Best Swedish Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.

Opeth is everything a band should be (artistic, powerful, complex, diverse, original), and nothing a band shouldn't be. Opeth continues to be my number 1 inspiration and favorite band ever.

Opeth is one of the best contemporary metal bands, and the best original et complete one

Not only the best Swedish band, but one of the best bands I have ever heard in my life...

Opeth rules should be 1 in my opinion

2 Bathory Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed ...read more.
3 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.

Meshuggah is a band I would describe as "important." I feel that Meshuggah has not only made amazing art, but furthered musical evolution in a way few artists can claim to have done.

4 Sabaton Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

Better than your history teacher

My all time favorite band, taught me so much and reignited my passion for history. Sabaton should be #1 on this list, or else the winged hussars shall arrive!

If you wanna something about history just listen to sabaton

Primo Victoria!

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5 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.

Raise your horne, raise it up to the sky, we will drink for glory tonight!

Amon amarth is love, amon amarth is life!

AA My best metal band and still

6 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.

Ghost is in my opinion the best modern metal band. They have extreme satanic lyrics, but not the cliche Black Metal "Rawraghraw hail satan" kind. They have deep, dark, lyrics that literally make you feel like you are present at a Satanic ritual. Papa Emeritus has an incredible voice, great melodies from the instrumentalists, and they are good enough that Dave Grohl himself jumped on board. He produced Ghost's EP "If You Have Ghost" and performed studio drums. A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost basically said that Dave Grohl sometimes drums for Ghost in live performances. Ghost is one of those bands where I can honestly say that there is no song that I dislike. Even their worst song sounds good! - ryanrimmel

I guess they need to release some more albums to climb higher but for me, they are number one, or number two right behind Europe

Should be so much higher - BekoT.

Non ci sono cazzi, I Ghost sono una bomba!

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

BEST BY A MILE! No rubbish like a lot of the others! NUMBER 1!

This should be number one! IN FLAMES WE TRUST! 3
You'll always be in my heart, you changed my life

Number 1 easy..

La mejor Banda de Metal sin duda!

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

For me the best melodic death metal band ever!

How come DT isn't even on the list? They should without doubt be at least in the top 10.

Come on man more than half of the list are death metal bands such as AE

9 Katatonia Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.
10 Bloodbath Bloodbath Bloodbath is a Swedish death metal supergroup from Stockholm, formed in 1998. The band has released four full-length albums, two EPs and two DVDs depicting their performances at Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock Open Air.

The Contenders

11 HammerFall HammerFall HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.

Yeah, Swedish metals have the best various band, for me must be Hammerfall only!

Crimson thunder is amazing, hammerfall is to metal what abba was to pop.

Hammerfall 4 the win - blackphoenix

Great metal band. - blackphoenix

12 Entombed Entombed Entombed is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct "buzzsaw" guitar tone.

I think that it's kind of sad to see Entombed all the way down here. Left hand path is one of the best death metal albums out there. I just can't see how anyone could vote for Sabaton over Entombed. Sabaton is a shot power metal band with most of there followers here in Sweden being racist. - Grouse

13 Europe Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.
14 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.

every should like them, they really rock! - rock2metal

Best swedish band ever - Disturbedpotato

15 Candlemass Candlemass Candlemass is an influential Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström.
16 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.
17 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
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This band will climb past 35 for sure, way too good not to.

Creative and talented progressive death metal at its finest. Well thought out albums and an amazing stage presence live.

These guys should be top 5..

Great band!

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19 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.

Last page? They're one of my favorite Swedish metal bands. - zxm

20 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".
21 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".

Best band of the world. Pure Darkness!

22 Hypocrisy Hypocrisy Hypocrisy is a death metal band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.
23 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.
24 Dark Funeral Dark Funeral Dark Funeral is a Swedish black metal band from Stockholm Sweden, founded by guitarists Blackmoon and Lord Ahriman in 1993. They emerged during the second wave of black metal.
25 Watain Watain Watain are a Swedish black metal band from Uppsala, formed in 1998. The band's name is taken from a recording by the American black metal group Von.

Watain, to me is a very important band. erik danielsson is a remarkable frontman. Waters of Ain is one of my most favourite tunes.

26 Pain
27 Enforcer

They're not the best from Sweden but there are so many, who knows. They always put on a great show and I can't get over " the Banshee", a killer song, delivered with a lot of style.

Bringing back old school metal sweden has the best bands nowadays number 3 after opeth and sabaton

28 Therion Therion Therion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Its name was inspired by the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion.
29 Marduk Marduk Marduk is a black metal band from Norrköping, Sweden. The band formed in 1990 and released their first album in 1992. Their name is derived from the Babylonian god Marduk, patron deity of Babylon.
30 Steelwing
31 Falconer

Middle Ages metal at it's best

Mathias Blad has dramatic vocals. The music is haunting. The lyrics are thought provoking. This band is a cut above and deserves a higher ranking

32 Dead By April
33 Graveyard Graveyard

Excellent band

34 Cult of Luna Cult of Luna Cult of Luna is a Swedish metal band from Umeå founded in 1998. They often perform post-metal music similar to the contemporary bands Neurosis and Isis.
35 Deathstars

Have been listening to Deathstars for about 10 years now and I think they are heavily underrated, between the music and the awesome vocals this band has very little to fault apart from a similar sound between albums. but with many bands the first album was the best and I don't think it will ever be surpassed but it is worth a listen for any industrial metal fan.

The band that stands up to, and is influenced by all the goth metal and industrial originals - heavyheavy

36 Bloodbound

I vote for Bathory cause it's the biggest ifluence for both black and viking metal but this power metal band deserves to be higher than 26 for sure

37 Spawn Of Possession Spawn Of Possession
38 Unleashed Unleashed Unleashed is a Swedish death metal band that was formed in 1989 by Johnny Hedlund in Stockholm. Common lyrical themes found in the band's music include Viking culture, recollection of a pre-Christian world, and Norse folklore.

Like a cross between Amon Amarth, Death, and Bloodbath.

39 Dismember Dismember
40 Grave Grave Grave is a Swedish death metal band that formed in 1986 by vocalist and guitarist Ola Lindgren, who is their only constant member.
41 Wolf
42 Dream Evil
43 Axenstar
44 Lost Horizon
45 Engel
46 Ghost Brigade
47 Lillasyster
48 Solution .45
49 Amaranthe Amaranthe Amaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, each presenting a different vocal style. Their second album, The Nexus, reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the ...read more.

Why is this band not even in the list
that's it.. i don't wanna live in such in a planet with such ignoramus people

Why does this band have, sutch low raiting they diserve to be nr. 1! Or atlest 2. 3. or 4.
Of ther awesomenes with thre great vocolists
With them included two metal singers and one screamer and awesome metal instruments!

50 Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate is a heavy metal band from Falkenberg, Sweden. They are influenced by Swedish melodic death metal bands such as In Flames and Soilwork and American metalcore bands like Killswitch Engage and All That Remains.
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