This list is NOT about Death Metal bands, which appear to be brutal (obviously Death Metal is always brutal..). It's strictly ONLY about bands who belong to the "Brutal Death Metal"-Genre.
- (straight) Brutal Death Metal : e.g. Disgorge
- Technical Brutal Death Metal : e.g. Nile
- Slamming Brutal Death Metal / Slam Death Metal : e.g. Devourment
- Brutal Death Metal with slight influences of other genres : e.g. Dying Fetus (BDM+Grind)
- Everything else : e.g. Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Bloodbath, Decapitated, Meshuggah...
(Also: no Deathcore, please... unless like "Cryptopsy" they changed their sound, but had a period, were they played actually Brutal Death Metal.)
If you want to submit a band, but aren't sure if it belongs in here, first check the band in "Encyclopaedia Metallum"! :)
Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
These are the kings of Technical Brutal Death Metal! Very intense riffing, showing off incredible technicality and skills, paired with blasting drums and brutal deep growling. The unique Egyptian influence make this an outstanding band even among the best of Brutal Death Metal! - Flav
They're technical death metal. Don't see how they're considered brutal.
One of my top 3 metal bands of all time. - Metal_Treasure
Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States.
This is where the genre of BDM started.
Definitely the best. - Caleb9000
Pioneers of brutal death metal😈
3 Dying Fetus
Dying Fetus is an American death metal band originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Formed in 1991, the group is known for their consistently hook-laden song structures, characterized by blast beats, complex riffing, slam riffs and heavy breakdowns.
Favorite band riffs,brutal voices,attitude
Desecravity is a technical brutal death metal band from Tokio/Kanto, Japan, which was formed in 2007 and is currently signed to Willowtip Records. They released 2 full-length albums so far, which are both very little known among metal fans. ...read more.
Brutal death metal from Japan, this is just wow! incredibly fast, overwhelmingly brutal and extremely technical
These guys is sooo brutal. And very technical.
Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.
They are definitely Top 5. Listen to None So Vile if you don't know them! - Juli
None So Vile is amazing. - Caleb9000
Devourment is an American brutal/slam death metal band from Dallas, Texas. Formed in 1995, the band has split up and reformed three times and Brad Fincher is the only original member.
7 Abominable Putridity
Abominable Putridity is a Russian slam death metal band formed originally from Moscow, formed in 2003. The band has released two albums; In the End of Human Existence and The Anomalies of Artificial Origin. They are one of the most popular brutal death metal bands to day. Abominable Putridity shares ...read more.
Russian bastards that can kick ass. Just ignore their debut and listen to their second release. - Metalhead1997
8 Deeds Of Flesh
Deeds of Flesh is a four-piece death metal band from Los Osos, California, U.S. They were formed in 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark and Joey Heaslet and are still active.
Not a single bad album from Deeds of Flesh
Defiled is a brutal death metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1992 and is currently signed to Season of Mist. They released 4 full-length albums and 1 EP until now, but no breakthrough so far. ...read more.
Gorefest was a Dutch band from the Zeeland region of the Netherlands which was founded in 1989 as a death metal outfit by De Koeyer, Harthoorn, van Schaik and Hoogendoorn.
This is not brutal death metal... Gorefest's music was ranging from old-school death metal to groovier sounds like death'n'roll, but never brutal death metal... - quantumtea
12 Brain Drill
Brain Drill is an American technical death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full-length debut album entitled Apocalyptic Feasting on February 5, 2008. In support of their debut, disagreements were engaged and members began ...read more.
American technical brutal death metal band. - Metal_Treasure
13 Lykathea Aflame
Lykathea Aflame is a death metal band from Czech Republic (Progressive/Technical brutal death metal).
Sadly they have just one album called "Elvenefris", but this one album is an incredible masterpiece! If you didn't hear of it, go listen to it! - Flav
Elvenfris is one of the best albums ever - Caleb9000
Katalepsy is a Russian slam death metal band from Moscow. They have released two split albums, one EP, two full length albums, and one demo. Katalepsy has established themselves as one of the most prominent acts in the Russian metal scene, and a popular band in the extreme metal underground.
Best slam/brutal death band out there
Awesome Russian brutal death! worth checking out
15 Hour Of Penance
Beheaded is a Death metal band from Malta. They were formed in 1991, by singer Marcel Scalpello, guitarist David Bugeja, and drummer Chris Brincat.
17 Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.
This is not brutal death metal at all. - quantumtea
I see that they're not but Cannibal Corpse kind of ARE brutal death metal because they have brutal lyrics.
Cannibal Corpse is NOT "Brutal Death Metal".
Read the list description. - Flav
First Brutal Death Metal band - Daimonos
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Pathology is an American brutal/slam death metal band from San Diego, California, formed in 2006 by drummer Dave Astor (formerly of Cattle Decapitation and The Locust.) And vocalist Matti Way (also of Abominable Putridity.)
