Top 10 Brutal Death Metal Bands

!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!
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...
They all are very cool bands, but don't belong here!

(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"! :)

The Top Ten

1 Nile Nile 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

2 Dying Fetus 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

3 Suffocation Suffocation Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States. V 3 Comments
4 Cryptopsy Cryptopsy 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

5 Abominable Putridity 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 more.

Russian bastards that can kick ass. Just ignore their debut and listen to their second release. - Metalhead1997

6 Devourment Devourment 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 Desecravity Desecravity 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. more.

Brutal death metal from Japan, this is just wow! incredibly fast, overwhelmingly brutal and extremely technical

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8 Brain Drill 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 more.

American technical brutal death metal band. - Metal_Treasure

9 Deeds Of Flesh 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.
10 Katalepsy Katalepsy 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. V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Cannibal Corpse 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: more.

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

Are u kidding me?
Cannibal should be top of Brutal death metal. Totally nonsense Top list

12 Disgorge Disgorge
13 Hour Of Penance Hour Of Penance
14 Pathology Pathology 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.)
15 Lykathea Aflame 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

16 Kraanium Kraanium 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.
17 Defeated Sanity 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.
18 Gorgasm Gorgasm

While their music is brutal, its also surprisingly catchy somehow. Listen to "masticate to dominate" and you'll know!

19 Origin Origin 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.
20 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!

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1. Nile
2. Deeds Of Flesh
3. Desecravity
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2. Dying Fetus
3. Cryptopsy
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