actually has some real messages mixed in. A great example of modern country Is Rascal Flatts: listen to their songs Bless the Broken Road, My Wish, Changed. Etc, and tell me those are not incredible songs. Country is the best genre ever, no doubt
What? Early American society? Do you know how old country is? I think you mean folk and the blues, but that it still way younger than America. - MrWizard1234
Country music is basically the root of all other modern music genres, just look at Elvis he was country singer and he also basically invented rock and roll and blues. Country is also the longest lasting genre, gaining popularity around the early 1900's. Since country has been around for awhile a lot of changes have been made mostly for the worst it is all about drinking beer and saying how "country" they are but the genre lost what made it special, the ability to convey emotion in the lyric. Other things that made it great are also gone like telling a heart felt story, actually teaching you a lesson, and telling the struggles of day to day life. In conclusion modern country is crap, and older country, in my opinion, is the best genre.P. S this is for classic country not modern.
Okay guys, I know you people think country Is horrible. But, you guys have to be crazy. You think it about old guys with southern accents sitting on tractors and drinking beer. But, if you would be kind enough to listen to the music, you would know that it isn't. It has a meaning (unlike some other genres ). Yes, it does talk about tractors and beer a little bit but, it is about love and the usa. It also talks about problems or situations people encounter in their life. Really, it inspires me. You people don't actually LiSTEN to the music. You most likely heard these rumors from some stupid stranger. In conclusion, country is and will always be THE BEST music.P.S. I think everybody should be patriotic to our country and stop changing their lives to be "cool". So come on people don't be stupid (like many other people ) and stand up for your beliefs!
I appreciate the well thought out comment, most people don't do that. Country is personally my least favorite, because I find it dull and it's just not my style. I do like some of the older stuff though, like Ring of Fire. I feel kind of insulted by some parts of your post, but while I disagree, at least you put effort into your response and provided evidence. Thanks for that.
You don't have to take any drugs to feel high. People sleep on this genre
My most favorite genre of music! It's the best because of how mind-altering it sounds and how creative it can be!
In my opinion, the best Rock genre. It's so soothing and relaxing, but there's some songs like Mr. Blue Sky (my favourite song) that is so upbeat that it just makes your day better. Overall, it's these types of song that really makes you feel great.
Psychedelic rock. This is the best genre out there. It's not mainstream that's the problem. It was revolutionised by the 13th floor elevators in about 1965-1966 then became huge in 1967 what such bands as Pink Floyd bringing out piper at the gates of dawn, doors: the doors, Beatles sgt peppers lonely hearts club band and many more. Bands such as tame impala are bringing it back which is awesome and psychedelic was the roots of punk, pop rock and pop. Be grateful for it.
I'm happy to see so many rock&metal-genres here at the top! :D
I have no clear favourite... Hard or punk rock? Power, heavy or melodic metal? Nu metal or metalcore? Or maybe grunge? Maybe alternative rock? No clue :P
But hey, just voted in honor of one of my favourite bands:
In Flames! M/
Five years ago, I used to listen to meaningless idiotic songs on the radio.
But, then I discovered rock/metal music and its countless sub genres.
I never thought death metal song will ever make me cry. After listening to "Lethe" by Dark Tranquillity, I cried out loud and this song relieved me from some of my pain.
I have been a big fan of Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom.
Lethe is in my opinion the best song ever made, made me tear up too - Tylerlangford1234
Embrace of the Endless Ocean by Amon Amarth got me hooked on Melodic Death Metal. The music has the intensity of Death Metal, but the melody expresses more emotion and atmosphere.
A lot of great Melodic Death Metal Bands from Finland, Sweden and Norway are excellent in our ears!