19 Severe Torture
Severe Torture is a death metal band from the Netherlands, formed in 1997 by drummer Seth van de Loo and bassist Patrick Boleij.
20 Defeated Sanity
Defeated Sanity is a German technical death metal band from Dachsbach, Bavaria, that was formed in 1994, originally as a side project of guitarist Wolfgang Teske and his son, drummer Lille Gruber.
So damn sick
22 Hideous Divinity
Origin is an American death metal band from Topeka, Kansas, founded in 1998. They have been recognized by music critics and metal fans alike for combining a harsh sound with a high level of technical skill.
24 God Dethroned
This is BLACKENED death metal, not BRUTAL death metal - quantumtea
25 Vomit Remnants
Vomit Remnants is a Brutal Death Metal band from Tokyo, Japan, which was formed in 1997 and are currently signed to Unique Leader Records. They released besides 2 EPs and 2 split-albums only one full-length called "Supreme Entity" so far and are rather unknown among metal fans. ...read more.
Kraanium is a Norwegian slam death metal band formed in 2001. Kraanium was founded by twin brothers Martin and Mats Funderud. Having played previously in hardcore and black metal projects together, the brothers seeked out for a heavier project.
27 Malevolent Creation
Malevolent Creation is an American death metal band formed in Buffalo, New York in 1987. The band’s original members were vocalist Brett Hoffmann, guitarists Phil Fasciana and Jeff Juskiewicz, bassist Jason Blachowicz, and drummer Mark Simpson.
Mortification is an Australian Christian extreme metal band which was formed in 1987 as a heavy metal group, Lightforce, by mainstay Steve Rowe on bass guitar and vocals.
29 Napalm Death
Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent ...read more.
Gorgasm is a 1994 Death Metal band founded in Chicago. The group disbanded in December 2008 and reunited almost two years (2010) later, creating their third studio album Orgy of Murder a year later.
While their music is brutal, its also surprisingly catchy somehow. Listen to "masticate to dominate" and you'll know!
31 Broken Flesh
These guys have got to be one of the heaviest and most brutal bands out their the only reason why they aren't a high rank is because they are RIDICULOUSLY UNDERRATED!
33 Abysmal Torment
Abysmal Torment is a death metal band from Malta formed in 2000 by Nick Farrugia. The current line-up includes Nick Farrugia, David Depasquale, Max Vassallo, Karl Romano and Melchior Borg.
Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
Ingested are a British slam death metal/deathcore band from Manchester. Since their formation in 2007, the group have built a reputation as one of the most savage death metal acts to come out of the UK for a long time and have built a large fanbase within their country as well as in the US, Australia, ...read more.
One of the best new metal bands out there right now
All of their releases, including their EP, although their second album was disappointing.
Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering is a good example of brutal death metal.
Kronos is a brutal death metal band from France. Their name is a reference to the titan Cronus, the father of Zeus in greek mythology.
Disentomb are an Australian death metal band from Brisbane. They were founded soon after the disestablishment of Brisbane death metal act Cadaverine by three of its five members: Jordan Phillip, Henri Sison and Jake Wilkes formed Disentomb, together with bassist Tom Joice.
Mortician is a two-piece brutal death metal band from Yonkers, New York founded in 1989. They have released most of their albums since the House by the Cemetery EP on Relapse Records but have released their latest album on their own label, Mortician Records.
Not all votes are counted...
Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They call their musical style "northern hyperblast" after an advertisement in M.E.A.T.
40 Anaal Nathrakh
Anaal Nathrakh are a British extreme metal band formed in 1999 in Birmingham, England. They are currently signed to Metal Blade Records.
41 Anal C***
Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988 in Newton, Massachusetts. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has ...read more.
42 Brutal Truth
Brutal Truth was an American grindcore band from Rochester, New York, formed by ex-Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, and Stormtroopers of Death bass guitarist Dan Lilker in 1990. The group disbanded in 1999, but reformed in 2006 and continued to release music until 2014.
Benighted is a French technical deathgrind band formed in Saint-Étienne in 1998. The group comprises vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Emmanuel Dalle and Olivier Gabriel, bassist Pierre Arnoux and drummer Kevin Foley.
44 Fleshgod Apocalypse
Fleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian death metal band. Formed in 2007, the group resides in Perugia and are currently signed to Willowtip Records and Nuclear Blast. The band is known for their fusion of metal with technical death metal.
I'd say it isn't brutal death metal, but this is one of few borderline cases.
Encyclopaedia Metallum also says this is just Tech Death. - Flav
45 Soils of Fate
Soils of Fate is a Swedish slam death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1995. Mostly known for their unique "Ultra Groovy Slam Death Metal-style". Soils of Fate is sometimes credited with crafting slam death metal and the brutal death metal underground.
46 Infernal Revulsion
They are pretty awesome! the album covers are disgusting though...
49 Power Of Ground
50 7 H.Target
Russian brutal death metal. Psy slam damage